March 2016 Events


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:

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

• March 31 – April 17: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis. UNITE and MCTC invite the community to come learn and share on April 6th at 12:00 for an exhibit opening prayer, statement, and drumming.

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

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

Thru April 1

Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities

Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities, a multidisciplinary group exhibition curated by Dyani White Hawk Polk, will be exhibited in the Inez Greenberg Gallery at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. It features works by Carolyn Anderson, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Maggie Thompson, and the creative team of Heid Erdrich, Louise Erdrich, and Elizabeth Day. Sinew will open with a reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. February 12. A panel discussion with participating artists will be held March 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. The exhibition and all related activities are free of charge. Presented in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover, a multi-week event through March that will engage more than 20 regional arts and cultural organizations in illuminating gender and racial inequalities. Inez Greenberg Gallery, Bloomington Center, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN. For more info, see: .

March 3-6

13th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference

13th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference: The Power to Heal will be held at Maplelag Resort in Callaway, MN. For more information, see or email:

March 3, 10, 17, 24

Dream of Wild Health Cooking Class Series

Cooking classes for the whole family. Limit 10 families per class. Each participating family will get a box of Ikea cooking supplies for going to 4 out of the 5 classes. Dinner provided. Childcare and bus tokens available. Classes will be held from 5 pm to 7 pm on Thursday evenings at the MIWRC, 2300 15th Ave S, Minneapolis. For more info or to register, call Jenny at 612-874-4200 or email:

March 4

Honoring Native American Veterans

Honoring Native American Veterans will be sponsoring a morning coffee and treats the first Friday of every month, starting on March 4 at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, from 8:30 to 10:30 am. For more info, call Lyle H. Iron Moccasin, Veterans Employment Service Representative at 952-703-3104 or email:

March 5

Indian Education Spring Gathering

Minneapolis American Indian Families are invited to join MPS Indian Education for the Indian Education Spring Gathering & Public Hearing from 11am – 2pm. A light, healthy lunch will be provided. Door Prizes. Student activities include: TC Native Lacrosse Clinic, Maple Sugar Station, Dreamcatchers, Art Station and More. Public hearing includes: Indian Ed Updates, New Staff and Services, Special Ed Advisory Committee Station, Title VII Parent Committee Info. For more info, contact Deanna StandingCloud at 612.668.0612 or Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls.

March 9

Mazinaateseg: Anishinaabe Films and Their Makers

The Augsburg Native American Film series and hosts Elizabeth Day and Heid Erdrich invite you to a special night of Anishinaabe films and thier makers. A night of Anishinaabe short films and animation pieces. Includes selected work from  Day, Erdrich, Elizabeth LaPensêe, Jonathan Thunder, and Frankie McNamara. Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis. Talk with students: 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Reception: 6:15 – 6:45 pm. Screening: 7:00 pm. Discussion with filmmakers follows. This event is free to the public. For for info, see: .­­­

March 11

Kids’ Day at NACC

Native American Community Clinic’s monthly Kids’ Day. Make an appointment for a well child visit or dental check-up. Enjoy a healthy snack and arts and crafts. 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call 612-872-8086.

March 11

Sobriety Friday

Monthly celebration dinner. Speakers, testimonials of sobriety, great food, gospel music and door prizes. Sponsored by Overcomers Ministries. 6:30 – 9 pm. This is a monthly event on the 2nd Friday of each month. American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls.

March 11-13

Songs My Brother Taught Me

Shot on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, this “contemplative, unhurried masterpiece” (Cinefilles) explores the strong bond between a brother and sister as each defines the concept of home. The younger sibling grapples with the possibility of living alone with her single mother, when the other decides to follow his girlfriend to Los Angeles. “Stirring … with bone deep identity (Hollywood Reporter),” the local cast of actors delivers a strong emotional payoff. Nominated for Best First Feature at the 2015 Independent Spirit Award and screened in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, and at the Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight. 2015. Part of 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards Screenings. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave, Mpls. Call 612-375-7600 and mention The Circle to get discounts on tickets. For more info, see: .

March 12

Bii Gii Wiin First Time Homebuyer Workshop

Topics include: Steps to becoming a homeowner, How to prepare financially, The importance of credit, Responsibilities of homeownership, and more. 9 am – 5 pm. Hosted by Bii Gii Wiin CDLF. Training takes place at 1508 E. Franklin Ave., Suite 100, Minneapolis. For more info or to sign up, call 612-354-2249.

March 12

White Earth Urban Comm. Council Candidate Forum

White Earth tribal members are invited to hear candidates running for the Chairperson and District III Representative positions. A light lunch and beverages will be served. 12 – 5 pm. Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Building, Main Floor Dining Room, 1308 E. Franklin Ave, Mpls. For more info, call 612-872-8388.

March 15

American Indian College Fund Reception

Featured guest speaker, Bethany Yellowtail. Bethany is a fashion designer and owner of B. Yellowtail, a fashion line that celebrates ancestral tradition, beauty, and culture, and embraces authentic, indigenous design through wearable art. Complimentary beer, wine and appetizers. RSVP by March 11th. 6  – 8 pm. Hilton Minneapolis, Gallery Room, 1001 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. For questions, contact Hannah Urano at, or call 303-429-4191.

March 18 (deadline)

Native American Multimedia Internships

Vision Maker Media is offering Public Media Internships to undergraduate or graduate students. The purpose of the paid internships is to increase the opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in Public Broadcasting. Interns can be located at Vision Maker Media offices at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska, or at a Public Television station in the United States. Requirements: Multimedia and/or transmedia experience in journalism, writing, video, audio, editing, public relations/marketing and/or websites; Experience with social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, blogs, etc.); Enrolled in a journalism, communications, or Native studies graduate or undergraduate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Eligible applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States. For more info, call 402-472-3522 or email: Or see:

March 18 (deadline)

Mayo Sch of Health Sciences Career Immersion Program

Mayo School of Health Sciences will host the first Career Immersion Program for Minnesota high school juniors and seniors July 11–15. The week includes: Supervised lodging and meals in downtown Rochester; Meeting with current students and professionals in a range of health science professions; Networking with Mayo Clinic faculty; Learning the academic path for enrolling in accredited health science education programs. The 2016 program will focus on laboratory medicine professions — specifically cytotechnology, genetic counseling, histology, medical laboratory science, molecular genetics, pathology assistant and phlebotomy. Qualified students will be juniors or seniors during the 2016–2017 school year, have a GPA of 2.75 or higher, and an expressed interest in health science professions. Applications are due by March 18. Applications available at: .

March 19—20

18th Annual Cherish the Children Traditional Powwow

Doors Open at 11 am. Registration at 11 am. Grand Entries: Saturday 1 and 7 pm, Sunday at 1 pm. Feast on Saturday at 5 pm. 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 and veterans. Free entry per person with Roy Roberts “Family in Need” Drive – donate a household/family item. Specials: Youth Dance— 17 years and under (cash prizes); All Ages, 2 Step Special; Junior Hand Drum Contest; Ambassador Contest. For info, contact: Central High School, 275 Lexington Ave. St. Paul, MN.

March 19-20

Cherish the Children Powwow Royalty Contest

Contestants must: Be in full regalia, Be drug and alcohol free, Be enrolled in school (Elem.—H.S.), Be able to give an introduction and speech on why you would like to be ADYC Royalty. (Bonus points for saying your introduction in a Native language). To register contact Holly Henning at: or call 651-632-8923, or see: .

March 20

Leech Lake Members Dinner

Dinner for Leech Lake Band members at the Mpls American Indian Center from 1-5 pm. Food and door prizes. For more info, email Logan at: or

March 22

Leech Lake Public Candidate Forum

A Leech Lake Public Candidate Forum will be held from 5 – 9 pm at Gichatwaa Kateri, 3045 Park Ave S, Mpls. Light refreshments provided. Potluck and forum. For info, email Logan at: loganallen188@ or Or call Richard at 612-232-5808.

March 24

Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Meet with the Community Advisory Committee to urge CAC members to vote in favor of supporting full restoration of the Bde-Maka-Ska (Calhoun Lake) name change. 6 -8:30 pm. Public comment session from 8 to 8:30 pm. Mpls Parks and Recreation Headquarters, Board Room, 2117 West River Road, M. For updates see: .

March 25

New Native Theatre presents Well Red Play Reading Series

New and classic plays by Native authors performed by Native actors, last Friday of every month. Free and open to the public. 7:30 pm at All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.

March 26

American Indian Museum Fellowship

The 2 1/2-week residential summer fellowship is designed to expose American Indian undergraduates to the possible career opportunities and challenges of historical interpretation and cultural preservation within museums. The fellowship is designed for students interested in pursuing the museum field with an emphasis on American Indian cultural and historical preservation among historical organizations and tribal governments. Transportation, accommodations, and meals will be provided. Upon completion of the fellowship, students will receive a stipend of $1000. Topics Covered: Museum Archives & Collections; Exhibit Design and Development; Conservation and Preservation; Tribal Historic Preservation; NAGPRA and Archaeology; Museum Curation and Administration; National Park Service. Priority deadline: March 19. Application due March 26. For more info, see: .

March 29

Leech Lake Member Meeting

Monthly meeting for Leech Lake Tribal members will be held at the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, from 6 to 8 pm. For more info, email Logan at: or

March 31 (deadline)

Artistry Opens Call for Artists

Emerging and established artists and artist groups residing in MN, N.D., S.D., IA, and WI, 18 years or older, are invited to submit a proposal for the 2018 Exhibition Program at Artistry. Individuals or groups working in any medium, with the exception of film or video, are eligible. Artists may be combined for a small group show or chosen for a solo exhibition. All proposals must be received online by March 31. Located in the Bloomington Center for the Arts. A $10 non-refundable application fee is required. For more info, see: , or Rachel Daly at 952-563-8570.

April 5-7

Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers

MIWSAC, Sacred Hoop Coalition, and Men As Peacemakers’ 10-Year Anniversary Conference. Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers: 10 Years of Feeding the Fire to End Violence Against Native Women. The conference runs from 9 am on April 5 to Noon on April 7. April 5: fun, themed, Self Care Carnival, and Moccasin Game. April 6: traditional pow-wow (7 – 10 pm) to honor Survivors of domestic and sexual violence, women and children used in prostitution, and our missing and murdered sisters across Turtle Island. Everyone is welcome, and there is no conference fee. Limited scholarships are available to help with lodging and mileage. White Earth Nation, Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, MN. For more info, contact Cristine Davidson at, or Deb Poitra at Or see: .

April 6-10

National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival

New Native Theater’s National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival will premiere new plays from local and national emerging and mid-career playwrights. Plus a concert after the Saturday night performance. April 6th preview performance at 7:30 pm. April 7th and 8th at 7:30 pm. April 9th at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Celebrate till closing (2 am) with live music featuring Leah Lemm, Mitch Walking Elk, Turtle Mountain Musical Review and a local DJ. April 10th at 2 pm. Tickets available for at Pay-what-you-can every night. Or suggested ticket price $20. Bedlam Lowertown, 213 4th Street E., Saint Paul, MN. For more info, email or call 612-367-7639.

April 9th

U of MN-Morris 32nd Annual Powwow

The University of Minnesota, Morris is hosting their 32nd Annual Contest powwow. Grand Entry at 1 and 7 pm. Feast, American Indian arts and crafts. Drum split (first 10 drums only). MC: Jerry Dearly. Host Drum: Wahpekute. AD: Gabe Desrosiers. Head Dance Judge: Michael Gabbard. Honor Guard: Lakota Woman Warriors. Free and open to the public. University of Minnesota, Morris, Physical Education Center, 626 East 2nd St., Morris, MN.

April 10 (deadline)

Endangered Language Fund

The Endangered Language Fund supports language preservation and documentation projects. Provides grants for language maintenance and linguistic fieldwork related to languages in danger of disappearing within a generation or two. Priority is given to projects that serve both a specific Native community and the field of linguistics in general. Work that has immediate applicability to one group and more distant application to another also will be considered. Average grants to be less than $4,000 and average about $2,000. Funds can be applied to consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc., with the exception of overhead and indirect costs. Researchers and language activists from any country are encouraged to apply. Decisions will be delivered in May, 2016. For a list of eligible languages, complete program guidelines, and application instructions, visit the Endangered Language Fund website at: .

April 12

2016 FASD Day at the Capitol

MOFAS needs advocates to talk to legislators about the importance of prioritizing issues impacting people with an FASD. Learn about important FASD legislation being proposed, and be empowered to make an impact by sharing life experiences with your legislator. Top priority is to teach tools you need to connect your experience to the legislation, and be able to ask your legislator for their support. Advocates from across the state will gather at the Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, 105 University Ave W, St Paul. For more info, call Sara Messelt, Isaac Mullin at 651-917-2370. .

April 15 (deadline)

Call for papers

Aboriginal North America and Europe: Strengthening Connections. An interdisciplinary international conference held November 11-13 2016. The aim of the conference is to bring together aboriginal and non-aboriginal North American and European scholars, artists and activists and provide a venue for exchanging views, ideas and scholarship findings related to the present, the past and the future of aboriginal peoples of North America. Scholars representing multiple disciplines (history, sociology, ethnology, anthropology, culture studies, literary studies, law, politology, linguistics and others) are invited to share their research results. Aboriginal activists and artists are invited to share their experiences, knowledge and art. Proposals for 20-minute papers, 60- minute interactive workshops, round-table discussions, poetry and prose readings are requested. Email 250-word-long proposal and a CV to: Acceptance information will be emailed to participants by May 15, 2016. For more info, see: .

April 22-24

Northern Indigenous Games

The Inaugural Northern Indigenous Games at Bemidji State University. The Northern Indigenous Games will be held for a week in April from Minneapolis to Bemidji. The events feature indigenous athletes and coaches presenting traditional games played by various Native cultures throughout North America. A film screening will be on April 22, featuring former NJCAA National Cross Country Champion Angelo Baca (Navajo/Hopi). BSU American Indian Resource Center will also host a Symposium on April 23 featuring indigenous perspectives of the indigenous games. Pre-registration required to participate in the film screening, symposium and indigenous games. All events are free. For a schedule, poster and registration form, see .