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The First National Indian Congress was held in Spokane in October 1925 and then again in July 1926. About three thousand Indians, representing thirty-four tribes of the Northwest, attended the first Congress in 1925. They pitched seventeen tepees on Riverside Avenue and over seventy at Glover Field in Peaceful Valley. Events included a parade through downtown, ceremonies, games and dances at the Gonzaga Stadium. One of the highlights of the Congresses was the selection of an Indian Princess. The first Congress was largely organized by white city boosters, but the tribes got involved in the planning for the second one. More Indians attended the second conference but registered in hotels instead of pitching tepees. The second Indian Congress was the last as the Indians resented the white control of their Congress.

 
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