October Calendar


Oct. 4 – Nov. 8

Let’s Get Cookin’

The Indian Health Board of Minneapolis will be hosting a weekly, family-based nutrition education and cooking class series “Let’s Get Cookin”. For adults, children, parents, family members, and family friends interested in an interactive program that is focused on nutrition, health, physical activity, and cooking. To better help families in our community understand the importance of healthy eating and getting regular physical activity. Dinner will be provided for all participants. Program runs every Tuesday from October 4 to November 8, from 6:00-7:30 pm. Held at the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, 1315 E. 24th St., Minneapolis (3rd Floor Assembly Rooms). For more info, call Chelsea Moyle at 612-721-9860.

Oct. 4

Fall Fundraiser for WON

The Women of Nations’ fundraiser will offer dinner, cultural performances, silent auction and cork draw. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the shelter programs and services provided to families escaping domestic violence. 6-8 pm at the Summit Brewery Ratskellar Community, 810 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, MN. For more info, email Della at: dplume@women-of-nations.org.

Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26

Employment Services Information Sessions

AIOIC and TAKODA Institute offer  Employment Services Information Sessions, which are held every Wednesday from 9 – 11 am. Free career training and job placement services. AIOIC,1845 East Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, call 612-341-3358 or see: www.aioic.org.

Oct. 6

Interview Skills Workshop

You worked hard at writing an effective resume to capture the attention of the employer and you have been invited for an interview! Now what? Takoda Institute would like to invite you for an Interview Skills Workshop. The Interview Skills Workshop has been designed to give you an opportunity to practice interviewing and brainstorming answers to frequently asked questions. 2 – 4 pm, in room 7 at AIOIC, 1845 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. Call 612-341-3358 to register.

Oct. 6 – 7

White Earth Tribal IDs

WEUCC luncheon fundraiser will be held 11 am to 3 pm on Oct. 6th. Wild rice, deer tags, and White Earth logo clothing sale will be held Thursday, 10 am – 6 pm; and Friday, 9 am to 11:45 am. MN Chippewa Tribe Building, 1308 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For more info, call 612-872-8388.

Oct. 6, 15, 20

Catalyst for a Community Quilting Bee

We are creating a series of 84 hand sewn quilts. When completed, the quilts will be laid outdoors for an all night performance filled with dance, storytelling and stargazing! We provide all materials as well as beverages and snacks. We will be holding Saturday morning Quilting Bees at Two Rivers Gallery and Thursday evening Quilting Bees at Studio 207 at The Ivy Building.  Quilting Bees at Two Rivers Gallery (1530 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis) from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturdays: October 15, November 12 and December 10. Quilting Bees at The Ivy Arts Building (2637 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, Studio #207) from 6-8 pm on Thursdays. October 6 & 20, November 3 & 17 and December 1 & 15. Contact julia@catalystdance.com with any questions. For more information on the project please visit www.catalystdance.com/then-a-cunning-voice.

Oct. 7, 10

Oyate Hotatin Announces Indigenous Day 2016

Rob “Rez Reporter” Fairbanks and Tonia Jo Hall aka “Auntie Beachress” will be hosting Oyate Hotanin’s 3rd annual Indigenous Day Celebration, two evenings of comedy, music and poetry. The evenings features Native talent with: Nick Metclaf, columnist and spoken word artist; Leah Lemmpire, Singer/Songwriter and Poet; Corey Medina, Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter; and Johnny Smith, Guitarist/Singer. Performances will be held at Pangea World Theater, 711 West Lake Street, Minneapolis. 7:30 pm each evening. Tickets are $10.

• Oct. 7: How to Become a Rez Reporter: Youth workshop with Robert Fairbanks, location and time TBA.

• Oct. 10: They Can’t Take Away Our DreamsL Join a small talking circle and presentation exploring mass incarceration as a continuation of historic disruption and trauma in Native country, with a music video by Dakota Spoken word artist Tom LaBlanc and an exhibition of ledger style art by Quinton Maldonado. Noon – 1:30 pm.

Oct. 8

Martha Redbone

Martha Redbone’s Bone Hill: The Concert. The Native American singer-songwriter takes an autobiographical look at American identity using a dozen-strong musical cast to portray four generations of a family living in the Appalachian Mountains. Ranging from traditional Cherokee chants and lullabies to bluegrass and blues, country, gospel, jazz, Rock & Roll, R & B, and funk, the styles featured in this performance are as diverse as the people who inspired it. Tickets $27 – $32. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., Saint Paul, MN. For info and tickets see: www.ordway.org/performances/martha-redbone.

Oct. 10

Day with the Sioux Chef

Indigenous People’s Day with the Sioux. Enjoy tasting and conversation with food and drink purveyors whose products celebrate Native foods and techniques, and listen to music. And view displays of historic and contemporary objects related to indigenous food preparation.  6 – 9 pm. $25/$20 MNHS members.  Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN. For info call 651-259-3015 or see: www.mnhs.org/event/2030.

Oct. 10

Indigenous People’s Day Celebration

Saint Paul’s inaugural Indigenous People’s Day Celebration and Parade! Last year the City of Saint Paul declared Oct 10th, formerly recognized as Columbus Day, as Indigenous People’s Day. Gather at the American Indian Magnet School field at 10 am to get in line with your parade float (or walking group). Parade starts at 11 am, walking to Mounds Park via 3rd and Earl Streets. Program and lunch at Mounds Park from 11:30 – 1:30 pm. The theme this year is: WATER IS LIFE! We invite your organization to create a parade float based on this theme (i.e. matching shirts, signs, props, banners, etc). There will be a chance to bring home a 1st Place trophy for your organization. RSVP your float or for info contact: Maggie.Lorenz@spps.org or 651-793-1795.

Oct. 11 – Nov. 5

Skin(s) Exhibit

The Skin(s) exhibit, on view at Intermedia Arts, is a showcase of artworks by Minnesotans who express multi-dimensional identities from Dakota, Ojibwe, Ponca, Lakota, Navajo, and other indigenous nations. Featuring the work of Hilary Abe, Carolyn Lee Anderson, James Autio, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Elizabeth Day, Aza Erdrich, Marlena Myles, Jonathan Thunder, Maggie Thompson, Rory Wakemup, Dyani White Hawk and Marne Zafar. Curated by Heid E. Erdrich, these paintings, prints, sculptures, and films reveal the power and diversity of urban Native artists. Opening reception will be held October 21st at 6:30 pm. Exhibit cost: Sliding scale; $3-10 per person suggested. All proceeds support visual arts programming at Intermedia Arts. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, see: www.intermediaarts.org.

Oct. 11

Wicoie Nandagikendan Fundraiser

Wicoie Nandagikendan will host a fundraiser breakfast. Guest speaker include Diane Wilson, David O’Fallon, and children from the language program will be singing. Wicoie Nandagikendans mission is “To advance Minnesota’s indigenous languages through intergenerational mentoring and immersion strategies in order to nurture a quality and culturally sensitive early childhood education”. Takes place 8 am to 9 am at All Nations Church, 1515 E 23rd St., Minneapolis.

Oct. 12

Birchbark Books Reading

Authors Linda LeGarde Grover, Leslie Matton-Flynn, Venessa Fuentes, and James Bettendorf will be reading from their works. Linda LeGarde Grover, professor in the UMD Department of American Indian Studies, is a member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Her research into the effects of educational institutions and policies upon American Indian families and communities has resulted in articles, poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Her book The Dance Boots has received the Flannery O’Connor Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, her novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass received the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers 2015 Fiction Award. Her poetry chapbook THE.INDIAN.AT.INDIAN.SCHOOL was published by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Sequoyah Research Center. Newly published is The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives, which received the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Award. Event curated by Michael Kiesow Moore and Ardie Medina. 7:00 p.m. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st Street, Minneapolis (couple doors down from Birchbark Books). For info, call see www.bockleygallery.com or email information@bockleygallery.com.

Oct. 13

Native American College Fair

Speak with representatives from a variety of post-secondary institutions, job training and community programs, and learn about college life, courses, ad-mission & financial aid requirements. We will have a light, healthy meal for the first 300 attendees. We will also have a cultural demonstration, musical performance, and lots of door prizes. 4 – 7 pm. Schedule: 3:15 – 4:00 Lacrosse Demo, 4:00 – 7:00 College Fair, 5:00 – 6:00 Dinner, 5:30 – 6:30 Entertainment. East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN.

Oct. 15

MPS Native students

Spend an afternoon with MPS Native students & families. Student activities: paper canoe art, mini lacrosse clinic, paper dreamcatchers, native foods taste test. Parent Ggathering: Indian Education Info, Memorandum of Agreement update, Jeopardy! game, MDE Update Every Student Succeeds Act. A light lunch will be provided. Door prizes. 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Mpls American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin, Mpls. For more info, contact Deanna StandingCloud at 612-668-0612 or deanna.standingcloud@mpls.k12.mn.us.

Oct. 18

Register to vote

Register to vote by October 18 to save time on Election Day. Absentee voting: vote by mail or in person Sept. 23 through Nov. 7. For more info, see: www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting.

Oct. 19 (deadline)

Laura Jane Musser Fund

The Laura Jane Musser Fund will be accepting proposals of up to $25,000 for their Intercultural Harmony grant round. The fund will assist public and not-for-profit entities from CO, HI, MI, MN, and WY to plan or implement projects that promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds. Applications will be accepted online through the fund’s website through Oct.19. For info, see www.musserfund.org.

Oct. 21

Tobacco Prevention and Wellness Symposium

The 7th Annual Tobacco Prevention and Wellness Symposium will have a day full of health and wellness education that youth can take with them to become community advocates. The symposium is for youth ages 12 to 18; however, parents and guardians are welcome to attend. Activities include fun physical fitness contests with prizes, symposium drawing with incredible prizes, string packs with t-shirts and gifts for all who attend, and great food. The day will end with a powwow designed to cherish the young people with more give-aways! Workshop presenters and two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer Larry Yazzie will give the Keynote Address. Hosted by Ain Dah Yung. Symposium takes place 9 am to 5 pm at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown St. Paul. For info, contact Sheri Riemers at sheri.riemers@adycenter.org or 651-227-4184, ext.14. Or June Blue at june.blue@adycenter.org or 651-227-4184, ext. 26.

Oct. 21

FDL Princess and Brave Powwow

Fond du Lac Princess & Brave Powwow will be held at 49 University Road, Cloquet, MN. MC: Frank Goodwin. AD: Jaimie Petite. Host Drums: FDL Ojibwe School & Cedar Creek. Free and open to everyone. Contest info: All Men’s Category contest 1st , 2nd, 3rd place. All Women’s category contest 1st, 2nd, 3rd place. Hand drum contest Winner-Take-All at supper break spot dances. For more info, call Fond du Lac Ojibwe Schoolat  218-878-7239 or 218-878-7276.

Oct. 21

Indigenous Pink Day

Indigenous Pink Day is a breast cancer awareness campaign for American Indians/Alaska Natives. Indigenous Pink Day is to educate all indigenous people on the importance of early detection and remind men and women to keep up to date on their screenings. Take part in Indigenous Pink day by wearing pink on Oct 21st to honor breast cancer warriors and survivors and to spread awareness. Share a picture of yourself on social media wearing pink using #IndigenousPink. For more information about how to get involved visit: AICAF.org/Pink. For info, contact Daanis Chosa at  612-314-4853 or dchosa@aicaf.org.

Oct. 21-23

World Premiere of Skin(s) Dance

Rosy Simas Danse and Intermedia Arts present Skin(s): a dance work, a visual arts exhibit, a film, and a web media project. The Skin(s) dance, at Intermedia Arts explores what we hold, reveal, and perceive through our skin. The dance is housed within a paper environment with a surround sound score and moving images. To create the Skin(s) dance production, director Rosy Simas is joined by French composer François Richomme, poet Heid E. Erdrich, lighting designer Valerie Oliverio, and performers Holo Lue Choy and Lela Pierce. Simas has created moving images from her travels to urban and rural Native communities. $15 in advance, for students and seniors. $18 at the door. Dance performance schedule: October 21 at 7:30 pm; October 22 at 7:30 pm; October 23 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, see: www.intermediaarts.org.

Oct. 25, 27

Minneapolis 2020

Help the City of Minneapolis plan for the future. Share feedback with city planners and engage with artists to plan for the future development of Minneapolis. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and food from local vendors. Your voice is important in shaping the future of Minneapolis. You know how you experience the city every day and what it takes to create a more equitable future for everyone. Help us build on what’s working.  For more info, see: minneapolis2040.com

Oct. 25: 5:00 – 7:30 pm at Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis.

Oct. 27: 5:00 – 7:30 pm at North Commons Park, 1801 James Ave N., Minneapolis.

Oct. 29

Feast of Words Family

The Dakota language is the first language of Minnesota, yet few Minnesotans know the meaning of the name of their state. Feast of Words is a family event centered on this place we all call home, Mnísota (Minnesota). Learn about indigenous place names throughout the state, try local indigenous foods, learn to prepare wóžapi, a traditional Dakota berry pudding, and immerse yourself in the Dakota language. The program begins at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm and lasts 60 minutes. This program is presented by the Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye (Dakota Language Society) and the Healing Place Collaborative. Free but registration is required. Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis. For info call 612-341-7582, see www.mnhs.org/event/923 or email: mcm@mnhs.org.

Oct. 30 (deadline)

National Native Health Research Training Initiative

The Indian Health Service’ new funding opportunity: National Native Health Research Training Initiative. This cooperative agreement will help build capacity and share best practices in American Indian and Alaska Native health research and will promote tribally driven research through education and training opportunities. The award amount is approximately $225,000 per year for a project period of up to five years. This initiative will help expand the community of American Indian and Alaska Native researchers and enhance the ability of tribes to participate in and initiate research projects that address specific needs in their communities. As a result, culturally appropriate best and promising practices can be shared and replicated throughout the Indian health system. Open to national membership organizations of American Indian and Alaska Native scientists, researchers and students. For info see: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-21049.pdf.­

Nov. 1

MNSure Enrollment Event

Meet with a certified MNsure navigator for assistance with MNsure and enrollment questions. A light snack will be provided. 9 am to 4 pm. Walk-ins also welcome. Native American Community Clinic, 1213 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. To set up an appointment call 612-872-8086, Option 1.

Nov. 2

NDNZ in the City

NDNZ in the City: Multi-media narratives of American Indian culture in the heart of Los Angeles, CA. Join us for an evening of talk, short films, photographs, and personal stories from Indigenous multimedia documentarian, Pamela Peters (Navajo). The event will showcase Peter’s newest film “Legacy of Exiled NDNZ” and multimedia presentation “Real NDNZ re-take Hollywood.” Reception 6:15 – 6:45 pm. Screening begins at 7 pm. Discussion with filmmakers follows. Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave. S., Mpls. This event is free to the public. For info, see: www.augsburg.edu/filmseries/2016/08/30/pamela-peters-presents-legacy-exiled-ndnz.

Nov. 2 (deadline)

Rural Initiative Grant

The Laura Jane Musser Fund will be accepting proposals for their Rural Initiative grant round. Program planning grants up to $5,000 and Program implementation grants up to $25,000 will be considered. Organizations must be from communities with populations under 10,000. Organizations from CO, HI, WY, MI, and MN may apply. Applications will be accepted online through the Fund’s website from October 2 – November 2. For additional info, see www.musserfund.org.

Nov. 3-4

ABC’s of Economic Dev. in Indian Country

The American Indian Business Alliance (AIBA) comprised of the North Dakota Indian Business Alliance (NDIBA); Minnesota Indian Business Alliance (MNIBA); Montana Indian Business Alliance (MIBA); South Dakota Indian Business Alliance (SDIBA); and Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance (WIBA) announces the 2016 American Indian Business Conference, “ABC’s of Economic Development in Indian Country.” To be heldin Bismarck, North Dakota, at the Downtown Radisson. This American Indian Business Alliance 4th Annual conference has attracted Native-Owned businesses, tribal leaders, business development experts, community based organizations, policy makers, and financial institutions. Sessions will highlight successful models and strategies that foster the development of private Indian businesses, both on and off reservations, and to develop policy ideas and strategies to address the challenges that Native business owners face. Our goal is for attendees to leave the conference with specific tools and strategies to strengthen the economy. For more information visit the North Dakota Indian Business Alliance’s website at www.ndiba.com.

Nov. 5

Gathering For Our Children/ Returning Adoptees Powwow

10am – 1pm: Adoptees/formerly fostered individuals and birth relatives are invited to gather in the auditorium on the 2nd floor of the Indian Center for a meet and visit with other adoptees. 1pm: Grand Entry. 3pm: Wablenica Ceremony – The Wablenica Song (Orphan Song) will be sung for those returning adoptee and fostered individuals and their families. A ceremony will be offered to heal the grief caused by separation from family and heritage. 5:30 pm: Feast. 7 pm: Grand Entry. 8 pm: Honor Song for foster and adoptive parents. 9 pm: Honor Song and recognition for our Young Relatives who have turned 21 in foster care. We will be collecting coats of all sizes to donate to the Sacred Stone Camp. Look for a table in vending area to drop off your donation. Dancers, please come dance and welcome our relatives back to our circle. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave. Minneapolis.

Nov. 8

Election Day

Register to vote by October 18 to save time on Election Day. Absentee voting: vote by mail or in person Sept. 23 through Nov. 7. For more info, see: www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting.

Nov.  9

Birchbark Books Reading

Gwen Westerman, Naomi Cohn, Donte Collins and William Reichard will read from their works. Gwen Westerman is a Dakota author. Her books include: Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota, and Follow the Blackbirds. The reading will be at The Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st Street, Minneapolis (couple doors down from Birchbark Books). For info, see www.bockleygallery.com or email information@bockleygallery.com.

Nov. 17-19

Bearing Witness Retreat

A three-day retreat is being offered to bear witness to the continuing genocide and historical trauma suffered by the Native Peoples of Minnesota and their ongoing resilience. It is open to all, and Native Americans can attend at no cost. The retreat will be held at Cherokee Park United Church, and it includes time at Mni Sni (Coldwater Springs), Fort Snelling State Park, and Oheyawahi (Pilot Knob Hill). Organizers hope to have roughly equal numbers of Native and non-Native peoples. Co-sponsors include: Healing Place, Cherokee Park United, Saint Paul Interfaith Network, Healing Minnesota Stories, and the Zen Peacemakers Order. Free to Native American participants. For more, contact Laura Kennedy at casamaya@msn.com, or Jewell Arcoren, at jewellofthemississippi@yahoo.com.

Nov. 21

Native American Heritage Night with Timber Wolves

See Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Boston Celtics for Native American Heritage Night! The Prairie Island Indian Community will perform traditional drum and dance at halftime along with the Flag Song prior to the start of the game. Afterwards, an exclusive post-game activity will take place. Starts at 7 pm. For info, contact Jennica Astleford at 612-673-8434 or Jennica.Astleford@timberwolves.com.

Dec. 1

Billy Mills

Tiwahe Foundation fundraiser with Billy Mills. Join us as we celebrate the work of Tiwahe Grantees and  the importance of language, culture, education and giving in our community. Billy Mills is the first American Indian and only American to ever win a gold medal in the 10K Olympic event. He is the founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth and a nationally known speaker on youth, giving back to community and living a healthy life. 6 – 9 pm. Tickets $100.00. McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 SE Oak Street, Minneapolis. Buy your tickets online at: tiwahefoundation.org/tiwahe-events.

Dec. 2

29th Annual MAICC Awards Dinner

The 29th Annual Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner will be held at 4:30  to 8:00 pm  at Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, MN. For info, contact Joanne Whiterabbit at 612-877-2117 or jwhiterabbit@maicc.org.