News and Events: Wakan Tipi Day at the Capitol; “Beyond Historical Trauma” Training; Tiwahe Foundation Names New CEO

The Minnesota State Legislature will go back into session on Tuesday, Feb. 20, and here’s an action item to put on your calendar.

The Lower Phalen Creek Project is organizing a Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 14, to rally support for $3M in state bonding funds to design and build the Wakan Tipi Center. It will be an environmental and cultural interpretive center at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. It is named for the Dakota spiritual site, Wakan Tipi Cave at the Sanctuary.

Bond funding in 2018 will be the decisive step towards making the Wakan Tipi Center a reality! Organizers are trying to get 250+ people to attend. The day starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Minnesota History Center with a celebration and training, followed by visits with your legislators starting at 9 a.m.. The event concludes at 1 p.m.. Organizers will provide training, so that even if this is your very first time talking to your elected officials, you will be prepared. You will also be accompanied by other supporters.

For more background information click here.

To register to attend, click here and select “Wakan Tipi Day Advocate.”

Through the Eagle’s Eye: A Personalized Look at Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights at the Community Level: Feb 27-28

You are invited to join Nancy Bordeaux and family in the continuing series titled “Beyond Historical Trauma” as their Lakota tiwahe take participants on a closer look at Indigenous peoples’ human rights at the community level. (Tiwahe is the Lakota word for “family.”) Come and dialogue with other community organizers, conveners, and professional who provide local and regional services to Indigenous peoples and communities.

The training will be held at the Division of Indian Works, Dakota Room, 1001 E. Lake St. Minneapolis, Feb. 27 and 28 (Tuesday and Wednesday), 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day.

Bordeaux is an Indigenous Peoples consultant, and she participate annually in the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples. Her training will cover the meaning of Indigenous peoples, its historical context, how indigenous rights evolved since the 1970s, negative consequences of ambivalence toward Indigenous peoples, a case study on climate change and indigenous peoples, 21st century Indigenous peoples human rights discourse, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and more.

For more information and to register, please email Nancy Bordeaux at or telephone (612) 743-5705.

Tiwahe Foundation Announces new President and CEO

Nevada Littlewolf will be the Tiwahe Foundation’s new president and CEO starting March 1, replacing Kelly Drummer, according to a news release from the foundation board.

Littlewolf had served as the executive director of Rural American Indigenous Leadership, an organization she founded in 2012. She has served on the Virginia, Minn. City Council since 2008.

The Tiwahe Foundation is an independent, American Indian led community foundation and is a resource for giving and strengthening American Indian communities by building capacity through leadership, culture, values and vision.

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