March 3-7
Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference
"Maawanji'idiwag Ji Gizhaadamowaad Miinkaanan – They Are Gathering To Protect the Seeds." Hosted by: White Earth Land Recovery Project. Conference Lodging: Maplelag Resort, White Earth, MN, 800-654-7711. For Information contact White Earth Land Recovery Project, Karla Bellanger at 218-375-2600 or email:?

March 5
Rally for Progressive LCO Tribal Government
Potluck Lunch. As future candidates for the Tribal Governing Board, we would like to hear your thoughts on building our tribe's present and future: discuss positive changes we can all make as we work together for a better Lac Courte Oreilles. We embrace this opportunity to share our ideas and goals while working with you, for a change! Vernon Martin, LuAnn Kolumbus, Gordon Thayer. Coffee and refreshments served, bring a favorite hotdish or desert to share. 12:00 ~ 2:00 P.M. 2020 Bloomington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. Call Iva at 612-871-1208 for more information

March 5, 12, 19, 26
Free Movies At MOA
The Mall of America Movie Theater offers free movies for the family every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.?The entire family can enjoy select movies for FREE every Saturday. First-come, first-served as seating is limited to the theatre capacity. For more info, see:
o March 5:?The Wizard of Oz
o March 12:?Alpha & Omega
o March 19:?Legend of the Guardians
o March 26:?Megamind

March 5 – April 15
Raffle to raise funds for the "Wiconi Wakan-Sacred Life Project of Minneapolis"
Wiconi Wakan (Sacred Life) Project is new nonprofit organization based in the Twin Cities which provide services in the area of substance abuse and mental health for children, youth and families with the traditional healing component. The project is doing a raffle to raise funds for the 501c3 certificate. The raffle will be held from March 5 – April 15. The drawing will be held at IHB at noon on April 15. We will contact you if you are a winner. The items in the raffle are: 1.) Star Quilt 2.) Women's, black, traditional dress with shells 3.) Blanket with a buffalo skull. 4.) Beaded bracelet with barrette. Cost of raffle tickets: $1/1 ticket, $5/6 tickets, $10/12 tickets, $20/24 tickets. For Raffle tickets contact Neil Dakota at 612-227-2678, Richard Wright at 612-721-9868, Dr. Darlene Wilcox at 928-245-0079, or you can email:

March 8
International Women's
Day Radio Show
Jewell Arcoren and Lisa Yankton will host "Winyan Downapi" (The Women Are Singing) celebrating local radio station KFAI's International Women's Day. IWD is a holiday recognized by the United Nations and is celebrated throughout the world on March 8. Although IWD isn't widely recognized within the United States, KFAI has been celebrating International Women's Day since 1989 – more than 20 years! The First Nations Composer Initiative's radio show will air from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM and will feature 10-14 American Indian women from across the Nation showcasing the breadth and depth of genre, composition and singing. For a complete listing of shows please on please go to:

March 9, April 13
American Indian Cultural House film series
The U of MN American Indian Cultural House is hosting a film series to celebrate the works of American Indian films that challenge racial stereotypes. The theme for this year's films is "Native Warriors." On March 9 the film Sitting Bull: A Stone in My Heart will be shown at 6 p.m. Sitting Bull is an 83-minute documentary film on the great American Indian Lakota chief, spiritual leader and warrior. On April 13 the film Way of the Warrior will be shown at 6 p.m. Way of the Warrior," explores the warrior ethic among Native Americans and reveals how Native communities have traditionally viewed their warriors; and why, during the 20th century, Native men and women have signed up for military service at a rate three times higher than non-Indians. Films are at the Bell Auditorium and are free and open to the public. Light refreshments served at 5:30 p.m. before each show. For info, visit
aich/film/. For info, contact Jillian Rowan at: or 612-624-0564; or Preston Smith at: or 612-625-0552.

March 11
Indigenous Language Symp. Call for Proposals
MN Indigenous Language Symposium VI Call For Proposals. Possible Presentation Topics: Technology, teacher training, community resources, curriculum development models, teaching methods, adult learning, evaluation and assessment. Deadline: March 11. The Minnesota Indigenous Language Symposium will be held at Black Bear Resort & Casino in Carlton, MN on May 16th – 17th. For more information contact: Jennifer Niemi, at 218-726-8418, or email:

March 15
Jim Northrup Reading: Anishinaabe Syndicated
For several years many Birchbark Books customers have been asking: "Anything new from Jim Northrup?" The time and the book has arrived! (Minnesota Historical Society Press) continues the tradition of Northrup's "pointed, wry, deadpan and exuberant" humor. Please join us as we celebrate the publication of this long-awaited book. 7 pmat Birchbark Books and Kenwood Cafe. Hearty soup and salad served 6-7pm. Birchbark Books, 2115 W 21st St, Minneapolis. 612-374-4023.

March 15 (deadline)
Call for artwork
Perham Memorial Hospital and Home, located in Perham, MN, is seeking submissions for a variety of art pieces for display at the new hospital scheduled to open January 2012. Submission deadline: March 15. Located in Otter Tail County in west central Minnesota PMHH has a preference to display work from artists who live in the Perham and the lakes region area but works of art from other geographical areas will be considered. Types of art being sought: Photographs, Paintings, Prints, Giclee, Textile Art, Multi-media, andWall Sculpture. Submit a photo of the art piece, description of piece (include medium used), size and weight, price, and the following artist information: Name, address, phone number, email address. Electronic submissions are preferred. Selected artists will be notified by June 1. Submit materials to: or mail all materials to: Char Hovi, Visual Arts, 275 Market Street, Suite 197, Minneapolis, MN 55405.

March 16, 31
Tribal Energy Program Funding Opportunity
DOE's Tribal Energy Program is seeking applications from Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortiums. You must register in advance. Allow at least 21 days to complete the registration process. For registration and requirements, see:?
o March 16 deadline: Energy Efficiency Development and Deployment in Indian Country. Under this announcement, DOE is soliciting applications under one of the following topic areas: Feasibility studies to assess and determine the technical and economic feasibility of energy efficiency improvements to existing tribally owned buildings, Installation of energy efficiency improvements to existing tribally oowned buildings, Renewable Energy Development and Deployment in Indian Country.
March 31 deadline: Under this announcement, DOE is soliciting applications under one of the following topic areas: Feasibility Studies to determine the technical and economic viability of a future renewable project, Development (pre-construction) activities

leading to the deployment of renewable energy projects, and Deployment (construction) of renewable energy projects for power production.

March 17
National Native American AIDS Awareness Day
Come join us for lunch with Lisa Tiger (Muskogee Nation), a nationally known HIV/AIDS advocate. At the Minneapolis American Center at noon. Free HIV testing from noon until 5 pm at the Mpls American Indian Center. Receive a $10 Gift Card for being tested! Sponsored by the Indigenous Peoples Task Force. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls.
March 22
Calling all Native artists
RED ART SPEAKS – a six-part conversation series with all of our Twin Cities Metropolitan and surrounding areas Native American artists contemporary and traditional; beaders, dancers, singers, writers, painters, musicians, poets, quillworkers, drum groups, quilters, mask makers, flutists, cartoonists, playwrights, etc. All Twin Cities Native American Artists are invited to a conversation. We want to know who you are. We want to know your work. We want to hear your needs. Refreshments and snacks will be served! We would also like to introduce you to DREAM LODGE. Dream Lodge is a Native American arts incubator. Our mission is to promote and advance Native American voices. We will work to provide the appropriate training, tools and resources to Native American artists so that they may become successful producers. We assist our Native American artists accessing resources necessary for achievement. 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm. MacPhail Center for Music, 501 S 2nd ST, Minneapolis, MN.612-321-0100. For info, call Kohl Miner at 612-354-7708.

March 24
Eric Gansworth: Extra Indians
Eric Gansworth will read from his book at the Birchbark Books. Inspired by woman driven insane by the Cohen brothers movie Fargo, Eric Gansworth's novel Extra Indians makes a wild road trip down blizzard lane. Hearty soup and salad served 6-7pm. Reading at 7 pm. Birchbark Books, 2115 W 21st St, Minneapolis. 612-374-4023.

March 25
Play reading: Chili Corn
New Native Theatre's Well Red play reading series continues with a reading of Chili Corn by E. Donald Two Rivers. A play set in Chicago's urban Native community where self proclaimed AIMsters attempt to right the wrongs in the community including stealing an offensive statue from the Historical Society. 7pm at the Two Rivers Gallery in the Mpls. American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. FREE. For more info, go to or email

March 25 (deadline)
Patty Iron Cloud Native American Youth Initiative
The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) is now accepting applications for the 14th Annual Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative, which will be held on the George Washington University campus in Washington D.C., June 18 – 26, 2011. American Indian/Alaska Native high school students, ages 16-18, who have an interest in the health field and/or biomedical research are encouraged to apply. Selected high school students will receive a scholarship that will cover airfare, lodging, and most meals during the NNAYI program. High school student application deadline is March 25. Visit the NNAYI website for more information at:

March 26
Transracial Adoptee Truth, Healing/Reconciliation Forum
FNRI facilitators will welcome all transracial adoptees/fostered individuals to share their stories and participate in a Forum. This is an opportunity for adoptees to meet other adoptees and fosterees. It is also a unique opportunity for family members and professionals to hear first-hand how adotoption and foster care impact families and communities. $5 for the day, includes lunch. For info about scholarships please call Anne Johnson at 612-747-7122. 8:30 A.M to 4:30 P.M. at Metro State University, St. Paul Campus, New Main Building, 700 East 7th Street, St. Paul, MN. Registration info at:, and click on the event. For info, see: http:/, or call Julia Decker at 612-746-5133.

Extended thru March 27
All My Relations Gallery
Frank Big Bear Paintings presents vivid canvasses by Frank Big Bear, recipient of the Bush Foundation Enduring Visions Award, among other honors. Acrylic paintings, created by this Ojibwe artist best known for his surreal and detailed color pencil drawings, make their debut with this exhibit. This exhibit has been extended through March 27. at All My Relations Gallery, 1414 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11-6, p.m. Weekends 11-3, p.m. Evening hours for special events. For more info, or to arrange a group tour, contact Elizabeth Day at 612-872-4700 or:

March 27
Native Women's Bookclub
We are a group of Women who love to read and love to share our insights and feelings about good books. If you like to share intelligent (but not stuffy) conversation about what you read, while having fun, sharing a snack and making new friends please join us! Fiction, non-fiction, memoir, bio/autobiography — good books. Books you have thought about reading and books that challenge what you ordinarily read. The bookclub meets the last Sunday of each month at 2 pm. We encourage all to RSVP and to attend even if you didn't completely finish reading the book. If you have any questions, contact Allicia at 612-816-3348, nwbcmpls@ Or see:?

March 29-30
Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota Conference
Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota's annual conference "Building Brighter Futures" will focus on preventing neglect, ending racial disparities, and understanding brain development. Keynote speakers include Dr. L. Read Sulik, MN Department of Human Services and Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Harvard Medical School. Pre-conference institutes include New Conversations About Race and Racism, Wonder Years, The Science of Early Childhood Development (with the Science Museum), and Preventing Neglect and Ending Racial Disparities. More info can be found at:

Ends May 4
Growing Home: Ending Youth Homelessness Art Exhibit
Growing Home: Ending Youth Homelessness is an art exhibit about youth Homelessness in The Twin Cities. It features celebrated Minnesota photographer Wing Young Huie; Cathy Ten Broeke, a dedicated photographer who also leads Heading Home Hennepin, the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County's 10-year plan to end homelessness by 2016; and photography by teens who have experienced homelessness, created in collaboration with artists at Kulture Klub Collaborative, a nonprofit arts organization that brings together artists and homeless teens at YouthLink/Project Off-Streets, a crisis drop-in center located in downtown Minneapolis. The Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Ave S., Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call 612-879-5335 or see:

May 21 (event)
Native Youth Film call
for entries
On May 21 the Indigenous Peoples Task Force and Native CHAT are hosting a Native youth film festival. First time filmmakers are encouraged to submit an entry. There are 3 film categories: 1) HIV/AIDS; 2) Health & Culture; and 3) Alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. There will be a 2 day film making workshop in March. For more information or when the deadline is, call Leslie, Kyle, or Brenna at 612-722-5670 or e-mail:

June 30 (deadline)
Native graduate student fellowships
The Christopher B. Duro Fellowship is a merit and need based fellowship for Native students pursuing graduate study to help the advancement of Nativ

e communities. Students who are chosen to be Duro Fellows will be eligible for up to $25,000 per year, based on need and will be required to perform community service hours with the Southern California Tribal Education Institute and publish a scholarly article. Preference will be given to first-generation Native graduate students. Deadline is June 30. Notification of Awards is Aug. 2011. For info, see: Contact Christopher B. Duro at