2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 2

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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present “Relation with Creation” with Michael Wanbdi Gdeska (Spotted Eagle) O’Connor at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Wanbdi Gdeska (Spotted Eagle) O’Connor is a son of the Ihanktonwan Oyate (Yankton Sioux Tribe) of South Dakota. He is tribal liaison with the Iowa Dept. of Human Services. His Encounter Center program will consider a range of questions, including:

How does a Native American man become aware of his relationship with Creation? How does he nurture and evolve in that bond? How does he apply beliefs and methods considered traditional among the people to heighten awareness and heal mind, body and spirit?

Wanbdi Gdeska (Spotted Eagle) O’Connor is a Sinte Gleska University graduate, a former youth addictions specialist with the Yankton Sioux Tribe, and case manager with the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.

He is active in the Sioux City Native American community as an activist for Native American social issues. He facilitates the weekly “Fatherhood is Sacred” parenting classes, and a drum group that teaches prayer and ceremonial songs to youth.

He also is an anti-drug and anti-alcohol speaker at various tri-state events, including addictions rehab centers, where he elevates the discussion on culture as a way of life.