For immediate release:

The Indigenous Peoples Task Force is pleased to receive a grant of $100,000 from the Shakopee Mdewankanton Sioux Community for the development of Mikwanedun Audisookon –A Center For Art and Wellness.

The Mikwanedun Audisookon, which means “remember our teachings” in Ojibwe, will restore healing traditions and provide an urban sanctuary where body, mind, and spirit can become whole through time-honored indigenous culture and practice.

This 12,350-square-foot center will provide office, education, creative and community spaces for the use of the Indigenous community and neighborhood. The new facility will allow IPTF’s programming to be expanded and its art and theater programming to be brought under one roof.

Use of Indigenous-based building materials and renewable energy systems will result in significantly lower energy and operational costs and reduce the environmental impact.

The land adjacent to IPTF’s housing complex will be acquired through the City of Minneapolis and will provide garden space, orchard space and a green roof covering portions of the first floor.

For more information, contact Sharon M. Day, Executive Director of Indigenous Peoples Task Force, at 612-721-0253 or


Sharon M. Day

Sharon Speaking at Mother Earth Water Walk Convergence of the four directions. June 11, 2011 in BadRiver WI.

From Native News Update June 13, 2011 on
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