Events: This Land is not Empty; Rethinking Thanksgiving; and PolyMet hearing before MN Supreme Court

In this post:

  • This Land is not Empty, Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery, Nov. 16
  • Rethinking Thanksgiving: From Land Acknowledgement to LANDBACK, Nov. 20
  • MN Supreme Court hears oral arguments on PolyMet mining permit, Nov. 30

This Land is not Empty, Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery, Wednesday, Nov. 16

Sarah Augustine, author of the book “The Land Is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery,” will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7-8:30 p.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, 2608 Blaisdell Ave., Minneapolis. You can attend in person or online. Voluntary donations requested.

More details and link to register here

Augustine is the cofounder and new executive director of the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition. Faith Mennonite Church, the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute, and Calvary Baptist Church are sponsoring the event.

Augustine’s colleague Katerina Gea will join her. Gea is a Coalition organizer, and coordinates the Repair Network of congregations and communities.

According to the online description:

The Doctrine of Discovery is enshrined in both church and state. It is a legal doctrine that is practiced in international law and policy as well as the domestic legal systems of countries around the globe. The Doctrine of Discovery is also a Christian doctrine dating to the 15th century. It is still practiced by Christian traditions around the globe, systematically dispossessing Indigenous Peoples of their ancestral lands and human rights. It is now the church’s responsibility to undo the Doctrine of Discovery. Augustine will guide us on a journey away from this colonial worldview and toward an Indigenous view of interdependency and a return to a planet that sustains all life.”

Rethinking Thanksgiving: From Land Acknowledgement to LANDBACK, Sunday, Nov. 20

Hear speakers interrogate the legacy of the ‘Thanksgiving’ holiday and learn from frontline Indigenous leaders on how to join efforts to protect land and water.

This is a free webinar, Sunday, Nov. 20, 3 p.m. Central Time. Register here.

The event is sponsored by Tonatierra, American Indian Law Alliance, NDN Collective, Sogorea Te Land Trust and the Indigenous Solidarity Network

Speakers will be: Betty Lyons, Tupac Enrique Acosta, Demetrius Johnson, Corrina Gould, and Jake Edwards, moderated by Eve Reyes-Aguirre.

According to the online description:

“From tar sands pipelines across Turtle Island to Arctic oil and gas drilling, Indigenous campaigns of resistance continue to lead the way in protecting future generations against the destruction of sacred lands and waterways.

“Moving into a deeper understanding of how colonialism is embedded into our frameworks and systems builds our capacity to be better allies to Indigenous Peoples. In this webinar, we will hear from the frontlines of Indigenous efforts to resist violence and colonization fueled by the current extractive economic system and gather ways to further and deepen solidarity with Indigenous resistance centering land rematriation.”

MN Supreme Court hears oral arguments in PolyMet case, Wednesday, Nov. 30

The environmental group WaterLegacy will argue before the Minnesota Supreme Court that it should reject a water pollution permit issued to the PolyMet copper-nickel mine by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The hearing is Wednesday, Nov. 30, starting at 9 a.m.

You can attend in person at the Minnesota Supreme Court courtroom on the second floor of the Minnesota state Capitol, or watch online by clicking here any time after 8:30 a.m.

If you plan to attend in person, please arrive early and allow time to get through security. Visitors to the courtroom are required to pass through screening to enter, and are not permitted to enter with bags larger than 4.5″ x 6.5″ x 3″.

WaterLegacy will argue the MPCA used irregular and unlawful procedures in approving the permit. The MPCA also failed to include in the permit “end-of-pipe” pollution limits on discharges of sulfate, mercury, and other toxic metals into the headwaters of the St. Louis River, it said.

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