December 2011-January2012


Dec. 5, 12, 19

Foster Care Info Meetings

Volunteers of America is looking for skilled parents to provide care for troubled youth in one of their three foster care programs. They will be holding information meetings to talk about what foster care is, the 3 different VOA foster care programs, and requirements. Meetings give potential foster parents time to ask questions. There are many native foster children that want to stay/grow up in a native home (ICWA – Indian Child Welfare Act). We are specifically recruiting for native foster parents. Provide training, 24-hour support, and monthly stipend. 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Event takes place at: 7625 Metro Blvd. Edina, MN. For more info, contact Heather Thornton at 952-945-4064 or

Dec. 5, 12, 21

IHB Native American Women’s Health Empowerment Circles

Come to one session or all of them. Lunch will be served and door prizes given. 2012 calendars will be given to all participants. RSVP with Diane Archambault at 612-721-9881.

Dec. 5: Money Tips for the New Year – Develop a saving/spending plan, exchange ideas for spending less, how to obtain a credit report and why it’s important. With Rosemarie Heisn, 11 am – 1 pm.

Dec. 14: Bah Humbug! Dealing with Holiday Blues – with Laiel Baker-DeKrey, PHD. Licenses Psychologist. 11 am – 1 pm.

Dec. 21: Learn How to Make Dream Catchers. 11 am – 1 pm.

Dec. 7

Indian Child Welfare Education Day

Grief and Loss: Healing in Indian Country: Why I Cut My Hair. Share the strengths and wisdom within our community. CEU’s provided. Snacks and lunch provided. Presentations: Florentine Blue Thunder (Lakota Cultural Consultant), Dorene Day (Anishinabe Cultural Consultant), Michael Harris, MA, LP (Clinical Aspects of Grief and Loss), Panel Presentation: Lenny Hayes, MFT, Other Panelists TBD. FREE. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN (Corner of Summit and Victoria.Parking available in WMCL Lot.) To register see website at: For info, contact: Sandy White Hawk at:

Dec. 8

Breakfast With Diane Wilson & Jim Northrup

Breakfast and reading by award winning Native American authors Diane Wilson and Jim Northrup. This is a Breakfast Fundraiser For The Circle. Diane Wilson’s memoir, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past won a 2006 Minnesota Book Award. Her most recent book of creative nonfiction, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life, was released in September, 2011. Jim Northrup is the author of several books, including Walking the Rez Road, which won the Minnesota Book Award and the Northeast Minnesota Book Award. The Rez Road Follies: Canoes, Casinos, Computers, and Birch Bark Baskets  was nomintated for a Minnesota Book Award in the Creative Non-fiction catergory. His newest book Anishinaabe Syndicated: A View from the Rez was released in Jan. 2011. He also writes the syndicated column, Fond du Lac Follies. He was named Writer of the Year in syndicated columns for 2001 by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writer’s and Storytellers. Door prizes. 8:00 am – 9:00 am.  Suggested donation: $35.00. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 East 23rd Street, Minneapolis. To R.S.V.P. call 612-722-3686.

Dec. 9

MIWRC Holiday Vendor Day and Indian taco sale

Come and view the selection of unique items and gifts from over a dozen Vendors, Artists and Entrepreneurs. Bring in a donation of new, kid sized gloves, hats and scarves for the Mitten Tree and your name will be entered in the prize drawings. Shopping and lunch in one stop. Shopping 10 am to 2 pm. Taco Sales: 11am – till gone. 2300 15th Avenue So., Minneapolis.

Dec. 10

Tobacco Prevention and Wellness Symposium

Come join youth in a day of learning and fun. Youth presentations for ages 11-21. Games, prizes, entertainment. Musical performance by Buggin Malone. Keynot speaker:?Bobby Wilson. Breakfast and lunch provided. 9 am- 5:30 pm. U OF M Continuing Education And Conference Center, 1890 Buford Ave, Saint Paul. For more info, contact: Ashley Long Crow at:

Dec. 10

Solidarity Concert for Leonard Peltier

BLUEDOG, RED PONIE BAND, TATANKA OHITIKA and special guest musicians and speakers. In association with the American Indian Movement.  7:00 pm until 11:30 pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, see facebook at:

Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18

Holiday Indian Art Market

Native artists will be selling their blankets, jewelry, purses, health and beauty products, and much more. Buy local from Native people for the holidays. Hours: Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm. At All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis.

Thru Dec. 15

Twin Cities Native American Youth Toy Drive

The Twin Cities Native American Youth are seeking your support for a toy drive. A collaboration of agencies, youth, and students are setting up boxes for drop off sites at various locations. Toys can be wrapped/not wrapped, for all ages. New toys only please. Toys will be donated to Native American families in the Twin Cities. Look for boxes that say "Native Youth Toy Drive" at these locations: Minneapolis American Indian Center, Healthy Nations, Little Earth YDC, Division of Indian Work (lobby), Migizi Communications (lobby), and South High School (Room 133). For more information, call  Arlana at 612-721-6631, ext. 202.

Through Dec. 16

Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place

"Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place" features works by 17 Native American artists from the Minnesota region. This traveling exhibit showcases the innovation and beauty of Native American artists whose ingenuity promotes cultural continuity. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Featured Artists: Greg Bellanger,  Todd Bordeaux, Carol Charging Thunder, Pat Kruse, Denise Lajimodiere, Orvilla Longfox, Melvin Losh, Cheryl Minnema, Wanesia Spry Misquadace, Sandra Panachyse, Joe Savage, Chholing Taha, Cecile Taylor, Gwen Westerman, Delina White, Bobby Wilson, and Francis Yellow. Explores the idea of "traditional" Native American art. Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place will travel to five locations throughout Minnesota. At All My Relations Gallery, NACDI, Mpls until DEC. 16th. The exhibit’s other sites and dates are:

Jan. 3 – Feb. 3, 2012:  Southern Minnesota venue, TBA.

Feb. 14 – March 15, 2012: Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.

April 1-May 18, 2012: Mille Lacs Indian Museum, Onamia, MN.

May 28-June 30, 2012: Tweed Museum, Duluth, MN.

Dec. 15

IHB Diabetes Happy Holidays

The Indian Health Board’s holiday event will include food, giveaways, education on how to enjoy the holidays with diabetes, cooking demos, winter exercising tips and more. 10 am to 2 pm. For more info, call 612-721-9845.

Through Dec. 31

Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations

The Why Treaties Matter project helps establish American Indian sovereignty as an ongoing continental reality and provides a vehicle for all Minnesotans to learn new and innovative ways to create community. This is a partnership of the Minnesota Humanities Center, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the National Museum of the American Indian. 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 more info, see: Runs through 2012 throughout sites in Minnesota, but only 2011 dates are listed for now:

Dec 3-31: Red Lake, MN.

Jan. 21

American Indians in Science

A wide variety of presenters from the Twin Cities’ and statewide American Indian community will be on hand to share their areas of expertise through hands-on activities and dynamic displays. Connect with scientists, engineers, and educators at the museum’s American Indians in Science from 1-4 p.m. Science Fusion is great for kids and adults alike. Activities are included in museum admission. Up to four children get in free with each full price adult. For more info, see website at: or call 651-221-9444 or 800-221-9444. Science Museum of MN, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd.?St. Paul.