Powwow set to celebrate American Indian graduates on May 12 

South of the River PowwowLakeville Area Public Schools will join with area school districts to host the South of the River Powwow at Metcalf Middle School in Burnsville on May 12. This event celebrates the community’s graduating American Indian students.

The powwow is free and the public is welcome to attend. The event begins at 11 a.m. and includes the First Grand Entry at 1 p.m., a free feast at 5 p.m. and a Second Grand Entry at 7 p.m. The event will conclude at 9 p.m. Interested persons can also follow the powwow on Twitter and Instagram at @SOTRpowwow.

Attendees will experience a day of dance, food and fellowship through a Native perspective. The powwow will include Master of Ceremony Jerry Dearly, Arena Director Chaske LeBlanc, Midnite Express as host drum, dancers Frank Smith and Ruby Smith along with two student representatives and speaker Korina Barry. Ringing Shield Singers, AIn Duh Yung Singers and Red Bone Singers are the invited drums.

This event is organized by the South Metro American Indian Liaison Committee, which includes representation from Lakeville Area Public Schools, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public Schools, Shakopee Public Schools, Prior Lake-Savage Area Public Schools, Farmington Public Schools and Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, along with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

Organizers are seeking sponsors, craft and informational vendors, volunteers and dancers. Interested participants should contact Dominic Good Buffalo at 612-490-3484 or dgoodbuffalo@isd191.org.

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