Wednesday, June 7, 2017

6.7.17 Scaffold Update

June 7, 2017  12:00 PM

Stephanie Hope Smith (Mediator)  shared an update regarding the "Scaffold" structure that was displayed at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA.

All of the wood has been removed and is being stored off site in a safe, secure location owned by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. The rest of the deconstruction work and landscape work is likely to be completed by the end of today.

The City of Minneapolis will be removing any remaining  messages  / "graffiti" on the sidewalk.

Now the main focus for the Dakota Oyate will shift to what happens to the wood.
The Walker Art Center is focusing on their Grand Opening June 10.

Recognizing that more people from the Dakota community wish to participate in this process and it takes time to call a meeting, there is no elder meeting this week regarding the next steps for the wood. They wish to take time, slow down and allow more voices.

The Dakota Oyate from Minnesota and those in exile seek an opportunity to weigh in and make decisions in an attempt to create participation first and to then build consensus.   

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