INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY Grand Rapids Events


ESSAY CONTEST ABOUT SANDY LAKE TRAGEDY OF 1850 – grades 6 through Adults
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 20
Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850 Essay Contest is open for Grand Rapids students and residents (3 age groups: grades 6 -9, grades 10-12, ages 18 and over), must address the question “How does knowing about the Big Sandy Lake Tragedy impact my life today?” , and must utilize the What Treaties Matter Educator Guide [http://treatiesmatter.org/exhibit/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Treaty-Economy.pdf]

THROUGHOUT OCTOBER @ MACROSTIE
ART EXHIBIT BY OJIBWA ARTIST GORDON COONS

October – MacRostie Art Center – Features Gordon Coons, who paints in an Ojibwa woodland art style combining Ojibwa petroglyphs and images and stories from birch bark scrolls. Coons is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe of northern Wisconsin.

OCT 6, FRIDAY 4-7 PM @ YMCA
WHY TREATIES MATTER EXHIBITION WITH CIRCLES OF HEALING

Friday, Oct. 6, 4 – 7 p.m. – The inaugural First Friday Art Walk at the YMCA features the award winning Why Treaties Matter Exhibition. Circle of Healing members will be on-hand to answer questions. Refreshments provided by the YMCA.

OCT. 9, MONDAY 7 pm @ GR LIBRARY
OFFICIAL PRONOUNCEMENT & ORIGINAL RESEARCH

“Everyone is invited to the City’s official celebration on Monday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Area Library,” said Melissa Weidendorf, chair of the Grand Rapids Human Rights Commission. “In addition to a reading of the resolution by Mayor Adams, Commissioner Karen Noyce will present her original research about the Grand Rapids area, including Pokegama Lake.”. Refreshments provided by Friends of the Library.
Program:
• Welcome – Human Rights Commission Chair Melissa Weidendorf
• Reading of resolution – Mayor Dale Adams
• Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850 Essay Contest – Commissioner Jess Hartshorn
• “Pokegama, Gichiziibi, and Namegosi: retrieving a neglected history of place” presentation by Commissioner Karen Noyce. In reconstructing a map of the local landscape as it was in the mid-to-late 1800s, and tying historic events to the context of place, Karen stitches together some of these neglected historic threads.

OCT. 10, TUESDAY 6:30 – 7:30 pm @ YMCA
PRESENTATION BY MN INDIAN AFFAIRS COUNCIL

“Tribes, Connections and Treaties” Presentation with Jim L. Jones Jr., Cultural Resource Director for the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. Jim’s talk explores how treaties affect land and lifeways and will include the traditional cultural properties in our area.

OCT. 11, WEDNESDAY 4 – 7 p.m. @ Timberlake Lodge
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT

Stop by the Circle of Healing booth to learn about the 1855 treaty that made way for the City of Grand Rapids to exist – and why this supreme law of the land is everyone’s treaty today.

OCT. 13, FRIDAY 5:30 – 8 pm @ CENTRAL SQUARE MALL
REEL INJUN: ON THE TRAIL OF THE HOLLYWOOD INDIAN

Screening of the award-winning film, Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian. Cree Filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema. Reel Injun looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding — and misunderstanding — of Natives. Pizza and refreshments served.

OCT. 20, Friday: Essay Contest Deadline
Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850 Essay Contest submissions due. Email to ipdessaycontest@gmail.com or mailed/delivered to Grand Rapids City Hall C/O Michele Palkki, 420 North Pokegama Ave., Grand Rapids, MN, 55744

Nov. 13, Monday 5 p.m. @ Grand Rapids City Hall – Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850 Essay Contest winners announced at the City Council Meeting.

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