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Honor the Protectors Exhibit and Presentation
Start Date: 10/12/2017Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 10/12/2017

Event Description:
Stories of community, a deeper appreciation of values and a glimpse into the curation of the photos that compose the exhibit “Honoring the Protectors: Images from Standing Rock” will be conveyed during a presentation on Thursday, Oct. 12, by Heidi Inman and Mary Richardson in WSU’s Krueger Library as part of the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
The Prairie Island Dancers will precede Heidi and Mary’s presentation at 6 p.m. on the first floor of the library where the exhibit is being shown.
The event is free and open to the public.
Heidi is Lakota/Dakota and an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. She lives in Minneapolis, and has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in cultural anthropology and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in sociology. Heidi will be discussing the survivor’s guilt she experienced as she traveled back and forth from Minneapolis to the Water Protectors’ camp. She made trips every two weeks between September and December, then chiseled her army tent from the ice a week before police raided Oceti Sakowin. She saw the aftermath of what she feels was an assault on the Water Protectors.
Heidi also will share with the audience what she personally gained from her experience at Octei Sakowin, a journey that allowed her the opportunity to connect culturally with others.
Mary is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain band of Chippewa Indians. She grew up in Omaha, Neb., and has made Minneapolis her home for most of the last 30 years. She has enjoyed a decades-long career as a software developer and in her spare time, she is an artist and activist. She especially is passionate about police brutality and equal treatment for all indigenous, black and brown people.
Her artistic medium is photography, and she is a member of The Million Artist Movement – a group that uses art as an agent to coalesce people and power into change. She also is a member of the In Progress Nexus group of artists, a group whose members have mentored and supported her while she grows as an artist.
Mary will speak about the process of planning and curating the exhibit currently on view in the library.
The exhibit features photos that display the power of peacefully and prayerfully standing together in a unified message that In Progress curated and originally exhibited at its location in north St. Paul. In Progress is a 2016 recipient of the Arts Learning grant from the Minnesota State Arts Boar, which is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from th Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota in 2008.
 
Location Information:
Darrell W. Krueger Library
Contact Information:
Name: Cindy Killion
Email: ckillion@winona.edu
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