Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples

On May 21st, I’ll be facilitating the Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples workshop with Nikira Hernandez, a Congregational minister in Cambridge MA who is of Paiute descent.

During this 2-hour participatory workshop, we will experience the history of the colonization of Turtle Island, the land that is now known as the United States. The story will be told through the words of Indigenous leaders, European/American leaders, and Western historians. We will engage with this history through experiential exercises and small group discussions. And we’ll be invited to consider how we can build relationships with Indigenous peoples based on truth, respect, justice, and our shared humanity.

Register for the May 21st workshop, 1-3pm PT, 2-4pm MT, 3-5pm CT, 4-6pm ET:


Recordings of Past Events

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Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony

I’m delighted to say that Watershed won in the Memoir and Creative Nonfiction category. Three other great books were finalists in the same category. To see a discussion between the four of us, click here.

Watch the Ceremony

Watershed Launch

Click here to view the launch and hear from Ranae (author), Ruthanne Crapo Kim (philosopher), Stephen Healey (poet), Amina Keinan (Somali-American nurse educator), Ulla Nilsen (community organizer), and Kristian Tvedten (editor). They were in conversation  about Watershed and its introduction to the world.

View the Launch

Community Pollinators Speaker Series

Watershed and Ranae were featured in Minneapolis College’s Community Pollinators speaker series together with Marie Harris and Derartu Berhanu, former students – now friends – whose stories appear in the book. We considered ways we can address environmental injustice, deal with our own communities’ climate crises and health challenges, and do better justice to the non-human residents of our ecosystems.

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Water Companion Workshop

A group of people from Minnesota, Norway, and Oman explored the whys and hows of protecting our watersheds.  While the actual event is over, you can still explore with us by watching the video and doing your own explorations alongside us.

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Reading and discussion with the White Iron Chain of Lakes Community

The Tuesday Group from the Ely-Babbitt area of Minnesota met with Ranae in April to explore the stories in the book that directly concern the White Iron Chain of Lakes Watershed. Listen to the readings and join the discussion that ensued.

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