Events: A film honoring Warrior Women, an art exhibit honoring George Morrison, Stop Line 3 events and more!

Upcoming Events:

  • Minnesota Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments on case to protect wild rice from mining pollution, Tuesday, Sept. 10
  • Opening reception for “Changing Horizons,” an art exhibit honoring Geroge Morrison, Sept. 12
  • Protecting our Sacred Water: A Gathering at the Headwaters, Sept. 21-22
  • Gichi-gami Gathering to Stop Line 3 in Duluth Sept. 28
  • Augburg Native Film Screening: Warrior Women, Saturday, Oct. 5
  • Panel discussion on Indigenous Land Acknowledgement, Oct. 14
  • Registration now open for the 2019 Overcoming Racism Conference, Nov. 15-16

MN Court of Appeals to hear arguments to protect wild rice, Sept. 10

WaterLegacy is inviting people to join them on Tuesday to hear oral arguments before the Minnesota Court of Appeals on a case that is trying to protect wild rice and stop decades of sulfate pollution of rivers and streams by the U.S. Steel Minntac Tailings Basin. They are calling it “a landmark case and a rare opportunity for citizens to witness a vital hearing happening in real time.” The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa also is involved in the lawsuit.

Details: Meet on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 8:55 a.m. at the Minnesota Court of Appeals, 340 Minnesota Judicial Center, Courtroom 100, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155.

The courtroom has limited seating, but organizers are asking for additional space for the public to hear live streaming of oral arguments in the Judicial Center. Please know that court security will be searching bags.

Oral arguments should last an hour. Afterwards, Paula Maccabee, WaterLegacy’s lawyer, will be happy to meet with those attending to debrief and answer questions. She will explain why the Minntac case is so important and how it may affect sulfide mining permits.

Please email if you plan to attend.

Opening reception for “Changing Horizons,” an art exhibit honoring Geroge Morrison, Sept. 12

Changing Horizons, an art exhibit commemorating the 100th birthday of George Morrison will open this month. Morrison was Anishinaabe and a well known sculptor and landscape painter.

All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., which will host the opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 6 – 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Changing Horizons will celebrate Morrison’s influence and explore the artistic dilemma of identity politics. The exhibit includes selected works by Morrison spanning his artistic career as well as juried works by artists using a range of visual mediums exploring identity as American Indians, and pushing the dialogue of what society deems as “Native Art.”

Protecting Our Sacred Waters: A Gathering at the Headwaters Sept. 21-22

You are invited to “Protecting our Sacred Water: A Gathering at the Headwaters” at Lake Itasca State Park, on the weekend of September 21-22.

As part of a global week of climate action, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light and Honor the Earth will once again bring an interfaith voice to the environmental justice movement. Join us for our second year at the Headwaters of the Mississippi River for a community gathering and prayer circle to honor the sacredness of water. We’ll learn about Treaty Rights, pipeline routes, language and culture, and more. The weekend will culminate with a prayer circle at the Mississippi Headwaters in which leaders from every major faith tradition will affirm the sacred nature of water and our moral commitment to protecting life, and saying no Line 3.

Details on the Facebook Event Page. RSVP here.

Gichi-gami Gathering to Stop Line 3, Sept. 28 in Duluth

On Saturday, September 28, a coalition of groups opposed to the Enbridge Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline will be gathering on the shores of Gichi-Gami (Lake Superior) in Duluth to stand against this dangerous and unnecessary project and make our voices heard. We will gather at Gitchi-ode’ Akiing at Lake Place Park, 214 East Superior Street from noon to 6 p.m.

Here’s the Facebook Page. Spread the word!

Co-sponsors are: Honor the Earth, MN350, Sierra Club North Star Chapter, Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, Seek Joy and Northfield Against Line 3.

Film screening: Warrior Women, Oct. 5

The Augsburg Native American Film Series presents Warrior Women: Mothers and Daughters Fighting for Indigenous Rights in the American Indian Movement, Saturday Oct. 5. Warrior Women looks at the history of Indigenous activism as lived and led by AIM activist Madonna Thunder Hawk and her daughter Marcy.  The film traces Madonna’s work for cultural sovereignty in education as she helped create the “We Will Remember” Survival School and the shared work she and her daughter have continued around environmental justice and Indigenous sovereignty.

Join us for the screening of WARRIOR WOMEN and video conversations with Director Elizabeth Castle and activist Marcella (Marcy) Gilbert.

For more information, click here, and follow the film series on Facebook.

Panel discussion on Indigenous Land Acknowledgement, Monday, Oct 14

As part of Indigenous People’s Day events, the Native Governance Center, Lower Phalen Creek Project, and Metro State University are hosting an event on Indigenous Land Acknowledgement on Oct. 14.

(An Indigenous Land Acknowledgement is “a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.”)

The event will be held Monday, Oct. 14, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Metro State University, 700 East 7th Street in Saint Paul, in the Great Hall.

The panel will include Native professionals, elders, and youth, who will share their perspectives on land acknowledgement, followed by a Q&A.

There is a $15 cost, which covers dinner catered by a local Native chef. Off-street parking is available for $5; limited street parking may also be available. Register here to ensure your seat!

Registration now open for the 2019 Overcoming Racism Conference, Nov. 15-16

Registration is now open for the 2019 Overcoming Racism Conference. This year’s theme is “Dismantling White Supremacy – Its Power, Structures and Culture.” It will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, at Metro State University in St. Paul.

Winona LaDuke, founder of Honor the Earth, will be one of the Friday keynote speakers.

Indigenous people attend the conference at no cost, but they do need to register because space is limited.

Click on the link above for details.

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