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Black Hills State University will host the 28th 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 11-18.

This year’s theme is “Let the Wisdom from the Past, Be the Vision for the Future.” This year’s celebration kicks off Monday, April 11 at noon with a presentation on Navajo (Dine’) Women in Jonas Hall room 107. There will also be a social in the Center for American Indian Studies, Jonas Hall room 103, that afternoon. A complete schedule of events for the week is as follows:
Monday, April 11

  • 12 – 1 p.m. Navajo (Dine’) Women by Susie Roan
    Jonas Hall 107
  • 3– 4:30 p.m. Awareness Week Opening: Prayer & Social Hour, Center for American Indian Studies
    Jonas Hall room 103
     

Tuesday, April 12

  •  9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Painting the American West with Dignity and Respect, by Del Iron Cloud, Hunkpapa Lakota Artist
    Jonas Hall room 107
  • 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Storytelling and the Importance of Oral Traditions, by Rosalie Little Thunder, Lakota Educator and Activist
    Jonas Hall room 107
  • 2– 2:50 p.m. Teaching Methods for the Lakota Language, James Lays Bad, BHSU Alumni Class of 2010
    Jonas Hall room 109
  • 2 – 4 p.m. Case Library Open House, E.Y. Berry Library, 2nd Floor

Wednesday, April 13

  • 12– 12:50 p.m. A Conversation with a Lakota Poet*, Lydia Whirlwind Soldier, Poet and Retired Educator
    Jonas Hall room 107 *This presentation is made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • 3 – 3:50 p.m. Good Meat: One Man’s Search for the Traditional Lakota Diet, Sam Hurst, Viewing of Documentary “Good Meat,” Native American Public Television
    Jonas Hall room 102

Thursday, April 14

  • 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Healing the Warrior Spirit from an Indigenous Perspective, Bryant High Horse Counselor, Educator, Lecturer, Oglala Lakota College and North Middle School, Rapid City
    Jonas Hall room 107
  • 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. An Overview of Lakota-Cheyenne History in Pictographs, Photographs, & Ledger Art 1790-1910, Donovin Sprague, Educator, Author, Musician, Historian
    Jonas Hall room 309
  • 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lakota Responsibilities & Teachings through Oral History, Jay Taken Alive, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Councilman
    Jonas Hall room 107

 

Friday, April 15

  • 9 – 9:50 a.m. Wacipi – A Way of Life, Whitney Rencountre, BHSU Alumni & Powwow Arena Director
    Jonas Hall room 107
  • 12 – 12:50 p.m. Pre-Colonization, Colonization, Decolonization of the Food and Diet of the Tetuwan Lakota People*, Geraldine Goes In Center, Lakota Scholar
    Jonas Hall room 107 *This presentation is made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • 7 – 11 p.m. 28th Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, Grand Entry, Warm up and Social Dancing
    BHSU Donald E. Young Center Field House

Saturday, April 16

  • 10 – 11:30 a.m. Native American Alumni Meet & Greet Sponsored by BHSU Alumni Association
    Donald E. Young Center Hall of Fame Room
  • 10 a.m. 26th Annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Run Registration
    Salem Park
  • 12 – 5 p.m. Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, Young Center Field House
  • 5 – 6:30 p.m. Free Buffalo Feed, BHSU Student Union
  • 7 – 11 p.m. Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, Young Center Field House


Sunday, April 18

  • • 12– 5 p.m. Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, Young Center Field House

For further information, locations, and updates contact: Center for American Indian Studies (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. All activities are drug and alcohol free.