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Powwow will celebrate American Indian graduates

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will join with other south metro school districts to host the annual South of the River Powwow at Burnsville High School on May 18 to celebrate the community’s graduating American Indian students.

The confirmed line up includes Master of Ceremony Jerry Dearly; Arena Director Chaske LeBlanc; drums Ringing Shield Singers, Street Chiefs, Red Lake Singers, Ghost Nation and Iron Boy; and head dancers Frank Smith, Angel De Leon, Nevaeh Balderrama and Andrian A. Amaya.   

The powwow is free and open to the public. Attendees will experience a day of dance, food and fellowship through a Native perspective. Ringing Shield and Street Chiefs are the invited drums. Doors open at 11 a.m. The schedule will include first grand entry at 1 p.m., free feast at 5 p.m., second grand entry at 7 p.m., with the powwow concluding at 9 p.m. Interested persons can also follow the powwow on Twitter and Instagram at @SOTRpowwow.

The event is being organized by the South Metro American Indian Education Committee (SMIEC), which includes District 191, Lakeville, Shakopee, Prior Lake-Savage, Farmington and District 196, along with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. 

Organizers are still seeking sponsors, craft and informational vendors, volunteers, dancers (all dancers will receive an honorarium). If you are interested, please contact Dominic Good Buffalo at or 612-490-3484.