LPCP will partner up will Cycles for Change to bring you an indigenous focused Slow Roll bike ride. More details TBD
Cycles for Change is a non-profit organization working at the intersection of social justice and the bicycle movement that works towards establishing gender equity and safe(r) spaces for underrepresented and marginalized people on bikes.
Planned and organized by the Lower Sioux Elders, please join us for the ceremony where we will honor Bdewákhaŋthuŋwaŋ sacred sites and objects as spiritual leaders bless the land in preparation for the Wakan Tipi Center. The ceremony will be led by Sundance Chief Ernie Longwalker. Chief Longwalker will be assisted by other Bdewákhaŋthuŋwaŋ spiritual leaders and elders. Please register for planning purposes.
The future Wakan Tipi Center will welcome all cultures with a special emphasis on Dakota culture and history, as the Center will be on ancestral Dakota land and near the sacred Wakan Tipi Cave. Numerous indigenous-led organizations and members of the Dakota community are involved in Center planning, outreach, and future operations. Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved!
Wakan Tipi Day
Lower Phalen Creek Project is organizing Wakan Tipi Day, a half-day event on March 14, 2018, at the Minnesota State Capitol to support Minnesota residents in meeting with their legislators to share the importance of the Wakan Tipi Center at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary and the need for $3 million in state funds towards design and construction.
We need YOU!
We want to have 125+ people turn out for this important day and we need your help! You can:
- Join us as a captain and bring 10 advocates to the capitol – learn more and Click on "Volunteer Signup" above!
- Become an advocate and join a team for the day – Click on "Volunteer Signup" above!
- Share news of Wakan Tipi Day on your social media networks – like us on Facebook and repost our news!
Why Wakan Tipi Center?
Wakan Tipi Center will be a 10,000 square foot interpretive center at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary named for the sacred site Wakan Tipi Cave. The center will accurately interpret and educate the community about the rich cultural and natural history of the area. The Center will have a Dakota focus at its foundation and will include stories and cultures of ethnicities represented in East Side and Lowertown, Saint Paul. It will serve as a community gathering place to foster understanding and connection in a vibrant natural setting.
Wakan Tipi Center will support community connectedness, equitable park access, and cultivate local environmental stewards. It will be a unique site on the East Side for people from across Minnesota and around the country. Located within the City of Saint Paul and adjacent to important natural resources such as the Mississippi River, and Dakota sacred sites, it will be a peaceful and inspiring site easily accessed from the busy urban environment that surrounds it. Already, more than 3,500 grade students visit the site annually for social studies and natural science education. With new partnerships and increased capacity to accommodate visitors, Lower Phalen Creek Project envisions a creating a new model for people to access and gain understanding of the important resources in the area.
Tell Your Legislator Why Wakan Tipi Center is Important to YOU!
Act now to tell your legislator about the importance of Wakan Tipi Center. Even if you plan to join us on March 14, it matters that your legislators hear from you TODAY. Click on "Email Your Legislators" above. It takes just a few minutes. Thank you!
Event has filled, but you can register to be on the waiting list. Join us around the campfire and on a walk as indigenous educator Jim Rock gives an interactive presentation. With visuals, objects, stargazing, and more, Jim guides us through Dakota culture as it is rooted in the sanctuary and Mother Earth. Included is a unique focus on the winter season and constellations. All ages welcome.