March Point

250x353edu_march_pointMARCH POINT filmmakers Tracy Rector and Annie Silverstein bring together filmmaking and alternative education through their collaboration with the three young Native Americans. The film assignment sends the boys down a path of historical investigation. Like many young people, Travis, Nick and Cody didn’t know much about their ancestors’ history. By interviewing tribal elders, they learn that most of their land was taken away by the federal government in the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855, leaving the Swinomish with basic health care, some fishing rights and a small reservation. President Ulysses S. Grant took more land in 1870, a move the tribe considers illegal.

The boys learn that the people now known as the Swinomish flourished on the bounty of the coast of the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years. Clams, crabs and fish were plentiful, and as the tribal saying goes, “When the tide’s out, the table’s set.” But when in the 1950s, Shell Oil built two refineries on land once owned by the tribe, chemicals made their way into the water, tainting the seafood and shellfish that the Swinomish eat daily. And just as the toxins in the water seeped into the food, poverty, drugs and alcohol have seeped into the lives of the families who live there. Ambivalent environmental ambassadors at the onset of the filmmaking venture, the boys awaken to the destruction these refineries have wrought in their communities. Grappling with their assignment through humor, sarcasm and a candid self-knowledge, they begin to experience the need to understand and tell their own stories and to grasp the power of this process to change their lives and give back to their community. MARCH POINT follows the boys’ journey on their path from childhood to adulthood as they come to understand themselves, their tribe and the environmental threat to their people.

 

_MG_6826-2Mde Mka Ska Canoe Nation Gathering–(Migizi Communications). The Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering annual event is a genuine opportunity for Native American youth, parents, and community to re-engage the sacredness of water or mni wakan. Today, the Mde Maka Ska is called Lake Calhoun. Its Dakota name means White Earth Lake. For the Minneapolis-St. Paul Native American community, its proximity inspires an indigenous means to return to cultural, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health. As water does for the finned nation, the Mde Maka Ska provides an appropriate environment in which to implement visions of healthier indigenous nations. Narrated by Sicangu Lakota experiential educator and event founder LeMoine LaPointe, this video by Tiana LaPointe and John Gwinn looks at the history of how and why the event started, as well as details of the 2013 event.

 

Location and Time:

University of St. Thomas
O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium (building #5 on map)
Located on Cleveland Ave. (The nearest cross-streets being Ashland Avenue and Portland Avenue)
5:30-8:30

 

Thank you to our sponsors:
Augsburg College
American Indian Studies Department
American Culture and Difference Program, University of St. Thomas
Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota
Migizi Communications

 

Profit and Loss

 

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From the acclaimed series Standing on Sacred Ground, Profit and Loss documents how indigenous groups from Papua New Guinea to the tar sands of Alberta, Canada fight the loss of land, water and health to mining and oil industries.

From New Guinean rainforests to Canada’s tar sands, Profit and Loss exposes industrial threats to native peoples’ health, livelihood and cultural survival. In Papua New Guinea, a nickel mine that violently relocated villagers to taboo land is building a new pipeline and refinery, and dumping mining waste into the sea. In Alberta, First Nations people suffer from rare cancers as their traditional hunting grounds are stripmined to unearth the world’s third-largest oil reserve. Rare verité scenes of tribal life and intimate interviews allow indigenous people to tell their own stories—and confront us with the ethical consequences of our culture of consumption. Narrated by Graham Greene (Oneida).

– See more at: http://www.sacredland.org/home/films/in-production/#sthash.idNCx6hF.dpuf

 

About Our Host: Dr. Cecilia Martinez and The Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy

Dr. Cecilia Martinez, Director of Research Programs.  Dr. Cecilia Martinez previous positions include Associate Research Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of Delaware,  Associate Professor at Metropolitan State University and Research Director at the American Indian Policy Center. Dr. Martinez has led a variety of projects to address sustainable development at the local and international levels. Her research is focused on the development of energy and environmental strategies that promote equitable and sustainable policies. She currently serves on the Climate Action Planning Steering Committee for the City of Minneapolis. Dr. Martinez has also worked with a range of organizations from local grassroots groups to international organizations engaging in the promotion of sound environmental policy and environmental justice. Most recently she completed an analysis of coal-based energy and environmental justice communities, and a review of climate adaptation and public health for the National Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change. She has been appointed to several national advisory boards including, the National Advisory Committee to the EPA for the Council on Environmental Cooperation, and the Research Working Group for the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. She is also on the leadership team for the national EJ and Science Initiative, and is leading the effort on a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on environmental harms. She is working on a manuscript on environmental justice and climate change and among her other publications is the co-edited volume Environmental Justice: Discourses in International Political Economy which includes some of her work on North American Indigenous peoples and the challenge of forging a common agenda of indigenous rights, justice and sustainability. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware’s College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, where she received the Ryden Prize for Best Dissertation in the Social Sciences.

178950_229751067139958_645183045_nThe Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED) was founded by a group of researchers, educators and community activists who saw the need to affirm and revitalize principles of democracy and social justice in energy and environmental policy. The founders saw the need for quality policy research and education to create a more honest and accountable system for preserving our social and environmental heritage. CEED proudly joins with a long tradition of individuals and communities who have actively worked to keep the Earth healthy for future generations.

 

 

Location and Time

Augsburg College
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:00-6:30
Screening begins at 6:45
Discussion with filmmakers follows

Thank you to our sponsors:
Augsburg College
American Indian Studies Department
Environmental Studies Program
Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota
Center for Earth, Energy, and Democracy

 

Fire and Ice

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Fire and Ice is the part of the acclaimed series Standing on Sacred GroundFire and Ice explores two mountain cultures fighting to protect their cultural and ecological heritage with the help of modern science. In the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia, spiritual traditions that long protected trees, meadows and mountains are under attack by evangelical Christians. During a New Years bridal ceremony, tensions erupt into a riot. In the Peruvian Andes, Q’eros potato farmers face an invisible foe: global warming that is melting the glaciers, their only water source. They still make their annual pilgrimage to pray for abundance, and they are also building the Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), a community research farm to adapt indigenous agriculture to the changing climate. Stunning landscapes and vivid ritual scenes offer rare insight into little-seen, oft-misunderstood cultures. Narrated by Graham Greene (Oneida), with storytelling by Q’orianka Kilcher.

About Our Host: Dr. Cecilia Martinez and The Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy

Dr. Cecilia Martinez, Director of Research Programs.  Dr. Cecilia Martinez previous positions include Associate Research Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of Delaware,  Associate Professor at Metropolitan State University and Research Director at the American Indian Policy Center. Dr. Martinez has led a variety of projects to address sustainable development at the local and international levels. Her research is focused on the development of energy and environmental strategies that promote equitable and sustainable policies. She currently serves on the Climate Action Planning Steering Committee for the City of Minneapolis. Dr. Martinez has also worked with a range of organizations from local grassroots groups to international organizations engaging in the promotion of sound environmental policy and environmental justice. Most recently she completed an analysis of coal-based energy and environmental justice communities, and a review of climate adaptation and public health for the National Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change. She has been appointed to several national advisory boards including, the National Advisory Committee to the EPA for the Council on Environmental Cooperation, and the Research Working Group for the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. She is also on the leadership team for the national EJ and Science Initiative, and is leading the effort on a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on environmental harms. She is working on a manuscript on environmental justice and climate change and among her other publications is the co-edited volume Environmental Justice: Discourses in International Political Economy which includes some of her work on North American Indigenous peoples and the challenge of forging a common agenda of indigenous rights, justice and sustainability. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware’s College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, where she received the Ryden Prize for Best Dissertation in the Social Sciences.

178950_229751067139958_645183045_nThe Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED) was founded by a group of researchers, educators and community activists who saw the need to affirm and revitalize principles of democracy and social justice in energy and environmental policy. The founders saw the need for quality policy research and education to create a more honest and accountable system for preserving our social and environmental heritage. CEED proudly joins with a long tradition of individuals and communities who have actively worked to keep the Earth healthy for future generations.

 

 

Location and Time

Augsburg College
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:00-6:30
Screening begins at 6:45
Discussion with filmmakers follows

Thank you to our sponsors:
Augsburg College
American Indian Studies Department
Environmental Studies Program
Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota
Center for Earth, Energy, and Democracy

 

October 29, 2014: Listening for the Rain

Listening for the Rain: Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change

Created by media artists Jeffrey Palmer (Kiowa) and Filoteo Gómez Martínez (Ayuuk), and emerging out of an interdisciplinary research project, this thought-provoking film documents stories and observations about climate change from different Indigenous communities in the central United States. Through the stories they tell, we learn how diverse tribal landscapes have been effected by environmental change and how Indian Country is working on this important issue.

Our screening will also include a discussion with the two filmmakers, Jeff and Filoteo, and Sonia Davila Poblete (Bolivian) whose work with Indigenous communities there around water and environmental issues will add a North-South connection to our pluricultural conversations.

About the Presenters

 

 

Filo's PictureFiloteo Gómez Martínez is an Ayuuk (Mixe) filmmaker from the Sierra Mixe of Oaxaca, Mexico who now resides in Norman, Oklahoma and studies geography at the University of Oklahoma. Filo learned to make videos through workshops organized by state and international agencies, academic entities, and activist organizations. His first video “Dulce Convivencia/Sweet Gathering” was well received, won several international awards, and can be viewed online via IsumaTV. More recently, Filo has been working on videos about Indigenous and other migrant communities in Milwaukee and in Oklahoma City. He has also been collaborating with Jeffrey Palmer a Kiowa filmmaker and researchers at the University of Oklahoma to document the impacts of climate change in Indian Country.
Jeffrey Palmer is an Indigenous (Kiowa) filmmaker and media artist. He received his M.F.A. in Film and Video Production from the University of Iowa and Jeffhis M.A. in Native American Studies from University of Oklahoma. He currently is an assistant professor of Mass Communication at the University of Central Oklahoma. He was selected in the spring of 2012 to participate in the Sundance Institute Native Laboratory to work on his feature documentary entitled “Honor Beats.” His other works include “Origins” (2013), which premiered internationally in 2014 and is currently being reviewed by the National Museum of the American Indian in D.C.
 Davila2-155x155Sonia Davila-Poblete Ph.D., is a sociologist specializing in integrated water management, river basin and environmental policies. As Emeritus Member of the Technical Advisor Committee of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), independent consultant and advisor, she works with grassroots groups, governments, and international organizations on social issues that have to deal with environmental problems, mainly in Mexico and Bolivia. Her primary interests include: foregrounding the Andean culture’s “Living Well” paradigm into the search of solutions for environmental and climate change issues, advocating for nature in development projects, and mainstreaming a gender perspective in all public policies.

Location and Time

Augsburg College
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:00-6:30
Screening begins at 6:45
Discussion with filmmakers follows

 

Thank you to our sponsors:
Augsburg College
American Indian Studies Department
Environmental Studies Program
Department of Social Work
Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota
Center for Earth, Energy, and Democracy
Future First

 


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The Cherokee Word for Water

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The Cherokee Word for Water  is a feature-length motion picture that tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation. It is a feature-length motion picture inspired by the true story of the struggle for, opposition to, and ultimate success of a rural Cherokee community to bring running water to their families by using the traditional concept of “gadugi “– working together to solve a problem.

Set in the early 1980s, The Cherokee Word For Water begins in the homes of a rural Oklahoma community where many houses lack running water and others are little more than shacks. After centuries of being dehumanized and dispossessed of their land and identity, the people no longer feel they have power or control over their lives or future.

Based on the true story of the Bell Waterline Project, the movie is about a community coming together to improve its life condition. Led by Wilma Mankiller, who went on to become the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, and fullblood Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap, they join forces and build nearly twenty miles of waterline using a community of volunteers. In the process, they inspire the community to trust each other, and reawaken universal indigenous values of reciprocity and interconnectedness. The successful completion of the waterline sparked a movement of similar self-help projects across the Cherokee nation and in Indian country that continues to this day.

Directed by: Tim Kelly and Charlie Soap, 2013

Place: Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South

Time: 6:15 to 9:30 pm.

  • Reception 6:15-6:45
  • Screening begins at 6:45
  • Discussion follows

All events are free to the public.

Thank you to our sponsors: the American Indian Studies Department, the Augsburg Native American Film Series, Native Americans in Philanthropy and the American Indian Cancer Foundation.

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Matriarchal Voices–Stories of Indigenous Women Filmmakers

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April 2, 2014

Matriarchal Voices–Stories of Indigenous Women Filmmakers – “Spider Woman’s Call”

Hosted by Director Jennifer Machiorlatti

Matriarchal Voices – Stories of Indigenous Women Filmmakers is a lyrical documentary series presenting stories about the storytellers – Indigenous women who use film, video, and multimedia to carry on storytelling traditions through contemporary media.  “Spider Woman’s Call” – episode one of the series focuses on five filmmakers from the U.S. and Canada who share their motivations for working in cinematic storytelling—from cultural recovery and celebration to the importance of historical accuracy.

About the Director:

Jennifer Machiorlatti is a media artist and educator who has exhibited work at national and international film festivals, galleries and on the web. Her essays on Indigenous and women’s media appear in the South Atlantic Review, PostScript – Essays in Film and the Humanities, Ethnic Media in America, Framing the World: Ecocriticism and Film and Native American Voices: Conversations, Teaching, and Theory.  Jennifer teaches media and cultural studies, media production and intercultural communication at Western Michigan University.  She is an organic gardener and works with the Detroit, Michigan based EarthWalk organization initiating and mentoring young women.

April 2, 2014

Time: 6:15-9:00

  • Reception 6:15-6:45
  • Introductions, Screening & Discussion 6:45 pm-9:00pm

Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South

Thank you to our sponsors: the American Indian Studies Department, the Augsburg Native American Film Series, Women’s Studies and the Anne Pederson Women’s Resource Center.

For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at marubbio@augsburg.edu. Permits are limited in number. For parking directions visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/about/map/. You will be parking in Lot L off of 35th between Riverside and Butler Pl. You will need a parking permit.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Augsburg Native American Film Series or this project, please send your checks to:

Augsburg Native American Film Series

Augsburg College

CB 115

2011 Riverside Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55454

Suddenly Samí (Min Mors Hemmelighet)

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February 19, 2014

 

Suddenly Samí (Min Mors Hemmelighet)

A film by Ellen-Astri Lundby (2009)

Presented by Dr. Angelica Lawson

Suddenly Sami is a personal film about identity.  When the director discovers that her mother has been hiding her Indigenous Sami background from her, Ellen sets out to Northern Norway to discover why.  Ellen’s story explores the impact of relocation and diaspora on the Indigenous peoples of Norway and how this history has impacted Sami identity.

About Dr. Angelica Lawson

Dr. Lawson is an assistant professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she teaches American Indian and Indigenous film.

About the Director:

Ellen-Astri Lundby (b. 1959), a freelance reporter and filmmaker, has worked in film and television since 1989 creating humorous short fiction and documentary films.

Place: Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South

Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

  • 6:30-7:00 Introductions
  • Screening begins at 7:00
  • Discussion follows

All events are free to the public.

For More Sami Film Events visit: http://www.nordiclightsfilmfestival.org/

Thank you to our sponsors: the American Indian Studies Department, the Augsburg Native American Film Series, and the University of Minnesota’s American Indian Studies Department.

For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at marubbio@augsburg.edu. Permits are limited in number. For parking directions visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/about/map/. You will be parking in Lot L off of 35th between Riverside and Butler Pl. You will need a parking permit.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Augsburg Native American Film Series or this project, please send your checks to:

Augsburg Native American Film Series

Augsburg College

CB 115

2011 Riverside Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55454

 

Star Dreamers — the Spirit Water People, Part I: “The Indian System”

January 31, 2014

Stardreamers

Stardreamers – The Spirit Water People, Part I: “The Indian System” 

Presented by Sheldon Wolfchild, Director and Mark Diedrich, Historian

“The Indian System,” created by filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild, is part one of a three-part documentary which traces back into the 1800s interaction of Dakota with the United States Government and the State of Minnesota. Minnesota historians have long-neglected an in-depth digging into the commonly used sources on the Dakota War of 1862. It has never been clearly pointed out that the war was prompted by corruption in the Indian Department. This corruption was exposed decades ago in a book, Lincoln and the Indians, by Dr. David Nichols. Recently Mark Diedrich, an independent historian, has written a study of Little Crow and the Dakota War. These two historians have found out that there was a period of great corruption which continually affected the Treaty relationship between the Dakota and the U.S. government. Furthermore, there was a concerted cover-up by people at the time and later historians ( either knowing or unknowingly ) to protect people that were involved in this corruption. Thus, the Dakota have always been blamed unfairly for the war of 1862. The way the government conducted their Indian affairs was referred to by Bishop Henry Whipple as ” The Indian System “

About the Director:

Sheldon P. Wolfchild is a member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community who has appeared in a number of feature Films and television shows. Wolfchild researched the history of Dakota people in Minnesota and interviewed elders for over 15 years for his documentary film “Star Dreamers – The Spirit Water People.” The film weaves oral and written history and traditional Dakota beliefs together to offer a telling of the Dakota story in a way that text books he grew up reading never did.

Place: Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South

Time: 6:30-9:30 pm

  • 6:30-7:00 Introductions
  • Screening begins at 7:00
  • Discussion follows

All events are free to the public.

Thank you to our sponsorsFacilitating Racial Equity Collaborative, the American Indian Studies Department, the Augsburg Native American Film Series, Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative, Brotherhood Brew, SPIN: Saint Paul Interfaith Network, and Discussions That Encounter.

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Dakota 38

November 2, 2012:

Place: Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South

All events are free to the public.

4-5:30 Past, Present, Future: Presentation on Dakota History and Vision

Speakers include: Dale Weston (Dakota) and Jim Rock (Dakota). Hosted by Augsburg Indigenous Student Association President, Rikki Dalton

5:30-7:00 Reception hosted by American Indian Student Services in the Music Hall atrium next to Sateren Auditorium.

7:00-9:30 Screening of Dakota 38 (Smooth Feather Productions, 2012)

Screening and discussion with co-filmmaker and producer Sarah Weston, moderated by Dale Weston.

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Dakota 38 is a documentary about Jim Miller’s experience in 2005. “A Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, [Jim] found himself in a dream riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. “When you have dreams, you know when they come from the creator… As any recovered alcoholic, I made believe that I didn’t get it. I tried to put it out of my mind, yet it’s one of those dreams that bothers you night and day.”

Now, four years later, embracing the message of the dream, Jim and a group of riders retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the execution. “We can’t blame the wasichus anymore. We’re doing it to ourselves. We’re selling drugs. We’re killing our own people. That’s what this ride is about, is healing.” This is the story of their journey- the blizzards they endure, the Native and Non-Native communities that house and feed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away.” (http://smoothfeather.org/dakota38/#!prettyPhoto/0/)

Thank you to our sponsors: the American Indian Studies Department, the Augsburg Native American Film Series, American Indian Student Services Program, Augsburg Indigenous Student Association, the Department of History, and the Department of Religion