The next Healing Minnesota Stories Sacred Site Tours are set for Saturdays, Sept. 1, Sept. 29, and Oct. 30. Tours typically start at 10 a.m. and last four hours. To reserve a spot, email Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs at email@example.com.
Tours are led by Jacobs (Mohican) and Bob Klanderud (Dakota). The tours offer an opportunity to learn about Minnesota history from a Native perspective through story-telling and experiencing Dakota sacred sites in silence/meditation/reflection. Over the past two years, more than 500 participants have taken the tour.
We visit sites located around 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 The Dakota-U.S. War
- Pilot Knob Hill, a traditional burial ground
There is no cost for the tour, but a free will offering is appreciated. Contributions for individuals are invited in the range of $30-$50. Donations support Healing Minnesota Stories programs and events. Space is limited to 40 people.
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. Car pooling 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.