The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Prior Lake, Minn., has continued its tradition of generosity to the Black Hills State University Lakota Omniciye (BHSU American Indian Students Club) by donating $1,000 to this year’s Wacipi (powwow) to be held April 20-22.

According to John Glover, director of the BHSU Center for American Indian Studies, the BHSU Lakota Omniciye Wacipi is now in its 25th year and has had a tremendous regional draw. Individuals consistently travel from all over Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Canada to attend the event. In past years as many as 3,500 people have attended the event’s sessions.

This year’s theme is “Walking Strong in Two Worlds.” In addition to the Wacipi, the Center for American Indian Studies will be hosting their annual Indian Awareness Week activities. Guest speakers and other events will be held throughout the week beginning April 16 and lead up to the powwow. In line with the Wacipi’s theme, awareness week activities will focus on “The Red, in the Red, White and Blue: Indians in the Armed Forces.” Several Indian veterans of past and present conflicts will speak of native contributions to the U.S. military.

There is no charge to BHSU students or employees at any of these events. For more information, contact Urla Marcus, assistant director of the BHSU Center for American Indian Studies, at 642-6578 or Glover at 642-6003.