Photo courtesy Bruce Rekstad
OKICHIYAPI CLUB—Members (L-R) sophomore Precious Hewitt, freshmen Star Kious and Cris Brave and sophomores Emmy Flores-Lagos and Chaya Freeman conduct a campus clean-up Nov. 19 at WHS.

Okichiyapi Club members clean-up WHS campus before Thanksgiving
Warrior students donate time to school  

By Hannah Wentzel and Rachel Wilson

Warrior students were able to leave for their recent Thanksgiving break thankful for a clean and tidy WHS campus, due to the efforts of the WHS Okichiyapi Club. 

After school on Nov. 19, club members spent time volunteering to help clean trash and other debris from around WHS in an effort to make WHS a more pleasant and harmonious place to be. 

Okichiyapi Club adviser Bruce Rekstad said it was an honor for the students to be able to help the campus look nice and clean for the holiday.

“I was very pleased with the efforts of the group as we scoured the entire campus while battling 25 mph winds and cold,” Rekstad said.

Sophomore Chaya Freeman was selfless in her efforts to clean up WHS, and enjoyed the experience, despite the weather. 

“Even though it was very cold and windy,” Freeman said, “we knew it had to be done.” 

The Okichiyapi Club will also be participating in Project Warm-Up, making blankets for the needy in two weeks as a part of the district-wide effort. 

Club members are also very excited as they will be publishing their first-semester edition of the new Warrior Native News, highlighting Native American students at WHS and their accomplishments. 

Nearly 50 Okichiyapi Club Members and other Native American WHS students also spent Native American Day Oct. 8 at a parade in downtown Sioux Falls and at other events throughout the day at the Multi-Cultural Center. 

Two members, sophomores Alyssa Krush and Freeman, were also invited to participate in the bi-annual Anne Sullivan Multi-Cultural Festival Nov. 6. They volunteered their skills and were chosen to perform their ceremonial Fancy Shawl Dance, which they also performed during lunch periods on Native American Day at WHS.


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