Cultural Center Focuses on Native American Heritage, Art

DULUTH, Minn. — A building that celebrates Native American art and culture in Duluth now has a new name.

The building on 2nd street in Duluth, formerly known as Trepanier Hall is now the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, a dedication made official at a ribbon cutting earlier today.

Dr. Powless is Professor Emeritus in the Department of American Indian Studies at UMD.

The cultural center has art galleries and a brand new indigenous first gift shop, with art, jewelry, and literature for sale.

Powless says he hopes the place will imbue a sense of togetherness among all those who come to visit.

“The people in Duluth are beginning to realize what the heritage means, having an Indian heritage in the community,” Dr. Powless said.

The Cultural Center also features an urban garden, in a space that was previously a parking lot and a children’s play area.

It now features several types of vegetables, flowers, and medicinal plants as well.