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Indigenous garden could be added to La Crosse’s collection of friendship gardens, along the downtown riverfront



The International Friendship Gardens in La Crosse’s Riverside Park may soon add a garden area honoring Indigenous People of western Wisconsin.

That garden would occupy the former site of the Hiawatha statue, next to the dock for the La Crosse Queen paddlewheeler.

It would be located near the garden representing La Crosse’s sister city of Kumbo in Cameroon.

The city’s Park Board will look at the Indigenous garden concept at its monthly meeting Thursday night.

Gardens dedicated to countries where La Crosse has sister cities are located at the north end of Riverside Park, near the Hatchery building.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Roy

    November 17, 2023 at 2:10 pm

    Looks like the leaders who ripped out Hiawatha, the Indian statue, couldn’t agree on what an Indian looks like. Maybe if they build the “Indigenous” garden, they can pipe through the Atlanta Braves’ “Tomahawk Chop” chant and make everybody happy.

  2. Paulette Schmidt

    November 17, 2023 at 6:09 pm

    I can only see this offending someone, ultimately having to remove whatever is constructed. Sad but true.

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