Book Readings: “Native Tributes” and “The White Supremacist Roots of the Second Amendment”

Here are two upcoming book readings, both free events.

Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7p.m. at the Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st Street, Minneapolis: Birchbark Books welcomes Gerald Vizenor for a reading from his new historical novel “Native Tributes.” In this sequel to Blue Ravens, Vizenor maintains his masterly perception of oral stories, creating a dynamic literary tribute to Native American veterans and visionary artists in the Great Depression. Book signing at Birchbark Books to follow the reading. More info at birchbarkbooks.com.

Thursday, Sept. 27, at First Unitarian Society, 900 Mount Curve Ave, Minneapolis, Reception at 5:30pm. Lecture at 7p.m. Scholar, human rights activist, and author Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will speak about “The White Supremacist Roots of the Second Amendment” in support of her new book “Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment.” Dunbar-Ortiz also is the author of “An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States.

The reception includes a light supper catered by the Sioux Chef and a chance to meet Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz starting at 5:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events: Thanksgiving from a Native Perspective; Book Reading “All the Real Indians Died Off” and Other Myths; Kevin Locke in Town

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in St. Paul is planning a special Thanksgiving Eve Service that will celebrate the holiday from a Native American perspective. It will be Wednesday, November 23, starting at 7 p.m. at the church, 285 Dale Street North.

Joann Conroy (Oglala), a church member and ordained Lutheran pastor, is helping organize the event. Joann also is president of the ELCA Native American/American Indian Lutheran Association.

The details are still being worked out. Initial plans call for lifting up the ELCA’s recent vote to Repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th Century justification given to Christian explorers to seize lands from indigenous peoples and convert or enslave them. (More details in this blog.)

Redeemer’s choir will sing, but organizers are looking for others to participate, whether song or drums or speaking on The Doctrine of Discovery. Fellowship and food will follow the service, likely both fry bread and pie. They also may take a donation for the Water Protectors Camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota – for winter tents and camping gear.

More details will be printed here when we know them. Interested in participating? Contact Joann at joan.conroy@gmail.com Continue reading