North Dakota “Standing Rock And The Media” Panel Features Journalists, Plus Tribal And State Voices

Standing Rock and the Media is a discussion livestreamed by the University of North Dakota and features Mark Trahant and Jodi Gillette.

Thousands of spectators are expected to attend the 48th annual UND Time Out Week and Wacipi. As part of the discussion during the activities are Indian Country Today editor Mark Trahant, and former presidential advisor to American Indian affairs during the Obama Administration, Jodi Gillette, who participated in the Livestream discussion, “Standing Rock and the Media.”

Watch the video of the event here:

To share the event, as the Livestream concluded noon EST, use the hashtag #StandingRockMediaUND.

The video is still available via link outside of this article at http://www.ustream.tv/jnJXRZKSgUA.

The 48th Annual Wacipi, or pow wow, will end a week of educational events that bring in people from across the nation to enjoy American Indian culture. All events are free.

“The Wacipi Powwow is a wonderful celebration and rare opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture that requires one only to walk across campus,” said UND President Mark Kennedy in a release. “All students should take advantage of the opportunity to broaden their horizons.”

Students who attend the Wacipi, which will take place April 20 and 21 in the Hyslop Sports Center on the UND campus, will be eligible to win a scholarship. A total of $5,000 in scholarships will be given over the two days of the Wacipi.

“A pow wow is a celebration of life,” said the UND Indian Association, in the release, which organizes the Wacipi each year. “It’s a time when people of all ages can gather together to sing, dance, renew old friendships, make new friends and share the beauty of life. The contest portion of the event, with its strong rhythms and the dancers’ spectacular outfits and energy, is a highlight of cultural life in Greater Grand Forks.”

The Wacipi is one of UND’s signature annual events for the public. It’s also an important component of UND’s strategic efforts to foster a more welcoming, safe and inclusive campus climate.

Important discussions

Time Out Week, which is organized by the UND Indian Studies Association, features educational programming and the opportunity to take time out to learn something new.

The keynote speaker is Steve Martin, a UND alumnus who owns KS Energy, a power generation and asset management company in Botswana. He is set to give his talk at 10 a.m. Friday, April 20, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Educational sessions on the Standing Rock tribe and Dakota Access Pipeline protests were organized by Mark Trahant, Chuck Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism in the UND Department of Communication.

“Standing Rock was an historic moment for the news media,” said Trahant. “Here we had a huge North Dakota story at a time when journalism resources were stretched. What can we learn from that now? How can the press as an institution be better prepared? And how can governments tell their story, too? We have some great panelists from working journalists to public officials who can help us understand the complexity.”

“Standing Rock & the Media” will include multiple sessions beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday and running throughout the day. A full schedule is below.

Time Out Week events will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom unless otherwise indicated.

The programming schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, April 17

AISES Family Science Night, Memorial Union Ballroom

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

RAIN presents “Telling Our Story: A Cultural Presentation on the Dakota and Mandan Hidatsa Arikara,” Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
Opening Ceremony & Welcome
Remarks by UND President Mark Kennedy, Vice President for Student Affairs & Diversity Cara Halgren and UNDIA/ISA President Hannah Balderas
A Discussion on Human Trafficking” with Ruth Buffalo
#MMIW Awareness Walk by Society of Indian Psychologists
Native Youth Leading Youth by Society of Indian Psychologists

Thursday, April 19,

Mark Trahant (Communication) presents “Standing Rock & the Media”
Slideshow of Standing Rock news stories, video and photographs
 A Conversation with Jodi Gillette
Livestream featured above.

Panel of Reporters
Sandy Tolan, LA Times
Renee Jean, Williston Herald
Jason Begay, Montana Journalism Review
Livestream available here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/114339760 

Hagerty Lecture Keynote with Jenni Monet 
Livestream available here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/11434175

Challenges of Communicating the Government’s Story, Nicole Willis, Standing Rock
Livestream available here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/114343200

3:30 p.m., “What We’ve Learned?” A Townhall and Debriefing with Mike Jacobs
6 p.m., Dream Building and Live Music with Fire Rose Indigenous Recording Artist

Friday, April 20, 2018

9 a.m., Tribal Visit Day – Check in
10 a.m., Closing Keynote with Steve Martin, CEO, KS Energy
11:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tribal Visit Day – Campus tour
Noon, Northern Plains Indian Law Center Distinguished Indian Law Speaker “Indigenous Governance and Strong Sustainability,” with Grant Christensen, UND School of Law associate professor, Law School Baker Courtroom
1-6 p.m., Visit Greater Grand Forks
7 p.m., Time Out Wacipi Grand Entry, UND Hyslop Sports Center, 2751 2nd Avenue North

Saturday, April 21
1 p.m., Time Out Wacipi Grand Entry, Hyslop Sports Center