Black Hills State University to celebrate American Indian Awareness Week

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, March 27, 2017/Categories: 2017

Mr. Dave Archambault, Sr., Lakota, will present "The Upside of the Dakota Access Pipeline Fight by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe," Thursday, April 6 at Black Hills State University. Archambault is one of nine speakers who will be on campus as part of American Indian Awareness Week at BHSU April 3-8.

The Lakota Omniciye student organization will host American Indian Awareness Week at Black Hills State University April 3-8. Events throughout the week include a free speaker series and the 34th Annual Wacipi (Pow Wow).

Black Hills State University will celebrate American Indian Awareness Week April 3-8 with an engaging line-up of speakers discussing the origins of Lakota song and dance, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the "Dignity" statue recently installed near Chamberlain.

The theme of the 2017 American Indian Awareness Week is "Transforming Ideas into Action Through a Native Lens." The event is dedicated to educating the community about Indian culture.

D'Aryn Lends His Horse, chemistry major from Eagle Butte and president of the Lakota Omniciye student group that hosts the week's events, said she expects more than 3,000 people to attend the Pow Wow to be held April 7-8.

"The Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (Pow Wow) is one of the largest in South Dakota. It's really exciting for those who've never experienced a Pow Wow to see the beauty of our culture. All events throughout the week are open to the public," said Lends His Horse.

Schedule of BHSU American Indian Awareness Week events:

Tuesday, April 4
  • Mr. Jerome Kills Small, Oglala Lakota, "Origins of Lakota Song and Dance," 9:30-0:45 a.m., Jonas Hall Room 107
  • Dr. Elise Boxer, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota/Fort Peck Sioux and Assiniboine Tribe, "American Indians and the Politics of Identity," 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Jonas Hall Room 102
  •  Dr. Majel Boxer, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota/Fort Peck Sioux and Assiniboine Tribe, "Indigenizing Oral Traditions: Documenting, Telling, and Sharing Stories of Survivance," 2-3:15 p.m., Jonas Hall Room 107
Wednesday, April 5
  •  Mr. Dale Lamphere, South Dakota Artist Laureate and BHSU alum, "Dignity Statue of South Dakota," 9-9:50 a.m., Jonas Hall Room 107. BHSU mass communication students Bryce Boser of Box Elder and Richard Walbe of Deadwood assisted in the documentation of the making and installation of the statue through photography and video.
  • Ms. Chas Jewett, Lakota, "Indigenous Peacemaking," 11-11:50 a.m., Jonas Hall Room 106
  • Mr. Joshua Houy, "The Destruction of the Indian Justice system, the Indian Commerce Clause, Colonialism and the Impact of the War on Drugs on American Indians," 1-1:50 p.m., Jonas Hall Room 309
Thursday, April 6
  • Mr. Dave Archambault, Sr., Lakota, "The Upside of the Dakota Access Pipeline Fight by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe," 9:30-10:45 a.m., Jonas Hall Room 306
  • Dr. Sarah Hernandez, Sicangu Lakota, "Toward a Dakota Literary Tradition," 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Jonas Hall Room 102
Friday, April 7
  •  Dr. Nora Antoine, Sicangu Lakota, "Listening to Your Heart and Head: Using Culture and Convention to Create Your Career Path," 9-9:50 a.m., Jonas Hall Room 107
  • 34th Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, Grand Entry 7 p.m., Donald E. Young Center Field House*
Saturday, April 8
  • Free Buffalo Feed, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union
  • 34th Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, Grand Entry 1 p.m., Donald E. Young Center Field House*
*Entrance fees to the Wacipi: $6 per session, $10 weekend pass, free to persons age 55+ and those under age 5. BHSU students, faculty and staff receive free admittance with University ID. All other American Indian Awareness Week events are free of charge.

View the schedule online at www.BHSU.edu/PowWow

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