Oct. 2

Louise Erdrich Reading:

The Round House

Join us as we celebrate the release of Louise’s great new novel The Round House. Riveting and suspenseful; at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture. The Round House is receiving glowing praise from early readers. Louise will be signing books after the reading. We will have plenty of copies available for purchase at the event. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Louise read from her excellent new book! Doors open at 6:15 pm, Reading at 7 pm. Free! St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1917 Logan Avenue South, Minneapolis. For info, see:? or call 612-374-4023.

Oct. 3

Dakota 38 Film and Panel

A special showing of the acclaimed documentary film, "Dakota 38," the story of an annual sojourn on horseback that honors 38 Dakota warriors who were hanged in Minnesota in 1862, will be presented from 7-9 p.m. in the Pohlad Hall at Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. Admission is free. Following the film, a brief panel discussion will be led by the Star Tribune’s Curt Brown. Panel members include Elizabeth Baer, a professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.; Sandee Geshick, a Dakota elder from Morton, Minn.; and Elitta Gouge, a Dakota elder from the Upper Sioux Community in Granite Falls, Minn. For more information contact Anne Pederson at 612-543-8394.

Oct. 3 – 30

Metro State Dakota

War Events

Metropolitan State will be hosting a variety of programs to commemorate the Dakota War. Events in October are as follows:

o Oct. 3: Dak?ota People, Dak?ota Homelands, 2:30 – 4 pm, Library Room 302. Iyekiyapiwi? Darlene St. Clair, Visiting Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, will present on the history of Mni Sota the homeland of the Dak?ota people.

o Oct. 11 – Nov. 9: Mahpiyato K’a Maka 2012: Dakota Earth-Sky Relationship at Wakan Tipi, Gordon Parks Gallery, 3rd Floor of the Library Building. A mixed media group exhibition Dakota artists and scholars, guest curators Roxanne Gould and Jim Rock.

o Oct. 11-12: Remembering, Honoring, and Truth-Telling Conference, New Main, Great Hall: The Year of the Dakota. Organized and hosted by Dr. Chris Mato Nunpa, community faculty at Metropolitan State, this day and a half long conference will bring together Dakota people and allies from all over the region to engage in remembrance and truth-telling.

o Oct. 30: Dak?ota Iapi Ki? Mak?a Aik?oyake – The Dak?ota Language Is Tied To The Land, Library Room 302. C?a?te M?za Neil McKay, Teaching Specialist in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, will delve into the Dakota language, discussing the significance of saving the language, and the revitalization efforts happening in the community.

Oct. 3

Wild Rice Sulfate

Standard Meeting

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is working on a proposed rule change to define the term "water used for the production of wild rice", where the wild rice sulfate standard would apply. WaterLegacy asked the MPCA to include tribal members, citizens, ricers and environmental stakeholders in discussing the proposed rule. We invite you to meet with us and MPCA staff who are responsible for rule development and process. From 10:30 am to noon at MPCA St. Paul Offices, 520 Lafayette, St. Paul. Background information is available at: If you would like to attend email your name, email address, and phone number to: You will receive an information packet. Or RSVP to Diadra at 651-329-1880.

Oct. 4

Pregnancy Gathering

Join us for resources, food, games, prizes and fun at an American Indian community resource fair for expecting mothers and fathers. From Noon – 3 pm at Dakotah Lodge, Division of Indian Work,1001 East Lake St., Minneapolis. Please R.S.V.P. to Fawn Edbergat 612-279-6312 or:

Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26

Foster Parents Needed – Informational Meetings

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 two foster care programs. We provide foster parents with training, 24-hour support, and a monthly stipend. The info meeting dates/times are  every Friday (10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, etc.)  from 10:00 -11:30 am and the 2nd Monday (10/8) of every month from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. For more information, stop by an info meeting or contact Jolene Swan at 952-945-4064, or by email at:

Oct. 5 – Nov. 30

Movies for Teens

Movies for Teens will be held on Fridays from Oct. 5 to Nov. 30 from 4-6 p.m. at Franklin Library. Grades 6-12. Movie titles are chosen by teens. Join us on our comfy Teen Center couches and get the big-screen cinema feeling from our projector equipment. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Made possible by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library through a grant from The McKnight Foundation. Hennepin County Franklin Library, 1314 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-543-6925.

Oct. 6

Cold Flows for Warm Clothes

A Hip Hop Benefit for the Homeless, with I Self Devine of Rhyme Sayers and a showcase of local hip hop talent, MCs and graffiti artists. Free admission with a donation of non-perishable food or gently used winter clothing. From 2:00 – 10:00 pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For questions or to sign up to volunteer please contact:

Oct. 11

Dance, Dream, Discover

The American Indian College Fund Flame of Hope Gala raises funds for scholarships for needy American Indian college students. Help celebrate the scholarship recipients’ successes and pave the way for more to come at this evening filled cultural event featuring Native entertainment, fine dining, and a silent auction of Native art. Entertainment includes: Headline entertainment by R. Carlos Nakai, Native Pride Arts Dancers, Northern Cree Singers, Southern California Kahweeyah Bird Singers and Dancers‚ Iron Boyz‚ Bunky Echo-Hawk‚ Hattie Kauffmann, Mistress of Ceremonies- award-winning television journalist with CBS. For tickets or sponsorship information contact Katie Johnson at or 303-426-8900. The Pavilion, at The Depot. Minneapolis.

Oct. 10

Lajimodiere And Bad Heart Bull Reading

Denise K. Lajimodiere and Jay Thomas Bad Heart Bull will be reading as part of the reading series featuring new, emerging, and established writers. Lajimodiere is Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Lajimodiere is the author of the poetry volume Dragonfly Dance. Bad Heart Bull is Oglala Sioux/Standing Rock Sioux. Bad Heart Bull has been writing poetry for the last 10 years and is expected to release his first chapbook, The Smoke that Settles, in the fall of 2012. Join us the 2nd Wednesday of the month, from September through May. 7:00 p.m. at The Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st Street, Minneapolis.

Oct. 11

Jim Northrup

Join us as we welcome Jim Northrup to celebrate his new book Rez Salute: The Real Healer Dealer. With unsparing honesty and a good dose of humor, Jim Northrup takes readers through the last decade, looking at the changes in Indian Country, as well as daily life on the rez. 7 pm at Bockley Gallery (near Birchbark Books). For more info, contact Birchbark Books & Native Arts, 2115 West 21st Street, Minneapolis. 612-374-4023 or see:

Oct. 12  

MIWRC Community Fall Feast

The MIWRC Community Fall Feast  will be held at 11 am until food is gone. Free. MN Indian Women’s Resource Center, 2300 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-728-2000.

Oct. 16

Award-Winning Ojibwe Author Brenda J. Child

Brenda Child Ph.D. will speak about her latest book, "Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community". Child is an Ojibwe author and associate professor in the department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Child received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Iowa. She also is author of "Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940," which won the North American Indian Prose Award and was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award. A post-presentation reception will honor Ojibwe women leaders, including those whose advocacy led to passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. Books will be available for purchase and signing. From 7-9 p.m. in the Pohlad Hall at Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. Admission is free. The program includes an introduction by Rep. Susan Allen (District 62B). For more information, see:

Oct. 17  

IHB  Women’s Health Day

Schedule your appointment for Women’s Health Day At the Indian Health Board Wednesday  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Do you need a Mammogram or Pap Smear? Are you Native American? Are you eligible for SAGE? We Can Help! We will Provide: A light Breakfast and good Lunch; Incentives for Getting your Mammogram/Pap Smear; Educational Speakers; and Bingo for Prizes. Call Diane Archambault at 612-721-9881 to schedule your mammogram or pap smear.

Oct. 19

Minneapolis Arts Commission Openings

The Arts Commission was created by ordinance 951.010 in 1974 to foster the development of the arts, to seek financial support for the arts, to advise the City Council on arts-related matters and to stimulate participation in and appreciation of the arts by all Minneapolis residents. The Arts Commission now has openings and is asking artists and supporters of the arts, especially people of color, to apply. They’re looking for working/living artists in the 5, 6, 8,10 and 12 city wards. Applicants must fall under one of the following categories: An administrative staff or board member of an arts organization, a lay person, or an artist. Must be residents or property tax payers of Minneapolis. Deadline is October 29. Applications are available by contacting the Office of the City Clerk at: or calling 612-673-2216. Persons may apply on their own behalf, nominate others for consideration or inform the Office of the City Clerk of persons to whom they wish application materials be sent. For more info, contact Gulgun Kayim at 612-673-2488 or:? Or contact Mary Altman at:; or Jill Boldenow at:

Oct. 22-26

Native American Law Student Association Silent Auction

The Native American Law Student Association at the William Mitchell College of Law will be holding its Annual Silent Auction. At the William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue St. Paul, MN. Funds raised go to the NALSA to help students go to the National NALSA events. For more info, contact Roni Newcomer at 763-923-3104, or:

Oct. 27

Community Emergency Response Event

Learn how to prepare for an emergency and disaster at home and in our neighborhoods, and to learn about the effects of climate change on urban communities. Join us in establishing a community preparedness plan that honors our cultural ancestral knowledge. From 12:00 to 5:00 pm at the Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th St. in Minneapolis. Free and open to the public. Limited childcare available. Speakers, traditional foods and seed preservation demonstrations, home survival kit demonstration offered by professional trainer, CPR workshop; Raffle; Resource Tables; Youth art activity. Organized by the Zenteotl Project and volunteers. For more info, contact:

Oct. 30

Wiconi Wakan Project Meeting

A meeting for former board members of Wiconi Wakan (Sacred Life) Project will be held and to accept new board members. We would like to invite all who are interested in to this meeting. Refreshments will be served and we hope to see you there! Facilitated By: Dr. Roxanne Gould and Richard Wright. Consultant, Dr. Darlene Wilcox. The mission of Wiconi Wakan (Sacred Life) Project is to serve American Indians and others through traditional American Indian practices and beliefs; education, healing and collaboration. From 1 – 3 pm at All Nations Church, 1515 E. 23rd St. Mpls., MN. For more info, call Richard Wright at IHB, 612-721-9868, or email Dr. Wilcox at:

Nov. 1 (deadline)

The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship 2013

The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for artists of color and Indigenous artists provides writers financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement self-selecting community learning and enrichment plans. Winners will be selected to receive grants of up to $8,000 to underwrite projects of their own design. At least one winner will be a Minnesota resident.  There is a $20 application fee for this Fellowship. Open to anyone living in the U.S. who is a spoken word poet of color/Native American poet. Informational session at the Loft on Thursday, October 11, There will be food and refreshments. Deadline:  Nov. 1, 5 p.m. This is not a postmark deadline.To view the grant info, see:? The Loft, Suite 200, Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis. For more info, see:, or call 612-215-2585.

Nov. 3

Beyond 1862: INAZIN PO – Native Poets Rise Up

Equilibrium: Spoken Word at the Loft presents Beyond 1862: INAZIN PO – Native American Poets Rise Up. Featuring Tiffany Midge and Trevino Brings Plenty.  With Bobby Wilson, R. Vincent Moniz Jr., Marisa Carr, Norbert Jones Jr. and DJ Nak. Emcee: Heid Erdrich. Midge’s ( Standing Rock Sioux) first  poetry collection Outlaws, Renegades and Saints: Diary of Mixed-up Halfbreed won the Diane Decorah Memorial Poetry Award by the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. Her chapbook, Guiding the Stars to their Campfire, Driving the Salmon to their Beds was published by Gazoobi Tales.  Brings Plenty (Cheyenne River Sioux) is a poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist for the musical ensemble Ballads of Larry Drake. He has read/performed his work at poetry festivals as far away as Amman, Jordan and close to his home base at Portland’s Wordstock Festival, 2005. He is the author of Real Indian Junk Jewelry and Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets. This event is in collaboration with One Minneapolis, One Read. 8 p.m. at the Loft, 1011 Washington Avenue S. Minneapolis. $5/$3 Loft members and students.

Nov. 7-18

New Native Theatre presents, 2012: THE MUSICAL!

2012: The Musical! is a romp through the end of the world as we know it! Inspired by the hoopla of the end of the Mayan calendar, the New Native Theatre Actor Ensemble’s hilarious new play is about the year 2012 from a Native American perspective right from our own Franklin Avenue. Get ready for the return of Indian Alien ancestors who come to fix the ills of our Native people in the western hemisphere, complete with the arrival of rock star ancestors and dancing neon buffalo! Previews: Nov. 7th and 8th at 7:30 pm. Opening Night: Nov. 9 at 7:30 pm. Shows: Nov. 10, 14, 15, 16, & 17 at 7:30 pm and Nov. 11 and 18 at 3:00 pm. School and public matinees Nov. 14 and 15 at 10:00 am. At In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, 1500 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis. Tickets $15; call 612-721-7174, or go to the website:?brownpaper- Or see:

Through 2012

Why Treaties Matter

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

o Nov.­ 8-Dec. 15: Carlton County

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