wačípi — powwow — is a Native American gathering focused on dance, song, and family celebration. Powwows celebrate the connections to tradition and spirituality, to the Earth, and to one another in a social, personal, and spiritual meeting.  A traditional powwow helps American Indian children, like those at St. Joseph’s Indian School, share their culture, heritage, and traditions with friends like you from around the nation.

Each year, St. Joseph’s hosts an annual weekend of Lakota culture on our Chamberlain, South Dakota campus.  For Full Event Details and Updates Visit www.stjo.org/powwow

Thursday, September 14, 2023
8:00 am – 5:00 pm: Guest Registration is required only once upon arrival (Nagel Business Office)
5:00 pm: Meet and Greet (Rec Center)

Friday, September 15, 2023
8:00 am – 5:00 pm: Guest Registration for new arrivals (Nagel Business Office)
9:15 am – 11:30 am: Cultural Activities (Rec Center and Aktá Lakota Museum & Cultural Center)
11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Food Truck (Wisdom Circle)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Equine Therapy Open House
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: School and Health Center Open House
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm: Cultural Performance (Rec Center)
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Tiyóšpaye Banquet (Arrowwood Resort)

Saturday, September 16, 2023
8:30 am – Noon: Guest Registration for new arrivals (Nagel Business Office)
9:00 am – 11:00 am: Homes & Chapel Open House
11:30 am: Grass Flattening/Powwow Grounds Blessing
Noon: Grand Entry & Powwow
5:00 pm: Mass at Our Lady of the Sioux Chapel
5:30 pm: Complimentary Meal (Picnic Pavilion) Powwow prizes awarded after.