Wakan Tipi Day
Mar
14
8:00 AM08:00

Wakan Tipi Day

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!

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Waniyetu/Winter Walk: Dakota Culture
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Waniyetu/Winter Walk: Dakota Culture

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.

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Winter Wildlife Tracking for Everyone
Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

Winter Wildlife Tracking for Everyone

Back by popular demand! The MN Wildlife Tracking Project leads a variety of fun activities for all ages to learn wildlife tracking, behavior, and communication. Hot beverages provided as well! Free to attend, but maximum of 40 participants - register to save a spot. Meet at the signs just inside the Sanctuary entrance at E. 4th St. & Commercial Dr.

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Dakota Čhokáta Nážiŋ and Mniówe
Dec
28
5:00 PM17:00

Dakota Čhokáta Nážiŋ and Mniówe

Join us with Healing Place Collaborative and Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye, who will share their Dakota Čhokáta Nážiŋ and Mniówe. Co-sponsored by Lower Phalen Creek Project and East Side Freedom Library. Space is limited, please register to save a spot.

Čhokáta Nážiŋ is a living and traveling gathering space for the Dakota language to be restrengthened through a deeper understanding of the interdependent relationships of the land, language and lifeways to the health and wellbeing of people that call Mnísota Makhóčhe (Minnesota) home.

Mniówe is a place for getting water and is the indigenized rendition of the esteemed "Water Bar." Learn about indigenous philosophies, relationships and practices relating to Mní  (water) that have allowed Dakota people to thrive in this area for millennia. Sample water from a variety of sources in Mnísota ; and engage in conversations about the ways in which we use and interact with water in our daily lives; often without thinking about where our water comes from.

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