Help rename Fort Snelling; New ‘Native Lights’ podcast launches; Exhibit honoring George Morrison opens Sept. 20; MIWRC addresses pay inequity

In this blog:

  • Offer your thoughts for renaming Historic Fort Snelling
  • New “Native Lights” Podcast lifts up Native voices; release party Saturday at the Minnesota State Fair featuring Lt. Gov. Flanagan
  • Changing Horizons: An art exhibit honoring George Morrison’s 100th birthday opens Sept. 20
  • MIWRC address pay gap through title changes

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First Presidential Candidates Forum Focused on Indigenous Issues Aug. 19-20

Nine Democratic presidential hopefuls will participate in the first ever presidential forum focused entirely on indigenous issues. It will be held Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 19 and 20, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Sioux City Iowa.

The Native American Rights Fund is co-hosting the event and will live stream it here. If you want to see this historic event in person, Sioux City is about a four-and-a-half hour drive from the Twin Cities and tickets are only $3. One of those presenting will be Healing Minnesota Stories friend Mark Charles (Navajo/Dutch) who is an announced candidate for president.

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Protecting our Sacred Water: A Gathering at the Headwaters, and other events

Photo: Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.

You are invited to “Protecting our Sacred Water: A Gathering at the Headwaters” at Lake Itasca State Park, on the weekend of September 21-22.

As part of a global week of climate action, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light and Honor the Earth will once again bring an interfaith voice to the environmental justice movement. Join us for our second year at the Headwaters of the Mississippi River for a community gathering and prayer circle to honor the sacredness of water. We’ll learn about Treaty Rights, pipeline routes, language and culture, and more. The weekend will culminate with a prayer circle at the Mississippi Headwaters in which leaders from every major faith tradition will affirm the sacred nature of water and our moral commitment to protecting life, and saying no Line 3.

Details on the Facebook Event Page. RSVP here. More events follow.

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News and Events: State Fair’s Indigenous Food Day; Appeals Court upholds ICWA, and more

In this blog:

  • Indigenous Food Day, featuring Sioux Chef Sean Sherman Sunday, Sept. 1 at the State Fair
  • Growth & Justice to host breakfast talk by MPCA Commission Laura Bishop Aug. 21 (hint: it’s an opportunity to ask about Line 3)
  • Native American Journalists Association rips Washington Post over Indian mascot commentary and survey
  • Appeals Courts reverses lower court, upholds constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act

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Mendota Mdewakanton Pow Wow Sept. 13-15, all welcome, volunteers needed

The Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community is holding its 20th annual Wacipi, or traditional Pow Wow, from Friday Sept. 13 to Sunday, Sept. 15 at the grounds of St. Peter’s Catholic Church,  1405 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota. Here is a flyer with the details.

You are invited to come and learn about Dakota culture. Organizers also are looking for volunteer help.

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Upcoming Events: Standing with Mauna Kea; Kinship flag making; Dakota Sacred Site Tours; Fond du Lac firewood fundraiser

In this blog:

  • Local First Nations People Stand with Mauna Kea protest, Sunday
  • Kinship Flag Making, a free and fun family event, Monday
  • Upcoming Dakota Sacred Site Tours Aug. 18 and Sept. 29
  • Fond du Lac firewood fundraiser

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Events: Indian Mounds Park Listening Session; Conversation on Inyan Sa (the Sacred Red Rock); and more

In this blog:

  • Indian Mounds Listening Session tonight!
  • Dakota elders to lead conversation on Inyan Sa (the sacred Red Rock) Saturday, 10 a.,m.-3 p.m.
  • The Dakota Project, a reading of a play, Saturday, Aug. 3, noon
  • Owámni Falling Water Festival, Saturday, Aug. 3, 1-5 p.m.

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