Public Hearings on Capitol Art Set; Documentary on Oil’s Impact on Tribal Lands; New Rules Proposed for Wild Rice Waters

The Art Subcommittee reviewing art in the Minnesota State Capitol has set several dates to take public comment. More hearings are expected. Please get the word out to your networks. Here are the hearings we know so far:

Rochester
Date: Tuesday, November 10
Time: 7-9 pm
Location: Rochester Area Foundation Community Room
12 Elton Hills Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Directions (Google Maps)

North Minneapolis
Date: Thursday, November 12
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Administration Building, Room TBD
2117 West River Rd N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Directions (Google Maps) 

Willmar
Date: Monday, November 16
Time: 7-9 pm
Location: Ridgewater College
Building/Room TBD
2101 15th Avenue NW, Willmar, MN 56201
Directions

Mankato
Date: Monday, November 23
Time: TBD
Location: Ostrander Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Centennial Student Union
620 South Road, Mankato, MN 56001
Directions

Additional hearings are expected in Duluth, Bemidji, and St. Paul. No details have been released.

Black Gold Boom: Oil Exploration on Tribal Lands

A 30-minute documentary called Black Gold Boom explores the impact of the recent oil boom on tribal communities. It will air on TPT Sunday, November 8, at 10:30 p.m. This is the work of local documentary producer Todd Melby and 2 Below Zero productions. Here is a short preview.

Protecting Wild Rice Waters

MPR recently produced a story titled: Changing the protection of wild rice waters: What you need to know. It gives the following background to the current state standard.

A biologist named John Moyle sampled lakes and rivers around the state in the 1930s and ’40s. He found that wild rice did not grow well when the water had high concentrations of sulfate. Because wild rice is such a cultural touchstone here, being the state grain and very important to tribes, the state adopted a standard in 1973.

The new rule would create a more “flexible” standard. Click on the link for the full story.

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