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Greater Rochester Area Dakota Supporters & Celebrate Dakota! welcome you to these Events


Sunday: May 11, 2014 ~ 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Formal presentation IKCE WICASA (Dakota word for the Common People)
Rochester Public Library
101 2nd St SE

Magazines from GRADS, CD! MERG members & Rochester Public Library for educational purposes to the City of Rochester and community.  Florestine from Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota will join us at RPL from 2:30 - 4:30pm for the program.  Sharing her story about why and how she started her magazine (established in 1995), her journeys to get stories from members of the exiled MN Dakota community (MN, SD, ND, NE, MT and Canada).  She will answers questions after presentation.

Monday: May 12, 2014 ~ 12:00 noon
"Resiliency of Dakota Women" from the book Shaping Survival, Essays by four American Indian Tribal Women

Mayo Clinic lecture with Florestine Renville
Gonda 5-104 Leighton Lecture Hall

Monday: May 12, 2014 ~ 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Film: Wellbriety Movement - Journey to Forgiveness

Healing the Legacy of the Boarding Schools - 1879 - 2009 with panel discussion.
Rochester Public Library
101 2nd St SE

Join Florestine Renville, Martin Bernard, Betty Smith, Shirley Greising, Mette Greising, Valerie Guimaraes, and other community members as they discuss the effects of Indian boarding schools.

Tuesday: May 13, 2014 ~ 5:30pm
FOIH Park presentation on "Stewardship of the Land" with Barb Hudson and Dawn Littleton.
Indian Heights Park, 1800 Terracewood Drive NW, Rochester, MN

Tour park, bring your own picnic - tables will be provided – bring your own chairs, if you wish.  Enjoy the park!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 ~ 12 noon
Celebrate Dakota! Proclamation to be read by Mayor Ardell Brede.
Rochester City Hall
Government Center, 201 4th Street SE 

Thursday, May 15, 2014 ~ 12 noon 
Prairie Island Dance Troupe
Peace Plaza, Downtown Rochester

Thursday:  May 15, 2014 ~ 6 pm
PowWow with the Prairie Island Dance Troupe
Riverside Elementary, 506 Fifth Avenue SE, Rochester

Be inspired by traditional dance and music celebrating culture and traditions of Dakota First Nation people.  The Tinta Wita Takoja, a drum and dance troupe features the grandchildren of Prairie Island Community

Friday:  May 16th, 2014 ~ 6:30pm
short film regarding "Papal Bull"
at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
2124 Viola Rd NE, Rochester, MN 55906

Episcopal Church repudiation film and discussion to follow. Refreshments available – free will offering

Wednesday: May 28th ~ 4:45pm reception, 5:15pm film
Doctrine of Discovery
Geffen Auditorium, Gonda Building, Subway Level, Downtown Rochester campus

Co-sponsored by Office of Diversity and Inclusion, African Descendants MERG, Veteran's MERG and the Transcultural Patient Care MERG

Community Film and Discussion with Special Guests, Sheldon P. Wolfchild and Steven Newcomb

Sheldon P. Wolfchild spent 15 years interviewing elders and researching the Dakota people to create his three-part documentary, STARDREAMERS – The Spirit Water People. Part 2 of this series shares the story of the 15th century Papal Bull Documents. 

These documents gave Christian explorers the right to claim lands, effectively disregarding the culture and history of First Nation People. The Doctrine of Discovery focuses on this little known subject, which traces back to Christopher Columbus’ “discovery” of the lands now commonly known as “the Americas.” Following the film, Sheldon P. Wolfchild and Steven Newcomb will host a discussion.

NOTE: This film contains adult content and information.  Viewer discretion is advised.

4:45pm – Reception with light hors d’oeuvres
5:15pm – Film with Q&A and open discussion

About the speakers

Sheldon P. Wolfchild is a member and former Tribal Chairman of the Lower Sioux Indian Community. Mr. Wolfchild speaks of healing and reconciliation among all peoples when he says, “Let’s heal together. Let’s look at the real truth in history that’s never been told.”

Steven Newcomb is co-founder and co-director of the Indigenous Law Institute, and author of Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery (2008, Fulcrum). This book is the basis of the film.

June 18 -21st
9th Annual Dakota Nation Memorial Motorcycle Ride
Open to all!  For more information see Iron Horse Riders MC


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