Join Laura Waterman Wittstock and Roy Taylor as they talk with Sydney Beane and Kate Beane about the legacy of Cloud Man and what is now known as Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. According to the Southwest Journal in Minneapolis "Beane and other descendants of Cloud Man are working with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on a public art project to honor the Dakota. The memorial will stand on a 60-foot strip of shoreland on the southeast corner of Lake Calhoun. Ideas include a deck approaching the water, an extension of the cedar trees that currently hold a commemorative plaque, and hoop staffs in four spots around the lake. They’re planning a garden of medicinal plants used by the Dakota, perhaps cultivated by Native youth and other community members. Artist selection is underway, and a final concept will go before the Park Board in April."
Syd Beane recently retired as the National Field Director and Minnesota Coordinator with the Community Learning Partnership a national network of community change studies programs working to develop partnerships between community groups and colleges. He developed the Community Development Degree Program at Minneapolis Community & Technical College while teaching as a community faculty in Political Science, Business, and American Indian Studies. He returned to Minnesota 13 years ago after serving asWestern Regional Director for the Center for Community Change based in San Francisco supervising community development and community organizing projects in the Western United States. Syd has also served as Executive Director of the Phoenix Indian Center and Lincoln Nebraska Indian Center. He was awarded a Bachelors Degree from Yankton College in South Dakota, a Masters Degree from Arizona State University and a Robert Kennedy Fellowship from the Robert Kennedy Memorial Fund.
Kate Beane, PhD (Flandreau Santee Dakota and Muskogee Creek) holds a BA in American Indian Studies and a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. With an employment background rooted in history and education, she has worked in the Twin Cities as an after school mentor for American Indian youth, an early childhood Dakota language immersion teacher, a local public history consultant, and as a college instructor. Previously, she served as a Charles A. Eastman Pre-doctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College, and as a President’s Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently Manager of Programs and Outreach for Native American Initiatives at the Minnesota Historical Society, and teaches Dakota history at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner and their two young daughters.