Help rename Fort Snelling; New ‘Native Lights’ podcast launches; Exhibit honoring George Morrison opens Sept. 20; MIWRC addresses pay inequity

In this blog:

  • Offer your thoughts for renaming Historic Fort Snelling
  • New “Native Lights” Podcast lifts up Native voices; release party Saturday at the Minnesota State Fair featuring Lt. Gov. Flanagan
  • Changing Horizons: An art exhibit honoring George Morrison’s 100th birthday opens Sept. 20
  • MIWRC address pay gap through title changes

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MPCA Commissioner Bishop underwhelms responding to Line 3 question

MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop drew a large crowd at the Growth and Justice breakfast event.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Commissioner Laura Bishop is saying all the right things when it comes to the urgent need to address climate damage and to engage the public and tribal nations in these conversations.

Yet when she was asked to comment on the proposed Enbridge Line 3 crude oil pipeline — and its harm to climate, water and treaty rights — she gave a cautious response, calling for more public input. At one point, she said: “It’s a tough one.”

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First Presidential Candidates Forum Focused on Indigenous Issues Aug. 19-20

Nine Democratic presidential hopefuls will participate in the first ever presidential forum focused entirely on indigenous issues. It will be held Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 19 and 20, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Sioux City Iowa.

The Native American Rights Fund is co-hosting the event and will live stream it here. If you want to see this historic event in person, Sioux City is about a four-and-a-half hour drive from the Twin Cities and tickets are only $3. One of those presenting will be Healing Minnesota Stories friend Mark Charles (Navajo/Dutch) who is an announced candidate for president.

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Protecting our Sacred Water: A Gathering at the Headwaters, and other events

Photo: Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.

You are invited to “Protecting our Sacred Water: A Gathering at the Headwaters” at Lake Itasca State Park, on the weekend of September 21-22.

As part of a global week of climate action, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light and Honor the Earth will once again bring an interfaith voice to the environmental justice movement. Join us for our second year at the Headwaters of the Mississippi River for a community gathering and prayer circle to honor the sacredness of water. We’ll learn about Treaty Rights, pipeline routes, language and culture, and more. The weekend will culminate with a prayer circle at the Mississippi Headwaters in which leaders from every major faith tradition will affirm the sacred nature of water and our moral commitment to protecting life, and saying no Line 3.

Details on the Facebook Event Page. RSVP here. More events follow.

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Sign Petition to Attorney General Keith Ellison to Stop Line 3!

MN350 has launched a petition to urge Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to speak out against the Enbridge Line 3 crude oil pipeline and to use his office to intervene against this dangerous and unnecessary project.

Add your name: We need AG Ellison to act on Line 3.

At the 2015 Tar Sands Resistance March, then-Congressman Keith Ellison took a stand against crude oil pipelines. (You can watch his full speech here.) He said he would stand with his Native brothers and sisters. He spoke against a fossil fuel industry that put profits over real human consequences. We need him to speak up against Line 3, now that he’s our Attorney General and in a position to affect change.

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News and Events: State Fair’s Indigenous Food Day; Appeals Court upholds ICWA, and more

In this blog:

  • Indigenous Food Day, featuring Sioux Chef Sean Sherman Sunday, Sept. 1 at the State Fair
  • Growth & Justice to host breakfast talk by MPCA Commission Laura Bishop Aug. 21 (hint: it’s an opportunity to ask about Line 3)
  • Native American Journalists Association rips Washington Post over Indian mascot commentary and survey
  • Appeals Courts reverses lower court, upholds constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act

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Enbridge is becoming a toxic brand

Enbridge’s brand is losing its luster.

The Cloquet City Council rejected a $1,000 donation from Enbridge. Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar recently announced she would return donations she received from an Enbridge employee. Enbridge faces other legal and safety challenges.

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