Thru Aug. 25

Child/Adolescent Drum Circle Anishinaabewiwin

Co-leaders: Megan Eastman, MSW, LICSW, (Apsaalooke’/Crow) and Joel Harris, Ph.D. (Seneca/ Haudenosaunee). A drum group inviting boys and girls ages 8-16. Come together to learn and share traditional songs. Singing and drumming, talking circle, and traditional medicines. Thursdays: 2 to 3:30 pm. at the Indian Health Board Counseling and Support Clinic, 1315 E. 24th St., Minneapolis. For intake, call 612-721-9807 Or email: or

Thru Sept. 16

Reframe Minnesota

Two Rivers and All My Relations Galleries present: Reframe Minnesota, a group exhibition shown across two art galleries along the American Indian Cultural Corridor, uses a range of visual mediums to explore the future of public art at the Minnesota State Capitol. It features original works from 12 Minnesotan artists as well as student artwork from area elementary schools. Local artists, including painters, printmakers, photographers, and sculptors, respond to the Capitol artwork, its depictions of Native Americans, and its lack of representation for other communities of color. Showing at: Two Rivers Gallery: 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, and All My Relations Arts: 1414 E Franklin Ave, Minnneapolis. For info see: or

Thru Sept. 23

Four Sisters Farmers Market

Fridays: 3 – 6 pm. Come for fresh produce from area vendors. Use your EBT-SNAP card. Buy tokens and get Market Bucks to matchdollar-to-dollar (up to $10). Use tokens to buy from maret vendors or keep for future visits. NACDI parking lot (next to the Powwow Grounds), 1414 E. Frankline Ave., Mpls, MN. For more info or to be a vendor, call Jenn Hall at 612-235-4971.

Aug. 3

Wakanyeja Kin Wakan Pi Positive Indian Parenting

In collaboration with several early childhood education partners, including the American Indian Family Center, American Indian Magnet School PreK, Montessori American Indian Childcare Center, and the St. Paul Children’s Collaborative, a Positive Indian Parenting course will be hosted. During this course, families will be guided through traditional teachings on family and community wellbeing. A light lunch and childcare will be provided. Please call to register. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Free. 579 Wells St, St Paul, MN. For info, contact Colette Lawrence at or 651-793-3803.

Aug. 3-6

20th Annual Anishinaabe Spiritual Run

Red Lake to Mash Ka Wisen Powwow. Opening Ceremony on Aug. 3rd at  9 am. Red Lake Pow wow grounds. For info, contact  Tom or Buck at 218-679-3392, or email: or

Aug. 5

Natives Against Heroin

Honoring Those in Recovery. Grand Entry at 6:00 pm. Light meal at 5:30 for powwow participants. Minneapolis American Indian Center Program Sponsors: Prevention through Cultural Awareness and Native Fitness and Nutrition. For info, call Cheryl Secola or Gary Spears at 612 879-1700.    

Aug. 6

Bead a Ring

Learn a basic stringing technique while beading a ring to take home. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up. 11 am – 3 pm. $3 per kit, does not include museum admission. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or

Aug. 6

56th Birthday Celebration

Help celebrate the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post’s 56th birthday. Refreshments will be provided. Explore the exhibits, including the popular Four Seasons Room with life-size dioramas, then head next door to shop for American Indian arts and crafts at the Trading Post. Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members. As part of the celebration, there will be 10 percent off purchases for the day. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or

Aug. 10-11

Free Diabetic Eye Exam

Do you have diabetes? Has it been over a year since your last eye exam? Come in for a free retina exam. Diabetes education, snacks and incentives provided. 9 am to 3 pm.  Call Sarah to schedule an appointment at 612-843-5928. NACC, 1213 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN.

August 10-11

MABC Summit

Topics include: financial capability and education models, VITA site best practices, IDAs, child savings accounts, small business development, Native Asset Building, legislative advocacy training, and more. Keynote presentations by: Jamie Harvie, Institute for a Sustainable Future, and Jessica Webster, Prosperity for All. Registration fee: $50 (includes all meals and sessions). Northern Lights Casino and Events Center in Walker MN. To inquire about discount registration, contact Dave Snyder at or 651-842-6910.

Aug. 11, 20, 25 and Sept. 8, 17, 22

Catalyst for a Community Quilting Bee

We are creating a series of 84 hand sewn quilts. When completed, the quilts will be laid outdoors for an all night performance filled with dance, storytelling and stargazing! We provide all materials as well as beverages and snacks. Feel free to bring drinks or snacks to share. We will be holding Saturday morning Quilting Bees at Two Rivers Gallery and Thursday evening Quilting Bees at Studio 207 at The Ivy Building. Please join us for any of all of them! Quilting Bees at Two Rivers Gallery (1530 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis) from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturdays: August 20, September 17, October 15, November 12 and December 10. Quilting Bees at The Ivy Arts Building (2637 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, Studio #207) from 6-8 pm on Thursdays. August 11 & 25, September 8 & 22, October 6 & 20, November 3 & 17 and December 1 & 15. Contact with any questions. For more information on the project please visit

Aug. 16

HHS, IHS and SBA Small Businesses Outreach

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization and Indian Health Service along with the Small Business Administration will host a community outreach event for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native American small business owners and Indian Tribes about contracting with HHS and other federal agencies. Information on available resources for local small business owners to compete and thrive in the federal marketplace. Registration: 8:30 am. Event: 9 am – 12 pm. Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW, Bemidji, MN. For info call Richard Gerry at 218-444-0453. Or attend via teleconference at noon (CDT). Teleconference: 267-930-4000. Participant Code: 514 259 180. URL:

Aug. 17

Indian Child Welfare Education Day

Co-Sponsored by MHSL Indian Law Center. Registration: 8 am. Program: 8:30 am  – 4 pm. Free. Lunch provided. CEU’s will be provided. Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN. For info, contact Sandy White Hawk at or 651-442-4872.

Aug. 17

Mobile Mammogram Day

SMSC Mobile Unit will visit NACC. Screening for signs of breast cancer. Education on beast, cervial and color cancer. Earn screening incentives. Call Sarah to schedule an appointment at 612-843-5924. If you have insurance, bring your card. If you don’t have insurance, call before your appointment to sign up for SAGE free mammogram program. NACC, 1213 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN.

Aug. 17-18

Return to First Medicines 3rd Annual Gathering

A gathering for adults and youth to learn about sacred medicines, growing traditional foods, and how to care for our environment. Topics: Restoring traditional knowledge and basic skills about gathering; Using and respecting our traditional medicines; How to grow and prepare Native food crops; Learn about the environment and natural resources to protect and preserve; Barter and Swap event. Fee: $40. Fortune Bay Reort and Casino, 1430 Bois Forte Road, Tower, MN. For more info, call Suzanne Nash at 612-722-6248 or see:

Aug. 19 (deadline)

Mazinaakizige – American Indian Teen Photography

This 12 week long arts-based internship with the Minnesota Historical Society lets you work with artist mentors as you investigate American Indian representations – historic and contemporary – and create your own gallery show. Learn digital photography, get behind-the-scenes access to artwork and objects, and build your resume. At the end of 12 weeks, students will create a body of work and exhibit their photography in a gallery show at Two Rivers Gallery in Minneapolis. Dates: Saturdays, 12-5 p.m., September 13 – December 6. Six American Indian High School Students from the metro area will be selected. Apply by August 19. Classes will take place at the Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., Saint Paul, plus field trips to other locations.  Fill out online application at For info, contact Jessica Hobson at 651-259-3485,

Aug. 20

Open House

Augsburg Fairview Academy is holding an open house from 1 to 5 pm. Meet students and staff. Student vs staff kickball, dunk tank, tours and more. Meal catered by La Loma Tamales and Holy Land Deli. Enrolling grades 9-12. Augsburg Fairview Academy, 2504 Columbus Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call 612-333-1614.

Aug. 21

New Native Theatre’s 2016 Summer Tour

STOLEN GENERATION by Ardie Media (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) and SNEAKY by William S. Yellow Robe Jr. (Assiniboine). And the return of FRANKLIN AVENUE INDIAN IDOL Karaoke Contest. Join us all day during Franklin Avenue Open Streets. Stolen Generation: 11-11:30 am, 1:15-1:45 pm, 4:45-5:15 pm. Sneaky: 11:45 am-12:45 pm, 2 -1 pm, 5:30-6 pm. Franklin Avenue Indian Idol Karaoke Contest: 3-4:30 pm. Free. At the Minneapolis American Indian Center’s Outdoor Amphitheater, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For more info, see

Aug. 21

Homeland: Native Artists Create on the Ave

Native artists of all backgrounds with ties to Homelands in or near the Twin Cities, including storytellers, beaders, quiltmakers, craftspeople, makers, performers, muralists, create collaborative work sharing our stories of homeland here in the cities and along the American Indian Cultural Corridor in Minneapolis. Teams work together share $20,000 to implement their collaborations from mid-summer to fall along Franklin Avenue with a public celebration on August 17 at Open Streets. 11 am – 5 pm at Franklin Open Streets. For info, contact Taylor Payer at or Jun-Li Wang at

Aug. 21

Fun Run

Take a short walk around the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Powwow grounds and earn a free gift courtesy of the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. Registration for the walk is located at the pavilion on the powwow grounds. 9 – 10:30 am. Free. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, call 320-532-3632 or email:

Aug. 21


Kwestrong Triathlon will include run, bike, and canoe. 9 am – 3 pm, Bde Maka Ska Lake (Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun), Minneapolis, Minnesota. For Native women, girls and boys. (Women and children participants only.) $25 registration fee. Sponsorships Available. For info, see:

Aug. 23 (deadline)

Grants to Support Nutrition Ed. for Food on Reservations

The Nutrition Education for Native American Communities project will provide grants to Native American communities interested in starting or expanding nutrition education programming for Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) recipients. First Nations will award up to 30 grants totaling $10,000 each to FDPIR programs. Supports FDPIR programs that are looking to provide or expand nutrition workshops, cooking classes/food demonstrations, healthy recipe development, development and dissemination of educational materials. The grant begins Sept. 1 and ends June 1, 2017. Organizations eligible to apply will be Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs), other programs that are NAFDPIR members, FDPIR programs and tribal programs or nonprofit organizations working with FDPIR programs. For info, visit

Aug. 25

Community Arts Night

5 – 8 pm at Two Rivers Gallery, 1530 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis. For info, see, or email:

Aug. 27-28

Ojibwe Moccasin 2-Day Workshop

Learn techniques of working with leather at this two-day workshop. Participants will make a pair of Ojibwe-style moccasins to take home. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. The workshop runs Saturday from noon to 4 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. $60/$55 MNHS members, plus $25 supply fee. Reservations required, call 320-532-3632. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or

Aug. 29 (deadline)

Native Nation Rebuilders

Connect with amazing Native leaders. Learn about innovative tribal governance practices. Strengthen your leadership abilities. Help advance your Native vision for the future. Become a Native Nation Rebulder. The Native Governance Center is currently taking applications for Cohort 8. Application and references must be received by Aug.29th at 12:00 p.m. CST.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. For info and application, see: Session dates for Cohort 8:

• Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2016 (Twin Cities, MN)

• April 26-28, 2017 (Spearfish, SD)

• Sept. 20-32, 2017 (Location TBD)

• Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2017 (Twin Cities, MN)

Aug. 30 (deadline)

Call for articles

Vanishing Indians/Painting Indians. Thomas McKenney, the Origins of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Beyond. University of Milan, Milan/Italy, November 21-22. The University of Milan will host an international conference entitled “Vanishing Indians/Painting Indians. This conference will examine not only McKenney’s role in the definition of the powers of the agency under the control of the Department of War, but his effort to describe with images the life and costumes of the tribes East of the Mississippi River. Art historians to Native Americans historians are invited to send their proposals before the end of August 2016. Paper proposals should be sent to The organizers will offer two days stay in the center of Milan, lunch and dinner for the days of the conference. Speakers cover their own travel expenses. For info, see:

Aug. 31

Native FAN Wellness Support Circle

Native FAN Wellness Support Circle (formerly known as Native American Cancer Support Circle). If you or someone you know would benefit from a monthly Native American Wellness Support Circle (for all chronic illnesses), we encourage you to join us for a meal and good company. We meet every last Wed. of the month at MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave., Mpls, MN. For info, contact Val Lafave at 612-879-1722 or

Sept. 9

Wisdom Steps 13th Annual Golf Tournament

Fundraising event for Elders in the Wisdom Steps program. Starts at 9 am for registration, 10 am is Shot Gun Start. Prices vary depending on the type of sponsorships. This event will be held at the Black Bear Golf Course in Carlton, MN (20 miles south of Duluth, MN). For info, contact Drew Annette at 218-335-8586, or

Sept. 9

Leech Lake Twin Cities Annual Picnic

For Leech Lake band members. Free. 11 am-2 pm. Veterans Memorial Park – Picnic Shelter, 6335 Portland Ave, Richfield, MN. For info, call Valerie Larsen at 612-729-0554.