Powwow to be held May 20 to celebrate American Indian graduates from five area school districts

A group of American Indian Home School Liaisons and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community will hold a powwow May 20 to celebrate graduating seniors from five area school districts.


This is the first year the powwow will be held, said Jacob Valtierra, American Indian School Success Liaison for Lakeville Area Public Schools. The goal is to celebrate students’ success as they head into the workforce and postsecondary education. 

Five South of the River school districts will hold a powwow May 20, 2017 to celebrate American Indian graduates.

Five South of the River


“A powwow is a large gathering where members of the American Indian community come together to socialize while enjoying food, singing, and relationship building. Powwows are a significant time to share stories and enrich the culture and heritage of American Indians,” Valtierra said.


The powwow is open to the public and is sponsored by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the South of the River American Indian Home School Liaison Committee, a partnership of the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage, Farmington, Lakeville Area, Prior Lake-Savage Area and Shakopee school districts. Attendees will experience a day of dance, food and fellowship through a Native perspective. Ringing Shield Drum Group will be the host drum.


Lakeville Area Public Schools expects to celebrate five American Indian graduates in 2017, Valtierra said.


The event will be open to the community, Valtierra said. Interested persons also can follow the Powwow on Twitter at @SOTRpowwow.


The group is hoping to raise $10,000 to hold the event. Contributions may be sent care of: Independent School District 191, Attn: Indian Education, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337. Volunteers also are being sough to help with the event. To lend a hand, go to South of the River 2017 Volunteer Signup.


What: South of the River Powwow
Where: Burnsville High School, 600 E Hwy 13, Burnsville, MN 55337
When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 20. Doors open at 11 a.m., first grand entry is at 1 p.m.; feast is at 5 p.m. and second grand entry is at 7 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Jacob Valtierra, jacob.valtierra@isd194.org

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