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Blanket Exercise

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
First Congregational U.C.C., 724 E South River St, Appleton

You are invited to participate in an impactful, experiential activity called the Blanket Exercise at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Appleton, on Tuesday, April 12 at 5:00 PM. This activity will foster truth, deeper understandings, and mutual respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. We will learn about the original inhabitants of this area, the U.S. Doctrine of Discovery, and the lasting repercussions that the Indian Boarding Schools have had upon Native Peoples into the present. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Up to 60 people may participate in the Blanket Exercise. This experience is available to persons aged 13 and older.  Please know that registration is required and can be done online at:  The link is also on the church website.

There will be an optional meal at 5:00 PM in Fellowship Hall before the event. The activity itself will begin promptly at 6:00 PM. 

The meal will be traditional indigenous food catered by Waqsecewan Indigenous Catering, a Native-owned business. For those who attend the meal, please consider providing a freewill donation to offset the cost of the food and to invest in this important work (see below). However, persons unable to contribute monetarily are still invited and encouraged to attend this powerful activity.

Please be aware that you do not need to attend the meal in order to participate in the Blanket Exercise.  We hope you can join us!


  • 5:00 PM – Meal (optional; donations accepted)
  • 6:00 PM – Blanket Exercise (no donation required)
  • 8:30 PM – Departure

To donate:

  • Send a check (marked “Blanket Exercise”) to First Congregational UCC, 724 E. South River Street, Appleton, WI 54915.
  • Pay online at Click on the blue ‘Give’ button to contribute.

Co-sponsored by ESTHER and First Congregational UCC, Appleton.

Presented by Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and Alliance for Justice, an indigenous-led anti-racist organization.

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