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Friday, July 31, 2009

The FSST 47th Annual Traditional Mdewakanton Wacpi

The 47th Annual Mdewankanton Wacipi sponsored by the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe was held on July 17th – 19th, at the old Pow Wow grounds north of town. 

The Tribal Maintenance Department and the FSST Buffalo/land management department were in charge preparing the Pow Wow Grounds.  They did a great job in having the grounds and arena ready for the weekend of July 17th, 2009.

It was a surprisingly cool weekend during pow-wow considering the searing temperatures from previous years.

The Wacipi details as follows:

Tiny Tot Dancers-86

Junior Dancer-76

Teen Dancers-50

Adult Dancers-59


Drum Groups-27

The visiting drum groups were: Maza Kute, Yankton Sioux, White Tail Boys, All Nations, Ikceya Wicasa, Ho Chunk, The Omow Hon, Red Storm, Omaha Young Generation, Dakota Toons, Iyakapton, Rattle Snake Butte, Housing Waste Takoja, Iron Bull, Rock Bottom, Ridge Runners, Eagle Spirit, Urban Crew, Running Eagle, Standing Eagle, Omaha Lodge, Ft. Thompson, Lakota Tribe, Indian Creek, S.S.I., Thunder Bear, and Elk Soldier.

We had 28 visiting Princesses.  The Miss FSST 2009 Princess contest winner was Marlena Roy of Flandreau, SD.  There were several young ladies vying for this title. 

A new addition to the FSST pow-wow was the Little Miss 2009 Princess contest and the winner was Aurellia Payer.

And last but not least the new 2009 Gordon Weston Indian Veterans Post Princess is Gracee Seaboy of Agency Village, SD.

We would like to thank all who attend and helped make the FSST 47th Annual Traditional Mdewakanton Wacipi possible. - FSST Pow wow Committee

FSST Little Miss 2009


Aurellia Payer

FSST 2009 Princess

Marlena Roy

Gordon Weston Indian Veterans Post Princess

Gracee Seaboy



Brenda Crow

“Anpao Wi Ca Hpi”

1958 – 2008

Memorial Honoring

Brenda is the daughter to the late Rosemary Donna Rederth, and Lloyd Vincent Crow Sr.  She is the granddaughter of Caroline Zollie Allen and Arthur Daniel Rederth Sr.  Brenda is the mother of Nicole and Skye Nelson.  The family held a giveaway to remember her on the July 19th before Grand Entry.


Richard & Marcella Schumacher Memorial Honoring

Richard (1925 – 2008) and Marcella (1925 – 2007) Schumacher.  Marcella is the daughter of the late Howard and Nina (Allen) Kitto.  Richard and Marcella  were married on July 8th, 1947.  They are the parents of William, Bonnie (Stegich), Richard George Jr., Bruce, and Marcie Ann Redday.

The family remembered them with a memorial song from “Mazakuta” drum group.


Sharon Weston

“Mahpiya He Ze Win”

1954 – 2008 Memorial Honoring

Sharon is the daughter of Elmer and Vera (Heminger) Weston.  Sharon graduated from FIS in 1973. Sharon is the mother of David, Daniel, and Brenda Weston.  Her family held a Men’s Fancy  Special, with the winners announced July 18th, and a give away was held on Sunday, July 19th after grand enty in memory of Sharon.




                   Beane Family Naming Ceremony & Marriage Announcement

Sydney D. Beane is an enrolled member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.  Rebecca B. Beane is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma.

Lillian M. Beane, age 98 years, is the mother of Sydney D. Beane and the oldest living member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and a resident of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Reservation.

Receiving their Dakota names on July 18th was Sydney D. Beane, the father, and children John Beane, Sydney Jean Beane, Katherine Beane and Carly Beane.

Glenn Wasicuna, a Dakota from the Sioux Valley Community of Manitoba, Canada has been asked to name the following family members:

Sydney D. Beane will receive the name (Snaya Mani) – Walks with Distinction

John Beane will receive the name (Caske Ohitika) – Courageous First Born Boy

Sydney Jean Beane will receive the name (Hapan Wakanya Mani Win) – Women Walking In A Spiritual Way

Katherine Beane will receive the name (Ahdipi Win) – Brought Back to Her Spiritual Home

Carly Beane will receive the name (Tokatakiya Mani Win) – Future Leading Walking Woman


The family wishes to recognize the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe Wacipi Committee, the drum group, elders in attendance and Glenn Wasicuna.


The family also wishes to announce the August wedding of Carly Eastman Beane (Flandreau Santee Sioux) and Jay Thomas Bad Heart Bull (Ogalala Lakota). - Submitted by William Beane



Lucas L. Herrick Honoring


Lucas L. Herrick, Staff Sergeant at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, was honored at the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s 47th Annual Wacipi, Saturday, July 18th.  Lucas has been deployed four times to Iraq in the past five years.  Lucas’ family and relatives at Flandreau celebrated his safe return to his wife Natalie and twin sons Lance and Landon and youngest son Logan. The Gordon Weston Indian Veterans Post honored him and gave him an eagle feather and his grandmother, mother and aunt gave him a star quilt with the four traditional colors: red, yellow, black and white.

On Sunday, July 19th, Nancy Herrick, Laura Herrick and Laureen Herrick hosted a family bar-b-que and picnic in Nancy’s yard for Lucas, Natalie and boys.

Lucas is the son of Laura Herrick, the grandson of Nancy Herrick and the late Lauren Herrick, the great grandson of the late Howard and Catherine Robertson.

Lucas will be transferring this fall to Kansas City, Kansas, to work as a recruiter for the US Air Force for the next four years. Lucas graduated from Flandreau High School in 2001 and joined the Air Force shortly after graduation. –FSST Newsletter

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