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NDN Collective hosts unveiling of sacred garden to bring hope and healing [Video]

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) – NDN Collective is inviting the community to the Unveiling of the Wičaktepi Remembrance Garden. The garden will remember those relatives whose lives were taken at the hands of police and provide a place of healing for their loved ones.

Murray Lee, Director of Engagement Sisseton Wahpeton and Andy Iron Shell of NCN Collective says the garden aims to create meaningful discussions with those that attend. The unveiling is Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m., at the NDN Collective Headquarters, 408 Knollwood Drive, Rapid City, SD.

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