2022 Events

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Native American Boarding Schools

Thursday, February 3 | 7 p.m. | Hastings Arts Center

We will learn about Native American Boarding schools from Dr. Brenda Child. Dr. Child is a professor at the University of Minnesota and is an award-winning author of several books, including Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940. Mask and proof of vaccination status required for attendance at this in-person event.

Native Enough: A Photo Book With Photographer Nina O’Leary

Saturday, February 5 | 1-2 p.m. | Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Native Enough dispels stereotypical images of Native Americans. With interview excerpts included alongside the present-day portraits of Native college students, this book discusses identity anxiety, tribal issues, moments of pride, and education. The combination of blackand-white portraits and interview excerpts provides a poignant look at the faces of Native students, proving that stereotypes fall short in the faces of Native diversity. Registration required; register via the Dakota County Library calendar.

Ojibwe Storytime

Monday, February 7 | 6-6:45 p.m. | Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Become familiar with the traditional Ojibwe stories as told by Ojibwe storyteller, Mi-zi-way DesJarlait. Geared for children 5 and older. Registration required; register via the Dakota County Library calendar.

Popcorn and a Movie

Wednesday, February 9 | 1 p.m. | Tilden Senior Center

Seniors, join us for a documentary that covers a century of cinema as filmmaker Neil Diamond explores how society’s understanding and misunderstanding of Native Americans has been influenced by film. “With clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, it is a remarkable feat of historical research.” Rated NR

LeDuc Book Club Discussion

Thursday, February 10 | 6:30–7:30 p.m. | LeDuc Historic Estate

Join the LeDuc History Book Group for a lively discussion of Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley.

Author Visit: Angeline Boulley

Tuesday, February 15 | In-school at HHS and 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Hastings Arts Center

Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. She will talk to HHS students about her debut novel, Firekeeper’s Daughter, during the school day. In the evening, she will join community members downtown to discuss her book and her work as an author. Boulley will sign books, and copies of her book will be available for purchase.

Film and Discussion

Thursday, February 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Watch the documentary Blood Memory (55 min), which recounts the history of America’s Indian Adoption Era and shows an adoption survivor helping others fi nd their way home through song and ceremony. After the screening, join others in discussing the fi lm. Geared for adults and older teens. Registration required; register via the Dakota County Library calendar.

Indigenous Drumming *DATE CHANGE*

Wednesday, February 23* | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Hear lively songs and stories from the Red Bone Singers and learn about the importance of drumming in native and indigenous cultures. Geared for children 5 and older. Registration required; register via the Dakota County Library calendar.

Discussion of Firekeeper’s Daughter *DATE CHANGE*

Thursday, February 17 | 2:45-3:30 p.m. | High School Library

High school students are invited to enjoy refreshments while discussing Boulley’s novel and her visit to HHS!

Family Event

Friday, February 25 |6-7:30 p.m. | Hastings YMCA

This event is for families with children in elementary school. Bring your young ones to the YMCA for pizza, books, and fun! Pizza will be served from 6-6:30, and then we’ll have fun with projects and activities related to Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard. Bring a copy of a recipe that your family loves! You do not need to be a member of the YMCA, and no registration is required.

Book Discussion for HMS Students


HMS students are invited to a book discussion about Indian No More. Your teachers will give you information on how to attend.

Books are available for purchase at the YMCA, the Tilden Community Center and at most events.

See the printable Events Flyer below.

Hastings Reads Flyer 2022.pdf