“Our Land and Our Relationship to It” Story Exchange April 7, 2018

As we are all well aware, the Dakota Access Pipeline has created tensions across our region, particularly between our Native and Non-native residents who may view the land and its connection to those of us who live here differently.  It is an issue that often leads to heated debates and media attention.  However, often little meaningful communication occurs.  Narrative 4, a global organization working locally out of Concordia College, is dedicated to bringing people together across all kinds of differences for meaningful dialogue created through personal storytelling.  Indeed the motto is “Share Today. Change Tomorrow.”  We leave agendas and talking points behind to speak from personal experience and hear the experiences of others.  We are not interested in debating the status of the pipeline.  We are interested in creating healthy, whole communities with all who live in them learning to value one another. 

To that end, we invite you into a process of story exchange during which you will meet a wide variety of people: potentially members in the group may be police, protesters, tribal leadership, energy company employees, ranchers, pipe line workers, native Bismarck and Mandan residents, and politicians.  We ask that you come with an open mind and heart, as well as a willingness to tell your story and to hear the stories of others.  Our focus at this time is on the topic of land and our relationship with it, which can also bring up values connected with economics, faith, family traditions, and ways of knowing ourselves and our world.   

Many story exchanges have already taken place with wonderful connections created across all of our differences.

From the BBC: an exchange between immigrants and non-immigrants in Fargo-Moorhead:  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39727185

From MPR:  Media files:  13stories_bridge_20170613_64.mp3 (audio/mpeg, 6.2 MB); or, read here: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/13/fargo-moorhead-listening-project-immigrants-natives

To reserve a spot for your participation or speak further about this daylong event, please contact Stacy Closson, ThinkND, stacyclosson89@yahoo.com or 202-510-4917.


Heritage Center Sensational Sundays: Good Government Summit - Sunday, April 15, 2018

This free event, featuring a statewide media panel and a talk by humanities scholar and historical interpreter Clay Jenkinson in character as Thomas Jefferson,will spark a timely discussion about government ethics and address how North Dakota rates in the eyes of its citizens. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

The Good Government Summit is the culmination of community conversations held across the state by ThinkND and the Northern Plains Ethics Institute (NPEI) at North Dakota State University. Participants were asked to consider the following questions: What qualities do we look for in a public official? What responsibilities do we as citizens have in helping to create and nurture good government? Can North Dakota's government be improved?

Robert Foresman of NPEI will share outcomes from the community conversations and Jenkinson will present on "Good Government" as Thomas Jefferson and moderate an audience discussion. A reading from Prairie Public's"Dakota Datebook" will provide historical context for modern-day questions. Members of the media will discuss the topic from their perch as long-time observers and reporters of state and local government. PrairiePublic's "Main Street" will be recording the event.

The media panel, moderated by "Main Street" host Doug Hamilton, will include Amy Dalrymple, Bismarck Tribune; Mike Jacobs, former editor and publisher of the Grand Forks Herald; Dave Thompson, Prairie Public Radio;Cecile Wehrman, Journal Publishing; and Jack Zaleski, Forum Communications.

The Good Government Summit is made possible in part through grants from the Bush Foundation and Humanities North Dakota.

This program is part of the State Historical Society of North Dakota’s Sensational Sundays program. Sensational Sundays are free cultural programs sponsored by the State Historical Society that include a variety of lectures, concerts, movies, and tours.
Date & Time: 04/15/2018 01:00 PM - 04/15/2018 04:00 PM
Price: $0

Location: Russell Reid Auditorium, North Dakota Heritage Center