News and Events: Standing Rock Film Screening, Youth March for Fossil Free Future, and More

News and events in this post:

  • Oct. 8: Augsburg Native American Film Series: The Eagle and The Condor–From Standing Rock with Love.
  • Oct. 28 Our Right, Our Future: March with Minnesota Youth for a Fossil Free Future
  • Construction on Keystone XL Begins Near Rosebud as Three Native Nations Sue to Stop It
  • Minneapolis City Council Accepts the Red Lake Nation’s Help to Relocate Homeless Camp

Film: The Eagle and the Condor–From Standing Rock with Love Oct. 8

The international screening of the Eagle and the Condor is part of the Augsburg College Native American Film Series. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South, Reception at 6 p.m., virtual introduction of filmmaker Kahstosera’a Paulette Moore at 6:30 p.m., followed by the screening and discussion.

The film is based around prophecy of the Eagle and Condor that originates with nations from the South and features ceremony held at the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) site on Indigenous People’s Day, October 10th, 2016. The ancient prophecy predicted the epic Standing Rock water protection actions – and continues to challenge all to identify and unite our gifts and power.

Organizers says they look forward to hearing people’s stories of Standing Rock as part of the post-film conversation.

Local Youth Organize Solidarity March for Federal Lawsuit Against Climate Change, Oct. 28

2017 Denver rally by Youth v. Gov. (Photo by Christian O’Rourke)

A group called Youth v. Gov is suing the government in federal court to force it to take stronger action to stop climate change. After many efforts by the federal government and the fossil fuel industry to derail the lawsuit, the youth now have their day in court, Monday, Oct. 29 before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California.

Locally, the Youth Climate Intervenors — which includes indigenous and non-indigenous youth — and other groups are inviting people of all ages to join them in a solidarity march, Sunday, Oct. 28. Many such marches are being organized around the country. The Twin Cities event will start at 1 p.m. at the federal courthouse, 300 S. Fourth St., Minneapolis, with a march to the Capitol.

Here is their announcement for the local event:

On October 29, 2018, twenty-one young plaintiffs are bringing the US federal government to court, stating that: “Our government has known about the dangers of climate change for more than fifty years. Despite that knowledge, the United States has continued to pursue reckless and dangerous fossil fuel development, harming the health of our communities and threatening our futures. We want a federal Climate Recovery Plan that is in line with both the best available science and climate justice.”…

For more details, here is the Facebook Event Page.

Construction on Keystone XL Begins Near Rosebud as Three Native Nations Sue to Stop It

The Native American Rights Fund provided the following update on Keystone XL on Sept 26.

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) and the Fort Belknap Indian Community (Assiniboine (Nakoda) and Gros Ventre (Aaniiih) Tribes) in coordination with their counsel, the Native American Rights Fund, on September 10, 2018, sued the Trump Administration for numerous violations of the law in the Keystone XL pipeline permitting process. The Tribes are asking the court to rescind the illegal issuance of the Keystone XL pipeline presidential permit.

These lawsuits have not slowed construction:

Bulldozers were seen this week grading the land in Tripp County, South Dakota, adjacent to Rosebud lands. Construction has begun despite the fact that there are three lawsuits currently going on. The one filed by Rosebud Sioux last week cites the fact that the Trump Administration has not undertaken any analysis of: trust obligations, the potential impact on tribal hunting and fishing rights, the potential impacts on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s unique water system, the potential impact of spills on tribal citizens, or the potential impact on cultural sites in the path of the pipeline. This is in violation of federal law.

Click on the link above for more details.

Minneapolis City Council Accepts the Red Lake Nation’s Help to Relocate the Homeless Camp Along Hiawatha

We wrote in an earlier blog, Red Lake to the Rescue, that the Red Lake Nation had offered the temporary use of land it owns in the East Phillips neighborhood to relocate the growing homeless camp that has developed along Hiawatha Avenue near Franklin Avenue.

The City Council approved the plan Wednesday, according to an MPR report. According to the story:

The site would shelter people in the camp through winter while more permanent housing is found. …

“Today, I’m very hopeful. You see governments coming together, tribes, local units of government, community leaders. And it’s a powerful thing,” said Sam Strong, the Red Lake tribal secretary. “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done, but people are finally looking at the issue.”

Click on the link above for more details.

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