August-September Community Calendar


August 2, 9, 16, 23

Indigenous Music and Movies in the Park Series

Bring a lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic basket and take in the view of Minneapolis downtown skyline as you enjoy Indigenous Music and Movies. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.; movies begin at dusk. Indigenous musicians, artists, filmmakers, producers and actors will be showcased this summer in a four-part music and movies series. Musical performances will feature local and national American Indian musicians. Emceeing the event this year will be American Indian director and producer Missy Whiteman of Independent Indigenous Film & Media. Father Hennepin Bluffs Park is located on the east bank of the Mississippi River at 420 Main St. SE. Bike racks are located in the park. Metro Transit bus line #6 comes within two blocks of the park. The series is hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Migizi Communications, First Nations Composer Initiative, and Independent Indigenous Film & Media. The program series is made possible through the support of the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board. For a complete list of musicians, artists and movies, see below or visit

o AUGUST 2: New Native Theater Karaoke = Interactive Theater. New Native Theatre’s Interactive Karaoke performance, a first of its kind will include audience participation in a live performance. This performance will give community singers of all kinds an opportunity to take it to the stage. Movies at dusk: NAVAJO SHORT FILMS: Grace (Darwyn Roanhorse, 2005, 15 min); Shimasani (Blackhorse Lowe, 2009, 15 min); In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman (Camille Tso Manybeads, 2010, 26 min); Run Red Walk: A Navajo Sheepdog (Melissa Henry, 2011, 17 min); Osama Likes Frybread (Sydney Freeland, 2006, 10 min); Conversion (Nanobah Becker, 2006, 10 min); Horse You See (Melissa Henry, 2007, 07 min).

o AUGUST 9: Minneapolis Montage American Indian Musicians – Eclectic Showcase of twin cities. American Indian musicians including: Marisa Carr, Michael Wilson, Miquel Vargas and more TBA. Movies at dusk: Search For the World’s Best Indian Taco (Steven Judd, 2010, 15 mins.); Off The Rez (Jonathan Hock, 2011, 90 min); Love and Basketball – Shoni Schimmel, a Umatilla Indian and one of the best high school basketball players in the country, dreams of being the first from her tribe to get a college scholarship. Shoni and her mother/coach Ceci battle together to redeem generations of struggle for their family and their people, but her hoop dreams are threatened after her family leaves the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

o AUGUST 16: Indigie Femme – Creative forces merge when the Northern and Southern Hemispheres come together through songs in stories. Tash Terry born and raised on the Navajo Nation and Elena Higgins born in Aotearoa (New Zealand) of Maori and Samoan heritage are the powerful musical duo Indigie Femme. These international performers have united to unleash their creative intelligence that taps into their ancestry. Indigie Femme weave innovative and traditional songs and finds parallels throughout their experiences. The musical resonance that correlates their musical ensemble includes: 6 &12 string guitars, mandolin, cajun, djembes, medicine drum and percussions. ( Movies at dusk: Women’s Films: Magic Wands (Elizabeth Day, 2009, 07:35); The Garden (Zoe Leigh Hopkins, 2009, 11 min); Rez Runner (Sydney Freeland, 2007, 10 min); Apache 8 (Sande Zeig, 2011, 57 min).

o AUGUST 23: Chase Manhattan – A local Hip Hop artist winning national acclaim and awards, and most recently a 2010 NAMMY winner. ( Movies at dusk. Canada Showcase: Coming of Age Wapawekka (Danis Goulet, 2010, 16 min); Of Mice and Men (Argyle Alternative High School students and staff, 2010, 74 min).

August 12

MNIBA Golf Classic Fundraiser

The 2011 MNIBA "Driving Opportunities Fore American Indian Entrepreneurs" Golf Classic is a one-day, 18-hole, team scramble and award dinner event which will be held at the Dacotah Ridge Golf Club in Morton, MN. Registration:  $100 per player/$400 per team. Entry Deadline: July 15 – space limited to 144 players. Funds raised during this event will support the following projects: Travel and registration scholarships for high school juniors and seniors to attend Native Nations Institute’s 6-day residential "Native Youth Entrepreneurship Camp" in Arizona: Development of a series of webinars, workshops and tools designed for native entrepreneurs and tribal communities; Launch of Red Lake Nation’s "Mini-Bank" elementary, middle and high school youth savings program. This year’s event will include a Native Youth Golf Outing for middle and high school students.vThe Native Youth Golf Outing includes; golf lessons, play, luncheon and a "teens" financial education presentation with inter-active handouts. Sponsorships: The 2011 MNIBA Golf Classic offer opportunities for sponsorships at every level, from  title sponsors to hole sponsors. Sponsors enjoy both promotional recognition and public relations benefits from the association with the Minnesota Indian Business Alliance, the golfers who compete, and the charitable activities which benefit. Entry Deadline July 15. For more info call Courtney Aitken-Gifford at 218-335-8582 for golfing inquiries. Call Pamela Standing at 218-847-9554 for sponsorship opportunities.

August 13

Porcupine Quill Jewelry Workshop

Learn techniques working with porcupine quills in this two-day workshop. Participants will make earrings, necklaces and hair ties out of quills to take home. Dying, stringing and cutting off the barbed tips will be covered. A minimum of five participants is required. An adult must accompany children under 18 years. Pastries and refreshments will be provided along with a light lunch. Pre-registration required by Aug. 17. Held at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in Onamia, MN. Discount hotel rooms available on Saturday night for all workshop participants at Grand Casino Mille Lacs. Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Fee: $60, $55 for MHS members; $15 supply fee for all. Reservations: required, call 320-532-3632.

August 22-24

Nibi & Manoomin: Bridging Worldviews Symposium

This symposium builds on work begun two years ago between tribal communities and the University of Minnesota. The first symposium (2009) brought researchers from the University together with tribal elders from across northern Minnesota. It offered an opportunity to share knowledge about manoomin and build a better understanding between native knowledge holders and University researchers on wild rice in a good way. That initial gathering was very powerful and long overdue. One outcome of the symposium was a request by tribal members in attendance for more opportunities to share stories, research, and learning and build trust so that wild rice is appreciated as a sacred gift from the creator by us all-this second symposium honors that request. Another outcome of the initial meeting was to draft a wild rice white paper. This paper would identify issues where University and tribal interests could begin to engage in meaningful dialogue on wild rice research conducted at the University and offer recommendations for action. This second symposium entitled, "Nibi and Manoomin: Bridging Worldviews," provides another occasion for exchanging teachings between Western and Anishinaabe cultural frames. In addition to manoomin we will include sessions on water (nibi) at this symposium. Water and manoomin belong together. White Earth Tribal and Community College will be offering college credit and CEU’s. More information coming on scholarships for students wanting college credit or those needing CEU’s. This conference is free to all tribal community members and tribal entities. Shooting Star Hotel & Event Center, Mahnomen, MN. 800-453-7827. Blocked Room Rate $50 – Mention Wild Rice Symposium. For more info, see: Or call Pamela Standing at 218-847-9554 or email:?

August 25

FREE Arts Grant Writing Workshops

The Region 2 Arts Council will offer free grant writing workshops for individual artists interested in applying for an Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant. This grant is open to Native American artists residing in Region 2’s Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen Counties, as well as artists living in nearby Roseau, Itasca, Cass and Becker Counties. These workshops will familiarize potential applicants with the application process, what projects are eligible, how to develop a project budget and other tips. The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant is open to individual Native American artists in all disciplines. These grants offer funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000. Grant deadline is October 6. Workshop will be held from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Tribal Council HQ Building in Red Lake, MN. ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required. To reserve a place in a free workshop or for further information, please call 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 or email: To download a copy of Region 2 Arts Council Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant, visit:

September 2

New Native Theatre

Well Red play reading series: BUT BABY I LOVE YOU by Sandy White Hawk and George McCauley, directed by Rhiana Yazzie. Meet Wolfie and Cecilia. Witness as they love each other, hate each other, heal each other. Join us for this first look at Sandy and George’s new play written about dealing with the complexities of loving and being Native. There’s sure to be lots of NDN humor too. FREE. Starts at 7 pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.

September 9

Beloved Child honoring event

An event to honor the people profiled in Diane Wilson’s new book, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life. Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life by Diane Wilson. Sustained by rich traditions, ceremonies, advocacy, and education, Dakota families are transforming the legacy of colonization and assimilation into a better way of life for their children. Starts at 7 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1917 Logan Ave. S., Minneapolis (at the northeast corner of Lake of the Isles, in the Lowry Hill neighborhood).

September 17

Woodland Pottery Workshop

On the first day participants will learn how to dig clay, harvest the tempering agents and construct their clay vessel. On the second day participants will finish their surface details and temper their clay vessel in a firing pit. Registration is required by September 14. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. A minimum of 5 participants required to host workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Held at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in Onamia, MN. Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Fee: $60, $55 for MHS members. Reservations: required, call 320-532-3632.

September 17

Wild Rice Festival 

The Friends of Roseville’s Harriet Alexander Nature Center wiil hold the 8th Annual Wild Rice Festival. This family celebration of wild rice, Native American culture, and Minnesota’s fall season will be held, free of admission charge, on the grounds of the nature center at 2520 N. Dale Street, Roseville, Minnesota. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. with a fundraising pancake breakfast featuring wild rice sausages, wild rice pancakes and real maple syrup. Informative exhibits will open at 9:00 a.m. with the free entertainment, demonstrations and activities beginning by 10:00 a.m.; all activities continue until the event closes at 4:00 p.m. Entertainment includes a group of Native American dancers from the University of Minnesota Council of Nations. Demonstrations include a bee-expert harvesting honey from the HANC hives, honey which you can purchase; cider press machine and and games for kids. There will also be a silent auction and the FORHANC Store. Proceeds support the nature center. More information can be found at or by calling the Harriet Alexander Nature Center at 651-765-HANC.

September 24

IHB Native American Day Celebration

The Minneapolis Indian Health Board’s Health and Resource Fair. Exhibition dancing, Children’s activities, music, food, and more. Midtown Farmers Market, Minneapolis.