COMMUNITY CALENDAR March 2013

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March 1,  8,  15,  22,  29

Native Foster Parents Needed!

Volunteers of America-MN is looking for skilled parents who appreciate the difficulties of childhood! Youth ages 12-17 need a stable home. Volunteers of America-MN provides quality foster parents with training, 24-hour support, and monthly stipend. Call 952-945-4064 to learn more or attend an information meeting. Foster Parent Info Meetings held every Friday: 10:00-11:30 am (or by appointment) 7625 Metro Blvd., Edina, MN.  

March 4 (Deadline)

Ojibwe Immersion Academy

Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa

Gidakiiminaang’s third annual Ojibwe Immersion Academy to be held June

16 – July 6 at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet,

MN. A three week residential Ojibwe immersion program for intermediate

to advanced adult (over 16 years of age) language learners. Participants

will study with fluent elders and faculty instructors for Ojibwe

teachings, small group learning, and one-on-one tutoring sessions. For

information and/or to request an application email:

ojibwemotaadidaa@gmail.com. All applications are due March 4.

March 4 (deadline)

Title VII Parent Committee Nominations

Now

accepting nominations for membership to serve on the Title VII Parent

Committee. Nominees must: Be a parent or legal guardian of an MPS

student; Be an MPS high school student in good academic standing; Be an

MPS teacher. For info see: www.mpls.k12.mn.us. Or contact Deanna

StandingCloud at: Deanna.standingcloud@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612-668-0612.

Or fax nominations forms to 612-668-0615. Minneapolis Public Schools,

1250 West Broadway Avenue, Mpls.

March 4-7

10th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference

The

Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference returns for its 10th year! In

Callaway, MN, hosted by the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Topics

include; soil reclamation, greenhouses, renewable energy, aquaculture,

compost systems, beekeeping, plant breeding, sustainable food

production, community food systems design, direct market training,

tribal food policy, environmental justice, farm to school programs,

salve making, native agriculture and more. Rowen White from Native Seed

SEARCH, will teach seed saving techniques. Frank Kutka, a S.A.R.E.

coordinator in North Dakota and Phd. in plant breeding, will talk about

his research with heirloom corn, beans and other open-pollinated

varieties. Representatives from the Bad River Band, Oneida Nation,

Standing Rock Sioux, and Tesuque Pueblo will share their knowledge with

communities of the Great Lakes area. For information, see: www.welrp.org

or   info@welrp.org. Or call 218-375-2600. Conference lodging available

at Maplelag Resort: 1-800-654-7711 or www.maplelag.com.

March 6, 19, 27

MAIC Revitalization Meetings

The

Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC) will work with the University

of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, Center for

Sustainable Building Research at the College of Design, and the Native

American Community Development Institute to develop a vision for MAIC

aimed at revitalizing the Center by creating opportunities for social,

cultural and economic development. The approach will involve an

interactive process of engaging the American Indian community and

extended community to develop a vision and time frame that will guide

future development of the Center.

o Mar 6: Community Meeting,

3:00 – 5:00 pm

o Mar 19: Community Meeting, 3:00 -5:00 pm      

o Mar 27: Community Meeting (NACDI), 8:00 – 9:15 am

o Apr 19: Community Meeting, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

o May 16: Community Meeting (MAIC Open House), 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

March 7, 14, 21, 28

Beading Circle

Join

us for community, learning and laughter. Bring a project you are

working on or start a new one. All levels of experience are welcome!

Supplies are provided. Instructors: Charles Stately and Deanna Beaulieu.

Thursdays in March from 6 pm to 8 pm. Metropolitan State University,

Founders Hall Reception Area, 700 East Seventh Street, St. Paul, MN.

This program is free and open to the public and sponsored by American

Indian Student Services at Metropolitan State University and the MnSCU

Office of Equity and Diversity. For more info or to RSVP:

Maggie.Lorenz@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1367.

March 8 (deadline)

JOM Assoc. 2013 Student

Art Contest

Open

to all students. Artwork must be no larger than 8 x 11. The artist

should include an interpretation of 2013 Conference Theme in the

artwork: "JOM….A RIVER OF MANY NATIONS." 1st Place $300; 2nd Place

$200; Honorable Mention $100. Deadline:?March 8. For info, email James

Monchamp at:?shanob1040@aol.com, or Clayton Long at:?clong@sjsd.org or

call 435-678-1251.  

March 9

Slow Food Feast

Slow Food

Feast to benefit the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Come eat real

food & drink, and enjoy an evening of good entertainment. On the

Menu: Red Lake Walleye, seasoned purple potatoes, squash bisque,

frybread and blueberry wojapi.Slow Food: an International movement which

strives to provide traditional and regional cuisine, encourages farming

of plants, seeds, and livestock characteristic of the local eco-system.

Everything that fast food is not. 6 pm at the Historic Holmes Theater

Ballroom, 806 Summit Avenue, Detroit Lakes, MN. Suggested donation $25

for single or $40 for couple. Buy tickets at 218-844-7469.

March 12

Metro State Open House

Metro

State is having their open house on Tuesday, March 12th! If you, or

someone you know, is thinking about starting or finishing college, come

check out this event. You will have a chance to check out the campus,

learn about programs, talk to an admissions counselor, and apply for

FREE. For info, call Maggie Lorenz at 651-793-1367.

March 14

Leech Lake TC?Elders Paint &?Potluck

The

Leech Lake Twin Cities Elder Program is holding a stress-relieving

event at the Leech Lake Twin Cities Office. The office has a native

nativity scene that needs to be painted. We are inviting elders to join

staff to paint and enjoy a potluck lunch. Feel free to bring a nick-nack

from home to paint if you wish. Bring a dish to share if you wish.

12:00 – 3:00 pm. Leech Lake Twin Cities Office (Conference Room), 1113

East Franklin Avenue, Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN.

March 15 (deadline)

Beginning Ojibwe/Dakota Scholarships

The

U of M is accepting applications for Ojibwe and Dakota language class

scholarships. Scholarships pay for one language course. If you apply for

the Ojibwe scholarship you must indicate weather you want the

scholarship for summer or for fall semester. The deadline is March 15.

For more information on the Ojibwe classes and scholarship contact

Andrea Fairbanks at 612) 626-5759 or: fair0069@umn.edu. For more

information on the Dakota classes and scholarship contact John Reynolds

at 612-624-5052 or: reyn0173@umn.edu.

March 16

Spirit of Our Music Concert

A

benefit concert for FNCI. Jazz Musician & Poet Joy Harjo, Wade

Fernandez, Leanne Goose, and Ringing Shield. Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg

College, 731 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis. Tickets: $37.50 – General

Admission; $20 – Student Admission; $10 – Elder Admission (65 and over);

$65 – VIP, includes reception with the artists at 6 pm. Tickets can be

purchased at: Woodland Indian Crafts at 612-874-7766; Birchbark Books at

612-374-4023; Northland Visions at 612-872-0390; or at: www.fnci.org.

March 22

Environmental and Treaty Rights Symposium: Land Water Air

An

environmental panel will discuss tribal sovereignty and treaty rights:

fracking, drilling, mining, tar sands, the tar sands blockade and how

these environmental threats impact the land water air. Jess Gordon,

founder of Idle No More with Grand Elder Raymond Robinson, Cree

Territory, Pimicikamk (Cross Lake) Cree Nation, Manitoba. Chairman Mike

Wiggins Jr. Bad River; Phoebe Kebec, Bad River Legal Counsel; Robert

DesJarlait, Protect our Manoomin; Gillette West of North Star Energy;

Marty Cobenais, Indigenous Environmental Network; Kathryn Hoffman, Staff

Attorney, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy; Terry Janis,

Indian Land Tenure Foundation; Tar Sands Blockade; GLIFWC; Water Legacy;

Reyna Crow, Northwoods Wolf Alliance. 9:00 am, Minneapolis American

Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave., Mpls.

March 22

MIWRC?Spring Feast

The

MIWRC’s annual Spring Feast will be held from 11:00 am  until gone.

Free. Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave. S.,

Minneapolis, MN.

March 26

MayDay Parade Meetings

Planning

has begun for the 2013 MayDay Parade & Festival and we need your

input! Everyone is invited to one or both of our open brainstorming

meetings. Bring your ideas, concerns, hopes and dreams about building a

sustainable future. Tell your friends and neighbors! 7pm-9 pm. At 1500

E. Lake Street, Minneapolis.

March 27

Native American Cancer Support Group

Native

American Cancer Support Group for Patients & Survivors at East

Phillips Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave. S, Minneapolis.

From 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Support Groups will be held last Wednesday of

each month. For more information, contact: Joy Rivera 612 202-0588 or

jrivera@americanindiancancer.org.

March 30

U of MN Spring Powwow

The

American Indian Student Cultural Center presents the U of MN Spring

Powwow. Emcee: Justin Huenemann. Arena Director: Larry Yazzie. Host

Drum: Meskwaki Nation. Invited Drums: Hoka Hey and Thunderclaw. First 3

registered drums receive honorariums. Head Woman Dancer: Jessica Harjo.

Head Man Dancer: Russell Harj. Grand Entries: 1 pm & 7 pm. Feast: 5

pm. U of M Spring Powwow, The Great Hall, Coffman Union, U?of MN.

Contact and vendor info: aiscc@umn.edu or 612-624-0243.

April 14-16

2013 National Johnson-O’Malley Conference

The

National Johnson-O’Malley Association Conference is a great opportunity

to share ideas for program strategies, increase professional knowledge

and skills, and to promote the highest level of educational expectations

for Native American students and tribal communities. It will be held at

the Airport Bloomington Marriot Hotel, in Minneapolis, MN. See website

information: www.njoma.com/NJOMA_ 2013_Conference.html