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Indigenous Peoples Day event planned on Monday in Grand Forks

This year’s event will be held in partnership with the city of Grand Forks and the Grand Forks Public School District from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday night, Oct. 10, at the North Dakota Museum of Art, an announcement on the Grand Forks Indigenous Peoples Collective’s Facebook page said.

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From left; Kyle Davis, Konah Azure, Nodin Azure, Cody St. Claire and Dr. Daniel Henry of the drum group "Northern Lights", perform a blessing song at the 2021 Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration at UND's Memorial Union. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS — An event is planned for Monday in Grand Forks in recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day.

This year’s event will be held in partnership with the city of Grand Forks and the Grand Forks Public School District from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, at the North Dakota Museum of Art, an announcement on the Grand Forks Indigenous Peoples Collective’s Facebook page said.

In July 2019, the Grand Forks City Council unanimously voted to recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day. Shortly after, UND and Grand Forks Public School Board recognized Indigenous Peoples Day on their academic calendars. A community celebration that year included Indigenous leaders, scholars, musicians, and chefs “giving a glimpse into contemporary Indigeneity,” the release noted.

In 2020, due to COVID-19, a North Dakota Tribal flag dedication was organized. The North Dakota Tribal flags are now displayed in the City Council Chambers and UND’s American Indian Center and the school district’s Mark Sanford Education Center.

A number of guest speakers will be attending the celebration on Monday, including SaNoah LaRocque, an enrolled citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Miss North Dakota USA 2022, and Shane Rothenberger, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and descendant of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who was recently named to the International Association of Chiefs of Police's 40 under 40 list.

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The event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Additional details can be found on the “Grand Forks Indigenous Peoples Collective” Facebook page.

Additionally, some events are planned on the UND campus, including a screening of the film “Oyate” followed by a panel discussion. A traditional meal provided after the panel discussion. The event will be held at Memorial Union Social Staircase from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday. There will also be a live performance by Indigenous hip hop artists, Stuart James & Kitto in the Memorial Union Ballroom from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday.

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