News and Events: Boarding schools, treaty rights, the importance of Aunties, and more

In this post:

  • Webinar Thursday: Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ Resilience: The Legacy and Impacts of Indian Boarding Schools
  • Webinar July 20: Tribal Treaty Rights and Energy Infrastructure, July 20
  • All My Relations Art presents Noojimo (She Heals) celebrating the importance of Aunties in Indigenous spaces, opens July 19
  • Minnesota Chippewa Tribe to vote on blood quantum enrollment rules this summer
  • New quarter will honor Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee Nation’s first female principal chief

Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ Resilience: The Legacy and Impacts of Indian Boarding Schools

The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition is hosting a conversation on the experience of Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ folks in Indian Boarding Schools, those who have experienced the intergenerational impacts of Indian Boarding Schools, and the resilience of Indigenous people.

The webinar this Thursday (tomorrow), 1-2:30 p.m. Register here.

“Indian Boarding Schools were in large part designed to permanently alter Indigenous understandings of gender and sexuality,” organizers said. “In this era of truth telling, we must bring to light the way Indian Boarding Schools have shaped our understanding of gender and sexuality in Indian Country, and our collective path to decolonization.”

Candi Brings Plenty, the Indigenous justice organizer for the ACLU of South Dakota, will moderate a panel discussion. Panelists are:

  • Lenny Hayes (MA), a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, is the former Missing and Murdered Two-Spirit Project Assistant for Sovereign Bodies Institute.
  • Sadé Heart of the Hawk of the Mi’kmaq First Nation, is the Founding Elder, Pipe Carrier, and Medicine Keeper of the New England States Two Spirits. Heart of the Hawk is a multiple suicide attempt survivor and a first generation survivor of the residential schools.
  • Landa Lakes, a Chickasaw writer, musician, activist and artist, uses art to combine contemporary ideas with Native history and traditional stories to convey the shared experiences and understanding of human nature outside the colonialized Christian perspective. Landa also is the founder of drag performance groups in San Francisco.

Tribal Treaty Rights and Energy Infrastructure Webinar, July 20

Kekek Stark, Co-Director of the Indian Law Program at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, will examine tribal treaty rights and how they apply to energy infrastructure projects, such as crude oil pipelines and coal terminals.

The webinar is Wednesday, July 20 from 10 – 11 a.m. It is sponsored by the Hazardous Material Transport Outreach Network.

Register here.

Stark will describe tribal law and treaty rights, their role in protecting natural resources, and the assertion of those rights by Native American and First Nations tribes as regulatory components to energy infrastructure projects. He will also provide historical and present-day examples of treaty interpretation by United States courts. A live question and answer session will follow the presentation.

All My Relations Art presents Noojimo (She Heals) celebrating the importance of Aunties in Indigenous spaces

Noojimo will be a powerful tribute to courageous women (both historically and modern) stepping into the role of Aunties, who influence, create, and strengthen bonds of obligation, trust, and solidarity both inside the home and community.

All My Relations Arts is located at 1414 East Franklin Ave., in the same building as Pow Wow Grounds.

  • Opening Reception: Tuesday, July 19, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Curator’s Talk with Hillary Kempenich: Thursday, Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m.
  • Closing Reception and Artists Panel: Friday, Sept. 9, 6 – 8 p.m.

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe to vote on blood quantum enrollment rules this summer

“Members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT) will decide this summer on a number of tribal enrollment issues, including blood quantum requirements that could play a significant role in future membership and the overall population of the six-nation tribe,” reports WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.

The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe members are Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs, Red Lake, and White Earth.

For more on the blood quantum debate, see our earlier blogs: Blood Quantum, Part I: An existential threat in Indian Country, and Blood Quantum, Part II: The Indian New Deal and Tribal Constitutions.

New quarter to honor Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee Nation’s first female principal

A new “circulating collectable” quarter will honor Wilma Mankiller, “the first woman elected principal chief of the Cherokee Nation and an activist for Native American and women’s rights,” the U.S. Mint announced.

This is the third coin in the American Women Quarters™ Program, “a four-year program that celebrates the accomplishments and contributions made by women to the development and history of our country.”

The first two quarters honored Maya Angelou, celebrated author, and social activist, and Sally Ride, physicist, educator, and first American woman in space.

In 2023, the Mint anticipates releasing a quarter honoring Edith Kanakaʻole – Indigenous Hawaiian “composer, chanter, dancer, teacher, and entertainer.”

George Washington is on the other side of these quarters.

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