Events: Mendota Pow Wow; Mississippi Headwaters Line 3 Vigil; Iowa Climate March Against DAPL; and More!

Here are several upcoming events to consider for your calendar:

  • First Nation Farmer Climate Unity March against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa, Sept. 1-8
  • Mendota Mdewakanton Tradition Pow Wow, Sept. 7-9 in Mendota
  • Book Event: The Relentless Business of Treaties: How Indigenous Land Became U.S. Property, Sept. 13 at the Minnesota State Capitol
  • Water Protector Weekend and Mississippi Headwaters Vigil, Sept. 22-24

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Climate Change Threatens Wild Rice and Other News and Events

Forwarding a couple of recent stories and upcoming events:

  • Climate change threatens wild rice
  • Man shot by St. Paul police identified as White Earth member, vigil held
  • Decade of Water Summit Wednesday-Thursday
  • Third Annual National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival, Wednesday to Sunday

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Events: Owámni Falling Water Festival; Water is Life Water Protector Fundraiser; Māori ​Contributions to Global Indigenous Health

Here are three upcoming events: The Owámni Falling Water Festival (July 28), sponsored by Healing Place Collaborative; the Water is Life Festival (July 22), an Honor the Earth Fundraiser in Duluth featuring the Indigo Girls; and a presentation on the Māori Environmental Science and ​Contributions to Global Indigenous Health (July 16), sponsored by the University of Minnesota.

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Community Singing of Indian Melodies at All Nations Church July 28

The Brotherton Indian Nation from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and the Twin Cities Shape Note Community will host a “Community Singing of Indian Melodies” at All Nations Church, 1515 E. 23rd St, Minneapolis, on Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Here is a seven-minute video of the singing.) Continue reading

Second Annual Mni Ki Wakan Decade of Water Summit August 8-9

Autumn Peltier, Anishinaabe (Screen capture from CBC News You Tube video.)

The Second Annual Mni Ki Wakan World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water Summit, an indigenous-led event, will be held at Neighborhood House, 179 Robie St. E., St Paul, on Wednesday and Thursday, August 8-9.

Autumn Peltier, a 13-year-old Anishinaabe teen from Wimwemikong First Nation will give the keynote address. On March 22, Peltier addressed the United Nations during its Action Water Decade: 2018-2028, calling on members to “Warrior Up.” (CBC story here.) Peltier is calling for the recognition of water’s personhood and for a future of healthy and clean water. (Here is a five-minute video of her speech.)

Comment: Anyone who does a double take at the mention of giving water “personhood” should consider that we give corporations “personhood” and water is more important to our survival than corporations.

On Day Two of the Summit, Julia Faye Muñoz of Guam will give a Pacific Islander perspective on the access, availability, and sustainability of water. The Summit also will include a workshop on digital storytelling, where people can record their stories of water.

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Dunbar-Ortiz to Speak on the White Supremacist Roots of the Second Amendment

Save the Date! Dr. Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, author of “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States,” will be in town Sept. 27 to talk on her new book: “Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment.” The event will start at 7 p.m. at First Unitarian Society, 900 Mount Curve Ave., Minneapolis. (Flyer for Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz lecture.)

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