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Indian Month Kick Off
Come celebrate community and the start of MN American Indian Month at the 2013 MN American Indian Month Kickoff Parade and Celebration. Beginning at 9:30 am at Cedar Field‚ Little Earth of United Tribes, Minneapolis, MN. Please join us for the Parade of Nations and show your pride wearing regalia, ribbon shirts and shawls. Community-based organizations and groups are encouraged to carry banners, puppets, etc. and walk in the parade from Little Earth of United Tribes to the Minneapolis American Indian Center. All organizations, groups, eagle staff carrier and honor guards interested in participating or creating a float for the parade, contact Daniel Yang 612-235-4969 or:
for further details and registration (no fee).
May thru June
SMSC Mobile Unit
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) helps local organizations and Minnesota tribal communities through its mobile medical clinic, the SMSC Mobile Unit which provides health screenings, mammograms, vision and dental services, and other prevention and education services. Anyone wishing to schedule a mammogram or dental appointment may contact the deployment site or tribal health clinic directly. To request on-site services from the SMSC Mobile Unit, contact Mobile Unit Coordinator Christine Michael at 952-233-2964 or visit: www.mdfire.org and click”Mobile Unit” to find a request form. The spring schedule is below:
• May 1: Neighborhood Healthsource Clinic, 2610 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis (mammography)
• May 2: Public Library, Savage
• May 7-9: Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (dental and diabetes)
• May 16: Russian Church, Shakopee
• May 21-22: Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (mammography)
• June 1: American Diabetes Association, Tour de Cure, Minneapolis (medical command support, tentative)
• June 2: Minneapolis Marathon, Minneapolis (medical command support, tentative).
May 3 (deadline)
2014 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowships
American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowships before May 3. This unique national fellowship honors excellence by Native artists in six disciplines: dance, filmmaking, literature, music, traditional arts and visual arts. Ranging from $10,000 to $20,000, the fellowships awarded. Artists who are members of federally and state-recognized U.S. tribes, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities can apply. May 3 is the deadline. For info, see:?http://nacf.us/2014-fellowships. For questions and technical support, contact Program Director Reuben Roque at: 360-314-2421 or
Powwow For Hope
Powwow For Hope is a fundraiser for the American Indian Cancer Foundation. All money raised will be used to support cancer education and supportive services for American Indian communities. MC: Murphy Thomas. Co-MC: David Larsen. Arena Director: Kirk Crow Shoe. Drum Groups: Ringing Shield, White Earth Boys, Eyabay, Ain Dah Yung Center Singers, Bear Medicine Singers, Stonebridge Drum. Head Dancers: Kristy Montry, Robert Desjarlait. Powwow. 11 am - 9 pm. YWCA - Midtown, 2121 East Lake St., Minneapolis. For more information, email:
or call 612-564-5060.
Remembering and Honoring our Dakota Grandmothers
On May 4th, 1863 the 1300 surviving women, children and elders at the Fort Snelling concentration camp were forcibly removed on cattle boat steamers to Fort Thompson (Crow Creek), S. D. At the time of imprisonment, on November 13th 1862, the Dakota numbered 1700. There will be a program and ceremony to "Remember and Honor our Dakota Grandmothers" at the concentration camp site in Fort Snelling State Park beginning at 12:30 pm. Program: Dr. Chris Mato Nunpa, Larry Long, Jim Anderson, Dr. Waziyatawin, and others. Commemorative Ceremony: Phyllis RedDay. A simple meal of soup, bread, and water will be served following the ceremony. Everyone is invited to participate. No photography during the ceremony. Bring your own chairs.Sponsored by the Oceti Sakowin Omniciye; and, the Mendota Mdewakanton Community. FMI: 320-981-0206.
Al Hunter and Friends
The Birchbark Books Reading Series presents Al Hunter and friends. Al Hunter is an Anishinaabe writer from Rainy River First Nations, Manitou Rapids, Ontario.His poetry has been widely published and anthologized. Beautiful Razor is his most recent book of poetry published in 2012. Al is a spoken work performer and the author of three books of poetry including Spirit Horses and The Recklessness of Love. Local poets Marcie Rendon and Heid Erdrich will also read from Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas. Held at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, 2020 West Lake of the Isles Parkway Minneapolis, MN. 7:00 p.m. For more info call Birchbark Books at 612-374-4023 or see: http://birchbarkbooks.com.
An Evening with Louise Erdrich
The Friends of the Libraries present An Evening with Louise Erdrich. Erdrich is the author of fourteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, short stories, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel Love Medicine won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse was a finalist for the National Book Award. The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Most recently, The Round House won the 2012 National Book Award for fiction. 5:30 p.m. - Awards Presentation and Reception. 6:15 p.m. - Dinner and meeting. 8:00 p.m. - Presentation by Louise Erdrich. Author signing will follow with books available for sale. $48 - members of the Friends of the University Libraries. $58 - General Public. McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. SE, Mpls.
I’m Not Your Indian
Opening and reception of “Your Indian Anymore” The American Indian Movement presents its first photographic art exhibit, featuring photographs by Roger Woo and Dick Bancroft. Also included are historic objects and documents from AIM's history. Exhibit runs May 10 to June 30. Reception from 6 pm to 10 pm. Traditional Native foods served. Free. Dick Bancroft/Laura Waterman Wittstock book signing: We Are Still Here: A Photographic History of AIM on May 25 and June 1. Lectures on AIM history will be held June 8, June 15, June 22, and June 29. Call Susan Bellecourt for more info 612-886-2107. Exhibit is at All My Relations Art Gallery, 1414 East Franklin Avenue, Mpls.
NACC Open House
Come and join us in celebrating American Indian Month. There will be games, music, food and fun. Refreshments served at 3 pm. Door prizes will be offered. 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm. NACC, 1213 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-872-8086
Circle of Life Open House
The Circle of Life Home Care will hold an open house from 10 am to 3 pm. Everyone is invited to attend and meet the staff, eat free food, and win door prizes, with a chance to win $25 grand-door prizes. For more info, call 612-871-2474. Circle of Life Anishinabe Home Care, 1433 E. Franklin Ave, Suite 7C, Minneapolis.
MIWRC will hold and Indian Month Open House on Friday, May 17 from 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Staff available to answer questions and share highlights. Make and take home your own “green” household products. Door prizes and free lunch (hot dogs, chips and lemonade.) MIWRC, 2300 15th Ave S, Mpls. FMI, call 612-728-2000.
ADY Open House Celebration
Join us as we present and honor our history, celebrate with traditional food and song. find out who our “Ally of the Year‚“ is and win lots of great door prizes. Ain Dah Yung Center’s 30th Anniversary celebration will take place from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at 1089 Portland Ave, St. Paul, MN. FMI, call 651-227-4184 or see: www.adycenter.org.
IHB Indian Month Event
IHB’s 6th Annual Indian Month Event “Wellness is a Way of Life.” Buffalo Burgers and delicious healthy food provided by our staff; Free T-shirts (while they last); Health Education and Screenings; Raffle (2:30 pm) to win bikes and other prizes (must be present to win); Community Walk immediately following the event. From 12:30 to 3 pm. At the Indian Health Board, 1315 East 24th St., Minneapolis. FMI, call Krista at 612-721-9843.
2012: The Musical!
New Native Theatre presents “2012: The Musical!” A one-night-only concert reading and fundraiser. Red carpet, silent auction, and post-show party. All tickets $18 in advance, $25 at the door. Southern Theatre, 1420 Washington Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN. Purchase tickets online at www.ticket-e-split.com or over the phone at 612-367-7639. For more info, see: www.newnativetheatre.org or email:
Applications Available for SMSC Scholarship at U of M
Applications available for Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Endowed Scholarship at the U of MN for 2013-2014 academic year. SMSC scholarship program supports incoming U of MN freshmen and transfer students with financial need. May also be awarded to qualified, newly admitted graduate and professional students in specific disciplines. Criteria: Admission to one of the U of MN's five campuses (Twin Cities, Crookston, Duluth, Morris, or Rochester) as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student; Enrollment in a federally recognized tribe or students who qualify under the Indian Education Act; A focus in medicine, dentistry/health, public health, engineering, business administration/accounting, math, science, technology, public policy, government administration, education or law. For more info, visit www.shakopeedakota.org/scholarships.html or e-mail Rickey Hall at
Applications postmarked on or before Aug. 1.