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Red Road Gathering ‘Walk in Balance’ is Sept. 19-20 in Vermillion

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Addiction Studies announced today that the 24th annual Red Road Gathering, “Walk in Balance,” is Thursday, Sept. 19 and Friday, Sept. 20 at the National Guard Armory in Vermillion, S.D.

The event provides participants with a compassionate healing environment through culturally-based information and support activities. Designed for recovery, de-stressing and networking with colleagues, friends and participants, each Red Road Gathering session begins with a prayer and walking meditation at 7:30 a.m., followed by breakfast and the first speaker of the day at 9 a.m.

Speakers for “Walk in Balance” are Rick Thomas, Isanti tribe, co-developer of Red Road Approach; and Gene Thin D. Elk, Sicangu Lakota, and founder of Red Road Approach. Additional lecturers from Minnesota and South Dakota will share stories of healing as well as recovery information and skill sets for transitioning toward a healthful life. Performances will feature inter-tribal Native American drum groups and Lakota healing songs from the Wakinyan Maza Oka Singers, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Wohitika Singers, Menominee Nation of Wisconsin and Oyate Singers of Vermillion.

Red Road Gathering will also include a “healing village” of complementary and holistic health practitioners from the United States and Canada, and veterans of the military will be honored with the reading of U.S. and coalition casualties from Operation Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom and additional wars and conflicts.

There is no fee to attend the Red Road Gathering but registration is required so the committee can plan accordingly. For more information, including an agenda, or to register, please visit or call (605) 677-7234. The Red Road Gathering is supported by the University of South Dakota, City of Vermillion, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Sanford Health and Native American Addiction Technology Transfer Center.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News