This Elder meeting will be open to all Dakota elders on Tuesday May 30th 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at
All My Relations Gallery, 1414 Franklin Ave Minneapolis Minnesota. We welcome all
Dakota who come with a good heart, with respect for the ancestors, the elders, our traditional
ways and our Sacred sites for the opening prayer and announcements. No press please.
This is only the first of many meetings to help create a process of healing and to help educate through
Dakota truth-telling of our own history.
The next step will be the face-to-face meeting of Dakota spiritual and traditional elders with
the related parties Wednesday morning 9:30 to 12:30 to discuss next steps, followed by a joint press
announcement at 2 PM of any logistic decisions made. Recognizing that the presence of the sculpture
is very volatile to our community, that timeliness and participation by all related parties is very
important, the focus of this part of the mediation process will be discussing the logistics. Broader
education for the staff and public will come later. The Walker Art Center and Park Board have agreed
to push back the Grand Opening of the sculpture garden until Saturday June 10 to allow for more
attention to this process and for good faith efforts at dialogue by all parties.
We call upon all Dakota to pray for wisdom and for healing. We request that all press wait for the
joint announcement on Wednesday after our private mediation meeting rather than seeking individual
statements from our community. We ask all non-Dakota allies to not take action on our behalf;
please respectfully allow us space to conduct our process in our way and timing, that we may heal.