Community Calendar of events


Feb. 5
Hope for Recovery Workshop

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota will hold a free, one-day education workshop that provides families and individuals with information on mental illnesses, practical coping strategies, and hope for recovery. The workshop will be held in Minneapolis at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S., from 9:00 to 3:00. Registration is requested. For information or to register, call NAMI at 651-645-2948.

Feb. 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 Feb. 5:?Nanny McPhee Returns
o Feb. 12:?Furry Vengeance
o Feb. 19:?Ramona & Beezus
o Feb. 26: Cats & Dogs

Feb. 8
Need help with child support? Come to this free session.

All children deserve support from their parents, and sometimes families need the county to help them gain support from a noncustodial parent. Hennepin County is offering a free information session on Tuesday, Feb. 8, to help parents who have custody of their children establish a financial partnership with the noncustodial parent. Come to the North Commons Recreation Center, 1801 James Ave. N., Minneapolis, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to learn about: locating the noncustodial parent; establishing the legal relationship of the father; getting, enforcing or reviewing an order of support; payments and more. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Informational packets and resource materials will be available to participants. Space is limited, so call 612-348-2478 to reserve a seat.

Feb. 10
AIMS Open House

The American Indian Magnet School (Pre-K thru 6th) will hold an Open House, Thursday, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. To enroll your student contact the SPPS Student Placement Center at 651-632-3701.

Feb. 10
Battle Creek Middle School Showcase
Battle Creek Middle School (7th-8th) Showcase will be hold on Thursday, Feb. 10, from 5-7 p.m. To enroll your student contact the SPPS Student Placement Center at 651-632-3701.

­Feb. 11
St. Paul Public
Schools Powwow

St. Paul American Indian Education Monthly Powwow at the American Indian Magnet School. Grand entry is at 6 p.m. Will be held at the American Indian Magnet School, 1075 E. 3rd St., St. Paul. For info, call 651-778-3100.

Feb. 11
The Art of The Everyday Movie Premiere
Discussion with Filmmaker Lorraine and Artist Carl Gawboy. 7:00 P.M. UMD Weber Music Hall Reception after premiere at U of MN-Duluth: The Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN. For information, call the AILRC at 218-726-6379.

Feb. 12
Ain Dah Yung Powwow

Cherish The Children traditional powwow. MC: Jerry Dearly. Arena Director: Norman Benson. Host Drum: Eyabay. Co-host: Ain Dah Yung Singers. Head Dancers: Mike Davis and Brenda Davis. Doors open at noon. Grand entry at 1pm and 7 pm. Central High School, 275 Lexington Ave., St. Paul, MN. $3 entry fee for ages 7 and up. Free entry for elders. For more info, call 651-227-4184.

Feb. 12
Standing Rock Oyate Omniciye

Standing Rock Sioux tribal members:?need information from Standing Rock? Please come we will be that connection. Tell others about the meeting bring your family. Dinner will be served. 4:00-7:00 pm. All Saints Indian Church, 3044 Longfellow Ave So. (Cedar & 31st Street), Mpls.

Feb. 15
Harpo Foundation Native American Fellowships

The Harpo Foundation Native American Fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center is being established to support the development of visual artists and the potential for inter-cultural dialogue. Two Native American artists living in the U.S. will receive a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center, which will include room and board, a private studio, and a $500 travel stipend. Deadline: Feb. 15 for a 2011 residency. For applications and info, see:, or contact David Grozinsky at 802 635-2727.

Skywatchers & the Native Sky

Presented by Annette Lee, M.A., M.F.A. Annette Lee is an astrophysicist and artist who leads the Native Skywatchers research project, which seeks out and celebrates indigenous peoples' connection to the stars. She works closely with Ojibwe and Lakota elders and community members to document Native star knowledge. Currently Annette is a faculty member in astronomy & physics and planetarium director at St. Cloud State University. 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Keller Hall Room 3-210, 200 Union St. SE, Minneapolis, MN. Parking is available at the Church Street Garage, Washington Ave. Ramp. For more info, contact Simone Gbolo at:

Feb. 18 – 20
Traditional Powwow

Held at Bois Forte Tribal Gov't Center. Host Drum: Robert Strong Traditional, Drift Traditional. Invited Drums: Woodland Singers, Standing Bull. MC and Co-MC: Murphy Thomas and Terry Goodsky. Spiritual Advisor: Calvin Ottertail and Gilbert Smith. Director: Terry Goodsky. Friday: Warm-ups. Saturday: Grand Entry at 1 pm and 7 pm with a feast at 5 pm. Sunday: Grand Entry at 1 pm and a feast at 4 pm. For info call Donald Chosa at 218-757-3128. Vendor information call Shirley McNey at 218-757-0066.

Feb. 19
13 Moons Dibaajimowinan Silent Auction/Fundraiser

The 2nd Annual 13 Moons Dibaajimowinan Storytelling and Silent Auction Event will feature Ojibwe storytellers telling traditional Creation stories. local and regional musicians will perform. A silent auction will include Native American artwork, books and other high-quality items. 1:00 -6:00 pm at Fond du Lac Reservation's Sawyer Community Center, 3243 Moorhead Road, Sawyer, MN. All proceeds will go towards the Fond du Lac Reservation's 3rd Annual Ojibwemowin Immersion Camp which will happen this summer at Kiwenz Campground in Sawyer, MN. This event is free and everyone is welcome. DONATIONS REQUESTED: If you would like to donate an item(s) for the silent auction, make a monetary donation to the event, and/or want to volunteer at the event please let Pat Northrup know at: or call 218-878-0245.

Ends Feb. 23
This is Displacement Exhibit

Curated by Emily Johnson (Yup'ik) and Carolyn Lee Anderson (Din?) "This is Displacement: Native Artists Consider the Relationship Between Land & Identity" is a group exhibit by a range of contemporary Native artists that consider what displacement from Native homelands means to their identity and their work. Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. (corner of Nicollet and Franklin), Minneapolis.

Feb. 25
Play:?The Baby Blues

THE BABY BLUES by Drew Hayden Taylor is a comedy about a powwow dancing lover-boy who finds the child he never knew he had when he returns 17 years later. To be performed at the Two Rivers Art Gallery at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 pm. FREE. For more info, see: or email:

Feb. 25
Doing Good Together

Better Together is a free, community-wide family service event hosted by the Midtown Global Market and Doing Good Together. Families are invited to come together to do simple, hands-on service projects, reflect on the importance of giving back, and learn about opportunities to get involved in their community. A diverse group of organizations (including Metro Meals on Wheels, Simpson Housing Services, Global Citizens Network and others) will be participating – e

ach hosting a "station" with a kid-friendly service activity for families to complete. This event will be held in conjunction with Midtown Global Market's Family night, and will feature live, family entertainment from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. in the Market's Central Plaza. All ages are welcome. Contact: Rachel Chrastil at: or visit their website at: 5-8 pm at the Midtown Global Market, 920 East Lake St., Minneapolis, MN.

Ends Feb. 28
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. Running from Jan. 21, to Feb. 28 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:

Feb. 28
Internship Opportunity with Indian Land Tenure

The Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) is looking to hire current undergraduate or graduate students as interns for the summer of 2011. The internships are full-time positions over the course of 10 – 12 weeks (400 hours). Salary will be $15.00 per hour with potential additional funds for living and relocation expenses. INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES: Conduct research on land ownership patterns and economic activity both regionally as well as on a national scale. Compile the research data into a searchable database to assist in future ILTF initiatives. Conduct research and document raw data identifying various land ownership patterns of tribal lands by reservation. The research will entail the review of historic documents, maps and current records. Deadline: Feb. 28. Submit letter of interest, resume and a list of computer programs with which you are familiar to: Patricia Chase, Office Manager, 151 East County Road B2, Little Canada, MN 55117.

March 1
MN Indian Business Alliance Meeting

"Promoting an economic environment that supports sustainable American Indian Businesses." Meeting Host: SMSC Business Council. From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN. Mystic Lake has set aside 20 rooms for out-state attendees. Blocked room rate is $70.00. Call 952-445-9000 or 800-262-7799 and mention MN Indian Business Alliance event. Cut-off date: Feb. 15. RSVP to Courtney Aitken-Gifford at: or call 218-335-8582.

March 1 (deadline)
Dakota/Ojibwe Language Revitalization Grants

The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council's second grant cycle for the Dakota and Ojibwe Language Revitalization Grants. Offices, agencies, or divisions administered under the authority of an American Indian Nation or Alaska Native Community in Minnesota, recognized educational facilities, and non- profits, are encouraged to apply. If you have questions, contact JoLynn Shopteese at: or call 651-296-0132. The RFP and info are available on their website at: All applications must be sent to The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, 161 East St. Anthony Ave. Suite 919, Saint Paul, MN 55103. Put attention to JoLynn Shopteese. Must be post marked or hand delivered by 4:00 p.m. on March 1.

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 3, 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 application submission requirements, see:?

o March 3 deadline: First Steps Toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands. Under this announcement, DOE is soliciting applications for: Strategic Energy Planning, Energy Options Analysis, Energy Organization Development, and Human Capacity Building.

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 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 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 11
St. Paul Public
Schools Powwow

St. Paul American Indian Education Monthly Powwow at the American Indian Magnet School. Grand entry is at 6 p.m. Powwow will be held at the American Indian Magnet School, 1075 East 3rd Street, St. Paul. For more info, call 651-778-3100.

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: