Goal is to make powwow a full community event

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By Peg Wunder

Mobridge Rotary Club donated $300 to the Lakota Studies Powwow that will be held on Saturday, April 20, at the Mobridge-Pollock High School gym. Accepting the check from Rotarian Harley Overseth (right) is Tonya Hertel, director of Lakota studies for the school district.

Mobridge Rotary Club donated $300 to the Lakota Studies Powwow that will be held on Saturday, April 20, at the Mobridge-Pollock High School gym. Accepting the check from Rotarian Harley Overseth (right) is Tonya Hertel, director of Lakota studies for the school district.

Tonya Hertel, who works with the Lakota Education Program at Mobridge-Pollock School, presented a program to Rotary, Monday, April 8, about the upcoming powwow at the school.
The event will be held at the Mobridge-Pollock High School gym on Saturday, April 20. Tonya is in charge of the Lakota education program at school. She said that the goal is to make the powwow a community event that will be enjoyed by everyone. Last year there were over 130 registered dancers and 14 drum groups and it is hoped there will be even more this year. Eventually she would like to see the program grow to be more than a one-day event. Cash prizes are given to first, second and third place in each of the different categories. The categories range from tiny tots to senior citizens. The purpose of the powwow is to honor the Native American students who are graduating from high school this year. The graduates receive star quilts and a special ceremony is held with the girls receiving an Eagle plume and the boys receive a feather.  The powwow starts with bringing in the American flag. The powwow is considered a social event for the Native Americans.
Rotary presented a check for $300 to Tonya to help with the expenses of the event.
President Harley Overseth introduced Rueben Penske who is new in Mobridge and who is interested in getting involved in the community and meeting people.
Sharon Martin passed a work sheet for the Tiger Relays, which will be held this Friday. It was decided to charge $l.00 for children and $2.00 for adults  for admission. MYO handles the concession stand. Businesses have been approached for sponsorships and the response has been very good.
Marc McClellan handed out money to all those who had won in the Final Four with the exception of the two teams that will be playing for the championship.
Peg Wunder announced that 38 years ago she, along with Kitty Steidler Martin, started the art show. She invited everyone to attend this year’s show saying that admission is free and that the hours of the show are noon until 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
The membership at Rotary is presently at 36 and Tom Collignon suggested that Rotarians invite someone to come to Rotary with them. There will be a membership drive in the fall and membership needs to be increased.
Michele Harrison announced that next Wednesday, April 17, the Ambassadors/Ag Committee would have their annual meeting at Pizza Ranch.  This meeting is to set the schedule that the two committees will be involved in for the year.
Dawn Konold announced that the All Star Basketball Game will be at the Mobridge-Pollock School gym Saturday night.
Bingo Kindt was not present to claim the 50/50 pot. Michelle Harrison will have the program next week when Rotary meets at the Moose Club at noon.
– Peg Wunder –

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