Hamline University Anderson Center, Room 111, 774 Snelling Avenue, Saint Paul
This conference featuring Chris Mato Nunpa, PhD is a direct response to the resolutions passed earlier this year by the City Councils of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Nunpa has been a major force in promoting the need for remembrance, honoring and truth-telling. The conference will also include a panel on the Treaty of 1805; an Elders Panel; and an Upstanders Panel discussing how non-indigenous and non-Dakota allies and supporters can help.
This Conference is yet another opportunity to be part of 2013 The Year of the Dakota: Remembeiring, Honoring and Truth Telling.
Social Justice in the Aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
Tuesday, April 2, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Anderson Center Room 112 Hamline University
Waziyatawin (University of Victoria), a leading Dakota writer, educator and activist from the Pezihutazizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Village) in southwestern Minnesota
The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 is a significant event in the history and development of the state of Minnesota and in the long and complex history of the Dakota people and the United States. The Dakota War of 1862 still leaves deep consequences today. Hundreds of people died on both sides of the conflict which eventually led to the largest mass execution in U.S. history when 38 Dakota were hanged in Mankato, MN. By commemorating this event, the Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity and Initiatives, hopes to inspire students and the university community to become more aware of historical and contemporary social justice issues and to take action to address injustice wherever it is found.
Commemorative events, as well as conceptions of justice, continue to be shaped by competing and contested narratives regarding the innocence of both Dakota people and White settlers, and the righteousness of Dakota warfare in the context of the 1862 war. This presentation will explore the complexities of these issues in the Minnesota colonial context and address their implications for achieving social justice today.
Recommended by the Native American Awareness Task Group of the Justice Commission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates.
Curt Brown’s articles in the Star Tribune and events commemorating the anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 have led me to reflect on that horrific time in Minnesota history, as well as the current challenges facing Indian Country. In light of the fact that the Dakota people (and other Native peoples), have not received apologies or reparations for the severe injustices inflicted over the years, how do we move forward? Is that even possible without genuine apology? What is our responsibility, as a state and country, 150 years after this tragedy? When I read the news, I see articles like this one from NPR, this piece on violence in Indian Country, or this Op-Ed by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times. How do we reconcile and honor the past, while working for justice for Native people today?
While I have been thinking about the serious issues facing these communities, it is encouraging to remember local organizations that partner with our Working and Task Groups. The Anti-Human Trafficking Working Group has partnered in the past with the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, while the Native American Awareness Task Group has joined with the Tiwahe Foundation on projects. Organizations such as these two, known first hand to the CSJ Community, make it possible to remain hopeful, despite all the challenges.
-Mary Pederson, Program Assistant, CSJ Justice Office