October 07, 2022

Many Native American Day Weekend Events Scheduled in Rapid City

There are a number of event scheduled in Rapid City this weekend as part of the Native American Day celebration.  Among the events:


The annual Black Hills Powwow will be held Friday through Sunday, October 7-9 at the Summit Arena at The Monument.  Come out and view the beauty and pageantry of this celebrated event. There are a host of events going on in conjunction with the event.  For a schedule and more information, visit blackhillspowwow.com  


The Native American Day Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, October 8 with lineup at Second and Main Street beginning at 8 a.m.  Come out and enjoy floats, horses, dancers and much more.  This is always one of the best parades in Rapid City.  Jackie Giago is grand marshall as part of a tribute to her late husband, Tim Giago.  Rapid City Steve Allender and Council member Laura Armstrong will also be participating in the parade.


This annual walk pays tribute to the children who died while attending the Indian Boarding School in Rapid City many decades ago.  This year's event will include a program beginning at 10 a.m. at the Sioux Park Flower Gardens area, followed at 10:30 a.m. with the Memorial Walk to the Sioux San grounds and a tribute to follow.  Mayor Steve Allender will present the 'Honoring the Grandmothers' proclamation.  Council member Laura Armstrong will be participating in the Memorial Walk.  For more information, visit www.rememberingthechildren.org  


The public will have a unique opportunity to learn more about pow-wows and the different styles of dance shared by the performers at this weekend’s Black Hills Pow Wow.

The City’s Human Relations Commission/Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors (HRC-MOA) and Black Hills Powwow Board are collaborating on a series of one-hour Wacipi 101 sessions to provide more awareness of wacipis and the dances.

“These one-hour sessions are intended to bring understanding and inclusion in the Rapid City community around the Black Hills Powwow,” said Amy Sazue of the City’s HRC-MOA group.  “The sessions will provide an overview about the basics of attending a wacipi (pow-wow) and the different dance styles, and an opportunity to see the regalia up close and learn about their construction.”

Former Miss He Sapa Win, Sabrina Pourier, will lead the presentations.  Seven one-hour sessions are scheduled, most before the grand entry performances at the Black Hills Pow Wow.  Sessions are scheduled from 5-6 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Friday, 3-4 p.m., 4-5 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Saturday, and noon-1 p.m. (during grand entry) and 1-2 p.m. on Sunday.

There is reserved seating for the sessions and participants can register online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeoEnn3W_tlq_J7fQjp8LeiW5n71AgCnfiXxQQvWu71AUbmpg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Questions can be directed to Dew Bad Warrior-Ganje, Black Hills Powwow Board vice president, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Amy Sazue, HRC-MOA commissioner, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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