Recently, both the Duluth City Council and the Duluth Indigenous Commission passed resolutions of support for the Standing Rock Tribe's opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. This event is a gathering to celebrate the passing of these resolutions by showing support for the Council and the Commission, and to discuss further actions we can take to stand with Standing Rock, protect tribal rights, and create a future with clean water and a stable climate.
There has been an immense amount of pushback against the Indigenous Commission and especially the Duluth City Council for passing these resolutions. It is crucial that we stand behind our representatives as they take bold action to protect the water.
Ojibwe Spiritual Advisor Rick Defoe will open the event in prayer and the Spirit Mountain Singers will offer songs.
We will have lineup of speakers including:
Stephan Witherspoon, President of the Duluth NAACP,
Lish LaBarge, a Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation member and FDL descendant who was arrested on October 22, 2016 at Standing Rock where she was praying on 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty land as she helped an elder who was on crutches. She was singing a Water Song in Ojibwe at the moment she was arrested.
John Doberstein, Duluth for Clean Water
Babette Sandman, President of the Duluth Indigenous Commission
Sharla Gardner, former City Councilor and member of Duluth Democratic Socialists of America
Sheila Lamb - Water Protector, frequent aid and visitor to Sicangu Oyate Camp at Standing Rock, Director All Nations Indigenous Center
Steven Antoine - Water Protector, Rosebud Member- was frequently apart of Prayer groups and helping on the frontlines at Standing Rock near the DAPL site
After our speakers have concluded, all are encouraged to come up to the 3rd floor to attend the Duluth Indigenous Commission meeting for free refreshments and a chance to say Miigwech to the Commission. If possible, please consider staying until 7pm to attend the City Council meeting, where the public can sign up to speak before the council, offer statements of support for passing the resolution, and share ideas about how we can work together to protect our human rights and our sacred waters. The Indigenous Commission's meeting room will be available during that time for people to relax or care for children, etc.
Supporting and Endorsing Groups include:
Northwoods 350, Honor the Earth, Idle No More Northwoods Wolf Alliance, The NAACP, Twin Ports Industrial Workers of the World, Duluth for Clean Water, All Nations Indigenous Center, MN 350 and more.
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