Residents from the area are planning to commemorate Indigenous People’s Day in Mankato. This will take place on Monday, October 8.

Films will be shown throughout the day to help the public understand the meaning behind the commemoration.

The screenings are free and open to the public.

Daytime film showings are at the First Congregational Church of Christ, 150 Stadium Rd, Mankato.

Monday, October 8 – Showing at 12:30 pm The CanaryEffect (70 minutes)

The Canary Effect is a documentary that looks into the effects that the United States and its policies have on the Indigenous peoples (Native Americans) who are residents.

It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won the Stanley Kubrick Award at the 2006 Traverse City Film Festival (Michael Moore hosts).

Delving deeply into the often misunderstood and frequently over looked historic realities of the American Indian, The Canary Effect follows the terrifying and horrific abuses that Indigenous people of North America experienced and details the genocidal practices of the US government and its continuing effects on present day Indian country.

Directed by: Robin Davey, Yellow Thunder Woman

Monday, October – Showing at 2:30 Dakota 38 Documentary: Healing Journey of the Dakota People (80 minutes)

In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, found himself in a dream riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. Miller dismissed the vision at first. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862 in Mankato, MN.

Watch the documentary Dakota 38, that follows native riders on a 330 mile healing journey across South Dakota to Minnesota, in honor of those lost over 150 years ago at the end of the Dakota War of 1862.


Evening showings are at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Located on the 2nd floor in the Hubbard Building/Strategic Partnerships Center
424 North Riverfront Drive
Mankato, MN 56001

Monday, October 8 – Showing at 5:30 pm:  The Doctrine of Discovery, Unmasking the Domination Code (70 minutes)

This powerful and landmark documentary “The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking The Domination Code” is a result of the collaborative efforts by Dakota filmmaker and Director Sheldon Wolfchild and Co-Producer Steven Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape). The film, based on Newcomb’s thirty years of research, and his book Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery (Fulcrum, 2008), brings to the big screen an amazing and little known story:

The first Christian people to locate lands inhabited by non-Christians (“infidels, heathens, and savages”) claimed the right to assert a right of domination for themselves. On the basis of this religiously premised argument, the U.S. Supreme Court has defined the land title of the Indian nations as a “mere right of occupancy” subject to the right of domination on the part of the United States government. The first “Christian people” that claimed “ultimate dominion,” said the Supreme Court, could grant away the soil while yet it was still in the possession of the “natives, who were heathens.”  

Monday, October 8 – Showing at 7:00 pm: More Than a Word (60 minutes)

More Than a Word offers a fascinating look inside the growing movement to change the name of the Washington R*dskins football team. Directed by brothers John and Kenn Little, who are members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the film traces how the word “r*dskin” evolved from being a term of racist derision and slander to being embraced as the name of one of the NFL’s most beloved franchises. It also draws on the voices of Native American activists and scholars to place this controversy within the wider context of Native American history and racial stereotyping more generally.

More Than A Word analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than A Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation. In partnership with Media Education Foundation, this documentary will be released in September 2017.

At the completion of the evening films there will be a panel discussion and time for questions and dialogue.