January 2016


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: http://mnhum.org/treaties.

• 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.

Thru 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: Info@ IntermediaArts.org, or see: www.intermediaarts.org.

Thru Jan. 19

Mazinaakizige: Am. Indian Teen Photography Project -What Brings Us Together

Two Rivers Gallery and the Minnesota Historical Society present the Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography Project exhibition. "What Brings Us Together”. A culmination of bringing together six American Indian youth artists to develop their digital photography skills in a guided, supportive, and culturally sensitive environment. The artists show a selection of photographs that they have taken through a ten-week program utilizing the skills they learned. This exhibition will travel across the state of Minnesota throughout the 2015-2016 program year. Artists: Esmarie Cariaga, Wihinape Hunt, Ivan Mckeithan, Lupe Thornhill, and Austin Verley. Two Rivers Gallery, MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis.

Thru Feb. 21

Arriving at Fresh Water: Contemporary Native Artists from Our Great Lakes

What is Native art today? It’s witty and warm, colorful and critical. It celebrates the past while challenging expectations. And some of the best art is being made right here and now in the Great Lakes area. This exhibition presents 14 of the region’s most visionary artists. They’re boldly tackling the biggest, most universal issues of the day, exploring truth and justice, community and self. They’re chronicling their own histories and the sweep of societal change. They’re pushing past assumptions into the realm of revelation—the promise of beauty to change the way we see. Free admission. Runs thru Feb. 21 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gallery 255, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis. For more info, see http://new.artsmia.org.

Thru March 4

Re-riding History: From the Southern Plains to Matanzas Bay

Artists respond to the historical journey of the Fort Marion prisoners through the creation of one original work on paper. Featuring work from dozens of artists including, Norman Akers, Edgar Heap of Birds, Georgia Deal, Jim Denomie, Shan Goshorn, Dyani White Hawk, Tom Jones, America Meredith, Hoka Skenadore, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and many more. Emily Arthur, Marwin Begaye and John Hitchcock present a curatorial project which metaphorically retraces the history of seventy-two American Indian peoples who were forcibly taken from their homes in Salt Fork, OK, and transported by train to St. Augustine, Florida. The United States war department imprisoned Cheyenne, Kiowa, Comanche, Arapaho, and Caddo leaders under Lieutenant Richard Henry Pratt from 1875-1878. The curators asked seventy-two artists to respond to the experience of imprisonment by creating an individual work on paper. The artists selected include Native American, non-Native and descendants from both periods of imprisonment. Free and open to the public. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-235-4970, or see: www.allmyrelationsarts.com.

Jan. 8

Native Arts & Crafts Sale

Native Arts & Crafts Sale First Friday of the Month. First Friday of each month the Native Art and Craft Sale takes place. Stop and shop for unique handmade items made by local Native American Artists. Shop local and support the local community. 1308 Franklin Ave Mpls MN. For more info, call Jacque Wilson at 612-871-6618. See Facebook page at : www.facebook.com/Native-Art-Craft-Sale-First-Friday-of-the-Month-135059473336718/?ref=bookmarks

Jan. 8

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. 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. At The American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls.

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: jrice@centerschool.org.

Jan. 13

Free Writing Class for Writers of Color

This free, informal class is a preview of the free, craft-centered creative writing class David Mura will teach for writers of color and Indigenous writers at the Loft beginning February 3. In this preview class, Mura will introduce basic craft elements for writing poetry and fiction, engage students in one or two writing exercises, discuss issues related to the writing process, and touch on issues facing writers of color and Indigenous writers. Only open to writers of color and Indigenous writers (defined as people who are of Native American, Indigenous, Pacific Islander, Asian, Asian American, Arab, Middle Eastern, African, African American, Afro-Caribbean, Latino/a, Chicano/a, and mixed descent). No preregistration necessary, come as you are. 7:00 -8:30 p.m. Cafe SouthSide, 3405 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, 55407. The full class schedule will run Feb. 3 through Aug. 10, 14 sessions total.

Jan. 15 (deadline)

First Nations Development Institute Grants

First Nations Development Institute will award up to six grants of up to $30,000 each to strengthen the organizational, managerial and programmatic capacity of Native American-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs that have existing efforts in place to serve the field of Native American arts and artists in tribal communities in four states – Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Mountain Time on January 15, 2016. Eligible applicants must have existing program initiatives in place that emphasize strengthening the field of Native American arts and building the capacity of Native American artists in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. All applicants must fully complete the First Nations online grant application, including the submission of all necessary attachments. For-profit organizations and individual artists are not eligible. First Nations does not require federal recognition for tribal governments to apply, but they must have state recognition. More information and the online grant application can be found here: http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2016NACBI.

Jan.16, 23, 30 Feb. 13

Science Fusion: celebrate diversity in science

Connect with the diverse community of scientific professionals from the Twin Cities through science experiments and activities. Show young people of underserved communities the incredible career opportunities available in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Come to one of our four annual Science Fusion events, tailored for kids and adults alike. Up to four children get in free with each full price adult ticket purchased. Science Museum of Minnesota,  120 W. Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul. For more info, call 651-221-9444 or see: www.smm.org.

• Jan. 16: African Americans in Science, 1 to 4 p.m.

• Jan. 23: ¡Amantes de la Ciencia!, Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.

• Jan. 30: American Indians in Science, 1 to 4 p.m.

• Feb. 13: Asian Americans in Science, 1 to 4 p.m.

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 www.hpaied.org or call 617-495-1480. The application deadline is January 27, 2016.

Jan. 27

The Native American Cancer Support Group

If you or someone you know is a cancer patient or survivor, we encourage you to join us for a meal and good company. This month we meet Wed. Jan. 27th from 6 to 8 pm, at East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Avenue South, Minneapolis. For more information, call Joy Rivera at 612-314-4843 or email jrivera@aicaf.org.

Feb. 1 (deadline)

College Scholarship Opportunity for TC High School Students

Wallin Education Partners has been providing financial and advising support to guide local Twin Cities students to college completion and is now accepting applications from current high school seniors. Wallin Education Partners selects students with high potential and financial need from 28 Twin Cities high schools to receive financial aid, professional advising and additional scholar services – providing not only the money for college, but the tools and resources to help students make the most of the experience. This unique program has resulted in more than 90% of scholars graduating from college. Selected scholars receive: Committed financial aid – up to $4,000/year for four years to augment grants and financial aid; Professional advisors—to help navigate college every step of the way; College to career programming – corporate mentors, internships, specialized career nights and more to help lead scholars toward fulfilling careers after college; ual, and foundation partners. Financial need is determined by family taxable income (must be less than $75,000 a year) and low to moderate assets. Any majors are accepted, but students are required to attend an eligible four-year public or private college within Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin or one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2016 and can be submitted online at www.wallinpartners.org/apply. Additional information about eligibility can be found on Wallin’s website: www.wallinpartners.org. 

March 19—20

18th Annual Cherish the Children Traditional Powwow

Doors Open at 11:00am. Registration at 11:00am. Grand Entries: Saturday 1:00 & 7:00pm, Feast: 5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm. Co -Emcees: Jerry Dearly and Reuben Crowfeather. Host Drum: Tomahawk Circle. Invited Drum: Oyate Teca. First 10 registered drums with a minimum of 5 singers will receive an honorarium. $5 Entry fee for ages 7+ Free entry for Elders & Veterans. Free entry per person with our Roy Roberts “Family in Need” Drive – donate a household/ family item. Youth Dance Specials—youth 17 years and under—(cash prizes). All Ages 2 Step Special—(1st-2nd-3rd place prizes). Junior Hand Drum Contest—(1st-2nd-3rd place prizes). 5th Annual Ain Dah Yung Center Ambassador Contest. For details contact holly.henning@adycenter.org. Central High School, 275 Lexington Ave. St. Paul, MN.