Dakota elders to lead conversation about future home of Inyan Sa, the sacred Red Rock, July 27

A group of Dakota elders will lead a conversation regarding the relocation of Inyan Sa, the sacred Red Rock. The conversation will take place Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis. A light lunch will be provided.

Here is the announcement:

You are cordially invited to a protocol-guided conversation about the future relocation and final placement of Inyan Sa, a granite boulder of immense significance to generations of Dakota people of the local area. Please join us as we collectively visualize a site commendation offered by a respected body of Dakota elders. Help us negotiate a non-adversarial, non political process to wisely arrive at a mediate consensus agreement regarding the permanent placement of Inyan Sa.

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Reconciliation Pipeline? Efforts to stop Canada’s Trans Mountain pipeline just got really messy

A few years ago I saw the powerful indigenous-made documentary Red Power Energy. It highlighted Indian Country’s divergent views on mining and resource management. It featured Native Nations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Some Nations were mining coal and drilling oil as part of their economic development plans. Others rejected resource extraction in favor of sustainable wind farms and solar arrays.

I recalled that film when I read the latest news out of Canada on the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. An indigenous-led group called “Project Reconciliation” is proposing to buy a majority stake in the pipeline. They are calling it the “Reconciliation Pipeline,” and using the tagline: “There’s a pipeline to reconciliation. We should take it.” According to its website:

Through majority Indigenous ownership, it [the pipeline] can improve Indigenous lives throughout the West. How? By returning profits made from shipping resources to market to the traditional owners of the land from which those resources came.

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19th Century Manifest Destiny Policy Continues to Inflict Harm on Indigenous People

Manifest Destiny continues to inflict harm on indigenous peoples. The latest example comes from a story in Indian Country Today, which reports on the 1872 General Mining Act and how it could allow a Canadian mining company to poison the waters in the traditional territory of the Tinglit people of Alaska. Continue reading

Upcoming Dakota Sacred Site Tours; Support the “Remove the Stain Act;” Upcoming ‘Decade of Water’ Summit

In this blog:

  • Upcoming dates for Dakota Sacred Sites Tours
  • Signatures needed supporting ‘Remove the Stain’ legislation, repealing Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers at the Wounded Knee Massacre
  • Registration open for Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water, August 13-15, in the Black Hills

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Further Court Delays, Uncertainty Ahead for Enbridge Line 3

Why are farm/agricusiness groups supporting the pipeline?

The proposed Enbridge Line 3 crude oil pipeline that would cross 340 miles of northern Minnesota and violate treaty rights is now tied up in legal knots, creating greater uncertainty and delays in the process.

A number of business interests are pressuring the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to expedite a fix to problems identified by litigation. Most bizarre, farm/agribusiness groups are supporting Line 3 in spite of the pipeline’s long-term negative affects on agriculture.

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U.S. Climate Action Network in Town, Members Voice Opposition to Enbridge Line 3

Members of the U.S. Climate Action Network met with local indigenous and environmental leaders opposing Line 3 at Kellogg Park in St. Paul, across from the conference hotel.

It’s been a good month for those opposing the proposed Enbridge Line 3 crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota.

First, earlier this month, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that Line 3’s environmental impact statement was inadequate because it failed to consider the harm of spills in the Lake Superior watershed. That decision essentially voids Line 3’s Certificate of Need and Route Permit from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). That sends the issue back to the PUC for further deliberations and a revote, and it delays the permitting process the project needs to move forward.

Second, the U.S. Climate Action Network’s (USCAN’s) annual meeting is happening now in St. Paul, and affiliated organizations are throwing their support behind the Stop Line 3 movement. Around 80 people from both local and national groups gathered today at Kellogg Park near the Mississippi River to express their opposition to this unnecessary and dangerous project. Continue reading

New ‘Twin Cities Pilgrimage’ Offers Experiential Learning About African American Experiences in Minnesota

Healing Minnesota Stories and the Minnesota Council of Churches are excited to announce a new place-based learning opportunity called the Twin Cities Pilgrimage which will be a sacred journey of historical black narratives in Minnesota. It will follow the model of Healing Minnesota Stories’ popular and transformative Dakota Sacred Sites tours, which we have offered for nearly eight years.

Pastor Danny Givens will lead the Twin Cities Pilgrimage, which will offer stories of African American Origin, Sanctuary, Diaspora, Liberation, and Lament. The initial Pilgrimage will be Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. We will carpool and caravan to a few Twin Cities sites, such as the old Ronda Neighborhood which was displaced by I-94. We will listen to the stories that live in these spaces.

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