Vermillion Earth Day celebration is April 22

Vermillion Earth Day celebration is April 22 Music, dancers, and speakers will grace the green on the courtyard east of the Coyote Student Center at The University of South Dakota on April 22 for Vermillion's Earth Day Celebration. The public is welcome to attend all events.

Scheduled events include USD student Brian Shephard playing guitar at the courtyard at noon. Tours to view the progress on the Prairie Restoration Project at Cotton Park will be given at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., with tours departing from the courtyard. Opening ceremonies begin at 3 p.m. on the courtyard with a welcome by USD student Danielle Buttke, a member of USD ECO.

Other activities include a prayer by Germaine Sitting Crow, elder and pipe carrier for the USD Tiospaye Student Council; a song by the Oyate Drum group; Lakota flute music by Charles Marshall, sundancer and pipecarrier of the Oglala and Sicangu; and Dances for Universal Peace led by Steve Miller, pastor of the United Church of Christ, Congregational, and his musical friends.

At 4 p.m., Mike Hilson of Rejivenator fame will play blues music. Luanne Napton of the South Dakota Resources Coalition and Brad Redlin of the Center for Rural Affairs will speak at 5 p.m. in opposition to Constitutional Amendment A.

Earth Day Awards will be presented at 6 p.m. In case of rain all events scheduled for the courtyard east of the Coyote Student Center will be moved to the Jefferson Rooms of the Coyote Student Center.

Tours to Cotton Park will begin at the west door of the Coyote Student Center and a van will be available for those who need transportation. The tours to Prairie Restoration Project are sponsored by the City of Vermillion. All other events are sponsored by USD ECO and the Living River Group of the Sierra Club.

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