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Celebrating Lakota Culture and Tradition


PIERRE, S.D. – Join in on the fun and celebration of the 32nd American Indian Day and Powwow taking place in Chamberlain on Friday-Saturday, September 19-20, 2008.

"St. Joseph's IndianSchool is proud and honored to host this event rich in Lakota culture and heritage," said Father Steve Huffstetter, president of the school. "The celebration is a reason for people to come out and enjoy the community of Chamberlain and get a feel for how the Native American culture has influenced and shaped our state."

Individuals and families coming out to the event can experience a variety of different opportunities; from campus tours, cultural workshops and demonstrations to the children's powwow and traditional Lakota meals. Admission is free and all are welcome to be a part of the event.

A schedule of the cultural program can be found here:​. You can also find lodging, directions and tour information on the site. For additional information on cultural programs call 800-798-3452 or email

"The campus will be buzzing with activity and we encourage all to join in on the celebration," concluded Father Huffstetter.

The In Your Own Backyard series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique areas and attractions all across South Dakota. Click on the special “In Your Own Backyard” link at to access the complete list of articles.

The In Your Own Backyard series is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 Initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.