Keynote Information

Why Language Matters by Justice Anne McKeig

Move People, Change Societies by Mike Caguin

Physicians Speak the Truth Based on the Proof. Moderated by Dr. Yasuko Yamamura

Macaroni at Midnight; How One Person Made Their Way to a Brighter Future by Dr. Don Bartlette

Targeted Interventions To Improve the Lives of Individuals Impacted by Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol and Those Who Care for Them by Dr. Julie Kable

Welcome Performance

By Virgil Mountain,  Frankie Graves, Wayne Center and Tony Frankie

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m., Waconia Ballroom

Mdewakanton Sioux Singers is a drum group which comprises both Dakota and Ojibwe relatives, but its origins come from the Dakota Nations. Head singer, Virgil Mountain comes from Dakota, Ojibwe, and Cree Nations and is enrolled at the Lower Sioux Community in Redwood Falls, Minnesota.  His great-great-great grandfather was Walks Under Sacred Stone, who served as Little Crow’s War Chief during the Dakota Conflict of 1862. Mr. Mountain is a fourth-generation whistle carrier descendant.  Today he carries that sacred bundle for not only his family and community but for all Dakota Nations.  Mr. Mountain is a cultural liaison, the Minister of Indigenous Affairs for the Red Circle Society, and spiritual leader for the Frontline Coalition, as well as, for many other native organizations throughout Minnesota. 

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