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Wacipi, Olympic gold medalist coming to NSU

​ABERDEEN, S.D. - Northern State University will host a weekend of culture
Nov. 2 and 3 on the NSU campus. Through music, dress, dance and food, the  event celebrates different cultures from around the world.

 

On Saturday, Nov. 3, the annual NSU Wacipi (powwow) will be held at the NSU Barnett Center. This celebration of Native American culture will be the culminating event of NSU’s Diversity Week and kickoff for Native American Heritage Month.
 
 
An exciting addition to this year’s event is special guest Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills, an Oglala Lakota (Sioux) raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Mills earned a track scholarship to the University of Kansas and later served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1964, he shocked the world when he won the gold medal at the Olympic games.
 
 
At 7:30 a.m., he will participate in a social run with the Aberdeen Area

Running Club. The event will comprise a three- to five-mile run and casual fall walk. The group will begin and end the morning activity at the Barnett Center on the NSU campus. Following the run, Mills will give a public presentation at 9 a.m. at the NSU Barnett Center.  All events are free and open to the public.
 
 
Registration for the annual NSU Wacipi begins after Mills’ presentation. Head staff for this event include Eyapaha Tony Bobtail Bear of Little Eagle; arena Director and NSU alum Melvin Hill, of Wakpala; and host drum Bad Nation of Fort Thompson. The veterans lodge will be announced.
 
 
Grand Entry is at 1 and 7 p.m. Registration will open at 10 a.m. and close at 3 p.m.  A free meal will be served at 5 p.m. Contest specials will include a drum singing contest, hand drum contest, cowboy special, kahomni special and more. Craft vendors are welcome.
 
 
The Wacipi and meal is coordinated and sponsored by the NSU Native American Student Association. The meal will be in honor of Native American veterans and those actively serving in military service.
 
 
For more information on the Wacipi (powwow) , please contact Tomee Brown, American Indian Adviser, 605-626-3007 or 800-NSU-5330, option 4 or visit the Culturefest/Wacipi Page at northern.edu.
 
Photos: Billy Mills