Indigenous & Media Community Roundtable

Indigenous & Media Community Roundtable

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Hoċokata Ti

2300 Tiwahe Circle

Shakopee, MN 55379

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MN media and Indigenous community members gather to learn from each other and consider more complete, accurate Indigenous narratives.

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Journey to the Center of Camp

Indigenous & Media Community Roundtable

In partnership with We Are Still Here Minnesota, MIGIZI, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Minnesota Public Radio will host a third community conversation among media professionals and Indigenous community members at the new Hoċokata Ti Cultural Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.

The name, purpose and experience of Hoċokata Ti are filled with meaning. In Dakota, it means “lodge at the center of the camp,” referencing the circle to which everyone belongs. Aligned with the sun at solstice, the structure’s design blends into the landscape and surrounding Dakota homelands.

This will be a special journey of learning and exchange, hosted by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) in a space that primarily serves as a meeting place reserved for SMSC members. Participants can experience the Center’s exhibit “Mdewakanton: Dwellers of the Spirit Lake” before sharing a meal and hearing from several Indigenous leaders and up-and-coming media practitioners who are working at multiple levels to tell more accurate and complete stories about Indigenous issues.

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Who should attend? Media professionals and community members interested in more accurate and complete narratives about Indigenous communities and issues. Seating is limited, registration required.

We are grateful to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for hosting this event in a place primarily reserved for its own, private use. Hoċokata Ti is a Dakota space; we encourage you to take time to fully experience and immerse yourself in the space and exhibits prior to and during the event.


  • 10:00 a.m. - Exhibit Tours - Refreshments and free tours available of Mdewakanton: Dwellers of the Spirit Lake
  • 11:30 - Boxed Lunch - Participants are invited to have lunch in community or find a space for quiet contemplation
  • 12:30 p.m. - Welcome by Duchesne Drew, President of Minnesota Public Radio and Rebecca Crooks-Stratton, Secretary/Treasurer of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.
  • Introductions by Binesikwe Means, Melissa Olson, and Ramona Kitto Stately
  • New Voices - Remarks from Reuben Kitto Stately, Jaida Grey Eagle, and Emma Needham
  • Panel discussion moderated by David Cournoyer, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe
  • 2:00 - Break-Out Discussions
  • 2:30 - Program ends, informal conversation

If you have questions, please contact Shouazong Hang at or (651) 290-1360.

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