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South Dakota Powwow Schedule

Below is a list of major powwows that occur annually throughout the state. Please call ahead to verify time and location. For information on other powwows throughout South Dakota, please visit DrumHop.

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46th Annual Founder's Celebration & Wacipi

Sinte Gleska University

January 25-31, 2016

Mission, SD

Contact: Sinte Gleska University: 605-856-8100


South Dakota State University's 25th Annual Wacipi

Honoring Our Ancestors Through Education

Date: February 20, 2016

Location: SDSU Campus University Student Union, Brookings, SD

Contact: SDSU American Indian Education & Cultural Center 605-688-6416





42th Annual Denver March Powwow

Location: Denver Coliseum

4600 Huumboldt St., Denver, CO

Date: March 25-27, 2016

Additional Information:

Contact: Denver March Powwow, P.O. Box 19178, Denver, CO  80219

Phone:  303-934-8045     Fax:  303-934-8046


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43nd Annual USD Wacipi - Contest

Location: Vermillion, SD. USD Dakota Dome

Date: March 19th & 20th, 2016

Additional Information:  Prize money for Adults & Teens, day money for tiny tot & juniors

Saturday evening meal provided.

Contact: 605-677-6389 Email:






32nd Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi

Black Hills State University Powwow* - Contest

Location: Spearfish, SD. Donald E. Young Center Field House

Date: April 8 & 9, 2016

Contact: 605-642-6578




43rd Annual UND Indian Associtaion Time-Out Wacipi

Location: University of ND Hyslop Sports Arena

2751 2nd Ave. North, Grand Forks, ND

Date: April 22-24, 2016

Grand Entries:  Friday - 7:00pm, Saturday - 1:00pm & 7:00pm, Sunday - 1:00pm

Contact: Darlene Nelson 701-777-4291


Pierre Public School 2015 Honoring Wacipi

Location:  Riggs High School

May 7, 2016

Grand Entry: 1:00 pm

Honoring 2015 Graduates 3:00 pm

Free Buffalo Feed: 5:00 pm

Additional Information: First 5 Drums to be paid. Day money paid to all dancers. Door prizes.

Contact: Donna Stroup 605-773-7350, Tristan Rogers 605-295-4486


Mobridge-Pollock School Spring Wacipi

Location:  Mobridge-Pollock School Gymnasium

Lakota Education Program "Honoring the Graduates"

Grand Entry:  April 23, 2016  1:00pm & 7:00pm

Registration 10:00am Saturday

Contact:  Monica Weninger 605-845-9211




Crow Creek Tribal Schools 28th Annual Wacipi

Stephan, SD - Chieftain Dome

Date: May 6, 2016

Grand Entry:  1:00pm & 6:00pm

Registration Opens at 11:00am

Supper Meal at 5pm

*Honoring Class of 2016 *Kahomni Contest  *Potato Dance  *Color Guard Veterans Hunkpati


30th Annual He Dog School Wacipi

May 1, 2015

Grand Entry at 12:30pm

Supper 5pm

Evening Grand Entry at 7:00pm

First five drums will be paid for the day

He Dog School

Parmelee, SD

Contact: He Dog School 605-747-2438



White Horse Community Contest Powwow
Cheyenne River Reservervation: White Horse Community

Presentation College/Lakota Campus 30th Anniversary Powwow - Traditional


Eagle Butte, SD. CRST Tribal Powwow Grounds, US HWY 212

Contact: Danielle Ducheneaux 605-964-4071

28th Annual Vietnam Veterans Wacipi

June 10-12, 2016

Grand Entries:  1:00pm & 7:00pm daily
Location: Pine Ridge, SD. Powwow Grounds

Red Feather Honoring, Daily Flag Raising, Medal Presentations, Guest Speaker.

Saturday Parade, Ball Games, Activities

Admission: $1.00
Contact: Ramon Bear Runner (605) 867-4021

Cannonball Flag Day Celebration Wacipi
2nd Weekend in June, 2015
Contact: Cannon Ball District
PO Box 283
Cannonball, North Dakota 58528
Phone #: 701-854-7170
Fax: 701-854-7189


Paha Yamini Wacipi
3rd Weekend in June, 2015
Contact: Porcupine District
3457 BIA Road 7
Shields, North Dakota 58568
Phone #: 701-422-2002
Fax: 701-422-2007

Ring Thunder Wacipi

June 17-19, 2016


Oglala Lakota College Graduation Wacipi* - Traditional

June 19-21, 2015
Location: Kyle, SD. Oglala Community College
Contact: 605-455-6000

Fort Randall Casino Indian Day Celebration Wacipi

Date:  Third Weekend in June

Grand Entry: 7pm-Friday, 1pm & 7pm-Saturday, and 1pm-Sunday
Location: Pickstown, SD. Fort Randall Casino
For more information call 605-487-7871 ask for a Powwow Committee Member

LaPlante Community Powwow - Traditional

Date: TBD

Location: Cheyenne River Reservation, SD

Contact: Mike Bowker, 605-733-2579

St. Francis Indian Day Powwow
Date: June 24-26, 2016
St. Francis Powwow Grounds
Contact: Bonnie Hairy Shirt, 605-747-2736


All Chiefs Pow wow


Cherry Creek, SD




Rosebud Casino 4th of July Powwow
July 2-4, 2016
Rosebud Casino Pow Wow  Grounds
Contact: Rosebud Casino 1-800-786-7673

148th Annual Sisseton-Wahpeton Wacipi - Traditional

July 3-5, 2015

SWO Ceremonial Grounds - Agency Village, SD

Registration:  Opens Friday - Closes at 12:00pm Saturday

Grand Entry:  Friday 1:00pm & 7:00pm

                  Saturday 1:00pm & 7:00pm

                    Sunday: 1:00pm


Contact: Ella Robertson (605) 268-0742, Louie Johnson (605) 951-4960,

Tom Wilson (605) 268-6974, Bryan Akipa (605) 390-1039, Delmar Bernard (605) 651-4578

Vendors contact:  Tom Flute  (605) 467-9768


Batesland Powwow

Batesland, SD

July 3-5, 2015

Contact: Sandy Two Lance 605-407-7712

11th Annual Greenwood Wacipi* - Traditional

July 3-5, 2015
Location: Greenwood, SD. Powwow Grounds

Brunch and Supper Served Daily, Bring you own Dishes, Chairs
Contact: Vendors contacts Shelly Songhawk (605)384-5357

For more info: Jean Drapeau 605-491-6268, Justin Songhawk 605-469-5357


Iron Lightning Contest Powwow
July 3-5, 2015
Iron Lightning SD: Powwow Grounds
Contact: Dana Dupris 605.365.5306

Antelope Powwow

July 8-10, 2016

Antelope Community, SD

Contact:  605-828-6603

Dupree Community Contest Powwow
Dupree SD: Powwow Grounds
Contact: 605-365-5413 or 605-365-5620

Bear Soldier Wacipi
1st Weekend in July, 2015
Contact: Bear Soldier Local District
P.O. Box 639
McLaughlin, South Dakota 57642
Phone#: 605-823-4519
Fax: 605-823-4516

Kenel Wacipi
2nd Weekend in July, 2015
Contact: Kenel District
PO Box 196
McLaughlin South Dakota 57642
Phone #: 605-823-2024
Fax: 605-823-4516

Corn Creek Celebration Powwow
3rd Weekend in July
Corn Creek Powwow Grounds
Contact: Zelda Black Bear 605-828-0952


Running Antelope Wacipi
4th Weekend in July, 2015
Contact: Running Antelope District
P.O. Box 37
Little Eagle, South Dakota 57639
Phone #: 605-823-2211
Fax: 605-823-2211

Blackfoot Toe Jam
3rd weekend in July
Location: Cheyenne River Reservation
Contact: Clint Dx 605.733.2456

54th Annual Flandreau Santee Traditional Powwow
Date: July 17-19, 2015

Grand Entries; Friday 7pm, Saturday 1pm & 7pm, Sunday 1pm
Flandreau, SD  Wacipi grounds North of Flandreau of Hwy. 13
Contact: Mike Wakeman 605-530-0236

Accomodations Royal River 1-877-912-LUCK


81st Annual Little Eagle Monument Celebration

Date: July 24-26, 2015

Grand Entries:  Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 1pm and 7pm, Sunday 1pm and 7pm

First 10 drums registered will be paid (must have 5 singers)

Contact: Everett Chasing Hawk, Powwow Committee Chairman 

Phone #: 605-314-4825



Pass Creek District Wacipi

July 22-24, 2016

American Horse School Campus, Allen, SD

Registration open Friday @ 6:00 pm mst

Milks Camp Community Powwow
July 22-24, 2016

Grand Entry  Friday 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 1:30pm and 7pm
Milks Camp Site, 5 1/2 miles southwest of St. Charles, SD
Contact: Alfred 605-469-5708 or Jim 605-830-1301


Wakpa Waste' Wacipi

Red Shirt Table Community

Tatanka Numpa Powwow Grounds
July 24-26, 2015

Friday 7pm, Saturday 1pm & 5pm

Dance Contest All Categories

First 3 Drums Paid
Contact Lorri Ann at (605) 407-8157

Jake at (605) 454-5790


Big Bend Annual Powwow

All Dancers & Singers Welcome!

July 29, 30, & 31, 2016

Grand Entry:  Friday 7pm, Saturday 1pm & 7pm, Sunday 1pm & 7pm

Thirty-two miles east of Pierre

Contact: Leatrice Seaboy at 605-875-3226

               Marice Ashley at 605-295-1457



Wolf Lodge Powwow - Traditional


Location:  Timber Lake, SD

Contact: Bobbi Kraft 605-865-3678





Oglala Lakota Nation Wacipi Rodeo Fair
Date: August 4-7, 2016
Location: Pine Ridge SD

Registration will open on Thursday

5 Grand entries will be held beginning on Friday

$10 Advance or $15 at the Gate
Cis: 605-867-8427



Location: Fort Yates, ND

Info: 701-854-7102 or 701-854-2053



59th Annual YST Fort Randall Powwow - Traditional

July 31- August 2, 2015

Grand Entry: Friday 7pm, Saturday 1pm & 7pm, Sunday 1pm & 7pm

Location: Lake Andes, SD Yankton Sioux Reservation

Info: Eunice Penton 605-487-6079 or 605-491-2783

Wounded Knee Memorial Motorcycle Run
August 5 & 6, 2016
Contact: Dave Janis 605.441.3058, Roger White Eyes 605.441.9857


Long Soldier Wacipi
1st Weekend in August, 2015
Contact: Long Soldier District
P.O. Box 594
Fort Yates, North Dakota 58358
Phone #: 701-854-7102
Fax: 701-854-9595


Rock Creek Annual Wacipi Victory over Japan
3rd Weekend in August, 2015
Contact: Rock Creek District
P.O. Box 102
Bullhead, South Dakota 57601
Phone#: 605-823-2028
Fax: 605-823-4558

Kul-Wicasa Oyate Fair & Rodeo

Powwow Grand Entry: Friday 7:30,

August 7 - 9, 2015

High Elk - Rencountre-Ziegler Pow Wow Grounds
Lower Brule SD
Contact: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe or 605.473.0561

Medicine Root Powwow

August 14-16, 2015

Kyle, SD 

154nd Annual

Crow Creek Dakota Nation Wacipi
August 19-20, 2015

Grand Entries: Friday 7pm, Saturday 12pm & 7pm

                        Sunday 12pm
Ft. Thompson, SD
Contact: (605) 245-2221

Red Scaffold Community Powwow
August 14-16, 2015
Cheyenne River, SD
Contact: 605-538-4637

Parmelee Community Powwow
August 12-14, 2016
Parmelee Powwow Grounds
Ben Knife 605-828-0231

Wakpala Wacipi
4th Weekend in August, 2015
Contact: Wakpala District
PO Box A
Wakpala, South Dakota 57658
Phone#: 605-845-2067
Fax: 605-845-5175


White River Frontier Days Parade & Rodeo
August 19-21, 2016

Swift Bear Powwow

August 19-21, 2016
Swift Bear Powwow Grounds
Contact: 605-208-7885

140th Annual Rosebud Fair, Rodeo & Contest Powwow
August 26-280, 2016
Rosebud Fair Grounds, Rosebud, SD
Contact: 605-747-2381

Toka Nuwan "Enemy Swim" District Powwow  Traditional

Date: August 29-30, 2015

Location:  Waubay, SD

Contact:  605-947-4319




Winner Labor Day Wacipi Celebration
August 30 - Sept. 1
Winner Community Grounds
Contact: 605-842-1354

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fair, Rodeo and Powwow* - Traditional

Oyate Kawita Kupi

Date: Sept. 4-6, 2015

Grand Entry:  Friday 7pm

                      Sat. 1pm & 7pm

                      Sun. 1pm & 7pm

Location: Eagle Butte, SD. Powwow Grounds
Info: Kenita. 605-964-6685


Mila Hunska Tasunke Owayawa

American Horse School

Back to School Pow Wow


Supper  5pm

Grand Entry 6pm

68th Annual Potato Creek Wacipi

Date: September 11 - 13, 2015

15 miles east of Kyle, SD

Contact:  (605) 443-1930, (605) 441-1436, or (605) 455-2701

Annual American Indian Days Celebration "Gathering of the Wakanyeja" Powwow
39th Annual Powwow & Cultural Activities

Date:  September 17 - 19, 2015
Location: St. Joseph's Indian School, Chamberlain, SD
Contact: 605-734-3300




He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate - Black Hills Powwow

Championship Powwow and Fine Arts Expo

October 9-11, 2015

Location: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD

Contact: 605-341-0925


Dakota Anpetu Traditional Powwow - Traditional

October 12, 2015

Sioux Falls, SD, Multi Cultural Center

Contact: 605-367-7401





NSU Wacipi


Barnett Center, NSU Campus, Aberdeen, SD

Free Admission

Head Staff:

MC: Danny Seaboy, Sisseton, SD

Arena Director: Melvin Hill, Wakpala, SD

Host Drum:  Bad Nation, Ft. Thompson, SD

Veterans Lodge:  American Legion Post 239, Little Eagle, SD

Schedule of Events:

Special Guest Jackie Bird - 10:00 am

Registration Open 10:00-Close at 3:00 pm

Grand Entry - 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm

FREE Meal at 5:00 pm

For more information, please contact:

NSU Multicultural Office 605-626-3007

OR 800-678-5330, Option 4 (Student Affairs)


23nd Annual Veterans Wacipi 2015

Date: 2nd weekend in November


Dakota Magic Casino and Convention Center

Hankinson, ND Exit 1, I-29

For more information contact:

Kit Fox Society Members:

Dayton Seaboy (Vietnam Veteran Commander)










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