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The Dakota Genocide Calendar of Events for April 2014

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   The Dakota Genocide  

Calendar of Events for April, 2014

Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month

Presented to the governor April 25, 2013

Signed by the Governor in Fall 2014

Beginning in 2013, the month of April is designated as Genocide Awareness and prevention Month in recognition of the state’s desire to combat all acts of genocide and all human rights atrocities.  Following the Holocaust, on December 9, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 260(III)A,  the United Nations Convention on the prevention and Punishment of the Crime af Genocide, declaring genocide to be a crime under international law, and defining genocide to include the commission of certain acts, including killing members of a group, causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of a group, deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about a group’s physical destruction in whole or in part, imposing measures intended to prevent births within a group, and forcibly transferring children from one  group to another group, with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group.  The state declares that in order to educate the public and help prevent future genocides, the governor may promote and encourage the observance of Genocide Awareness and prevention Month.

The indigenous peoples of the Americas suffered genocide at the hands of the colonizers.  Certainly, this was true for the indigenous Peoples of the United States, and, also, for the Dakota People of Minnesota who were victims of genocide perpetrated by the U.S. government and by the State of Minnesota.  The Dakota People experience and suffered from genocidal acts such as:  forced marches, concentration camps, bounties, mass hanging , forcible removals, in addition to their lands being stolen, their treaties broken, their Spirituality and ceremonies suppressed, their language prohibited and suppressed, and their children forcibly taken to residential boarding schools.  When the Dakota declared war in 1862 against the State of Minnesota and against the U.S. government and tried to drive the white people out of the Minnesota River Valley, the attitudes of white superiority, and racial hatred emerged full-blown.  Statements such as Governor Ramsey’s “extermination or removal”, Jane Swisshelm’s “exterminate the wild beasts”, General Pope’s desire to “exterminate the Dakota, and the calls for extermination by the newspapers of the day and by the Euro-American citizenry resulted in a genocidal mentality and a killing frenzy, especially in the punitive military expeditions by Sibley and Sully in what is now known as North and South Dakota. Genocide was so successfully perpetrated upon the Dakota of Minnesota that today only 2400 Dakota remain in their Minnesota homeland.  Of these, the number of fluent speakers of Dakota can be counted on the fingers of two hands,  their spiritual and cultural practices have been limited by U.S. government control of their sacred waters, lands, and burial grounds.  Cultural Genocide continues today for the Dakota of Minnesota.

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR  APRIL 2014

April 1, 2014  “Exterminate the Wild Beasts”:  The Genocide of the Dakota People of Minnesota” at Normandale Community College , Partner’s Building 0862 by Dr. Chris Mato Nunpa, 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

April 5, 2014 “Dealing with the Genocide Texts in the Christina Tradition” i. Questions: What are the genocide texts and how were they used for genocide in the U.S.? 2. What do we do about those texts? a panel discussion  at Cherokee Park United Church of Christ, 371 W Baker St, St Paul, 3:00pm-5:00pm

April  16, 2014  “Sica Tanka Kin,’The Great Evil”:  The Genocide of the Dakota People of Minnesota” at Minneapolis Community and Technical College , Library 6000, 6:00pm-8:00pm, by  Dr. Chris Mato Nunpa  

April 22,2014 “Kill the  Lazy Vermin: The Genocide of the Dakota People of Minnesota” ,  Dayton’s Bluff  Community Council 798 East 7th St. St. Paul, MN 7:00pm-9:00pm by Dr. Chris Mato Nunpa

A Discussion of the Rhetoric of Extermination which led and contributed to the Ensuing Acts of Extermination.  Names will be mentioned and the acts of Genocide will be described.

 

April 27, 2014  “Sica Tanka Kin,’The Great Evil”:  The Genocide of the Dakota People of Minnesota”  at Just Food Co-op Meeting Room, 516 Water Street South, Northfield, MN by Dr. Chris Mato Nunpa, Dakota Elder 1:30 pm -3:30 pm

April 29, 2014 Documentary film: “Doctrine of Discovery.” Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University, 7:00pm

As part of Minnesota’s inaugural Genocide Awareness Month, Healing Minnesota Stories, an initiative of the St. Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN), is hosting a showing of the documentary film: “Doctrine of Discovery.” A post-film discussion will be led by filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild, a member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community,with Steven Newcomb, founder of the Indigenous Law Institute  and Howard Vogel, professor emeritus at Hamline Law School. 

 

April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. Mendota will do a co-sponsorship with Sheldon Wolfchild on April 26, 2014.

If you would like to be part of this committee please call or email the MMDC office. 651-452-4141 Sharon

http://worldwithoutgenocide.org

Dear Jim and Sharon,

We at Healing Minnesota Stories (HMS) would like to invite the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community to consider co-sponsoring the planned April 29th showing of the documentary film “Doctrine of Discovery.” This would be one of a series of events held during Minnesota’s inaugural Genocide Awareness Month, and will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Hamline University’s Sundin Hall. Both World Without Genocide and The Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice at Hamline University are co-sponsoring the film along with HMS. Film producer Sheldon Wolfchild will attend and participate in a post-film discussion, along with Doctrine of Discovery scholars.

We define co-sponsorship as 1) helping to publicize the film and encouraging your constituency to attend and 2) allowing Healing Minnesota Stories to use your organization’s name in publicity as a co-sponsor. No financial contribution is being asked of Native organizations. We will have a few literature tables on which co-sponsors can place brochures or flyers that evening, starting at 6:30 p.m.

If you have questions, or to inform us that your organization will co-sponsor the event, please either respond to this email, or you can call Scott Russell at 612-203-6164. We hope you will join in this important effort.

Thank you very much for considering this invitation.

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For those of you who need it, here is more information about HMS, the film, and Genocide Awareness Month. Healing Minnesota Stories is an effort to create understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native people, particularly those in various faith communities. We are an initiative of the Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN), and grew out of SPIN’s work on religion and racism. Our members include both Native Americans and non-Native people.

Film producer Sheldon Wolfchild also is an actor and a member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community. The documentary focuses on the incredibly powerful and little discussed Doctrine of Christian Discovery, the religious justification early explorers used to claim lands from indigenous nations and peoples. Based on papal bulls (edicts), the Doctrine allowed explorers to claim dominion over lands that were not already occupied by Christians. It viewed and dehumanized Native Americans as savage and provided the pretext for killing them if they did not convert. The Doctrine is imbedded in U.S. law today through early Supreme Court decisions.

In light of what this documentary reveals about the devastating impact of the Doctrine of Discovery as an instrument of domination, we believe it raises profound questions for Christians and others today, and may stimulate the needed dialogue and actions toward healing.

Last year, at the urging of the group World Without Genocide, Minnesota passed a law declaring April “Genocide Awareness Month.” The documentary film will be part of a series of events that month remembering genocides and conflicts around the world, including the Holocaust, Cambodia, Armenia, Rwanda, Darfur and Bosnia.

You can learn more about us on our website, (http://spinterfaith.org/healing-minnesota-stories.html)

Thanks,

Jim Bear Jacobs and Tom Duke
Co-facilitators, HMS Steering Committee

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