Wednesday, June 5, 2019
As part of Healing Minnesota Stories’ effort to create dialogue, understanding and healing between Native and non-Native peoples, we gather as a group of men to experience a Sacred Site Tour of the Twin Cities area. Our tour and time together aim to create greater awareness and understanding of the Dakota people, the original people of this area, who too often are invisible in their homeland.
Led by Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) and Bob Klanderud (Dakota), we’ll immerse ourselves in Minnesota history from a Native perspective as we experience Dakota history, culture and sacred sites through storytelling and are present to one another through silence/meditation/reflection.
We conclude with sharing stories and food around a bonfire at St. Peter’s Church.
A member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation of central Wisconsin, Jim Bear Jacobs is a cultural facilitator who works to raise the public’s awareness of American Indian causes and injustices, and founder/director of Healing Minnesota Stories, a group dedicated to creating events of dialogue and education between Native communities and interfaith organizations.
Bob Klanderud, of Dakota and Lakota heritage, is a volunteer with Healing Minnesota Stories who also advocates for Native Father’s groups and works with the Department of Corrections providing spiritual services for Native inmates. He guides groups to the sacred sites of Bdote, the place where Wakpa Tanka (Mississippi River) and Mnisota Wakpa (Minnesota River) come together.
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