Annual American Indian Day and Powwow

45th Annual Powwow and Cultural Activities
September 18, 2021

Thank you for your interest in our 45th annual wačhípipowwow — and cultural events. Unfortunately, because of the COVID19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision not to include donor attendance. We are saddened that this joyous event, which brings so many to campus, cannot safely happen in its traditional form.

As we did last year, there will be a live broadcast option to view. You can stay up-to-date on new developments at and on our Facebook page at as they become available.

We offer up our prayers to you for good health. We hope to see you in 2022!

If you missed the 2020 live broadcast, you can watch it now in anticipation of the upcoming 2021 powwow:

SJIS 44th Annual Powwow – Part 1

SJIS 44th Annual Powwow – Part 2

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!