On Sunday, January 27th from 7 to 8pm, Chris Spotted Eagle will be joined by Dr. Chris Mato Nunpa and James Jim K. Anderson for a discussion on Dakota People, Minnesota History and The Sesquicentennial: 150 Years of Lies.
Also, guest perspectives about the following and related issues:
• Decolonization perspective: tribal councils are foreign structures having been imposed upon Native Indigenous peoples by the U.S. government (Indian Reorganization Act - 1934), thereby suppressing and supplanting traditional forms of Indigenous governance.
• Fishing on one of the lakes in the ceded area of the 1805 Treaty.
• Ft. Snelling, a concentration camp where Dakota people were killed in the winter of 1862-63. Two Dakota leaders, Wakan Ozanzan and Sakpeda, were hanged there.
• Minneapolis Star Tribune not publishing op-ed pieces submitted by Dakota writers who present a Dakota perspective.
• Public rally on the steps of the State Capitol, spring 2008.
• Putting Ramsey and Sibley on trial for Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity.
• Sesquicentennial grant to the Mendota Dakota Community, yet, the Commission has denied funding for other Dakota projects because they were considered too controversial.
• The DNR and both the Mendota Community and the Pipestone [tribal] Communities not federally recognized, yet, they as Dakota People had relatives killed in 1862 either in warfare, forced marches, mass execution at Mankato, at the concentration camps at Mankato and Ft. Snelling, ethnic cleansing, and the forced removal of the Dakota People from their traditional homelands.
• Treaty of 1805, the first treaty with the U.S. vs. Dakota land (Minnesota).
Dr. Chris Mato Nunpa (Dakota), Associate Professor, Southwest Minnesota State University
James Jim K. Anderson (Dakota), Cultural Liaison, Mdewakantunwan Dakota Community, Minnesota