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2019 PROGRAM

AUGUST 16, 17 & 18


WELCOME

Dear Community Members, guests, friends, and relatives,

Owas cante wasteya nape ceyuzapi. We greet you all with a good heart and a handshake. On behalf of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Business Council, we would like to welcome you all to the annual SMSC Wacipi. Each year, our Community comes together to enjoy time with our friends, relatives, and guests, and to share our culture with our neighbors. Throughout Wacipi, you will experience times of fun and excitement, but there will also be times of reverence. Please find time to give thanks to the Creator, dance and sing with your neighbors and relatives, and enjoy the many food and craft vendors in attendance. Whether you traveled from just down the street or across the continent, we are honored that you chose to spend your weekend with the SMSC at our annual Wacipi. Thank you to the hundreds of dancers and drummers who are performing throughout the weekend, and also to our very own Community Members and staff that work hard to make this an enjoyable weekend for all. We’d like to take some time to thank the many veterans who have put their lives on the line for our communities and our nation. We are grateful for their many sacrifices, as well as the sacrifices of their loved ones. We are saddened to announce the passing of Community Members Glynn Crooks, Brenda Wilt, Ernest Coursolle Jr., Lawrence Thomas, and Grace Chianelli. We extend our condolences to their families. Congratulations to all of the high school, postsecondary, and GED graduates throughout Indian Country and beyond. These individuals will continue to grow as they become future leaders and create their own success stories. Again, thank you to all of our Community Members and staff who spent many days preparing for this year’s event. We are all here to celebrate culture, traditions, and heritage. We hope you have an unforgettable weekend at this celebration of life. (We thank you).

SMSC BUSINESS COUNCIL Charles R. Vig Chairman

Keith B. Anderson Vice-Chairman

Rebecca Crooks-Stratton Secretary/Treasurer


2019 WACIPI COMMITTEE Our fellow Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Members, relatives, friends, and guests: The Wacipi Committee would like to thank you for joining us for our annual celebration of life, the SMSC Wacipi. We have spent the last year working hard to bring you an exciting weekend full of singing, dancing, and culture. We are very pleased to have you here to celebrate with us. The youth of our communities are our future leaders, and the Wacipi Committee would like to take a moment to congratulate all of the 2019 high school, postsecondary, and GED graduates for their hard work and accomplishments. We would like to thank all of the Community Members, SMSC employees, and team members for the many hours spent preparing for this event throughout the past several months. We couldn’t have done it without your help. The committee would also like to thank all of the singers, dancers, and guests for being a part of this wonderful celebration. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions about our annual Wacipi, please do not hesitate to speak directly with any of us. We wish you a safe and enjoyable weekend. Wacipi Committee

2019 SMSC ROYALTY Sage Crooks SMSC Junior Princess Sara Coulter SMSC Princess Albert Borger SMSC Brave Travis Miller-Brewer SMSC Junior Brave Royalty is not selected at the SMSC Wacipi.


ABOUT OUR WACIPI

ETIQUETTE

We invite you to experience our culture and the history of a strong group of people by immersing yourself in the Wacipi experience.

Learn more about the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Annual Wacipi

What is Wacipi?

Wacipi (pronounced wah-chee-pee), or Pow Wow, is a traditional Native American celebration of life. It is a time when people gather together to dance, sing, and celebrate, while renewing friendships, old and new. Meaning “they dance” in the Dakota language, Wacipi has transcended generations and has taken on new forms and meanings over the years. Historically, it was a time to gather at the end of a season, to celebrate a good hunt, or to recognize a positive event. While the dances still hold sacred ceremonial meaning for those who participate, today’s Wacipi has evolved into a contest Pow Wow, where dancers and drum groups compete for top honors and prize money.

What Happens at Wacipi?

The SMSC’s Wacipi is a contest Pow Wow, where dancers compete in several different categories of dance styles and in age groups, typically Junior, Teen, Adult, Golden Age, or Elders. Wacipi begins with a blessing of the dance circle, called the Arena. A Grand Entry ceremony is held on each day of Wacipi (and twice on Saturday), prior to the start of the dance contests and exhibitions. Each Grand Entry begins with a Native American veteran color guard carrying in the eagle staff and flags, followed by the entrance of visiting dignitaries, tribal royalty, and the dancers, categorized by dance style. After all the dancers have entered the circle, a prayer is said. A drum group then sings a Flag Song and a Veterans Song. As a sign of respect, attendees are asked to stand, if they are able, and remove their hats. Then, the Master of Ceremonies, called Eyapaha in Dakota, calls for intertribal dancing, allowing everyone to dance, no regalia necessary. Contest and exhibition dancing happens next, with the Wapaha announcing each of the categories.

What Does it Mean to Be Tribal Royalty?

Contemporary Pow Wows often feature braves and princesses, or tribal royalty. These individuals represent their respective tribal nations and act as ambassadors for their people. These individuals are selected through a contest, where they may display their knowledge of their language, history, dancing ability, or a combination of all three skills.

We invite everyone to learn about and experience our culture and way of life firsthand throughout Wacipi weekend. Because there are many sacred aspects to this event, please read and adhere to the following guidelines. Knowing a little bit about various customs will help you feel more comfortable as you take in and enjoy the event.

Be Respectful

Wacipi is a sacred gathering. We ask that visitors please be respectful at all times. Please refrain from talking during prayers. At the beginning of Wacipi during Grand Entry and during Honor Songs and prayers, everyone will be asked to stand, if they are able, and remove their hats as the veteran color guard presents the eagle staff and flags. Please remain standing as the veterans, visiting dignitaries, tribal royalty, and dancers enter the Arena. The Master of Ceremonies will indicate when it is appropriate to stand during various songs and prayers throughout Wacipi. If you are elderly or have a medical condition, it is fine to sit if needed.

The Arena

The Arena has a grassy, sacred middle area and has been blessed for the gathering. Prayers have been said, and tobacco has been offered to the Creator. In the very center of the Arena are flag poles and holders for eagle staffs and flags. The Arena is not an area for smoking, is not an area for children to play, and should not be used to cut across or as a shortcut. This area should be treated like a church.

Handshaking is Done More Gently

Handshaking is a way to acknowledge and show respect for someone you are meeting. In Native American culture, handshaking is typically done more gently, with intention.

Dancers’ Regalia

Always ask before touching anyone’s regalia, as some regalia is sacred or has been ritually purified. Regalia often shows designs, colors, and other ornamentation that represent the wearer’s tribe, family, or political or marital status.

Drum Groups

Because the drum holds special significance, please do not touch any of the drums or drumsticks. Please avoid walking between the chairs and the drum.


What are the Different Dance Categories and Styles? HISTORY

REGALIA

STYLE

MEN’S TRADITIONAL

Warriors and hunters danced out the story of their battles or hunting endeavors when they returned.

May carry shields, weapons, staffs, or sticks, and possibly wear a bustle.

Northern and Southern styles are distinct from each other, with a different competition for each.

MEN’S GRASS

Traditionally performed after moving camp, to help prepare the earth in a good way for the people.

Long, flowing fringe of yarn or ribbons to represent grass. A yoke, breechcloth, a roach or wapeca (wah-pe-sha), fringed anklets, ankle bells, beadwork, and moccasins also may be worn.

The movements of the dancer represent the flow of the prairie grass in the wind. Dancers shake and sway, while their feet perform a variety of slides, hops, and other moves.

MEN’S FANCY

Originated in Oklahoma at the beginning of the 20th century and sparked contest dancing.

Bright and colorful, with two bustles, a roach with feathers that are kept rocking, arm bustles, angora anklets, bells, and moccasins.

Consists of the standard double-step, with fancy footwork, acrobatics, speed, and showmanship on high display.

MEN’S CHICKEN

One of the oldest styles of dance, originating from the Blackfeet.

Skintight clothing, with smaller, old-fashioned bustles—often made with pheasant feathers—as well as ankle bells and bell drops.

Dancers imitate the prairie chicken mating dance.

WOMEN’S TRADITIONAL

A dance exemplifying elegance, grace, dignity, and modesty.

Buckskin or cloth dresses and a breastplate, carrying a shawl, a fan often made with eagle feathers, and a bag. A belt is often worn, with an attached knife sheath, awl carrier, and strike light bag.

Northern dancers often dance in place with the fringe of their dress and shawl swaying to the beat. Southern dancers move gracefully around the circle with their fringe swaying back and forth.

WOMEN’S JINGLE DRESS

Originated with the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) as a ceremonial dance.

Dresses have rows of tin jingles made of snuff can lids, and dancers carry fans or bags, with eagle plumes worn on their heads.

In traditional jingle dress movements, the feet were barely raised above the ground, but modern dance steps have become more intricate.

WOMEN’S FANCY SHAWL

A relatively new dance from when women switched over from blankets to shawls.

Colorful, calf-length dresses or skirts are worn, with bright shawls and beadwork.

A very athletic dance, with competitors moving around the circle quickly to the beat of the music, spinning and using fancy footwork.

GOLDEN AGE (55-64)

Open to men and women dancers between the ages of 55 and 64.

Styles vary according to personal preference.

Men can choose Traditional/Southern Straight or Fancy/Grass. Women can choose Traditional, Southern Buckskin/Cloth, or Fancy/Jingle.

Open to men and women dancers ages 65 and over.

Styles vary according to personal preference.

Any style may be performed in this category.

ELDERS (65+)


MEMORIES OF 2018


STAFF

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

JUAQUIN HAMILTON

RUBEN LITTLE HEAD

ARENA DIRECTOR

ARENA DIRECTOR

CHASKE LABLANC

CLIFTON GOODWILL

HEAD WOMEN’S JUDGE

HEAD MEN’S JUDGE

ACOSIA RED ELK

YAHSTI PERKINSKILLER

Sac & Fox Shawnee, Oklahoma

Dakota Morton, Minnesota

Umatilla/Cayuse Tribes Pendleton, Oregon

Northern Cheyenne Lame Deer, Montana

Ojibwe/Cree/Lakota/Dakota Reserve, Kansas

Waccamaw/Dakota Birney, Montana


HEAD SINGING JUDGE

VETERANS

ANTHONY MONOESSY

LAKOTA WOMEN WARRIORS

VETERANS

TABULATION

Comanche Fletcher, Oklahoma

South Dakota

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Ray Seto Vancouver, BC

SOUND SISSETON-WAHPETON KIT FOX SOCIETY Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Sisseton, South Dakota

HOKAH SOUND

Dale Roberts Choctaw – Chickasaw Atwood, Oklahoma

MDEWAKANTON PUBLIC SAFETY

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community staffs its public safety department 24/7 with paramedics, EMTs, and firefighters, offering first-aid and emergency management. Mdewakanton Public Safety will be on-hand to direct guests in the case of an emergency, such as a tornado or strong winds. SECURITY: 952.496.7222 | EMERGENCY: 911


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

10AM

FLAG RAISING

9AM

3PM

REGISTRATION

10AM

All Veterans: Please Standby to Assist with Flag Raising

All Veterans: Please Standby to Assist with Flag Raising

Dancer Registration Opens

5:30PM 7PM

HAND DRUM CONTEST

First Round (Invited Drums Only)

GRAND ENTRY

Evening Prayer Introduction of Flags and Eagle Staffs Introduction of Visiting Royalty

YOUNG NATIVE PRIDE

Honoring the SMSC Education Department

10:30AM JR. PRINCESS SAGE CROOKS SPECIAL Girl’s Jingle (10-15)

11AM

REGISTRATION OPENS

11:30AM HAND DRUM CONTEST

Second Round (Invited Drums Only)

12:45PM REGISTRATION CLOSED Dancer Registration Closed for All Dance Categories

CONTESTS

All Categories: Tiny Tots, Juniors, Teens, Junior and Senior Adults, Golden Age, and Elders

FLAG RAISING

1PM

GRAND ENTRY

Introduction of Flags and Eagle Staffs Introduction of Visiting Royalty

TINY TOTS EXHIBITIONS

Teens, Junior Adults, and Elders

HOST DRUMS

CONTESTS

Northern Cree – Alberta The Boyz – Minnesota

Juniors, Senior Adults, and Golden Age

DAKOTA HOST DRUM Battling Horse – Manitoba

4:30PM 7PM

INVITED DRUMS NORTHERN

55+ Men’s Traditional Non-Bustle Northern Style

GRAND ENTRY

Evening Prayer Introduction of Flags and Eagle Staffs Introduction of Visiting Royalty

TINY TOTS

SOUTHERN

Bear Creek – Ontario Cozad – Oklahoma Black Bear – Quebec MoTown – Minnesota Bull Horn – Alberta Southern Style – Utah High Noon – Alberta War Paint – North Carolina Wakinyan Luta – South Dakota Walking Buffalo – Alberta

GLYNN CROOKS SPECIAL

EXHIBITIONS

Juniors, Senior Adults, and Golden Age

CONTESTS

Teens, Junior Adults, and Elders

10PM

FIREWORKS

HAND DRUM CONTEST Finals (Invited Drums Only)


SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 9AM

FLAG RAISING

11AM

CHURCH SERVICE

1PM

All Veterans: Please Standby to Assist with Flag Raising

GRAND ENTRY

Prayer Introduction of Flags and Eagle Staffs Introduction of Visiting Royalty

TINY TOTS

Tiowakan Spiritual Center 14625 Prairie Grass Drive, Prior Lake

3PM

EXHIBITIONS

Juniors, Teens, and Elders

CONTESTS

Junior Adults, Senior Adults, and Golden Age

TIEBREAKERS

LIVESTREAM ALL THE ACTION AT SMSCWACIPI.ORG!

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SPECIALS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

SPECIALS, CEREMONIES AND TRADITIONS Specials—Throughout Wacipi, honorary dances and ceremonies called “Specials” are integrated, usually celebrating a specific individual.

10AM In Honor of the SMSC Education Department

YOUNG NATIVE PRIDE

Giveaway—A Giveaway is a tradition when someone has been honored or a major accomplishment is reached. The Master of Ceremonies announces the purpose of the Giveaway, and then simple, everyday gifts are given to the honoree. Blankets and special gifts, like Star Quilts, are given to individuals who have helped the family. Visitors are sometimes given small gifts as well. It is considered impolite to refuse a gift if given. A Giveaway is generally followed by a Wopida (Thank You) song and dance, where everyone who has received a gift is invited to participate in a round dance.

10:30AM JUNIOR PRINCESS SAGE CROOKS Girl’s Jingle (10-15)

1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4rd place 5th place Consolation (10)

Fallen Warrior Ceremony—If an eagle feather falls to the ground, an Eagle Feather/Fallen Warrior Ceremony is held for veterans to retrieve the “Fallen Warrior.” The SMSC has the highest respect for wambdi, the eagle. The eagle flies higher than any other being and carries prayers to the Creator. Possession of an eagle feather is an honor. Eagle feathers are usually received as a gift from a relative, spiritual teacher, or from the eagle himself. Please note: Photography is not allowed during this ceremony.

Naming Ceremonies—Naming Ceremonies are used when families want to give a spiritual or Native American name to an individual. A spiritual leader or respected elder performs this ceremony, and a Giveaway and Honor Song typically follow. Please note: Photography is not allowed during this ceremony.

$500 $400 $300 $200 $100

Honor Songs—Honor Songs commemorate an individual who has passed away or achieved a significant accomplishment, such as graduating from school, being selected as royalty, or serving in the U.S. armed forces. Everyone is invited to shake hands with the individual and family.

4:30PM

In Honor of

GLYNN A. CROOKS

55+ Men’s Traditional Non-Bustle Northern Style

1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4rd place 5th place Consolation (5)

$1,500 + Star Quilt $1,200 $1,000 $800 $500 $100 each


2018 ADULT WOMEN WINNERS

2018 ADULT MEN WINNERS ELDER MEN’S 1. Wayne Pushetonequa 2. Royce Kingbird 3. Ronnie Ahboah 4. Sidney Keahna 5. Mike King MEN’S GOLDEN AGE FANCY/GRASS 1. Jonathan Windy Boy 2. Daryl Bearstail 3. Ken Pratt 4. Albert King Sr. 5. Pat Pacheco MEN’S GA TRAD./SOUTHERN STRAIGHT 1. Timothy Eashappie 2. Terry Fiddler 3. Kelly Grant 4. Charles Hindsley 5. Ken Funmaker JUNIOR MEN’S CHICKEN 1. Angelo Begay 2. Jamon Paskemin 3. Rooster Topsky 4. TJ Warren 5. Cortez Osborne JUNIOR MEN’S FANCY 1. Darrell Hill 2. Kenny Pratt Jr. 3. Xavier Little Head 4. Rylan Baker 5. Jonathon Nomee JUNIOR MEN’S GRASS 1. Alphonse Obey 2. Trae Little Sky 3. Joel Omeasoo 4. Bryson Rabbitt Manyhorses 5. Darwin Goodwill JUNIOR MEN’S SOUTHERN STRAIGHT 1. Darian Adakai 2. Kiowa Cozad 3. Marshall Funmaker Sr. 4. Ronald Dee Goodeagle Jr. 5. Rusty Lowrance JUNIOR MEN’S TRADITIONAL 1. Talon Whiteye 2. Hunter Blassingame 3. Jared Brown 4. Darius Isnana 5. Sidrick Baker Jr. SENIOR MEN’S CHICKEN 1. Marty Thurman 2. Lance McNab 3. Michael Davis 4. Todd Papequash 5. James Day SENIOR MEN’S FANCY 1. Nigel Schuyler 2. Amos Yazzie 3. Michael Roberts 4. Bucky Johnson 5. Tyler Lasley

SENIOR MEN’S GRASS 1. Jon Taken Alive 2. Rusty Gillette 3. Randall Paskemin 4. Lakota Clairmont 5. Buck Spotted Tail SENIOR MEN’S SOUTHERN STRAIGHT 1. Everett Moore 2. Erwin Morris 3. Mervel LaRose 4. Rusty Cozad Sr. 5. Ronald Monoessy Sr. SENIOR MEN’S TRADITIONAL 1. Adrian Klein 2. Lonny Street 3. Donovan Abbey 4. Russell McCloud 5. Will Hedgepeth

2018 GIRLS WINNERS JUNIOR GIRL’S FANCY 1. Alva Snow 2. Red Star 3. Rayanna Bird 4. Tracy Mae Menard 5. Tia Chamakese JUNIOR GIRL’S JINGLE 1. Meah Bird 2. Sapphire Lablanc 3. Omiyosiw Warren 4. loleta Kingbird 5. Tosha McCloud JUNIOR GIRL’S TRADITIONAL 1. Tylyn Thurman 2. Amari Funmaker 3. Kaylen Top Sky 4. Selma Ruiz 5. Ataya Little Sky TEEN GIRL’S FANCY 1. Hozhoni WhiteCloud 2. Lara Whiteye 3. Eahtosh Bird 4. Farrell Top Of The Sky 5. Coral Rae Benton TEEN GIRL’S JINGLE 1. Ontaria Arrow White 2. Mikayla Rides The Grey Horse 3. Yanabah Whitehorse 4. Diana Sanapaw 5. Kyla Sage TEEN GIRL’S TRADITIONAL 1. Wamblie Littlesky 2. Neena Lasley 3. Sparrow Littlesky 4. Elyza Robertson 5. Reyna Prescott

ELDER WOMEN’S 1. Dianne Goodwill-McKay 2. Carmen Clairmont 3. Annamae Pushetonequa 4. Madelynn Goodwill 5. Charlene Cozad WOMEN’S GOLDEN AGE FANCY/JINGLE 1. Dianne Desrosiers 2. Denise 3. Brenda Davis 4. Vickie 5. Jo-Ann McKay WOMEN’S GA TRAD./SO. BUCKSKIN 1. Linda Standing 2. Mary Olsen 3. Sandra Plentywounds 4. Sammye Kemble 5. Debbie Plain JUNIOR WOMEN’S FANCY 1. Tata Roberts 2. Laryn Oakes 3. Briennah Wah 4. Jocy Bird 5. Beedoskah Stonefish JUNIOR WOMEN’S JINGLE 1. Amanda Ironstar 2. Hokian Win McCloud 3. Waskwane Stonefish 4. Jovelle Pacheco 5. Ryanne White JUNIOR WOMEN’S SO. BUCKSKIN/CLOTH 1. Cheyenne Brady 2. Ashley Baker 3. Charish Toehay 4. Rickielynn Hughes 5. Hauli Sioux Gray JUNIOR WOMEN’S TRADITIONAL 1. Randi Bird 2. Krista Goodwill 3. Delmarina One Feather 4. Arianna GreenCrow 5. Tara Whitehorse SENIOR WOMEN’S FANCY 1. Star Whiteye 2. Tanski Clairmont 3. Verna Street 4. Valerie Parker 5. Candace Gadwa SENIOR WOMEN’S JINGLE 1. Leah Omeasoo 2. Cassie Hindsley 3. Winona Tahdooahnippah 4. Grace Hill 5. Rebecca Roberts SENIOR WOMEN’S SO. BUCKSKIN/CLOTH 1. Danita Goodwill 2. Toni Tsatoke-Mule 3. Da Lynn Alley 4. Sophia Thurman 5. Ponka-We Victors

SENIOR WOMEN’S TRADITIONAL 1. Tisha Goodwill 2. Regena Top Sky 3. Omie Littlesky 4. Kellie Mae Downwind 5. Maria Summers

2018 BOYS WINNERS JUNIOR BOY’S FANCY 1. Jaymison Hill 2. Liam Yazzie 3. Cole Patrick 4. Bryson One Star 5. Jeffrey Heminger JUNIOR BOY’S GRASS 1. Jackson Taken Alive 2. Rusty McCloud 3. Roman Rasmussen 4. Sheldon Scalplock III 5. Wyatt Baker JUNIOR BOY’S TRADITIONAL 1. Aison Funmaker 2. Guppy Benton 3. Aydrian Day 4. Ronald Monoessy Jr. 5. King Colhoff TEEN BOY’S FANCY 1. Tyler Thurman 2. Jarron Gadwa 3. Wayne Silas III 4. Brenden 5. Silas Whitebuffalo TEEN BOY’S GRASS 1. Wambdi Clairmont 2. Deo Top Sky 3. Mu Roberts 4. Mervel Larose Jr. 5. Peyton White Buffalo TEEN BOY’S TRADITIONAL 1. Ruben Little Head Jr. 2. Jonah Jackson 3. Lincoln Kingbird 4. TJ Good Nature 5. Shane Crowfeather


WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY

GLYNN A. CROOKS October 10, 2018

Glynn A. Crooks, age 67, Member of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Prior Lake, MN, journeyed to the Spirit World on October 10, 2018, surrounded by his loving family and friends. A traditional All Night Wake was held October 13, and funeral services were held October 15 at the Tiowakan Spiritual Center. Glynn was born on December 2, 1950, in Fort Hood, TX, to Amos and Rosemma (Coursolle) Crooks. He spent many years serving on the SMSC Business Council, proudly representing the tribe and its culture, history, and interests on both a local and a national level. He also served as chairman of the SMSC Wacipi Committee for more than 25 years.

BRENDA F. WILT February 10, 2019

Community Member Brenda Faith Wilt, age 76, journeyed to the Spirit World on February 10, 2019, at her home. A wake was held in Brenda’s honor on February 15 at McNearney-Schmidt Funeral Home, while funeral services and a second visitation took place on February 16 at the Tiowakan Spiritual Center. Brenda was born in Lake Delton, WI, on July 15, 1942, the daughter of Clarence and Violet (Blue) Welch. Brenda enjoyed cooking, family dinners, all holiday seasons, chickens, and traveling.

ERNEST R. COURSOLLE JR. February 13, 2019

Ernest “Ernie” Raymond Coursolle Jr., age 58, of Prior Lake, Member of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Prior Lake, journeyed to the Spirit World on February 13, 2019, at his home. A traditional All Night Wake was held February 21, and funeral services were held February 22 at the Tiowakan Spiritual Center. Ernie was born on February 8, 1961, in Marshall, MN, the son of Ernest Raymond Sr. and Hazel (Ueland) Coursolle. He enjoyed doing auto mechanic work and spending time in the shop.

LAWRENCE N. THOMAS

May 21, 2019

Lawrence “Larry” Thomas, age 66, Member of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, journeyed to the Spirit World on May 21, 2019. A celebration of Larry’s life was held on July 20 in Prior Lake. Larry was born on January 29, 1953, in Saint Paul, MN, the son of Kenneth L. Thomas and Delores Crooks Walker.

GRACE A. CHIANELLI July 16, 2019

Grace Ann Chianelli, age 63, Member of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Prior Lake, Minnesota, peacefully passed into the Spirit World on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at her home. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 23, at Tiowakan Spiritual Center. Grace was born on May 30, 1956, in Fukuoka, Japan, the daughter of Clifford Sr. and Rumi (Kotegawa) Crooks.


OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE Pick up official SMSC Wacipi T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and more from the merchandise stand located just west of the dance arena.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES If you are in need of medical assistance at any point during Wacipi, emergency medical services personnel are on-site and available to assist for the duration of the event.

PARKING LOT SHUTTLE Courtesy shuttles will be available to help transport attendees from the parking lot to the dance arena.

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GUIDELINES The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has zero tolerance for gang activity.

Elders and those who are disabled may sit in a special seating area at the announcer’s stand.

No dogs allowed on the Wacipi Grounds, except for service dogs.

For the viewing enjoyment of everyone, umbrellas are not allowed in the stands.

The SMSC is not responsible for lost envelopes, admission passes, merchandise, or possessions.

Raffle tickets may not be sold or purchased on the Wacipi Grounds or any other SMSC property.

In the case of inclement weather, Wacipi may be relocated to Dakotah! Sport and Fitness, located at 2100 Trail of Dreams, Prior Lake.

By attending the SMSC Wacipi, you agree to release any rights to any public or private media recording that may include inadvertant recordings of you by Wacipi staff or approved media outlets.

For the comfort of all Wacipi guests, bleacher seating may not be saved. Blankets left unattended will be removed. No exceptions. Any audio, video, or photographic commercial recording at the SMSC Wacipi is strictly prohibited. You may record and produce only one copy of Wacipi for private use. All media must have advance permission to cover Wacipi. Please keep in mind, photographs are not appropriate during the Naming and Eagle Feather/Fallen Warrior ceremonies. Please respect the dancers. If you wish to take their photograph outside the dance arena, ask their permission first.

The SMSC bans guns on these premises. Alcohol and drugs are also prohibited. You will be asked to leave if you have or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Please extinguish all tobacco products before entering the Arena by using the ashtrays provided. All participants and guests attending the SMSC Wacipi do so at their own risk. The SMSC is not responsible for any injury, damage, or theft to a person or their property. The SMSC does not waive its sovereign immunity from suit by conducting any activity in coordination with its Wacipi. The SMSC retains the legal authority to expel any person from its land at any time and for any reason.

Elders and those who are disabled are given priority when it comes to golf cart rides to and from the parking lot areas.

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