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By Nick Hockings -
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

All programs will be held using Zoom unless otherwise noted. Please register at www.midwestsoarring.org/php/eventreg.php to attend these events via zoom.

 

SOARRING COMMUNITY PICNIC

Saturday, June 26, 2021 11am CT
Dellwood Park, Cardinal Pavillion
Lockport, IL

Mark your calendars! We're going to go outside and spend an afternoon in the sun. We have reserved the Cardinal Pavilion at the top of the hill at Dellwood Park in Lockport for a happy community gathering! This large, hilly and green park is good for hikes, frisbee golf, and we have a nice pavilion to hang out under should the sun shine too bright!

To minimize germs, we will break from our potluck tradition and ask everyone to bring or arrange for your own food. Also, to avoid musical park-benches, bringing your own lawn chair is recommended.

This will be a MASK-OPTIONAL event. If you want to maintain distance, keep your mask on. If you are vaccinated and want to share smiles and hugs, take your mask off! If you're afraid, we understand and will miss you - and look forward to seeing you again when you feel safe to join us! If you have had any symptoms in the 2 weeks before the picnic, please stay home. Masks will be on the honor system.

Everyone is welcome, the event is free, and if you're not sure that includes you, I assure you it does!

This will be a family friendly, drug and alcohol free event.

SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

Sunday, June 20, 2021 11am CT

Join Midwest SOARRING members for a summer solstice celebration led by Joseph Standing Bear Schranz. The event is free and open to the public.

We will meet at the Heritage Pioneer Village, 249 W. 2nd Street, Lockport, IL., near the Medicine Wheel Garden. Following the ceremony the Miles Goddard Scholarship will be awarded to two worthy applicants. Coffee and desert will follow. All are welcome.

 

VIRTUAL TALK: BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT AND IT'S PLACE IN UTAH'S WILDERNESS

Sunday, June 20, 2021 11am CT

Bears Ears National Monument was established by President Obama at in December of 2016 at the urging of the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition -- Hope, Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni. In addition to protecting a spectacular natural and cultural landscape it set a first of its kind precedent of co-management between the United States and tribal governments. In December of 2017 President Trump slashed its land area by 85%, carved the remaining portion into two pieces, and eliminated the co-management provision. President Biden has promised to restore the original monument and has created a review process which, hopefully, will bring that about - possibly by the time of our program.

Bears Ears has also served as a model for alliance of Tribes with regional and national conservation organizations who stepped up in support of Intertribal Coalition's proposal. The region is central to a larger network of remaining wild lands within the boundaries of the state of Utah. The largest network of unprotected wilderness in the lower 48 states of the U.S. There is a vigorous national campaign to protect those places as well --preserving the wild lands and ancient sacred places while helping the land to help humanity in our struggles with climate change.

Our speaker is Clayton Daughenbaugh, Organizing Director for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. SUWA is a close ally of the Intertribal Coalition and a central player in the Utah wilderness protection effort.

If you missed the April presentation on the Bears Ears National Monument it was recorded. Please visit this link to watch it..

 

VIRTUAL TALK: BIRD FEEDING WITHOUT BIRDFEEDERS

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 7pm CT

How did seed-eating birds eat before bird feeders? This presentation on restoring native landscaping in your yard reveals how valuable native plants are to our native birds. Kate will showcase Forest Preserve native landscapes as well as her own suburban yard to give you plenty of inspiration. She will also discuss which native plants attract the insects needed for our birds to feed their young. Even seed-eating birds feed insects to their young. And the birds agree - it’s not too early to be planning your native garden. Information will be provided on native plant sources, upcoming native plant sales, and on sites that help you identify and track the birds in your landscape. There will be a presentation for approximately 45 minutes followed by a question and answer period.

Not from Northern Illinois? No problem! Although the places she lives and works are used as examples, Kate can discuss and direct you to native plant resources appropriate for your part of the country.

Kate Caldwell is an Interpretive Naturalist at Plum Creek Nature Center near Beecher, IL, one of the jewels managed by the Forest Preserve District of Will County. She extends the use of native landscaping to her own suburban yard.

This is a Virtual meeting using ZOOM. While we do not charge for our Zoom presentations, we do encourage attendees to consider making a small donation to Midwest SOARRING Foundation. Please register for this event here. Zoom details will be mailed to registered attendees a few days prior to the presentation.

 

VIRTUAL TALK: BUFFALO FIELD CAMPAIGN:
Restoring wild, migratory bison to the Yellowstone Ecosystem

Saturday, March 27, 2021 1pm CT

Midwest SOARRING Foundation invites you to attend an online Zoom presentation given by James Holt, Executive Director of the Buffalo Field Campaign. James was raised on the Nez Perce Reservation in Lapwai, Idaho where he lives today. His family lifestyle is one of tradition. James was taught to hunt and fish early on, to help pick berries and dig roots, to be a provider. He was given the belief that his relationship with the natural world is sacred, and was given the responsibility of being a warrior for Mother Earth. James childhood background compliments his education as he holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and a Certificate in Diversity and Stratification.

This presentation will explore the ecosystem services of wild, migratory bison in the Yellowstone Ecosystem, the issues surrounding bison management, the influence of tribes on management, and the Buffalo Field Campaign's grassroots, science-based solutions for these issues.

A brief overview will be provided of the history of the Buffalo Field Campaign along with a description of the ecological services provided by wild bison as a keystone species in the Yellowstone region. This will be followed by adiscussion of the current hurdles the Campaign is working to overcome in advocating for Brother Buffalo as our National Mammal, and the only continuously-wild herd of bison in the lower 48 states.

Indigenous goals for Yellowstone bison are founded in culture, subsistence, and on-reservation health and wellbeing. Tribal actions are facilitated by treaty-reserved hunting rights and on-reservation bison restoration. As such, an overview of how the Campaign interacts with tribes and supports their efforts will also be provided. The Campaign supports tribal sovereignty, while prioritizing wild, migratory bison and the environment. The Buffalo Field Campaign envisions a management structure where Yellowstone bison are free to roam the region naturally fulfilling their ecological niche, and building resilience against climate change and habitat degradation.

This is a Virtual meeting using ZOOM. While we do not charge for our Zoom presentations, we do encourage attendees to consider making a small donation to Midwest SOARRING Foundation. Please register for this event here. Zoom details will be mailed to registered attendees a few days prior to the presentation.

 

NATIVE ADVOCACY ROUNDTABLE:
Native Americans of Glen Ellyn - Past, Present, and Future

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 6:30-8:00pm CT

College of DuPage Native American Studies Committee, Glen Ellyn Library, and Glen Ellyn Historical Society are presenting a program to address the strong Native presence in the DuPage region and how to be an active ally for the local Native American community. The 4 part agenda includes:

For more information and the zoom link, download the flier.

 

VIRTUAL TALK: CULTURAL BURNING

Saturday, March 6, 2021 1pm CT

Midwest SOARRING Foundation invites you to attend an online zoom presentation given by Margo Robbins, co-founder and Executive Director of the Cultural Fire Management Council (CFMC). Margo is one of the key planners and organizers of the Cultural Burn Training Exchange (TREX) that takes place on the Yurok Reservation in Northern California twice a year. She is also a co-lead and advisor for the Indigenous People's Burn Network. Margo comes from the traditional Yurok village of Morek, and is an enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe. She gathers and prepares traditional food and medicine, and is a basket weaver and regalia maker. She is the Indian Education Director for the Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School district, a mom, and a grandma.

Margo Robbins talk will cover the traditional and contemporary uses of fire, the benefits of fire, as well as the challenges and solutions.

This is a Virtual meeting using ZOOM. While we do not charge for our Zoom presentations, we do encourage attendees to consider making a small donation to Midwest SOARRING Foundation. Please register for this event here. Zoom details will be mailed to registered attendees a few days prior to the presentation.

 

VIRTUAL WATER LEGACY TALK: SULFIDE MINING IN MINNESOTA

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 1pm

Midwest SOARRING Foundation invites you to attend an online zoom presentation given by Don Arnosti, Conservation Leader and Board Member of Water Legacy, an award-winning 501(c)(3) non-profit grassroots organization founded in 2009 to protect Minnesota waters and the communities that rely on them, particularly from sulfide mining pollution. Don is a talented and informative speaker you won't want to miss. Arnosti's talk will cover the threat of sulfide ore mining to four major watersheds in northern Minnesota. This will include impacts to fish, wild rice, and the people who depend on them.

Don Arnosti is a Minnesota conservation leader working over the years as a Policy Director and Executive Director for the National Audubon Society, the Izaak Walton League, Clean Water Action and several other local groups. He's been involved in protecting Minnesota's resources from the threats of sulfide mining since the 1980's, when he led the environmental team participating in a state and industry-sponsored Mining Simulation Study. Presently, he is an environmental consultant, and serves on the Board of Water Legacy, a non-profit focused on using litigation and organizing to protect Minnesota's waters from the toxic threat of sulfide mining.

This is a virtual meeting using Zoom. While we do not charge for our Zoom presentations, we do encourage attendees to consider making a small donation to Water Legacy and Midwest SOARRING Foundation. Please register for this event here. Zoom details will be emailed registered attendees prior to the meeting.

 

ANNUAL 2020 MEMBERS MEETING

Sunday, December 27, 2020 - 2pm

Midwest SOARRING Foundation invites everyone to join our 2020 Annual Members Meeting. This is a virtual meeting using Zoom. Please register for this event here. Zoom details will be emailed registered attendees prior to the meeting.

 

SUMMER SOLTICE CELEBRATION & TALKING CIRCLE

Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 11am
Will County Heritage Village
249 W. 2nd Street
Lockport, IL. 60441

Midwest SOARRING Foundation invites everyone to celebrate the summer solstice with a blessing followed by a talking circle led by Joseph Standing Bear Schranz.

The event will be held outside. Participants are asked to wear masks and practise social distancing. In the event of rain the event will be cancelled due to COVID-19.

Everyone is welcome! The event is free and no registration is required.

 

OUR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO COVID-19 GLOBAL PRAYER

Sunday, March 29, 2020 - Noon-1pm, Eastern Daylight Time
Wherever You Are

Joseph Standing Bear Schranz invites all pipe carriers and people of different faiths and beliefs to unite in a global prayer from the heart. Wherever we happen to be, let us each pray in our own manner for one hour.

Now it is time for a global shift and a time for action. We must protect the Red Bloods and the Green Bloods from further destruction and begin a healing towards all.

 

BEAT THE DRUM PHOTOGRAPHY RECEPTION AND TALK

Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 1pm-3pm
Opening Reception: 1-3pm
Dear Earth Talk: 2-3pm Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 Riverwoods Road
Riverwoods, IL. 60015

Beat The Drum-A Glimpse of Native American Pow Wow Culture features the photography of Tom and Lynn Anderson taken at Midwest SOARRING Foundation's intertribal Harvest Pow Wow. This family friendly event held in the western suburbs of Chicago is an annual celebration of Native American culture featuring drumming, singing, and Native American and Indigenous dancers in colorful regalia. Experience an authentic and rich educational gathering with descendants of America’s First People.The exhibition runs through Sunday, April 12, 2020.

This exhibition is coupled with a Dear Earth talk, featuring Joseph Standing Bear. Joseph is the Founder and President of Midwest SOARRING Foundation.

Tickets for the Dear Earth Talk are $10 for members/$15 for non-members. To register visit the Brushwood Center.

 

WINTER STORYTELLING

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - Noon-3pm
Pilcher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Dr.
Joliet, IL. 60432

Midwest SOARRING Foundation and Pilcher Park Nature Center welcomes you to an afternoon of hot chocolate and Native American Storytelling.

In the days of our ancestors, bundled up in our little houses trying to stay warm, stories were told to pass the time. This is the source of the oral tradition that all cultures once shared, when stories were passed down from one generation to the next.

We will present a variety of traditional stories from around ancient North America, along with some artifacts with their own tales to tell. Hot chocolate will be available, and if you'd like to bring cookies or a snack to share, that would be welcome. Our stories are appropriate for all ages.

Everyone is welcome! The event is free and no registration is required

 

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DINNER & ANNUAL MEMBERS HOLIDAY PARTY & MEETING

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 4:00-9pm
Pilcher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive
Joliet, IL. 60432

This gathering is a celebration of the community we build by the work we do. Please bring a side dish to share. Main entries, rolls, and beverages will be provided.

The annual members meeting will be held at 4pm. This will be followed by a candlelit walk and the holiday party with dinner and fellowship after the walk. At 7pm we will take turns decorating the Christmas tree with your special ornament. Later, we will hold a holiday split-the-pot raffle.

Every year we ask members to bring a gift for those in need. For the children please bring hats, mittens, or a new toy. For adults please bring a non-perishable food item, toiletries, or household goods.

We ask each family or individual attending the party to make one holiday ornament to decorate our Christmas tree. We will take turns sharing the special meaning of each ornament and then hang them on our tree. The tree will stay decorated until after the holidays, on display at the Nature Center.

This event is free and open to all 2019 Midwest SOARRING volunteers and current members. Memberships can be renewed at the event. All others will be charged a nominal fee of $15 pp. This is a drug and alcohol free event.

 

INTERFAITH PRAYER CEREMONY

Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 3pm
St. Dennis Church
1214 S. Hamilton St.
Lockport, IL. 60441

Everyone is invited to an enriching interfaith prayer service which includes a Native American prayer to the seven directions. Representatives from other faiths will also share prayers from their respective traditions. Social gathering to follow.

 

ANNUAL TREE SEED PLANTING

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 10am-1pm
Scout Cabin
417 Fairbanks Road
Riverside, IL. 60546

We invite all to join SOARRING for our 15,000th tree seed planting. Everyone is invited to gather at the Scout Cabin located along the Des Plaines River at 10am. The hardwood seed planting will begin at 11am followed by food, talk, and teachings. The cabin has a fireplace and parking is available along Fairbanks Ave. Potluck items are welcome. Hot chili, coffee and hot chocolate will be served. Dress for the weather!

 

FILM SHOWING: WHAT WAS OURS

Saturday, November 16,2019 - 6pm-9:30pm
Universalist Unitarian Church of Joliet
3401 W Jefferson St.
Joliet, Illinois 60431

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Universalist Unitarian Church of Joliet and Midwest Soarring Foundation are working together to show the documentary What Was Ours along with a short slideshow of SOARRING's trip to Standing Rock. This will be followed by a discussion by Joe Standing Bear about repatriation and reburial. After the movie, there will be a pot luck, so bring along a dish to share. The event is free and open to the public.

What Was Ours is a film that touches on the lives of three individuals from the Wind River Indian Reservation and their journey to The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. They each take this trip with hopes to bring home artifacts stored within the walls of the museum.

“Arapaho and Shoshone people have always wanted a museum on the reservation. When people hear that we ask to borrow our artifacts, they wonder why we have to ask. They’re ours.”
— Jordan Dresser, Northern Arapaho Tribal Member

For more info on the film visit Facebook event link.

 

MIDWEST SOARRING 25th ANNUAL HARVEST POW WOW

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 21 & 22 2019
Naper Settlement
523 S. Webster St.
Naperville, IL 60540

For more info visit www.harvestpowwow.com

 

2019 COMCAST CARES VOLUNTEER WORK DAY

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8am-2pm
Heritage Village
249 West 2nd Street
Lockport, IL. 60441
RSVP by April 18, 2019 at Comcast Cares

Midwest SOARRING cordially invites all volunteers to join Comcast employees for a volunteer work spring cleanup day. We will work together and assist in land clean-up and preparation for spring, clearing out and preparing areas for sacred planting along with building cleaning and organization in Heritage Village in the Village of Lockport.

Volunteer projects will also involve working along the I & M Canal and restoring Monarch butterfly habitat by planting milkweed. Lunch and drinks and a T shirt will be provided. Entertainment will follow lunch.

There is work for all ages and interests, and we always have such a great day working on the land together! Event takes place rain or shine. Please check the weather and dress accordingly.

For more information please call 224.229.5950 or email Sharisse Sheridan. Please register by April 18, 2019.

 

FILM SHOWING: OUR SPIRITS DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH: INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOL

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 1:30-3pm
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center

In April, viewers will learn about the Indian Boarding Schools of the 19th and 20th century in the monthly film screening of Our Spirits Don't Speak English. Each month, guests can enjoy a different 30-40 minute film with discussion about an aspect of Native American culture. These films are produced by Native American filmmakers such as Rich-Heape films, and presented in cooperation with various tribes. All film screenings are offered by Midwest SOARING as a service to the community, and there is no charge to attend.

After the film visit our Native American Cultural Center Gift Shop and enjoy our photo exhibition gallery The Repatriation of Iron Tail's Possessions: The Face on the Indian Nickel and the collection donated by Dr. Clifford Knapp.

Meet and greet other Midwest SOARRING members. We welcome new members.

 

FILM SHOWING: HOW TO TRACE YOUR NATIVE AMERICAN ANCESTRY

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 1:30-3pm
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center

March will kick off Midwest SOARRING’s monthly film screenings at its cultural center. Each month, guests can enjoy a different 30-40 minute film with discussion about an aspect of Native American culture. These films are produced by Native American filmmakers such as Rich-Heape films, and presented in cooperation with various tribes. All film screenings are offered by Midwest SOARING as a service to the community, and there is no charge to attend. March’s film will be the award-winning “How to Trace Your Native American Heritage”. Does your family share a legend about a Native American ancestor? This film can teach how to search for your Native American ancestors, discover your heritage, and perhaps qualify for tribal membership.

After the film visit our Native American Cultural Center Gift Shop and enjoy our photo exhibition gallery The Repatriation of Iron Tail's Possessions: The Face on the Indian Nickel and the collection donated by Dr. Clifford Knapp.

Meet and greet other Midwest SOARRING members. We welcome new members.

 

SPRING EQUINOX CEREMONY

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 - 11am
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center

Midwest SOARRING invites you to join in a short traditional ceremony celebrating the spring equinox led by Joseph Standing Bear Schrantz. The event will focus on health and balance for the new season.

 

TALKING CIRCLE

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 11:30 pm
Midwest SOARRING Native American Cultural Center

Talking circles provide an opportunity for individuals to connect with our community over many issues of daily life as well share their spiritual concerns. For those who have not participated in a talking circle we encourage you to get involved. No politics are discussed. Everyone has an opportunity to talk and be heard.

Following each circle there is ample opportunity for fellowship, as we enjoy a feast. We have a tradition of each member bringing a dish to share with others. While we do not have an oven, crock pots, casseroles, salads, and desserts are welcome. Please bring enough to share with others. This is also a time to share each other’s favorite recipes.

 

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