A webinar, a rally, a play, and Canada’s double standard on treaty rights

In this blog:

  • Webinar: Indian Boarding School Cemeteries and Missing Children, May 26
  • Rally: Grandmothers to meet at Governor’s mansion to oppose Enbridge Line 3, May 26
  • Play: The Missouri River Water Walk, May 21-23 at Hidden Falls
  • Canada’s double standard on treaty rights
  • Carbon sequestration helps Yurok Tribe in California grow its land base

Indian Boarding School Cemeteries and Missing Children webinar May 26

The Minneapolis-based National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition will host the third in a series of webinars on Wednesday, May 26, noon – 1:30 p.m. CST, focusing on boarding school cemeteries and missing children.

Register here.

The panel features Heather Whiteman Runs Him (Absaalooke), Marsha Small (Tsistsistas), and Christine Diindiisi McCleave (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe)—all of whom filed and provided testimony to the United Nations on missing children of Indian Boarding Schools. Joining them will also be Lauren Peters (Aleut) who has been coordinating with the Department of Defense for what will be the fourth disinterment and repatriation of students from Carlisle, taking place this summer.

The discussion will explore the intersections between Indian boarding school cemeteries, the UN filing on missing children, and the call to form a federal Truth and Healing Commission on Indian boarding schools.

The event is free but donations are appreciated. Suggestion: $10.

Grandmothers to rally at Governor’s mansion to oppose Enbridge Line 3

Join Grandmothers who are traveling thousands of miles from multiple States to Minnesota to call on the loving energy of Grandmothers across the state to stop the Climate catastrophe that is the Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline.

The event is Wednesday, May 26, noon – 1:30 p.m. at the Governor’s mansion, 1006 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

According to the Facebook Event Page:

We are fiercely determined to listen to our hearts and spirits to make the world a better place for grandchildren, and all future generations.This action will appeal to Governor Walz and President Biden to use their power to #STOPLINE3. As Enbridge builds Line 3 through Anishinaabe treaty land and prepares to tunnel under the Mississippi Headwaters now is a critical moment to support the movement to defend Indigenous sovereignty, water, and climate.

This event will include art, music and speakers.

Elder Women: Come out and if possible bring children dear to you. All Co-conspirators-including men and younger adults, welcome to attend!

All please bring photos of children in your life and your fierce loving energy!!

The event is being sponsored by 1000 Grandmothers Bay Area, MN350: Building a Climate Movement in Minnesota and GreenFaith

Play: The Missouri River Water Walk, May 21-23

Pangea World Theater is honored to present The Missouri River Water Walk. A musical that chronicles a water walk from Three Forks, Montana to St. Louis, Missouri, written by Sharon Day and directed by Dipankar Mukherjee. Forgiveness is not a strong enough word for what happened when six women walked the length of the Missouri River. Join us for this outdoor performance filled with the songs and stories of this powerful story of healing historic wounds and restoring our relationships with the land and each other.

Performances run from May 21 at 7 p.m. to May 23 at 11 a.m. at Hidden Falls, 1313 Hidden Falls Dr, St Paul.

The event is free but you need to reserve seats. Details here.

Canada’s double standard on treaty rights

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has told Enbridge the state is revoking an easement for the company’s aging Line 5 crude oil pipeline where it runs four miles along the floor of the Straits of Mackinac. The Canadian government is pushing back.

According to an AP story:

A Canadian House of Commons committee … urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Canadian officials to lobby their U.S. counterparts and said that without an agreement, Canada might invoke a 1977 treaty barring either nation from hampering oil and natural gas transmission. … the matter had been raised at the “highest levels” of federal and state governments.

So where was Canada stirring defense of treaty rights when Anishinaabe nations opposed Enbridge Line 3 because it violated their treaty rights? The Canadian Consulate in Minnesota wrote a letter to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission supporting Line 3.

As for Line 5, several Native tribes have treaty-protected rights to commercial fishing in the Straits of Mackinac (where lakes Michigan and Huron meet). What about their treaty rights if Enbridge’s old Line 5 spills into the Great Lakes?


Carbon sequestration helps Yurok Tribe in California grow its land base

This from Indian Country Today:

In the past three and a half decades, the [Yurok] tribal land base has grown twentyfold, to a total of 100,000 acres, funded in large part by sequestering carbon. For this work, the United Nations Development Programme awarded the Yurok Tribe its Equator Prize, which recognizes efforts that reduce poverty through environmental justice work. It’s an exciting example of a small community—about 5,000 members are enrolled—building climate resiliency in a way that best fits their needs.

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