Scenes from the annual Treaty Days Parade in Toppenish, Wash. on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (JAKE PARRISH/Yakima Herald-Republic)

TOPPENISH, Wash. -- The Yakama Nation will commemorate the 163rd anniversary of the treaty that set its foundation as a sovereign nation with events Friday through Sunday, including a parade, a powwow, rodeo contests, stick games, basketball and softball tournaments, a Native artists market and more.

Events begin with a flag-raising by members of the Yakama Warriors Association at 9 a.m. Friday. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Legends Casino, 580 Fort Road, Toppenish. The theme is Tmáakt nümi Ála ku Káła: Honoring our Grandmothers, and grand marshal is Arlene James Wesley, the first Miss Indian America.

In other events, the Yakama Nation Museum and Cultural Center will mark its 38th anniversary. Yakama Nation offices will be closed Friday.

The Treaty of 1855 was signed near Walla Walla by leaders of the 14 tribes and bands confederated into the modern Yakama Nation.

Under the treaty, the Yakamas ceded most of their original territory of 10.8 million acres to the federal government, although they retained the right to fish, hunt and gather all the tribe’s traditional foods on the reservation as well as the ceded areas.

The treaty also created the 1.3-million-acre reservation.


8 a.m. — Treaty Day golf scramble, shotgun start. Mt. Adams Country Club, 1250 Rocky Ford Road, Toppenish. Call 509-865-4440.

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Cultural Center 38th Anniversary Native Artists Market featuring original handmade art, 100 Spiel-Yi Loop, Toppenish. Call 509-865-2800 or visit

9 a.m. — Yakama Warriors flag-raising ceremony

10 a.m. — Yakama Nation Treaty Day Parade. The grand marshal will be accompanied by other Miss Indian America representatives.

Noon — Cultural Heritage Center anniversary salmon luncheon

12:30 p.m. — Cultural demonstration, American Indian Business Leaders, Heritage University chapter

1 p.m. — Free movie at the Heritage Theater, “Dreamkeeper”

6 p.m. — Comedian Chance Rush will perform in a Cultural Center anniversary event in conjunction with Treaty Day activities. Tickets are $10 each or $15 for two. Get tickets at the center gift shop or at the door.


10 a.m. — White Swan community parade. Visit or call 509-985-8536.

Friday through Sunday

Treaty Day Pow Wow, Pavilion 390-A, Mission Road, White Swan. Friday: Grand Entry at 7 p.m. Saturday: Grand Entry at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday: Grand Entry at 2 p.m. Learn more at

Youth Ballers Annual Tournament. Toppenish Community Center, 600 N. Meyers Road. Call Vanessa Patchpe at 509-930-9521 for more information.

Saturday and Sunday

Stick games — Palyuu and Wahluksha. Ceremonial Grounds, 390-A Mission Road, White Swan. For more information, call Vera Hernandez at 509-961-9587 or Ken Tadena at 509-945-5028.

Treaty Day Rodeo. White Swan Rodeo Grounds, 101 Rodeo Drive, White Swan. Events begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 509-823-8227.

Softball tournament. Yakama Nation Sports Complex, 61 Linden St., Toppenish. Men’s tournament, call Wade Yallup at 509-930-0489. Women’s tournament, call Fran Smiscon at 509-949-0581.

Treaty Day golf tournament. 9 a.m. Mt. Adams Country Club, 1250 Rocky Ford Road, Toppenish. Call 509-865-4440.

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