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UND Time-Out Week, powwow starts Tuesday

This week, the powwow trail leads right to UND with the 47th annual Time-Out Week and Wacipi.

The weeklong event features three days of educational programs capped off by the "final boom" of the three-day weekend powwow, said Gavin Nadeau, president of the UND Indian Association. The Time-Out program—which began in 1969, the year after the first powwow was held on campus—is centered each year around a unifying theme. For this year's series, that theme is resilience. Nadeau, a graduating senior, stated in a UND news release that the theme embodies the fact that native culture is "still here" despite many challenges.

"We are in a constant battle with issues regarding the environment, violence against women, and cultural awareness," Nadeau stated. "Resilience means that we are not giving up. As college students, we have found our own way of resilience through our pursuit of higher education."

The Time-Out sessions are hosted by the Indian Studies Association and kick off at 11 a.m. Tuesday with an opening ceremony in the Badlands Room of Memorial Union. With at least one exception, all of the subsequent sessions will be held at the union.

Each of the three days are centered around a different concept. Tuesday is based on environmental sustainability, Wednesday features women's health and wellness and Thursday is tied to language and culture resilience. The daily programs include lectures from a variety of guests, as well as entertainment ranging from comedy hypnotism to hip-hop.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair Dave Archambault, who rose to national prominence during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, will be among those speaking during the environmental sustainability day. Nadeau said the day's theme stemmed from the often turbulent protests but said the organizers didn't want "any hostility, any angry feelings toward anybody" to result from the conversation. In general, he said he's "hoping to get a lot of student involvement at our events and see people actively engaging in our discussions."

The powwow, which starts Friday at UND's Hyslop Sports Center, is organized by the UND Indian Association. Nadeau said the event, a lively gathering of Native American song, dance and showmanship, draws attendees from tribal nations spanning the Midwest and Canada. The grand entries for the Wacipi—a Dakota word which translates roughly to "they dance"—are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. Sunday. A Wacipi meal is slated for 5 p.m. Saturday.

Admission for the powwow is free for UND students with current student ID, as well as for children younger than 5 and seniors older than 60. For everyone else, a ticket will cost $8 per day or $14 for the weekend.

Nadeau emphasized that everyone is invited to take part in Time-Out Week and Wacipi.

"This is not just a Native thing," he said. "The whole Grand Forks community is welcome to our events—we encourage them to come and we like it when they do."

For a full schedule of events, visit: 'Time-Out' for Wacipi

Andrew Haffner

Andrew Haffner covers county, health and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.

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