Attend a Sacred Sites Tour
organized by Healing Minnesota Stories and led by Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) or Kelly Sherman-Conroy; Mato Wašté Winyan (Good Bear Woman) (Oglala Lakota). Learn about Minnesota history, especially the stories of Native people and their experiences as the original stewards of this land. You will visit sites located around the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers—what the Dakota refer to as Bdote
, or "meeting place of rivers," including:
- Fort Snelling State Park
- Dakota Internment Camp following the Dakota-U.S. War
- Pilot Knob Hill, a traditional burial ground
Tours are appropriate for adults and older youth. Tour groups meet at a location in Mendota near the sites and auto caravan to the sites. Carpooling usually occurs so those not preferring or unable to drive can ride with others. Address, directions, and map will be sent prior to tour. Dress for the weather with sturdy footwear rather than sandals. If weather is severe we will reschedule. Watch email if it’s questionable. We will do our best to accommodate the physical abilities of all attendees. Wheelchairs welcome as the places we go are on or very near trails. The whole tour can be accessible; contact us with specific questions. People who may have difficulty standing for storytelling may want to bring lawn chairs. Those walking should expect to be on some uneven surfaces and dirt/gravel paths. We allot four hours for tours though actual times may vary. Tours start at different times of day, depending on leader or group schedules, sundown, etc. While there is no time set aside for lunch during the tour, participants are welcome to bring lunch.
There is no set registration price for the tour. A collection will be taken at its conclusion and a suggested donation of $50-$75 per participant is appreciated.
Choose either Oct. 2, 1-5 p.m. or Oct. 30, 1-5 p.m. in the registration form.