This Year the Gathering will be held on the weekend of Sept 10-11, 2016!

Interested in Participating? Call (507) 494-8849 or take a look at out Vendor Pack, Lacrosse Pack, and Exhibitor Pack

Featured Event!

Sioux Chef Dinner

Aug 28th 4pm   Sept 9th 6pm (Why the change?)


This will be quite the opportunity for Winona! Internationally known Oglagla Lakota “Sioux Chef” Sean Sherman will be serving a distinguished four course Indigenous meal while giving presentations on nutritional value of traditional Native American based diets as well as traditional techniques of farming, foraging, food preservations, salting, catching wild game, and cooking.
Ingredients for the menu are being sourced and prepared largely by Winona’s own chefs, Larry & Colleen Wolner of the Blue Heron!

Tickets on sale now!


Course 1: seared smoked walleye – black bean paste – fried sun choke crisps – sumac & rose syrup

Course 2: smoked rabbit – amaranth crisp – mushroom & corn broth – micro greens

Course 3: maple & cedar stewed bison – native corn & hominy – tart cranberry – wild greens

Course 4: wild plum sorbet- dried apple crisps – wild rice and berry tart (GF)

*Wine & beer may be purchased from the Blue Heron

Chef Sherman and his vision of modern Indigenous foods have been featured at the James Beard American Restaurant in Milan and the Slow Food Indigenous Terra Madre in India, as well as in many articles and radio shows, such as The Guardian and NPR’s Splendid Table.

*There will also be an amazing opportunity to win a limited edition 14-inch bronze statue of The Unity Rider made by Leo & Lyon Smith! This gorgeous bronze statue (retailed at $1500) will be given away to one lucky winner of a raffle! Tickets are only $5 and will be available at the dinner, as well as at the Great Dakota Gathering Sept. 10-11 or by calling 507-494-8849. The drawing will be held at the Gathering on Sept. 11, 2016 in Unity Park, just prior to the closing ceremony.

Thanks to generous sponsors, the proceeds will support the Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance Gathering, Homecoming & Powwow September 10-11, 2016!

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