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The sound of drums and singing filled the Case Auditorium Saturday afternoon, as Hot Springs High School hosted its first wachipi. 

The wachipi served as a cross-cultural gathering as well as a celebration of springtime. 

Dozens of participants of all ages, dressed in ornate regalia, danced to the different drum groups playing. 

The event was designed to promote the future of Hot Springs Schools' Native American Education Program. Hot Springs School District has over 160 Native American Students. 

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Currently, the high school offers Lakota I and II courses along with Native American Art. The program is looking to expand and seeking support. A petition was available Saturday to demonstrate approval for the program. Before the grand march, a few essays from Hot Springs High School students were read. They described the importance of the courses. 

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