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Early Design Ideas

By restoring indigenous landscape and reintroducing active, flowing, water to the site, this place can address habitat fragmentation and fulfill its role as a good relative to the land, water, and plant and animal nations.

These ideas will continue to evolve based on Dakota Tribal leaders’ input and direction.

A Place of Healing

  • Holding space for relatives, including land and water.
  • Connecting cultures and restoring a story disrupted.

A Place for Restoration

  • Viewing cultural restoration and environmental restoration as one in the same.
  • Viewing restoration as a process that continues to change through time.
  • Centering Native voices through programs & partnerships.

A Place for Learning

  • Learning from the River and each other.
  • Teaching through art and by celebrating language.

Illustration produced by GGN.

Illustration produced by GGN.

Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).