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Pow-wow 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.




48th Annual Founder's Celebration & Wacipi

Sinte Gleska University

Date: January 29-February 4, 2018

Location: Mission, SD

Contact: Sinte Gleska University: 605-856-8100





44th Annual Denver March Powwow

Date: March 23-25, 2018
Location: Denver Coliseum

4600 Huumboldt St., Denver, CO

Additional Information:

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

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

Email: denvermarchpowwow@comcast.net

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Date: March 24, 2018

Grand Entry: 1pm

Contact: Morgan Catlett-Ausborn 605-688-5263

Location: SDSU Campus University Student Union, Brookings, SD

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






34th Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi

Black Hills State University Powwow* - Contest

Date: April 7 & 8, 2017

Grand Entry: Friday 7pm, Saturday 1pm

Cost: $6 per session/$10 weekend Free to persons 55 years + and under 5, bring your own chairs
Location: Spearfish, SD. Donald E. Young Center Field House

Contact: 605-642-6578



Pierre Public School 2017 Honoring Wacipi
Date: April 8, 2017

Location:  Riggs High School

Grand Entry: 1:00 pm

Honoring 2017 Graduates

Free Buffalo Feed: 6:00 pm

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

Contact: Donna Stroup 605-773-7350


45th Annual USD Wacipi - Contest

Date: April 8th & 9th, 2017
Grand Entry: Saturday 1pm & 7pm, Sunday 1pm

Location: Vermillion, SD. USD Sanford Coyote Sports Center


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

Saturday evening meal provided.

Contact: 605-677-6389 Email: Tiospaye@usd.edu



47th Annual UND Indian Association Time-Out Wacipi

Date: April 21-23, 2017
Location: University of ND Hyslop Sports Arena

2751 2nd Ave. North, Grand Forks, ND

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

Contact: American Indian Student Services 701-777-4291




Mobridge-Pollock School Spring Wacipi
Date: April 23, 2016

Location:  Mobridge-Pollock School Gymnasium

Lakota Education Program "Honoring the Graduates"

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

Registration 10:00am Saturday

Contact:  Monica Weninger 605-845-9211






Crow Creek Tribal Schools 28th Annual Wacipi

Date: May 12, 2017
Location: Stephan, SD - Chieftain Dome

Grand Entry:  1:00pm & 6:00pm

Registration Opens at 11:00am

Supper Meal at 5pm

*Honoring Class of 2017 *Kahomni Contest  *Potato Dance  *Color Guard Veterans Hunkpati


30th Annual He Dog School Wacipi

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





2nd Annual All Veterans Wacipi

Date: June 9-11, 2017
Location: Pine Ridge, SD. Powwow Grounds

Grand Entries:  Friday 7:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 1:00pm & 7:00pm daily
Red Feather Honoring, Daily Flag Raising, Medal Presentations, Guest Speaker.

Saturday Parade, Ball Games, Activities

Admission Charged, Veterans get in Free
Contact: (605) 867-5577


Cannonball Flag Day Celebration Wacipi
Date: June 9,10, & 11, 2017
Location: Cannon Ball District
Cannonball, North Dakota
Phone #: 701-854-7170
Fax: 701-854-7189



Paha Yamini Wacipi
Date: June 16-18, 2017
Location: Porcupine District
Shields, North Dakota
Phone #: 701-422-2002
Fax: 701-422-2007

Ring Thunder Wacipi

Date: June 16-18, 2017



Oglala Lakota College Graduation Wacipi* - Traditional

Date: June 16, 17, & 18, 2017
Location: Kyle, SD. Oglala Community College
Contact: 605-455-6000

Fort Randall Casino Indian Day Celebration Wacipi
Date: June 23, 24, & 25, 2017

Location: Two miles east of Pickstown on Hwy. 46,. Fort Randall Casino
Admission: Free 

Grand Entry: 7pm-Friday, 1pm & 7pm-Saturday, and 1pm-Sunday
Supper served Saturday and Sunday 
Contact: 605-487-7871 ask for a Powwow Committee Member


St. Francis Indian Day Powwow
Date: June 22-25, 2017
Location: St. Francis Powwow Grounds
Admission: Free 
Contact: Willard Henry, 605-828-5275


All Chiefs Pow wow


Cherry Creek, SD




Rosebud Casino 4th of July Powwow
Date: July 3 - 4, 2017
Location: Rosebud Casino Pow Wow  Grounds
Admission: Free
Free Campground and RV Rental Space Available
Fireworks at Sundown 
Contact: Rosebud Casino 1-800-786-7673

150th Annual Sisseton-Wahpeton Wacipi - Traditional

Date: June 30, July 1, 2, 2017

Location: SWO Ceremonial Grounds - Agency Village, SD

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

Grand Entry:  Friday 7:00pm

                  Saturday 1:00pm & 7:00pm

                    Sunday: 1:00pm

ADMISSION $5 - Weekend, 5yrs. and under free, 55 & over free
Singing Contest, Moccasin Tournament, Softball Tournament
Adult and Youth Rodeo - Saturday and Sunday

Contact: Ella Robertson (605) 268-0742, , Angel Wanna (605) 268-1508

Darwin James (605) 268-3743, Mary Keeble (605) 265-0691, Delmar Bernard (605) 924-1600

RV Spaces Available Contact: Charlene Miller (605) 698-8353


Wakpamini Lake Area Communities Traditional Wacipi & Horse Races
Date: June 30, July 1 & 2, 2017
Location: Batesland, SD
Grand Entries: Friday 7pm, Saturday 7pm, Sunday 3pm. 
Horse Races: Sunday 2pm 
Wacipi Contact: Sandy Two Lance 605-407-7712, Robert Two Crow 605-441-2521, Wilma Standing Bear 605-288-1922 
Horse Race Contact: Harriet Wilson 605-288-1922, Mel Lone Hill 605-441-7564

11th Annual Greenwood Wacipi* - Traditional
Date: June 30, July 1 & 2, 2017
Location: Greenwood, SD. Powwow Grounds
Brunch and Supper Served Daily, Bring you own Dishes, Chairs
Contact: Vendors contact Shelly Songhawk (605)384-5357
For more info: Jean Drapeau 605-491-6268, Justin Songhawk 605-469-5357

Iron Lightning Contest Powwow
Iron Lightning SD: Powwow Grounds
Contact: Dana Dupris 605.365.5306

Bear Soldier Wacipi
Date: June 30, July 1,& 2, 2017
Location: McLaughlin, South Dakota 57642
P.O. Box 639
Phone#: 605-823-4519
Fax: 605-823-4516

Antelope Powwow
Date: July 7-9, 2017
Location: Antelope Community, SD
Contact:  605-828-6603

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




Kenel Wacipi
Date: July 7, 8, & 9, 2017
Location: Kenel, SD
Phone #: 605-823-2024
Fax: 605-823-4516

Corn Creek Celebration Powwow
3rd Weekend in July 
Corn Creek Powwow Grounds


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

54th Annual Traditional Mdewakanton Wacipi 
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Community 
Date: July 14-16, 2017
Free Admission

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
Othe accomodations at Brookings, Madison, SD and Pipestone, MN. 


82nd Annual Little Eagle Monument Celebration
Running Antelope Community 

Date: July 21 - 23, 2017

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)

Phone #: 605-314-4825
Phone #: 605-823-2211
Fax: 605-823-2211


Pass Creek District Wacipi

July 21-23, 2017

American Horse School Campus, Allen, SD

Registration open Friday @ 6:00 pm mst

Milks Camp Community Powwow
July 21-23, 2017

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

Virgin Creek Wacipi
Date: July 21 - 23, 2017
Location: LaPlante, SD
Contact: Mike Bowker (605) 733-2579, Gene Roberts (605) 733-2227


Wakpa Waste' Wacipi
Date: July 14-15, 2017

Location: Red Shirt Table Community

Tatanka Numpa Powwow Grounds

Friday 7pm, Saturday 1pm & 5pm

Dance Contest All Categories

First 3 Drums Paid
All Cash Prizes
Saturday - Rememberance Ride at 10am
Princess Contest!
Contact Lorri Ann (605) 407-8157

Jake (605) 454-5790
Mary Belt (605) 441-1950


Big Bend Annual Powwow
Date: July 28, 29, & 30, 2017
Location: Big Bend Community 32 miles east of Pierre 

All Dancers & Singers Welcome!

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

Contact: Jamie Fallis at 605-730-0207

               Malva Big Eagle


Wolf Lodge Powwow - Traditional


Location:  Timber Lake, SD






Oglala Lakota Nation Wacipi Rodeo Fair
Date: August 3-6, 2017
Location: Pine Ridge SD

Registration will open on Thursday

5 Grand entries will be held beginning on Friday

$5 the entire weekend
60 years of age and over, 5 years of age and under Free Admission 
Cis: 605-867-8427


Long Soldier Community
Date: August 4, 5, & 6, 2017

P.O. Box 594
Fort Yates, North Dakota 58358
Phone #: 701-854-7102
Fax: 701-854-9595


60th Annual YST Fort Randall Powwow - Traditional

August 4, 5, & 6, 2017

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

Location: Lake Andes Powwow grounds, SD

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


Wounded Knee Memorial Motorcycle Run
August 4 & 5, 2017
Contact: Dave Janis 605.441.3058, Roger White Eyes 605.441.9857




Rock Creek Annual Wacipi
August 11,12, &13, 2017
Location: Bullhead, SD 
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
August 11 - 13, 2017
Powwow Grand Entry: Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 1:30pm & 7:30pm, Sunday 1:30pm and 7:30pm
High Elk - Rencountre-Ziegler Pow Wow Grounds
Lower Brule SD
Contact: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe 605-473-5561

Medicine Root Powwow


Kyle, SD 

155th Annual

Crow Creek Dakota Nation Wacipi
August 18-20, 2017

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

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

Red Scaffold Community Powwow
Cheyenne River, SD
Contact: 605-538-4637 

Parmelee Community Powwow
August 11-13, 2017 
Parmelee Powwow Grounds
Ben Knife 605-828-0231

Wakpala Wacipi
August 18, 19, & 20, 2017
Location: Wakpala 
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 18-20, 2017

Swift Bear Powwow

August 18 -20, 2017
Swift Bear Powwow Grounds
Contact: 605-208-7885

141st Annual Rosebud Fair, Rodeo & Contest Powwow 
August 24-27, 2017 
Rosebud Fair Grounds, Rosebud, SD
Contact: 605-747-2381






Toka Nuwan "Enemy Swim" District Traditional Wacipi

Date: Sept. 1 -3, 2017

Location:  Waubay, SD

Contact:  605-947-4319

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fair, Rodeo and Powwow* - Traditional
Oyate Kawita Kupi
Date: Sept. 1-3, 2017
Grand Entry:  Friday 7pm
Sat. 1pm & 7pm
Sun. 1pm & 7pm
Location: Eagle Butte, SD. Powwow Grounds 
Info: Kenita. 605-964-6685

United Tribes Technical College
47th Annual International Powwow
Date: Sept. 8, 9, & 10, 2017
Free Buffalo Feed
Golf, Basketball, & Softball Tournaments
Singing Contest - 1st prize -$10,000
Website: http://www.unitedtribespowwow.com/2016.asp

Mila Hunska Tasunke Owayawa
American Horse School
Back to School Pow Wow
Supper  5pm
Grand Entry 6pm

69th Annual Potato Creek Wacipi

Date: September 8 - 10, 2017

15 miles east of Kyle, SD

Contact:  (605) 441-1436 or (605) 455-2701


Annual American Indian Days Celebration "Gathering of the Wakanyeja" Powwow
40th Annual Powwow & Cultural Activities

Date:  September 15 - 17, 2017
Location: St. Joseph's Indian School, Chamberlain, SD
Contact: 1-800-341-2235 




30th Annual He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate - Black Hills Powwow

Championship Powwow and Fine Arts Expo

October 6-8, 2017

Location: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD


Contact: 605-341-0925


Native American Wacipi

October 9, 2017

Sioux Falls, SD, Multi Cultural Center

Contact: 605-367-7401







25th Annual Veterans Wacipi 2017
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)