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Film: The Cherokee Word for Water

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Northrop and the U of M Department of American Indian Studies Present
The Cherokee Word for Water Film Screening

Wed, Nov 12, 6:30 pm (Q&A with Director/Producer Charlie Soap and Producer Kristina Kiehl will follow the screening)
Best Buy Theater
University of Minnesota
84 Church Street SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455

and open to the public

The Cherokee Word for Water is a feature-length motion picture that tells the true story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern woman Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Set in the early 1980s, the film portrays the struggle for, opposition to, and ultimate success of a rural Cherokee community to bring running water to their families. The Cherokee Word for Water is a powerful and inspirational story about a remarkable woman and the power of community.

Official Website:

CW4W trailer:

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Interested in learning Ojibwe?

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American Indian Sovereignty Matters 10/30/2014

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Dakota Sacred Sites Tour Fall 2014

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Friday, September 19th

Bus Boarding at 2:45 p.m.

Bus leaves Appleby Hall loading zone at 3 p.m.


for more info contact

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American Indian Cultural House Fall Welcome Feast 2014

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Come Join us!

Friday, September 12th

Comstock Hall Ballroom

5:30 P.M. dinner will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

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"Speak Dakota" T-shirts for Sale!

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Hau mitakuyepi!

Support the University of Minnesota's Dakota Language Program by purchasing a Dakota ia Wohdaka Pi/Po! "Speak Dakota!" tshirt.

Only $15.00!

All shirts may be purchased at the Department of American Indian Studies office:
72 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Ph: 612-624-1338

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July 7-10, 2014


Northern Lights Conference Center

Walker, MN

Aloha America: Hula Circuits as Alternative Archives
April 29th, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Walter Library room 101

Her book, Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire, about the relationship between U.S. imperial expansion and Hawaiian hula performance, was published by Duke University Press in 2012. It received three prizes in 2013: the Lawrence W. Levine Prize for best cultural history from the Organization of American Historians; best first book in women's history from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians; and Outstanding Publication Award from the Congress on Research in Dance (co-recipient).

Adria L. Imada is associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies and affiliate faculty in the Critical Gender Studies program at University of California, San Diego.

Co-sponsored with American Indian Studies

Dakota Sacred Sites Tour (Spring 2014)

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"We are living, learning, and working in a particular place with a long, fascinating, troubling, and frequently unknown story.

One goal for this tour is that participants begin to experience the place we live in as Mnisota Makoce, the Dakota homelands. We will be visiting several Dakota sacred sites located in an area that would later be called the Twin Cities.

How has colonization impacted Dakota use and access to these places?

How have Dakota people asserted a continuing relationship with these places?

This tour will provide participants with a more nuanced and complicated understanding of the place we call home."

--Iyekiyapiwin (Darlene St. Clair, Associate Professor, St. Cloud State University)

Please use this registration form for the for the tour:

Friday, May 2, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Boarding will begin at 2:45 PM behind Appleby Hall on the East River Parkway.
Buses will leave by 3:00 PM
128 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

**There will be some light walking on the day of the tour.

To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Jillian Rowan in the Circle of Indigenous Nations by phone at 612-624-0564 or email at, at least two weeks prior to the event.

Registration Link

American Indian Studies Senior Presentations

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Come Join us and hear about our student's Senior Presentations!

April 15th, 2014

11:30-1:00 P.M
322 Appleby Hall

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