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Han Mitakuyapi. Owas’iƞ cantewasteya nape ciyuzapi ye! Hello my relatives. With a good heart I greet you all with a handshake.

Welcome to our virtual Rochester Public Schools Powwow! We are happy to have you with us as we celebrate a little differently this year. To keep all of our relatives safe, we have put together a virtual powwow experience that highlights our American Indian/Alaskan Native graduating seniors, shares stories from some of our families and elders, and we take you through a deeper look at some of the songs and dances you will see at a traditional powwow. Throughout this week, check in daily Monday through Saturday for new content!

RPS American Indian Education would like to acknowledge that this unique powwow experience is not the normal layout of an in-person powwow – we would never be able to capture that energy and community through our computer screens. So, we hope you enjoy what we have for you this week, but look forward to being with you all again in person next year.

Wopida! Thank you!

Saturday, May 15th

We've finally reached the peak of the week. Come and celebrate with us as we celebrate our 4th Annual Powwow at Rochester Public Schools!

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    Schedule of Events

    Join us each day as we premiere new videos prepared by our community to share in pieces of powwow. 



    Listen to the story of "Takoza - Walks With the Blue Moon Girl" by Tara Perron (Tanaǧidaŋ To Wiŋ).

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    A message on the History of the RPS Powwow and Masks by Guthrie Capossela.

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    Cherokee Tear Dress and Dance with Laura and Ryley Randolph.

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    Learn the tradition of Fry Bread with the Ward family.

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    Storytelling with Jerry Dearly, Master of Ceremonies.

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    RPS Powwow Premiere 

    Fry Bread

    Fry Bread is a tasty treat often served at powwows.

    Learn about the American Indian Education Program @ RPS

    Students perfect specific career pathways and professional skills that help them become and remain employable.

    What is a Powwow?

    Powwows are gatherings Native American people use as a place to dance, sing, and strengthen our rich culture. They are held year round and some travel great distances to attend. 

    Did you know...

    The dancer’s outfits or clothing, are commonly known as regalia, are all handmade from various natural and synthetic materials.

    A Tradition of Powwow

    This year is RPS's fourth annual Powwow and becoming a prized tradition in the Rochester community. Though this year is virtual, we look forward to coming back together as a community to celebrate many more powwows.

    Support Local Author

    Tara Perron (Tanaǧidaŋ To Wiŋ), Dakota and Ojibwe mother from Saint Paul, MN.

    If you have questions please contact:   Regan Kluver Native American Liaison (507) 328-4335

    Meet our American Indian Liaison

    Hello! Aaniin!

    My name is Regan Kluver, and I am the American Indian Liaison for Rochester Public Schools. I am a proud Anishinaabe woman from the White Earth Nation (Gaa-waabaabiganikaag) in northern Minnesota. I attended Winona State University before coming to Rochester Public Schools, and I am starting my 3rd year in the district. It is my honor to serve our students and provide cultural resources, materials, spaces, and supports, to fit the needs of each student. When I am not at work, I am taking care of my new daughter, visiting family, at Target or beading.

    If you would like additional information regarding American Indian Education programming at RPS – whether that be more about what we do, or how to get involved, please do not hesitate to reach out! I hope you enjoy this year’s virtual powwow celebration, but we cannot wait to powwow with you all in person next year!

    Until I see you again! Giga-waabamin miinawaa!

    Message for Graduating Seniors

    Haƞ mitakuyapi - Hello my relatives

    Rochester Public School’s American Indian Education hosts our annual powwow with the primary goal of honoring our graduating American Indian/Alaskan Native students. Completing high school and receiving your diploma is no easy feat, so we honor our graduates with song, dance, feast, and an eagle feather ceremony.

    This year, we honor many graduating seniors, all of whom with aspirations for the future that should be celebrated, and not go unnoticed! Our graduates will be attending schools both locally and abroad, entering the work force, enlisting in the armed forces, and so much more. Thank you, seniors, for working hard and always giving your best. Pidamayayapiye 

    -        Your American Indian Liaison and the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC)

    Students gathered in a circle outside.

    Tribal Background

    The Rochester Public Schools Community has the unique honor to serve over 45 different tribal nations from across Turtle Island (North America). Check out just some of the few tribal nations represented by some of our Powwow week collaborators.

    Standing Rock
    Sioux Tribe

    The Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is situated in North and South Dakota. The people of Standing Rock, often called Sioux, are members of the Dakota and Lakota nations. "Dakota" and "Lakota" mean "friends" or "allies." The people of these nations are often called "Sioux", a term that dates back to the seventeenth century when the people were living in the Great Lakes area. 

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    Cherokee Nation is the sovereign government of the Cherokee people. We are the largest of three federally recognized Cherokee tribes and are based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. Our headquarters are located in the historic W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, with sub-offices and service sites throughout Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdictional area.

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    Torres Martinez
    Desert Cahuilla

    The Cahuilla people have inhabited the Martinez Canyon since the early 1800s and the land currently known as southern California many centuries before the 1800s. In May of 1876 an Executive Order by President Grant created the Torres and Martinez reservations. Under the Relief of Mission Indians Act of 1891, the Torres and Martinez reservations were combined. The Cahuilla people living in this area were later recognized by the U.S. Government as the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians.

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