The Lakota Dream Museum and Monument depictions. These designs
show how the museum will look once it has its permanent location
settled. It will open in September at a temporary location
in downtown Rapid City.
PINE RIDGE The
Lakota Dream Museum & Monument is set for a Grand Opening next
month in Rapid City.
Organizers say that the
Lakota Dream Museum and Monument is set to be the first Lakota
owned and operated, museum and cultural education center,
ever. While this fact is a wonderful accomplishment. Adonis Saltes,
of the Wicahpi Dopa society, and one of the driving forces behind
its creation says that the value of having a place like this is
bigger than any accolade.
We will have contemporary
exhibits about modern-day Lakota figures including one on Pete Catches
Sr., said Saltes.
Saltes is from Pine Ridge
but spent his high school years in Albuquerque where he was one
of the top basketball players in the state. He has now returned
home to from Southern Utah University to help with several local
projects in his community.
I am so happy for
the museum to finally open. I truly believe, whoever walks through
that door, will see life in a whole new way. They will understand
why us, the Lakota people are special people straight from the creator.
It will be a new day, a red day for the world to fully embrace,
The inclusion of modern
leaders in the museums plans for exhibits is part of the effort
to create a place where Lakota people can celebrate their own stories,
traditions and influencers, according to Saltes.
On September 15, 2018,
the doors will officially open at a temporary location in downtown
Rapid City at 629 Main Street. The original plans for the location
included the purchase of Sitting Bull Taverns.
We still have plans
for Sitting Bull Taverns, said Saltes. But we will be
in this location for a couple years while we continue to fundraise.
While the location of
Sitting Bull Taverns is ideal, it sits alongside one of the main
tourist routes leading in to the Black Hills from Rapid City, the
inclusion of the Lakota Dream Museum and Monument in downtown Rapid
City will provide organizers with access to an extremely active
business district that is visited by hundreds of thousands each
have long been denied their histories, their traditional territories
and access to thousands of their sacred sites. The Lakota Dream
Museum and Monument aims to be the first Native owned and operated
museum and cultural education center that will facilitate the return
and long-term protection of sacred artifacts that were stolen or
otherwise unjustly taken from Indigenous Peoples, wrote Saltes.
As the only museum of its kind, we will honor the living memories
of Indigenous peoples by providing cultural, social, and educational
programs grounded in the oral traditions and traditional knowledge
systems unique to their communities.
At the event, there will
be performances by local musical artists, educators, and activities
for the children who attend. Admission will be $10 at the door for
adults and $5 for students.
For more information
please visit www.lakotadream.com
Dream Museum & Monument
Providing an accurate interpretation of The Great Plains tribes
through documented resources, artifacts and local historians with
the intention to instill knowledge, strong sense of identity, and
hope into the Lakota and all Native people.