Lakota holy man Nicholas Black Elk’s life and Colonialism April 28

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Lakota holy man Nicholas Black Elk’s life and Colonialism explored April 28


SINSINAWA, Wis.—Join Maka Black Elk and Damian Costello as they delve into the life and possible canonization of Lakota holy man Nicholas Black Elk; what it means to be both Lakota and Catholic; as well as paths to healing from the trauma of colonialism, especially boarding schools. Black Elk and Healing Colonialism, sponsored by Sinsinawa Mound Center, will be held virtually from 6:30 to 8 p.m. CDT Wednesday, April 28. Maka Black Elk, a descendant of Nicholas Black Elk, is the executive director for Truth and Healing at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, S.D., a former Indian boarding school. He brings a passion for interreligious dialogue to his work. Costello specializes in the intersection of Catholic theology, Indigenous spiritual traditions and colonial history. He is an international expert on the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk and the author of “Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism.” The fee is $15 per person, and the registration deadline is April 27 at 4 p.m. Please register by contacting Guest Services at 608-748-4411 or visiting our website at