Native American Book Fair; Online Oyate Network; and Other News, Events, and Interesting Stuff

Native American Book Fair

Word Carrier Trading Post, a Native American owned book business, will hold a book fair on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1:30 – 3 p.m., at Nawayee Center School, 2421 Bloomington Ave. S., Minneapolis. Word Carrier specializes in Native American Literature of the Northern Plains. Books range from pre-school level reading to college level reading.

Oyate Network Launched to Link Native Leaders

The Tiwahe Foundation has created the online Oyate Network to help Minnesota’s Native leaders share information and events, collaborate, and “work on projects together to advance our communities.” Click on the link above for more information.

Activists Arrested for Temporary Shut Down of Tar Sands Pipeline Allowed to Use ‘Necessary Defense’

MPR reports: “A Minnesota judge has taken the unusual step of allowing four protesters to use a “necessity defense,” enabling them to present evidence that the threat of climate change from Canadian tar sands crude is so imminent that they were justified in trying to shut down two Enbridge Energy oil pipelines last year.” Click here for the full story.

Minneapolis American Indian Center Offers Free Ojibwe and Dakota Language Tables

Want to learn the first languages spoken in this area? The Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave., offers free intro and intermediate classes in the Dakota and Ojibwe languages every week. Classes are free and open to the public. Times and dates here.

Anishinaabe Classes Looking for Donations for Regalia Class

Anishinaabe Academy, 3100 E. 28th Street in Minneapolis, is teaching classes on making regalia, the traditional native clothing worn for special occasions. They are looking for supplies, especially scissors. Here is the list of other requests: sewing machines, tape, sewing machine needles, bobbins, jingles, and yarn. Thanks in advance!!!

Leech Lake Band Reclaiming Leased Land for Homeless Members

MPR recently reported that for decades, the Leech Lake tribe has leased nearly 350 waterfront lots. Tribal leaders recently decided “to retake those properties as part of their plan to help ease the reservation’s gnawing homelessness problem.”

As leases come up for renewal, the properties revert to the tribe, the story said, and that has caused some friction. “This fall alone, 75 cabin owners will have to sell or move off the land.”

Full story here.


Events: Indian Land Tenure Foundation Presentation; Dakota Language and Scavenger Hunt

Indian Land Tenure Foundation’s Stainbrook to Speak Tuesday

When European colonists came to this land there some 50 million native people. Within less that three centuries their numbers were down to 5 million, and their total land was down from 2.3 billion acres to 56 million. How did this happen? Why don’t Americans know more of this history? What is being done to reverse the injustices of the past?

Come and listen to a presentation titled: “American Indians and their Lands” by Cris Stainbrook, President, Indian Land Tenure Foundation, Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 pm, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church’s Library, 2136 Carter Avenue, St. Paul. It is being hosted by “The Real American History Book Group” but you do not have to have read any books to attend this event.

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Mia: Dakhóta Language and Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunt participants will gather first to learn a few Dakhóta words. After that, they will tour the museum looking for works of art that incorporate the Dakhóta words they’ve just learned. Then the group will return to the original meeting spot to review their new words and discuss the artwork they’ve seen.

When: Saturday October 21
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public of ALL ages
Meeting Place: Meet at the Mia (Minneapolis Institute of Arts) Information Desk area, just across from the Gift Shop, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis

Even though there is no cost, please register ahead so we can plan accordingly. To register contact Tobie Miller: or 612-870-3286

Walz Chooses Flanagan as Lt. Governor Candidate; Dakota 38 Screening in St. Paul; Tar Sands Pipeline Stopped in Canada

News and Events:

DFL candidate for governor Tim Walz picks Peggy Flanagan, state representative from Twin Cities, as running mate. The Star Tribune reports:

The DFL congressman from Mankato [Walz] plans to introduce Flanagan to supporters Saturday at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, the first candidate for governor in 2018 from either party to select a running mate.

Flanagan, 38, is a two-term lawmaker from the western Twin Cities metro with deep roots in DFL activism. If Flanagan becomes lieutenant governor, she would be the state’s first American Indian elected to statewide office, and the highest ranking elected American Indian woman in U.S. history.

Dakota 38 Screening and Dialogue in St. Paul, Free and Open to the Public

On Thursday, October 12, the Center for Equity and Culture of St. Paul Public Schools is hosting a screening and panel discussion of the film, Dakota 38. There will be riders and other members of the Dakota community here to speak on historical trauma and efforts being made to heal – both personally and in community. Panelists include Lisa Bellanger, Vanessa Goodthunder, Winona Goodthunder, Reuben Kitto Stately and Ramona Kitto Stately.

Join us at from 5:30-8:30 this Thursday, October 12 at the CEC, Washington Technology Magnet, 1495 Rice St., St. Paul, MN 55117. The even is free and open to the public.  For more information visit our website at or call us at 651-744-2635.

TransCanada abandons Energy East, Eastern Mainline projects. The BBC reports that TransCanada has abandoned two major Canadian tar sands crude oil pipeline projects: Energy East Pipeline and Eastern Mainline projects. The story said that these project were an effort to “diversify its reliance on the United States for its energy exports.?

But a number of proposed projects have languished or been cancelled amid a commodity price slump, regulatory hurdles, and public opposition from environmentalist groups and others.

Comment: If the Canadians don’t want a tar sands crude oil pipeline in their backyard, why should Minnesota take the risk?

Free Film Screening: Documentary Explores the Ojibwe Story of the Seven Fires Prophecy

Augsburg Native American Film Screening: NAATE/SE [It shines a certain way. To a certain place/It flies. Falls./]. This experimental documentary by Zack and Adam Khalil explores the Ojibwe story of the Seven Fires Prophecy, which has been interpreted as predicting the arrival of the Europeans in North America and the subsequent destruction they caused. Bold, smart, and unflinching, the film examines the relationship between cultural tradition and modern indigenous identity. Free and open to the public.

When: Wednesday, November 8
Where: Augsburg University, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave. S.
Time: Reception 6:15-6:45 p.m. Screening begins at 7 p.m. Discussion with the filmmakers follows.


News and Events

Here is a list of upcoming events and news articles you might find of interest.

  • Monday, Oct. 9 Indigenous People’s Day events
  • Police Militarization Is a Threat to Tribal Sovereignty
  • Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers
  • Young Adults Are Fighting to Stop the Line 3 Pipeline in Minnesota
  • Town Seal of Pioneer Choking Indian Finally Changed

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Events: Reflections on Standing Rock and “Killers of the Harvest Moon”

Unitarian Social Justice Group to Hear about Work at Standing Rock at Oct. 5 Event

Rev. Karen Van Fossan and her Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Bismarck/Mandan worked to develop a close partnership with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock and other Native nations for the duration of the struggle to resist the Dakota Access Pipeline and work for Indigenous sovereignty. She will be the keynote speaker at the Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance (MUUSJA) annual fundraiser and celebration, Thursday, Oct. 5, 6-8:30 p.m. at First Universalist in Minneapolis, 3400 Dupont Ave. S. in Minneapolis.

It’s a fundraiser, but you invited whether or not you can contribute. All donations are appreciated. The evening is meant to bring together Unitarian Universalists and partners to build relationships, deepen connections, and celebrate everyone’s shared work for justice.

Rev. Karen will reflect on the relationship between healing work and decolonization as spiritual justice practices, the transformative power of deep partnerships across experiences and identities, and the inevitability of making powerful mistakes in the work for powerful change.

At the event, you’ll hear from MUUSJA’s new statewide organizer, Pastor Danny Givens, and enjoy some delicious food and drink from the Sioux Chef.

Click here to RSVP.

Discussions That Encounter Holds “Killers of the Flower Moon” Event About the Theft of Indigenous Lands in Oklahoma

The group Discussions That Encounter will host a conversation about the outrageous theft of Oklahoma oil lands in the 1920s through marriage, murder and the complicity of the white community.  The event is Thursday, September 28 at St. Olaf Church (215 South 8th Street, Minneapolis) in the Forliti  Gathering Room. Supper and social begins at 6:30 p.m. with program from 7-8:30 p.m. All are welcome, free of charge!

Ms. Liz Moore will provide a book review of Killers of the Flower Moon, a documentary of the Osage Nation murders and the birth of the FBI. The book has been described by New York Times author John Grisham as “A fascinating account of a tragic and forgotten chapter in the history of the American West.” Ms. Moore will lead us in discussion of the implications for our Native population and for all of us, and does not require that we have read the book. Please join us! (Here is a previous blog on the book.)

Free parking is available in the church lot, enter from South 8th Street or 3rd Avenue just past the church.


Upcoming Events: Sacred Places, Sacred Stories; Why Water Matters; A Film Premier; An Art Opening; and More

Sacred Places, Sacred Stories: A Reclamation Journey into Healing Justice: Saturday., October 7, starting at noon, to Monday, October 9, at 11:00 a.m.

Each day will be in a different sacred place of resistance and healing. Cost $10-$50. Sponsored by The Center for Sustainable Justice at Lyndale United Church of Christ

As we seek to be spiritually and religiously-rooted people doing the work of justice, it is important to name the realities of what oppression has sought to destroy: our very bodies, the land, our stories. But, too often, we only tell the stories of the death-dealing, the stealing, the destruction and we forget to name and claim the resistance, the healing, the reclamation.

Sacred Places, Sacred Stories: A Reclamation Journey into Healing Justice is an opportunity to both name the context of colonization– of bodies, land and stories– that White Supremacy has wrought and tell the stories of successful healing, resilience and resistance.

Sacred Places, Sacred Stories is planned collaboratively by Black, Native, white, queer, cisgender, straight, Christian, Jewish and traditional activists, artists and storytellers from Black Lives Matter Minneapolis; the Center for Sustainable Justice; Healing Minnesota Stories; the Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice and Social Transformation; and Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light. It promises to be an important opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds who wish to learn more powerfully how to be working in spiritually and religiously-rooted ways to bring about embodied justice.

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