20th Red Road Gathering begins Sept. 18 in Vermillion

The 20th annual Red Road Gathering, "Transitions and Transformations: Embracing our greatest potentials!" begins Thursday, Sept. 18 at the National Guard Armory in Vermillion.

The Red Road Gathering provides a compassionate and supportive environment through culturally-based information and activities for the participants. Additionally, the activities are used to de-stress, network and heal as each day starts with a Prayer Walk at 7 a.m.

Presentations during the two-day event are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. This year's Gathering includes presentations by authors and renowned speakers, including Gary Schwartz, M.D, Ph.D., Stanford University and Jonathan Ellerby, Ph. D., Canyon Ranch Resort Spiritual Care; national speakers Janice Bad Moccasin, Hunkpapa; Dr. Matt Stricherz, Izzy Ellerby and Herbalist Yvonne Barron. Red Road Approach co-developers Rick Thomas and Gene D. Thin Elk will also present.

Healing arts practitioners from the United States and Canada will be available at the Healing Village during the 2009 Gathering and entertainment will be provided by intertribal Native American drum groups Wase Wakpa Community, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Menominee Nation of Wisconsin.

Registration is at 8 a.m. each day. Participants are asked to register for appropriate continuing education credits and planning purposes. The 2009 Red Road Gathering is free. For more information, including an agenda, or to register, please visit http://org.usd. edu/redroad or contact Kathy Husby, USD Alcohol and Drug Studies Department, (605) 677-5386.

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