Pat, who is going on 107 years old, says she was surprised that her difficulty breathing was caused by a heart problem, not her lungs.
WTIP’s Bob Carter spoke recently with Dr. Gwen Westerman, co-author with Bruce White of “Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota.” The book, from the MN Historical Society Press, details the history of the Dakota people in their traditional homelands for hundreds of years prior to exile.
To many people, the bend in the river south of downtown Saint Paul is empty space—a no-man’s land at the base of the bluffs, filled with an underused park and some of the busiest train tracks in the country. But to the Dakota people, this is wakan tipi, the center of the Dakota universe. KFAI’s Bill Lindeke took a tour with Jim Rock and Roxanne Gould, two native American custodians of the area, who have spent years fighting to revitalize and restore this sacred space.