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BHSU celebrates American Indian Awareness Week

Dancers participate in the 2008 Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (powwow). The 2009 wacipi will be held April 17-19 at the Donald E. Young Sports & Fitness Center Field House.

Black Hills State University will host the 26th annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (powwow) April 17-19 at the Donald E. Young Sports & Fitness Center Field House as part of American Indian Awareness Week which begins April 14. The theme for this year is “Celebrating American Indian Sovereignty.”

“I am impressed and excited by this year’s theme. In recent years tribes have more actively exercised their sovereignty and have taken greater control over matters that directly affect them,” said Dr. John Glover, interim director of the Center of American Indian Studies (CAIS) at BHSU.

A special addition to this year’s week-long celebration is a forum April 17 at Mount Rushmore National Memorial titled “Tribal Courts: Accomplishments, Issues and Challenges.” The forum, moderated by Glover, will include a panel of guest speakers discussing the role of a tribal court and how it affects people on and off the reservation. There is no cost to attend and there will be free van transportation for BHSU students; to register contact the CAIS at 642-6578.

A complete schedule of events for the week is as follows: 

Tuesday, April 14th

  • 4 - 5:45 p.m. - American Indian Awareness Week
    opening prayer and social hour
    Center for American Indian Studies - Jonas Hall 103
     
  • 6 – 8 p.m. - “A Tattoo on My Heart” - film and director’s discussion by Charlie Abourezk – attorney, film director
    Jonas Hall 306

Wednesday, April 15th

  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. - Women in Tribal Law
    Rochelle Ducheneaux - attorney,
    Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
    Jonas Hall 107
     
  • 2 - 2:50 p.m. - Plight of the Seven Council Fires
    Joseph Cross – Lakota’s People’s Law Project
    Jonas Hall 102
     
  • 2 - 2:50 p.m. - Court Appointed Special Advocates
    for Children (CASA)
    Chad Caton - executive director, Rapid City CASA
    Jonas Hall 107
     
  • 3 - 4:15 p.m. - Sovereignty in Indian Child Welfare
    Claire Newman - Lakota People’s Law Project
    Jonas Hall 204

Thursday, April 16th

  • 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. - Rock Art of the Northern Plains
    Bill O’Donnell
    Jonas Hall 107
     
  • 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. - Rock Art of the Northern Plains
    Bill O’Donnell
    Jonas Hall 107
     
  • 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. - Civil Rights of South Dakota Indians
    Robert Doody - director,
    American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota
    Jonas Hall 306

Friday, April 17th

  • 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. - Tribal Courts: Accomplishments,
    Issues and Challenges

    Frank Pommersheim – University of South Dakota law professor and tribal judge; Pat Lee, Sherman Marshall and Cheryl Three Stars Valandra, tribal judges; Joe Lux, attorney
    Mount Rushmore National Memorial
     
  • 9 - 9:50 a.m. - Rock Art of the Northern Plains
    Bill O’Donnell
    Jonas Hall 107
     
  • 11 - 11:50 a.m. - Journey to the Tower
    Dorothy Fire Cloud – superintendent,
    Devil’s Tower National Monument
    Jonas Hall 107
     
  • 12 - 12:50 p.m. - Native American Regalia
    Whitney Rencountre - BHSU alumnus,
    powwow arena director
    Jonas Hall 309
     
  • 2 - 2:50 p.m. - Issues Surrounding Devil’s Tower
    Dorothy Fire Cloud – superintendent,
    Devil’s Tower National Monument
    Jonas Hall 107
     
  • 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. - Lakota Omniciye Wacipi
    Grand entry, warm up, and social dancing
    Young Center Field House

Saturday, April 18th

  • 9:30 a.m. - Native American Alumni Brunch
    Sponsored by BHSU Alumni Office
    Pangburn Dining Hall
     
  • 10 a.m. - Annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse
    Memorial Run/Walk
    Registration at Salem Park – 425 Quincy Street, Spearfish
     
  • 12 – 5 p.m. - Lakota Omniciye Wacipi
    Young Center Field House
     
  • 5 - 6:30 p.m. - Buffalo Feed (free)
    West Elementary - 920 West King Street, Spearfish
     
  • 7 - 11:00 p.m. - Lakota Omniciye Wacipi
    Young Center Field House

Sunday, April 19th 

  • 12 - 5:00 p.m. - Lakota Omniciye Wacipi
    Young Center Field House

For more information contact the CAIS at 642-6578 or email UrlaMarcus@BHSU.edu. Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations for these events should contact Marcus at least 48 hours prior to start of event.

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