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Water is Life: Standing Rock and Beyond

February 6, 2017

A teach-in on the issues of water and social justice is being presented on Monday, February 13, 2017.

The all-day event is inspired by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe pipeline protest and includes informational booths, presentations, lectures, music, and refreshments. Most of the sessions take place in the Kirby Ballroom, 1120 Kirby Drive.

Jim Rock, Dakota scholar and program director of the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium, is speaking at the Water is Life event. He says the teach-in is a response to students asking for more information. "More than 300 indigenous tribes, as well as people from around the world, are concerned about pollution of the water in North Dakota. And threats to Mni Wichoni (water of life) are not just at Standing Rock."  

Teach-in topics include the history, culture, science, and politics that relate to the Standing Rock events to be presented by community leaders Dr. Linda Black Elk, Roxanne DeLille, Sharon Day, Wayne Dupuis, Jesse Peterson as well as UMD faculty members Dr. Roxanne Gould, Dr. Joseph Bauerkemper, and Jim Rock.  

Community organizations, including Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Commission, Fond du Lac Reservation-Department of Resource Management, UMD Office of Sustainability, Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, Friends of the Boundary Waters, and 1854 Treaty Authority, will host informational booths at the event,

The UMD Chapter of American Indian Science and Engineering Society is sponsoring the event. It’s co-sponsored by the Anishinaabe Student Organization, UMD Office of Sustainability, Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, UMD social work students, UMD American Indian Learning Resource Center, UMD American Indian Studies department, UMD College of Education and Human Service Professions, UMD Chancellor’s Campus Climate Grant, and the UMD Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration.

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