Mankato-A benefit will be held for long-time community member David Brave Heart, who was recently diagnosed with ALS, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, February 19 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato, 937 Charles Avenue. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, February 26.  

•    Available for purchase are Native American Indian Tacos ($10), Fry Bread and Wojapi (berry pudding) ($5). A drive-thru option is available on-site, and delivery is available for those who are homebound by calling 507-388-5022 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  

•     A silent auction will be held at the event and will continue online through Saturday, February 26. Featured items include handmade drums by Brave Heart, stained glass art, a Pendelton blanket, a ribbon shawl, gift certificates and more. Another way to contribute is through Brave Heart’s GoFundMe page. Funds will help make the Brave Heart home handicap accessible, including a sunroom and electronic wheelchair lift so he can continue to live with his family at home (because an accessible entrance is architecturally otherwise not possible) and a handicap accessible van.  

Brave Heart works across the community on reconciliation efforts, helps lead and organize the annual Mahkato Wacipi Pow-Wow event, which is celebrating 50 years in 2022, and serves as an advisor to many organizations to help ensure information about the Dakota is accurate. He helped earn recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day in October.  

Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the ALS Association to help continue the important research needed in understanding and managing ALS.