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2019 Shakopee Powwow

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Join us for the annual Shakopee Powwow on August 16-18, 2019 at the SMSC Wacipi Grounds in Shakopee, Minnesota. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community invites the public to attend their annual Wacipi (Pow Wow) in Prior Lake. This year’s Shakopee Powwow will feature vendors with arts, crafts, beadwork, jewelry, quillwork, and traditional foods for sale, including frybread, wojapi (berry pudding), wild rice, hominy soup, buffalo burgers, Indian tacos, and much more. Grand Entries, followed by intertribal and contest dancing, will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Fireworks will be held at 10 p.m. on Saturday, at the Pow Wow Grounds and a church service will be held on Sunday, at 10 a.m. at nearby Spiritual Center.

Shakopee Powwow Grand Entry

A Wacipi is a homecoming of sorts, a social gathering where American Indian friends and relatives come together to celebrate their culture and way of life. Many choose to return every year to enjoy the dancers in their regalia, the singers at the drum, good food, and booths with arts and crafts for sale. Traditional moccasin games will also be played by Native American teams. The word Wacipi in the Dakota Language translates as “they dance.” A more common term used is “Pow Wow.”

Shakopee Powwow Dance Competitions
Today, the SMSC’s Wacipi is a contest Pow Wow, where dancers compete in dance categories and age groups, including tiny tots, juniors, teens, junior and senior adults, and golden age. The Master of Ceremonies, called “Wapaha,” calls for intertribal dancing, allowing everyone to dance together. There are exhibitions and contests throughout the three days, including dance categories, such as Men’s Fancy, Jingle Dress, Fancy Shawl, and Golden Age, among others. Drum groups are invited to participate in our Wacipi as well.

$10 Powwow Buttons for entire weekend
Adults 60+: Free
Children 10 & under: Free
Pow wow buttons will be available at the gate. Buttons include admission for the entire weekend and one free meals: an evening meal on Saturday served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Flag Raising: Saturday & Sunday at 9am
Grand Entry: Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 1pm & 7pm, Sunday at 1
Fireworks: Saturday Night – 10pm

Master Of Ceremonies: To Be Announced
Honorary Master Of Ceremonies: To Be Announced
Arena Director: To Be Announced
Head Women’s Judge: To Be Announced
Head Men’s Judge: To Be Announced
Head Singing Judge: To Be Announced
Sound: To Be Announced
Color Guard: To Be Announced

Shakopee Powwow Mini Gallery

Drum Groups
Host: To Be Announced
Invited: To Be Announced

SMSC Royalty
Junior Brave: Trystan Brandt-Dedeker
Brave: Tony Brewer
Princess: Summer Lemke
Junior Princess: Celianna Thomas

Categories & Prize Payouts
Adult Categories:
Jr. 18-34: 1st: $1,600, 2nd: $1,400, 3rd: $1,200, 4th: $1,000, 5th: $600
Sr. 35-54: 1st: $1,600, 2nd: $1,400, 3rd: $1,200, 4th: $1,000, 5th: $600
Men: Traditional, Fancy, Grass, Southern Straight, Chicken Dance
Women: Traditional, Fancy, Jingle, Southern Buckskin/Cloth (combined)

Golden Age: 55 & over
1st: $1,600, 2nd: $1,400, 3rd: $1,200, 4th: $1,000, 5th: $600
Men: Traditional/Southern Straight (combined), Fancy/Grass (combined)
Women: Traditional/Southern Buckskin/Cloth (combined), Fancy/Jingle (combined)

Jr. Categories: 6-12
1st: $300, 2nd: $200, 3rd: $150, 4th: $100, 5th: $50
Traditional, Grass/Jingle, Fancy

Teen Categories: 13-17
1st: $500, 2nd: $300, 3rd: $200, 4th: $150, 5th: $100
Traditional, Grass/Jingle, Fancy

Drum Contest: Invited Drums Only
1st: $6,000 2nd: $5,000 3rd: $4,000 4th: $3,000 5th: $2,000 6th: $1,000

Dancer Registration – Friday, 12:30pm
Must have button to register. Point system will begin Friday .at Grand Entry. Registration closes Saturday at 12:30pm

Shakopee Powwow - Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Wacipi - SMSC Wacipi Grounds

SMSC Wacipi Grounds
3212 Dakotah Parkway
Shakopee, MN 55379
Directions: north of Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and south of County Road 42, between county roads 83 and 17 (Marschall Road). Ample parking: golf carts are available at no charge to transport guests from the parking lot to the grounds. For info, call 952-445-8900 or see website (

For More Information
Call 952.445.8900; Email; Facebook Page

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Shakopee Powwow at the SMSC Wacipi Grounds in Shakopee, Minnesota on the third weekend of August.

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