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Oct. 9: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Metropolitan State University and the state of Minnesota annually designates the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, in place of the federally recognized Columbus Day, and further recognizes that Metropolitan State’s Dayton’s Bluff campus is situated on formerly Dakota land and adjacent to sacred burial mounds on the bluffs of the Mississippi River.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes the unique cultures and challenges of indigenous peoples worldwide. These challenges include human rights, developmental, educational, environmental, and medical/health issues faced by members of native cultures.

Read 11 nations and flags of Minnesota Native Americans

Attend a celebration and recognition of the significant contributions of Native Americans to the United States during Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Monday, Oct. 9. Events will take place outside the commons near the Great Hall, Saint Paul Campus. In case of weather interruptions, presentations will be moved to inside the Great Hall.

Planned events include:

10 am to 6 pm – Native American tipi demonstration and display;(this display will be weather dependent).

3 pm – Smudging and blessing by Ernie Whiteman, a spiritual elder and cultural teacher from the Arapaho Nation. He works at Dream of Wild Health in Hugo, Minn.

3:10 pm – Welcome by President Ginny Arthur

3:15 pm – Ernie Whiteman will give an overview about American Indian spirituality and the use of tobacco and other sacred medicines, along with his thoughts on the importance of Indigenous Peoples Day’s work with youth and food sovereignty.

4 pm – Intermission with a light meal

4:15 pm – Maria McCoy and Nelda Goodman – Healing Through Time: Aanikobijigan (the String of Lives).  Ancestral wisdom, knowledge and resiliency is encoded in our DNA and is passed down through the luminous string of lives. Our DNA memory wakes up and can change when we begin our healing journey

5:15 pm – Asiginok Women’s Drum Group

5:45 pm – Closing comments by Tom Cook, special assistant to the President.

The observance is sponsored by the university American Indian Advisory Committee, American Indian Student Services, Dean of Students and Equity and Inclusion Council. For more information, contact Mai Her, mai.her@metrostate.edu.

Oct. 10: Indigenous People’s Day

On Oct. 10, Metropolitan State University commemorates Indigenous Peoples’ Day to celebrate Native American culture and history. Similar actions have been taken by the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The University annually designates the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, in place of the federally recognized Columbus Day, and further recognizes that Metropolitan State’s Dayton’s Bluff campus is situated on Dakota land and adjacent to sacred burial mounds on the bluffs of the Mississippi River.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes the unique cultures and challenges of indigenous peoples worldwide. These challenges include human rights, developmental, educational, environmental, and medical/health issues faced by members of native cultures.

Read 11 nations and flags of Minnesota Native Americans

The observance is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Equal Employment & Diversity, University Admissions, University Advancement, and VOICES (“Voices of Indian Council for Educational Success,” a student organization at Metropolitan State that promotes educational success for American Indian students and raises awareness of American Indian issues among the non-Indian population).

Two events are planned:

10 a.m.—Native American artist Charles Stately will set up and display two tipis on the lawn outside of the Great Hall as an exhibit demonstrating Native American ties to the land.

4 to 6 p.m.—Hinhan Loud Hawk, a member of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, will speak about Native Americans’ culture and history, their connections to the earth, and the ongoing demonstration at Standing Rock Indian Reservation. This presentation will take place in the Great Hall.

The day is intended to serve as a reminder of the importance of relationship and cooperation between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. Although Columbus Day has been recognized as a public holiday, we choose to honor Indigenous People’s Day instead, and to call into question the observance of a holiday that fails to commemorate the contributions of native and other peoples. Metropolitan State University will also use this day to further enlighten and teach about indigenous culture, traditions, religion, arts, and history, as well as the contributions of indigenous individuals to society.

In a global context, Aug. 9, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, is a day for contemplating injustices done in the name of colonization or seizures of territory. Among these tragic events are the removal of native peoples from their lands, forced religious conversion, physical enslavement, or even episodes of genocide or near-genocide.

Approximately 90 Native American students attend Metropolitan State. For more information, contact Renee BeaulieuBanks, American Indian Student Services, at (651) 793-1560 or renee.beaulieubanks@metrostate.edu, or David Isham at 651-793-1509, david.isham@metrostate.edu.

 

Indigenous People’s Day at Metropolitan State

In place of Columbus Day, Metropolitan State celebrated Indigenous People’s Day Oct. 12  with an observance ceremony at the David Barton Community Labyrinth and Reflective Garden.

The ceremony included a talk by Dr. Darlene St. Clair, Dakota, about the historic Dakota presence in the Dayton’s Bluff/Mounds Park area and a pipe ceremony conducted by Nedla Kapishkowit Goodman, Menominee-Potawatomi spiritual leader.

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Dr. Darlene St. Clair, Dakota, talked about the historic Dakota presence in the Dayton’s Bluff/Mounds Park area.
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Nelda Kapishkowit Goodman, Menominee-Potawatomi spiritual leader, led the group in a pipe ceremony.