A series of local events and fundraisers are planned Saturday, Nov. 12, noon – 5 p.m. along the American Indian Cultural Corridor as part of a National Day of Action in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The event is called “The Ave Stands with Standing Rock.” All proceeds are going to the Water Protectors.
- Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave.: $8 Jucy Lucy, $7 Indian Tacos and $3 wild rice egg rolls sold all day. Entertainment will include: Blue Dog Band, Los Nativos, and Tall Paul. Healing Station with massage therapy, herbalists and acupuncturists. Two Rivers Gallery show: “Dakota Isanti: Reclaiming Identity” and Community Sewing Bee.
- All My Relations Gallery/Pow Wow Grounds Coffee, 1414 East Franklin Ave., Traditional Ojibwe song and dance workshop (2-3 p.m.), comedy by the New Native Theater, silent art auction. and the gallery show in All My Relations Gallery: “On Fertile Ground: Native Artists in the Upper Midwest.” ($5 admission)
- AIM Interpretive Center, 1113 East Franklin Ave., #103: Sign the tipi that will travel to Standing Rock, Gallery Show: Ledger art from Quinton Maldondo. ($5 admission)
More Religious Leaders Show Support for Standing Rock
On several occasions, we have reported on how religious communities have spoken up in support of the indigenous efforts to stop DAPL. It is important to highlight these statements, as they remind us that this is not just about politics, but a spiritual issue and a commentary on what these pipeline decisions say about our deepest beliefs and values.
The latest news comes from Baptist News Global: Clergy from across U.S. to stand in solidarity with indigenous ‘water protectors’ at Standing Rock.
More than 350 clergy from across the nation have said they will stand with the “water protectors” blocking construction of an oil pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota during a “unified action” Nov. 3. …
Ellin Jimmerson, a Baptist minister in North Carolina and documentary producer with special interests in migration issues, is responding. She will be in Standing Rock for a required orientation Wednesday, prior to the unified clergy action Thursday, Nov. 3. …
“Members of the clergy are often quite reluctant to take a stand,” said Jimmerson. “We saw in the civil rights movement that religious leaders were the last to arrive at the party. We need to be first.”
On Oct. 25, a number of United Methodist Bishops in the western United States sent a letter to President Obama stating their support for the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and its opposition to the pipeline.
We, the bishops of the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, write in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and all who bear peaceful witness to its opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. We recognize that the abundance enjoyed by many in the United States has come at the expense of the original inhabitants of this land, and we recognize that we have a moral obligation to seek just relationships with their descendants.
The United Methodist Church pledges its support in upholding Native American access to and protection of sacred sites and public lands for ceremonial purposes. We affirm the rights of Native Americans to preserve culture, land, religious expression, and sacred spaces (2016 Book of Resolutions, #3321 Native People and The United Methodist Church).
Signers were: Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky, Greater Northwest Area, Bishop Melvin Talbert, Ret. Bishop Elias Galvan, Ret., Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, Ret., Bishop Beverly Shamana, Ret., Bishop Warner Brown, Ret., Bishop Robert Hoshibata, Desert Southwest Area, Bishop Minerva Carcaño, California-Nevada Area, Bishop Grant Hagiya, California-Pacific Area, and Bishop Karen Oliveto, Mountain Sky Area.
Upcoming Events Featuring Native Artists
THIS FRIDAY: Come to the opening reception of “On Fertile Ground: Native Artists of the Upper Midwest,” Friday, Nov. 4, at All My Relations Gallery, 1414 Franklin Ave. E., 6-8 p.m. There will be Music from DJ Rawskillz, food from Powwow Grounds, and art from more than 45 contemporary Native artists from around the Midwest region!
There will be a limited number of FREE signed posters available at the opening. The show runs through Jan. 20.
“Let: An Act of Reverse Incorporation” at the MIA
The MIA is hosting a conversation with artist Andrea Carlson (Anishinaabe, French and Scandinavian) about her new work “Let: An Act of Reverse Incorporation” Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
“The project contemplates the historical role of museums in collecting, preserving, and displaying objects—including some things never intended to be preserved or displayed,” according to a Q&A with Carlson on the MIA website MIA stories. As Carlson explains it:
The authority of museums to tell the stories of indigenous objects came from a history of cultural dominance. As empires expanded their domains, collecting objects from the indigenous inhabitants was seen as collecting for posterity in anticipation of cultural assimilation. The term “posterity” is important because colonial empires and their surrogates were buying futures in indigenous cultural scarcity and death.
The Nov. 10 event will feature a video of a public performance piece by Carlson and her collaborators. They took sculptural replicas of various objects from Mia’s collection and carried them outside.
Responses to these and other objects in the permanent collection are discussed within the video. The film and labels found throughout Mia invite audience members to reflect upon and interrogate the collection and display of particular objects in encyclopedic museums.
The event is free, but advanced tickets recommended, as space is limited. To register, call 612.870.6323 or reserve online. (The project will be on display through Jan. 31.)
This Day in History: The Kennedy Report on Indian Education
We close this post with an item to put the DAPL protest in a broader historical context. On this day in history, Nov. 3, 1969, a special subcommittee of the U.S. Senate issued what has become known as The Kennedy Report on Indian Education. The report found that the dominant policy of the federal government toward the American Indian had been one of coercive assimilation, and that has had strong negative influences on national attitudes towards Indians and disastrous effects on the education of Indian children.
The report recommended that the development of effective educational programs for Indian children become a high federal priority, and makes numerous recommendations. Here is a link to the full report. That was 47 years ago. Today, by many measures such as graduation rates, American Indians still do not succeed in U.S. schools.
Further, we still have a lot of negative stereotypes of Native Americans that go unchallenged. Anyone who watched the World Series saw the racist Cleveland Indians logo on their ball caps. Maybe I missed it. I didn’t hear any criticism or even comment on the logo. (In my opinion, this is why Cleveland lost — the curse of its horrible logo.)
The whole DAPL process is a symptom of much deeper historical and ongoing problems with how the U.S. works with Native American communities and nations.