The Lakota Nation Invitational is scheduled to take place December 16-19, 2020, in Rapid City, South Dakota. Photo: Jeremiah M. Murphy

Native Sun News Today: LNI and Powwow on hold

Whether to continue or cancel events depends on Pandemic

Events that normally take place annually in Rapid City and the Black Hills have joined the evolving conversation of whether or not to host patrons this year.

The Lakota Nation Invitational organizers are keeping a close eye on the pandemic even though the tournament takes place annually in December.

“The board has not taken any action,” said Bryan Brewer, President of the LNI board. “We figure that if the schools are starting in the fall, then we will have our tournament. But we are just watching right now.”

The Black Hills Powwow that takes place each October on Native American Day is also watching the pandemic, but President Stephen Yellow Hawk declined to comment at this time due to the evolving nature of the situation.

On the national level, the Santa Fe Indian Market, an almost 100 year old event, is hosting their events online this year. An official statement on the Market’s website states that “We are overjoyed to report that we are building something incredibly exciting that is based on a significant collaboration aimed at providing opportunities for Native American artists to showcase and sell their artwork amid the Coronavirus pandemic.”

The statement goes onto say that the introduction of the online market will help build necessary capacity for the next 100 years

The fate of the 80th Sturgis Motor Cycle Rally is to be decided by the Sturgis City Council on June 15. The council plans to have conversations with Black Hills businesses, chambers, cities, sponsors and government entities from the State to Federal level. The city of Sturgis anticipates losing up to 1.7 million dollars if the Rally does not proceed. Last year the city reported $655,090,000 in direct spending from visitors.


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