Nov 20

Memorial March to Honor Lost Children

Date: November 20, 2023 - November 21, 2023 Time: 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM St. Francis Center

Who are the 'Lost Children?'

Each year, in the days before Thanksgiving, hundreds of mourners and protestors gather for the Memorial March to Honor Lost Children memorializing Native American children who have been taken from their families and communities and placed in the country's child-welfare system.

The 21th annual March to Honor Lost Children will take place in downtown Sioux City, Iowa, on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 22. The goal of the march is to raise awareness and ultimately reunite displaced Native American children with their home tribes and families.

Educational Workshop Conference

Attend a group of workshops Nov. 20-22, and you'll hear from Native American activists and examine the legal and social challenges facing today's Native American children in our country.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) are available for select workshops.

Register to Attend: Tuesday, Nov. 20 & Wednesday Nov. 21

Monday, November 20 and 21: Youth Mental Health Aid

Briar Cliff University: 3303 Rebecca St

8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Check In
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Youth Mental Health Aid

In person

Plan to attend entire session

Pre Registration is required:


Tuesday, November 21: Educational Workshop

Briar Cliff University, St. Francis Center: 3303 Rebecca St. 

 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Check In & Coffee
 9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Prayer & Welcome

  • Prayer: Terry Medina, Community Member
  • Welcome: Dr. Patrick J. Schulte, President, Briar Cliff University
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Address: Reflecting Panel

Reflecting on 20 Years

Presenters: Manape LaMere, Pat Penning, Dawn Luetje, John Big Eagle Jr., Heather Craig-Oldsen

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Roland Warner

Title: ICWA, intergeneartional trauma, and the use of Native American Healing Practices

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


$10.70 (including tax) through the cafeteria. Visa or Mastercard accepted. 

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Presenters: Val Ukenm, Heidi Kammer-Hodge, Melissa Elders, Erin Binneboese

Strengthening Urban Families

1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Equal But Different: Women, Addiction, and Recovery

Presenter: Brenda Iliff

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Native Resilient Community Grant Update

Heidi Kammer-Hodge, Erin Binneboese, Valerie Uken


Community Event

Sioux City Museum: 607 4th St.

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Community Dinner
6:30 p.m.

Program including youth panel, activities, and artwork.

Free and open to the public.

Pre Registration is required due to capacity limitation. 



Wednesday, November 22

21th Annual Memorial March to Honor Lost Children: Healing Our Spirits: Creating Culturally Competent Systems of Care

7:30 a.m.


War Eagle Monument: Grove St. & War Eagle Dr.

8:00 a.m.

First Prayer

Rosecrance Jackson Center: 3500 W. 4th St.

9:30 a.m.

Second Prayer

Urban Native Center: 1501 Geneva St.

10:30 a.m.

Third Prayer

Woodbury County Courthouse: 620 Douglas St.

11:30 a.m.

Fourth Prayer & Traditional Memorial Dinner

Sioux City Convention Center: 801 4th St.




Seaboard Triumphs Foods, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Ho-Chunk Inc, Siouxland Human Rights, Winnavegas Hotel and Casino, and Briar Cliff University Social Work Program