Red Road Gathering ‘Walk in Balance’ is Sept. 19-20 in Vermillion

The University of South Dakota Department of Addiction Studies announced today that the 24th annual Red Road Gathering, “Walk in Balance,” is Thursday, Sept. 19 and Friday, Sept. 20 at the National Guard Armory in Vermillion.

The event provides participants with a compassionate healing environment through culturally-based information and support activities. Designed for recovery, de-stressing and networking with colleagues, friends and participants, each Red Road Gathering session begins with a prayer and walking meditation at 7:30 a.m., followed by breakfast and the first speaker of the day at 9 a.m.

Speakers for “Walk in Balance” are Rick Thomas, Isanti tribe, co-developer of Red Road Approach; and Gene Thin D. Elk, Sicangu Lakota, and founder of Red Road Approach. Additional lecturers from Minnesota and South Dakota will share stories of healing as well as recovery information and skill sets for transitioning toward a healthful life. Performances will feature inter-tribal Native American drum groups and Lakota healing songs from the Wakinyan Maza Oka Singers, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Wohitika Singers, Menominee Nation of Wisconsin and Oyate Singers of Vermillion.

Red Road Gathering will also include a “healing village” of complementary and holistic health practitioners from the United States and Canada, and veterans of the military will be honored with the reading of U.S. and coalition casualties from Operation Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom and additional wars and conflicts.

There is no fee to attend the Red Road Gathering but registration is required so the committee can plan accordingly. For more information, including an agenda, or to register, please visit http://orgs.usd.edu/redroad or call (605) 677-7234. The Red Road Gathering is supported by the University of South Dakota, City of Vermillion, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Sanford Health and Native American Addiction Technology Transfer Center.

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