By Nancy Beaulieu
MN350 Northern Minnesota Organizer

On Oct. 22, 2022, we gathered for a day of community building during the Get Out the Vote Block Party in Bemidji, MN. Our intention was to build positive relationships and people power leading up to November 8, 2022, and beyond. Because we do better together!

Photos by Ne-Dah-Ness Greene

Through community building we cultivate powerful political and community relationships built on hard conversations, trust, and moving forward collectively. At the block party, we engaged in conversations and relationship-building across party lines. The presence –- and absence –- of invited candidates spoke volumes about their priorities. The conversations we had were inspiring and started a new beginning together based on treaty responsibility as we are all treaty people.

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And because we are all Treaty people, our foundation and relationships are built on treaties. Treaties are nonpartisan; all elected officials across party lines are obligated to uphold and honor treaties which protect all living things, including you and me.

Photo by Ne-Dah-Ness Greene

Candidates from all parties were invited to participate. In attendance were the Bemidji school board, Beltrami sheriff, Bemidji city council, and Beltrami county board candidates, DFL and Libertarian party candidates. It was a good day of engagement and a fresh start to building trust in our community. I can’t express enough the gratitude I have for the community members and candidates in attendance. Collectively we are the power.

Photos by Ne-Dah-Ness Greene

Moving forward, we’ll continue to create space and build on collective engagement and people power. Our vote and our voices matter.

Photos by Ne-Dah-Ness Greene

Treaties are intended to protect native culture and all living things, to live in peace as neighbors, and be good stewards of Mother Earth for the seven generations. Please do your part and be a good treaty person. Collectively we can do better, so get out and vote. Every vote counts, November 8, 2022 and beyond -– here we come. Treaties matter!

Photos by Ne-Dah-Ness Greene

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Nancy Beaulieu decided to set aside her LPN licensing and dedicate herself fully to the environment after visiting Standing Rock. Her experience working in retail and sales management, metalsmithing, and carpentry make Nancy a good fit as a community organizer in Northern Minnesota. Nancy’s an enrolled member of the Leech Lake reservation who lives just east of Bemidji. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys living simply, gardening, ice-fishing, crafting, and spending time with her family.