From: Ms. Aaron E.Camacho
Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance president
Just over a month ago the Winona community took part in our annual celebration of the 14th Annual Great Dakota Gathering, Homecoming and Wacipi (powwow). This event was brought about in collaboration with the city of Winona, local businesses and organizations as well as volunteers from the region. Wopila to each and every one of you. In bringing about this event our Dakota relatives and Winonans worked to uphold the Covenant of Friendship in cooperation with one another. Our organization is grateful for all the heart that went into our 14th annual gathering and we are most definitely looking forward to next year’s. The theme for that gathering will be Protecting the Life Givers.
Although the gathering has come and gone, the work of the Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance remains. In owning that responsibility we invite our community to join in a conversation on October 28, 2017, at Winona State University in Somsen Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided at a small cost. The event itself is free and open to the public.
The title of this event is We Are All Downstream. Our focus will be on water rights, indigenous rights, and divestment from Wells Fargo & Company as a city. We encourage you and your neighbors to join us. Co-sponsoring this event is the Winona Human Rights Commission, KEAP Counsel of WSU, Winona County Green Party, MN350, Camp Makwa and the Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance. You do not want to miss out on this informative and engaging event. For better or worse, our financial partnerships have ripple effects. It is up to our community to ensure we are conscious consumers of those partnerships. Also, we must remember that we are all downstream.
Mitakuye Oyasin – All Our Relations