The Lakota Omniciye student organization will host American Indian Awareness Week at Black Hills State University April 3-8. Events throughout the week include a free speaker series and the 34th Annual Wacipi (Pow Wow).

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The Lakota Omniciye student organization will host American Indian Awareness Week at Black Hills State University April 3-8. Events throughout the week include a free speaker series and the 34th Annual Wacipi (Pow Wow).

Black Hills State University Welcomes Dave Archambault Sr.

Black Hills State University to celebrate American Indian Awareness Week

Standing Rock Sioux elder Dave Archambault Sr. is one of the scheduled speakers during American Indian Awareness Week at Black Hills State University from April 3-8.

“An engaging line-up of speakers discussing the origins of Lakota song and dance, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the ‘Dignity’ statue recently installed near Chamberlain,” said the university in a statement.

This year’s theme is “Transforming Ideas into Action Through a Native Lens,” with the event dedicated to educating the community about Indian culture. D’Aryn Lends His Horse, chemistry major from Eagle Butte and president of the Lakota Omniciye student group that hosts the week’s events, said she expects more than 3,000 people to attend the Pow Wow to be held April 7-8.

“The Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (Pow Wow) is one of the largest in South Dakota,” Lends His Horse said. “It’s really exciting for those who’ve never experienced a Pow Wow to see the beauty of our culture. All events throughout the week are open to the public.”

Archambault Sr. will present a discussion entitled The Upside of the Dakota Access Pipeline Fight by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Thursday, April 6. Archambault Sr., who’s son is chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, has been a prominent voice against Energy Transfer Partners and the its project the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Besides Archambault, highlights during the week will include workshops and seminars on politics and identity regarding American Indians, stories of survivance, indigenous peacemaking, a study of the Indian justice system and the impact of the war on drugs, a talk about Standing Rock and DAPL from Dave Archambault Sr., and a host of other events and activities.

Joining Archambault Sr. as a speaker for the Black Hills State University awareness week are Jerome Kills Small, Dr. Elise Boxer, Dr. Majel Boxer, Dale Lamphere, Chas Jewett, Joshua Houy, Dr. Sarah Hernandez and Dr. Nora Antoine.

The schedule is available online.

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