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Recognizing All the Staff – Helping with the SMSC Wacipi

Clifton Goodwill:
Arena Director

Clifton Goodwill makes his return to the SMSC Wacipi in 2024 as Arena Director. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community proudly welcomes him back to the event.

From Clifton Goodwill:

Greetings family and friends! My name is Clifton Goodwill. I am from the Ojibwe, Plains Cree, Lakota and Dakota Nations. I am originally from the Pasqua & Standing Buffalo First Nations of Saskatchewan Canada but currently reside in Reserve, Kansas. I would like to sincerely extend in appreciation my heartfelt gratitude to the 2024 Shakopee Mdewakanton Wacipi Committee for inviting me to serve as this year’s Arena Director. I wish everyone the best of luck in both song and dance, but most of all I wish everyone to have fun and enjoy one another! Thank you.

John Richard:
Arena Director

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is pleased to welcome John Richard to the 2024 SMSC Wacipi as Arena Director.

From John Richard:

“Hau Matakuyapi, I welcome all relatives and friends to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Wacipi. It is my honor to serve as arena director for this year’s celebration. I come from Allen, SD and am an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota. I am currently the Youth and Family Specialist at Thunder Valley CDC, carrying a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. It is very important to carry on our languages, lifeways, kinship, spirituality, education, and celebration to the future generations. I am humbled to be a part of the head staff and am looking forward to another awesome celebration of life, song, dance, and indigenous resilience. Wiyuskiya waciyanke lo naku wiconi wast’e na hunska yuha pi.”

Invited Drum: Bad River



The Bad River Singers hail from the community of Mashkiiziibing in present day Northern Wisconsin. The Bad River reservation is located on the south shores of Gichigami (Lake Superior). The crew is comprised of members from Bad River and other tribal communities throughout Turtle Island. The Bad River Singers are well-known for their woodland style songs and their northern singing style.