The Lower Phalen Creek Project (LPCP) invites you to an exciting morning of plant medicine teachings from the Očeti šakowiŋ! The webinar is offered in recognition that lots of community members are in need of support for health and well-being. LPCP asked a couple of its favorite knowledge keepers to share their wisdom about the power and medicine of our plant relatives!
The webinar will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9. It will go until noon. Join the Zoom Meeting here. Meeting ID: 878 1079 9378
The knowledge keepers who will be speaking are:
Nicky Buck, Anpetu Wiohiyanpata win, Prairie Island Bdewakantuwan Dakota
Linda Black Elk, Catawba, is an ethnobotanist and the Director of Food Sovereignty Programs at United Tribes Technical College
Healing Minnesota Stories, a ministry of the Minnesota Council of Churches, is excited to announce an evening of celebration and support which will be held Saturday, April 18 from 5- 8 p.m. at First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408.
The evening will include a buffet dinner by Native Food Perspectives, drum and dance, testimonies and updates, and a presentation by Elona Street Stewart on “Confronting White Supremacy Through the Transformative Power of Stories.” Elona is a member of the Delaware Nanticoke and the first Native person to serve as a Synod Executive in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (Click here to read Elona’s charge to the Minnesota Council of Churches to “Acclaim the rights of Indigenous Peoples.”)
Tickets are $30/person, plus an invitation to donate to the work of HMS. You may register through the HMS Eventbrite Page. You can provide additional support by sharing the event’s Facebook Page.
Through sacred sites tours and transformative storytelling, Healing Minnesota Stories has been changing lives and expanding consciousness around Indigenous rights and issues of our time. Join us as we look back with gratitude, celebrate that transformation, and courageously face the future. Your presence and support are a critical piece of our mission to “create understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native people in Minnesota, including reparations, with a particular focus on communities of faith.”
Kate Beane, Director of Native American Initiatives for the Minnesota Historical Society, recalled sitting in her apartment a year ago, wishing she owned her own home with her husband and two little girls.
“I was so frustrated,” said Beane (Flandreau Santee Dakota and Creek). “I wanted a big garden and a dog. … I worked so hard for a doctorate. I wanted a home. We couldn’t have that.”
She recalled getting an email one day that summer from a man who owned a new condo development in Bloomington. He wanted Beane to come and give a land acknowledgement to welcome all the new condo owners.
It was a deeply hurtful email.
Land acknowledgement statements honor the land’s original indigenous inhabitants. Such statements are common practice in Australia and Canada, and have made their way to the United States. If done well, they can serve an important educational purpose. They also can do harm. In Beane’s case, she was being asked to welcome new homeowners on her family’s ancestral lands, lands where she couldn’t afford to own a home herself.
This past Indigenous Peoples Day, Beane and other Native American leaders participated in a panel discussion on the value of Land Acknowledgement Statements and what makes a good one. Continue reading →