Native American Book Fair; Online Oyate Network; and Other News, Events, and Interesting Stuff

Native American Book Fair

Word Carrier Trading Post, a Native American owned book business, will hold a book fair on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1:30 – 3 p.m., at Nawayee Center School, 2421 Bloomington Ave. S., Minneapolis. Word Carrier specializes in Native American Literature of the Northern Plains. Books range from pre-school level reading to college level reading.

Oyate Network Launched to Link Native Leaders

The Tiwahe Foundation has created the online Oyate Network to help Minnesota’s Native leaders share information and events, collaborate, and “work on projects together to advance our communities.” Click on the link above for more information.

Activists Arrested for Temporary Shut Down of Tar Sands Pipeline Allowed to Use ‘Necessary Defense’

MPR reports: “A Minnesota judge has taken the unusual step of allowing four protesters to use a “necessity defense,” enabling them to present evidence that the threat of climate change from Canadian tar sands crude is so imminent that they were justified in trying to shut down two Enbridge Energy oil pipelines last year.” Click here for the full story.

Minneapolis American Indian Center Offers Free Ojibwe and Dakota Language Tables

Want to learn the first languages spoken in this area? The Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave., offers free intro and intermediate classes in the Dakota and Ojibwe languages every week. Classes are free and open to the public. Times and dates here.

Anishinaabe Classes Looking for Donations for Regalia Class

Anishinaabe Academy, 3100 E. 28th Street in Minneapolis, is teaching classes on making regalia, the traditional native clothing worn for special occasions. They are looking for supplies, especially scissors. Here is the list of other requests: sewing machines, tape, sewing machine needles, bobbins, jingles, and yarn. Thanks in advance!!!

Leech Lake Band Reclaiming Leased Land for Homeless Members

MPR recently reported that for decades, the Leech Lake tribe has leased nearly 350 waterfront lots. Tribal leaders recently decided “to retake those properties as part of their plan to help ease the reservation’s gnawing homelessness problem.”

As leases come up for renewal, the properties revert to the tribe, the story said, and that has caused some friction. “This fall alone, 75 cabin owners will have to sell or move off the land.”

Full story here.

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