Upcoming Events


On Thursday, September 27th, 2018,  there will be a public lecture by Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States (Beacon Press, 2015), which won the American book award that year. Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz is touring currently with her latest book, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment (City Lights books, 2018).

Join us at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis (FUS), located at 900 Mt Curve Ave. Minneapolis, at 5:30 pm, for a reception for Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz, featuring a light supper by the Sioux Chef.  At 7pm, Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz will present her lecture- The White Supremacist Roots of the Second Amendment. Birchbark books will be on site with Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz’ books for sale.

There is no charge for the event, but please RSVP so we can plan for the number of attendees.




May 3, 2017 – The Circle that Bridges Communities

Guardianship of Water

Northland Sustainable Solutions invites you to build bridges that move us toward personal and planetary transformation. We are acting together in environmental conversation for ecological restoration. We believe real solutions emerge when take time to fully understand each other and the common concerns we face. On May 3, we celebrate our interconnection and shared responsibility for the guardianship of water.

Carolyn Raffensperger – Executive Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN). Carolyn will speak about the guardianship of water and the rights of future generations. She is a recognized expert in the concept and application of “free prior and informed consent” and was the first attorney on the ground last year at Standing Rock.

Sara Thomsen – Back by popular demand, renowned singer and songwriter, Sara Thomsen will weave the evening with her music that speaks to our hearts and whispers to our souls. We will all join her in singing the songs that inspire us to do the important work of our time.

Information about the upcoming Women’s Congress for Future Generations (November 2 -5, 2017), Twin Cities will be announced. Two lucky people attending May 3 will receive a $50 voucher toward congress registration!

5:00-6:00 Community Building, part 1. – Eating (Gastrotruck will be on site), Conversations with water organizations and representatives that share our concern for this precious resource. Mingling together in conversation to share stories of water, pipelines, factory farming and more.
6:00-6:45 Welcome of Carolyn Raffensperger : honoring Carolyn with music and words. Carolyn explains the work of the Women’s Congress for Future Generations, tells us the stories of her work at Standing Rock, and her work to protect the waters. Sara Thomsen performs.
6:45-7:30 Community Building, part 2. – More eating and conversations with water organizations and representatives that share our concern and another chance to mingle with purpose in reflection of Carolyn’s presentation. “What is yours to do as a guardian of water?” Chance to talk with Carolyn. Final bids on silent auction items.
7:30-8:00 Sharon Day will join us to share exciting details of the Missouri River Nibiwalk which begins on August 1. The Women’s Congress for Future Generations comes to Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 2 -5. Information and exciting announcements are shared. Sing-a-long with Sara Thomsen. Songs to include “Water is Life,” A Woman’s Place,” “Deep Peace,” and “By Breath.” More if time allows!
8:00-8:20 Update on the Indigenous water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota and the ongoing struggle. Opportunity for personal actions based on current list of needs from camp leaders. Sara Thomsen performs.
8:20-8:30 Community Building, part 3. Closing circle. Music, singing, drumming, and protection prayer.

Guardianship of Water

The event is being held at Summit Brewing Company, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, MN 55102, from 5:00 – 8:30 pm.

Join the NSS Board of Directors

Are you looking for a creative opportunity to develop your own project for social justice within an existing non-profit? Are you ready to help create the "new story" of humanity's interdependence with, not separation from, the rest of Nature? Does environmental education and community building interest you? NSS is seeking new board members; we welcome new talents to join us. Prior membership on boards is not a requirement. NSS board member terms are for either one or three years --your choice. The board meets 8 to 10 times a year, with committees operating in the interim under the direction of the board. Please contact NSS at nssminnesota@gmail.com with questions about Board membership or to nominate yourself or someone else.

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