In 2018, the City of Mankato adopted a resolution marking the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day. Monday, October 10 of this year marks the fourth annual recognition of this day. This resolution served as the next step on the path of reconciliation between the Indigenous Dakota Nation and the people of Mankato.
Reconciliation was initiated by the friendship and actions of Bud Lawrence and Amos Owen along with Jim Buckley, Sr., and other steps include:
- Annual Mahkato Wacipi Powwow in Land of Memories Park honoring the 38 Dakota
- Dakota Wokiksuye Memorial Ride and Memorial Relay Run
- Adoption of Indigenous Peoples Day
- Reconciliation Park
- Adoption of Mankato Land Acknowledgement