Native Events and Advocacy: Saving Bears Ears; Owamni Falls Fest; Supporting Indian-Produced Inde Film

Painting by Albert Bierstadt of Owmni Falls, pre-settlement. (Wikimedia Commons)

Join the 4th Annual Owamni Falling Water Festival on Saturday, July 29th from 1-5 p.m. at the Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main St. SE. (Omani is the Dakota word for Falling Waters.) The festival is a free family event with indigenous food, art, music, dance  and exhibitors. This year’s line up includes the Hoka Hey Drum Group, Blue Dog, Keith Secola & Frank Waln!

The falls today. (Wikiemdia Commons)

For more history on Owamni, see this story from The Circle: A History of Owamni Yomni: Lock Closures Signal Healing for Mississippi River. It begins:

To the Dakota, the only waterfall on the Mississippi and its surroundings is known as Owamni Yomni (Whirlpool), revered for centuries as a place of tremendous spiritual power and inspiration. Wita Waste (Beautiful Island) the key above the falls, once covered in maple trees, was the site of annual sugaring camps. The island below, Wita Wanagi (Spirit Island) shrouded in mist and the peaceful din of rushing water, was a calm and sheltered place where women gave birth to generations of Dakota children. The people shared the area with a large population of Eagles, for whom the waters provided a plentiful source of fish.

Here is an Owammi Event Flyer.

Save Bears Ears

The Native American Rights Fund has put out another request to help save Bears Ears.

Quick background: President Obama designated Bears Ears National Monument last year.On April 26, president Trump signed an executive order to reverse it. As the Fund’s website says: “What the current administration is seeking to do is take away lands from the American people and make them available to private corporate interests.”

The public comment period ends July 9. Native American Rights Fund requests the following actions:

(1)   Comment online at the website

Go to

Click on the “Comment Now” button, top right.

2)   Submit a written comment to Secretary Zinke by mail at:

Monument Review, MS-1530
U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240

It is best if you write your own comment, but feel free to use our template letter to get you started.

(3)   Click here to Support NARF’s defense of Bears Ears.

NARF represents the Hopi Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and we will fight to protect the Bears Ears National Monument. Your donations help support our work.

(4)   Before July 10, call or email the Department of Interior and let them know that you want to protect Bears Ears and leave its monument designation as is. (202) 208-3100 and

Native Produced Inde Film: “No Blood of Mine” Showing

This just in from an email by filmmaker Christal Moose of the Mille lacs Band of Ojibwe. She and co-creative team member Larry Yazzie are hosting two local screenings of their film: No Blood of Mine.

Here’s a description from the : website

Victoria, a young smart businesswoman from a poor neighborhood in Duluth, accepts a loan from a North Dakota gangster to keep her Williston trucking firm afloat. When the business fails, she takes off for home under the cover of darkness only to be tracked down by the gangster and kidnapped. An investigation follows lead by Native American Police Detective Rennie Dupree. Forced to make a choice, Victoria must decide between joining the gangster or face incriminating evidence linking her to her wealthy Father’s murder.

(Link to trailer and Facebook page here.)

There are two opportunities to see the film. Purchase tickets ($12) at links below. Sorry, no tickets will be sold at the door. (If a certain number of tickets are not sold in advance, the screening will be canceled).

  • Tue. July 11 7:00pm (Order tickets by July 1), St Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis, MN 55414
  • Wed. July 12 at 7:30 pm (Order tickets by July 2) AMC Rosedale 14 in Roseville, MN 55113

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