Winona Celebrates its Indigenous Roots in August with Multiple Events

  • Great Dakota Gathering August 24-25

In 2004, the Winona Dakota Unity Alliance created a vision with a dream of bringing the Dakota people back to their homeland and educating the people about the land in Winona. The mission statement of the Winona Dakota Unity Alliance is to “continue the conciliation process by an alliance between Winona, Minnesota, and the Dakota Nation through educational, cultural, and service projects mutually designed to bring both together in greater wholeness.”

The Winona Dakota Gathering, Homecoming & Powwow is an annual event for families of indigenous and local populations and around the region. It is held in Unity Park at the East end of Lake Winona. This year’s event will take place August 24-25, 2019.

  • Winonas to Gather in Winona August with Exhibitions, Film Screenings, Dinner with Sean Sherman 23-25

Winona LaDuke, nationally recognized Native activist, is turning 60 years old, and she is calling all women with the name Winona, all the “First Daughters” to bring themselves, families and friends to a birthday party weekend August 23-25, 2019, in Winona, Minnesota. There, gathering Winona’s will celebrate, explore and wax poetic on being Winona.

The public is invited to a “Wenonah”-themed Art Exhibit opening, symposium and reception on Friday; film screenings, exclusive catered dinner by The Sioux Chef Sean Sherman’s team, and musical entertainment by Corey Medina and The Brothers at the Winona Lake Park Band Shell on Saturday; and a Winona jingle/social dance and Winona group photo at Unity Park Sunday. For more information, visit

Read more about the Native American History of the Winona area here

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