Executive Director Friends of the Children-He Sapa Rapid City, South Dakota
This powerful session will lead attendees on a journey through history, injustice, remembrance, and reconciliation around the Rapid City Indian Board School. Panelists will discuss the Indigenous-led community-driven collaborative projects that are addressing this difficult history while reworking the physical landscape and collective memory of this northern Great Plains city.
Understand the injustices to Native people at the Rapid City Indian Boarding School and in Rapid City through the findings of the Rapid City Indian Boarding School Lands Project.
Understand the cultural importance and social justice implications of the challenge by Uncis (grandmothers) to find the graves of children who died at the Rapid City Boarding School.
Examine the relationship between public history, art, commemoration, landscape architecture, and architecture and how, together, they create opportunities for constructively addressing challenging community histories.
Show how history and historical memory/commemoration/memorial projects can serve as leverage in parallel efforts to affect positive policy changes at the local level.
Explore how consensus-based decision-making structures can support community history, advocacy, and memorial projects.
Understand the design language developed for the He Sapa Otipi Community Center as a culturally meaningful place for Indigenous people to practice and sustain their culture in an urban location.