MORTON, MINNESOTA — The Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride is in Morton, Minnesota to host a wacipi, commonly known as a powwow, in most parts of Indian country.
The powwow will take place on Saturday, December 21.
“We just thought it is important to celebrate through a wacipi.” said Perry Little, the Memorial Ride’s eagle staff carrier.
“My family dances and many of the riders dance in wacipis all the time. To my knowledge, this is the first wacipi for the Memorial Ride. We wanted to change it up a little bit.”
“Perry is a real traditionalist and felt it is important to incorporate a traditional wacipi to the activities.” Said Michelle Mills, a spokesperson for the Memorial Ride.
The wacipi will take place at the Lower Sioux Community Center, 39527 Reservation Highway1, Morton, Minnesota. Grand Entry is set to begin at 1:00 pm, CST.
Little from Marty, South Dakota, is in his first year as the eagle staff carrier for the Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride.
“For me and my whole family, this is such an honor and privilege for me to be the eagle staff carrier for the four years. I take the role very seriously,” Little told the Native News Online.
The riders rode into Morton late Friday afternoon with a large caravan accompanying them as they prepare for Saturday’s wacipi.
To donate to the Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride, go to www.dakotaindianfoundation.org, choose the Make a Donation tab. In the notes area write “For Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride 2013″
Please send cash or check donations to:
Any Wells Fargo Branch Should be able to deposit it for you.
Wells Fargo C/O Mankato Memorial Riders of Crow Creek
201 South Main Street
Chamberlain, South Dakota 57325