Aug 26 2022


1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sacred Sites Tour

Friday, August 26, 2022 | 1PM – 5PM CT | Offsite beginning at Church of St Peter in Mendota
Healing Minnesota Stories – Native American Sacred Sites
Join us in a visit to key sacred sites at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. The Dakota people call this confluence, Bdote (“the meeting place of the rivers”). Bdote is a key part of the Dakota creation story. Tragically, Bdote was also the scene of great historical trauma resulting from the Dakota War of 1862.  This tour offers an opportunity to learn about Minnesota history from a Native perspective through story-telling, meditation and reflection.
This experience includes the following sites:
• Wikan Tika (Big Island) in the Mississippi River (at Fort Snelling State Park), which includes the Dakota Internment Camp (Minnesota’s first designated Site of Conscience)
• The Four Ancestor Oaks (located near the Church of St. Peter in Mendota)
• Oheyawahi (Pilot Knob Hill and reclaimed prairie), a traditional ceremonial and burial ground.
Two Transportation Options:
Meet at the Church of St. Peter in Mendota (1405 Highway 13) at 12:50PM and then caravan to the nearby sites.
Unity bus is available to transport 14 people for the tour. We’ll depart Unity Minneapolis at 12:15PM.
This tour is appropriate for adults and older youth. Those walking should expect uneven surfaces and dirt paths. We allot four hours for the tour though actual times may vary..
Cost: $40
The tour is led by Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs. Rev. Jim Bear is the Director of Racial Justice for the Minnesota Council of Churches. He is founder of “Healing Minnesota Stories,” an initiative dedicated to creating events of dialogue, education, and healing, particularly within faith communities.