Panel discusses role of government in Native American communities at next READ book club event
See a panel discuss the role of government in the history of Native American people at the next READ book club event.
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:
- Rep. Susan Allen, DFL-62B, a Lakota, Dakota and Anishinabe who works as a tax and tribal law attorney.
- Robert Lilligren, executive director of Native American Community Development Institute and former Minneapolis City Council member.
- Sheldon Wolfchild, a Dakota filmmaker and director.
November is national American Indian Heritage month, and the current READ Book Club selection is “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 genocide, ethnic cleansing, mass executions, death marches, broken treaties and land theft since their homelands were invaded more than 200 years ago. You can check out the book from the READ Book Club lending library by emailing [email protected] to request a copy for a 14-day lending period.
The panel discussion 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 Nov 2, 2016