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Groups and resources of interest to the Native American people.

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Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition Information

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Creating Safety and Justice Through the Teachings of Our Grandmothers

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA. This page is dedicated to helping missing and murdered American Indian women and their families and create.

http://mmiwusa.org

Please check it out, let’s end this atrocity how can this happen today. Please support the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA. Let’s get our missing native woman back that have not been murdered.

Sharon Lennartson Tribal Chairwoman.

MMIW USA’s number one mission is to bring our missing home and help the families of the murdered cope and support them through the process of grief. We give them hands-on support and guidance and if we don’t have the answers, we get the answers so that these families do not feel abandoned and alone in this struggle like so many have before them. Our broader goal is to eradicate this problem so that the future generations thrive. We are doing that through education of the threats that they face and self-defense. We just started a monthly program to do just that. It is called Staying Sacred and we educate and have self-defense lessons at every meeting. Our strength lies in the fact that every single one of the staff and volunteers have been assaulted or trafficked and our passion is to be the kind of organization that we needed growing up and beyond.

Guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health PLEASE READ AND STAY SAFE..

Here is the latest information from the Minnesota Department of Health concerning the coronavirus in Minnesota.

Stay safe and healthy. We are all checking the news everyday to get updates on the coronavirus. Lets continual to pray, and think positive. As we all want to get back to our daily lives.

Your tribal council.

Sharon, John, Greg and Jason.

Here are some important phone numbers that may be of assistance to you:

Coronavirus Disease Health questions:
651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903

Schools and child care questions:
651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

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Benefit to send First Nation Youth & Elders to the Vatican to discuss Doctrine of Discovery.

Benefit to send First Nation Youth & Elders to the Vatican to discuss the historical and intergenerational trauma
triggered by the Doctrine of Discovery.

Youth are members of the Indigenous Youth Ceremonial Mentoring Society,
a Guadalupe Alternative program in St. Paul, Minnesota coordinated by Mitch Walking Elk.

Special Guests
include Keith Secola and Joe Savage.

With Waubanewquay Dorene Day, Max Gail, Prudence Johnson, Tom LeBlanc, Larry Long, Mitch Walking Elk.

Support the cause.

$20 pre-paid at www.youthtothevatican.eventbrite.com or $25 at the door

Hosted by First Universalist Environmental & Racial Justice Teams and Veterans for Peace, Minneapolis Chapter 27.

SUNDAY, MARCH 18 2018

1pm…….. Refreshments & Silent Auction
2-4pm…… Concert, Introduction of First Nation Youth

First Universalist Church
3400 Dupont Ave. South
Minneapolis, Mn. 55408
Questions? Call 612-825-1701

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Pilot Knob Preservation Association

Known to Dakota people as Oȟéyawahe, “the hill much visited,”, Pilot Knob is a place of distinctive historical, cultural, and environmental importance, a sacred site, a landmark of Minnesota’s beginnings.

The Pilot Knob Preservation Association, advocates for this distinctive hill, documents its long history, raises public awareness of its importance, and helps to preserve it for present and future generations.

You can view their latest posts and learn how you can help by visiting www.pilotknobpreservation.org

Crow Creek reservation land being auctioned off.

Maybe someone should call Shakopee, they should pay the “38” descendents tax situation within the 180 day time period….the crow creek people should never want or need for anything, its shameful whats happened and could of been prevented with the help of the other dakota communities…

http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/article_95aa4610-e062-11de-aa52-001cc4c03286.html

Remembering who you are.

Remembering who you are, who your people are, and appreciating those who came before you. It is those people who helped make today our day so remember our ancestors. Appreciate your elders, the proud history of our people, the sovereignty of our nations, and the issues that are still affecting and effecting our people today.

Leonard Peltier’s freedom05 November 2009; 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

*’“’*:-.,_,.-:*’“’*:-.,_,.-:*’“’*:-.,_,.-:*’“’*
> “I would like to ask you why when we speak you do not listen, and
> when you listen, you do not hear, and when you hear us, you do not
> choose to understand what we say. This is one time that I ask you
> to listen carefully and understand what we have to say.”–Frank
> Fools Crow
> *’“’*:-.,_,.-:*’“’*:-.,_,.-:*’“’*:-.,_,.-:*’“’
>
>
> * Call to Action *
>
> What: Peaceful demonstration in support of Leonard Peltier’s freedom
> When: 05 November 2009; 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
> Where: Washington, DC
>
> President Obama will host his first annual White House Tribal Summit
> on 05 November 2009. The Nations will be given the opportunity to
> interact directly with the president and other top administration
> officials. All of the 564 federally recognized tribes are invited
> to send a representative. This is a prime opportunity to be seen
> and heard on the issue of Leonard Peltier’s wrongful conviction
> and imprisonment. Please plan to attend.
>
> Supporters will gather in Lafayette Park on Pennsylvania Avenue
> (across from the White House) at 6:00 a.m. Bring signs and banners,
> wear Peltier T-Shirts, etc. From Lafayette Park, supporters will
> walk to the Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW, where
> tribal leaders will assemble for their meeting with President Obama.
>
> In support of this action, tribal members are asked to (1) urge your
> Tribal Chairpersons to speak to Obama on Mr. Peltier’s behalf – Free
> Peltier NOW; and (2) lobby your Tribal Councils to pass resolutions
> calling for freedom for Peltier, the release of all case-related
> documents still withheld by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
> (FBI), and a congressional hearing on the government’s role in the
> turmoil on Pine Ridge Reservation during the 1970s.
>
>
> * Do It and Keep Doing It *
>
> Clemency is one path to freedom for Leonard Peltier. However, there
> are other issues that deserve as much attention – an Executive
> Review by Attorney General Eric Holder, for example. We’ve pushed
> for a review recently, as you know. But there are other important
> initiatives that we all need to work on:
>
> –> Congressional Hearing – In the early 70s, the Select Committee to Study
> Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities,
> or the Church Committee, investigated the counterintelligence
> activities of the FBI. The FBI conducted more than 2,000 COINTELPRO
> operations before the programs were officially discontinued in
> April of 1971. (While the programs themselves were discontinued,
> the FBI’s practices that the Church Committee found so objectionable
> were not.) The Church Committee had intended to investigate the
> American Indian Movement as another dissident group targeted by the
> Bureau. Witnesses had been investigated by congressional staff and
> called to provide testimony. However, one day after the firefight
> at Oglala, the Church Committee cancelled the hearings. We need
> to work hard to see that official misconduct in Indian Country –
> past and present – is finally addressed.
>
> –> FOIA Documents – The FBI continues to withhold tens of thousands
> of documents related to the RESMURS investigation. These documents
> are over 25 years old and, at minimum, should be turned over to
> the National Archives. Why are the documents important? You have
> all heard about information uncovered after Mr. Peltier’s trial.
> Given the nature of that evidence -the withheld ballistics report,
> for example – there is every reason to expect that other evidence
> is contained in the documents that may allow Mr. Peltier to appeal
> his conviction.
>
> On his first full day in office, President Obama signed an Executive
> Order with regard to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). He
> encouraged accountability through transparency, and said FOIA should
> be administered with a presumption of openness. Due to subsequent
> guidelines established by AG Holder, the Peltier Legal Team may
> succeed at getting Peltier documents released. But the attorneys
> need your help to make that happen.
>
> We host online petitions on these issues, of course. We urge
> you to sign them. That’s easy. However, petitions are not
> as effective as letters and phone calls to your senators and
> representative in Congress, or to the congressional committees and
> subcommittees responsible for oversight of government agencies and
> their activities. Mr. Peltier needs everyone to work hard toward
> achieving movement in the above areas.
>
> You’ll find Guidance on the above issues on our home page at
> . We’ll provide more information in
> our upcoming digests.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle.

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Statement concerning Sedona deaths
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 12:45 PM
From:
“Paula Horne-Mullen” View contact details
To:
MINN-IND@LISTS.UMN.EDU
As Keeper of our Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, I am concerned for
the 2 deaths and illnesses of the many people that participated in a sweat
lodge in Sedona, Arizona that brought our sacred rite under fire in the
news. I would like to clarify that this lodge and many others, are not our
ceremonial way of life, because of the way they are being conducted. My
prayers go out for their families and loved ones for their loss.

Our ceremonies are about life and healing, from the time this ancient
ceremonial rite was given to our people, never has death been a part of our
inikag¹a (life within) when conducted properly. Today the rite is
interpreted as a sweat lodge, it is much more then that. So the term does
not fit our real meaning of purification.

Inikag¹a is the oldest ceremony brought to us by Wakan Tanka (Great Spirit).
19 generations ago, the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Oyate (people), were given
seven sacred rites of healing by a Spirit Woman ­ Pte San Win (White Buffalo
Calf Woman). She brought these rites along with our sacred C¹anupa (pipe) to
our People, when our ancestors were suffering from a difficult time. It was
also brought for the future to help us for much more difficult times to
come. They were brought to help us stay connected to who we are as a
traditional cultural People. The values of conduct are very strict in any
of these ceremonies, because we work with spirit. The way the Creator,
Wakan Tanka told us; that if we stay humble and sincere, we will keep that
connection with the inyan oyate (the stone people), who we call the
Grandfathers, to be able to heal our selves and loved ones. We have a
³gift² of prayer and healing and have to stay humble with our Unc¹i Maka
(Grandmother Earth) and with one another. The inikag¹a is used in all of the
seven sacred rites to prepare and finish the ceremonies, along with the
sacred eagle feather. The feather represents the sacred knowledge of our
ancestors.

Our First Nations People have to earn the right to pour the mini wic¹oni
(water of life) upon the inyan oyate (the stone people) in creating Inikag¹a
– by going on the vision quest for four years and four years Sundance. Then
you are put through a ceremony to be painted – to recognize that you have
now earned that right to take care of someone¹s life through purification.
They should also be able to understand our sacred language, to be able to
understand the messages from the Grandfathers, because they are ancient,
they are our spirit ancestors. They walk and teach the values of our
culture; in being humble, wise, caring and compassionate.

What has happened in the news with the make shift sauna called the sweat
lodge is not our ceremonial way of life!

When you do ceremony – you can not have money on your mind. We deal with the
pure sincere energy to create healing that comes from everyone in that
circle of ceremony. The heart and mind must be connected. When you involve
money, it changes the energy of healing. The person wants to get what they
paid for; the Spirit Grandfathers will not be there, our way of life is now
being exploited! You do more damage then good. No² mention² of monetary
energy should exist in healing, not even with a can of love donations. When
that energy exists, they will not even come. Only Œafter¹ the ceremony,
between the person that is being healed and the Intercessor who has helped
connect with the Great Spirit, the energy of money can be given out of
appreciation. That exchange of energy is from the heart; it is private and
does not involve the Grandfathers! Whatever gift of appreciation the person
who received the help, can now give the Intercessor what ever they feel
their healing is worth.

In our Prophesy of the White Buffalo Calf Woman, she told us that she would
return and stand upon the earth when we are having a hard time. In 1994 this
began to happen with the birth of the white buffalo, not only their nation,
but many animal nations began to show their sacred color, which is white.
She predicted that at this time there would be many changes upon Grandmother
Earth. There would be things that we never experienced or heard of before;
climate changes, earth changes, diseases, disrespect for life and one
another would be shocking and there would be also many false prophets!

My Grandmother that passed the bundle to me said I would be the last Keeper
if the Oyate (people) do not straighten up. The assaults upon Grandmother
Earth are horrendous, the assaults toward one another was not in our
culture, the assaults against our People (Oyate) have been termed as
genocide, and now we are experiencing spiritual genocide!

Because of the problems that began to arise with our rebirth of being able
to do our ceremonies in the open since the Freedom of Religion Act of 1978,
our Elders began talking to me about the abuses they seen in our ceremonial
way of life, which was once very strict. After many years of witnessing
their warnings, we held a meeting to address this very issue of lack of
protocol in our ceremonies. After reaching an agreement of addressing the
misconduct of our ceremonies and reminding of the proper protocols, a
statement was made in March 2003. Every effort was made to insure our way
of life of who we are as traditional cultural People was made, because these
ways are for our future and all life upon the Grandmother Earth (Mitakuye
Oyasin ­ All my relations), so that they may have good health. Because these
atrocities are being mocked and practiced all over the world, there was even
a film we made called ³Spirits for Sale².

The non-native people have a right to seek help from our ³First Nation
Intercessors² for good health and well-being, it is up to that Intercessor.
That is a privilege for all People that we gift for being able to have good
health and understand that their protocol is to have respect and appreciate
what we have to share. The First Nations Intercessor has to earn that right
to our ceremonial way of life in the ways I have explained.

At this time, I would like to ask all Nations upon Grandmother Earth to
please respect our sacred ceremonial way of life and stop the exploitation
of our Tunka Oyate (Spiritual Grandfathers).

In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning!

Namah¹u yo (hear my words),
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White
Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle.

NDSU News: Dakota Studies Courses Offered

http://www.ndsu.edu/news/features/dakota_studies_courses_offered/

(Note: I couldn’t find the original date on this, but I think it came out a few months ago. -Beth)

Clifford Canku will lead the Dakota courses at NDSU. He has taught at Sisseton-Wahpeton College in Agency Village, S.D., University of Minnesota-Morris and Southwestern State University in Marshall, Minn. He is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.
Linguists worldwide are trying to save languages, and nowhere are they dying more quickly than in North America. With 25,000 speakers on 15 U.S. and Canadian reservations, Dakota is considered an “unsafe” language in terms of longevity.
“[Languages] are dying here,” said Bruce Maylath, professor of English. “That’s what we are trying to avoid happening to Dakota.”

In an effort to help keep the language from becoming endangered further, NDSU has begun offering courses in Dakota Studies this year to complement the long-standing Native American programs in engineering and pharmacy.

Courses during the 2009-2010 academic year include Dakota language, tribal history, Dakota sociology and anthropology and Dakota religious studies. The classes are open to all students for credit.

The courses will be taught by assistant professor of practice, Clifford Canku (pronounced Changku), an experienced teacher of Dakota courses at Sisseton-Wahpeton College in Agency Village, S.D., University of Minnesota-Morris and Southwestern State University in Marshall, Minn. He is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. He has a bachelor’s in sociology from University of Minnesota, Morris, and a master of divinity from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Iowa. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

“When we were first looking to recruit someone, it was just for Dakota language courses,” said Maylath. “Then when we were referred to [Canku], we discovered a gold mine …. He’s qualified to teach sociology, anthropology and religious studies. It’s interesting how he compares Christianity and Dakota spirituality. He’s grown up with both.”

Canku sees himself as in the fifth stage of life – an educator who wants to give back to the people what he was given. He designs his own curriculum for Beginning Dakota Language I and Dakota Language II He wants young people to have opportunities and a strong foundation.

“NDSU is a strategic place for doing Native American studies,” Canku said. “We want to establish a healthy presence for Native American students at NDSU so that NDSU can be a great asset to the surrounding tribes of Native Americans.”
Canku will live on campus during the week through the Faculty-in-Residence program and will run study groups and culture sharing events for singing and dancing.

“Part of my job would be to coordinate events that are happening locally so students could feel home away from home, a sense of belonging,” Canku said.
Canku is set to teach for one year, but hopes are to have him continue as long as he is able.

The Dakota courses are part of President Joseph Chapman’s goal to reach out to tribal colleges in the state to set up articulation agreements so students can earn associates degrees at the tribal college and continue on toward four-year degrees at NDSU.

“[NDSU has] a lot of resources that we could benefit from, dealing with the future of our young people,” Canku said. “To couple those things together would be a real benefit for Native Americans.”

Two people die in Arizona sweat lodge were Milwaukeean

By Journal Sentinel staff, Associated Press

Posted: Oct. 10, 200

James Shore 40, of Milwaukee and Kirby Brown a women 38, of Westtown, N.Y., died after being overcome in a sweat lodge during a spiritual cleansing ceremony near Sedona, according to authorities in Arizona.

Nineteen others were taken to area hospitals, but most were soon released. One remained in critical condition late Friday.

Shore, who lived in the Bay View neighborhood with his wife and three young children, was passionate about natural health and also his Internet businesses, said Damon Padovano, a computer programmer who worked with Shore four years ago and had remained friends.

Shore grew up in Milwaukee. He and his family lived in New Mexico, returning to Milwaukee four years ago, Padovano said. Shore had recently purchased SunAnt Interactive with a partner. He also was president of Absolute Interactive Marketing.

Shore was an easy-going guy whose business specialty was making on-line search engines work better, Padovano said.

“He had a great sense of humor,” Padovano said. “I never saw him anger. He was a nice, outgoing guy who loved his kids and his wife. He was always talking about them.”

Padovano said Shore’s father died young, and Shore was worried about how long he would live.

“He wanted to get in and out of business and just retire and spend time with family,” he said.

Shore was quoted in the Journal Sentinel three weeks ago by columnist Jim Stingl on jorts – jean shorts. Shore joked with Stingl that he thought jorts would be the in thing next year.

Authorities in Arizona haven’t determined the cause of the deaths and illnesses. The incident happened at the Angel Valley Retreat Center just outside scenic Sedona.

Self-help expert and author James Arthur Ray rented the facility as part of a “Spiritual Warrior” retreat that promised to “absolutely change your life.”

Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh said Saturday that his detectives are focusing on Ray and his staff as they try to determine whether criminal negligence played a role in the deaths. No charges have been filed.

The resort is owned by Michael and Amayra Hamilton, who have declined to comment. Ray’s spokesman expressed condolences Thursday but wouldn’t talk specifically about the deaths. Ray’s company, James Ray International, is based in Carlsbad, Calif.

Authorities haven’t determined the cause of the deaths and illnesses but ruled out carbon monoxide poisoning.

Waugh said the 64 people who were in the crude sweat lodge had fasted for 36 hours, then ate a breakfast buffet Thursday morning. After various seminars Thursday, they entered the sweat lodge about 3 p.m.

A little more than two hours later, Shore and Brown were taken out of the lodge without a pulse and not breathing. By the time rescue crews reached the remote property, other people also were experiencing medical distress.

Shore and Brown were pronounced dead when they arrived at a hospital.

Karaoke is reborn at the Wolves Den on Friday nights

Hello all,
Back by popular demand!!! Karaoke is reborn at the Wolves Den on Friday nights. Starting time is 6:30pm sharp. Come on down and join “On the Ro'” Entertainment for some fun that is suitable for all ages. The Wolves Den kitchen will be serving their full menu also. All aspiring singers and crooners welcome…

The Wolves Den is located in the Mpls. American Indian Center, located at 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Call 612-871-6373 for info.

See you there,
Wade

Peltier Protestor at White House

Peltier protestor

Story Published: Sep 27, 2009

Story Updated: Sep 25, 2009

It seems like someone ought to let the president know that an American Indian man fasted in front of the White House for one week. Someone ought to say this man sat on a bench in Lafayette Park, starving in a silent protest, not taking even water.

In my ignorance, I went to the park, expecting to find this person by seeing banners or signs, or a group of other Indian people around.

There were no banners. There were no signs. There was no literature to be passed to the public. In fact, I almost gave up. But, uncharacteristic of me, I asked a question of two people who were sitting next to an Indian-looking blanket. And yes, the person I was looking for just stepped away to talk to someone. I left some funds to help cover the cost of his physical journey.

It just seems like someone should tell the White House an Indian man is denying his body food and water, slowly denying his body the ability to sustain life, in a kind of parallel of another Indian man who has been denied his ability to live free.

But so few knew.

So at week’s end, the fast was complete and bread and water was taken.

The silent prayer was sent.

I do not bear witness well, but this seems to be all that is required of me. I am writing this because that is easier than just carrying the noble, but heart-grabbing memory of an Indian man in front of the White House sitting on a bench with the people coming and going, eating lunch, drinking coffee, playing chess, protesting various agendas, and all under the watchful eye of security guards ever circling on bicycles and SUVs, through the heat, the rain, sun and humidity.

Someone should tell the White House there was a Native American man starving for the freedom of Leonard Peltier on their front lawn.

Help restore native oak savanna on Grey Cloud Island.

Dear Great River Greening Volunteers!

Great River Greening seeks your help to restore native oak savanna on Grey Cloud Island near Cottage Grove on Saturday, October 17th from 8:30am-12:30pm. Gaining special access to the site, volunteer s will assist with the removal of non-native brush, such as buckthorn, honeysuckle and other non-native trees. Lower Grey Cloud Island rests in the Mississippi floodplain and is surrounded by its waters. All of its resources—historical and ecological—are inextricably linked to the river. This was the home of Medicine Bottle and his tribe of Mdewakanton Sioux and the site of the historic village of Grey Cloud . Frontiersmen and traders, Joseph R. Brown and Hazen Mooers, were among the early Euro-Americans living here. Historically, the Island supported a broad expanse of oak savanna, a natural ecosystem now globally imperiled. Even though past land uses have eliminated much of this native habitat from the island, the opportunity exists to restore – at a grand scale – this oak savanna ecosystem and many of the species for which it was home.

Join us today to preserve this important part of Minnesota ’s heritage! Individuals, community organizations and corporate groups are welcome to participate in Greening’s restoration event. Lunch will be provided for pre-registered volunteer s, so sign up today! You will receive a confirmation one week prior to the event with directions and event details.

Individuals of all ages, families, community and corporate groups are welcome to participate in Greening’s restoration events. Pre-registration is required, so sign up today!

Register online at www.greatrivergreening.org under “Volunteer” or contact Mark Turbak , Volunteer Programs and Events Manager, at mturbak@greatrivergreening.org or 651-665-9500 ext. 11.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Mark Turbak
Volunteer Programs Manager

Great River Greening

35 W Water St #201

Saint Paul MN 55107

Tel 651 665.9500 x11

Fax 651 651.9409

restoring the land,

renewing communities

www.greatrivergreening.org

Dear friends of the Pond Dakota Heritage Society.

You’ll find our latest newsletter attached as a Word document – someone on our email list couldn’t open the PDF file that was sent out earlier this week, so we’re sending it out again.

Also, with this email you’ll find a flyer and registration form for our upcoming Dakota Language Camp.  The flyer and registration form can also be downloaded from the City of Bloomington’s website at:  www.ci.bloomington.mn.us.  On the home page, type in “Dakota language” in the keyword box to find the forms.

Hope this finds you well and enjoying our beautiful Minnesota summer!

Jay Ludwig

Pond Dakota Heritage Society

DREAM OF WILD HEALTH GARDEN MARKET

Fresh Produce Grown & Harvested by:

GARDEN WARRIORS & CORA’S KIDS

Every Thursday!

July 2-Aug 20

10 a.m. – 12 noon

Two Locations:

American Indian Family Center

St. Paul

Little Earth United Tribes

Minneapolis

Hand-picked, organic vegetables fresh

from the garden!

For more info call:

651-439-3840

Dream of Wild Health Farm

16085 Jeffrey Avenue

Hugo, MN 55038

The Gideon and Agnes Pond House

Open House   -   Sunday June 28, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate Gideon’s 199th birthday!  Tours of the house will include details of Gideon’s family and growing up years, and the two apprenticeships that would shape his missionary life. Enjoy birthday cake, and sing Happy Birthday to Gideon himself, portrayed by a costumed reenactor.  Programs and tours are free for children and high school youth and members of the Pond Dakota Heritage Society.  Suggested donation of $2 for non-member adults.

Free Band Concert                           -Sunday June 28, 7:00 p.m.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a concert by the John Philip Sousa Memorial Band on the south lawn of the Pond House. Formed in 1970, the band’s goal is to recapture the spirit of bands at the turn of the twentieth century, when bands were an integral part of their communities.  The John Philip Sousa Memorial Band consists of 40 Twin Cities musicians who volunteer their talents, some for over 20 years.

The Gideon and Agnes Pond House is located in Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 East 104th St., Bloomington, between Portland and Nicollet Aves.  For more information contact Mark Morrison at Bloomington Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8693, or after hours call Jay Ludwig at 952-484-0477, or visit www.ci.bloomington.mn.us, keywords “Pond House”.

Coming soon to the Pond House:

Charles Lanman, Frontier Artist
Sunday July 5,  2 – 4 p.m.
Meet landscape painter, outdoorsman and journalist Charles Lanman, an acquaintance of Seth Eastman, portrayed by local artist Paul Boecher.  Uncover your drawing skills as you sketch with the artist, or watch as he paints “plein air” using watercolors and a paint box.  Discover the life of a frontier artist and what it was like to explore uncharted areas of Minnesota.  Sketching  materials will be supplied, or you may bring your own.

Hope you can join us for these great events at the Pond House!

Jay Ludwig

Pond Dakota Heritage Society

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