January_February 2012


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.  

Jan 2-31: Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter.

Jan 24-31: North Corridor, State Capitol Building, St. Paul

Feb 8-March 7: Carver County Historical Society, Waconia

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

Jan. thru 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. 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. Sites and dates are:

Jan. 3 – Feb. 3:  Southern

Minnesota venue, TBA.

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.

Jan. 7

St Paul Public Schools’

Parent Information Fair

Pre k – grade 12 education experts at more than 100 booths representing public, private, parochial and charter schools. One-on-one help in selecting a school that’s right for your child is available from the Saint Paul Public Schools’ Student Placement Center. Free. 9:30 a.m.to 2:00 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of St. Paul River Centre, 175 West Kellogg Boulevard Saint Paul, MN.

Jan. 11

Ardie Buckholtz Medina and Lightsey Darst

The Birchbark Book Reading Series presents authors Ardie Buckholtz Medina and Lightsey Darst. Ardie Buckholtz Medina is a Native American (LDF?Ojibwe) poet and playwright. Her poems have been commissioned by the Weisman Art Museum and by the Twin Cities Women’s Choir. Ardie’s poems appear in the anthologies Traces in Blood, Bone and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry (2006, Loonfeather Press) and Yellow Medicine Review (Winter 2007 and Fall 2011). Lightsey Darst writes, dances, writes about dance and other arts, and teaches in Minneapolis. You can ?nd her poetic work in Find the Girl (Coffee House, 2010), in Gulf Coast, Spork, and Triquarterly Online, and forthcoming in Diagram and Typo. The Birchbark Books Reading Series features new, emerging, and established writers on the 2nd Wednesday of every month through May. Kenwood Cafe will offer a lovely prix ?xe menu that will include a soup and salad with bread. The Cafe will start serving at 6 pm. Reading starts at 7 pm. Birchbark Bookstore, 2115 West 21st Street, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call 612- 374-4023 or see: http://birchbarkbooks.com.


January 11 through February 11


Bockley Gallery is excited to announce its upcoming exhibition of works on paper by Canadian artist Ahmoo Angeconeb. This exhibit marks a chance to see Ahmoo’s work in the U.S. where he has rarely shown. This is his first show at Bockley Gallery. 

Ahmoo’s bold and kinetic images arise from traditional indigenous stories and also convey his personal vision. His drawings feature colored pencil on dark paper creating a chiaroscuro effect while his prints make use of colored-paper background and dark pigments resulting in dynamic color contrasts. Known for his use of Anishinaabe iconography, Ahmoo tells personal and spiritual stories through figures and symbols his people have used for a thousand years. Many of his works are offered as a “restorative vision” for healing. Imbedded in the images are family history and biography. Figures depicted include Thunderbirds, water spirits, canoes, and clan animals surrounded by radiating “peckings” to indicate smoke used in ceremonies. The “wide-eyed” humans central to these works are a new and particular innovation specific to Ahmoo’s creations.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 5 pm

Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st Street (west of Lake of the Isles, near Franklin), Minneapolis


Jan. 13

Billy Mills

Billy Mills, 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist from the Pine Ridge Nation, presents: "Unity Through Diversity." A community reception sponsored by the Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) will be held at 6 pm at the Arnold Atrium, Foss Center. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. at Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center. Free and open to the public. For info, call 612-330-1144.

Jan. 14

POD-tensive self-

management workshop

APOD-A Partnership of Diabetics invites you to a POD-tensive self management workshop: Sustainable, Community-Based strategies, Planning & Tools to Assist In Our Diabetes Self Management. 10am to 2pm at the Phillips Community Center, 2323 11th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, call Robert Albee at 612-812-2429 or see: www.meetup.com.

Jan. 21

Kids Crafts/Storybook Reading/Ojibwe Shoulder Bag

Kids Crafts/Storybook Reading – Come by the Mille Lacs Indian Museum anytime from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and listen to museum staff read storybooks with a light snack and refreshments. Then from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm we will show kids how to decorate a shoulder bag to take home. The Ojibwe Shoulder Bag activity provides a hands-on introduction to the arts and culture of the Ojibwe, a woodland people of the Great Lakes region. The book reading is free. Cost for the bag workshop is $7 each and includes supplies to decorate the bag. For children ages 6+. For more info, call the museum at 320-532-3632 or e-mail: millelacs@mnhs.org. Mille lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Drive, Onamia, MN. For reservations or info, call the museum at 320-532-3632.

Jan. 23

Harding High School (9-12) Open House

Saint Paul Public Schools offers American Indian Art and Music, American Indian History and Culture, American Indian Literature, American Indian Support, Ojibwe Language and Culture, Lakota Language and Culture, and home school liaison. Graduate with a "Distinction in American Indian Studies"Much like college students choosing a major field of study, secondary students may choose to specialize in American Indian Studie. Students in the program have the same graduation requirements as their peers, but they elect to learn about Native culture and language, history and art, and they are involved in the Native community. 5:00-7:00 pm, 1540 east Sixth Street, St. Paul. For info, call 651-793-4700 or www.harding.spps.org.

Jan. 24

Indigenous in Concert

Exceptional guitarist Mato Nanji fronts this blues-rock group (Andrew Tyler, A.C. Wright) that was born on South Dakota’s Yankton Indian Reservation. They have shared the stage with artists such as B.B. King, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, Dave Matthews Band and Los Lonely Boys in addition to headlining their own tours. They have been featured on NPR, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CBS Saturday Morning and Austin City Limits. Join your friends for a social hour with free hors d’oeuvres and cash bar at 6 pm followed by the concert at 7 pm and energize your work week. Purchase tickets online or call the box office at 952-979-1111, or see:?www.hopkinsartscenter.com. Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN.

Jan. 24

Women’s Health Day at IHB

Mammogram and Pap Smears. We will provide lunch, incentives for getting your Mammogram/Pap Smear, educational speakers, bingo for prizes. Call Diane Archambault at 612-721-9881 to schedule your Mammogram or Pap Smear. 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Minneapolis.

Jan. 25

ITES Closing Ceremony

The Inter-Tribal Elder Services’ Staff and Board of Directors invite you to ITES Closing Ceremony. It is with deep regret that the ITES Board of Directors had to make the decision to close the organization, due to insufficient funding. Help celebrate the wonderful work that was accomplished these past few years. Our hope is that our services will continue through the good work of other organizations in the community. Richard Wright, esteemed traditional community leader and board member will conduct a traditional closing ceremony that will allow folks to speak and share their stories. Please join us! We will be serving breakfast and coffee. Event starts at 9:00 am at Christ Lutheran Church, 3244 – 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis.

Jan. 25

Mobile Mammography Day

at NACC!

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Mobile Unit will visit NACC every quarter to provide free Mammograms to our patients! Mammograms screen women for signs of breast cancer. They are recommended for women 40 years of age and older. Women with family history of breast cancer should start at age 35. Mobile Mammography Day Activities: Breast & Cervical Cancer Education, Colon Cancer Education, Door Prizes, Lunch Provided. To reserve your spot call Myra at 612-872-8086, ext. 120. If you have insurance, please bring your card with you. If you do not have insurance, please call the clinic before your appointment to sign up for the SAGE FREE MAMMOGRAM Program. Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN.  

Jan. 25

Ojibwe Mitten Workshop

Learn techniques of leather working at this two-day workshop.  Participants will be making their own pair of Ojibwe style mittens to take home. Registration is required by January 25. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. A minimum of 5 participants required to host workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Saturday  from 12 pm to 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. Cost is $60 for public and $55 for MN Historical Society and Mille Lacs Band members. There is an additional supply fee of $15. For reservations or more information call 320-532-3632. Mille lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Drive, Onamia, MN.

Jan. 26

Mille Lacs Band Urban Office monthly meetings

The Mille Lacs Band Urban Office holds monthly community meetings generally the last Thursday of the month. They need Presenters/speakers from all various service organizations, schools, non-profit or for-profit organizations, that would present or share information about their programs and services that could benefit the community, families and individuals. The next urban community meeting is held Thursday, January 26 at 5:30 p.m. at All Nations Indian Church, located at 1515 E. 23rd Street in South Minneapolis. A nutritious meal is first, then  the presentations, local news and updates, and door prizes. Each meeting has a presenter from the Mille Lacs Band tribal government and one or two from local service organizations. Please consider sharing information about your organization either on: January 26, February 23, March 29, April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30, September 27, October 27, November 17 or 29 (tentative dates). Call Barb Benjamin-Robertson at 612-872-1424 or email: barb.br@millelacsband.com.  

Jan. 28

Swarm Native American Heritage Night

The Swarm lacrosse team take on the Buffalo Bandits in the 2012 Home Opener at 7pm. The local Native American community and the Swarm have organized a night to celebrate American Indian heritage and to educate everyone in attendance about how lacrosse was originated by Native American communities. Features pre-game activities including American Indian drum group and a traditional Native American lacrosse game at halftime by youth of the Oneida and Menominee nations. Get involved in two ways. 1) Sponsor a kid: Purchase tickets for local Native American youth to attend Native American Heritage Night. Call Matt Ritzer at 651-726-1763 or email: mritzer@ mnswarm.com. 2) Bring a group to the game: The Swarm offers discounted tickets to members of local Native American community. For as little as $17, sit in the lower bowl of Xcel Energy Center. Purchase your tickets at http://bit.ly/SwarmHeritage – use promo code "SWARM".

Jan. 28

Why Treaties Matter for Minnesota Educators

Why Treaties Matter: A Professional Development Opportunity for Minnesota Educators will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Avenue East, Saint Paul. The program, which is being held in conjunction with the showing of the exhibition "Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations" at the Minnesota State Capitol (Jan. 24-31) will feature content presentations on tribal sovereignty, treaties, and treaty rights, and resources educators can incorporate into their classrooms, and a trip to the Capitol to view the exhibit. The registration fee is $15, which includes content materials and light refreshments. To register online, go to https://minnesotahumanities.org/treatiesworkshop.aspx. For more info, contact Elizabeth de Soto at 651-772-4263 or email: Elizabeth@mnhum.org. For more information and itinerary updates, visit www.mnhum.org/treaties.

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: www.smm.org/sciencefusion/americanindians or call 651-221-9444 or 800-221-9444. Science Museum of MN, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd.?St. Paul.

Feb. 1 (deadline)

Call for Artists for 3rd Annual "Art from Within"

The Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project North, of the American Civil Liberties Union-Minnesota, is now accepting applications for the third annual "Art from Within" exhibit, slated for March 2012. Art from Within features artwork that gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people whose civil liberties, protected under the Bill of Rights, have been challenged, violated or tested in some way. Now in its third year, Art from Within provides an important venue for American Indians, as well as non-Natives, who have been impacted by the criminal justice system, to express their lived experiences through the medium of art. This year’s theme focuses on artists’ feelings and understandings about what the Bill of Rights means to them. First Amendment freedom of expression is guaranteed for all who reside in the United States, regardless of their civil status. The call for entries is open to emerging or established artists. American Indians from Minnesota  tribes are strongly encouraged to submit entries. Applications are due by February 1st, 2012. The opening reception will take place on March 2nd, 2012 at the Bemidji Community Arts Center. The exhibit will run from March 2nd through March 31st. For more info, contact Cory Cochrane, ACLU-MN, Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project North, at 218-444-2285 or see: www.aclu-mn.org/issues/racialjustice/greaterminnesotaracialjust/gmrjpnorth/newsfromupnorth.

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." Hosted by The Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota, Minnesota Food Association and USDA-Farm Service Agency and USDA- NRCS. The two-day conference provides education and resources to small farm operators, and fosters relationships between farmers and community partners. The conference supports these new and aspiring farmers and their contribution to an adequate supply of local foods, local economic development and healthy communities. 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. The conference is free to farmers, and language interpretation is available. The cost for other interested parties is $50 a day. Please register by Monday, January 23. Interested farmers and CBOs who have questions should contact Ly Vang, at 651-222-0475.

Feb. 15

Call for Native American Sculptures

The American Indian Center of Chicago and the Six Corners Association of Portage Park have partnered together to invite Native American artists to submit a proposal for a three-dimensional sculpture. Artwork by selected artist will be displayed in publicly accessible outdoor space belonging to the community of Portage Park on the northwest side of the City of Chicago. ELIGIBILITY: 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.  Experienced Native American artists are invited to apply for the Portage Park Sculpture project, a juried competition. Selected artist will have their work permanently on view at "Six Corners" public space in the Portage Park community in Chicago, Illinois. 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.

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.