News Wrap: Updates on local, national police reform proposals; why this all started in Minneapolis, and more

In this blog:

  • Communities United Against Police Brutality issue report on ending police violence
  • Nationwide tracking of public officials, governments, in support for divesting from police to invest in community needs
  • CityLab: Why Minneapolis was the city that triggered a national uprising
  • NYT essay: Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true.
  • Friends offering online screening of “Suppressed: The Right to Vote” in honor of Juneteenth

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Pezuta Wóiyaksape: Plant Medicine Teachings webinar Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m.

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
  • Waycee His Holy Horse, Sicangu Lakota Nation
  • HolyElk Lafferty is a MniCoujou/Oglala Lakota

News and Events: Land O’ Lakes removes Indian mascot from butter logo; Tribes petition MPCA for more thorough Line 3 review, and more

In this blog:

  • Land O’ Lakes removes Indian mascot from butter logo
  • Tribes, environmental groups, petition MPCA for more thorough Line 3 review
  • HTE: Enbridge employees deemed ‘essential workers,’ start pre-construction work, risk spreading COVID-19
  • On-line film screening and discussion: Color Lines: Diversity in Itasca
  • Facebook Series: Building Communities of Care During COVID-19, led by Indigenous Environmental Network and Indigenous Climate Action

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Upcoming Events: Urban Indian Advocacy Day at the Capitol, film screenings, MMIW fundraiser and more

In this blog:

  • “We Are Still Here” Advocacy Day, Thursday, March 12, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Film screening and Q&A on The Condor and the Eagle, Thursday, March 19, 7-10 p.m., Riverview Theater
  • INDIgenesis: Gen 3, Opening Night, Thursday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., Walker Art Center (free)
  • No More Stolen Relatives: A Fundraiser for Gitchigumi Scouts, a frontline search group for MMIWR, Friday, March 20, 6-9 p.m. at Walker Church
  • Augsburg Native American Film Series: Protecting Indigenous and Sacred Land through Media: Bears Ears and Other Current Struggles, April 1, 6:15 – 9 p.m. (free)

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Healing Minnesota Stories’ Evening of Celebration and Support set for Saturday, April 18

Jim Bear at the Governor’s Reception Room speaking against Enbridge Line 3 as part of an Interfaith gathering.

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.”)

Copy and share the flyer!

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.”

We hope to see you April 18!



News and Events: We Are Still Here Conference March 11, Maine becomes first state to ban Native American mascots, and more

News and events in this blog:

  • We own this now: A play about love of land, loss of land, and what it means to “own” something. Feb. 28
  • We Are Still Here Conference, March 11, and the We Are Still Here Advocacy Day, March 12
  • Maine becomes first state to ban Native American mascots
  • Canada attempting to change citizenship oath to include respect for Indigenous treaties

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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.

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