Events: Indigenous Films and Play; MMIW Presentation, World Water Day Celebration, and More!

Upcoming Events:

  • Local celebration of World Water Day, Friday, March 22
  • A Hidden Conversation: Oil Pipelines, Sex Trafficking, and MMIW, March 27
  • Documentary: The Indian System, March 28
  • Documentary: Awake: A Dream of Standing Rock, March 29
  • Documentary: Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code, March 31
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Anne K. McKeig speaks on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, April 5
  • Ikidowin Native Youth Ensemble performs: “We Do it for the Water” April 7
  • Documentary: DAWNLAND, cultural survival and stolen children, April 8 and 13

Details follow.

Local Celebration of World Water Day

Friday, March 22, at First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis, 6-9 p.m. Facebook Event Page here.

World Water Day is an annual United Nations celebration held on March 22. Locally, indigenous peoples, youth, and allies will be uniting from across the land of water known as Mnisota to honor the sacredness of water. Co-Conveners will be sharing the vision of Mni Ki Wakan, the Dakota phrase for “water is life.”

Featured speakers include Mary Kunesh-Podein (Standing Rock | Minnesota House Representative), Nolan Berglund (Oglala Lakota & Northern Cheyenne | Youth Climate Intervenor), and allies. Dorene Day, Anishinabe, & Nancy Bordeaux, Sicangu Lakota, will be offering traditional protocol honorings of water.

Annie Humphrey, renowned Native Anishinabe musician, will perform.

A Hidden Conversation: Oil Pipelines, Sex Trafficking, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Wednesday, March 27, noon – 2:30 p.m. at North Hennepin Community College, 7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park. Facebook Event Page here.

Join North Hennepin Community College, MN350, and a panel of community leaders for a conversation about the correlation between oil pipelines like the proposed Line 3 tar sands pipeline and human trafficking. Indigenous women are two-and-a-half times more likely to be sexually assaulted than any other demographic in the U.S., and experience kidnapping and deadly violence so systematically that advocates coined the term “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women,” or MMIW, to describe the epidemic. An influx of temporary workers along a pipeline route through tribal communities only increases the danger.

“A Hidden Conversation” will give students and community members the opportunity to learn more about sex trafficking, the history of abuse and violence against Native women, and what’s being done about it.

Documentary: The Indian System

Thursday, March 28, Ralph Rapson Hall, room 100, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Film starts at 6 p.m. Presented by the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota.

According to promotional materials:

The Indian System uncovers the truth behind the War of 1862 in Minnesota. In this movie, Wolfchild portrays his grandfather, Medicine Bottle, to tell a Dakota oral history of the 1862 war, the hangings of the Dakota 38 Plus 2, and the removal of the Dakota from Minnesota.

During the 1850’s and throughout history, treaties were forced upon the Dakota people. Noted Minnesotans such as Henry H. Sibley and Alexander Ramsey manipulated the Dakota people to cheat them out of their supposed benefits, and ultimately their land. After the Dakota were removed to their reservation, corrupt agents and Indian department superintendents embezzled as much Dakota treaty money as they could.

A conversation with filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild follows.

Documentary: Awake: A Dream of Standing Rock

Friday, March 29, at Augsburg University’s Sateren Auditorium, 2200 Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis. Reception starts at 6:15 p.m. and the screening begins at 7 p.m. Discussion follows. This event is part of the Augsburg Native American Film Series. This event is free to the public. More details here.

According to promotional materials:

The film AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock 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.

For more, click here.

Documentary: Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code

Sunday, March 31, at Hamline Church United Methodist, 1514 Englewood Ave., St. Paul, 55104, 1-5 p.m. More details here.

Attend a screening of the powerful landmark documentary “The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code.” Dakota filmmaker and Director Sheldon Wolfchild will join us to introduce the film and the impact the Doctrine continues to have on original nations. Small group discussion following the film will reflect on the dehumanizing domination system as well action steps that we can take today to better understand the history and culture of original nations and build pathways to justice.

On-street free parking is available, as well as free parking in church-designated spots in the Hamline Church lot. Convenient to the Metro A Line (Snelling & Hewitt) and Green Line @ Snelling stops. Please reserve your free ticket today!

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Anne McKeig Speaks on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Friday, April 5, First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., event starts at 7 p.m. Facebook Event Page here.

This the opening event for “Winyan Awanyankapi: Protecting the Lifegivers” Conference, but is open to the public. McKeig — the first Native American appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court — will give a keynote address on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Indigenous people attend at no cost in recognition of the theft of their lands. Non-indigenous people are asked to make a $50 donation, but no one will be turned away. The event will open with welcoming and ceremony, followed by Justice McKeig’s address.

Ikidowin Native Youth Ensemble performs: “We Do it for the Water”

Saturday, April 6, First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., play starts at 7 p.m. Facebook Event Page here.

This is part of the “Winyan Awanyankapi: Protecting the Lifegivers” Conference, but is open to the public.

The Ikidowin Acting Ensemble is a company of Native teens, 12-16 years old, that will present a play: “We Will Do it for the Water!” The play was written by Sharon Day (Ojibwe) and is based on recent efforts by Indigenous People to protect the waterways. Directed by Curtis Kirby (Ojibwe).

Indigenous people attend at no cost in recognition of the theft of their lands. Non-indigenous people are asked to make a suggested donation of $50 to support the conference, but no one will be turned away.

Documentary: DAWNLAND, Cultural Survival and Stolen Children

Monday, April 8, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Both screenings will be held at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul campus’ Student Center Theatre, 2017 Buford Ave., St. Paul.

Both events are free and open to the public Appetizers and beverages will be served. Register for tickets here.

According to promotional materials:

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity.

Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories.

Sandy Whitehawk (Sicangu Lakota) will facilitate a discussion following the film. Sandy played an integral part of the TRC work in Maine and continues to support reconciliation efforts around the country, including Minnesota.

See dawnland.org for more information.

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