The 38th Annual Wacipi will be hosted by Black Hills State University Center for American Indian Studies. The Black Hills State University Center for American Indian Studies will host the 38th annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi during American Indian Awareness Week, next Saturday, April 15th at 12 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Center. Indigenous dancers, singers, and drummers from all over South Dakota, including BHSU students, will perform at this annual celebration of the state’s rich cultural heritage. “The Wacipi is a time for our people to come together. It’s a time of socializing, meeting relatives you haven’t seen in a long time, dancing, and just having fun,” said Dr. Rosie Sprauge, an instructor at the Center for American Indian Studies.
Legendary Native American studies professor and historian, Henrietta Mann, Cheyenne, was all smiles as she made her way into the White House for the 2021 National Humanities Medals dinner and ceremony a week ago. Following close behind her was Shawn Spruce, Laguna Pueblo, Jaclyn Sallee, Inupiaq, Denise Morris, Aleut, and Art Hughes of Native America Calling and Koahnic Broadcast Corporation. All were in Washington, D.C. to receive a National Humanities Medals presented by President Joe Biden. For 2021, only 12 medals were awarded.
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