Big Coeur d'Alene powwow canceled after 17-year history



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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — One of the biggest Powwows in the nation — the Julyamsh powwow held annually at the Greyhound Park in Post Falls — has been canceled for this year.

The Spokesman Review reports (http://is.gd/xBB8LW ) the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort announced the cancellation on Friday.

The announcement comes as four Indian tribes in Idaho are pushing the state to outlaw "instant racing" electronic betting machines. One of the locations in Idaho with the machines is the Greyhound Park and Event Center.

Tribal spokeswoman Heather Keen says the cancellation is related to the instant racing controversy.

The July event is the largest outdoor powwow in the Northwest and among the largest in the nation, with 1,600 participants and up to 30,000 spectators over three days. It's been held in Post Falls for 17 years.

The tribe had talked about moving the event to the Coeur d'Alene Reservation, but they lack the necessary space and facilities.

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