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Latest News, Deals & Savings for June 1

28th annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow takes place June 20-21 at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, Southwest Airlines begins allowing passengers to bring small dogs or cats on board, and a travel bed bug kit is available for summer travel season.

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28th Annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow Set for Cody, Wyoming

The 28th annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21 at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming and it's one of the best gatherings anywhere in the country.

"It's hard to describe what makes our powwow different," says Rebecca West, curatorial assistant of the Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, "but we like to think it's a place for families and friends to gather and share their powwow traditions with a larger community, and an eager audience."

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This year's Master of Ceremonies is Robert "Corky" Old Horn from Crow Agency, Montana. Mike Her Many Horses, from Wounded Knee, South Dakota, returns as Arena Director along with Head Judge Garrett Goggles from Ethete, Wyoming.

Host Drum is Night Hawk from Lodge Grass, Montana, with additional drum groups invited from Montana, Wyoming, and North and South Dakota. The Arapahoe Warriors from Arapahoe, Wyoming, serve as Color Guard.

Powwow dancers-men, women, and children-from tribes across the Northern Plains compete for more than $25,000 in cash and other prizes. Competitive dance categories include traditional, jingle dress, fancy, grass, chicken dance, tiny tots, and team dancing.

Spectators not only watch the competition, but can also visit the Powwow Learning Tipi to learn about powwow dances, traditions, and songs from Lakota educator Gloria Goggles.

Grand entry times are noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon on Sunday. Tickets are good for one day only and must be purchased at the gate. Admission is $6 for adults 18 and older, $3 for youths 7 to 17, and free for children 6 and younger. Native American participants and visitors are admitted free.

The Robbie Powwow Garden is an outdoor grass amphitheater with limited bleacher seating; visitors may bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.

In addition to viewing the spectacular dancing, powwow attendees have the opportunity to visit 43 arts vendors and purchase everything from jewelry, beadwork, and basketry to rugs, paintings, hidework, and collectibles. Food concessions include traditional frybread and Indian tacos along with burgers, brats, and buffalo burgers.

The Plains Indian Museum Powwow is sponsored by the Code of the West Foundation. Dancers and other powwow participants can reach Rebecca West at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (307) 578-4049. Visit
www.bbhc.org/events/powwow.cfm  for general information or contact Nancy McClure at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   or call her at (307) 578-4102.

Southwest Airlines Welcomes Fluffy and Fido Onboard

Pets will now have the "Freedom to Fly" on Southwest Airlines later this month when the airline begins allowing passengers to bring along small cats and dogs in the aircraft cabin for a special low "pet fare" of $75 each way.

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All pets must be in a carrier that fits under the airplane seat, and the carrier will count as the customer's carryon bag. Customers can now purchase tickets for their small cats and dogs for travel beginning June 17, 2009. For more information and a video on Southwest's new pet fare, visit
www.blogsouthwest.com.

"We know from customer and employee feedback that our new ‘pet' customers will be a welcomed addition to any flight," said Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly. "Our enhanced boarding process has opened the window, allowing us to accommodate small pets comfortably on a Southwest flight without impacting our efficiency."

The new pet policy is one of several programs and processes that Southwest Airlines is implementing in an effort to enhance the service the carrier provides, and at the same time, create opportunities for incremental revenue growth.

"These new programs and processes are just the starting point with additional initiatives planned for later this year," Kelly said. "It is always our goal to be upfront with our Customers and to set the right Customer expectations. Our changes today associate a charge for items that are truly an extra service."

For additional information on Southwest's Pet; Unaccompanied Minor; and Bag Policies, visit the
www.southwest.com/pets or check out the company's blog at www.blogouthwest.com.

Travel Bed Bug Kit Available for 2009 Summer Travel Season

Bell Environmental Services (BES), a full-service pest management company in the New York Metropolitan area, is offering a travel bed bug kit to help abate the bed bug problem for families traveling this summer, business travelers and anyone traveling away from home.

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Bell Environmental Services' Travel Bed Bug Kit contains a 6 ounce bed bug control luggage spray, an inspection card that includes color photos of bed bugs for identification and instructions on how to use the travel kit, an LED flashlight with batteries to search for bed bugs in hard to see crevices, and several Catch-It Sticky Traps to place in the room where you're staying.

The laminated Bed Bug Travel Protection instruction card details step-by-step how to inspect for bed bugs in a hotel room, explaining where to look for them and what to look for.

The card also explains how to prepare your luggage before and after travel and where to place your luggage when you've entered your room. "Most of us just plop our suitcases on the beds or on the floor in our hotel room," said Jennifer Erdogan, manager, Bed Bug Division at Bell Environmental. "It is best to keep your luggage away from the bed and place it on top of the luggage rack to keep the bed bugs from crawling into your suitcases."

Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide and heat humans emit, Erdogan said. In a hotel room, bed bugs would sense a new occupant and come out of hiding to feed. Hiding in easily accessible luggage, in its cracks and crevices, make it easier for the bed bugs to feed near its host.

The Bed Bug Travel Kit is available online at Bell at
www.bellenvironmentalstore.com or by calling Bell Environmental. The kit retails for $29.99 and is easy to tuck into a large purse, backpack or suitcase for easy travel, Erdogan said.


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