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
Wednesday, April 15th
Thursday, April 16th
Friday, April 17th
Saturday, April 18th
Sunday, April 19th
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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