Community Events

Thursday, December 10th, 2020, 11:00 AM (Central)

Virtual Talk: Sam Olbekson on Cultural Expression in Architecture as a Means to Community Building

In a virtual event at the Minneapolis Institute of Art: Is architecture more than good design? Should architects address societal issues like equity and sustainability? Sam Olbekson is Principal of Native American Design at Cuningham Group and Founder of Full Circle Indigenous Planning. He has spent more than 20 years working with Native American clients on culturally significant planning and design. Sam brings the perspective of a member of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe who grew up in Native communities. He believes that design, health, equity, culture, community, and economic opportunity are all inextricably linked. Good architecture takes these all into account. As an architect, he sees his role as place-maker with a vision of an equitable and just future.

Photo credit: Dale Kakkak

Friday, December 4th, 2020, 12:00 PM (Central)

Virtual Talk: Robin Wall Kimmerer

In a virtual event at the Minneapolis Institute of Art: Drawing on both indigenous and scientific knowledge, botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants, talks about the importance of cultivating a reciprocal relationship with the environment, and how understanding our connection to the land helps us connect more deeply with one another.

Monday, November 23rd, 2020, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM (Central)

Land Grant Universities: Origin & Significance

In a virtual event at UMN’s Medical School, Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health: Join us for a panel discussion about the origin and significance of being a Land Grant University, moderated by the Director of the Center of American Indian and Minority Health (CAIMH), Dr. Mary Owen (Tlingit), assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Biobehavioral Health. The virtual discussion will also feature expert guests who will speak to the meaning and impact of land grant institutions.

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 12:00-1:00 PM (Central)

“An Alliance Between Humans and Creatures”: Indigenous Stories of Nature, Healing and Resilience Webinar Series

At UMN’s Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change: Today as Indigenous peoples face the pandemics of health, economic, and social injustice, speakers consider relationships to the natural world through research, art, education, and conservation. In this webinar seriesopen to all, speakers share their stories, observations, efforts, and ideas regarding respectful alliances with nature and across humanity. Speakers:

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 12:00-1:00 PM (Central)

2020 Practical applications of an Indigenous model of Sustainability

At the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative at the University of Minnesota. Manoomin UMN Research Team Member Dr. Mike Dockry will present a webinar that provides participants with an overview of an Indigenous model of sustainability, and how it can be integrated into forestry decision making.

Friday, October 16, 2020, 4:30-6:00 PM (Pacific)

Tribal Forestry: The Intersection of Industrial and Indigenous Forest Management

As part of The S.J. Hall Lecture in Industrial Forestry, hosted virtually by the University of California – Berkeley (

Manoomin UMN Research Team Member Dr. Mike Dockry will discuss the aspects of successful forest management on Tribal lands as well as the intersection of industrial and indigenous forest management.

Recorded video available on UC Berkeley’s Youtube page, or Rausser College Facebook page.

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