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November 14-15, 2014
Overcoming Racism: Cultivating Transformation

NEW! Video from the 2013 conference plenaries produced by SPNN:
Brotherhood Inc. panel discussion:
Diane Wilson keynote address:

Upcoming Learning & Action Opportunities--Scroll Down!

“Doctrine of Discovery” Documentary & Dialogue
April 29, 2014, 7:00 pm

Hamline University’s Sundin Hall
1531 Hewitt Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104

Free & open to the public.
As part of Minnesota’s inaugural Genocide Awareness Month, Healing Minnesota Stories, in cooperation with The Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice at Hamline University, is hosting a preview showing of the documentary film: “Doctrine of Discovery.”
A post-film dialogue will be led by filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild, a member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community, with Steven Newcomb, founder of the Indigenous Law Institute, and Howard Vogel, professor emeritus at Hamline Law School.
Wolfchild’s film focuses on the little discussed Doctrine of Christian Discovery, the religious justification early explorers used to claim lands from indigenous nations.

Upcoming YWCA of Minneapolis Racial Justice events
Confronting Racism: Knowledge --> Skills --> Action Tuesday, April 29 6:00-8:00 pm (Trained YWCA Racial Justice Facilitators are invited to stay for facilitation practice from 8:00–8:30 pm) YWCA of Minneapolis Downtown
This workshop is designed for those who have an understanding of white privilege and racism, and want to acquire skills in dealing with racism as it occurs in their personal lives. The workshop will develop the participants' active listening skills, as well as help them practice skills to respond to overt racism (i.e., racist remarks), and covert racism (privilege, micro-aggressions, etc). The skills learned in this workshop can be easily applied and taught to others to create more inclusive environments in our lives, and to continue the work of eliminating racism.
$50. ($25 for YWCA members)
RSVP by April 21 Scholarships are available.
Facing Race: Uncovering Five Myths that Support Racism Thursday, May 1 6:00-8:30 pm YWCA of Minneapolis Downtown
Understanding racism is the first step in eliminating it from our communities. In this dialogue, participants look critically at cultural beliefs and myths that perpetuate racism. Previous participants have walked away from this dialogue noting that they have more language, history and knowledge to bring into future anti-racism work. Participants learn to see racism in our society on individual and institutional levels and create action plans to make change.
RSVP by April 25 Scholarships are available.
How to Talk With Kids about Race Saturday, May 10 9:00–11:00 am (Trained YWCA Racial Justice Facilitators are invited to stay for facilitation practice from 11:00–11:30 am) YWCA of Minneapolis Midtown
Whether it's your own kids, your classroom or simply a group of kids you care about, it can be tough to know what and when to say to them about race. How do we teach kids about history without saddling them with pain, shame, guilt or hopelessness? How do we create young people who will grow into adults ready to take action and advocate for racial justice? Join us to discuss these questions and more!
RSVP by May 2 Scholarships are available.
Racism and Humor Thursday, June 19 6:00-8:00 pm (Trained YWCA Racial Justice Facilitators are invited to stay for facilitation practice from 8:00–8:30 pm) YWCA of Minneapolis Downtown
Racism and humor run hand-in-hand throughout the media and our culture. Is it OK to laugh at a racist joke? Why do so many TV shows rely on stereotypes and biases for character development and humor? Is there a healthy way to explore questions of racial justice through humor? We invite you to join us to explore the intersection of race and humor.
Free. RSVP by June 11
For over seven years, Discussions that Encounter has facilitated open discussions about race, racism and white privilege. These events are open to all and sponsored free of charge in Minneapolis on the second and fourth Thursday evening of each month.  Our vision is to provide an environment where people of all walks-of-life and backgrounds can openly discuss any aspects of racism. We use video or prepared materials to pursue a specific topic with ample time for facilitated conversation. The objectives of these forums are to raise awareness, build relationships, assist all along the journey of overcoming racism, provide education on historical and current topics, and facilitate open conversations that can't usually be approached across the "races."  Notices are sent prior to each Discussion Forum with details on topic, location and directions. Contact Bill Keatts at wkeatts@austin.rr.com to receive information or to be added to the regular distribution. ***Brotherhood Brew offers sales of organic, free-trade coffee, exotic teas, and hot cocoa at our Discussion Forums.
4/10/14 – Leon Rodrigues, Chief Diversity Officer at MnSCU, will lead us in a discussion honoring the life and work of Nelson Mandela. As a South African born citizen, Leon’s unique perspective on this great man and the impact he leaves on the world will be exciting for us to hear!
4/24/14 – Antonia Wilcoxon and
Joo-Hee Pomplun on healthcare disparities
April is Health Equity Month.  Plan to attend the Equity Leadership Institute. 
A partnership of the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the University of Minnesota/School of Public Health.
 April 28, 2014 from 8:30 until 4:30, in Minneapolis
Institute goals are to:
·         Raise awareness of existing race-based inequities in health and human services
·         Increase the capacity to address racial equity issues
·         Explore ways to interrupt what is happening for cultural communities and
envision alternatives for change

For more details and free registration:
Untold Stories: Memory and Place
FREE and open to the public
Coordinated by The Friends of the St. Paul Library
Click here for more info on these and all events in the series

"Dispossession" April 22, 7 pm @ Minnesota History Center
Pete Daniel speaks on his book Dispossession: Discrimination Against African American Farmers in the Age of Civil Rights. After Daniel’s presentation, Pakou Hang from the Hmong American Farmers Association, and Dale Wiehoff from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, will talk about current struggles of small farmers to keep their land.

Bdote Memory Map April 30, 7 pm @ Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461 N. Dale St.
Mona Smith – a Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota storyteller and media artist – discusses her creation of a “memory map” of the bdote area of the Mississippi and the Minnesota Rivers. This bdote (a place where two waters come together) is central to Dakota spirituality and history. Her
online map contains a series of sites that have special meaning to the Dakota people.

“Whiteness in Plain View” May 7, 7 pm @ Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Ave.
Film screening: Join author, professor and filmmaker Chad Montrie for an introduction to his new documentary project, “Whiteness in Plain View,” about racial exclusion in American towns and suburbs. He uses Edina and Austin, Minnesota as case studies, describing the circumstances of labor, housing, and race for African Americans.

Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights May 12, 7 pm @ Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, 585 Fuller Ave.
The successes of the civil rights movement, including passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, were built on sustained grassroots organizing linked to Black trade unions, women’s groups, and churches across the country. University of Wisconsin Professor William P. Jones offers insight into the people who undertook this struggle in his book, The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights. His presentation will be complemented by music and related readings on race, class, and work.

Brotherhood, Inc. offers a wide variety of coffee, tea and cocoa products for sale or delivery. These products are available at all Discussions that Encounter Forums and directly through the website www.brotherhoodmn.org. Sales assist in achieving their mission to enable African-American youth and young men to envision and achieve successful futures. Brotherhood, Inc. aspires to create a pathway out of poverty, gangs and incarceration by offering comprehensive and culturally-sensitive educational opportunities, social services, legal services and in-house employment all under one roof.
Bdote Sacred Sites Tour
Bdote is the Dakota word for "meeting place of rivers" and specifically the confluence of the Mississippi River and Minnesota River which is located near Fort Snelling and the Mendota Bridge. Join Jim Bear and/or other Dakota elders who will  be graciously guiding a tour of several sites within the Bdote area.
Target audience: Faith community leaders, interfaith leaders, "Healing Minnesota Stories" planning group, community members interested in learning more.
Anyone may participate in a tour of the Bdote Sacred Sites.  We desire for the whole group to ride together and to keep the group relatively small, so please RSVP early  to allow us to plan appropriately for our outings.
For more information and to sign up, go to <
Gustavus Speaker Series on U.S. Dakota War of 1862 Archived Online

  • Dr. John Peacock, “War of Words: Writings by Dakota People in Their Own Language and Later in English During and After the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862”
  • Glenn Wasicuna, “A Dakota Way of Life”
  • Dr. Gary Clayton Anderson, “The Dakota War Trials: Travesty of Justice or Reasonable Retribution?”
  • Thomas Maltman, “Based on a True Story: Researching a Controversial History to Create Fiction”
  • Corinne Monjeau-Marz, "Aftermath of the 1862 War: Reviewing the Years from 1862-1866"
  • Dr. Gwen Westerman, "We Are Still Here"
To access video of these events, go online to the Gustavus Live Streaming Portal. A listing of archived events will be available under the “On Demand” tab.
This U.S.-Dakota War lecture series was made possible with funds from Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota Humanities Council, and the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Here is a recap of the
10 reparation strategies offered by Waziyatawin at the 2012 Overcoming Racism conference, as tweeted by @Two_Cranes #10DakotaReparations (thanks, Liz!)
1. Return state/federal lands to Dakota. Can start w/ non-revenue-producing state parks
2. Contribute* to re-purchase of lands for land return, a form of paying "back rent" (see below for how)
3. Lobby for return of Dakota sacred sites & for access to them, such as Coldwater Spring in Mpls
4. Take down Fort Snelling, which "celebrates the righteousness of pioneer settlement"
5. Lobby for the return of sacred objects from places like museums & Minnesota Historical Society
6. Remove icons, colonial symbols incl street names, names of sports teams, schools, etc.
7. Form action groups to fight/protect the Dakota land we all love; work to stop development industry
8. Support Dakota language programs, including fundraise for them
9. Support Dakota protests, right to have ceremony; provide legal support; support anti-colonial struggle
10. Support direct-action training camps

*Donations to the Dakota nonprofit Oyate Nipi Kte (The People Shall Live) will support Makoce Ikikcu (Recovering Land)
Online: http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Oyate-Nipi-Kte
By mail: Oyate Nipi Kte, 4052 Hwy 212 SE, Granite Falls, MN 56241

What Does Justice Look Like? by Waziyatawin Read more about it
The Color of Wealth by Rose Brewer and others Read more about it
Download a reflection on Joe Feagin's book, The White Racial Frame.
No-Man's-Land by Eulah Biss found in the February 2008 issue of The Believer, Believermag.com. Subtitle: Fear, Racism, and the Historically Troubling Attitude of American Pioneers.
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2012 Overcoming Racism conference description & information
Photos from the 2012 conference If you missed the conference, or want to hear more…
Listen to TruthToTell's 11/19 episode, originally broadcast on KFAI radio
Overcoming Racism conference keynote speakers Dr. Rose M. Brewer & Waziyatawin and conference co-host Herbert Perkins explore decolonization and other conference themes with TTT's Andy Driscoll & Michelle Alimoradi
Listen to a conversation with the two 2011 conference keynoters and conference co-host Antonia Apolinario Wilcoxon about racial framing and the conference on Truth To Tell, KFAI Radio. Or watch the in-studio video (keynoters both participated by phone)

More info on or linked from the
2011 Conference page, including workshop and plenary information.
Lots of great photos
from the 2010 Overcoming Racism: Recognizing and Challenging the Legacies That Oppress Us conference can be found at overcomingracism.shutterfly.com/ Thanks to Miss Marie Photography for taking and sharing the photos!