Community Calendar – November 2018


Thru Nov. 9
Ties and Tethers Exhibit
Artist Lori Biwer-Stewart is a self-taught printmaker who finds inspiration in the natural world around her, as well as from her own dreams and beliefs. She enjoys incorporating symbolic images such as birds, keys, and doors to encourage thought and provoke the viewer’s own interpretation. For added texture and text, Biwer-Stewart will often incorporate monoprint and collograph to her linocut prints which have grown in both size and complexity over the years. Atrium Gallery, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN. For info, see or call 952-563-8575.

Thru Nov. 21
NACC Coat Drive
Winter is approaching quick! Help The Native American Community Clinic give the gift of warmth to someone in need by donating gently used, good condition coats and winter gear. Drop off items from 9am to 5pm at NACC, 1213 E. Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact Erica at 612-843-5925.

Thru Nov. 30
Why Treaties Matter
Minneapolis Community and Technical College is hosting the “Why Treaties Matter” exhibit. “Why Treaties Matter” is a nationally recognized, award-winning, exhibit. This exhibit is available for the public, high schools, other college students, Indian Education programs, etc. MCTC, 501 Hennepin Ave, Mpls. If you would like to organize a field trip and college visit to Minneapolis College contact Randy Gresczyk at

Thru Dec. 3
Twin Cities PBS Honors Native Cultures
Twin Cities PBS is will air Native films and documentaries throughout the month. Films include: Independent Lens Dawnland, The People’s Protectors, Art and Life of George Morrison, First Speakers Restoring the Ojibwe Language, Reclaimingin Scared Tobacco, The Jine Dress Traditions, Ohiyessa The Soul of an Indian, and others. To see the full line up of shows with dates and times, see:

Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29
Drum and Dance Practice
Activity is free for youth and families. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 7pm – 8:30pm. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave Mpls. For info, contact

Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29
Our Children Are Sacred
Women’s Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. We do daily refection readings, big book and open discussion. 6-7pm. Free. No child care provided. Recovery Church, 253 State St, St Paul. For info, contact Betty at 612-387-4463.

Nov. 3, 10, 17
Dakota language 12 Week
10am – noon. Registration required. The next 12 week series starts Jan 5 (register in December). MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave Mpls. For info, contact

Nov. 4, 5
New Native Theatre Auditions
New Native Theatre is pleased to announce a new co-production with Stages Theatre company. We’re taking the inspiration of the children’s book and transforming it into a meaningful new production. Native families are encouraged to audition. Native youth from ages 10-18 encouraged. Two audition locations, one at Stages in Hopkins and one at Division of Indian Work in Minneapolis. Stages Theatre Company and New Native Theatre seeks to cast Native American youth (between the ages of 10-18) and Native American adults (any age); and youth actors of all communities (between the ages of 10-18) for its upcoming collaboration of The Three Snow Bears. The show will be directed by Sandy Boren-Barrett and Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha. The Nov. 4 auditions are from 2pm to 3:30pm (youth and adults) at Stages Theatre Company, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins. The Nov. 5th auditions are from 6pm to 7pm (youth and adults) and from 7pm to 8pm (adults only) at the Division of Indian Work, 1001 E Lake St, Mpls. For info, see:

Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26
Medicine Wheel
Open Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. We work Steps and Traditions according to the month. No child care provided. 6-7pm. Free. Gitchitwaa Kateri Church, 3045 Park Ave S, Mpls. For info, contact Betty at 612-387-4463, or Chris at 612-824-7606.

Nov. 6
Election Day
Minnesota General Election. Voter registration deadline: Online by Oct. 16, 11:59pm; US Post received by Oct. 16, 5pm. Absentee ballot deadline: Nov 6. For info, see:

Nov. 6
Hoop Dance Class
Activity is free for youth and families. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 5:00 – 6:30pm. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave Mpls. For info, contact

Nov. 6, 13, 2, 27
On The Red Road
Open Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, open narcotics anonymous meeting. 12 Step, Al-anon, Big Book, Women or Men only meeting. 7-9pm. No child care provided. Free. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave S Mpls. For info, call Keiji at 612-751-7667.

Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27
Ojibwe language Intro/Novice
Language classes are free. 5pm – 7pm. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave Mpls. For info, contact

Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27
Dakota language Intro to Conversational
Language Classes are free. 5pm – 7pm. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave Mpls. For info, contact

Nov. 7
Urban Indian Elders Meeting
Meeting of urban Indian elders. Community and provider networking meeting. Coffee, fruit and cookies provided. 10am to noon. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, call 612-871-4555.

Nov. 7, 14, 28
Ojibwe language Ongoing
Language Classes are free. 5pm – 7pm. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave Mpls. For info, contact

Nov. 7, 14, 28 
Dakota language Ongoing
Language Classes are free. 5pm – 7pm. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave Mpls. For info, contact

Nov. 8
MIGIZI Celebration
Come celebrate MIGIZI Communications’ 40th Anniversary, from 5 to 7pm. Northwest Area Foundation, 60 Plato Blvd, St. Paul. For info, call 612-721-6631.

Nov. 8, 13
The People’s Protectors
Twin Cities PBS invites you to join us at the following screenings for The People’s Protectors: Twin Cities PBS Studios. About The People’s Protectors: Four Native American veterans reflect on their experiences in the military during the divisive Vietnam War and how their communities helped them carry their warrior legacy proudly. From the Marine Corps to the Navy to the US Army veterans Valerie Barber, Art Owen, Sandy White Hawk, Vince Beyl, and civilian eyapaha (announcer) Jerry Dearly recall their memories of one of the most controversial wars in United States history. Even as they struggled with their relationship to the United States government from genocidal policies and government oppression; the Dakota, Lakota, and Ojibwe warriors still felt compelled to honor their duty to their people as Akichita /Ogichidaag/Warriors, as protectors of the people. A lifetime later, these soldiers meet us in the studio as they begin to tell their stories. Food and beverages will be served. For info, see:
• Nov. 8: 6pm to 8:30pm at the Prairie Island Indian Community Center,,1158 Sturgeon Lake Rd, Welch, MN.
• Nov. 13: 7pm to 9:30pm at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in Onamia, MN. And November 13 at 7pm.

Nov. 8, 15
Home For Good – Minneapolis
Assemble Welcome Home Kits containing the basic household supplies needed to set up their new home for 500 families exiting homelessness. As families transition out of homelessness, they are starting over, moving into their new home with little to no personal or household items. Make a family excited for the next chapter in life with a basket of supplies. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 S Marquette Ave, Mpls. For info, see: or

Nov. 9
2nd Annual Nation Building Celebration
Each year, we host a Nation Building Celebration – a gathering that brings together Tribal leaders, grassroots Native leaders, local and state lawmakers, and members of the general public to network, learn, and gather resources related to leadership and nation building. This year’s Nation Building Celebration will focus on community engagement strategies for strengthening sovereignty. We’ll feature speakers from across Indian Country who will talk about how they engage their communities. Mystic Lake Center, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, MN. For info, see

Nov. 10
Cradle to Prison Algorithm Meeting
The Cradle to Prison Algorithm meeting will be held from 8:30am to 3:30pm at St. Paul College, 235 Marshall Ave, St Paul. For info, email:

Nov. 13
Breck School Information Night for Native Families
Please join us to hear from current Breck students and families from the Native American community as they share their experience at Breck, its culture, community, and curriculum, as well as why Breck was a good fit for them. Members of the admissions team will be available to answer questions about the admissions process. Dinner will be provided.6pm-8pm. All Nations Church, 1515 E 23rd St, Mpls. RSVP by November 8 to Alexis Kent at:

Nov. 13-14
Investing for the Future Workshop
First Nations Development Institute is pleased to announce the release of the newly revised “Investing for the Future” workbook. As part of the Building Native Communities curriculum series, the workbook focuses on teaching basic investment concepts. A Train-the-Trainer workshop will be held at the Many Rivers East building in partnership with Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund. The workshop is a great opportunity for financial educators, financial coaches, CDFI staff and other financial professionals to learn more about how to teach investment concepts. Many Rivers East building, 1518 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, email:

Nov. 14
Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian 
Augsburg Native American Film Series Presents : Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian. “Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian” is “a deeply personal family film that follows Kate Beane, an urban, Dakota scholar, and her family as they trace the remarkable life of their celebrated relative, Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman), an important author, activist, lecturer and one of the first Native American doctors. Along the way, Beane uncovers uncanny parallels between their lives, though they were born more than 100 years apart. Join Kate Beane and executive producer Syd Beane for an evening of conversation about the film and their family heritage. Free. Reception 6:15 – 6:45pm. Screening begins at 7pm. Discussion with participants follows. Augsburg University, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave S, Mpls. For more info, see:

Nov. 14 – 16
Minnesota Indian Education Association Conference
The 34th Annual Minnesota Indian Education Association Conference will be held in Hinckley. The purpose of MIEA is to establish and maintain communications and the promotion of quality education and unity for American Indians for the express purpose of continuity of communications and on-going awareness of local and statewide educational activities. Keynote speakers are Dr. David Beaulieu, a the Electa Quinney endowed professor of American Indian education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and Steven Paul Judd, a Kiowa and Choctaw from Oklahoma and a member of the Writers Guild of America. He was a staff writer on the Disney XD comedy series “Zeke and Luther.” His feature film “The Butchers” was released in 2014. Dakota and Ojibwe Language Bowls, and Youth Day. Grand Casino, 77 Lady Luck Dr, Hinckley, MN. For info, see:

Nov. 15
MPS Native American Family Involvement Day
The Minneapolis Public Schools will celebrate Native American Family Involvement Day with schools across the district holding special events for students and families. This is a day to celebrate the contributions of Native American students and families. The idea is to have a positive experience in your child’s school that will enhance the relationship and partnership between family, school and community. Parents and families contact your students schools to see how you can get involved and celebrate Native American Parent Involvement day.

Nov. 15
Native American Vets Luncheon
We are having our Honoring Native American Veterans Luncheon from 11am to 2pm. Free. MCT, urban building, 1508 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact:

Nov. 16
MAIC Family Fun Night
Fun for the whole family: art activities, cultural and language activities, open gym, cooking demos, and more. Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments and beverages provided. Every 3rd Friday of the month, from 6-8 pm. MAIC, 1430 E Franklin, Mpls. For info, contact Cheryl Secola at 612-879-1783. Other dates include:
• Dec. 21.

Nov. 18
Thomas Peacock
Birchbark Books welcomes Minnesota Book Award winner Thomas Peacock for an in-store signing of his new novel Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny (Holy Cow! Press). 3pm. Free. Birchbark Books, 2115 W 21st St, Mpls. For info, call 612-374-4023 or email:

Nov. 26
Creative City Challenge
The Creative City Challenge artist call is open. This is a chance for a Minnesota resident team (50% of leadership team must live here) to build a 3 month, interactive/participatory installation in The Commons in downtown Minneapolis with a $50K budget. Three finalists are chosen from the first round and they receive $2,500 to make a full proposal.Deadline is Nov. 26th. For info, see:

Nov. 29
MAICC 31st Anniversary Dinner
Join us for an awesome evening of celebration with friends and colleagues.  Joe Nayquonabe, Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures will guide us through an amazing evening!  We are also honored with Bunky Echohawk joining us for his awesome live art performance.  4:30pm to 9pm. (Reception at 4:30pm, Dinner at 6pm.) Register now for more information and save your place. Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, MN. For info, call 612-900-7432.

Nov. 29
MAICC Annual Dinner
Please join us for the Minnesota American Indian Chamber Commerce’s Annual Dinner. Artist Bunky Echohawk will be joining us again for another amazing live art performance. For more info, call 612-877-2117 or email:

Nov. 30
Keep the Fire Alive Art Contest
We have a goal to increase Native youth leadership and community awareness for suicide prevention. To do this we are hosting an Art Contest to create posters and
t-shirts that let everyone know one of the following: You are not alone; There are resources to help you in tough times; The warning signs for suicide. Sources of Strength: Family, Positive Activities, Positive Friends, Culture, Generosity, Forgiveness, Mental Health Access, Caring Adults. This contest has cash prizes. Deadline is Nov. 30. Eligible participants: Native youth between 10-24 years old. Your art might be a drawing, a painting, a poem, a cartoon, a photo or something else. Winners will be contacted Dec. 1st. For info, contact the IPTF at: Indigenous-Peoples-Task-Force-240696260223.

Dec. 1
Northern Lights Workshop: Crafting a Pitch
The Northern Lights artist-led workshop series is coming up! The workshops aim to help artists think through the creative process from the spark of an idea through to production and beyond for Northern Spark or other public events. 12pm-2pm. Presenters: Lula Saleh and Pa Na Lor will guide artists in writing a clear project description with exercises they use for their creative process to formulate the best pitch. Snacks and drinks will be provided. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, see:

Dec. 6
“I Expect Equity” – a workshop for K-12 Professionals
This workshop engages K-12 professionals in a training experience that takes a deeper dive to building an inclusive learning environment for all learners. Learn about empowering unmotivated learners, closing the achievement gap, combatting micoragressions, and more. Topics include: Achievement Gap, Equity Minded Curriculum, Inclusive Learning Environment, Microaggressions and Cultural Competence. CEUs availalbe for teachers, principals, administrators, cultural liaisons, counselors, interventionists and coaches. Benefits of attending: Take home diversity activities and materials to use in your school; Learn about the achievement gap; Understand your personal strengths and weaknesses; Engage in courageous conversations; Gain strategies for self-improvement; Broaden your perspective as a leader, teacher and Diversity Champion; Learn how to motivate students who are unmotivated; Improve your ability as a change agent; and increase your awareness of cultural differences and multicultural competencies. Holiday Inn Express, 4550 12 Ave E, Shakopee, MN. For info, see

Dec. 7
The Circle’s Annual Native Authors Fundraiser
This year The Circle’s fundraising event will feature Native American author Brenda Child (Red Lake Ojibwe) with her newest book “Bowwow Powwow”; and illustrator Jonathan Thunder. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with coffee, tea, and juice. Enjoy good conversation with old friends and new. Doors open at 7:30am for coffee. Event starts at 8am and end at 9am. To RSVP, call 612-203-1321. Suggested donation is $35.

Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16
Holiday Indigenous Art Market
Get your Christmas shopping done at the 2018 Holiday Art Market. Art, blankets, jewelry, apparel, gifts and more created and sold by Native artists. Delicious food from Dorene’s Cafe. Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm. All Nations Church, 1515 E. 23rd St., Mpls.

Dec. 11
Northern Lights Workshop: Project Realization
The Northern Lights artist-led workshops aim to help artists think through the creative process from the spark of an idea through to production and beyond for Northern Spark or other public events. Learn what it takes to work with a production team and bring a project to life with Northern Spark’s Producer Erin Lavelle and Million Artist Movement. SPNN, 550 Vandalia St, #170, St Paul. For info, see: Or contact Teeko Yang at 918-822-3162 or see:

Dec. 14
Holidays on Franklin
Please join NACC for our 4th Annual Holidays on Franklin event of fun! This year’s event will be held at the MN Chippewa Tribe Building. There will be Santa, holiday crafts and snacks, and gifts provided by a collaboration of Native American establishments and many other organizations! For more information on how you can help by donating or participating, contact Chenoa at NACC 612-843-5927.

Dec.18 (deadline)
Native American Language-Immersion Grants
First Nations Development Institute launched a request for proposals (RFP) process for the second funding cycle of its Native Language Immersion Initiative (NLII). First Nations will award about 12 grants of up to $90,000 each to build the capacity of and support Native language-immersion programs. Under NLII, First Nations is seeking to build a dialogue and community of practice, through the grantee cohorts, around Native language immersion programs, and momentum for supporting Native language programs. The initiative includes American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian language programs. Eligibility is limited to U.S.-based tribal government programs, tribal 7871 entities, Native-controlled nonprofit organizations, and Native-controlled community organizations with a fiscal sponsor. The full RFP can be found at: