Events: Film Screening ‘The Indian System;’ Decolonization of water issues from an Anishinaabe perspective’ and Native response to Christian Supremacy

In this blog:

  • Screening of documentary “The Indian System” Sunday 1-3 p.m.
  • Decolonization of Water Issues from an Anishinaabe Perspective, Wednesday, Nov. 13, noon – 1:30 pm.
  • Who Tells the Story? A Native response to Christian Supremacy, Thursday, Nov. 21, 9-10:30 a.m.

Details follow.

Screening of Sheldon Wolfchild’s documentary “The Indian System” Sunday 1-3 p.m.

The screening of The Indian System is free and open to the public, Sunday, 1-3 p.m. at First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave. S. in Minneapolis. The film, produced by Sheldon Wolfchild (Dakota), traces the interactions between the Dakota people, settlers and the U.S. government in the lead up and aftermath of the 1862 Dakota-U.S. War. According to the website:

This history, especially the 1850s, was a period when treaties were forced upon the Dakota people, and were manipulated by such noted Minnesotans as Henry H. Sibley and Alexander Ramsey so as to cheat the Dakota out of many of their supposed benefits. After the Dakota were removed to their reservation, corrupt agents and their Indian Department superintendents embezzled as much Dakota treaty money as they could. …

In the summer of 1862 the treaty annuities were delayed … Agent Thomas J. Galbraith refused to release annuity provisions in government warehouses on the reservation. The Dakota were beginning to starve to death. On August 14 the Brown County residents informed Governor Ramsey that the Dakota were threatening war if they did not get their food and cash annuities. …

Historians, until recently, have failed to uncover the truth behind the causes of the war. Sheldon interviewed historians and authors Dr. David Nichols and Mark Diedrich to produce this film.

Decolonization of Water Issues from an Anishinaabe Perspective, Wednesday, Nov. 13, noon – 1:30 p.m.

Decolonization of Water Issues from an Anishinaabe Perspective is free and open to the public, Wednesday, Nov. 13, noon – 1:30 p.m. at the Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Parkway, Minneapolis. Registration is required

According to the Weisman:

This presentation seeks to engage attendees from a perspective that looks outside of territorial lines and colonial maps. The following topics are discussed: Traditional Anishinaabe women’s role with the water, colonization and violence towards Native women, environmental racism, current water issues in urban areas such as Flint to Native/First Nations communities including the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Neskantaga First Nation, and Aamjiwnaang First Nation.

Leading the discussion will be Cecilia LaPointe.

Cecelia is Ojibway/Métis and is Mashkiziibi (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibway or LaPointe Band of Ojibway) and Kchiwiikwedong (Keweenaw Bay Indian Community). They are enrolled in Mashkiziibi and maintain a strong community affiliation to Kchiwiikwedong. Cecelia is the Founder and Owner of Red Circle Consulting, Waub Ajijaak Press and the Native Justice Coalition. They identify as Two-Spirit based in their Ojibway culture from an old school and decolonial framework.

Who Tells the Story? A Native response to Christian Supremacy, Nov. 21, 9-10:30 a.m.

Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) will present a Native perspective on Christian Supremacy on Thursday, Nov. 21, 9-10:30 a.m. at United Theological Seminary, 767 Eustis Street, St. Paul. Jacobs is the Director of Racial Justice at the Minnesota Council of Churches and founder of Healing Minnesota Stories.

The event is free and open to the public. Bagels, treats, coffee, and good company start at 8:30 a.m., presentation starts at 9 a.m.

Register here!

According to the promotional materials:

Stories are shaped by who imagine the storyteller to be. Our worldview, our theologies, our spiritual inkings about creation and our origins cannot be separated from how we tell our stories, from who we name as heroes and who we name as villains, and from who we think might be speaking in the voice of the story itself. In this interactive workshop and shared exploration, Jim Bear Jacobs takes us on a journey through the creation myth of Genesis as viewed through a Native and Indigenous lens. By using an Indigenous frame that acknowledges multiple story-tellers and multiple meanings, Jim Bear offers a prism in which Genesis becomes a story about Native ways of being, about the power of the Divine feminine, and about a return to our own humanity. In doing so, Jim Bear leads us away from many of the patriarchal and colonial frames used by Christian Supremacy to separate us from our most sacred interconnection.

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