Grandmothers stand against Line 3, Bay Mills Indian Community banishes Enbridge Line 5, and other news and events

In this blog:

  • Grandmother to Grandmother, Stop Line 3, Wednesday (today) at noon
  • 13th Annual Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering, Friday at 8 a.m.
  • Walk with Migizi, Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Bay Mills Indian Community banishes Enbridge Line 5
  • Private museums that accepted federal COVID relief money might have to repatriate Indigenous artifacts and remains in their collections

Grandmother to Grandmother: Stop Line 3, Wednesday at noon

Grandmothers from around the country are joining Minnesota grandmothers to stand in loving energy to stop the climate catastrophe that is the Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline.

They will meet Wednesday, April 26, at noon in front of the Minnesota Governor’s mansion, 1006 Summit Ave. in St. Paul. According to their 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!!

1000 Grandmother Song: ‘If you think these women are too soft, to face the world at hand, then you’ve never known the power of love, and you fail to understand, an old woman holds a powerful force when she no longer
needs to please…”. (Holly Near)

13th Annual Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering Friday at 8 a.m.

Come and support the annual Indigenous-led Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations gathering this Friday at 8 a.m. at Thomas Beach on the southern shore of Mde Maka Ska (aka Bde Maka Ska).

According to the Facebook Event Page: The Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering event is an opportunity for Native American youth, parents, and community to re-engage the sacredness of water. All are Welcome. Social distancing & mask wearing is strongly encouraged.

Agenda:

8:00 a.m.: Gathering at Event Site/Welcome

8:15 a.m.: Prayers to the Waters of the Earth (Sharon Day, Ojibwe Nation and Rocky Makes Room, Lakota Nation

9:00 a.m.: Talking Circle “We Are All Water”

9:30 a.m.: Facebook Live Coverage. Events will include Book Reading by Jennifer Weber, Minneapolis Public Schools, Mia Art Kits for attendees and a virtual offering; Virtual River Experience and Turtle Video by Michelle Bierma of the Three Rivers Park District, and Book Giveaway & Story Stroll by the Hennepin County Library. Other virtual programming will be listed at the Phillips Indigenous Educators Website: www.pieducators.com

Walk with Migizi, Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Screen grab of video showing clean up following fires that destroyed many buildings, including Migizi’s, last summer.

After the Canoe Nations Gathering, head over to Migizi at 3017 27th Ave. S. for a show of support, starting at 11 a.m.

Migizi (the Ojibwe word for bald eagle) provides a strong circle of support that nurtures the educational, social, economic and cultural development of American Indian youth.

Migizi bought and renovated its new facility in 2019. Located near the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct, the space burned down May 29, 2020 in the fires surrounding the uprising following George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police. Migizi has raised more than $2 million to rebuild.

At this Friday gathering, Lakota elder LeMoine LaPointe will offer an opening prayer and remarks. The group will walk together less than a mile to 1845 East Lake Street. There, prayers will again be offered, the Red Lake Signers and jingle dress dancers will perform, and community leaders will speak.

Around 12:30 p.m., Chef Yazzie will cater a community feast.

For those who enjoy art, come and help make signs for the event. Sign making will happen Wednesday and Thursday, 3-6 p.m. at 2610 E. 32nd St. Minneapolis. Materials provided.

Bay Mills Indian Community banishes Enbridge Line 5

“The Bay Mills Indian Community tribal council voted to banish Enbridge’s Line 5 pipelines from the reservation as well as lands and waters of their ceded territory as efforts grow to fight the controversial Michigan project,” Indian Country Today reports.

It approved the resolution May 10, on the eve Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order terminating Enbridge’s 1953 easement to cross the lakebed under the Straits of Mackinac.

Click here for more.

Private museums that accepted federal COVID relief money might have to repatriate Indigenous artifacts and remains in their collections

“Small museums and private institutions that accept federal CARES Act money or other stimulus funds could be forced to relinquish thousands of Indigenous items and ancestral remains now in their collections,” Indian Country Today reports.

Under the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990, museums or other institutions that accept federal funding must compile an inventory of Indigenous cultural items and initiate repatriation of the collections and remains to tribes or family members.

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