West Maka Ska Neighborhood Council

Kate Beane to speak, free event

For the West Maka Ska Neighborhood’s third Neighborhood Talk, we are thrilled to host Kate Beane, PH.D! Join us on May 23 from 5-7 p.m. at the Bakken Museum (3537 Zenith Ave. S) as she gives an engaging presentation on the Dakota History of Bde Maka Ska. Dr. Beane, who was instrumental in the restoration of the Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska, promises an engaging and thought-provoking event. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from one of the leading experts on local history!
Beane, Flandreau Santee Sioux, has a PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, is director of Native American Initiatives at the Minnesota Historical Society (where she’s also part of the leadership team), and an instructor in the American Indian Studies department at the University of Minnesota.
Through her own educational thirst, Beane became aware of her family’s rich legacy. Her great-great grandfather, Charles Eastman, was the second Native American medical doctor in the United States. And she’s also a descendant of Cloud Man, a Dakota leader who formed an agricultural village in the early 19th century at the lake known then as Bde Maka Ska, later to be named Lake Calhoun.
This event is sponsored by the Bakken and the West Maka Ska Neighborhood Council and is FREE and open to the public.
Dylan Ohm is on the West Maka Ska Neighborhood Council. He moved to the West Maka area after graduating from the University of Minnesota – Duluth in 2005. He has spent his career as a pioneer and entrepreneur. Dylan began his career in the music industry at the infamous Pachyderm Studios. Later, he found his own label, took leadership roles at McNally Smith College of Music, and to produced hundreds of national acts at Austin’s SxSw Music/Tech Festival. 
Learning the power of herbal medicine at the School of California Studies, he later merged his passions for music and medicine to establish an herbal apothecary and alternative medicine practice.  
Dylan loves Minnesota’s winters, snowboarding the fresh snow, and pond hockey on the frozen lakes.  
He joined the council to engage the neighborhood, and bring a sense of community, safety and togetherness.  


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