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NDSU-hosted events to raise awareness of endangered indigenous women

Two events are scheduled on the NDSU campus as part of the Sing Our Rivers Red initiative. They are part of a weeklong series of events being held in the Fargo-Moorhead area aimed at increasing awareness of murdered and missing indigenous women.

The events are scheduled at NDSU on Monday, Feb. 9. A Speak Out and Exhibition Opening is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Memorial Union Gallery. The event will feature a traveling earring exhibit created with 1,181 single-sided earrings to symbolize murdered or missing indigenous women and original art by Navajo muralist and painter Nani Chacon. The event also will include poetry, spoken word by Tanaya Winder and Hannabah Blue, and speakers, including Lissa Yellowbird-Chase, who are working on issues involving trafficking, violence and missing women.

A concert is scheduled in the Memorial Union Century Theater from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hip hop artists Frank Waln and Mic Jordan will perform. Special guests include Diane Miller and Young Jibwe.

Additional Sing Our Rivers Red events are scheduled at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College throughout the week. They include:

Tuesday, Feb. 10
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Missing: The Documentary”
MSUM Livingston Lord Library room 103
A screening of “Missing: The Documentary” will be followed by a panel discussion.

Wednesday, Feb. 11
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Arming Sisters Workshop
MSUM Underground at Comstock Memorial Union 001
This event is a course utilizing women’s self defense to revive self empowerment, love and ownership of body.

Friday, Feb. 13
Sing Our Rivers Red Honoring featuring Winona LaDuke
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Concordia Barry Auditorium
The event will be a community gathering to honor and pray for those who have been murdered or are missing, people who work in fields related to this issue, Sing Our Rivers Red sponsors and speakers, and Mother Earth. LaDuke will speak and answer questions on “The Intersection of Violence Against Women and Oil Extraction.” Dinner will be provided. The event will feature the Rivers’ Edge Drum Group, Silent Witnesses and will be accompanied by prayer and smudging. Messages and names of people to honor at the event may be sent to Melanie Nadeau at Melanie.nadeau@ndsu.edu.

Saturday, Feb. 14
Sing Our Rivers Red March and Rally
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Meet at the Fargo Public Library and march to the Moorhead Public Library beginning at 12:30 p.m. Attendees are urged to meet at noon. The rally will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Free hot chocolate and coffee will be provided at the rally.

For more information about Sing Our Rivers Red, visit facebook.com/SingOurRiversRed.

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