St. Joseph’s Indian School Powwow Makes a Joyous Return

Posted on: September 18, 2023

On September 16, 2023, St. Joseph’s Indian School hosted its 47th Annual Wačhípi (Powwow). Five drum groups participated, including the school’s own Pahá Makȟásaŋ Lowáŋpi – the Chalk Hills Singers. Close to 350 of the school’s benefactors from around the globe were on hand for the celebration.

A gentle breeze and temperatures in the 70s made the perfect climate for the celebration of connections to tradition, spirituality, Uŋčí Makhá (Grandmother Earth) and all humanity. Moreover, it was an experience of the students’ culture, which St. Joseph’s Indian School dedicates itself to supporting. Nearly 90 St. Joseph’s students danced in the event, which drew more than 40 additional youth from the surrounding area to compete.

Adding to the festive feel of the wačhípi was a record attendance of 65 of the school’s alums who came to campus for the celebration. The school celebrated their presence with drawings for star quilts and other prizes.

The school’s new Equine Therapy Center hosted tours at noon on Friday, September 15. The new state-of-the-art 19,200-square-foot building includes a large riding area, 12 horse stalls, tack rooms, a wash bay, a classroom, two offices, an observation area and a kitchenette.

Powwow dance competition results:

Jr. Boys Categories






1. Xavier Sevier

No Contestants

Zuya Iron Horn

2. Kellen Gray


Dylan Foote

3. Romeo Roubideaux


Jayden Munoz

4. Truth Quick Bear


Caden Lopez

5. “Tristan” Black Lance


Tristan Marshall

6. Zayne Bianas


Samuel Flying Hawk




Jr. Girls Categories






1. Alexavia Holy Elk Face

Persais Swift Hawk

Bright Star Iron Horn

2. Josephine Sazue

Sophia Yellow Earings

Adrianna McCauley

3. Americka American Horse

Aleighya LaRoche

Lamya LaRoche

4. Shalisa Yellow Earrings

Arihanni Archambeau-Quiver

Cambre Medicine Bird

5. Chloe Medicine Bird

Penelope First In Trouble

Say’Dee Summers

6. Dallas Hanson

Crystal Franklin

Wacapi Two Hawks




Teen Boys Categories






1. Blayze LaRoche

Traevin Roubideaux

No Contestants

2. Tywin Grassrope









Teen Girls Categories






1. Clarysia Cooke

Sherrilynn Wise Spirit

Aubrea Charger

2. Joanna Marroquin

Consuelo Summers

Makaia Hurley

3. Ava Appel

Amelia LaPointe

Cante Rencountre


The wačhípi is an annual event, free and open to the public with handicap accessibility. For more information and a schedule of events for next year’s wačhípi, please contact St. Joseph’s Indian School at 605-234-3313 or visit