29th Annual Seafair Pow Wow 2016 Head Staff & Current Royalty

29th Annual Seafair Pow Wow 2016

Head Staff

Head Man

Seafair Indian Days 2016 Headman

Hello, my name is Mark Sison pronounced ( Seesun ) my father is Mark Sison and my mother was Patricia Hunsucker. I am an enrolled member of the Nisqually tribe. I am also Yakama and Puyallup. I was born and raised in Seattle mostly on Queen Anne hill. I attended Queen Anne High. Back in the mid 70s auditions were held at Daybreak Star for the First Indian Honor Band. I auditioned and was one of three selected from our State. There were over three hundred of us from all over the U.S. we all met up in Salt Lake City for a week of practice before flying off to Washington DC to play at the halftime of the Washington, Dallas football game on Thanksgiving day. My father is Mark Sison.He worked early on for Northwest Indian News on KRAB radio. He and Bernie were friends and I remember him as Uncle Bernie. My step mother was Tanna Beebe. She was the first Native American television reporter in the USA for all major metropolitan market. She worked at Kiro 7 .


Head Woman

Clarissa Seafair Indian Days 2016 Head WomanAntone is from the Blackfeet/Yakama/Squamish/Cowichan tribes, adopted Colville. She was born and raised in Seattle. Parents are Debbie Antone, David & Leona fernandes, grand parents John & Marie Antone. She has been a dancer, representing her family and tribes since she could walk. In those years, she has been fancy, jingle and traditional. She is very honored to serve and Head Woman Dancer. Clarissa loves to spend time with her blood family and her powwow family. She brings smiles to everyone she meets, from babies to elders. Clarissa loves learning about her tribal heritage and practices many traditional ways, especially beading for her children, family, and others. Especially her raffles. Clarissa’s love for powwows second to none. You can find her at a powwow almost every weekend. She has a respect for the Circle, the drum, the dancers and the staff. Her laugh is contagious and her smile is warm. She is at home at the powwow. Aside from the powwows, Clarissa participates in the Canoe Journey. She loves the songs, the water and her Sacred Water Canoe Family. She has a very large place in her heart for the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation. She was a student in the Headstart Program way, waaayy back when… also her children were students. She was a teacher on and off for 12 years, keeping Bernie Whitebear’s mission alive by teaching the Native Curriculum. Her adopted Dad, Michael Rounds, even helped build the Daybreak Star Center. Seafair Powwow has always been one of her favorites, even in the rain!! If you have a chance, please introduce yourself to this wonderful lady. She loves meeting new people from all over the Indian Country.

Current Royalty

Seafair Indian Days Warrior (2015-2016)

Seafair Indian Days Warrior


Mason Arliss Jefferson is 8 years old and going into 3rd grade. His parents are Anthony (Lummi/Colville) and Courtney (Tulalip) Jefferson. His grandparents are Willetta George (Lummi/Colville) and Fred Jefferson (Lummi Nation) and Toni Sheldon (Tulalip/Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate) and Phillip Alexander (Tulalip/Lummi). Mason has been a powwow dancer since the age of 5. He has grown up around the powwow drum just like his father has. Mason enjoys riding his bike, swimming and is an amazing kick ball player. Mason enjoyed representing DayBreak Star Little Warrior for this past year. He was carried this honor with great pride. We thank you for this opportunity and appreciate having the ability for our children to grow up in this sacred circle.



Miss Seafair Indian Days Princess (2015-2016)

Miss Seafair Indian Days Princess 2015-2016Kailah Nanamkin is 17 years old and has graduated from Republic High School. She is planning on attending Wenatchee College and pursuing a degree in Nursing in Pediatrics. Kailah has been dancing since she was a tiny tot and has participated in all the girls dance categories; jingle, fancy shawl, and traditional. She currently dances in Teen Girls Traditional Category because her heart pulls her to the traditional style. She makes all of her own regalia. She sews her own dresses and beads all of her regalia pieces. Kailah lives on the Colville Reservation with her grandmother and her Aunt. She is a very focus and determined young lady and we would encourage everyone to say hello to this smart and beautiful young lady. She will be sponsoring a Tiny Tot special this year, to give back to the community and the children.

Gratitude! We met our Minimum Funding Goal- The PowWow is ON!

The Seattle Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow will be July 17-19th in Discovery Park Seattle.


Thanks to everyone we have met our minimum goal!

We will be in touch with all of our GoFundMe supporters about details for check in for your tickets to the PowWow events!

We still have 30 more places for the VIP reception on Friday night at Daybreak Star, and this campaign will stay open for the next 5 days. All funds will go to the pow wow, and will ease the work of our volunteers and committee.

We are still seeking Sponsors.  See our Sponsor page for more details.  Vendor information will be available the first week of April.

There is a National Call for Artists to design the Pow Wow poster.

Watch for more updates over the next few weeks.

2014 Seafair Powwow Cancelled

2014 Seafair Powwow will not be held this year

To: United Indians Community

From: UIATF Board and Staff

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the UIATF Board and staff, we regret to inform our United Indians community that the 2014 Seafair Powwow will not be held this year.  After careful consideration of many factors we have determined that United Indians does not have the capacity or resources to host the event this year.

This past year we have been addressing our challenging financial situation and we have worked hard to stabilize our operations and their budgets.  We still have to manage our cash flow carefully.  Our staff capacity is about one half of what it was last year when we still had our Head Start Program.  We feel that stretching our limited resources now could put the United Indians programs at risk again.

We express our deep appreciation and gratitude to the community members who stepped forward with a generous and positive offer to help with the organizing of the Powwow. Their passion for our culture and creativity are inspiring.  Although we won’t be having the Powwow this year, we look forward to working on future events with these volunteers and other community members.  We are hopeful that next year we will be in a stronger financial position to resume hosting this culturally important event for our community.

We have taken great pride in organizing our Seafair Powwow.  It is truly our gift to the community.  We take this responsibility seriously and we will soon begin planning for the 2015 Seafair Powwow.  We hope to see many of you on the powwow highway.


The Board and Staff of United Indians Of All Tribes Foundation

Native American Hip Hop Artists Rally to Save the Seafair Pow Wow

Photo: Ramona Ridgewell

From Northwest Music Scene Contributed by Ramona Ridgewell

On Friday night March 7th, there was an all Native hip hop concert at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center to benefit the Seafair Pow Wow. Due to budget cuts last year, Seafair Pow Wow did not take place. A group of Native Hip Hop artists decided to try to make a difference and help make it possible to have the Pow Wow this year by donating their time and talent to put on this fund-raiser concert….