The Falls Initiative

OUR COMMUNITY'S RETURN TO THE RIVER

Join the conversation to shape the future of the Upper Lock.

Our vision is to create a place of healing and celebration at Owámniyomni (meaning “turbulent waters” in the Dakota language), or St. Anthony Falls, that acknowledges the past and advances a more equitable and inclusive future.

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Phase 1

2016-2019

Coalition Building

Phase 2

2020

Inform & Connect

Phase 3

2021

Grounding

Phase 4

Jan – May 2022

Engage

Phase 5

June – Aug 2022

Align

Phase 6

Sep – Mar 2023

Respond

It is our intent to provide a forum for all members of the community to participate in the engagement process and contribute their thoughts, ideas, and priorities. We also acknowledge that the site of the Upper Lock is within Dakota homeland, and that the conspicuously missing story within this historic district is that of its first inhabitants. Therefore, our engagement process is structured to center Native voices and seek a fuller understanding of Indigenous experience in our community and on this site.

Native voices.

We’re centering the project on Native voices, with the Native Partnership Council at the heart of the engagement process.

Building bridges.

Attend a Community Conversation to connect with Native leaders, the design team, and neighbors and consider the future of this place.

Immersive experiences.

Visit a simulated museum exhibit from your desktop to learn more about the process and project opportunity.

Share your voice.

Leave comments and feedback online in response to Community Conversations and design concepts.

Engagement Opportunities

Voices of the Falls

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Voices of the Falls

Convening the Native Partnership Council

By Robert Lilligren | January 24, 2022 The Friends of the Falls leadership has committed to authentically center Native voices in this process. Partnering with the Native American Community Development…