Strong Buffalo Award
This Peace Payer was dedicated to Valerie Castile by Tatanka Ohitika, a Dakota Sioux tribal member at the Strong Buffalo Award ceremony on Aug. 1, 2020. At Mounds park, there were 70 sacred burial mounds, now there are 6. “When you look around you see homes build on top of sacred burial mounds,” said Tatanka Ohitika. This poem thanks the Creator for this life and all beauty He created on Mother Earth. It’s a reminder to caress Mother Earth with love and take care of one another.
ACLU ROOM & BOARD TORCHBEARER AWARD
The ACLU of Minnesota Room & Board Torchbearer Award honors an individual or group who has taken courageous action in their own community to make sure that all Minnesotans are entitled to liberty, equity and justice.
The first winner of this award is Valerie Castile and her family. Valerie’s son, Philando Castile, was killed by police during a traffic stop. Since her son's death, Valerie and her family have worked tirelessly to support victims of police violence and reduce police shootings.
Tune in to the 2020 MN-ACLU Liberty Awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on July 16, 2020 to hear more from Valerie and her family about the work they do in our community: https://www.aclu-mn.org/en/liberty-awards-2020
NEA 2020 HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS AWARD
Stacey Abrams and the Philando Castile Relief Foundation were among the distinguished honorees headlining the July 1, 2020 NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards: We Rise Together." The PCRF received The Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award.
ARTWORK TO HONOR PHILANDO CASTILE
Minneapolis Institute of Art, "Art and Healing in the Moment," June 17-July 29, 2018
In loving memory of Philando Castile, Pollen presents a community portrait of grief, protest, power, and love contributed by 25 artists mostly from Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Spontaneous choir during recess, as a bench is installed at J.J. Hill Elementary honoring Philando.