Climate Change Threatens Wild Rice and Other News and Events

Forwarding a couple of recent stories and upcoming events:

  • Climate change threatens wild rice
  • Man shot by St. Paul police identified as White Earth member, vigil held
  • Decade of Water Summit Wednesday-Thursday
  • Third Annual National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival, Wednesday to Sunday

MPR published a story today headlined: Climate change threatens Midwest’s wild rice, a staple for Native Americans.

Ecologists say more warm months may favor other plants, creating new competition for wild rice. Preliminary data gathered in northern Wisconsin suggests the cumulative effects of climate change may already be hurting wild rice harvests on some lakes. …

For people who grew up harvesting wild rice, it’s clear things are already changing. “Personally I’ve noticed on a lot of inland lakes over last few years, things that I don’t remember seeing,” says [Dylan] Jennings. Rice beds are thinner than they were a generation ago and there are more rice worms living on plants and more silt deposited by floods.

Click the link above for the full story.

Victim of St. Paul police shooting identified as White Earth member

Family members of the man fatally shot by St. Paul police have identified him as William “Billy” Hughes, 45, a member of the White Earth Nation, according to a story published today by the Star Tribune: Family of man shot and killed by St. Paul police demand bodycam footage.

This isn’t the first time the family has faced tragedy, Thompson said. Philip Quinn, a cousin of Hughes, was fatally shot by St. Paul police in 2015.

Friends and family held a vigil at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, both to remember Hughes and to call on elected leaders to change law enforcement practices. Some also blocked traffic in front of the center to bring attention to the shooting.

Mni ki Wakan Decade of Water Summit Wednesday-Thursday

There’s still time to register at attend the Mni ki Wakan Decade of Water Summit, held this Wednesday and Thursday, held at Neighborhood House, 179 Robie St. E., St Paul.

Registration for the two-day event is $150 per person. To register, go to the event’s website, which gives the following background:

The Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Summit is an indigenous-led initiative that is dedicated to the protection of water and human rights. Each year, it will convene indigenous peoples, youth, and allies from the international community in Minnesota, USA, Ancestral homeland of the Dakota, the land of 10,000 lakes, and is part of one of the richest aquatic regions in the world.

Autumn Peltier, a 13-year-old Anishinaabe teen from Wimwemikong First Nation will give the keynote address on the first day. On March 22, Peltier addressed the United Nations during its Action Water Decade: 2018-2028, calling on members to “Warrior Up.” (CBC story here.) Peltier is calling for the recognition of water’s personhood and for a future of healthy and clean water. (Here is a five-minute video of her speech.)

Ngaa Rauuira Puumanawawhiti will give the Day Two keynote. Ngaa Rauuira Puumanawawhit was born in Otaki and is a product of the Maori total immersion education pathway. He is currently the Cultural Market Manager for the Te Puia (New Zealand) Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. He lives in Hamilton, New Zealand and where he provides policy and and strategy advice through the Rights & Interests Unit to the iwi (nations) of Waikato-Tainui.

Third Annual National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival,

The New Native Theatre presents the Third Annual National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival Aug. 8-12 at the Gremlin Theatre, 550 Vandalia Street in St. Paul. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are on a “pay-what-you-can” basis; suggested price is $25. Click here for advanced tickets.

 

 

 

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