Annual American Indian Day and Powwow

44th Annual Powwow and Cultural Activities
September 17-19, 2020
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
  • Indian drum group competition
  • Traditional Lakota (Sioux) meals
  • And much, much more!!
First time attending your powwow and it changed my life!

44th Annual Powwow Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 17, 2020

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

Reservation Bus Tour Thursday (Must call 800-584-9200 for reservations and time — limited seating — Cost $25.00 per person) Tour is Not Handicap Accessible

5:00 pm: President Presentation (Rec Center)

Friday, September 18, 2020

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

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

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

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: School and Health Center Open House

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Equine Therapy — Meet the Horses (Corral)

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm: Cultural Performance & Royalty Crowning Ceremony (Rec Center)

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Thiyóšpaye Banquet (Arrowwood Resort)

Saturday, September 19, 2020

8:30 am – Noon: Guest Registration required once (Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center)

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

11:45 am: Powwow Grounds Blessing

Noon: Powwow 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 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.