Greetings! it has been a month or so since the last report. Waiting out the elections, postponements of meetings, and other delays have slowed things down.
- Renaming Columbus Day. Elections have changed some members of the MN legislature around the state. We are thinking of revamping the schedule of activities to forward the goal of changing the October 12 date to one including Indigenous People's Day, probably starting in March 2015. Our request to Governor Dayton for a proclamation for this year went unanswered; so this will be tried again. We are asking help from MUUSJA's intern to work on the Minneapolis connections at NACDI who intend to go statewide with this effort. (Native American Community Development Institute)...The request to supporters is to get the names of their legislators, contact them for their thoughts on this subject, and depending on responses, ask for support and action in bringing this to the legislative bodies for action.
- Planning meetings have been delayed again and again, so definitive schedules need to be developed at this late date, for future programming. On December 19, a planning meeting to discuss progress toward meeting the goals set at the Strategy Meeting last spring. will be held at Mary's house at 12:30.
- The November Thanksgiving dinner was a huge success, with many attending to celebrate the season and fellowship. Next time we have have to find a hall!
- Truth and Reconciliation: On December 3, NUUF members traveled to Bemidji to participate in the initial gathering on T&R held at the American Indian Resource Center on the BSU campus. About 70 people came, including many native people, to discuss ways to improve conditions between the local cultures, Native and White. The next meeting will be on February 11.