Lawyers Field Trip and CLE - Wakan Tipi Center (Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary)

Event Description

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Join us at Wakan Tipi Center to learn about this sacred and historic site from the Lower Creek Phalen Project Board Chair Patrice Kunesh. Patrice Kunesh will present on the legal history of how this historic Dakota site has come to now be known as the Wakáŋ Tipi sanctuary.

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM | Presentation
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM | Historical Site Tour

About Wakan Tipi
Lower Phalen Creek Project, situated at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary east of downtown St. Paul, is a premier environmental steward of the sanctuary and the place known as Wakáŋ Tipi.

Wakáŋ Tipi means “Dwelling Place of the Sacred” in the Dakota language. This is the traditional name for the cave in Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary now known to many as “Carvers Cave.” Dakota oral history tells of the nature of the sacred beings who dwell within the cave.  The ancient Petroglyphs which once existed on the walls of the cave that honored these spirits were erased by settlers and later users of the cave.
LPCP plans to build the Wakan Tipi Center as a place for cultural healing, life-long learning and inspiration. This gathering place, as part of the Great River Passage Initiative, will offer important and unique educational opportunities to learn about the Indigenous Peoples of Minnesota, our shared histories, and current urban ecology. With dramatic views of the river and downtown, the area offers spectacular opportunities for hiking and biking a stunning network of Mississippi River Corridor trails.
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Patrice Kunesh, chair of the board of LPCP, is an expert in federal Indian law. She works at the Native American Rights Fund and founded Peȟíŋ Haha Consulting, a social enterprise focused on the economic development of Native communities."

CLE Credit:

0.5 Standard CLE Credit | Event Code: 473141


RCBA Members: $0
Non-RCBA Members: $45 

Contact Program Manager:
Geen Mui |

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Saint Paul, MN United States