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Tiospaye Wacipi highlights Native Weekend activities at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota, in conjunction with the 16th annual Building Bridges Conference and Native American Visit Weekend, presents the 41st annual USD Wacipi, “Rising Above – Expectations for Generations,” March 16-17, 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 will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. Host drum for the 2013 Tiospaye Wacipi is Bad 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 day money provided for all tiny tot and junior dancers, and contest prize money for all adult and teen categories – minimum of five singers per drum.

The 41st annual Wacipi is part of the 2013 “Realizing the Dream” Native Weekend at the University of South Dakota. Additional activities scheduled include the “We Stand Together” Diversity Symposium, the Native American Alumni Banquet, the 16th annual Building Bridges Conference and Native American Weekend Visit for High School Students.

For more information about the Wacipi or Tiospaye Student Council at USD, please contact or visit


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News