Here are several upcoming events to consider for your calendar:
- First Nation Farmer Climate Unity March against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa, Sept. 1-8
- Mendota Mdewakanton Tradition Pow Wow, Sept. 7-9 in Mendota
- Book Event: The Relentless Business of Treaties: How Indigenous Land Became U.S. Property, Sept. 13 at the Minnesota State Capitol
- Water Protector Weekend and Mississippi Headwaters Vigil, Sept. 22-24
Sept. 1-8: First Nation Farmer Climate Unity March against the Dakota Access Pipeline
Landowners who had their property taken by force for the Dakota Access Pipeline have joined with the Iowa Sierra Club in a lawsuit against the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB). They allege the IUB illegally allowed Energy Transfer Partners to use eminent domain to build the Dakota Access Pipeline. Their case is strong and potentially has historic significance.
To raise awareness of the importance of this lawsuit, Bold Iowa and Indigenous Iowa are organizing an eight-day, 90 mile march. Marchers will set out from the IUB’s headquarters, in Des Moines on September 1. We’ll parallel the route of the pipeline through Story, Boone and Webster counties and arrive in Fort Dodge on September 8 for an action at the conclusion of the march.
For more information on how to get involved, go to Bold Iowa.
Click here for the Climate March Flyer.
Sept. 7-9: Mendota Mdewakanton Traditional Pow Wow
The 19th Annual Mendota Mdewakanton Wacipi (Pow Wow) will be held Sept. 7-9 at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church grounds, 1405 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota.
The Pow Wow starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 with a sacred fire and potluck. There is a $5 entry button, but no one is turned away.
Organizers are looking for both donations and volunteer help. If you are interested, call 651-452-4141. You also can visit www.MendotaDakota.com.
For the full weekend schedule, click on this POW WOW flyer.
Sept. 13: The Relentless Business of Treaties: How Indigenous Land Became U.S. Property
Author Martin Case will read from his new book: The Relentless Business of Treaties, at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Thursday, September 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Here’s the background:
Join the Minnesota Humanities Center to learn more about how indigenous land became U.S. property. This conversation, “The Relentless Business of Treaties: Two Critical Perspectives,” focuses on the research brought to light by author Martin Case about how the motivations of and connections between treaty signers on behalf of the U.S. government still affect the systems we live in today. This conversation is a dialogue with Dr. David Wilkins, McKnight Presidential Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. Learn the more complex story behind the American myth-and how and why natural land became private property in the U.S. system.
Sept. 22-24: Water Protector Weekend and Mississippi Headwaters Vigil
According to the Facebook Post:
Saturday: Visit Water Protector Camps. Learn about the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands crude oil pipeline proposed to pass through the headwaters. Be in Conversation with others about treaty rights, wild rice and more.
Sunday: Interfaith Vigil at the Headwaters.
Camp at Lake Itasca State Park or stay in the area.
Save the Date. More details soon!