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Who Are We?

Makoce Ikikcupi, meaning Land Recovery, is a project of Reparative Justice on Dakota land in Minisota Makoce (Minnesota). The Makoce Ikikcupi project seeks to bring some of our relatives home, re-establish our spiritual and physical relationship with our homeland, and ensure the ongoing existence of our People.  Our cultural survival depends on it.

Why Do We Matter?

Dakota people were systematically dispossessed of our homeland and we currently reside on about .01 % (about one-hundredth of one percent) of our original land base within the borders of what is now the State of Minnesota. Our work is a positive action to help repair the most fundamental harm of settler-colonialism–Indigenous disconnection from the land.



Our First Village

After ten years of fundraising, Makoce Ikikcupi’s Governing Council is pleased to announce that we purchased our first parcel of land in June 2019! The 21-acre parcel is located in Granite Falls, Minnesota along the beautiful Minnesota River Valley. All of our contributors have helped to make this dream a reality.


Our Contributors

Each contribution demonstrates a personal commitment to reparative justice. Thank you to our contributors for helping to make this dream a reality. Wopida unkenic’iyapi! We give you thanks!

Who We Are

All together we combine experience in language revitalization, plant knowledge, food sovereignty, star knowledge, decolonization practices, political activism, natural building, and sustainable living, to guide Makoce Ikikcupi.


Latest News


Major Legislative News

Major news! The legislation providing a waiver to Minnesota State Building and Fire Codes for Indigenous building practices was just signed into law by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on June 30, 2021. We have already received the waiver we need for earthlodge building from the Minnesota State Fire Marshal and are just waiting now onContinue reading “Major Legislative News”

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