Existence is Resistance

Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition is a loosely based coalition of Native American Organizations and individuals, Churches, groups and others, who support Native American and Indigenous treaty and human rights, as well as racial issues on a local and national level.

As a step toward honoring the truth and achieving healing and reconciliation with those indigenous peoples who were affected most by the Doctrine of Discovery and broken treaties, we acknowledge the traditional Shawnee and Myaamia lands on which we now stand, and on which the city of Cincinnati was built.

CSO Look Around
7:00 PM19:00

CSO Look Around

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, along with thirty local groups including choirs, instrumental ensembles and dancers, gather together in musical meditation and a celebratory parade. This enveloping musical experience is free for the community and extends from Ziegler Park through Over-the-Rhine, and culminates in Washington Park for a full orchestral experience. Performing music co-created with composer Shara Nova and with direction by Mark DeChiazza, artists and audience become one as they move throughout the neighborhood, inviting friends and neighbors to join in, simply listen, or...look around.

The title of the work is taken from Siri Imani’s poem “Lost Generation” which begins with the words, “I need you to care not about yourself or obtaining your wealth / I need you to look around”. Text for the music will be derived from interviews Nova will conduct with local community members focusing on identity, emphasizing our cultural diversity and reflecting on what it means to have a sense of home.

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7:00 PM19:00

Support Indigenous Action: On A Knife Edge Documentary Screening


Join us for our first documentary screening in our new meeting space! This will be the first in a series of documentaries and discussion about Indigenous movements.

Food will be provided!
-Indian Tacos-
Donations Appreciated

A SUMMARY: "On a Knife Edge is a coming-of-age story of George Dull Knife, a Lakota teenager growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. George is being raised by his single father, Guy Dull Knife, Jr. - a veteran of both Vietnam and the Occupation of Wounded Knee - and is inspired by his family legacy of survivors and leaders to help shape his own generation's fight for social justice. Each generation of Dull Knifes has produced its heroes, including Chief Dull Knife himself, who escaped forced relocation in 1878 by successfully leading a band of his people across 600 miles of plains in the dead of winter in a now-legendary flight to freedom. On a Knife Edge follows the contemporary chapter of the remarkable Dull Knife story and follows George as he becomes politicized and embraces his heritage. Abandoned by his mother, but guided by his father, George overcomes difficulties at school, and emerges as a promising young leader in the local American Indian Movement, fashioning himself in the warrior mold of his legendary ancestors. His growing political awareness leads him on a collision course with the police and the reservation's tribal council. But as he matures, George discovers that the responsibilities of manhood are more complex than simply confronting authority and he is forced to balance duty to his people with that of his immediate family. Filmed over four years, the documentary follows George's evolving sense of self, as his growing role of leadership in his family and community forces him to define the concepts of warrior, tradition, and duty in new ways."

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8:00 PM20:00

Opening of The Thanksgiving Play

A play by Larissa Fasthorse
Directed by Lisa Portes
Sponsored by Linda Busken Jergens
”Watch as a group of liberal artists walk the fine line of political correctness in this fresh, satirical comedy. Armed with progressive lingo and questionably good intentions, they attempt to devise a culturally sensitive Thanksgiving play for local elementary schools. Slowly but surely, the well-meaning plans dissolve into an outrageous sendup of PC behavior. The Thanksgiving Play treads the minefields of appropriation to inject some laughter into activism, apathy and all the assumptions in between.”
This play will be running through April 21st.

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