Time Out Week April 16-20, Wacipi Powwow April 20-22

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Time Out Week April 16-20, Wacipi Powwow April 20-22

The University of North Dakota celebrates American Indian culture and heritage during the annual Time Out Week April 16-20 and the Wacipi (WAH-CHEE-PEE) Powwow the weekend of April 20-22.

Time Out Week at UND features speakers discussing the American Indian culture and providing information on what the powwow means to Native Americans. The Wacipi Powwow – a weekend of song and dance – will be held at the Hyslop Sports Center. It includes an annual basketball tournament in which teams compete for prizes.

Full List of the Week's Events

The Wacipi Powwow draws a crowd representing tribes from all across the United States and Canada. It provides UND’s American Indian students – the majority of whom are from North Dakota – with the opportunity to openly and respectfully express and share their cultures. It also helps make diversity and the expression of culture a valued attribute at the University and throughout the state.

The UND Indian Association (UNDIA), which sponsors Time Out week, has been in existence since 1966. The organization created this annual event because its members saw a community need for a greater understanding about their regional culture, as well as traditional and contemporary cultures. UNDIA students encouraged the campus and Greater Grand Forks community to take “Time Out” for one week each year to share in and celebrate their cultural traditions. UNDIA also sponsors numerous other campus events committed to educating the community and sharing in the celebration of the culture of American Indians in throughout North Dakota, the region and beyond.

American Indian graduates honored at ‘Celebration of Achievements’ event April 20

Newest series of ‘More than Beads and Feathers’ posters to be unveiled

Nine individuals representing all University of North Dakota American Indian graduates will be recognized at 11 a.m., Friday, April 20, as the University unveils its third series in the More Than Beads and Feathers poster campaign, featuring highly accomplished honoree, all alumni, hailing from a variety of tribal affiliations.

The event, “A Celebration of Achievements: Honoring UND American Indian Graduates,” is set to take place in the UND Memorial Union Ballroom in conjunction with the 42nd Annual (American Indian) “Time Out Week” observance on campus, sponsored by the UND American Indian Student Services.

The posters, like those of the first two series, inform the general public, American Indians, the region and nation about the UND experience for American Indians. They feature American Indian graduates of UND who are making professional contributions and significant differences in their tribal communities and beyond as a result of their education at UND.

The latest, or third round of participants, to be featured in UND's poster campaign, titled More Than Beads and Feathers – A Bigger Better Project, are: Elsie Morningstar (master of education), Three Affiliated Tribes; Cheryl Ann Kary (Ph.D.), Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; Biron Baker (bachelor of science in arts & sciences, medical degree), Mandan-Hidatsa; Francine McDonald (bachelor of science in public administration, master of public administration), Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe; Duane Gourneau (master of social work), Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa; Jason Hrdlicka (bachelor of science in chemical engineering, master of science), Oglala Sioux Tribe; Joseph Morsette (Juris Doctor), Chippewa-Cree Tribe; Kimberly Rhoades (bachelor of science in dietetics), Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; and Daniel Fluke (bachelor of science in aeronautics), Cherokee.

The public is invited to join the University community in celebrating their accomplishments and the achievements of every American Indian graduate of UND. Lunch will be provided by the UND Alumni Association and Foundation.

For more information about this event, contact Dawn Botsford at the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events at 701.777.6393, or American Indian Student Services at 701.777.4291

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