Young local dancer wins title in S.D.

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
Michaela Smith provided these photos of her son Jonah Jackson who last weekend won First Place in the Junior Boy’s Traditional category at the 28th annual Black Hills Powwow held in South Dakota.

Jonah Jackson is 11 years old, a sixth grader at Warwick School and a member of the Spirit Lake Tribe. Now he can add First place winner in the Junior Boy’s Traditional dance category at the He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate (Black Hills Powwow) in South Dakota. He took home $200 for this win.

Jackson was one of approximately 20 original contestants in his division.

There were over 1,300 dancers at this powwow which was held October 10 - 12 in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. It was the 28th annual Black Hills Powwow and the theme was “Come Dance With Us.”

Also representing the Spirit Lake Nation at this powwow, Richard Street III took fourth in the Teen Boy’s Traditional ($200) and Richard Street, Sr., won second place ($800) in the Senior Men’s Grass.

Jackson’s mother, Michaela Smith, says her son’s win is a great honor for him and his family. He is proud to be representing the Spirit Lake Tribe.

Jonah has been dancing since he was seven years old. He travels all over Indian Country; North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, Wyoming, Kansas and Utah, and so on, and has placed First, Second or Third place when he competes. She added that he has several more pow wows to attend yet this year, 2014, until 2015 thanks to his Aunt Lonna Jackson and Uncle Richard Street, Sr., who take Jonah with them as they travel to powwows throughout Indian Country. Smith says Jonah comes from a family of powwow dancers.

Jonah’s father is Duane Jackson Jr. His grandparents are Joanne (Smith) and the Late Paul Yankton Jr., Duane Jackson Sr., and Debbie and Dave Cavanaugh.

The 2014 Singing Champions of the Northern Plains were the Mandaree Singers from Mandaree, ND, they won $12,000 and a trophy.