Understanding and Healing Between Native American and Non-Native People

Using Minnesota stories, Bob will help us toward more understanding and teach us ways that we can learn to help the healing process between Native American and non-Native people.

Bob Klanderud, of Dakota and Lakota heritage, is enrolled with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in Minnesota.  Bob volunteers as a teacher by guiding groups to the sacred sites of Bdotee, the place where Wakpa Tanka (Mississippi River) and Mnisota Wakpa (Minnesota River) come together. Central to Dakota origin stories, Bdote is understood to be the center of the earth and the place where the Dakota people trace their beginnings. Bob served for eight years with the Division of Indian Work and Minneapolis Council of Churches as a case worker in the Fathers Program, Strengthening Family Circles program, and mentorship program for incarcerated men.  He also served for eight years in the chaplaincy program of the department of corrections for Hennepin, Stearns, Steele, and Anoka counties.‌