Events: Dakota Winter Walk; ‘Film: Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock’ and More

In this blog:

  • Organizing as Healing, Healing as Revolution, Wednesday, January 23, 9:00-10:45 a.m., SpringHouse Ministry, 610 W. 28th St., Minneapolis
  • Dakota Winter Walk, Friday, Feb. 15, 6:30-8 p.m., Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, St. Paul
  • Integrating Sacred and Medical Healing, Thursday, Feb. 28, Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina
  • Film Screening of Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock, Friday, March 29, Augsburg University, Sateren Auditorium, 2200 Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis. Reception 6:15-6:45 p.m., Screening begins at 7 p.m. Discussion will follow.

Details follow.

Organizing as Healing, Healing as Revolution” An Interactive Workshop, Jan. 23

Tonja Honsey is an Indigenous woman, a revolutionary mother, an incarceration survivor, and a community healer. Tonja knows that we cannot make our way to liberation by replicating the patterns of our oppressors, and she asks us to imagine a world where liberation becomes possible in the here and now.

As the leader of the We Rise Collective, and as a founding member of the Sprouting Birth Collective, Tonja has built a vibrant and necessary coalition of people and organizations who are ready to resist the violence and devastation of incarceration in our communities both locally and nationally. In all off her work, Tonja challenges us to bring healing justice into the heart of resistance-based organizing, asking what it would take to, for example, end the incarceration of people experiencing pregnancy, and to do so in our lifetimes.

This event is Wednesday, January 23, 9:00-10:45 a.m., at SpringHouse Ministry, 610 W. 28th St., Minneapolis. It is sponsored by the Kaleo Center.

Click here for the Facebook event page.

Dakota Winter Walk, Feb. 15

Indigenous educator Jim Rock will give an interactive presentation and tour at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, focusing on the sacred Wakan Tipi Cave, Dakota astronomy, and the winter season. We’ll meet at the entrance to the sanctuary. Warm up with a campfire, hot beverages, and great conversation!

This event is Friday, Feb. 15, 6:30-8 p.m., Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, St. Paul, sponsored by the Lower Phalen Creek Project.

Integrating Sacred and Medical Healing, Feb. 28

Three panelists will tell stories from their experiences of drawing on both sacred and medical sources of healing. After their stories, there will be opportunities for everyone to reflect on and share your own experiences of healing and the sacred. How do you draw upon ceremony, ritual, prayer, and other practices for connecting with our deepest sources of life? How does that relate to your health and wellbeing

Panelists include Beverly Bushyhead, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She grew up with her tribe in the mountains of North Carolina. She thrives on opportunities to work toward positive social change. Beverly lives in St. Paul. She kills at karaoke and enjoys spinning some vinyl! Beverly is a 15 year cancer survivor and has much to share about mystery, belief and resilience of the human spirit.

Other panelists are Michael Bischoff was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer in 2015, and Brenda Hartman, a licensed therapist, author, and 2017 Bush Fellow who was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer and was told to prepare to die.

The event is Thursday, February 28, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Southdale Public Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina. Eventbrite page here.

Film Screening of Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock, March 29

Augsburg Native American Film Series and Myron Dewey present Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock on March 29. It captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet.

Myron Dewey (Newe-Numah/ Paiute-Shoshone from the Walker River Paiute Tribe, Agui Diccutta Band and Temoke Shoshone) — filmmaker, professor, historical trauma trainer and journalist–will present the film and talk about what has happened since the action.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at Augsburg University, Sateren Auditorium, 2200 Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis. Reception 6:15-6:45 p.m. with screening beginning at 7 p.m. Discussion will follow. More here.

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