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Lower Phalen Creek Project (Saint Paul, MN 55106-5019)
Maggie Lorenz (Project Director: May 2019 to present)

Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants
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Totals (matching):
$520,000 (approved)
$520,000 (offered)
$520,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2020 – 4/30/2024

Wakan Tipi Center, a Cultural and Environmental Interpretive Center at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary

The enhancement of the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary through the construction of Wakan Tipi Center, which would house a reception area, sacred sites, and spaces for learning and reflection.

Lower Phalen Creek Project (LPCP) intends to build and operate Wakan Tipi Center. The facility has three primary objectives: (1) to honor, accurately interpret and educate the community about the rich and diverse cultural and natural history and features of the site and the Lower Phalen Creek corridor, (2) to honor the significance of Wakan Tipi Cave as a Dakota sacred site, and (3) to create a gathering place and visitor facility for the community and guests in the area. Wakan Tipi Center is designed to complement and support cultural and environmental interpretation programs for Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. It will be a welcoming, beautiful enhancement to the sanctuary, both in terms of its minimal environmental impact and its visual appeal. It will provide a significant improvement to the Commercial and 4th Street corner, which is now asphalt payment and highway overpasses. The center will be a location for a variety of arts, cultural, educational and environmental programs.