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      March 26, 2019

      Tuesday   9:00 AM

      2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard Northwest
      Prior Lake, Minnesota

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      We Are Still Here - Minnesota

      We Are Still Here Minnesota   March 26-27, 2019 Mystic Lake Center Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community   78% of Americans said they know little to nothing about Native Americans. 87% of schools don’t teach about Native peoples past 1900. Representation of Native peoples in the media is .0 to 0.4%.   These are some of the startling findings that were surfaced by unprecedented research conducted by the Reclaiming Native Truth (RNT) project. The erasure and invisibility of Native peoples have created a vacuum that is easily filled with myths, stereotypes and half-truths. The effects are profound. K-12 education, media, pop culture and entertainment are among the primary drivers that perpetuate, normalize and institutionalize invisibility and bias against Native peoples. They contribute to the erasure of Native peoples from contemporary society, and are used to justify attacks on tribal sovereignty, discrimination and racism. The RNT research also provides a roadmap for how Indian Country and allies can work together to re-educate Americans and change the story and perceptions about Native peoples that can help advance equity, tribal sovereignty and social justice for all Native Americans.   The time is now to elevate and tell our own story: We Are Still Here, Minnesota. We Are rebuilding our communities, protecting the earth, and revitalizing our languages, ceremonies and ways of life. We Are doctors, lawyers, teachers, politicians, artists, filmmakers, organizers, activists, journalists, entrepreneurs and innovators. We Are the past, present and future.   Native Governance Center invites you to join us March 26-27 at Mystic Lake Center for the We Are Still Here Minnesota convening.    Native Governance Center (NGC) is serving as a convener to help catalyze the Reclaiming Native Truth (RNT) research into action in Minnesota, bringing together Native leaders and allies in the nonprofit, philanthropic, education, arts, and policy sectors to create a Minnesota state-wide action plan to change narratives in our region. NGC is a Native American-led nonprofit organization located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Our mission is to assist Tribal nations in strengthening their governance systems and capacity to exercise sovereignty. Tribes are working to rebuild their governments in a way that works for their Tribal citizens and aligns with their culture and history. NGC assists Tribes in their effort to improve governance through two main program areas: leadership development and Tribal governance support. We serve both elected Tribal leaders and grassroots Native leaders (including Native youth).   NGC is partnering with IllumiNative and the Reclaiming Native Truth co-project leader Crystal Echo Hawk and her team, who will share the RNT research with attendees along with plans for the development of a national narrative change campaign for Indian Country. A series of local panels along with facilitated working groups will create space for attendees to explore how the RNT research connects with the realities, existing work and changemakers in Minnesota. The creation of the action plan will be accomplished via a convening in 2019 focused on four subareas: philanthropy, arts and culture, K12 education, and policy and governance. Convening Notes This is an invitation-only event.  Attendance both days is required in order to participate.  Continental breakfast (8-9:30AM), lunch and snack breaks will be provided each day.  Tentative schedule: 9:00AM-4:00PM each day   Convening Champions Governance and Policy Champion: Wayne Ducheneaux, Executive Director, Native Governance Center Philanthropy Champion: Sarah Hernandez, Program Officer, McKnight Foundation K-12 Education Champion: Ramona Kitto Stately, Indian Education 6-12 Coordinator, ISD 279 Pop Culture and Media Champion: Rory Wakemup, artist   Hotel Accommodations A block of hotel rooms at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel has been reserved at a special rate. Please call: 952-445-9000 or toll free at 800-262-7799 Or reserve online Rate: $129 per nightGroup Name: Native Governance Center All reservations must have a credit card guarantee. All reservations cancelled one day prior to arrival, will incur the first night’s hotel room rate charged to the credit card on file. In addition, at the time of check-in, all guests will be required to present a valid credit card to cover any incidental charges they may incur during the stay. Check in time is 3:00 PM Central Time and check out time is 11:00 AM Central Time. The minimum age to rent a room is 21 years of age and photo ID is required at check in.   Special thanks to our partners:         

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