Here are three upcoming events to connect with and support the Native American communities in the Twin Cities area:
- A Standing Rock fundraiser (with food and art) as part of a National Day of Action;
- A book reading at Birchbark Books of “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths about Native Americans.
- A Thanksgiving Eve Celebration that raises up Native Americans.
Also below, a blog from a Native American seminary student reflecting on her trip to Standing Rock.
Keep reading for details.
Saturday, Nov. 12: The Ave Stands with Standing Rock: National Day of Action
A series of local events and fundraisers are planned Saturday, Nov. 12, noon – 5 p.m. to support the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This event is more important now than ever, as the election of Trump as president increases the likelihood that the federal government will support the pipeline.
The fundraising event is called “The Ave Stands with Standing Rock.” The events are focused on along the American Indian Cultural Corridor on Franklin Avenue. All proceeds are going to the Water Protectors. The events are:
- 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)
Spread the word and please come!
Sunday, Nov. 20: All the Real Indians Died Off
Birchbark Books is delighted to welcome Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States) and Dina Gilio-Whitaker for an event in celebration of their new book “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths about Native Americans. Tackling a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations, the authors trace how these ideas evolved, disrupting enduring myths and challenging readers to rethink what they have been taught. Q & A and book signing to follow the reading. 7 pm at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, 2020 W Lake of the Isles Parkway, Mpls (near Birchbark Books). For info, call (612) 374-4023 or see: http://birchbarkbooks.com.
Wednesday, Nov. 23: A Community Service of the Word & Native American Celebration on the Eve of Thanksgiving
When: Wednesday, November 23, 7:00 pm
Where: Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 275 North Dale Street, St. Paul
Hymns and songs to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday and the ELCA’s Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery. The evening will include scripture readings, prayers and reflections from Native American spirituality, Native drumming and smudging ceremony. They will take a special offering for the water protectors at Sacred Stone Camp, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.
This service is in partnership with Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and the American Indian/Alaska Native Lutheran Association. An event flyer can be found here.
A View of Standing Rock from a Native American Seminary Student
Kelly Sherman-Conroy (Oglala Lakota Sioux), a student at Luther Seminary, was one of approximately 500 clergy from more than 20 different faith traditions who gathered at Standing Rock on Thursday November 3rd to stand in solidarity with those opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Sherman-Conroy (whose Lakota name is Mato Waste Winyan) recently wrote a blog about her experience titled: A Granddaughters Call To Witness Answered Generations Later. She said:
People of faith you must answer the call that was God given to us. We are called to be stewards of God’s wondrous creation. This is not the time to stand aside and do nothing. This is not a time to be silent. God has called us to be a voice. Be a loud voice.
Click on the link for the full blog.