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Calendar of Events

A Feathering and Honoring Ceremony for Black Hills Native high school graduates will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at Stevens High School, 4215 Raider Road.

A Feathering and Honoring Ceremony for Black Hills Native high school graduates will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at Stevens High School, 4215 Raider Road.

May 17 – 20

RCCC activities for this week

5/17 at 4-5:30 p.m. — Healing and Transformation Team Meeting at Rapid City Regional Hospital – Rushmore Room (353 Fairmont Boulevard) {Topic: 4D/5K & Community Unity Day}

5/18 at 6:30-8 p.m. — An Inconvenient Truth: The History Behind Sioux San Lands and West Rapid City at The Journey Museum & Learning Center (222 New York St.)

5/20 at 10 a.m.-Noon — White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action – Session 2 at Western SD Community Action (CAP Office) (1844 Lombardy Drive)

5/19 at 5-8 p.m. — Tapu Sa Win Exhibit—Yamni Vignette Reception at The Journey Museum & Learning Center (222 New York St.)

5/22 at 5:30-8 p.m. — “Children Left Behind: The Dark Legacy of Indian Mission Boarding Schools” Book Club & Potluck {Mr. Tim Giago is scheduled to participate.}

Other events:

3/17-6/10 at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — A Comic Spirit Exhibition at Dahl Fine Arts Center (713 7th St.)

4/7-7/30 — Tapu Sa Win Exhibit at The Journey Museum & Learning Center.

May 18

An Inconvenient Truth: The History Behind Sioux San Lands and West Rapid City

RAPID CITY –– The Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors invites the community to join them for the second public presentation of “An Inconvenient Truth: The History Behind Sioux San Lands and West Rapid City,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in the Washington Room at the Ramkota.

Rapid City continues to struggle with its relationship between the Native and Non-Native communities. One of the reasons, is lack of understanding about the recent history of the Rapid City Boarding School and its lands. These lands run from Mountain View Road on the east to Canyon Lake Park, including Stevens High School, West Middle School, Canyon Lake Elementary School, Sioux Park, the National Guard range, churches and housing.

That history continues to shape the present for many in the community. This project will fundamentally reshape the way Rapid City residents understand each other, and provide a platform of truth to begin some healing.

The event is presented by Heather Dawn Thompson and Kibbe Conti and sponsored by the Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors in partnership with Mayor Allender of Rapid City.

Contact: Karen Mortimer 605-390-8937 or visit our website at

May 20

Traditional Ribbon-Skirt Making Class

RAPID CITY –– On Saturday, May 20, 11-4 p.m., Bird Cage Book Store and Mercantile will host a Traditional Ribbon-Skirt Making Class inside their store at Racing Magpie.

In preparation for the 1st Annual Black Hills Indigenous Writers Festival on June 24, we are encouraging all women to wear skirts to honor Mother Earth and all the men and women who went into battle during the “Battle of Greasy Grass.” The White Horse Woman Sewing Circle will teach the class.

There is a $20 registration fee (all materials included). Already made skirts can be purchased for $25 the day of the event and at Bird Cage Book Store and Mercantile leading up to the day of the event.

May 23

Annual Art Show and Auction fundraiser

RAPID CITY –– The annual Club for Boys Art Show and Auction will be held Tuesday, May 23, at Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn. Social hour starts at 6 p.m. and the live auction starts at 7:30 p.m.

Funds raised through ticket and art sales will go toward general programming at the Club. The art, which is donated by more than a dozen local artists, is juried by a panel beforehand and will be auctioned alongside artwork created by Club for Boys members. Like the other artists, they will receive 50 percent of the sale of the piece.

Tickets, which includes a meal, are $60 or eight for $400. Live auction pieces can be viewed May 8-22 at First Interstate Bank on West Boulevard, Wells Fargo Bank on Saint Joseph St., Security First Bank on Fifth St., US Bank on Saint Joseph St., and Black Hills Community Bank on Mount Rushmore Road.

May 24

Feathering and Honoring Ceremony for Black Hills Native Seniors

RAPID CITY –– A ceremony that honors Native American seniors attending High schools in Sacred He Sapa (the Black Hills) will take place this year on May 24.

Each year the Rapid City Schools Office of Indian Education hosts a ceremony where families gift their graduating Native Seniors with a Wambli Wiyaka (Eagle Feather) and a star quilt. This year the feathering ceremony and honoring will be at Stevens High School, 4215 Raider Road in the Carold Heier Gymnasium. Grand Entry begins at 6 p.m. followed by a Welcome Address and the Feather Tying Ceremony.

Seniors from Rapid City Central, Rapid City Stevens, Rapid City High School as well as Douglas and Sturgis High Schools participate in the ceremony. The RC Office of Indian Education extends an invitation to all Black Hills residents to attend this prestigious ceremony.

For more information please contact the Office of Indian education at (605) 394-4071

May 24-27

Dakota Honoring and Benefit Concert

MANKATO, Minn –– May is American Indian month in Minnesota. 2017 marks the commemoration of 155 years since the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 when the Dakota People were exiled from Minnesota. A four-day event honoring the Dakota People will be held May 24-27. The Dakota Honoring organizing committee, led by Gabriel and Laura Ward, has scheduled a benefit concert, and three days of meetings and meals that will celebrate and honor the legacy of the Dakota People in the place of their great tragedy along the Minnesota River.

Reconciliation efforts have been ongoing in Mankato for decades due to the efforts of Bud Lawrence, Amos Owens and Jim Buckley who coordinated the first Mankato Pow Wow in 1972.

The following events will be held at New Creation World Outreach Church in North Mankato, Minn.

. Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., a benefit concert featuring Jonathan Maracle and the band, Broken Walls, will be held. The groups have toured in South and Central America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and extensively across North America. More information is available at

There is no admission for the concert, however, the freewill offering taken at the concert will be used to support the Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride to Mankato in December.

. Thursday, May 25: the Dakota Honoring will begin with the ceremonial presentation of flags and drumming by the Flandreau Dakota Veterans Honor Guards at 7:00 p.m., followed by a talk by Peter Lengkeek, the first staff carrier for the Dakota 38+2 Ride in 2005. For the following two days, Dakota elders will share their stories and experiences with their Dakota family and the residents of Mankato and the surrounding region.

Friday, May 26

. 10 a.m. session – Josette Peltier and Wilfred Keeble

. 12 p.m. Lunch

. 2 p.m. session – Harold Blacksmith

. 5 p.m. Dinner

. 7 p.m. session – Jim and Alberta Miller

Saturday, May 27

. 10 a.m. session – Jon Eagl Sr.

. 12 p.m. Lunch

. 12:30 p.m. University of Minnesota Raptor Center will make an educational bald eagle presentation outside the dining tent

. 2 p.m. session – Peter Lengkeek

. 5 p.m. Traditional Honor Meal

There will be other speakers and activities that are not in the above schedule.

For more information or to volunteer, go to DakotaHonoring/ or email or call 507-380- 5241. Tax deductible financial contributions are appreciated and can be given to New Creation Church – write Dakota Honoring or Benefit Concert on the memo line.

June 2 –May 27

Lakota Sewing Circle

RAPID CITY –– Community members have created a Sewing Circle for the people in the community to have an opportunity to get together to be creative and share ideas and knowledge. All are welcome during this low-key gathering to bring their own projects, visit, and learn.

The group meets every other Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Racing Magpie, 406 Fifth St., in the old Abby’s Feed & Seed.

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