Annual American Indian Day and Powwow

46th Annual Powwow and Cultural Activities
September 17, 2022
Register to attend

A traditional Lakota (Sioux) powwow helps Native American children, like those at St. Joseph's Indian School, share their culture, heritage and traditions with friends like you from around the nation.

Since 1976, St. Joseph's Indian School has hosted an annual weekend of Lakota culture on our Chamberlain, South Dakota campus.

Visitors are welcomed and encouraged to attend many or all of our powwow activities.

Guests enjoy free Native American cultural activities like:

  • A thiyóšpayeextended family — banquet on Friday night
  • Tours of St. Joseph's campus, school and the children's homes
  • An all day powwow dance competition for Lakota children of all ages
  • Equine Therapy Barn Dedication – Meet the Horses
  • Traditional Lakota (Sioux) meals
  • And much, much more!!
First time attending your powwow and it changed my life!

46th Annual Powwow Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 15, 2022

8:00 am – 5:00 pm: Guest Registration required only once at arrival (Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center)

5:00 pm: President Presentation (Rec Center)

Friday, September 16, 2022

8:00 am – 5:00 pm: Guest Registration for new arrivals (Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center)

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast & Nagel office tour (Nagel Business Office)

9:15 am – 11:30 am: Cultural Activities (Rec Center and Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Equine Therapy Barn Dedication – Meet the Horses (Barn)

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: Thiyóšpaye Banquet (Arrowwood Resort)

Saturday, September 17, 2022

8:30 am – Noon: Guest Registration for new arrivals (Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center)

9:00 am – 11:00 am: Open House at the Homes & Chapel

11:45 am: 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 the meal.

Upon your arrival to campus, please register only once at the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center where you will receive a packet of useful information and Chamberlain/Oacoma area coupons.

Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a jacket. Seating is limited; please bring lawn chairs or blankets.