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2nd Annual RPS Powwow Honors Students and Staff

April 21, 2019 12:16 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Rochester Public School district held its second annual American Indian Education Powwow. The event honored the 2019 Native American graduates and invited the community to experience traditional dance specials and ceremonies.

“A Powwow is a time for us to get together, dance, celebrate and laugh,” said RPS American Indian Liaison Dawn Bjoraker.

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Through dance, drums, and prayer, they are celebrating Native American Culture and working to make Rochester schools more inclusive.

“I think events like this are really important above and beyond just recognizing our graduates because it gives us a time to get together and talk with one another. Once we start to see each other as human beings, then we start to treat each other better," she said.

People of all ages came from across Minnesota to participate in the Powwow. One of the youngest participants, 2nd Grader Emma Begic is a student in Rochester.

"I'm going to be dancing in the second annual traditional powwow," she said.

She wore special clothing, made by someone special.

“Regalia is like a jingle dress of fancy shawl,” she said. “My grandma made it for me.”

For Emma, sharing this part of her heritage with her school district means a lot.

“It means to have fun, and to be kind and I just like it a lot,” she said.

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