Aug. 3

Benefit for Frannie Fairbanks

Frannie was hospitalized with a stroke on May 5 and is currently in rehabilitation. She has been the Executive Director of the Minneapolis American Indian Center for 37 years. From noon to 3 pm the Minneapolis American Indian Center will serve Red Lake Wallye. $10 meal ticket or $5.00 without meal. Raffle drawings and music provided by Kenny D and The Taildragers. For info, call Mary at 612-879-1750.

Aug. 3 – Sept. 28


Featured Artists: Joe Allen, Angela Babby, Karen Beaver, Todd Bordeaux, Julie Buffalohead, Avis Charley, Gordon Coons, Jim Denomie, Michael Elizondo Jr., Evans Flammond, Charles Her Many Horses, Dakota Hoska, Henry Payer, Charles Rencountre, James Star Comes Out, Maggie Thompson, Jodi Webster, Gwen Westerman, Dwayne Wilcox, Bobby Wilson. The opening reception will take place on August 3 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served. Free and open to the public. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 East Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN. Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11-6, Sat. 11-3.

Aug. 4  

Hedge Magic Spells

and Incantations

Hedge Magic Spells and Incantations: a Talking-Image-Connection reading. Writers Heid Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe), R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. (Mandan Hidasta Arikara), Dennis Cass, Jean Miriam Larson, Matt Mauch, Alison Morse and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay conjure stories and poems in response to "Hedge Magic," a show of sculpture and installations curated by the Soap Factory, that looks at processes of transformation. 8 pm at the Soap Factory, 514 2nd Street SE, Minneapolis. Free admission. For more information contact


Spaghetti Dinner Fundaiser

Join us in Fellowship Hall downstairs for spaghetti, garlic bread and beverages. Bring a dessert to share if you wish. Child care will be provided. Guest speaker: Jim Anderson, Mendota Tribal Chair. DVD showing of "Rebirth of the Mendota Community". Q & A session afterwards.  All proceeds go to the MMDC Powwow fund. 5:30 pm at Cherokee Park United Church, 371 Baker Street, St. Paul. For further information, contact Lon Navarre at 612-209-2342.

Aug. 6 & 9

New Native Theatre

Open Auditions

The New Native Theatre is holding open auditions for its new play, 2012: THE MUSICAL, which is being produced Nov. 8-18. All levels and interests are welcome. This is a bi-weekly paying gig, evening rehearsals begin Sept. 26, with musical rehearsals likely beginning Sept. 1. Must be able to commit to all rehearsals plus performances. Prepare a song that best showcases your musical ability, whether that be singing or playing an instrument. Be ready with a written or memorized 1 minute monologue, or scene will be provided for you to read. Bring a resume and photo of yourself if possible. All community members are welcome to audition!  From 3 pm to 6 pm on both days at Bedlam Theatre, 2712 E. 27th Street, Minneapolis (entrance faces the bike path to the south of the building). For info, email: info@newnativetheatre or call 612-367-7639, or see:?

Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28

2012 Indigenous Music and Movies in the Park Series

A Free Family Event. 4 Tuesdays in Musical performances will feature: Local and national American Indian music makers, National American Indian Film-makers, Local American Indian food grower and vendor; Dream of Wild Health, Dakota Astronomer and Educator; Jim Rock presenting Dakota Star knowledge. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic basket or eat with Dream of Wild Health. Enjoy Indigenous Music and Movies at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park. Events begin at 4:30 pm. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.; movies begin at dusk. This year much of our programming will be dedicated to commemorating the Dakota-US war of 1862. FMI: call Jewell at 612-385-7528.

o Aug. 7: Jim Rock presenting Dakota Star Knowledge at at 6:30 pm. Music by Quese IMC (Pawnee-wolfband/Seminole-bear clan) at 7 pm.  Quese IMC is an internationally known, award winning Indigenous hip-hop artist. Movie begins at dusk: Good Meat (57 minutes).  

o Aug. 14: Jim Rock presenting Dakota Star Knowledge at at 6:30 pm. Music: Johnny Smith (Red Lake Ojibwe) and Friends at 7 pm. Movie at dusk): On The Ice (Rated R, not recommended for children under age 17.)  

o Aug. 21: Jim Rock presenting Dakota Star Knowledge at 6:30 pm. Music by Maza Kute drum (Santee Dakota) and The Mankato Symphony Orchestra(MSO) at 7 pm. Movie at dusk: Dakota 38.

o Aug. 28: Jim Rock presenting Dakota Star Knowledge at 6:30 pm. Music by Bluedog at 7 pm. And Leeann Goose at 7:45 pm.

Aug. 13

Become a Foster Parent Meetings

Many American Indian children in the foster care system are part of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). This Act strives to ensure that Native foster children grow up in Native homes. However, there is a shortage of American Indian foster homes available to accept children. Volunteers of America is looking for skilled parents to provide care for troubled youth in any one of our three foster care programs. We provide foster parents with training, 24-hour support, and a monthly stipend. For more information, stop by an info meeting or contact Heather Thornton at 952-945-4064, or email at: Info meeting days are every Friday from 10:00-11:30 am and the 2nd Monday of every month from 4:30-6:00 pm.

Aug. 14 – 16

Bloomington Dakota Language Camp

Learn the Dakota language through traditional Dakota games, crafts, songs, and foods. The camp, a joint venture of Bloomington Parks and Recreation and the Dakota Language Department of the University of Minnesota, is for both Dakota and non-Dakota children and their families. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost: $40. Scholarships are available for children. For more information and to register, visit, and enter "Dakota camp" in the search window. For more information contact Jay Ludwig at:? or 952-484-0477.  

Aug. 16

Honor The Earth Benefit

Event to raise money for Honor The Earth. Music by Spider John Koerner. Native foods, music and art will be available for purchase. Free information and free conversation. Funds will go to the folks fighting the mines in Keewenaw Bay, Bad River and other sites in the region. Suggested Donation $ 15.00. At 8 pm at  Tom’s Burned Down Cafe, 234 Middle Road, La Pointe, Wisconsin. 715-747-6100 or

Aug. 17 (deadline)

Cultural Community Partnership Grants

This program is designed to enhance the artistic and career development of artists of color. It supports collaborative projects between two individual artists, or between an artist and an organization. To help promote the work of grantees, each recipient will be expected to present some type of public event or exhibition as part of his or her project; the Arts Board will help to publicize these activities. Grant amount: $1,000 – $8,000. Applications are available at: Native community members with questions about the grant can call the MSAB office at 800-866-2787 or email the Native American Community Liaison at: Applications must be received by Aug. 17 at 4:30 pm.  

Aug. 18, 19, 26

Star Dreamers

Star Dreamers, Part 1: The Indian System. A documentary about the causes of the 1862 war in Minnesota. Presented by 38 Plus 2 Production. A Q&A session will be held with producer Sheldon Wolfchild and historian Mark Diedrich after each showing. Free admission. Donations for completion of documentary greatly appreciated. For info, Pam at 512-658-2387 or: Held at The New Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis., 612-822-3030.

o Aug. 18: 12 pm

o Aug. 19: 4 pm & 6:30 pm

o Aug. 26: 1 pm, 3:30 pm & 6 pm

Aug. 20 – 23

Dakota Iyuha Owanjina "Together As One"

Calling On All Tribes and Nations, The Dakota Nations are asking you to honor us with your presence to come and join us in our Commemorative of 150 years since the Dakota and U.S. War in 1862 here in Minnesota. As we do traditional things in fours, this is our fourth and last year. Learning and teaching our history so the future will bring us healing. Register by August 10, contact Alameda Rocha at (612) 910-2380 or to get a registration form. Limited free lodging available. To be considered for lodging assistance, you must have your registration in by the deadline.

o Aug. 20: At the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Noon – 8 pm. Registration for conference, lodging and hand games. Opening ceremony prayer, Call of Respective Dakota Bands Recognition of all past and present Dakota Veterans, Conference Welcome by Juanita Corbine – Espinosa, White Stone Hill Remembered and other sacred sites, Feast.

o Aug. 21: At Ft. Snelling State Park 7:30 – 10 pm.    Continental Breakfast, trip to Pike Island and the confluence of rivers, Prison Camp – Sacred site tour, Canoes with flags flown around the confluence of rivers/Pike Island, Prayer and Memorial Song for ancestors Dakota elder & Mazakute, Flag raising ceremony at State Capitol, Dakota Creation Story at Mill City Museum, Dakota Star Knowledge by Jim Rock, Mazakute with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Dakota history remembrance, Dakota 38 + 2 Memorial Ride Presenters, Film "Dakota 38"

o Aug. 22: At Ft. Snelling Visitors Center. 7:30 – 8 pm.          Continental Breakfast, Honoring all our relatives prayer and song, Welcome Home to the Dakota, Sacred Dakota Resources in the Homeland, Recognizing The Dakota Homeland, Dakota Presence in Homeland, Chaske Pardon and Dakota Removal Act Bill Update, Dakota NAGPRA Coalition,  Social gathering and traditional hand games

Aug. 23: At the Minnesota Historical Society. 7:30 am –          Dakota Nation Future, Genealogy and Research Introduction, War of 1812, Canadian Dakota Nations 1862 Exhibit, Santee Removal Reflections, Crow Creek Removal of 1862, Update of Bands, State of the Dakota Nation, 7th Generation 4 Stages of Life

Aug. 26

The Dakota War Trials of 1862-63: Kangaroo Court or Merited Justice?

In the aftermath of 1862 Dakota War, more men were convicted and sentenced to death by a military court in Minnesota than in any other group of trials in American history. Walt Bachman, a Minnesota trial lawyer for 22 years, will discuss the prosecutions of almost 400 Dakota men. Were the trials a sham or fair and just? Come and judge for yourself. Walt Bachman is the author of Northern Slave, Black Dakota: The Life and Times of Joseph Godfrey, coming from Pond Dakota Press in 2013. 2:00 pm. Gideon and Agnes Pond House, Pond Dakota Mission Park, 410 East 104th Street, Bloomington, MN. For more information contact Jay Ludwig at: or 952-484-0477.

Aug. 27

5th Annual Red Lake Bike Rally Fundraiser

Red Lake Bike Rally organizers invite all motorcycle riders to join a fundraiser ride against youth suicide. Held in conjunction with the Red Lake Nation Fair Celebration and Pow-Wow at Red Lake, MN. Begins at the Red Lake Fire Department with the Red Lake Nation Fair Celebration Parade at 10:00 am. Registration at 8 am. Line-up at 10 am. Ends at 4 pm, with fish fry afterwards. Poker Run ($500 in the pot already) Buy-in $10. Prizes announced at Fish fry… Famous Red Lake Walleye and Music. Cost: $25 per Bike, and $10 additional passengers. For more info and registration call Bill May at 218-368- 5286; Lea Perkins at 218-766-0209; or Dudie May at 218 368-4749.

Sept. 4

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask

Seniors in Mind: "Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask" by Anton Treuer.?White/Indian relations are often characterized by guilt and anger. Ojibwe scholar, writer and cultural preservationist, Anton Treuer cuts through the emotion and gives a frank, funny and informative discussion on the topic. His interactive presentation based on his new book helps people build a foundation for true understanding and positive action.10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Does’t include $9 senior admission. Reservations required: call 651-259-3015. MN History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul.

Ends Sept. 16

Sacred Legacy: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian

"Sacred Legacy: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian," features powerful images of North American Indians taken by photographer/ethnographer Edward S. Curtis. The exhibit, on view at Mille Lacs Indian Museum, is free and open to the public. The exhibit will illustrate the broad and extraordinary diversity of North American tribes. All work included in this exhibit has been drawn from the archive of the personal collection of Christopher Cardozo.  Cardozo is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on Edward Curtis and his photography. From his archive of more than 4,000 vintage Curtis prints, Cardozo has selected 60 of Curtis’ most compelling and evocative images. The images represent the diverse cultural and geographic regions in which Curtis photographed and will illustrate Curtis’ artistry in portrait, landscape, still life and ceremonial photography. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia. Free. Call for more information 320-532-3632 or see:

Through 2012

Why Treaties Matter:

Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations

ndian sovereignty is an ongoing continental reality. Video presentation and 20 banners featuring text and images, how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements between nations still matter today. For info, see:


o July 16-Aug 15: Mayo Clinic, Rochester

o Aug. 23-Sept 22: Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul

o Oct. 1-31: Winona County Historical Society, Winona

o Nov.­ 8-Dec. 15: Carlton County