June Program | Cansayapi Land Reclamation: the Restoration of Ancestral Territories at Lower Sioux Indian Community

Date June 16, 2021
Location The Hutton House, 10715 S Shore Dr, Medicine Lake, MN 55441
Time 11:00 am - 1:00 pm(CDT)
2021-06-16 11:00:00 2021-06-16 13:00:00 June Program | Cansayapi Land Reclamation: the Restoration of Ancestral Territories at Lower Sioux Indian Community The Hutton House, 10715 S Shore Dr, Medicine Lake, MN 55441 -event@crewnetwork.org
Arrive early for networking!
11:00 - 11:45 am: Registration, Networking & Lunch
11:45 - 11:55 am: Opening announcements
11:55 am - 1:00 pm: Presentation


In recognition of the Minnesota Dakota’s connection to the Minnesota River Valley as its aboriginal homelands, the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Historical Society, recently restored 112 acres of land to the Lower Sioux Indian Community. This transaction  parallels the Land Back Movement Campaign that seeks to return indigenous lands back into indigenous hands. Land Back was officially  launched on Indigenous People’s Day, October 12, 2020 in South Dakota. Minnesota was one of the first state governments to undertake this reclamation project and is a leader in the U.S. This program highlights the history of the Lower Sioux in Minnesota and significance of this land, Minnesota’s leadership in restoring this land to indigenous hands, the complex issues involved during the lengthy transfer process and an overview of tribal governments.


  • Kate Beane, PhD - Director, Native American Initiatives, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Lenor Blaeser - Chief Judge, Upper Sioux Community Tribal Court
  • Shauna Coons - Founder & Managing Attorney, Kwe Law Firm
  • Nizhoni Smith - General Counsel, Lower Sioux Indian Community
  • Cheyanne St. John - Director, Cansayapi Cultural Department & Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Lower Sioux Indian Community
  • Moderated by Roseanne Hope, Principal & Attorney, Hope Law PLLC
  • Invited guest: Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan
This course has been APPROVED by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce for 1 hour for Real Estate continuing education.


Members: $45 before early deadline; $55 after and at the door*
Non-Members: $70 before early deadline; $85 after and at the door*

Early registration deadline: 6/11/21
*Due to venue capacity and planning deadlines, we encourage you to register early as we may not be able to accomodate late or onsite/day-of registrations.

Health Guidelines & Recommended Code of Conduct

Attendees are expected to follow these guidelines in accordance with CDC/Minnesota recommendations and Hutton House policies. Any changes prior to the event will be communicated in advance to registrants:
  • Masks are recommended while indoors, but are not required for those who are fully vaccinated.
  • Masks may be removed while eating/drinking or (for speakers) while presenting.
  • Guests are required to be seated while eating/drinking.
  • Social distancing requirements currently still apply.
  • Outdoor space will be available for networking and doors to the courtyard will be left open during the presentation to increase air circulation (weather permitting). A limited number of tables will be placed outside near the doors for attendees who prefer not to be indoors.


Boxed lunches will be provided. Please indicate any dietary requests when you register. We may not be able to accomodate special requests onsite if we were not notified in advance.

Cancellations & Substitutions

No refunds will be given for cancellations received after Friday, June 11, 2021. No shows will also be billed. You may send someone in your place if you are not able to make it after the cancellation deadline has passed.



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