History & Partnership

For 35 years, the University of Kansas First Nations Student Association (FNSA) has hosted the annual powwow. In 2017, The Lied Center of Kansas became a valued partner, when the president of FNSA approached the Lied Center to asked if they would be willing to host the powwow.

FNSA, The Lied Center, and the former director of the Haskell Indian Nations University Cultural Center and Museum (KU alumna) began discussions about expanding to educate the larger community about the uniqueness and diversity of Native American Peoples in the United States and beyond.

This is how the KU FNSA Powwow & Indigenous Cultures Festival was born and grew into the unique event that you experience today!

The FNSA Tipi stands in front of the Lied Center