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MEDIA ADVISORY: 52nd annual Time Out Wacipi Powwow is April 19-20 at Hyslop Sports Center

The University community and general public is invited to join the Indigenous Student Center for UND’s 52nd annual Time Out Wacipi Powwow on April 19 and 20 at the Hyslop Sports Center.

Both days of the event are free and open to the public.

A Wacipi (powwow) is a celebration of life featuring dancing and singing, highlighting cultural traditions, values, and contributions that Indigenous people bring to our community and the region. Traditionally at the UND Wacipi, graduating Indigenous students are recognized for their academic achievements with an honor song. Honoring will occur throughout both days of the powwow.

Inspired by the student antiwar movement of the late 1960s, proponents of which held a national “Time Out,” students at UND borrowed the name to bring awareness to Native American issues closer to home. By 1971, ensuing activism on campus helped establish UND’s first Indian Cultural Center, and Time Out Week has since evolved into the spring-time celebration it is known as today.

More information about this year’s powwow, including a list of questions and answers for visitors, is available on the event’s website.

Events throughout the week include a Frybread Taco Feed hosted at the Indigenous Student Center for UND students and staff, as well as a fashion show on April 18 that is open to the public.

Of note, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, UND’s Northern Plains Indian Law Center will host Walter Echo-Hawk as its annual Distinguished Indian Law Speaker. He will present a lecture titled “Challenges for Federal Indian Law Practitioners in the Decade Ahead.” The lecture is available to attend in-person or through Zoom.

On Friday, April 19, as part of its two-day COBRE Symposium, the Indigenous Trauma & Resilience Research Center at UND’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences will feature a research showcase as well as guest presentations on Indigenous health research. More information, including a link to register, is available online. The symposium is free and open to the public.

A lineup of events for Time Out Week are listed on the UND Events Calendar.

Wacipi Schedule

Friday, April 19

  • 7 p.m. – Grand Entry

Saturday, April 20

  • 1 p.m. – Grand Entry
  • 5 p.m. – Traditional feed to honor performers, staff and public
  • 7 p.m. – Grand Entry