Guatemalan Youth in Defense of Land and Life!

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Youth activists speak about defense of land and the environment in Guatemala.

This fall, NISGUA (Network in Solidarity with Guatemala) welcomes Alex Escobar Prado as the featured speaker for this year’s tour, “Guatemalan Youth in Defense of Land and Life!” Alex is an activist, educator, and a member of the Guatemalan environmental justice organization Youth Organized in Defense of Life (JODVID).

Event Time & Date:
October 12, 2017 - 7:15pm to 8:30pm
Event Sponsor
Santa Elena Project of Accompaniment (SEPA)

Indigenous Peoples' Day Service of Reconciliation (Oberlin)

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Settler colonialism brought genocide, disease, and heartbreak to indigenous populations. It also brought a form of Christianity which sought to obliterate the spirituality of indigenous people with forced conversions and threat of death. Truth-telling is the beginning of reconciliation. This service is one small part of addressing this history and legacy in our nation.

Event Time & Date:
October 9, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event Sponsor
Oberlin Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee

Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration (Oberlin)

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Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day
Celebrate this year and every year.

Celebrate Ohio’s first Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration! Come bring a colorful sign, or just come, to join in a public display of celebration, appreciation and solidarity for Indigenous People. We meet in Oberlin, southeast corner of Tappan Square (Main Street & College Street).

Event Time & Date:
October 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Event Sponsor
Oberlin Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee
Cleveland American Indian Movement

Connecting with Oberlin's Indigenous Heritage

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International Day of the World's Indigenous People - August 9, 2017

Come and join us as we examine the history of Native Peoples in Oberlin. Cultural demonstrations, drumming and dancing will accompany this event. This event is a follow-up to the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

The Oberlin Heritage Center is a supporting partner of this collaborative community event.

This is a free, public, family-friendly event!

Event Time & Date:
August 19, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Sponsor
Oberlin Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee
Oberlin Heritage Center
Cleveland American Indian Movement

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2017

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International Day of the World's Indigenous People - August 9, 2017

Come and learn about local indigenous history and the continuing struggle for human rights and self-determination. Meet members of the Oberlin Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee as they share their effort to replace Columbus Day in Oberlin with Indigenous Peoples' Day, and explain how celebrating Columbus impacts indigenous peoples.

Event Time & Date:
August 9, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event Sponsor
Oberlin Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee
Oberlin Heritage Center
Cleveland American Indian Movement

Last Reading of Oberlin Indigenous Peoples' Day Resolution

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Come and show your support for Indigenous Peoples' Day as Oberlin City Council prepares to become the first city in Ohio to adopt this holiday. This is the third and final reading of the resolution to adopt; the previous two readings passed unanimously so we anticipate that this resolution will indeed pass. A strong showing of support from indigenous people will be welcome.

Event Time & Date:
August 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event Sponsor
Cleveland American Indian Movement
Oberlin Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee

Family Fun Fair

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Come to our table at Family Fun Fair in Oberlin. We will have games and activities for children and information on Indigenous Peoples' Day in Oberlin. Our table is located near Ottica Eyecare on Main Street in downtown Oberlin.

Event Time & Date:
August 5, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Event Sponsor
Cleveland American Indian Movement
Oberlin Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee

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John Winthrop, a founder of the Massachusetts Bay colony considered this wave of illness and death [among Natives] to be a divine miracle. He wrote to a friend in England, "But for the natives in these parts, God hath so pursued them, as for 300 miles space the greatest part of them are swept away by smallpox which still continues among them. So as God hath thereby cleared our title to this place, those who remain in these parts, being in all not 50, have put themselves under our protection.
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