The Mission of the Wakan Tipi Center is to serve as an intergenerational gathering place that honors Wakan Tipi and the maka paha as Dakota sacred sites. The project will connect people to the landscape through immersive experiences in Dakota history, lifeways, language, and values. The building will feature an exhibit hall, classroom, ceremony & community gathering area, and teaching kitchen to showcase and expand the value of the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary as a place for cultural healing, life-long learning, and inspiration. Sustainable efforts include roof-mounted solar panels and a geothermal energy system for heating and cooling of the building.
Construction of this project will occur in multiple phases. The first phase, utility installation and site grading, began in the summer of 2022 and will be completed in early 2023. The second phase consists of construction of the Wakan Tipi Center building and temporary site access. Building construction is anticipated to take 10-months with a public opening in the summer of 2024. The third and final phase includes the construction of a permanent parking lot and improved site access and will begin following the reconstruction of the Kellogg/3rd Street Bridge adjacent to the site.
Additional project information can be found at the website of our project partner, The Lower Phalen Creek Project, Wakan Tipi Center — Lower Phalen Creek Project