I am a product of colonization. I am also a product of resistance. My heritage is that of the people who historically – and yes, still do – inhabit Minnesota: the Dakota people. I also have white ancestry, which is what presents itself on my skin and my face. In many ways I find this to be a metaphor for colonization itself—whiteness resting itself upon Indigenous blood and bones. Continue Reading
This week: The fight at Standing Rock may be over but the movement in the Twin Cities has only just begun, Education Minnesota announces a new partnership and the Walker Art Center is set to screen a film series by American Indian filmmakers. Continue Reading
This week: Minnesota high school athletes protest the national anthem, get to know the state’s first Native Supreme Court justice Anne McKreig and Dayton’s ultimatum on a potential special session. Continue Reading
Clyde Bellecourt is a Native American rights activist and Minneapolis resident who co-founded the American Indian Movement. His new autobiography, titled “The Thunder Before the Storm,” tells the history of his life and events which give the foundation for this justice work, from Survival Schools to standing up with Standing Rock. Continue Reading
Through popular education, putting pressure on policymakers and keeping the movement alive, real and local people have brought about changes not only in individual parks, but across the whole Minneapolis parks system. Continue Reading
The hardest part of trying to do intersectional work for me, as an Anishinaabe woman, is that most people–even most people of color and other oppressed peoples–know so little about Native people. I had a lot of difficulty recently when someone (a respected changemaker) tried to tell me her opinion on why Native people don’t have it that bad, when no part of her opinion was based in truth. It is hard to not feel resentment when people bring huge, common misconceptions to the table: of rich Indians, of free college and casino money. Continue Reading
“If Scott Seekins had taken photos of Auschwitz and inserted himself into those photos, I can’t even imagine the moral outrage,” said Anishinaabe artist and activist Ashley Fairbanks. “This is art about genocide.”
Inside the crowded Douglas Flanders & Associates gallery on May 14, one of Minneapolis’ most recognizable artists, Scott Seekins, opened his exhibit “The New Eden,” a collection of paintings and drawings depicting the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War. Many of the pieces seem to mimic Plains Indian art forms, including work created on ledger paper.
Images of Seekins himself appear throughout the collection, which is typical of his work. But when Seekins, a white man, paints himself next to Britney Spears — which he did throughout the 2000s — it’s different than inserting himself into cultural work dealing with genocide and oppression. Continue Reading
The Daily Planet’s 2015 was a time of pivoting and changing to a new direction. In our renewed mission to amplify and connect marginalized voices, we are excited to see the following stories resonated with you as much as they did with us. All stories below were chosen based on social media or website analytics to determine the most-viewed and/or most-talked-about content. But even if you take away the metrics, these stories were the ones that dug a little deeper, brought more context and empowered the communities that we serve.
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