It’s Native American Day not Columbus Day

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It’s Native American Day not Columbus Day

Photo by Keri Provost

Photo by Keri Provost

Photo by Keri Provost

Keri Provost, Writer, Photographer

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On October 8, Native American tribes from across the state gathered for a traditional prayer and blessing at 8:00 a.m. More than 40 groups signed up for the parade; as they all lined up at 9:00 a.m., judges went around looking for floats that could possibly win best school spirit, most humorous, most traditional and all-around winner. This year’s theme was “honoring our elders,” and this event was meant to give thanks to elders and to honor their wisdom and generosity; it highlighted both modern and historical Native American values. The parade organizer, Richie Richards, during the gathering said he was excited for everyone to get a taste of the Native American culture in a positive setting, we are bringing something to Sioux Falls downtown, that they have never seen before.