Support: Rebuilding MIGIZI, Native Lives Matter Youth Alliance, and more

In this blog:

  • Help MIGIZI rebuild after fire
  • Native Lives Matter Youth Alliance holding march Saturday against police brutality
  • Support clean drinking water for Fond du Lac (a must read)
  • Lower Phalen Creek Project asks for help to get Wakan Tipi Center into special session bonding bill

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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

Echo Hawk: ‘Invisibility is the modern form of racism against Native Americans’

We Are Still Here MN Conference in St. Paul

Ask the general public about Native Americans, and many aren’t sure they even still exist, said Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee), founder and CEO of IllumiNative. This information void is filled with myths and toxic stereotypes.

“Invisibility is the modern form of racism against Native Americans,” Echo Hawk told those attending today’s “We Are Still Here MN” Conference in St. Paul. “When someone doesn’t exist for you, how can you empathize?” Continue reading

Protecting our Sacred Water: A Gathering at the Headwaters, and other events

Photo: Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.

You are invited to “Protecting our Sacred Water: A Gathering at the Headwaters” at Lake Itasca State Park, on the weekend of September 21-22.

As part of a global week of climate action, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light and Honor the Earth will once again bring an interfaith voice to the environmental justice movement. Join us for our second year at the Headwaters of the Mississippi River for a community gathering and prayer circle to honor the sacredness of water. We’ll learn about Treaty Rights, pipeline routes, language and culture, and more. The weekend will culminate with a prayer circle at the Mississippi Headwaters in which leaders from every major faith tradition will affirm the sacred nature of water and our moral commitment to protecting life, and saying no Line 3.

Details on the Facebook Event Page. RSVP here. More events follow.

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Dakota History Walk Friday; Sacred Sites Tours Begin June 1; and Other Upcoming Events

Upcoming events, details below:

  • Dakota History Walk, Friday, May 10
  • Indigenous Women’s March, May 11
  • East Side Study Collective: Discussion on Settler Colonialism and Decoloniality, Wednesday, May 15
  • Environmental Ancestry Storytelling, Thursday, May 16
  • Indigenous-Led Native Plants Walk, Friday, May 17
  • Dakota Sacred Sites Tour, Saturday, June 1
  • Bde Maka Ska Public Art Dedication, Saturday, June 8

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News and Events: Wakan Tipi Day at the Capitol; “Beyond Historical Trauma” Training; Tiwahe Foundation Names New CEO

The Minnesota State Legislature will go back into session on Tuesday, Feb. 20, and here’s an action item to put on your calendar.

The Lower Phalen Creek Project is organizing a Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 14, to rally support for $3M in state bonding funds to design and build the Wakan Tipi Center. It will be an environmental and cultural interpretive center at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. It is named for the Dakota spiritual site, Wakan Tipi Cave at the Sanctuary.

Bond funding in 2018 will be the decisive step towards making the Wakan Tipi Center a reality! Organizers are trying to get 250+ people to attend. The day starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Minnesota History Center with a celebration and training, followed by visits with your legislators starting at 9 a.m.. The event concludes at 1 p.m.. Organizers will provide training, so that even if this is your very first time talking to your elected officials, you will be prepared. You will also be accompanied by other supporters.

For more background information click here.

To register to attend, click here and select “Wakan Tipi Day Advocate.” Continue reading

Center Planned to Honor Dakota People’s Sacred Site and Heritage: Take a Survey to Help Shape the Idea

Historic stereoscope of Wakan Tipi (Carver’s Cave). Wikimedia Foundation

A nonprofit group wants to build an interpretive and visitors center to honor the Dakota sacred site “Wakan Tipi” (House of the Spirits, also known as Carver’s Cave) in St. Paul.

The idea comes from the Lower Phalen Creek Project, a group whose mission is to strengthen St. Paul’s East Side and Lowertown communities by developing local “parks, trails, ecological and cultural resources, and by rebuilding connections to the Mississippi River.” It was the lead agency in reclaiming a once contaminated rail yard and transforming it into the 27-acre Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, a site which includes Wakan Tipi.

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