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Wokini Knowledge Circle opening

After a year of development, the Wokini Knowledge Circle is ready to open at SDSU Briggs Library.

The Wokini Knowledge Circle is a newly arranged public space on the main level of the library and features rotating exhibits, circulating books, artwork, and other materials that share information about Oceti Sakowin (Sioux) culture, history, and people. The space was created by placing existing bookcases in a semi-circular pattern, which reflects the shape of a traditional Oceti Sakowin camp circle.

An opening reception will be held on April 26 at 3:30 pm in the main level reading room of the library. Those involved in the project will briefly speak about the development of the Wokini Knowledge Circle. The public is welcome to attend the opening, or can listen in via Zoom at The American Indian Student Association will serve frybread and wojapi. 

Emirra Returns (Means) (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) is the student assistant and exhibit developer for the project. In this role, she is selecting and researching exhibit topics, providing input about materials to include in the Wokini Knowledge Circle, and producing an online library guide about the space’s resources.

"The Wokini Knowledge Circle has impacted my life in a positive way,” Returns said. “It has opened my eyes to a new passion of digging deeper into my culture. I've not only learned more about my culture but learned new skills in the library that will set me up for my future.”

Returns is working with grant project personnel Emmeline Weber and Shari Theroux, as well as other library faculty and staff, to launch the Wokini Knowledge Circle. In addition, Dr. George Eagleman, grant consultant and Lakota elder, and Dr. Tasha Hauff, SDSU Lakota language professor, have been instrumental to the project.

If in need of a parking permit to attend the reception, please contact Briggs Library at 605-688-5564 or email The Wokini Knowledge Circle is made possible by a Wokini Initiative Challenge Grant.