Our Staff


Maggie Lorenz

Interim Executive Director

& Wakan Tipi Center Director


Maggie is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and has maternal ties to the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation. She brings a host of new community connections and has extensive experience working with the Twin Cities American Indian community, most recently as the Founder and Program Manager for Wakinyan Luta Oyanke, a grassroots American Indian community group on Saint Paul’s East Side.


Mishaila Bowman

Communications & Outreach Coordinator


Mishaila is a proud Dakota descendent of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. She attends the University of Minnesota where she is majoring in American Indian Studies and Sustainability. Her work with LPCP centers the Dakota narrative to branch communities together to recognize, honor, and uplift the sacred sites we have here in St. Paul. As our Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Mishaila handles our social media, newsletters, and a lot of our events and sanctuary tours .

Bonita Jenne

Financial Coordinator


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Part-Time Dakota Community Engagement Coordinator

Lower Phalen Creek Project is looking to hire a part-time Dakota Community Engagement Coordinator who will be responsible for Dakota Urban and Reservation community engagement relating to the Design and Program Development for Wakan Tipi Center. For more information on the job description, qualifications, and how to apply, click here. We hope to see you on our team!

Board of Directors

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Dan McGuiness

Board Chair

McGuiness is the owner of Dan McGuiness and Associates, established in 2008 to provide conservation, communication and collaboration assistance to agencies, organizations, the business community and individuals.


Thomas Draskovic


Thomas is a Lakota Language and Culture teacher at American Indian Magnet School. He is Hunkpapa Lakota from Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota. His passion is educating youth about indigenous history and culture, particularly about sacred sites around the Twin Cities


Cynthia Whiteford

Cyndy lives in Lowertown Saint Paul and is retired Senior Vice President and Division Director North for the Trust for Public Land. She is also a licensed attorney. At LPCP, she has been an important connector to private citizens and public agencies focused on public access to parks and trails

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Patrice Kunesh

She is Assistant Vice President and Director of the Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Patrice, who is of Standing Rock Lakota descent, has extensive experience representing American Indian tribes throughout the country.

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Chip Lindeke


Lindeke is an employee of Architecture Advantage at its offices in Lowertown Saint Paul. Formerly a principal and President of Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects, he has 35 years of project experience, over a broad range of project types.


Kate Beane

Kate is a member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe in South Dakota and is Program Manager for Native American Initiatives with the Minnesota Historical Society, primarily working with with Dakota communities. She holds a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Minnesota.

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Lower Phalen Creek Project is an east side Saint Paul organization whose mission is to engage people in honoring and caring for our natural places and the sacred sites and cultural value within them. As our work shifts towards building Wakan Tipi Center, the organization is sharpening its focus to truly engage and honor the uniquely Dakota space in which we work. In this vein, LPCP is currently accepting applications for our Board of Directors to help guide and shape the future of our work in a good way. 

Please submit your resume and a letter of interest to Interim Executive Director, Maggie Lorenz at mlorenz@lowerphalencreek.org

Our 2018 Supporters & Partners


Saint Paul Foundation

Lowertown Future Fund

McNeely Foundation

Vinaya Foundation of Minneapolis

Saint Paul Garden Club

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

Bigelow Foundation

Bush Foundation

Earth Cloud Fund of Headwaters for Justice

Patagonia Foundation

Capitol Region Watershed District Saint Paul Foundation

Katherine B Anderson Fund of the Saint


Friends of the Mississippi River

Metropolitain Mosquito Control

Friends of Swede Hollow

Pollinator Friendly Alliance

Hope Community Academy

St. Paul Public Arts

Horn of Africa Community of USA

MN Humanities Center

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

MN Pollution Control Agency

Mississippi Park Connection

Wakinyan and Thorne LaPointe

Urban Roots

National Park Service: Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Cansayapi Cultural Department of the

Lower Sioux Indian Community

Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District

Capitol Region Watershed District

ABC Rentals

City of Saint Paul


Saint Paul Parks and Recreation

Lower Sioux Elders

Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye

Crystal Norcross

East Side Freedom Library

Cycles for Change