October Events


Thru Nov. 20

On Fertile Ground Exhibit

This exhibition is the second of three annual showings of Native artists, providing an overview of 45 artists from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Artists include: Roger Broer, Gordon Coons, Lauren Good Day-Giago, Heid Erdrich, Duane Goodwin, Laura Heit-Youngbird, Cole Jacobson, Pat Kruse, Marlena Myles, Chris Pappan, Bad Art Press, Keith Secola, Maggie Thompson, and Jonathan Thunder. All My Relations Arts, 1414 E Franklin Ave. www.allmyrelationsarts.com

Oct. 3, 10, 24, 31

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post Events

For a complete list of all MNHS events and news releases please visit www.mnhs.org/media. News releases are typically posted by the end of the day Wednesday. Check back often to see what’s new at all MNHS sites and museums. Media Contacts: Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org or Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

• Oct. 3: Kids Learn How Craft a Beaded Ring

• Oct. 10: A Fashion Showcase of Traditional Skirts of the Great Lakes Region

•Oct. 24: Discover the Art of Making a Sweetgrass Basket in a Two-Day Workshop

• Oct. 31: Art Exhibit “On Home Ground,” Featuring the Work of Steve Premo, Closes.

Oct. 5

Sherman Alexie and Bob Hershon poetry reading

Both authors will read their own poetry. A Spokane/Coeur D’Alene Indian, Alexie has won many honors, culminating in the National Book Award for his novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Hershon has won two National Endowment for the Arts writing fellowships and three from the New York Foundation for the Arts. In the Q&A after the reading, they’ll talk about their life-long relationship – Hershon published Alexie’s first book of poetry, launching his career as a poet and writer. Sponsored by the Macalester English Department. Macalester College, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, Minn., FREE, 7 p.m., For more info, call 651-696-6387.

Oct. 5 – 28

Tradition Not Addiction

Learn about traditional tobacco, commercial tobacco, alcohol and drugs. Now recruiting youth ages 12-18. New group: October 5-28. Mondays & Wednesdays from: 4:30-7:30 at All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E. 23rd Street, Minneapolis, MN.  Stipend Offered: $120.00 (gift card) must attend all sessions. For more information contact: Suzanne Nash at 722-6248 or Curtis Kirby at 428-7692. Email: suzannen@indigenouspeoplestf.org.

Oct. 10

Indian Education Fall Gathering

An afternoon with MPS students & families! Lunch provided for MPS parents & students. Activities include: Spirit Rock Painting, College Photo Booth, Native Lacrosse Clinic, Star Lab, Parent Gathering, Title VII information, Jeopardy game and door prizes. 11 am to 2 pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For info, contact Deanna StandingCloud at 612-668-0612 or email at deanna.standingcloud@mpls.k12.mn.us.

Oct. 12

Saint Paul’s Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

Celebrate the First Inaugural City of Saint Paul’s Indigenous Peoples Day celebration. 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Crown Plaza Hotel Saint Paul, 11 Kellogg Blvd, East Saint Paul, MN.

Oct. 12

SPPS Indigenous Peoples Day

The City of St. Paul recently issued a resolution recognizing the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day. SPPS is celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day by hosting a day of activities at the American Indian Magnet to teach our students and community more about indigenous culture. Schedule: 10:00 – 12:00 grades K-4, activities for students. 1:00-3:00 grades 5-8, activities for students. All events will take place at the American Indian Magnet School, 1075 East Third St., St. Paul MN. For more info, call 651-778-3100.

Oct. 13 – 14

Anishinabe Academy Parent-Teacher Conferences

Anishinabe Academy is holding their first Parent Night. There will be roundtable discussions on: Bullying, Today’s Math, and Raising Tweens/Early Childhood Resources. Anishinabe Academy will also be holding Parent-Teacher Conferences that same evening from 4-8 and on October 14. If you wish to hold a table at our Resource Booth to support one of the above topic email allicia.waukau@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612-668-0905. For more info, call 612-668-0880.

Oct, 13 – 15

Sex Trafficking in Indian Country Conference

Topics presented include: Pre-Colonization, Common Misconceptions of Sex Trafficking, Contemporary Reality, Red Flags & Identifying Victims of Sex Trafficking, Exploring the Intersections of SA, DV and Sex Trafficking, Impact and Needs of SA Victims, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, Meeting the Needs of Sex Trafficking Victims, Healing and Justice for Victim/Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Importance of Developing and Providing a Collaborative Community. Presenters: Dr. Alexandra Pierce and Bonnie Clairmont. 9 am to 5 pm. Red Lake 7Clans Casino & Event Center, 10200 Hwy. 89, Red Lake, MN.

Oct. 14

Birchbark Books Readings Series

Reading will be Eric McKendry, Cheryl K. Minnema, and Thomas R. Smith. Cheryl K. Minnema is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Cheryl grew up on the Mille Lacs Reservation and is a graduate of Nay Ah Shing Tribal School. Cheryl is the author of the children’s picture book, “Hungry Johnny” and is currently working additional Johnny stories for a series of books. Eric McKendry is a poet and carpenter from Crystal, Minnesota. Thomas R. Smith is the author of six full-length books of poems: Keeping the Star (1988), Horse of Earth (1994), The Dark Indigo Current (2000), Waking Before Dawn (2006), The Foot of the Rainbow (2010), and The Glory (2015). The reading will be at the Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st Street (a couple doors down from Birchbark Books), Minneapolis.

Oct. 14

Mobile Mammography Day

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Mobile Unit visits NACC every quarter to provide free mammograms. Mammograms screen women for signs of breast cancer and are recommended for women 40 years of age and older. Women with a family history of breast cancer should start at age 35. Activities include: Breast & Cervical Cancer Education, Colon Cancer Education, Screening Incentives. Reserve your appointment today, call Sarah at 612-872-8086, ext. 1023 to reserve your 20 minute appointment. If you have insurance, please bring your card with you. If you do not have insurance, 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.

Oct. 15

Indian Child Welfare Education Day

Co-Sponsored by WMCL Indian Law Center. Registration begins 8:00 a.m. Programing begins 8:30 a.m. Please join us as we share the strengths and wisdom within our community. CEU’s will be provided. There is no cost to attend this event – Lunch is provided For information, contact: Sandy White Hawk at sandywhitehawk@gmail.com or 651-442-4872. William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN.

Oct. 15

Linda LeGarde Grover

Community talk by the award-winning author and member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe, Prof. Linda LeGarde Grover. Event is free. The event is cosponsored by the English Department, the American Studies Department, and the Department for Multicultural Life. 5:30 pm at Old Main 4th floor lounge, Macalester College campus, St. Paul, MN.

Oct. 16

Ties that Blind: Race and the Criminal Justice System

A conference for members of the legal system, religious leaders and justice advocates addresses Minnesota’s high rate of racial disparity involving arrests, incarceration and re-incarceration of people of color. “Ties that Blind: Race and the Criminal Justice System” convenes in a co-presentation of the Council on Religion and Law (CORAL) and the Black Church Leadership Program at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (United). The half-day conference (8:00 AM – 1:00 PM) features a plenary address by University of St. Thomas law professor Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds. Rev. Alan Bean of Tulia, Tex., founder of Friends of Justice, is the closing speaker. United’s campus, 3000 Fifth Street NW in New Brighton, MN. Fo info and registration see: www.unitedseminary.edu/tiesthatblind, or contact conference director Brian Braskich at 651.255.6170. The fee is $20, general, and $150 for CLE (applied for).

Oct. 17

The Dakota Experience

The community is invited to an informal and informative gathering to experience the Dakota people’s food, culture, and spirituality. The Dakota people were the original occupants of this land, but their stories are little known. This event is an opportunity to experience some of their history and rich traditions. It will include: Native American storytelling, a traditional drum group, a teepee and campfire, horses (and lessons about Dakota horse traditions), the Tatanka Food Truck selling pre-colonial foods, an eagle from the Raptor Center with discussion of the significance of eagles in Native American spirituality, a display exploring Native American myths and stereotypes in public art, a screening of the film Dakota 38, and more. 4-8  p.m. Free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by Grace Lutheran Church, Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN)/Healing Minnesota Stories and World Without Genocide. On the grounds of Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley, 7800 West Country Road 42 (just west of Cedar Avenue).

Oct. 17, 20, 29

Financial Skills for Families

Free to public. Native American-based curriculum on money management, budgeting to create savings, credit and your credit report. Hosted by Northwest Indian OIC, 520-4th St. NW, Bemidji, MN.

• Oct. 17: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

• Oct. 20: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

• Oct. 29: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Oct. 18

No Honor In Racism Rally

The National Coalition Against Racism In Sports and Media and the AIM Interpretive Center  will hold a No Honor In Racism Rally on Sunday October 18th starting at 9 AM at Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota Campus. The rally is marching against all Indigenous mascots and to raise awareness of the damage and harm racial stereotypes can cause to people of all cultures. They will be marching to TCF Bank Stadium at 10 am, before the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Football Team game. For more info, see: www.facebook.com/events/409365399256603.

Oct. 21

Augsburg Native Film Series

Augsburg Native Film Series presents “First Light: Sisters of Sunrise” hosted by filmmaker Missy Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo) and including selected work Indigenous women filmmakers and animators. Reception from 6:15 to 6:45. Screening begins at 7:00, discussion with filmmakers follows. This event is free to the public. Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South, St. Paul. For more info, see: www.augsburg.edu/filmseries/2015/09/16/first-light-sisters-of-sunrise/

Oct. 23 (deadline)

Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship

The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship is now open for applications. The Immersion Fellowship is for artists of color and Indigenous artists and provides writers financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement community learning and enrichment plans.  Winners will be selected to receive grants of $7,500 to underwrite projects of their own design. At least one winner will be a Minnesota resident. Four winners will be selected. The application deadline is October 23rd. For more information and application, see: www.loft.org/programs__awards/grants__awards/spoken_word_grant. 

Oct. 26 – 29

Third Annual Native Food Sovereignty Summit

The Third Annual Food Sovereignty Summit will take place in  Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The Pre-Conference Experiential Learning Training Sessions are Oneida Commercial Farm, Tsyunhehkwa Organic Farm, Oneida Orchard/Cannery, Environmental Restoration/Where the Birds Nest, and Indigenous Peoples and Nations Consultation on Climate Change: Defending Our Rights and Food Sovereignty on the Road to Paris and Beyond. The Green Bay Food Sovereignty Summit also features Regional Roundtables, an Optional Tour at the end of the conference and the three main session tracks of Applied Agriculture, Community Outreach, and Products to Market. Native American communities come together to learn from one another in order to promote Native health, wellness and food sovereignty. Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers and other practitioners from around the U.S. will share information, program models and tools to meet growing and marketing challenges, as well as provide inspiration, mentoring and networking opportunities. Register at www.firstnations.org/summit.

Oct. 28 (Deadline)

Nature Conservancy Seeks Proposals for School Gardens

The Nature Conservancy is working to promote environmental education through the creation of Nature Works Everywhere gardens. The core principle behind the program is that gardens model conservation science on a relatable scale. The program empowers students and teachers to work together to create and implement their own solutions to environmental challenges in their communities. To that end, grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to support the building, amendment, or revitalization of gardens on school campuses, with preference given to rain, pollinator, native habitat, and other natural infrastructure projects. Food gardens will also be funded. To be eligible, a school must be public or charter. Schools can be elementary, middle, or high schools. See the website for guidelines and application: http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/rfps/rfp5968-nature-conservancy-seeks-proposals-for-school-gardens.

October 29

An Evening with Martín Prechtel


leading thinker, writer, and native teacher in the search for the

indigenous soul in all people, Martín Prechtel is a dedicated student of

eloquence, history, and language with ever-evolving and fresh

approaches to these ancient arts.  Martin grew up on a Pueblo

reservation in his youth wandering through Mexico and Guatemala where he

was eventually trained in the Tzutujil Mayan shamanic tradition. 

Martin will discuss his new book Smell of Rain on Dust and share differences in how many native traditions deal with the twins of grief and praise.  October 29, 7pm, Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN.  Free admission.

Oct. 30

Celebrate 6 Years of New Native Theatre

Celebrate 6 Years of New Native Theatre with a Comedy and Musical Review of NNT’s Past Plays and Events. Celebrate their new non-profit status as they review the last six years of producing plays and events in the Twin Cities Native community. Featuring excerpts from The Dreaming Bundle (2010), 2012: The Musical! (2012), Native-Somali Friendship Play (2013), and Native Man the Musical (2015) among others. Plus get a look into the future of New Native Theatre. The night will end with a concert by Scatter Their Own! 7:30 pm. Suggested fundraiser ticket price $20. No one turned away. For more info, see: www.newnativetheatre.org, or email: info@newnativetheatre.org. Bedlam Lowertown, 213 4th Street East, Saint Paul, MN.

Nov. 3

Reception to Kick Off Why Treaties Matter Outreach

Minnesota American Indian Bar Association will be co-hosting an event with the United States District Court, District of Minnesota and Federal Bar Association-MN focusing on Indian treaty rights. As part of the event, the Why Treaties Matter Exhibit will be on display at the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis for two weeks in November.  A reception will be held on November 3 in the atrium of the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis for the outreach event. The Honorable Diane Humetewa (Hopi), the first Native American women appointed to an Article III Judgeship and the first enrolled tribal member to serve as a United States District Court Judge will be providing the keynote address at the kickoff reception. 4:30-7:00 pm. U.S. Courthouse, Minneapolis, 300 South Fourth St., Minneapolis, MN.

Nov. 4 – 6

MIWRC Intro to Motivational Interviewing

This 3-day training, titled Motivational Interviewing (MI), is an Evidence-Based Practice that holds a key to unlocking our clients’ own unique intrinsic motivations to make significant changes in their lives. Much of our focus will be on meaningful connections and uses of MI in a way that appreciates and supports the Native cultural value system. We will examine the basic concepts and uses of MI, practice using MI tools, and learn the steps in mastery of this valuable tool for our counseling toolboxes. Presenters: Betty Poitra and Jane Nakken, Ed. D. Nov. 4 and 5: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Nov. 6: 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. $175.00 for the 3-day training. Registration information, contact Jo Lightfeather at 612-728-2031 or: jlightfeather@miwrc.org. MIWRC, 2300 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN.

Nov.  4 – 6

MN Indian Education Association Conference

The 2015 Minnesota Indian Education Association Conference will be held at the Shooting Star Event Center in Mahnomen, MN. Registration is now open. Early Bird deadline: October 22. Visit our website where you can: View the tentative agenda, Register to attend the conference, Register as a vendor, exhibitor, or advertiser, Register a Quiz Bowl Team, Nominate an individual for an MIEA Outstanding Award or Scholarship, Nominate 2016 MIEA Board Members, and more. Call for Workshop Proposals: Now accepting proposals for the 2015 Conference Workshops. Visit the Workshop Presenters page of our website for more info. This year, the MIEA Conference will include a full day of youth activities on November 5. Youth activities will take place at the Circle of Life Academy and will include games, traditional activities, lunch, feast, powwow and more. Shuttle transportation will be provided from Shooting Star to the Circle of Life Academy. Youth Day will be FREE to participate (does not include the MIEA Conference Fee). For more info, see: www.minnesotaindianeducation.org.

Nov. 7

Gathering for Our Children & Returning Adoptees Powwow

MC – Jerry Dearly. Arena Directors- Windy Downwind and Kirk Crowshoe. Host Drum – Oyate Techa. 11:00-1:00 pm: Adoptees/formerly fostered individuals and birth relatives are invited to gather in the auditorium for a meet and visit with other adoptees.1:00 pm: Grand Entry, Wablenica Ceremony. The Wablenica Song (Orphan Song). A ceremony will be offered to heal the grief caused by separation from family and heritage. 5:30 pm: Feast 6-7:00 pm: Celebration of Life Dance for our youth. 7:00 pm: Grand Entry, Honor Song. Honor Song for foster and adoptive parents. Vendors contact Tina Knafla at 612-348-9662. Contacts: Sandra White Hawk, First Nations Repatriation Institute, 651-442-4872 or sandywhitehawk@ gmail.com. Jacque Wilson, Bois Forte Urban Office, 612-747-5247, urbanoffice@boisforte-nsn.gov. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. 

Nov. 18 – 20

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Training

Native American Curriculum or Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Programs in Minnesota: The primary intent of this substance abuse-related curriculum is to provide an educational experience primarily for prevention specialists and substance abuse staff of state licensed programs in Minnesota. The curriculum is also relevant for health, mental health and social work staff members, and other service providers working with Native Americans. Curriculum topics include: Cultural and spiritual values (Pre-European contact), Government policies, treaties and federal laws, Prejudicial and discrimination issues, Cultural orientations, Traditional family relationships, Introduction to spiritual ceremonies, History of alcohol and drug abuse, Multiple addictions and diseases, Counseling strategies & culturally and spiritually related assessment instruments. Attendance at full training is 22 CEU’s. 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (will end early if possible). Registration is required as there is a capacity limit for this training & Manuals will be ordered. Cost: $120.00 (includes materials and copy of curriculum). Cambria Hotel & Suites, 9655 Grove Circle North, Maple Grove, MN.