February 2012


Through Feb. 24

Making New Traditions

Making New Traditions features works by 8 Native American artists from the region. Featured artists include: Keith Brave Heart, April Holder, Layli Long Soldier, Floyd Nez, Henry Payer Jr., Michael Schweigman, Hoka Skenandore, and Marty Two Bulls Jr. On view through February 24. Free and open to the public. All My Relations Gallery is located at 1414 East Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.  For more info, call 612-235-4970, or see: www.allmyrelationsarts.com.  

Through June 30

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.  All exhibits are free and open to the public. Sites and dates are:

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

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

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

Through 2012

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 dates, see: www.minnesotahumanities.org/treaties.

Feb. 8 – March 7: Carver County Historical Society, Waconia.

March 1-31: Native American Community Development Institute, Minneapolis.

March 23-April 22:  School District 196 Native American Parent Advisory Committee, Rosemount.

May 1-30: Historic Fort Snelling, St Paul.    

May 28-June 25: Fond du Lac Cultural Center and Museum, Cloquet

June 8-July 7: Goodhue County Historical Society, Red Wing

July 1-31: Minnesota Valley History Center & Dakota Wicohan, Morton

July 16-Aug 15: Mayo Clinic, Rochester

Aug 23-Sept 22: Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul

Oct 1-31: Winona County Historical Society, Winona

Nov 8-Dec 15: Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet

Feb. 3-4

7th Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference

Minority and Immigrant farmers are invited to participate in the 7th Annual Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference. The theme of the conference is "Planting Seeds for Success on your Farm."  The two-day conference provides education and resources to small farm operators, and fosters relationships between farmers and community partners.  The Conference will be held at the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters Event Hall, 710 Olive Street, St. Paul, MN. Register online at: www.mnfoodassociation.org, or call 651-433-3676. Free to farmers.The cost for others is $50 a day. For info, call Ly Vang, at 651-222-0475.

Feb. 7 & 21

Veterans Service Information

Native American vets can meet with with Tribal Veteran Officer Todd Dionne to get information. On Feb. 7 from 10 am to 12 pm. On Feb. 21 from 10 am to 12 pm at 1308 E. Franklin Avenue (rear entrance), Minneapolis, MN. For info, call 612-970-5765, or 651-231-5064, or email: Todd.dionne@state.mn.us. www.minnesotaveteran.org

Feb. 8, 15, 22

Red Lake College/Government Center Meetings.

A new Tribal College Campus/ Government Center near the existing powwow grounds at Red Lake. The complex may include powwow grounds, library, cafeteria, Tribal Council offices, and college campus. The Tribal Council is holding community meetings to provide information and to seek Red Lake Tribal Member community input and suggestions.     o Feb. 8: Little Rock Center with feast, 6 to 7:30 pm.

Feb. 15: Minneapolis, All Nations Church, 1515 E. 23rd Street, with feast, 6 to 7:30 pm.

Feb.  22: Duluth Urban Office, 211 East 2nd Street, with feast, 6 to 7:30 pm.

Feb. 10-12

Dakota Language Immersion Camp

The Dakota Language Intergenerational Family Immersion Camp is still accepting registration for Waniyetu Oeti (Winter Camp) at The Wilder Forest, just north of Stillwater, MN. The immersion camp is for families and individuals interested in speaking the Dakota language. Participants will have the chance to experience the Dakota language through games, traditional arts, songs, storytelling, harvesting food, cooking and eating. To register by phone or email, or to ask a question about the program contact our staff at: 1-800-222-4750, ext. 4718, or email:?clv@cord.edu. Or see: http:www.concordialanguagevillages.org/newsite/programs/families/dakota.php

Feb. 11

LCO?Tribal IDs

LCO?members can get their Tribal IDs renewed. 10 am – 4 pm. Call Iva Bunker with questions at 612-871-1208. LCO Twin Cities Urban Office, 2020 Bloomington Ave.?S., Minneapolis.

Feb. 11-12

Cherish the Children Powwow

Ain Dah Yung Center’s 14th Annual Cherish the Children Powwow. Doors open at 10:30 am, with registraton starting at 11 am. Grand entries: Saturday at Noon and 6pm, and Sunday at 1pm. EM: Jerry Dearly. AD: Norman Benson. Host Drum, Soggy Bottom Boys. Head Dancers: Sally and John Hunter. Other activities include: Hand Drum Contest on Sunday – 1st Place ($1000), 2nd Place ($500), 3rd Place ($250); Ain Dah Yung’s Ambassador Contest; and the 2nd Annual "Families in Need Drive," a 50/50 drawing and opportunities to win prizes. Entry fee: $5. Free for those under 7 years, elders and veterans. Central High School, 275 Lexington Ave, St. Paul.

Feb. 15 (deadline)

Call for Native American Sculptures

The American Indian Center of Chicago and the Six Corners Association of Portage Park invite Native American artists to submit a proposal for a three-dimensional sculpture. Artwork will be displayed in publicly accessible outdoor space on the northwest side of the City of Chicago. Open to all Native American artists creating original three-dimensional artwork of a scale and material suitable for outdoor display. Artists (Tribal Members) are encouraged to apply. Deadline is Feb. 15. This invitation is extended to all Native American artists regardless of their state of residence and there is no entry fee. Semi-finalists will be selected and given a $400 stipend for additional detailed renderings of artwork. For more info, contact the Six Corners Association at: Ed@sixcornerschicago.com, or see: www.sixcornerschicago.com.

Feb. 15

Native Artist Fellowship

The Harpo Foundation is offering two residency fellowships to Native American artists at the Vermont Studio Center. Each fellow will receive a one-month residency at VSC, including room and board, a private studio, and a $500 travel stipend. Applications are due by February 15. Apply online, or download and mail an application.  Contact David Grozinsky at 802 635-2727 , or see their website at: www.vermontstudiocenter.org/


Feb. 17

Winter Storytelling

University of MN American Indian Student Cultural Center Winter Storytelling. Welcome at 5 pm, Dinner at 5:30 pm, Storytelling at 6:30 pm. St. Paul Student Center, Northstar Ballroom, University of MN St. Paul Campus, 2017 Buford Ave, St. Paul.  For more info, contact the AISCC at 612-624-4023 or: aiscc@umn.edu.

Feb. 17-19

6th Annual Warrior Challenge

All Indian Basketball Tourney offers $15,000 in Cash Prizes. Red Lake will host the 6th Annual Warrior Challenge at two venues, the Red Lake Humanities Center and Red Lake High School. The process is double elimination, or two losses and a team is out. Teams from several states and Canada will be participating. $350 Entry Fee. For more information, contact Ron Lussier at 218-556-7566 or: ralussier@sevenclanscasino.com

Feb. 18

American Indian Storytelling & Open Mic

Annual American Indian Storytelling, Open Mic, Feast and a Silent Auction/Fundraiser. Features Ojibwe storytellers telling traditional creation stories; Local and regional musicians will perform.  Invited storytellers and musicians include: Keith Secola‚ Jim Northrup, David Aubid, Frank Montano, Rick Gresczyk, and Jacob Vainio. A silent auction will include Native American artwork, books and other high-quality items. This event is free and everyone is welcome. All proceeds will go towards the Fond du Lac Reservation’s 4th Annual Ojibwemowin Immersion Camp which will happen June 21 – 24 at Kiwenz Campground in Sawyer, MN. Held from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday, February 18, at Fond du Lac Reservation’s Sawyer Community Center located at 3243 Moorhead Road in Sawyer, MN. For more info, call Ivy Vainio at 715-394-8415.

Feb. 18

Homeowners Workshop

Pathways Home – an Introduction to Home Buying Workshop. AICDC and Bii Gii Wiin CDLF is offering the opportunity for you to hear from a Certified Home-owner Counselor to start your process of reviewing your finances, credit and mortgage loan programs that may be right for you and to help you create a plan to get you on the road to homeownership. Takes place at 1508 East Franklin Ave. Minneapolis on Saturday, Feb. 18th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, lunch provided. Reserve space by contacting Andrea Reese at 612-843-2118 or email: areese@aicdc-mn.org

Feb. 23-25

New Indigenous Cinema

A mini film festival featuring the best in contemporary film and video made by American Indian artists. All of the feature films are Twin Cities premiers! These award-winning films have been featured at festivals throughout the Americas and beyond. $8 admission or $20 pass to all screenings. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis. For more info, see: http://intermediaarts.org/new-indigenous-cinema1

Feb 23: Magic Wands (2009, Director: Elizabeth Day) 7:30 pm.

 Feb. 24: A Windigo Tale (2010, Director: Armand Garnet Ruffo);  Frybread Ninja (2011, Director: Hasaanah Abdul Wahid); The Dead Can’t Dance (2009, Writer/Director: Rodrick Pocowatchit). Films begin at 7:30 pm.

Feb. 25: Life In The 7th Prophecy (2009, Produced by the artists of Project Preserve); Behind the Door of a Secret Girl (2010, Directed by Janessa Starkey and Jack Kohler). Films begin at 7:30 pm.

Feb. 24-26

Zorro in the Land of the Golden Breasted Woodpecker

Zorongo will present Zorro in the Land of the Golden Breasted Woodpecker (Moningwunakauning). Zorro will bring the masked crusader to Minnesota (in the shape-shifting form of the Ojibwe trickster Nanabozho) to rescue children from the government-sponsored boarding schools where Native children were sent in an effort to wipe out their own cultures and foster total assimilation. Composer and virtuoso flamenco guitarist Pedro Cort?s, Jr. will provide new music for the show. Cast includes Navajo flamenco singer Vicente Griego, Ojibwe singer Marisa Carr, with poetry by Ojibwe poet Heid Erdrich, and animation by Native artist Jonathan Thunder. At The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue  Minneapolis. Tickets: $28. For more info, call 612-206-3600 or see: www.thecowlescenter.org  

March 1

American Indian Magnet School Open House

Culture and Language Specialists for Ojibwe and Lakota. Families choose which language they would like their student to learn. From Pre Kindergarten to 8th grade students learn in smaller classes. Students have the opportunity to take American Indian History and Culture, American Indian Support, Ojibwe Language and Culture, and Lakota Language and Culture classes. Also, we have a home school liaison that works in collaboration with our families and community. From AIMS, students are encouraged to continue their language and culture education at Harding High School. Open House from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at 1075 East 3rd Street, St. Paul.  For info call 651-778-3100  or see: www.aims.spps.org.

March 1, 15 (deadlines)

Ojibwe Immersion Academy

Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang announces it’s second annual Ojibwe Immersion Academy to be held July 8-28, 2012 at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, MN. Intermediate and advanced language learners will study one-on-one and in small groups with Ojibwe elders and faculty speakers in a residential Ojibwe language immersion environment for 3 weeks. Request an application by March 1st by sending an email to: ojibwemotaadidaa@gmail.com. All applications are due March 15.  For more info, contact: ojibwemotaadidaa@gmail.com.

March 2-11

Native Pride Dancers

SteppingStone Theatre presents: Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers. World Champion Fancy Dancer Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers perform Native American dances. SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development. 55 Victoria Street North, Saint Paul. 651-225-9265. Tickets: Adults -$14, Youth/Seniors – $11; Groups of 20 or more – $7. For more information  see:?http://www.steppingstonetheatre.org/mainstage/yazzie.html

March 3

Chris Leith Sr Memorial

The family of Chris Leith Sr, Tasunka Wakinyan Ohitika, would like to extend an invitation to come and join us in his memory. Keeping of the Soul ceremony, Wiping of tears ceremony, and Teachings of the Big Drum ceremony. Starts at 1 pm. Dinner at 6 pm. Wopida at 7 pm. Prairie Island Indian Community, Community Center, 1158 Island Blvd. Welch MN. 1-800-552-5273. For more information contact Lylis Wells at 651-764-9627 or email:?side_step05@yahoo.com.

March 6

The Great Hurt: Historical Accounts of American Indian Boarding Schools

This Reader’s Theater presentation explores the boarding-school era by giving voice to the experiences of people who were there. Between the Civil War and the Great Depression, the U.S. government forcibly removed generations of American Indian children from their homes and sent them to boarding schools to assimilate them into white society. The Great Hurt is presented by artist/historian Carl Gawboy, and Cynthia Donner and Michelle Robertson, both of The College of St. Scholastica’s Social Work Program. A facilitated group discussion will follow the performance. 7 p.m. Free. Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul. 651-259-3000.

March 10

17th annual student-led Building Bridges Conference

This year’s conference, "Unresolved Conflict: Remember Our Forgotten History," will place a spotlight on the impact of colonization on Native American history and culture in both the past and present. Native American activist Charlotte Black Elk is the keynote speaker. The conference will feature several workshop sessions and an action piece. National recording artist, actor, and activist John Trudell will talk; and combine poetry and music with stories of his work in the American Indian Movement, as well as give perspective on the importance of environment to the Native American community. In addition to listening to the speakers, conference attendees will have the opportunity to share their own stories through a story recording session as a part of the action piece. Other workshop sessions will allow attendees to interact with regional experts on several other issues of importance to Native American. Registration stars at 9 am. Openiing remarks begin at 9:30 am. Conference goes till 6 pm. The conference is open to the public, but tickets are required and may be purchased in advance at gustavustickets.com. Tickets are $10 per person, but are complimentary for college students, high school students, and Gustavus faculty, and staff with valid I.D. For more information, visit the conference website at gustavus.edu/diversity/buildingbridges/ or contact the Gustavus Diversity Center at 507-933-7449.

March 13-14

Homeschool Days: American Indians in Minnesota: Past, Present and Future

Trace the history and heritage of American Indians in Minnesota with a special focus on their many cultural contributions to our state. Discover Minnesota’s early Dakota and Ojibwe heritage and encounter real stories of the changing traditions still observed by contemporary Dakota and Ojibwe families. Students will experience interactive lessons about the Dakota and Ojibwe people and their role in the state’s first big business, the fur trade and meet a History Player portraying John Beargrease, an Ojibwe mail carrier on Minnesota’s North Shore. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee: $7/$6, free for children ages 3 and under. Reservations required, call 651-259-3400. Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St.

March 16-18

Where Condor Meets Eagle

Where Condor Meets Eagle: Indigenous Bolivian and Native American Film Fest. The Augsburg Native American Film Series and Phillips Indian Educators present a four-day cultural exchange and three-night film festival celebrating Indigenous film, inter-cultural exchange, and visual storytelling. The Where Condor Meets Eagle Film Festival includes documentaries, docudramas, and narrative fiction films representing the work produced by three Indigenous film organization‚  Igloolik Isuma Productions (Canada), CAIB (Bolivia) and Mushkeg Media Inc. (Canada)‚ whose award winning work has been recognized globally at festivals including, the Native American Film + Video Festival (New York), Cannes, Toronto Film Festival, and the American Indigenous People and First Nations Film and Video Festival (Bolivia). The event also will include short films produced in the Summer 2011 by two award winning local youth-producer groups from Minnesota: MIGIZI Youth Producers and Project Reserve Youth Producers.Parkway Cinema, 4814 Chicago Ave. Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call 612-822-3030 or see:?www.augsburg.edu/filmseries.

April 13

American Indian Family Center PowWow/Fair

Feast and Fair at 5 pm, Grand Entry at 6 pm. For further info please call651-793-3803. Sponsored by MOFAS. Harding High School, 1540 E. 6th St., St. Pau.

April 28

Pow-wow 4 Hope

At: the Midtown YWCA in Mpls. 10am-10pm. Hosted by the American Indian Cancer Foundation. For more info, call Michael Dalh at 218-280-2674 or Julia Litttlewolf at (=612-584-0428, or email: Powwow@AICAF.org.