Events: From Line 3 Protests and an Indigenous Holiday Market to a Fundraiser for The Circle

Upcoming events:

Tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 7: Key EIS Vote: The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will vote on whether or not the Line 3 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is “adequate” or not. Line 3 is a proposed new tar sands crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota. Meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. at the PUC meeting space, Metro Square, 121 7th Place East, #350, St Paul.

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 9-10: All Nations Winter Market, (Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m) at All Nations Church, 1515 E 23rd St, Minneapolis. A great opportunity for holiday shopping. It will include art, food, and more. (See Dream of Wild Health’s Facebook page.)

Monday, Dec. 11: Stop Line 3 Rally against illegal pipeline yards, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at Black Bear Casino Resort Parking Lot – Carlton, MN. Sponsored by Stop Line 3, Northwoods350,  Makwa Initiative Line 3 Frontline Resistance, Twin Cities Indigenous Youth, Honor the Earth, and MN350.

Friday, Dec. 15: The Circle Fundraising Breakfast: 7:30-9 a.m. at All Nations Church, 1515 E 23rd St, Minneapolis. Come and support news reporting from a Native American perspective. Suggested donation $35. Featured speakers are Mark Anthony Rolo and Carter Meland. Rolo (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) is a journalist, filmmaker, and playwright, and has been a correspondent Indian Country Today. Meland, a White Earth descendant, teaches in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Sunday, Dec. 17: Camps A Rising Fundraiser, a fundraiser to support the three northern Minnesota camps opposed to Line 3. The fundraiser will run from 1-4 p.m. at the East Side Freedom Library. 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul. Co-sponsored by Camps A Rising, Honor the Earth, MN350 and the Sierra Club.

Thursday, Dec. 28: Join Healing Place Collaborative and its partners in learning about the Dakota Language Table and the Water Bar, 5-7 p.m. at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier, St. Paul. Čhokáta Nážiŋ (the Dakota Language Table) is a living and traveling gathering space for the Dakota language to be restrengthened through a deeper understanding of the interdependent relationships of the land, language and lifeways to the health and wellbeing of people that call Mnísota Makhóčhe (Minnesota) home. Mniówe is a place for getting water and is the indigenized rendition of the esteemed “Water Bar.” Learn about indigenous philosophies, relationships and practices relating to Mní (water) that have allowed Dakota people to thrive in this area for millennia. Sample water from a variety of sources in Mnísota; and engage in conversations about the ways in which we use and interact with water in our daily lives; often without thinking about where our water comes from.





Dakota Elders Calling on the Walker Art Center to Create an American Indian Advisory Council

“Scaffold” sculpture was removed from the Walker Sculpture Garden.

Dialogue continues between the Dakota Community and the Walker Art Center as a follow-up to the controversy over — and ultimate removal of — the sculpture Scaffold. In this next phase, Dakota elders are calling on the Walker to create an American Indian Advisory Council as a permanent part of its healing work.

The following was posted on the Minnesota Indian List Serve by Ronald P. Leith, the designated spokesperson for the Dakota Nation’s Elders Council. (Leith is a Red Lake Nation/Mdewakantowan Dakota Lineal Descendant.)

Walker Art Center, Dakota Elders & Indian Community Conference for Reconciliation

Date: November 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Place: Norway House, 913 East Franklin Ave., Mpls.

Since the dismantling of the Walker Art Center scaffold structure the Dakota Elders Council, along with the support of the Walker Art Center, has worked to remove and obliterate the wood that was used to construct the scaffold.  This process is now coming to a end.

The Dakota Elders are now taking this opportunity to lead  the process of reconstructing a damaged relationship between the Walker Art Center and the Dakota Community in particular and the Indian community in general.

The Elders Council has [said] several items they would like to present … reconciliation opportunities.  One of which is the establishment of an American Indian Advisory Council to serve as permanent component to the WAC organizational infrastructure.

At this meeting the Dakota Elders Council will be calling for nominations for this advisory council. Continue reading

Events: Indigenous Food Tasting, Film Screenings and Presentations


Events in this blog are:

  • Dream of Wild Health Hosting Indigenous Food Tasting Saturday at MAIC
  • Two Film Screenings of an Experimental Documentary on the Ojibwe Seven Fires Prophecy
  • Hopi Water Protector Vernon MasaYesva to Speak at Plymouth Congregational Monday, Nov. 312, at 7 p.m.
  • Seeing the Racial Water: A Workshop with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

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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.

For more info     

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.