Wacipi, Olympic golf medalist coming to NSU

Posted October 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Wacipi, Olympic gold medalist coming to NSU

Billy Mills.jpg

Northern State University will host a weekend of culture November 2 and 3 on the NSU campus. Through different music, dress, dance and food, the two-day event will allow different cultures from around the world to be celebrated.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, the annual NSU Wacipi (powwow) will be held at the NSU Barnett Center. This celebration of Native American culture will be the culminating event for NSU’s Diversity Week and kick-off for Native American Heritage Month.

An exciting addition to this year’s event is special guest, Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills, an Oglala Lakota (Sioux) raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Mills earned a track scholarship to the University of Kansas and later served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1964, he shocked the world when he won the gold medal at the Olympic games.

At 7:30 a.m., he will be participating in a social run with the Aberdeen Area Running Club. The run will be a three- to five-mile run and a casual fall walk. The group will begin and end the morning activity at the Barnett Center on the NSU campus. Following the run, Mills will give a public presentation at 9 a.m. at the NSU Barnett Center.  All events are free and open to the public.

Registration for the annual NSU Wacipi begins after Mills’ presentation.

Grand Entry is at 1 and 7 p.m. Registration will open at 10 a.m. and close at 3 p.m.  A free meal will be served at 5 p.m. Contest specials will include a drum singing contest, hand drum contest, cowboy special, kahomni special and more. Craft vendors are welcome.

The Wacipi and meal is coordinated and sponsored by the NSU Native American Student Association. The meal will be in honor of Native American veterans and those actively serving in military service.

For more information on the Wacipi (powwow) , please contact Tomee Brown, American Indian Adviser, 605-626-3007 or 800-NSU-5330, option 4, or visit northern.edu and click on “Culturefest/Wacipi.”


OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST Billy Mills, today, holds the medal he won in 1964.