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SMSC Wacipi Shines as Tribe’s Largest Event of the Year

Thousands of people came together for a three-day celebration of Native history and culture in mid-Augustas the tribe hosted its annual SMSC Wacipi.

With 875 registered dancers and 12 drum groups, this year’s powwow featured dancers, drummers, and singers from all over the United States and Canada, while more than 70 food and craft vendors bolstered the event alongside a moccasin games competition.

“We are thankful to have so many dancers, singers, and drummers here this weekend along with everyone who makes the SMSC Wacipi an incredible experience,” Secretary/Treasurer Rebecca Crooks-Stratton said ahead of Saturday afternoon’s Grand Entry. “A big thank-you to our SMSC Wacipi Committee, who start working on next year’s powwow the minute after this year’s ends so that we can host a wonderful event every year.”

While rain and wind hampered Friday’s schedule, Saturday and Sunday brought beautiful weather to the SMSC Wacipi Grounds as family, friends, and visitors from all over Indian Country were able to gather and celebrate Native culture and history together. The powwow was also enjoyed by a number of special guests this year, including Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and Miss Minnesota 2022 Rachel Evangelisto (the state’s first Indigenous Miss American candidate).

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