Honoring Rev. Marlene Helgemo

Our ancestors are walking with us. Pastor Marlene is walking with us. She was a huge support to IPTF youth programming, including our mural project. Listen again to her words of wisdom.
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"The fragility of life is always around us... and as we continue our journey on Mother Earth, we come to make good friends on our journey, and we have been given prayer to assist us in caring for one another... and the needs of people in our midst. Today, prayers are sent for those who need healing, for those in mourning and for those who need to make good decisions for themseleves and those who are in-trusted to their care and love. May our little ones be loved and safe. May our elders have wonderful days. May we see all that is before us, and may our prayers be answered."

Return to First Medicines and Indigenous Food Life Ways for Health

The Return to First Medicines Gathering is Remembering What We Always Knew. We are the Medicine, We are still here and We are Reclaiming our roots.

A gathering for Adults and Youth to learn about sacred medicines, growing traditional foods, maternal health, and self-care. Get inspiration and knowledge to help you protect the land, feed the soil and plant the seed for the next generations.
September 12-14, 2022
Monday, 7 AM to
Wednesday, Noon
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel,
Prior Lake, MN

General Admission $75,
Youth and elders free.
Meals included. Lodging is separate.
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Entertainment: Youth Fashion Show - culture is prevention.

Bring your goods for barter and trade – whatever is growing in your garden or you have cooked or made.

Are you an organization interested in becoming an event sponsor or individual community members interested in having a vendor table? Please reach out to Suzanne at suzannen @

Summer Youth Programming Highlights

Wild Rivers Conservancy hosted 3 trips for our youth to enjoy the St. Croix River. This collaboration began when two staff from Wild Rivers Conservancy attended events led by Sharon Day and got inspired by water protectors. As Julie from Wild Rivers Conservancy wrote, "listening to Sharon I realized I take so much from the water, and how can I give back?" Julie put together a grant that has brought 22 youth from Minneapolis to enjoy kayaking and the water this summer. In the above photos our summer program youth are leaning the geological history of the St. Croix River Valley and learning kayak strokes for steering.
Cedar River Walk

Cedar River Nibi Walk

August 14-24, 2022

Sharon Day will be leading the Cedar River Nibi Walk with special attention to teach youth in-depth about the water ceremony. All people are invited to walk with for a mile, an hour, a day, or days (must be self sufficient). For more walk details go to
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