Events: Healing Place Festival; ‘Paddle To Protect’ Celebration; and Indigenous History of Bdote

The inaugural Healing Place Festival, an indigenous-led event, will explore the Mississippi River’s vital role to the Twin Cities through a day of activities about the river as both a source of healing and a place of healing. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held:

Saturday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Mill City Museum, 704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis

Participants can walk to different stations and events throughout the museum, such as:

  • Native cooking demonstrations
  • Čhokáta Nážiŋ – The Dakota Language Medicine Wheel Table, a living and traveling gathering space for the Dakota language to be strengthened.
  • Mniówe – A place for getting water (mniówe) is the indigenized rendition of the esteemed “Water Bar”. Learn about indigenous philosophies, relationships and practices relating to Mní (water) that have allowed Dakota people to thrive in this area for millennia.
  • Feast of Words, where people will cook a traditional berry pudding together and learn Dakota words.
  • Film screenings of Keeping My Language Alive: The Perfect Imperfections.
  • Information table on the impact on Anishinaabe people of the proposed Enbridge Line 3 tar sands crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota.

The event is hosted by the Healing Place Collaborative, an indigenous-led group of artists, educators, researchers, and activists who play leadership roles in articulating the vital role of the Mississippi River in the life of the Twin Cities. .

Hope to see you there!  Please consider sharing the Facebook event page.

Paddle to Protect Celebration Planned for Saturday at Big Sandy Lake

Youth from Honor the Earth have been paddling the Mississippi River for weeks in an effort to draw attention to the threat Enbridge Line 3 (a crude oil pipeline) poses to the river and wild rice areas. Canoeists  started Aug. 12 at the headwaters, and will paddle 250 miles to Big Sandy Lake, arriving this Saturday, Sept. 2.

You can help celebrate the journey, meeting at the Big Sandy Lake Recreation Area. There is a 4 p.m. closing ceremony and a 6 p.m. Manoomin (wild rice) Feast.

Line 3 carries tar sands crude oil from Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, passing through northern Minnesota. The current line is deteriorating; Enbridge proposes to leave it in the ground and install a new and larger pipeline along a new route. It would cross the Mississippi River — twice — threaten wild rice areas and violate treaty rights.

The Paddle to Protect project has garnered media attention, including and Aug. 17 piece in The Globe: Twin Cities teens paddle to protest proposed Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline, and an Aug. 26 piece in the Aitkin Age: Water protectors ride against the current of oil.

Here is how the Stop Line 3 site describes Paddle to Protect:

The fires lit by Standing Rock have spread to Minnesota. This August, a group of indigenous youth fighting the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline will undertake a 250-mile canoe journey across northern Minnesota to stand for the cleanest lakes, the manoomin (wild rice) beds and the 1855 treaty territories of the Ojibwe people.

We will start where the new Line 3 would cross the headwaters of the great Mississippi River, and travel a traditional canoe route to end at Big Sandy Lake, where hundreds of Ojibwe were killed by the US government in 1850.

Where the Two Waters Meet: The Indigenous History of Bdote Fort Snelling September 11

The Minnesota Pachamama Community is hosting an evening with Ramona Kitto Stately; the money raised will support Sharon Day’s Missouri River Water Walk.

The event is Monday, September 11, 5-8 p.m. at Historic Fort Snelling. The cost is $20. (Note: More specific directions and exact meeting place will be emailed to registrants.) Here is the Eventbrite link to register.

According to the announcement:

Ramona Kitto Stately will share the rich history of the Dakota people and invite us to see this place we call “Minnesota” from an indigenous point of view. Bdote is a Dakota word that means “where the two waters come together.” We will convene at Bdote Fort Snelling, where the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers converge. Long before this area became a military fort, Dakota tribes lived here and today they continue to regard it as their spiritual and cultural point of origin.

Learning about this area and its connection to Dakota culture and history will deepen our appreciation for the land, forward healing and understanding among all who call this area home, and move us in community closer to our goal of oneness.

This program is a fundraiser and all proceeds from the evening will be given to support Sharon Day and her fellow Nibi walkers as they walk the Missouri River from its headwaters in Montana to its confluence with the Mississippi River in St. Louis.

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