This Day in History (Feb. 21, 1863): Congress Expels Winnebago from Minnesota, hundreds die during forced relocation

Map from Cole Sutton’s blog. Used by permission.

This day in history, Feb. 21, 1863, Congress passed a law — pushed by members of Minnesota’s delegation — to expel the Winnebago people from the state. The Act was fueled by fear, prejudice, and greed; it resulted in land theft and the deaths of more than 550 Winnebago people. Continue reading

Canada’s Wet’suwet’en First Nations People oppose pipeline construction across their lands; police are arresting them

Canada’s Wet’suwet’en First Nations People oppose construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline across their landswithout their free, prior and informed consent. Their lands are on unceded territory in British Columbia — land not covered by a treaty. The Canadian government doesn’t recognize the rights of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have intervened and arrested land protectors who have opposed the pipeline. It has sparked protests across Canada.

Update: An article in The Tyee, Emotions High as RCMP Arrest Seven at Last Wet’suwet’en Post, says:

The RCMP made seven arrests at the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre today in an attempt to evict the last Wet’suwet’en post resisting a gas pipeline through the nation’s traditional territories.

Police, including tactical squad officers armed with rifles and handlers with dogs, arrived earlier this morning in a convoy of more than 30 vehicles as a helicopter circled overhead. Continue reading

Uprooted: The 1950s plan to eliminate Indian Country, and other weekend reads

In this blog:

  • Uprooted: The 1950s plan to eliminate Indian Country (a must read!)
  • Navajo nation in conflict with Navajo-owned coal company
  • University of Arizona faces heat for President’s ignorant comments about Native heritage
  • Good news for climate on the divestment front

Apologies to those of you who received a rough draft of this blog. I hit “Publish” by mistake. Here is a cleaner version.

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Events: Film Screening ‘The Indian System;’ Decolonization of water issues from an Anishinaabe perspective’ and Native response to Christian Supremacy

In this blog:

  • Screening of documentary “The Indian System” Sunday 1-3 p.m.
  • Decolonization of Water Issues from an Anishinaabe Perspective, Wednesday, Nov. 13, noon – 1:30 pm.
  • Who Tells the Story? A Native response to Christian Supremacy, Thursday, Nov. 21, 9-10:30 a.m.

Details follow.

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Apology to the Minnesota Department of Commerce

A blog posted on Oct. 8 “Minnesota’s failed oversight of the Line 3 Human Trafficking Prevention Plan (continued)” incorrectly stated that the Minnesota Department of Commerce had not responded to a request for information. It had. I didn’t see it its email response because of a problem with my email program or antivirus software.

The original blog has been taken down.

The blog will be updated with Commerce’s response and reposted.

Kate Beane TED Talk: The lasting legacy of place names

Public historian Kate Beane, her twin sister Carly Bad Heart Bull, and their father Syd Beane played a central role in restoring the name Bde Maka Ska (White Earth Lake) to Lake Calhoun. They and others who supported this work spent years to restore the name, and they met resistance from some sectors of the community. They persevered and eventually succeeded.

Kate Beane gave a TED Talk in Minneapolis in May titled: The Lasting Legacy of Place Names, in which she describes why this work was so important to her, her family and future generations.

Here’s more background from a 2018 City Pages article: Kate Beane and Carly Bad Heart Bull: The Storytellers.