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BHSU will host the 27th Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi in conjunction with American Indian Awareness Week

Black Hills State University will host the 27th Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (powwow) April 16-18 at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House in conjunction with American Indian Awareness Week that will take place on campus April 12-18.

This year’s theme is “Leading with Action: Walking the Talk.” The celebration kicks off with a social Monday, April 12 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Center for American Indian Studies, located in Jonas Hall, room 103. Speakers during the week include: Gerard Baker, superintendent of Mount Rushmore; Jay Taken Alive, councilman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; and many others. A complete schedule of events for the week is as follows:

Tuesday, April 13th

  • 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
    Camp Circle: Coming Home the Dakota Way
    Jonas Hall, room 107
    Belinda F. Joe, M.S. Ed. - Dakota Hunkpati, educator, Montana State University graduate student, Traditional Dancer and Kunsin
     
  • 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
    Cultural Conflicts & Challenges with Leadership
    Jonas Hall, room 107
    Rosalie Little Thunder - Lakota educator and activist
     
  • 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
    Democracy: True Freedom?
    Meier Hall, room 128
    Gerard Baker - superintendent, Mount Rushmore
    National Memorial

Wednesday, April 14th

  • 9-9:50 a.m.
    Native Legacy Magazine
    Jonas Hall, room 209
    Lila DeMarrias-Mehlhaff - publisher and CEO
     
  • 12-12:50 p.m.
    Native Legacy Magazine
    Meier Hall, room 202
    Abena Song Bird - writer, poet, and singer
     
  • 1-1:50 p.m.
    Native Americans: The Original Environmentalists
    Jonas Hall, room 309
    Bryant High Horse - counselor, educator, and lecturer at Oglala Lakota College and at North Middle School in Rapid City
     
  • 3-5 p.m.
    Early French & Lakota Families in South Dakota
    Jonas Hall, room 202
    Donovin Sprague - educator, author, musician, historian

    
Thursday, April 15th

  • 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
    Wacipi – A Way of Life
    Jonas Hall, room 107
    Whitney Rencountre - BHSU alumnus and powwow arena director
  • 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
    Issues Surrounding Devils Tower
    Jonas Hall, room 107
    Dorothy FireCloud – superintendent, Devils Tower National Monument
     
  • 2-3:15 p.m.
    Search for the Lost Trail of Crazy Horse
    Jonas Hall, room 305
    Cleve Walstrom - author

Friday, April 16th

  • 9-9:50 a.m.
    Soaring Into the Future
    Jonas Hall, room 107
    Sandy Swallow-Morgan - Lakota/Northern Cheyenne artist
     
  • 12- 12:50 p.m.
    Lakota Leadership & Responsibilities
    Jonas Hall, room 107Jay Taken Alive - Standing Rock Sioux Tribe councilman
     
  • 1-1:50 p.m.
    Lakota Leadership & Responsibilities
    Jonas Hall, room 308
    Jay Taken Alive - Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Councilman
     
  • 7-11 p.m.
    Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi
    BHSU Young Center Field House
    Grand entry, warm up, and social dancing

Saturday, April 17h

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Native American Alumni Meet & Greet
    Young Center Hall of Fame Room
    Sponsored by BHSU Alumni Office
     
  • 10 a.m.
    25th Annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Run
    Salem Park in Spearfish
    Registration will take place at Salem Park
     
  • 12-5 p.m.
    Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi
    Young Center Field House
     
  • 5-6:30 p.m.
    Free Buffalo Feed
    David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union
     
  • 7-11 p.m.
    Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi
    Young Center Field House

Sunday, April 18th

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


For more information contact the Center for American Indian Studies at 605-642-6578. Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations for these events should contact Urla Marcus at 605-642-6578 at least 48 hours prior to start of event.
 

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