This month we are excited to celebrate Native American Day here in the great state of South Dakota. In 1989, the South Dakota legislature unanimously passed legislation proposed by Governor George S. Mickleson (1941-1993) to proclaim 1990 as the "Year of Reconciliation" between Native Americans and Whites, to change Columbus Day to Native American Day and to make Martin Luther King's birthday into a state holiday. Since 1990, the second Monday in October has been celebrated as Native American Day in South Dakota.
Other states to join with South Dakota are Alaska, Hawaii and Oregon. There are cities that are also changing to recognize Native American or Indigenous Peoples' Day, Minneapolis, MN., St. Paul, MN., Grand Rapids, MN., Traverse City, MI. As more communities recognize their American Indian neighbors it shows that dialogue between cultures can bring about change and is important in todays world.
In 1986, the Black Hills Pow Wow began as a celebration during the 4th of July festival held in Memorial Park in Rapid City, it became clear that there were too many events going on. After South Dakota proclaimed the second Monday in October as Native American Day the Pow Wow became a large part of this celebration of culture and has become one of the largest Pow Wow's in our country.
This year (2015) marks the 29th anniversary of the He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate (Black Hills Pow Wow), this epic event helps to celebrate Native American Day here in South Dakota. Albums from this historic event are available at our Prairie Edge book and music store.
This years theme is "Come Dance With Us" and everyone is welcome. This years dates are October 9, 10 and 11, 2015. Waci Waci everyone!