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BHSU is making plans for Indian Awareness Week and the annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi

As part of Indian Awareness Week at Black Hills State University, the 25th Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (Powwow) will take place April 18–20 in the Donald E. Young Sports & Fitness Center Field House. Grand entries will take place Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at noon and 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 20 at noon.

During the week leading up to the powwow the University will hold several events in observance of American Indian Awareness. The theme for the week is “Healthy Choices Empower Nations.”

Events for the week include informational presentations, 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 14
    • Gerri Goes in Center, “Wasna and Your Health,” 11 a.m., Jonas Hall 107
    • Prayer and Social Hour, 4 p.m., Jonas Hall 103
  • Tuesday, April 15
    • “Three Voices: Speaking from the Past,” 9:30–10:45 a.m., David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room
    • Pat Spears, “Wind Power & A Healthy Earth: Alternative Energy Resources,” 12:30–1:45 p.m., Jonas Hall 306
    • Jennifer Giroux, “A Perspective on Empowering Nations,” 6:30 p.m., Jonas Hall 304
  • Wednesday, April 16 
    • Mauela Maldonado, “From Indigenous Collective Consciousness to Written Policy,” 11–11:50 a.m., Jonas Hall 107
    • Native Educational Endeavors Honors Sanford Research Luncheon, 12 p.m., Pangburn Hall Small Dining Room
    • Dr. Victoria Grey Owl, “Childhood Obesity in Native Communities,” 1 p.m., Jonas Hall 102
    • Dr. Mary Rogers, “Understanding the Influence of Tradition and Culture as Protective Factors in American Indian Youth,” 1:30 p.m., Jonas Hall 102
    • Dr. Amy Elliott, “Early Childhood Predictors Study Update,” 2 p.m., Jonas Hall 102
  • Thursday, April 17
    • Bill O’Donnell, “Rock Art of the Northern Plains,” 9:30 a.m., Jonas Hall room 304
    • Tribal and Academic Partnerships to Improve Health panel discussion, 12:30 p.m., Jonas Hall 204
    • Gene Thin Elk, “Health, Choices and Empowerment through Red and Blue Days,” 3:30 p.m., Jonas Hall 107
  • Friday, April 18
    • Gene Thin Elk, Introduction to American Indian Literature class discussion, 9 – 9:50 a.m., Meier Hall 204
    • Bill O’Donnell, “Rock Art of the Northern Plains,” 9 – 9:50 a.m. Jonas Hall 107
    • Coffee and Rolls, 9:30 – 10 a.m., Jonas Hall 103
    • Interested in a Health Professions or Health Sciences Career? Session I, 10 – 10:50 p.m., David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room
    • Interested in a Health Professions or Health Sciences Career? Session II, 11 – 11:50 a.m., David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room
    • Gene Thin Elk, American Indian Philosophy class discussion, 11 – 11:50 a.m., Jonas Hall 107 
    • Health and Science Career Choices Luncheon, 12 p.m., Pangburn Hall Small Dining Room
    • Bill O’Donnell, “Rock Art of the Northern Plains,” 1 – 1:50 p.m., Jonas Hall 306
    • Dr. Ronnie Theisz and Whitney Rencountre, “Native American Regalia,” 3 p.m., Jonas Hall 305
    • Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, 7 – 11 p.m., Donald E. Young Sports & Fitness Center Field House
  • Saturday, April 19
    • Native American Alumni Brunch, 9:30 a.m., Pangburn Dining Hall
    • Annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Run Registration, 10 a.m., Salem Park
    • Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, 12 – 5 p.m., Donald E. Young Sports & Fitness Center Field House
    • Free Buffalo Feed, 5 – 6:30 p.m., David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Marketplace
    • Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, 7 – 11 p.m., Donald E. Young Sports & Fitness Center Field House
  • Sunday, April 20
    • Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, 12 – 5 p.m., Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House

Admission is free for all BHSU students, staff, and faculty with their BUZZ card. For more information, or to request accommodations for persons with disabilities contact Urla Marcus, assistant director for the BHSU Center for American Indian Studies at (605) 642-6578 at least 48 hours prior to start of event.

Events are sponsored by BHSU, the BHSU Center for American Indian Studies, Lakota Omniciye - BHSU American Indian Club, Sanford Research/USD, and Sanford School of Medicine. The events are made possible in part by a grant from the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) at the National Institute of Health.

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