Register to attend upcoming READ book club events

The City Coordinator’s Office of Equity and Inclusion has scheduled several events for you to interact and engage with the next selection in the READ Book Club, “What Does Justice Look Like? The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland” by Waziyatawin.

The book explores how we can embark on a path of respectful coexistence with the original peoples of Minnesota who have suffered from ethnic cleansing, mass executions, death marches, broken treaties and land theft since their homelands were invaded more than 200 years ago.

Dakota culture listening session

Learn what the next READ book club selection is all about and listen to guest speakers on the history of the Dakota people juxtaposed against the current efforts at Standing Rock.

Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20.
Room 319 of City Hall.

Speakers include Christine McDonald, a member of the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department’s Access & Outreach Team, and Seth Eastman, a member of the Dakota community who lives near Sisseton, South Dakota, on the Lake Traverse Reservation of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. 

Eastman is a direct descendant of Mahpiya Wicasta, or Cloud Man, who was chief of the Dakota Village that was near present day Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska). After the Dakota war, his family was exiled to the Dakota Territory and eventually the Lake Traverse Reservation. Currently Eastman has been a leader in recovering history, language and tradition of the Dakota people. He is an active water protector, working to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock. He also plays a key role with the Dakota 38 Memorial Ride each December and is active in other healing rides and events across the region.

This session is being hosted in partnership with Neighborhood and Community Relations.

Register to attend.

Panel discussion: The role of government in Native American communities

See a panel discuss the role of government in the history of Native American people.

2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.
Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall auditorium.

Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Weber will facilitate the discussion. Guest speakers include:

The event will be open to other city, county and regional partners who are working to advance racial equity as part of the City of Minneapolis' membership in the Government Alliance on Race & Equity. Register to attend.

About the book club

READ stands for Reading for Equity and Diversity. The book club selects books focused on equity and inclusion and holds book club discussions periodically.

Join the READ book club community at its new interactive website. You’ll be able to access other resources associated with the book club, find out about engagement opportunities in the City and the community, and participate in the chat feature on the site. Members score points for participating regularly in the site. There are no prizes for points; it’s just fun to earn them.

Departments interested in hosting their own READ sessions for either their employees or the City enterprise that want guidance on books or technical support should contact Joy Marsh Stephens at [email protected] or 612-673-2102.

Published Oct 18, 2016



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