Annual American Indian Day and Powwow

44th Annual Powwow and Cultural Activities
September 17-19, 2020
Thank you for your interest in our annual powwow. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have come to the unfortunate decision to not include donor attendance at our upcoming 44th Annual Powwow. We may be considering options like a live broadcast and/or limiting attendance to dancers, their families and staff, as well. Any new developments in regards to powwow will be shared on this page as they become available. If you have already registered for the powwow, you will be contacted by our Planned Giving staff.

Prayers to you for good health. We hope to see you again in 2021!

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
  • Indian drum group competition
  • Traditional Lakota (Sioux) meals
  • And much, much more!!
First time attending your powwow and it changed my life!