Stoney Park conference a piece of National Indigenous Peoples Day puzzle

By Jessica Lee  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter When three buffalo in Stoney Park were struck and killed in a lightning storm in 1987, three years after Mini Thni stopped hosting the Indian Ecumenical Conference, it was apparent to some that it was time to bring the influential movement back. Each summer, from 1970 to 1984, Iyarhe Nakoda First Nation hosted the conference at Stoney Park, which began as an attempt at organizing grassroots spiritual leaders who were concerned about the conflict between tribal and Christian traditions throughout Indian Country. Each year, the Nation would harvest one of its buffalo to help feed thousands of Indigenous peoples who travelled there to meet in a week-long encampment. Rachel Snow said her father, the late Chief John Snow, saw the death of the…

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