Johnnie Aseron in the Dome at UCSB, May 18, 2017In September of 2016, Red Lightning Community members built a Solar Powered Camp at Standing Rock, working closely with the camp leadership of Oceti Sakowin to create a community space and provide support in vital areas. Red Lightning maintained the camp through the winter until the forced eviction in February 2017.

Wednesday May 17, 2017 /  7:30 PM

Red Lightning Dome, Visitor Center Lawn

SCREENING: Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock with filmmaker Myron Dewey

Click here for information on this Tribeca-selected documentary

Seating will be on the grass; dress warmly and bring your own blanket!

Thursday May 18, 2017

Red Lightning Dome, Visitor Center Lawn

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM:  Welcome to Camp: A Presentation and Discussion with Johnnie Aseron, main facilitator at the Oceti Sakowin Camp Red Lightning Dome

Come experience a day at camp facilitated by Johnnie Aseron, who among others developed a process by which to help newcomers to the camp—especially non-native allies—to learn about the 7 Lakota values and integrate into the cultural protocol of the Standing Rock first nations community. He will offer this process, which he defines as a “hoop,” to our students and campus community at large. The event is held in the Red Lightning Dome which was a central gathering space for Oceti Sakowin community meetings, council, media and celebration events. 

The whole process lasts around three hours and we recommend staying for the whole time if you can, and/or be respectful in your entering or exiting the dome. Upon arrival you will be greeted by Native American student ambassadors who will give you some preliminary instruction about First Nation cultural protocols. Please, bring something to sit comfortably on the grass.  

Mr. Johnnie Aseron, Executive Director of the Inter-National Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INITC), served as the Wellness Initiative and Interfaith Coordinator for the duration of Oceti Sakowin Camp near Standing Rock, ND. Drawing on 25 years experience working in a range of Native community development areas, he has been active in academic research, teaching, and consulting with Native organizations and programs both in the U.S. and internationally. He is currently a co-coordinator of the Four Bands Greater Sioux Nation Camp in North Dakota and brings a range of experiences and insights to share. Mr. Aseron has published numerous academic papers and articles on topics including the search for environmental justice

12:30-1:45 pm: Dr. Felicia Lopez; reading will be about LeAnne Howe’s Tribalography

2:00-3:45 pm: Pete Crowheart & Soldier Blue, drumming circle

7-9:00 pm: Candace Waid’s Native American Memoir (ENGL 134NA) class

Friday, May 19, 2017

8-8:30 PM: Hummingbird Drumming Circle

8:30-10:30 PM: Screening of “When They Awake” and Director Q&A

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