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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.