December Community Calendar


Thru July 2016

Why Treaties Matter traveling exhibit

This exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. government in Minnesota. Learn how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements still matter today. For info, see: .

• Nov. 16 – Dec. 6: Minnesota State University, Mankato.

2016 Dates:

• Jan. 11-24: Winona State University, Winona.

• Feb. 1 – 21: Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, Winona.

• Feb. 29 – March 23: Alexandria Technical and Community College, Alexandria.

• March 30 – April 17: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis.

• April 25 – May 15: Metro State University, St. Paul.

• June 27 – July 17: Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes.

Nov. 14 – Dec. 19

Art Exhibit: Ancestral by Meryl McMaster

Opening Reception: Saturday, Nov. 14 from 5 to 8 pm, with an Artist Talk at 4 pm. Exhibition will run Nov. 4 through Dec. 19. Ancestral will feature a selection of digital chromogenic prints from two of the artist’s photo-based projects, the Ancestral and In-Between Worlds series. The exhibition Ancestral is the premiere showing of McMaster’s work in the Twin Cities and the artist, who lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, will give an artist talk in the gallery preceding the exhibition opening. McMaster is a Plains Cree member of the Siksika Nation, and is also of British and Dutch ancestry. Bockley Gallery, 2123 w 21st Street, Minneapolis. For info, call 612-377-4669 or see: .

Nov.19 – Jan. 16  

Dimensions of Indigenous: Storytelling

Dimensions of Indigenous: Storytelling is a multi-disciplinary all nations art exhibition featuring both contemporary and traditional work of Indigenous artists of the Americas whose work evokes decolonization, resistance, and cultural identity. Curated by Gordon Coons (Ojibwa)  and Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, (Xinka-Lenca). Artists include: Colleen Casey (Dakota), Dakota Hoska, (Lakota) Maggie Thompson (Ojibwe), Cole Jacobson (Cree), Gordon Coons (Ojibwa), Julie Boada (Anishinabe), Gustavo Boada (Moche), Xilam Balam, (Mexica), Zamara Cuyun (K’iche/ Kaqchikel), Gabriela Erandi Spears (Matlatzinca/P’urhepecha), Rebekah Crisanta (Xinka-Lenca), Gustavo Lira (Mixteco/Zapotec). Closing reception: Jan. 16 from 2-5 pm. Join artists and curators for a closing reception to celebrate the work and artists. Music performance by Gustavo Lira & Xilam Balam. Exhibit runs Nov.19 to Jan. 16, 2016. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday from 10 am to -6 pm, and Saturdays from 12 to 5 pm. Admission: sliding scale; $3-10 per person suggested. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-871-4444, email:, or see: .

Dec. 1, Jan 8, 22

Phillips Indian Educators

Upcoming meeting for the Phillips Indian Educators will be held beginning at 9:00 am. All meetings are held at Migizi Communications, 1516 E Lake St #300, Minneapolis. Meetings for 2016 include: 1/8, 1/22, 2/12, 2/26, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22, 5/6, 5/20, 6/10, 6/24, 7/8, 7/22. For more info, contact Joe Rice at Nawayee Center School at:

Starts Dec. 2

Soogizin Dodem (Strengthening Families)

This group will couple traditional teachings and the creation of art with current mental health knowledge about trauma and trauma response. Our goal is to educate families about how trauma affects us and the many ways to heal. 10 sessions starting Dec. 2nd. Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Food and childcare provided. Open to all—both new and repeating participants. Provides a family assessment of strengths and needs. Teaches therapeutic methods of self-care & healing. Helps family members engage in positive activities together. For more info, call Jessica Gourneau at 651-793-3803, x3009 or email: Or call Sierra Asamoa-Tutu, x3021 or email: American Indian Family Center, 579 Wells St., Saint Paul.

Dec. 4

MIWRC Vendor Day

Artists, vendors, jewelry and great holiday wares will be for sale. Plus there will be Native Indian Taco concessions available. Get your gift buying done and grab some tasty fluffy golden delicious lunch. 10 am – 2 pm. MN Indian Womens Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis. For more info, contact Karen Joy DeJesus at 612-728-2022 or

Dec. 4 – 19

Native Art & Craft Sale

First Friday of the month Native Art and Craft Sale. Stop and shop for unique handmade items made by local Native American Artists. Shop local and support the local community. 1308 Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For more info, call Jacque Wilson at 612-871-6618 or see: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, on the following dates:

• Dec 4th – 5th

• Dec 11th – 12th

• Dec 18th – 19th

Dec 5

Kids Crafts: Story Book Time and Dream Catchers

Enjoy stories and light snacks from noon to 1 pm, then from 1 to 3 pm weave a dream catcher to take home. The dream catcher is a woven web believed to protect the dream world of the person who sleeps beneath it. Cost is $5 per kit, does not include museum admission. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Noon – 3:00 pm at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For more info, call 320-532-3632 or email:

Dec. 5

Birch Bark Ornament Workshop

Create miniature ornaments from birch bark that can be used to decorate for the holidays or to give as gifts. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. A minimum of five participants is required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. Cost: $25/$20 MNHS members, plus $15 supply fee. Noon – 4:00 pm. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For more info, call 320-532-3632 or email:

Dec. 5, 12, 19

Two-Spirit Support Group

Two-Spirit and Native LGBT Support Group at Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave South, Minneapolis. Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm. For more information call Chris at 612-728-2011 or email:

Dec. 8

American Indian College Fund Event

The American Indian College Fund is hosting an event in Minneapolis to discuss how American Indian scholars can overcome the odds to get a college degree, and to share a strategy about how to increase their numbers. Guest speaker is Cholena Smith, an American Indian College Fund scholar, member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation of Long Island, and magna cum laude graduate of Stony Brook University with a degree in anthropology and sociology. Complimentary cocktails and appetizers will be served. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis. For more info, contact Hannah Urano at or 303-429-4191.

Dec. 9

Indian Child Welfare Education Day

The Opioid Crisis in Indian Country: the Many-Headed Beast. Presenter: Phil Norrgard, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Director of Human Services. This presentation will explore the manner in which the pharmaceutical industry and the medical industry created what has been called “the worst man-made disaster in modern medical history” and how the Substance Abuse Disorder treatment industry has exploited the opioid crisis. Special emphasis will be given to the impact the crisis is having on American Indians living in Minnesota and what some tribes are doing to address it. 9:00 am. – 12:00 pm. CEU’s will be provided. There is no cost to attend this event. For further info, contact Sandy White Hawk at: sandywhitehawk@ or 651-442-4872. Hennepin County Downtown Library, Pohlad Hall (2nd floor), 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

Dec. 11

Sobriety Friday

Monthly Celebration Dinner. Come and join us for an evening featuring; special speakers,testimonials of sobriety, great food, gospel music and door prizes. Sponsored by Overcomers Ministries. This is a monthly event on the 2nd Friday of each month from 6:30 pm. to 8:30 pm.The American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls. MN.

Dec. 11

The Circle Fundraiser with Winona LaDuke

The Circle board of directors (Robert Albee, Brenda Child, Celeste DeMars, Monica Flores, James Lenfestey, Lisa Yankton) and managing editor Catherine Whipple invite you to breakfast with Winona LaDuke to support The Circle. This year’s theme is “Honor 35 Years of The Circle, Honor Native Journalism, Honor the Earth” with internationally known author Winona LaDuke. LaDuke is a White Earth Ojibwe environmentalist, activist and author, known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation, as well as sustainable development. She is the executive director of White Earth Land Recovery Project, and Honor the Earth which she founded with Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers in 1993. LaDuke also helped found the Indigenous Women’s Network in 1985. LaDuke is the author of six books. 8:00 am. to 9:00 am. Doors open at 7:30 am. for coffee. $35 suggested donation. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis. RSVP at 612-722-3686, thecirclenews@, or see our facebook event at: events/593143600826930 .

Dec 12-13

Native Arts & Crafts Christmas Sale

Christmas shopping? Buy handmade gifts from local Native artists. Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 am – 4 pm. Sunday, Dec. 13 from 1 pm – 4 pm. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E 23rd St., Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-721-4393.

Dec. 16

Author George Halvorson

Author George Halvorson will speak about child brain development. Halvorson is the chair and CEO of the Institute for InterGroup Understanding. The Institute works on issues of racism, prejudice, discrimination and InterGroup stress and conflict. Halvorson has published nine books on health care reform with the most recent being “Ending Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Disparities in American Health Care.” 3:00 -5:00 at All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis.

Dec. 18

Holidays on Franklin

Enjoy a tour of Christmas joy through Franklin Ave area. 3:00 pm-6:00 pm. The tour will begin at Indigenous People’s Task Force at 1135 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis. There will be a guide to go from there. For more info, email Vincent at NACC at:

Dec. 18

Master of Tribal Resource Management meeting

UMD’s Tribal Sovereignty Institute will be discussing the draft plan for the proposed degree in Tribal Resourcee Management and invites the community to attend. 9 am. to 12 noon. University of Minnesota Duluth, Garden Room, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth, MN. Refreshments provided. RSVP to:

Dec. 18, 20

Manidoo Giizisoons Feast

Join us for a Manidoo Giizisoons Feast (Feast of the Little Spirit Moon) with The Sioux Chef. Each evening will include a Native craft fair, silent auction, and 4-course feast celebrating the abundance of our Anishinaabe Akiing – all traditional "pre-contact" foods prepared using the methods of our ancestors. All proceeds support our work to protect our water, manoomin (wild rice), Mother Earth, and way of life. For more info, see: or

• Dec. 18: Spring House Ministry Center, Minneapolis.  

• Dec. 20: Clyde Ironworks, Duluth.

Jan. 27 (deadline)

Harvard’s Honoring Nation­

The Honoring Nations 2016 awards cycle is now open for nominations and applications. Honoring Nations will award up to six exemplary tribal programs. High Honors programs will receive $5,000 and Honors programs receive $2,000. Honoring Nations invites applications from American Indian governments across a broad range of subject areas, including, but not limited to: Economic, Social & Cultural Programs; Natural Resource Management; Governmental Policy Development & Reform; Intergovernmental Relations; Education, Justice and Health. To nominate a program or apply for an award, visit the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development website at or call 617-495-1480. The application deadline is January 27, 2016.



Senior Walking Group

10 to 11:30 a.m., MAIC, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call April Smith at 612-879-1770.

Senior Dining


a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E.

Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For more info, call April Smith at


Ginew/Golden Eagles

American Indian youth 5 to 18

years-old. We follow a 23 unit culturally specific curriculum designed

to highlight and enhance the resiliency of American Indian youth.

Monthly themes are instructed by staff and guest speakers. 5 to 7:30

p.m., youth must be enrolled to participate. For info call Rachel

Greenwalt at 612-879-1754 or email

Medicine Wheel AA Meeting


12 Step AA meeting, no transportation or childcare provided. Come to

parking lot door. 6 p.m., Church of Gitchiwaa Kateri, 3045 Park Ave. S.,


Indian Education Family Language Table


the teachings of our ancestors. Anishinaabe scholar and James Vukelich

and Dakota teacher and linguist Neil McKay and explore the teachings of

the Dakota and Ojibwe people. All community members are welcome to

attend, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Anishinabe Academy, 3100 E. 28th St.,



Women’s Anger Management

Educational and

culturally specific anger management and domestic violence classes for

women. Groups are free of charge and daycare is provided. Groups meet

for 15 sessions. Intake required prior to participation. 10:30 to 11:30

a.m. Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St., Minneapolis. For info,

call Fredora Justin-Alcindor at 612-279-6319.

Senior Dining


a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin

Ave., Minneapolis. For more info, call April Smith at 612-879-1770.

Red Road Wellbriety Meeting

Light lunch provided. Noon-1 p.m., St. Stephen’s, 2309 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis.

Parents of Tradition


Elder: Ida Downwind. For parents with small children birth to five

years-old. Parent and child learning activities and reconnect to

parenting through Ojibwe and Dakota languages. Little Earth of United

Tribes, 2495 18th Avenue South, LERA Youth Center, Minneapolis. Noon to 2

p.m. To register call Jean Colemen at 612-290-9936.

Women of Traditional Birthing


and activities include: breastfeeding, labor and delivery, infant

mortality, baby blankets, birthing plans, prenatal yoga, dream catchers,

tobacco ties. Upon completion, participants receive a Target gift card.

Dinner, daycare and transportation will be provided. 5 to 7:30 p.m.,

Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St., Minneapolis. For more info,

call Ruth Mestas at 612-279-6312 or email