In 4-Days We Gather in Winona, MN for All the Winonas !

The Gathering of the Winonas

Gathering of the Winonas. Artwork by Rabbett Strictland

Gathering of the Winonas. Artwork by Rabbett Strictland

We are excited you are joining us

August 23rd - August 25th celebrating Winona LaDuke’s grand 60th Birthday !

‘W’ is for Winonas and Water Protectors



Now we need your help as we want you to camp in these spots! Please come and claim some camping! Claim your camp spot below . . .

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We need money to pay our musicians, “Corey Medina & Brothers,” for Saturday night’s entertainment at Winona Lake Bandshell.


Budget shortfall relief fund needed!

Can you help? We need to raise $2,000.00

Donate DIRECTLY ONLINE for Corey Medina


Friday, August 23rd
Opening Reception for Art Exhibit, Watkins Gallery

5-6:30 pm

Watkins Gallery, Winona State University, 222 W King St., Winona, MN 55987

  • VIDEO BOOTH: Winona LaDuke and Keri Pickett invite you to jump into the video booth, and tell us, about yourself, about the stories of Winona the legendary woman, or what inspires you. We are hoping to hear your stories.

This exhibition, created by renowned activist and environmentalist Winona LaDuke, features work by both local and national artists depicting First Daughters and Native women. The exhibition is in conjunction with Winona All Call, a series of events between August 23rd and 25th in the city of Winona that celebrate women named Winona as well as Winona LaDuke's 60th birthday.

The exhibition will be on view in WSU's Watkins Gallery from August 23rd–September 12th. Gallery hours are 9am–4pm until 8pm on Wednesdays.

Please visit for more information.

The exhibition will be on view in WSU's Watkins Gallery from August 23rd–September 12th. Gallery hours are 9am–4pm until 8pm on Wednesdays.

Symposium: Wenonah; the historical and cultural knowledge and stories through the generations.

7-9:00 pm

The Stark 103 Building, Winona State University

  • The Legends and the Narrative, and inviting scholarly and creative discussion of our collective ancestors.  

Saturday, Aug. 24th

City walking tour of Winona with Mayor Mark Peterson

10 - 11:30 am

  • Winona History Center, 160 Johnson Street, Winona MN

    Winona Mayor and longtime Executive Director of the Winona County Historical Society will conduct a 1 to 1.5 hour walking tour of downtown Winona leaving from the Winona County History Center at 10 a.m.  

    The tour will highlight the important downtown architecture and history of Winona from the earliest days to the present.

    Winona has two downtown historic districts encompassing over 100 buildings included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cruise the Mississippi River on the Cal Fremling

#1 11 am – 12 pm : Boat boarding, 10:45 am

#2 12:30 – 1:30 pm : Boat boarding, 12:15 am

All trips are dependent upon weather cooperating but generally August is a great time.  If a storm with lightning or high winds should occur, you will be notified by the Captain and/or Boat Manager if launch has to be delayed or canceled. 

The Cal Fremling Interpretive Center & Floating Classroom is a state-of-the-art vessel dedicated to creating a greater understanding of the broad multi-faceted nature of the Mississippi River. It provides a distinctive, high-quality application of knowledge to thousands of students of every age within the region. It serves as a gateway to exploration and knowledge.

Sponsored by Winona State University

Screening of “First Daughter and The Black Snake

Winona LaDuke believes Big Oil is the black snake predicted in indigenous prophecy to bring the earth's destruction. When new oil pipelines threaten sacred wild rice lakes, Winona dreams of riding her horse against the current of oil, organizing a spiritual ride, “because a horse can kill a snake.”

Screening of “Line 3 - The Film,” trailer followed by Q&A with filmmakers Keri Pickett, and Suez Taylor.

1:30 - 3:30 pm

Winona History Center, 160 Johnson St.

Sponsored by The Frozen River Film Festival

Saturday Feast with the Sioux Chef featuring fine foods of the Anishinaabe and Dakota people.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Wesley Methodist Church, 114 W. Main St., Winona MN 55987

Musical entertainment with Corey Medina and The Brothers

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Winona Lake Park Band Shell, West Lake Street, Winona MN 55987 - Next to Veterans Memorial Park

Sunday, Aug. 25th

Great Dakota Gathering and Wacipi

Featuring honor song and dance for all the Winonas on Sunday, Aug. 25th at 11:00 am.

Unity Park, 860 Parks Ave, Winona, MN 55987 - East end of Lake Winona behind Winona Health

  • Lunch at the Pow Wow

  • Group photo and final farewell.