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St. Paul History

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Black Bear Crossings Café and Banquet Center has a special connection to the cause. Black Bear Crossings Café and Banquet Center has three community meeting rooms, and one of them is named after Loretta Gagnon, a leader within the American Indian community who died of breast cancer in December of 2000.

Loretta was well known among the American Indian community for her passion for education, her work to improve the lives of American Indians, and her efforts to bridge the gap between Indian culture and the arts. In 1993, Loretta helped create the American Indian Cultural Advisory Committee (AICAC) for the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The committee created opportunities for American Indians to share their cultural history and talents within the mainstream community. Loretta also helped boost the confidence of thousands of American Indians who have, as a result of her work, performed on the Ordway stages.

So this October, as we mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we will also take a moment to honor the work of Loretta Gagnon and the countless lives she has helped to improve. The next time you’re visiting Como Park, swing by and visit our community room honoring Loretta Gagnon.

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Located in the historic Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul, Minnesota, Black Bear Crossings Café & Banquet Center manages one of the best coffee shops and gourmet cafés in St. Paul. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Black Bear Crossings Café & Banquet Center also hosts music and events in the park, community meetings and is the ideal historic wedding venue in St. Paul.