Native American Heritage Month is November

Native American Day Parade

2nd Annual Native American Day Parade

Join us at the 2nd Annual Native American Day Parade taking place on Monday, October 14th, 2019, in downtown Sioux Falls. Please remember this is an alcohol, drug & tobacco-free event.

The Parade Kicks Off at 10:00 a.m!


Parade Entry Registration

If you are interested in having a float or other entry in the parade, please fill out the online registration below.

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Volunteer Registration

We need volunteers to assist with parade entry check-in, parade lineup and other tasks as needed.
To sign up to be a volunteer, please complete the online registration below, you will be contacted as soon as possible! Pilamaya.

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Sponsorship Inquiry

If you would like to be a sponsor for this amazing event, please fill out the form below! Pilamaya.

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Parade Timeline & Route

The Parade will begin on the corner of 13th Street and S. Phillips Ave. and will end on the corner of 4th Street and N. Phillips Ave.

8:00 AM – Traditional Prayer and Blessing of the Event. This will take place at the corner of 13th Street and S. Phillips Ave.

8:30 AM – Parade Registration Begins.

9:00 AM – Line Up Begins

10:00 AM – Parade Begins. Enter on 11th and Main Ave

The theme is “Celebrating Our History, Inspiring the Future”.

Dr. Karla Abbott is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.  She is an associate professor of nursing at Augustana University.  Dr. Abbott was given the Lakota name: E’cante Waste Winyan or Good Heart Woman by her grandmother Lucy Swan who was encouraged that Karla was attending college.

Supported by her mother, a Native American nurse working for the Indian Health Service, and her mentor Lakota elder Marcella Lebeau, Karla wanted to train for the exciting vocation of nursing.

Dr. Abbott received her BSN from Michigan State; her MAN from Augustana University; and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Augsburg University.

A cardiology nurse for 21 years, Dr. Abbott has enjoyed helping patients and families achieve a higher level of health.  Dr. Abbott is in her 11th year of teaching at Augustana University and her research involves bettering the health status of Native Americans and encouraging Native Americans to pursue the art of nursing.

Dr. Abbott is very involved in the Native Community and has been a past board member of American Indian Services, Sioux Falls Human Relations commission, and Vice Chairperson of the board for South Dakota Urban Indian Health.

Because of a strong belief in education, Dr. Abbott and her husband Kasey have established college scholarships for Native American students at the following universities:  Dordt College; SDSU; and Augustana University.

“We are in such a nursing shortage, even more so on the reservations” states Abbott.  “If we can train our own Native American nurses to help with the health disparities of other Native Americans our people will flourish”.

“Native American health in general will be strong if we all support one another to be healthy, lifelong learners”.

“People always ask me what they can do to help a young Native American student.  I always tell them to donate money for a student to attend ACT preparation classes and also donate money for the ACT exam”.  “Often times these are the simple barriers to getting into college”.

Dr. Abbott is proud to see this second annual Native American Day parade happen and it is a wonderful tradition from the efforts of the late Governor George S. Mickelson and other Native American leaders for reconciliation in the state of South Dakota.

For more information, please contact sfnativeamericandayparade@gmail.com & follow us on Facebook (SF Native American Day Parade).