Indigenous culture to inspire, educate during American Indian Awareness Week events at BHSU

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, March 31, 2016/Categories: 2016

Participants line up for the Grand Entry at the BHSU Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (Pow Wow), a gathering and celebration of American Indian culture to be held April 8-9 in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center as part of American Indian Awareness Week at BHSU.

The 33rd Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (Pow Wow) will be held April 8-9 in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center as the concluding event to a week-long celebration of American Indian culture at Black Hills State University.

The Black Hills State University Lakota Omniciye student organization will host American Indian Awareness Week April 4-9, culminating with the 33rd Annual Wacipi (Pow Wow) April 8-9 in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center on the BHSU campus. All events are open to the public.

More than 3,000 people are expected to attend events throughout the week including speakers, a free buffalo feed, and the Annual Wacipi. The week's theme, "TIPI: Together Indigenous People Inspire," will focus on the importance of family and home in indigenous culture.

American Indian Awareness Week events include:

Monday, April 4

12-12:50 p.m., "Restore the Home-Utilizing My Culture and Knowledge to Sustain our Future," Jonas Hall, room 107

-Bryan High Horse (Sincangu/Brule Lakota), international lecturer, counselor and educator

Tuesday, April 5

9:30-10:45 a.m., "Feed the Home-Native American Natural Foods," Jonas Hall, room 107

-Dawn Sherman (Shawnee and Delaware), financial and business manager

2-3:15 p.m., "Protect the Home-Dealing with Domestic Violence in the Home," Jonas Hall, room 303

-Heather Dawn Thompson (Cheyenne River Sioux), attorney

Wednesday, April 6

9-9:50 a.m., "Art in the Home," Jonas Hall, room 107

-Gerald Yellow Hawk (Cheynne River Sioux), artist

10-10:50 a.m., "Educate the Home-History of Indian Education," Jonas Hall, room 304

-Mato Standing High (Rosebud Sioux), attorney and consultant

12-12:50 p.m., "Build the Home-Thunder Valley CDC," Jonas Hall, room 107

-Ruth Cedar Face and Matthew Rama

Thursday, April 7

12:30-1:45 p.m., "Build the Home-Importance of Innovation in Building Techniques," Jonas Hall, room 306

-Henry Red Cloud (Oglala Lakota), renewable energy expert

2-3:15 p.m., "Art in the Home," Jonas Hall, room 105

-Pejuta Haka Red Eagle, BHSU student and artist, and Cecelia Fire Thunder, nurse and tribal leader (Oglala Lakota)

Friday, April 8

9-9:50 a.m., "Culture in the Home-The Importance of Lakota/Dakota Song & Dance," Jonas Hall, room 107

-Whitney Rencountre (Crow Creek Sioux), director of mentoring program and owner of graphic  arts company

7 p.m., Wacipi (Pow Wow) Grand Entry, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House

Saturday, April 9

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Free Buffalo Feed, David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union

1 p.m., Wacipi (Pow Wow) Grand Entry, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House

American Indian Awareness Week is made possible with help from Black Hills State University, the BHSU Multicultural Committee, the South Dakota Humanities Council, and the Center for American Indian Studies at BHSU.

For further information visit www.BHSU.edu/PowWow
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