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BHSU to celebrate 25th anniversary of Lakota Omniciye Wacipi

wacipi_artwork_web.jpgBHSU is making plans for the 25th annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (Powwow) and a full schedule of events to observe American Indian Awareness Week April 16-22.

Powwow sessions will be held Friday, April 20 from 7 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, April 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, April 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House.

During the week leading up to the powwow the university will hold several events as a part of American Indian Awareness Week. The theme for the week is “Walking Strong In Two Worlds.” The week will include a symposium, entitled “The RED, in the Red, White & Blue: Indians in the Armed Forces,” featuring presentations by several American Indian military veterans. Other events will include an official naming ceremony for the Wicozani Tipi American Indian Health Research Program, a Native American alumni brunch, the annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Run/Walk, and a free buffalo feed.

A complete schedule of events follows:

Monday, April 16

  • Awareness Week Opening: Prayer & Social Hour, 4 p.m., Jonas Hall Room 103

Tuesday, April 17

  • Introductions and keynote speaker Ed McGaa (Eagle Man), Oglala Sioux Tribe, 6:30 p.m., Clare and Josef Meier Hall Room 128

Wednesday, April 18

  • Marcella Ryan LeBeau, “World War II Nursing Experience,” 12 to 12:50 p.m., Jonas Hall Room 107
  • John Day, USD fine arts director, “Life, Work & Military Service of Oscar Howe,” 6:30 p.m., Clare and Josef Meier Hall Room 128

Thursday, April 19

  • Bill O’Donnell, U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, “Northern Plains Rock Art,” 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Jonas Hall Room 107
  • “The RED, in the Red, White & Blue” symposium panel discussion, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Jonas Hall Room 305
  • Film “Wind Talkers” about the World War II Navajo Code Talkers, 6:30 p.m., Jonas Hall Room 305

Friday, April 20

  • Bill O’Donnell, U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, “Northern Plains Rock Art,” 9 to 9:50 a.m., Jonas Hall Room 107
  • Gerri Goes In Center, U.S. Army veteran, “Traditional Lakota Food,” 12 to 12:50 p.m., Jonas Hall Room 107
  • Dr. Ronnie Theisz and Whitney Rencountre, “Native American Regalia,” 12 to 12:50 p.m., Clare and Josef Meier Hall Room 128
  • Dr. Ronnie Theisz and Whitney Rencountre, “Native American Regalia,” 1 to 1:50 p.m., Clare and Josef Meier Hall Room 128
  • Official naming, blessing and open house at Wicozani Tipi American Indian Health Research Program, 2 to 3:30 p.m., 1246 St. Joe Street, Spearfish
  • Lakota Omniciye Wacipi grand entry, warm up, social dancing and hand games, 7 to 11 p.m., Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House

Saturday, April 21

  • Native American Alumni Brunch, 9 to 11 a.m., Spearfish Holiday Inn
  • Kevin Whirlwind Horse Run/Walk, 10 a.m., Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center lobby
  • Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, 1 to 5 p.m., Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House
  • Free Buffalo Feed, 5 to 6:30 p.m., David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Marketplace
  • Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, 7 to 11 p.m., Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House

Sunday, April 22

  • Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, 1 to 5 p.m., Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House

Powwow passes are $12 for the entire weekend or $5 per session. BHSU students and employees and elders 55 and older are free with an ID. All other events held during the week are open to the public at no charge.

American Indian Awareness Week is sponsored by Black Hills State University, Lakota Omniciye, the BHSU Center for American Indian Studies, the South Dakota Humanities Council, and many individual contributors.

Event times and places are subject to change. Contact the BHSU Center for American Indian Studies at 642-6578 for more information or to request accommodations for persons with disabilities.

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