VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota, in conjunction with the 15th annual Building Bridges Conference and Native Weekend at USD, presents the 40th annual USD Wacipi, March 17-18, at the DakotaDome.
Presented by the Tiospaye Student Council, the Wacipi is a powwow featuring Native dancers, drummers as well as Tiospaye competitions, including Miss, Junior Miss and Little Miss USD Tiospaye. Wacipi Grand Entry is scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. Host drum for the 2012 Tiospaye Wacipi is Iron Boy with Butch Felix serving as Eyapaha (announcer), Ronnie GoodEagle as the drum keeper and Phil St. John as arena director. All dancers and drums are welcome with contest prize money awarded for all adult and teen categories – minimum of five singers per drum.
The 40th annual Wacipi is part of the 2012 “Realizing the Dream” Native Weekend at the University of South Dakota. Additional activities scheduled include a Native American Symposium, the Native American Alumni Banquet, the 15th annual Building Bridges Conference and Native U Weekend Visit.