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Awesome Reader Pow Wow Photos: Presentation College Lakota Campus’s Wacipi

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Here at Indian Country Today Media Network, we're always thrilled to showcase incredible photography, which has the spirit behind our ongoing pow wow portrait series. Shot by professional photographer Diego James Robles, this series has been wowing visitors to our site and readers of our print magazine for weeks.

In addition to soliciting professional portraits and other stunning photographer from the professional world, we're also open, and eager, to receiving photos from our readers, be they amateur photos or photos taken at their events by their own photographers.

That is this case with this gallery, sent to us by Danielle Ducheneaux from Presentation College Lakota Campus in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Each summer, sponsored by the Presentation Sisters, Presentation College Lakota Campus hosts their annual Wacipi in June. Last year it was on June 11, and this year's will come on June 9.

"We had six drum groups last year with “Wakiyan Maza” as our host drum group who are from the Cheyenne River reservation," Ducheneaux told us. "Along with hours of beautiful dancing, we also held a rabbit dance competition and sponsored a free supper meal open to the community. We wanted to show our appreciation for our community and also the wonderful opportunity to recognize our current students, graduates, and alumni of Presentation College Lakota campus."

Presentation College Lakota Campus is sponsored by the Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A majority of the students who attend the school are American Indian, typically hailing and are from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. The majority of Indian Health Service nurses working in the area are graduates of Presentation College Lakota Campus.

Julie Thorstenson, the director of Presentation College Lakota Campus, as well as a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, had this to say: “Pursuing a college education is a huge feat with lasting lifetime rewards. We at Presentation College want to recognize our students hard work with a traditional Wacipi. This is the time to gather as a community and show our students support on their Journey."

We thank them for sending in these wonderful photos, which proved our theory right—every pow wow, whether big or small, indoor or outdoor, is filled with unforgettable sights.

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Without further ado, enjoy!

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Fancy Shawl dancer

A high school student demonstrates using and writing the Lakota language for visitors at the 125th Anniversary of the Red Cloud Indian School.

Cheyenne River Veteran Association from the community,

Ross Anderson was one of the many Natives Vincent Schilling used to illustrate to the fifth-graders at Long Elementary School in St. Louis that Natives have a variety of jobs just like everyone else, including being a professional speed skier, like Anderson, who is Cheyenne/Arapaho.

Little dancer, (name unknown)