Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day at UND

Film screening, meal and free concert are all part of the plans for the Monday October 10 holiday

The UND community is invited to events on Monday, October 10 to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. The UND Offices for Student Diversity and Inclusion and Indians in Medicine hosted a film screening, traditional meal and concert open to UND students, faculty and staff.

“We look forward to honoring and uplifting Indigenous voices and peoples while celebrating alongside our Indigenous students, faculty and staff,” said Stacey Borboa-Peterson, Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion . “We have planned a full day of events and are excited to have the opportunity to engage with members of our community.”

This year marks the fourth year the UND has celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day, and the excitement around the date has helped it quickly become a UND tradition, Borboa-Peterson said. His team collaborated with Dr. Daniel Henry of the Indians into Medicine program, as well as Sonya Anderson, clinical teacher in the Department of Nursing, to develop this year’s list of activities.

Last October, President Joe Biden became the first president to officially recognize the holiday, which falls on the second Monday in October and is now recognized in states and communities across the country.

Events such as Indigenous Peoples Day raise awareness of the culture and traditions of Indigenous peoples, Borboa-Peterson said, and help create and foster a sense of pride and belonging for the Indigenous community on and around campus. .

“There is so much excitement from people to come together and celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day,” she remarked. “We hope attendees can feel this and be encouraged to engage and learn throughout the day.”

All events are currently scheduled to take place in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

10:00 a.m. – Screening of the film “Oyate”

“Oyate” shares the voices of Indigenous activists, organizers, and politicians providing perspective on the history and context of the 2016 Dakota Access Pipeline protests and the #NoDAPL movement.

The 90-minute documentary sheds light on the interconnectedness of issues facing Indigenous communities today and looks to a more sovereign and sustainable future for their people, according to the film’s website.

The documentary features the views of lawyer and activist Chase Iron Eyes, activist leader Phyllis Young, Spirit Lake-based hip-hop artist Stuart James and US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, among others.

11:30 a.m. – “Oyate” round table

Immediately following the screening of the film, a panel discussion will take place with Vicki Alberts, UND law student and member of the Native American Law Student Association; James Grijalva, professor of law; and Stuart James to discuss the documentary.

12:30 p.m. – Traditional meal

A meal will be served after the “Oyate” screening and panel in the Memorial Union Ballroom for all attendees. Dishes served will include bison stew, fried bread and wojapi.

7 p.m. – Concert with Stuart James and Kitto

Stuart James, the Spirit Lake-based hip-hop artist featured in “Oyate,” will perform alongside Kitto for a free concert.