020 Scott Russell with Healing Minnesota Stories: Working towards understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native peoples

“Discoverers and the Civilizers led to the Source of the Mississippi,” is in the Minnesota Senate Chambers and essentially depicts a forced conversion of Native Americans to Christianity
https://healingmnstories.wordpress.com/capitol-art/ “Discoverers and the Civilizers led to the Source of the Mississippi,” is in the Minnesota Senate Chambers and essentially depicts a forced conversion of Native Americans to Christianity (CLICK for Scott Russell’s blog about this painting)

Scott Russell discusses “Healing Minnesota Stories” – Working towards understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native peoples (Recorded 07/25/2017)

Learn more at:
https://spinterfaith.org/healing-minnesota-stories/about/
https://healingmnstories.wordpress.com/about/

Contact Scott at mplsscott@gmail.com

Healing Minnesota Stories was created to promote understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native people, particularly those in various faith communities. We are an initiative of the Saint Paul Interfaith Network. Our starting point is an understanding that Native people have suffered deep trauma over many years, losing their land, language and culture, and all who call Minnesota home are the lesser for it. While many people and institutions contributed to that trauma, it happened with the full participation of Christian churches. We all still need healing, healing is doable, and churches have a role to play. We are calling ourselves Healing Minnesota Stories because we believe in the healing power of stories. Stories heal because they make invisible pain visible. The healing goes two ways, from the listener to the storyteller, and from the storyteller to the listener. HMS believes that churches and all faith communities can play a key role in promoting and experiencing healing by opening ourselves to our own history and listening to the stories of Native people. We hope through the sharing and retelling of stories, we can create new more positive ones.

Scott is currently the board chair of ASDIC (Anti-racism Dialogue Circles), https://www.asdicircle.org/ a nonprofit that offers training and workshops to equip people and institutions to address racism. He also is co-chair of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter’s Beyond Oil and Tar Sands Committee.  http://www.sierraclub.org/minnesota/beyond-oil-tar-sands The committee’s current work focus on stopping the expansion of Enbridge Line 3, a Canadian tar sands crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota. The project would threaten the Mississippi River and a number of Minnesota’s wild rice areas; it also violates treaty rights.

Scott also writes a blog for Healing Minnesota Stories https://healingmnstories.wordpress.com/ which has a separate page dedicated to issues around Minnesota Capitol Art (see posted image) https://healingmnstories.wordpress.com/capitol-art/
“Discoverers and the Civilizers led to the Source of the Mississippi,” is in the Minnesota Senate Chambers and essentially depicts a forced conversion of Native Americans to Christianity

Scott’s comments were his own. He was not speaking on behalf of any organization.

Related article: Star Tribune “After dismantling a sculpture in wake of protests, Walker must lead effort to dismantle inequity” By David Cournoyer and Scott Russell, MAY 30, 2017 — 6:07PM
http://www.startribune.com/after-dismantling-a-sculpture-in-wake-of-protests-walker-must-lead-effort-to-dismantle-inequity/425397503/

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ANDRE KOEN http://www.AndreKoen.com, owner of AM Horizons, (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultants) http://www.amhorizons.com
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019, Mel Reeves: Activist, Writer, and Speaker reflects on the verdict of the State v. Jeronimo Yanez trial

Screen Shot 2017-07-10 at 5.50.30 PMMel Reeves: Activist, Writer, and Speaker reflects on the verdict of the State v. Jeronimo Yanez trial in which Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of the murder of Phillando Castile. For more than 30 years Mel Reeves has been a voice that has not only motivated the youth, empowered the old, but also provided direction and wisdom to both. Andre Koen asks Mr. Reeves some simple but important questions about what happened in that case, black lives matter, and what to consider for those seeking justice in cases like this.

Excerpt from Mel’s blog https://fightthepowerjournal.com/
Philando trial: The system worked and then rubbed it in! Part I
Looking back on the jeronimo yanez trial it’s even more clear that It took an amazing amount of nerve for Ramsey County prosecutor john choi to tell the community that “we have to accept this verdict.” He also implied that the trial and the process leading up to it was “fair and impartial” but judging from the information recently revealed about the investigation into the shooting, the lackadaisical prosecution, biased rulings by judge william leary along with his subsequent letter supporting the verdict and the clearly biased jurors, nothing could be further from the truth. (no caps meant as a sign of disrespect)

End Song “Sun Baby” (Album: “Love From the Sun”) by Kashimana. Andre Koen interviewed Kashimana for a future episode of Armchair Activist podcast. Learn more about Kashimana and find her music at:
1. https://www.facebook.com/kashimana/
2. https://kashimana.bandcamp.com/album/love-from-the-sun
3. https://www.youtube.com/KashAhua

“Armchair Activist” podcast (http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com) is PRODUCED/CO-HOSTED BY:
ANDRE KOEN www.AndreKoen.com, Owner, AM Horizons, (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultants) amhorizons.com
BRIAN JOST www.BrianJost.com, Owner, Pod Launcher Studios LLC (Podcast Production Services) www.PodLauncher.com, Author, memoir: “Grounded by Bipolar Disorder; One Pilot’s Landing” (click)

Recorded 07/10/2017