Lakota leaders ask for support opposing DAPL expansion and upcoming symposiums

In this blog:

  • Lakota leaders ask for public support opposing DAPL expansion
  • Symposium on the Doctrine of Discovery with Mark Charles, Saturday, Nov. 16
  • Symposium on Indigenous women on the frontlines of climate change, Friday, Nov. 22

Lakota leaders ask for public support opposing DAPL expansion

Energy Transfer Partners announced it wants to double the capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline from its current 570,000 barrels a day up to as much as 1.1 million barrels per day, the Bismarck Tribune reported June 20. That’s almost enough capacity to handle all of the fracked gas North Dakota now produces (1.4 million barrels a day in April).

DAPL’s current permit from the North Dakota Public Service Commission allows the company to ship up to 600,000 barrels per day, the story said. “Companies can expand the capacity of a pipeline by adding additional pumping horsepower or using drag-reducing agents that allow more oil to flow.”

On Wednesday, the North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a hearing on increasing DAPL’s capacity. The Lakota Peoples Law Project is asking DAPL allies to send a message to the Commission opposing the expansion. Click here for details.

Symposium on the Doctrine of Discovery with Mark Charles

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 E 31st St, Minneapolis, is hosting a symposium on the Doctrine of Discovery featuring Mark Charles (Navajo/Dutch) this Saturday from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.

According to the Facebook Event Page:

Mark Charles is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, he speaks with insight into the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation. Mark is a regular columnist for Native News Online and the author of the popular blog “Reflections from the Hogan.” He served on the board of the Christian Community Development Association and is a former Board of Trustees member of the Christian Reformed Church of North America. Mark also consults with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, has served as the pastor of the Christian Indian Center in Denver, CO, and is a founding partner of a national conference for Native students called “Would Jesus Eat Frybread?” Mark’s forthcoming book entitled “Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery” is scheduled to be released from Intervarsity Press on November 5, 2019.

Other presenters will include local leaders from the Native Community, including Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, Brenda Blackhawk, Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein, Cris Stainbrook, Thorne LaPointe, and Wakinyan LaPointe.

Here is the day’s agenda:

  • OPENING RITUAL – 8:30-8:50 a.m.
  • SESSION ONE – 8:50-10:30 a.m. – The Spiritual Price of the Doctrine of Discovery, followed by Q & A
    BREAK – 10:30-10:50 a.m.
  • SESSION TWO – 10:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – The Doctrine of Discovery: Deconstructing the Mythology of American History, followed by Q & A
  • LUNCH – 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Provided by Christina White from Native Food Perspectives
  • SESSION THREE – 1:30-2:45 p.m. – Truth and Conciliation, followed by Q & A
  • THE GIVEAWAY – 2:45-3:15 p.m.
  • SESSION FOUR – 3:15-4:45 p.m. – Reflections from Minnesota Native Leaders
    CLOSING RITUAL – 4:45-5:00 p.m.

Symposium: Indigenous Women on the Frontlines of Climate Change

The University of Minnesota’s Department of Latino and Chicano Studies is sponsoring a symposium on Indigenous Women on the Frontlines of Climate Change on Friday, Nov. 22, 1:30-5:00 p.m. at Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis.

According to the Facebook Event Page:

Women are typically on the front lines of the fight for environmental justice around the world. In Minnesota, indigenous women have been leading efforts for native sovereignty, for protection of land and water, for climate justice, and for the recognition and recovery of missing and murdered indigenous women. Engaging with this work is a key aspect of reorienting the University of Minnesota and the larger community towards decolonization efforts.

Two two keynote speakers, Taysha Martineau and Mysti Babineau will open the gathering. They are both leaders in local movements to fight the tar sands Line 3 pipeline as well as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

1:30 – 3:00 – Keynote and discussion with Taysha Martineau (Two spirit Anishinabe activist and organizer with Gitchigumi Scouts) and Mysti Babineau (Anishinabe climate justice activist and organizer with MN350)

3:00 – 3:30 – Break and food

3:30 – 4:30 – Northfield Against Line 3 Presentation

4:30 – 5:00 – Closing

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