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Pioneer Press: Lorentz, Santos: Minnesota’s Standing Rock moment?

Just last year, the world watched a standoff between tribal nations and the oil industry in North Dakota. Will Minnesota follow in North Dakota’s footsteps?

Can Minnesota prevent another Standing Rock standoff? Perhaps, but it must act quickly.

Most are familiar with last year’s controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock reservation. Fewer know of the Enbridge corporation’s Line 3 reroute and expansion through northern Minnesota, highlighted by Winona LaDuke’s recent column in the Star Tribune. Line 3 will carry tar sands from Canada through Minnesota to Wisconsin. Along the way, it will traverse Ojibwe treaty territory, potentially intruding on ancient wild rice beds, village sites, graves and other sacred places. Line 3 dangerously resembles Dakota Access.

Read more at TwinCities.com

May 11-13: Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center grand opening

Dayton’s Bluff Community Council is promoting the grand opening of the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center. This is a three day event starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 11 with blessings from the community elders. The cultural center is the idea of Co-Executive Directors Mary Anne Quiroz and Sergio Quiroz.

According to their website, Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center is

“a collective of artists and organizations dedicated to building, supporting and cultivating opportunities for indigenous peoples and communities of color through cultural arts and activism.”

It grew as an extension of their dance and community circle called Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, which means Warriors of the First Cactus Flower in the Nahuatl language; and which both Mary Anne and Sergio Quiroz are teachers of.

Aiyana Sol Machado, the founder of Bomba Karaya Guey, a Puerto Rican dance group, stated that this cultural center is the first of its kind in Saint Paul. Machado feels that this cultural center is a space to incubate and co-create with other groups like Afoutayi Dance, Music & Arts Company – a company that promotes Haitian dance and folklore – Sicangu Rosebud Reservation – a Native American tribe from South Dakota, among others.

The grand opening of the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center is a three day event starting on Thursday, May 11 with details as follows:

    • Thursday, May 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. — An evening of sharing and listening with community elders; stories, poems, and words of wisdom.
    • Friday, May 12, 6 to 8 p.m. — Prospección exhibit opening Mexican artist Emmanuel Sierra
    • Saturday, May 13, noon to  4 p.m. – Cultural Youth Community performances
      – 1 to 6 p.m. – East Side Get Down – Breakdance Battle
      – 6 to midnight – Local and national artists, DJ Dance Music & Jam with Alma Andina


  • More information about the event and the group can be found here.

11 nations and flags of Minnesota Native Americans

In the state of Minnesota there are 11 sovereign American Indian nations comprised of seven Ojibwe (Chippewa, Anishinaabe) federally recognized reservations, and four Sioux (Dakota) communities. A reservation is land which was retained by American Indians after having ceded large portions of it to the United States government via treaty agreements. Most reservations were created by treaties, but some were created through executive order or by other agreements.

Each Ojibwe reservation was initially established via treaty, and six of the seven reservations were subjected to the Dawes Act of 1887 (also known as the General Allotment act), meaning that the land was subjected to private ownership. The Red Lake reservation maintained its status as closed, which means that all of the land there still legally belongs to all of the tribal members collectively.

The four Sioux communities were originally all one reservation recognized by treaty which spanned 10-miles on each side of the Minnesota River. However, after the US-Dakota Conflict of 1862 Congress rescinded all treaties made with the Sioux, and subsequently people were forced from their homes. The communities as they exist now are small fragments of the original reservation, and were restored to the Sioux in 1886.

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