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Addiction Studies Department presents 23rd Red Road Gathering

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The 23rd Red Road Gathering, “Mitakuye Oyasin (All My Relations),” is Sept. 20-21 at the National Guard Armory in Vermillion.

Red Road Gathering provides a compassionate healing environment through culturally-based information and supportive activities for all participants with activities designed for recovery, de-stressing and networking. Scheduled presentations for this year include Rick Thomas, Isanti Tribe, and Gene Thin D. Elk, Sicangu Lakota. Thomas is co-developer of Red Road Approach while Thin Elk is the founder of Red Road Approach.

Each session begins with prayer and walking meditation at 7:30 a.m. followed by breakfast at 8 a.m. and a speaker at 9 a.m. Speakers from Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin will share stories of healing and health recovery while complementary and holistic health practitioners will offer their services free of charge at the “Healing Village.” Intertribal Native American drum groups along with Wakinyan Maza Oka Singers, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Wohitika Singers and Menominee Nation of Wisconsin will provide traditional Lakota healing songs.

Additionally, Red Road Gathering honors veterans of foreign wars with a reading of United States and coalition casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan, including journalists killed since those conflicts began; Operation Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom casualties; and Vietnam era soldiers of South Dakota who were killed or missing in action. Readers are tribal community members, community leaders, students, staff and faculty from USD as well as friends and families of those killed or missing in action. The roll call will begin as veterans attending the Red Road Gathering carry the Wase Wapka Eagle Staff, colors of the Lakota Nations and the United States flag.

For more information about Red Road Gathering 2012, including an agenda or to register, please contact Kathy Husby, USD Addiction Studies Department, at (605) 677-7234 or email There is no registration fee to attend the Red Road Gathering.


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Hanna DeLange
USD News