Thanksgiving reads, and a fundraising request for Minneapolis Thanksgiving Pow Wow

In this blog:

  • Spoiler Alert! Thanksgiving Doesn’t Prove the Indians Welcomed the Pilgrims, by By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker
  • Thanksgiving Promotes Whitewashed History, So I Organized Truthsgiving Instead, by Christine Nobiss
  • The Minneapolis Thanksgiving Celebration Pow Wow, funding request

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News and Events: Ways of Knowing Water Seminar; ‘Tribal Justice’ film screening; Braves’ ‘Tomahawk Chop’ could get chopped, and more

In this blog:

  • Film screening of ‘Tribal Justice’ at downtown Central Library, Thursday, 7-9:30 p.m. (free)
  • Ways of Knowing Water, Weisman Art Museum, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7-9 p.m. (free)
  • Braves baseball team to discuss “Tomahawk Chop” with American Indians
  • California tribe reclaims island it calls center of the universe
  • Eleven states and 129 cities now recognize Indigenous Peoples Day; Trump, not so much

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What to consider when acknowledging you are on stolen indigenous lands

Indigenous panel on Land Acknowledgement Statements held at Metro State on Indigenous Peoples Day. From left to right: Mary Lyons, Rhiana Yazzie, Kate Beane, Rose Whipple, Cantemaza.

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.

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United Methodist Church returns Ohio church lands to the Wyandottes, and other news and events

In this blog:

  • United Methodist Church returns Ohio church lands to the Wyandotte Nation — 200 years after the federal government forced its relocation
  • Invitation to attend the “Change the Name” rally at U.S. Bank Stadium when the Washington Reds*ins play the Vikings Oct. 24
  • “Stories from our Native neighbors” event, Oct. 9, First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights
  • Minnesota Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in Fond du Lac Band member Jim Northrup’s treaty rights case
  • The Tohono O’odham Nation, the Pasqua Yaqui, and the Hopi Tribe are part of suit that blocks large copper mine in Arizona

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Minneapolis meet and greet for Mark Charles, the only Native American running for president

Mark Charles is the only indigenous person running for president and he will be in Minneapolis Sunday, Sept. 29 for a meet and greet at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Charles is Navajo and Dutch (or as he likes to say, the “wooden shoe people.”) The event will run from 5-7 p.m. A meal will be provided.

Charles is running as an Independent.

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Events: A film honoring Warrior Women, an art exhibit honoring George Morrison, Stop Line 3 events and more!

Upcoming Events:

  • Minnesota Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments on case to protect wild rice from mining pollution, Tuesday, Sept. 10
  • Opening reception for “Changing Horizons,” an art exhibit honoring Geroge Morrison, Sept. 12
  • Protecting our Sacred Water: A Gathering at the Headwaters, Sept. 21-22
  • Gichi-gami Gathering to Stop Line 3 in Duluth Sept. 28
  • Augburg Native Film Screening: Warrior Women, Saturday, Oct. 5
  • Panel discussion on Indigenous Land Acknowledgement, Oct. 14
  • Registration now open for the 2019 Overcoming Racism Conference, Nov. 15-16

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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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