PITU Puow’wan Program

The Puow’wan Program is a new PITU program that is part of the Tiwahe (pronounced tih-wah’-heh) Initiative, a project funded by Congress through the Office of Indian Services (OIS) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The Tiwahe Initiative directly aligns with our own self-determination, self-governance, and sovereignty-focused initiatives that encompass the Tribe’s initiative of taking more control of our programs and services to best meet our current needs and those of our future generations. Tiwahe comes from the Lakota language and means “family.” We have named our program the “Puow’wan Program,” or Family Program.

The Puow-wan Program intends to enhance the Native Youth programs, develop a sustainable Elders Care program, strengthen the Indian Child Welfare Act, promote employability for our Tribal members, and assist in the development of a Tribal court.

For more information about the program, contact Program Manager Tamra Borchardt-Slayton at tbslayton@pitu.gov.

Photo from Auntie’s Day Out, held March 9, 2024, and sponsored by the Puow’wan Program

Upcoming Events & Activities

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Past Event Photo Galleries

Men’s Day

Men’s Day (or Tangwats Davaputs) was held June 15, 2024, at the Iron County Shooting Range. With June being Men’s Health Month, attendees heard a presentation on preventative health measures from Glen Pedersen, the primary care physician at the SUU FourPoints clinic, followed by information on exercise and healthy eating from Jerold Kanosh, runner and cousin of Kanosh Band Chairman Simon Pikyavit. Lunch was served by Desert Rose (and pulled pork from Jerold), during which there were Best Medallion and Best War Cry contests, won by Randall Benn and Ashton Aguayo, respectively. Then, following a gun safety presentation by Mike Slayton, the “deadly uncles” tried their hands at a variety of firearms, with Cody Tom taking the Best Target Shooting award.

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2024 College Prep Camp

College Prep Camp was held from June 11-13, 2024, for students who will be in grades 10-12 for the 2024-25 school year. The students toured Southern Utah University and Southwest Technical College in Cedar City and Utah Tech University and Dixie Technical College in St. George. They also toured the PITU headquarters and FourPoints Health Cedar City clinic. But it wasn’t all serious. Students went up to Cedar Breaks National Monument for an evening and played around at Fiesta Family Fun Center.

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Auntie’s Day Out

Mumowts’ Davaputs (“Women’s Day”) was held on March 9, 2024, as a celebration of Nung’wu Mumowts’ and as part of Women’s History Month. Events included a lunch and prizes for Best Auntie Earrings, Best Auntie “Ehhh,” and Best Ribbon Skirt.

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Indigenous Family Night Out

The Indigenous Family Night Out was held on March 8, 2024, in the PITU gym and featured a performance by motivational speaker Supaman, as well as a fashion show put on by Choke Cherry Creek.

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Sweetheart Round Dance

The Tooveet-see-us-stitch Sweetheart Round Dance was held Feb. 9, 2024, in the PITU gym and included the invited drum group Medicine Thunder. Activities included the Potato Dance, Owl Dance, and a cake walk.

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