Grand Forks city council discusses Earth Lodge project

The structure will be built behind the dike on Riverside drive

Grand Forks city council discussed a structure being installed in Grand Forks in a meeting on June 27.

The structure will be a Shining Raven Woman statue, housed in an Earth Lodge, located on Riverside Drive.

Shining Raven Woman is named “Ikasha” in the Coast Salish language of Halkomelem.

The lease will be with Sculpture Academy, a nonprofit. Originally it was supposed to be with David Seven Deers, a Grand Forks resident. David Seven Deers will still play a role in this project as sculptor.

There have been some challenges with this project due to dike construction in the area.

It has been in the works for several years and council has passed several resolutions on it in the past.

Councilor Chris Moslin shared concerns that the structure will not be higher than the dike.

“I have some concerns about the aesthetic of the location.”

Chief Administrative Officer Duncan Redfearn clarified that is open to the artist.

“Ultimately, David Seven Deers has the artistic flexibility with the Earth Lodge and what that looks like, but my understanding in meeting with him is his intent to build it up.”

Council passed a motion to proceed with rezoning amendments necessary for the development.

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