During the week of April 13th-17th, 2015 the Lakota Omniciye student organization will host the 32nd annual "Lakota Omniciye Wacipi" during American Indian Awareness Week. This event is dedicated to educating the community about Indian culture, featuring daily speakers and a variety of events at Black Hills State University. All events are open to the public.
Activities will take place April 13-19. Speakers will be on campus to present in American Indian Studies classes. The schedule of speakers will be finalized at the end of March.
2015 American Indian Awareness Week
“Draw from the Past, Design the Future” American Indian Awareness Speaker Series April 13th~17th, 2015.
*2015 Schedule of events (subject to change); all events open to Public. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, April14th, 2015
CheyenneRiver Photography, Jonas 107
DawnE. LeBeau, Cheyenne River Lakota
Dawn LeBeau is a freelance photographer from the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. Dawn specializes in taking natural light photographs and has been capturing photographs since 1999. Dawn is a fellow with the First Peoples Fund, she volunteers with the Cheyenne River Youth Project each year and is currently working on a Lakota speaker’s elderly photography project.Dawn resides on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.
Spoken Word/Performance Poetry , Jonas 104
Shawn Little Thunder, Cheyenne River Lakota
Spoken word artist and singer/songwriter Shawn Little Thunder (Zuya Win 'Lady Warrior') is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, A descendant of Lakota Chief Little Thunder, Shawn's mission is to share her powerful words of empowerment and chilling vocal talents is one of the cultural preservation, through language and community activism. Founder of "Rez Poetry 'Wichoiye` Washaka-Strong Words'" a quarterly event that aims at helping reservation youth find there voice and establish creative outlets through oppression. As for Shawn's music, she is set to record and release her first album within the year of 2015 that will entail original music of tradition, contemporary, and poetry.
Lakota Star Knowledge
Madeline Young Speaker Series
Joy (Proctor) KrautschunAlumniWelcome Center
Dr. Craig Howe and Sam Hurst
Dr. Howe and Sam Hurst will introduce and show the film, “Lakota Star Knowledge (27 minute film which links the Greco-Roman view of constellations with that of traditional Lakota culture).” The film was directed by filmmaker Sam Hearst with the assistance of CAIRNS (The Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies) under the direction of Dr. Craig Howe, and with additional support from Oglala Lakota College.
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Rencountre Graphic Arts and Photography, Jonas 107
Whitney and Jessie Rencountre, Hunkpati Dakota and Hunkpapa Lakota
Whitney Rencountre II, is Hunkpati Dakota from the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. He attended Black Hills State University and is currently the Director of Ateyapi, a culturally based mentoring program serving Rapid City area schools. Whitney is owner his own graphic arts company, WITTGRAPHICS. Jessie Taken Alive-Rencountre, is a Hunkpapa Lakota from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Jessie received her Bachelor’s degree from Black Hills State University and her Masters from South Dakota State University. She currently is a high school counselor and has her own photography business Jessie Rencountre Photography, she partners alongside WITTGRAPHICS. Whitney and Jessie’s outlook is to share their culture with the goal of creating understanding and fostering positive change in our schools and communities.
Indigene Studios "The People“, Jonas 107
AngelWhite Eyes , Oglala Lakota /Turtle Mountain Ojibway
Angel White Eyes is Oglala Lakota and Turtle Mountain Ojibway from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She is an artist, photographer, and cofounder of Indigene Studios, the first production company on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Thursday, April 16th, 2015
Using Social Media as a Platform, Jonas 107
Mato Standing High, Esq., Rosebud Lakota
Mato is a licensed Colorado and South Dakota attorney and co-owner of Owl Nest Consulting. He has a strong background in the practice of Indian law and a passion to serve and assist underrepresented individuals. He was the attorney general for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe from 2007 to 2012. Mato is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business marketing, as well as the University of Montana School of Law, where he earned a juris doctorate.
Dakota South Records: The Art of Music,Jonas 104
Brandis Knudsen, Lakota
International selling and two-time music award winning recording and performing artist, B. of Dakota South Records is one of the quickest rising Native American artists in the industry. His highly anticipated sophomore album is scheduled to be released later this year.
Native American Journalism, Jonas 107
Karin Eagle, Oglala Lakota
Oglala Lakota mother of three, Journalist, Activist, TCU graduate and writer at Lakota Country Times.
Friday,April 17th, 2015
Native American Fashion Design, Jonas 107
Charlie Cuny, Oglala Lakota
Charlie Nicole Cuny comes from Sunkawakan Mahpiya (Cloud Horse) and Zuya Nisksala (Little Warrior) Bands in Pejuta Haka (Medicine Root District) on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In addition to being a champion Jingle Dress dancer Charlie learned how to bead and sew at a very young age.Over the years, she honed these skills by creating not only her own regalia, but regalia for her siblings as well.For the past five years she prioritized her education, knowing that she would be able to help her nation move forward. She is now currently the new lead female performer for Brulé.
Kevin Whirlwind Horse Run - April 12th
All Events are open to the public
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.
For information, contact Urla Marcus or Rosie Sprague at 605-642-6578.