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August 2017 Calendar
Tuesday, August 08 2017
 
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Aug. 1 -  24
Ginew/Golden Eagle Summer Youth Program

After school/summer culturally specific youth program for ages 5-18, offering tutoring, recreational activities, arts and crafts, field trips and much more. Free. Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm (except Tuesdays until 5:30 pm). Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact Julie at 612-879-1708 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or see: www.maicnet.org .

Aug. 1 - Sept. 17
Missouri River Water Walk

On August 1st, we will begin to walk the longest tributary of the Mississippi River. Beginning at the headwaters of the Missouri River in Montana, we will carry the water the entire length of the river to St. Louis. The walk will take us through many homelands of the First People of Turtle Island including Rocky Boy, Fort Belknap, Fort Peck, Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Pine Ridge, Santee, and Omaha. Throughout our walk we listen to the people who live along the river. We will carry these stories downstream. When the walk reaches Sioux City, Iowa we hope to travel down the river by peddling a floating lodge. By the end of our journey our floating lodge will be covered in art made through community conversations. Everyone is invited to walk with us for any length of time during the first 48 days of this walk (until we reach Sioux City). Please read more about nibi walks and the walker protocols at: Nibiwalk.org.  Every step is a prayer for healing of our waterways, our land and our the air we breathe. For info, contact Sharon Day at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-721-0253.  

Aug. 7
Career Fair

Free career fair will connect job-seekers with recruiting employers. Job-seekers can connect with actively-recruiting companies at a career fair sponsored by the Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center. The event is free and open to the public. 9 am - 2 pm. Job-seekers are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes. All participating businesses are aiming to fill multiple openings. This location is served by several bus routes, see: www.metrotransit.org or or call 612-373-3333 for more bus details. Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central, second floor, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. For fair info, see: www.hennepin.us/employmentservices .

Aug. 9-11  
2017 Great Lakes Native American Conference

The conference will benefit: victim service providers, schools, law enforcement, tribal leaders, court personnel, medical professionals, prosecutors, judges, clergy, human services. Speakers include: Dr. Christopher Wilson, licensed psychologist; Dianne Barker-Harrold, licensed attorney; Christine Stark, an award-winning writer, visual artist, national and international speaker; Ronald Kingbird, Tribal Behavioral Health Technician on the Red Lake Indian Reservation; Patrick Shannon, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Chief Judge; Leslie Hagen, Department of Justice's first National Indian Country Training Coordinator. There is no registration fee for this conference. Attendees are responsible for their own hotel and travel arrangements. The conference will be held at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. A block of rooms is held for a conference rate of $91. Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, MN. For hotel info, see: www.mysticlake.com or call 1-800-262-7799. For more conference info or to register, see: www.glnac.org/register .

Aug. 10, 11 & 15
Lacrosse Training Day Camps Mpls

All Nations Lacrosse Training Day Camps and Lacrosse Scoring Clinic, featuring Tehoka Nanticote, Aron Lipkin, and Dan Ninham. Sessions include midfielder and attack offensive skills training and game play special situations. Each daily session costs $60 per athlete up to the pre-registration deadline or session limit; if there is a spot open after the pre-registration deadline, the late daily session cost is $75. Pre-registration deadline is August 8 and each session is limited to 30 participants, with a 10:1 player to instructor ratio. Pre-registration procedures - Text 218-368-6430 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it the participant’s name, cell number and email address, age, session date, and parent’s name, cell number and email address, to hold a spot. Dan Ninham will wait three days for the check payable to ASAP. Mail checks to Dan Ninham, PO Box 351, Bemidji, MN, 56619. Pre-registrants will be notified if they are on board or not. East Phillips Turf Field, 2399 S. 17th Ave., Minneapolis. For more info, contact Dan Ninham at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
• Aug. 12-14: Lacrosse Training Day Camps in De Pere, WI. De Pere Sports Emporium, 1856 Nimitz Drive, De Pere, WI.

Aug. 11
Reconciling History: Views on Two Minnesota Paintings

Two paintings that once hung in the Governor’s Reception Room, “Father Hennepin Discovering the Falls of St. Anthony” and “The Treaty of Traverse des Sioux,” are moving to newly created exhibit space on the third floor of the renovated Capitol where expanded interpretation can be provided. The new exhibit “Reconciling History: Views on Two Minnesota Paintings,” opening Aug. 11, 2017, focuses on multiple perspectives on the paintings and on their history, meaning and context within the Capitol. Visitors will be able to see the paintings up close and explore interpretive panels that feature biographical information about the artists, a description of each artwork, and multiple current perspectives on the pieces. The exhibit was developed by conducting video interviews with historians, art experts, Ojibwe and Dakota community members and descendants of European Americans who settled in Minnesota. Excerpts from the interviews are featured in the exhibit, and the video interviews will be accessible online at www.mnhs.org/capitol beginning in August. For info, contact: Lauren Peck at 651-259-3137,  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Jessica Kohen at 651-259-3148,  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aug. 11-13
Minnesota State Capitol grand opening celebration

Celebrate the grand opening of newly renovated State Capitol. Three full days of events, activities, and entertainment for all ages. Kid Zone: Join the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota Children's Museum, Minnesota Zoo, the Minnesota Historical Society, and librarians from across the state in fun and family-friendly events! Every day from 11 am to 4 pm. There will be engaging indoor and outdoor activities for kids to enjoy.  Entertainment: Diverse music and dance performances throughout the weekend with groups of singers and dancers performing a variety of styles celebrating Minnesota’s vibrant culture. Musical performances are at the outdoor stage throughout each day. End the day with a Prince Dance Party. Fireworks at night. Yoga and breakfast on the Capitol Lawn each morning. Tours: Guides from the Minnesota Historical Society and a host of Capitol tenant volunteers will lead tours of the Minnesota State Capitol building. Tours will include special behind-the-scenes looks at restored spaces including the Loggia and Quadriga, Governor’s Office, the House and Senate Retiring Rooms, and the private Supreme Court Conference Room. Tours run all day, beginning every 30 minutes from the Information Desk. Dusk each day will feature a special viewing, raising, and lighting of the Rotunda Chandelier. Take free Metro Transit rides on Saturday and Sunday to the Capitol. State-owned Capitol area parking lots are accessible for free on Saturday and Sunday. Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St Paul, MN. For a daily schedule of events, see: https://mn.gov/admin/capitol-grand-opening/schedule .
• Aug.13: Hotdish Panel - Dr. Brenda Child will lecture on the Minnesota Native American Experience. State Capitol (Room G-15).

Aug. 14 - 15
Nation Building Celebration

The First Annual Nation Building Celebration will highlight innovative examples of cross-sector and cross-government collaborations by Native nations in the region. Tribes are moving beyond gaming-related lobbying efforts to initiatives that address mental and physical health, food sovereignty, clean energy, and social hurdles that prevent Tribal citizens from reaching their full potential. Tribes are creating a wide variety of partnerships—with other Native nations, nonprofit organizations, and local/state/federal governments — that allow them to rebuild their political systems, reclaim their identities, and assert their rights in order to more effectively exercise their sovereignty and improve the lives of Tribal citizens. The conference will conclude with an interactive session where participants can discuss opportunities for collaboration within their own communities. Hours: Monday 8 am to Tuesday noon. To register for the conference, see: nativegov.org/ events. For info, contact Lisa Giefer at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-571-0826. JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America, 2141 Lindau Lane, Bloomington, MN.

Aug. 16
Smoking Cessation Support Group

Quitting is hard, you shouldn’t have to do it alone. Smokers or former smokers (+18 years old) interested in smoking cessation support are invited to join the support group starting August 16th, thru October 4th. Wednesdays from 2-3 pm for 8 weeks. Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Minneapolis. (Third floor, Assembly Room 1.) To register, contact Andre Peri at 612-721-9826. For questions call Indi Lawrence at 612-721-9803.

Aug. 17
Book Signing: A Bag Worth a Pony - Mpls

“A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag” by Marcia G. Anderson is celebration, illumination, and study of the spectacular beaded bags made by the Ojibwe of Minnesota. Bandolier bags, or gashkibidaaganag—the large, heavily beaded shoulder bags made and worn by several North American Indian tribes around the Great Lakes—are prized cultural icons here and around the world. From the 1870s to the present day, Ojibwe bead artists of Minnesota have been especially well known for their lively, creative designs. In A Bag Worth a Pony, Marcia G. Anderson shares the results of thirty years of study, in which she learned from the talented bead artists who keep the form alive, from historical records, and from the bags themselves. Anderson examines the history, forms, structure, and motifs of the bags, giving readers the tools to understand a bag’s makeup and meaning. She also offers a tour of Minnesota’s seven Ojibwe reservations, showing the beautiful beaded bags associated with each along with the personal insights of seven master beadworkers. Anderson was curator of the Minnesota Historical Society's museum collections for 30 years. Book Talks and Signing will take place at 7 pm. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. For more info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aug. 18
The Mystery Crew Band

Classic Rock & Blues Rock band The Mystery Crew will be playing an outdoor concert at the Four Sisters Farmers Market on Franklin Avenue from 3 to 6 pm. 1414 Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. For more info, contact Ken Danielson at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-283-6595.

Aug. 19-23
IHB Back to School

Get ready to go back to school with well-child exams, sports physicals, and dental exams. Snacks, face paintings (Aug. 19th only) and free school supplies. Space is limited, so call to register. Must attend appointment to receive free supplies. Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-721-9800.

Aug. 20
Book Signing: A Bag
Worth a Pony - Onamia

“A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag” by Marcia G. Anderson is celebration, illumination, and study of the spectacular beaded bags made by the Ojibwe of Minnesota. (See Aug.17 event listing for details.) Book Talks and Signing will take place 11 am to noon. Mille Lacs Indian Museum, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For more info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aug. 21
Third Annual Board Recruitment Fair  

Board Repair connects people of color throughout the region with opportunities to lead nonprofit organizations through board service. This independent network organized by and for indigenous/people of color will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Courtyard Marriott, 1500 S Washington Ave., Minneapolis. Directions to parking ramp: The parking ramp is connected to the Riverplace Building. From the ramp, enter the building and take the elevator to the Second Floor. Exit the elevator, turn and walk right and then turn right again toward the One Main Building. Follow the signs. When you reach the One Main Lobby area, continue down the hallway to the elevators. Take the elevator to the sixth floor. For info, see: https://tcboardrepair.org/event/2017-board-recruitment-fair. Direct link to registration for POCI: www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCBoard2017-IND .

Aug. 22
Foster Care and Adoption Info Meeting

Learn more about the ways you can help children though foster care or adoption. No registration needed. 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Free. Hennepin County Library – North Regional, 1315 Lowry Ave. N., Minneapolis. For info, see: www.hennepin.us/fostercare or call 612-348-5437.

Aug. 23
Mobile Mammogram Day

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Mobel Unit will be on site for mammogram screenings. Women over 40, and those who have a family history of breast cancer should get screened. If you have insurance, bring your card. If you don’t have insurance, call before your appointment to sign up for the Sage Free Mammogram Program. Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Avenue, Mpls. For info, call 612-843-5924.

Aug. 23 - 27
Nat’l Native American Ten Minute Play Festival

New Native Theatre presents the second annual National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival at Gremlin Theatre, 550 Vandalia St., Saint Paul. Tickets Pay-As-Able at the door. Advance suggested ticket price is $25 available online at NNTTenMinPlay2017.brownpapertickets.com. For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-367-7639. Or see: www.newnativetheatre.org
• Aug. 23: 7:30 pm
• Aug. 24: 7:30 pm
• Aug. 25: 7:30 pm
• Aug. 26: 7:30 pm, plus a 9:30 pm concert headlined by singer/songwriter Annie Humphrey.
• Aug. 27: 2 pm, at Minneapolis American Indian Center outdoor amphitheater, during the Open Streets Franklin Avenue, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis.

Aug. 24-26
Indian Horse Relay Racing & Indian Market

Indian Relay racing will take place in between live horse racing. Indian Horse Relay is America’s first sport. Its history dates back over 400 years when the horse returned to the continent and became part of the culture of the Indian nations and plains. Each team consists of three horses and four warriors. Riders in full regalia will race bareback on the track and exchange horses at top speeds in front of the grandstand. The horse was an important part of the Native American culture, spiritually and way of life. On many reservations this connection continues today through Relay. Begins at 6:30 pm all three days. INDIAN MARKET: A unique variety of Native American arts and crafts will be on display and for sale in the Expo Center. 3 pm to 10 pm all 3 days. Canterbury Downs, 1100 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee, MN. For more info, see:  www.canterburypark.com/racing-promotions/indian-horse-relay-and-market .

Aug. 24 - Sept. 4
Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting more than 1.9 million visitors annually. Showcasing Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art and industry, the Great Minnesota Get-Together is always 12 days of fun ending on Labor Day. For more info, see: mnstatefair.org.
• Aug. 30-31: Native Pride Dancers are an internationally known high-energy dance troupe featuring an innovative blend of modern and traditional Native American dance styles. 3:15 pm, 4:30 pm, and 5:45 pm.

Aug. 25
Leech Lake Annual Picnic

Leech Lake members, spend time with the Leech Lake community and enjoy refreshments, food, entertainment and giveaways. 4-7pm. Veteran’s Memorial Park, 6400 Portland Ave., Richfield, MN. For more info, contact Shannon Nordby at 612-229-1986 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aug. 27
Open Streets  

NACDI and All My Relations have dedicated funds for the American Indian Cultural Corridor during the Open Streets. Any Native artist, performer, musician, or creative person can participate. Just meet the following criteria: Native-identified person or group; Provide a creative and interactive project for the public; Be available August 27th for the entire duration of Open Streets, 11 am - 5 pm; Be willing to present the project at Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration. For more info, email or call: Tyler Payer at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 612-235-4968. Or see: https://tinyurl.com/nativeartistsopenstreets

Aug. 27
Calling Native filmmakers (deadline)

One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival is accepting short film submissions for a Spokane, WA, festival screening. American Indian and Alaska Native filmmakers are invited to submit their short films for screening during the One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival, on Sept. 8 and 9, at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, WA. The 2017 festival will feature screenings of feature-length and short Native films, Native art, and more, as it celebrates the vibrant, innovative, and diverse world of contemporary Native arts. A key goal of the festival is promote emerging Native artists. Films must be 15 minutes in length or shorter. Submissions are due Aug. 27 and may be made online at www.oneheartfestival.org/submission/call-for-filmsfestival.org .

Aug. 29- Sept. 1
American Indian Mental Health Conference 2017

The American Indian Mental Health Conference will center on the continuing need for helpers to bring compassion into the healing process. Traditional cultural speakers will help us gain a greater understanding about how we can be more sensitive to culture in our work with people. There will also be speakers on the evidence-based practices of EMDR, and Brain Spotting, among other topics. A special dinner event will honor young leaders in the community to influence positive community connections. Begins Aug 29 at 5:30 pm and ends Sept. 1 at 11:30 am. Call Black Bear Casino to reserve your room at 1-888-771-0777. Cost of conference is $125. Payment can be made at the event or by purchase order written out to Fond du Lac Human Services. Mailing address: Fond du Lac Human Services, 927 Trettel Lane, Cloquet, MN 55720. Black Bear Casino Resort, 1785 Minnesota 210, Carlton, MN. For more info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call  218-878-3756.

Sept. 6 (deadline)
AIFEP Grants

The Tiwahe Foundation is accepting applications for the American Indian Family Empowerment Program. Grants range from $500 to $2,500. To be eligible to apply an applicant must be: 18 years of age; A member of a federally recognized tribe or prove tribal lineage; And a resident of the seven-county area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Scott, Ramsey & Washington counties only). Applicants who have been funded within the past 3 years will not be considered. AIFEP funds  Cultural Preservation, Educational Achievement, and Economic Self-Sufficiency. The deadline is Sept. 6th. To submit an application electronically, go to: https://tiwahefoundation.submittable.com/submit . For info, contact Deanna StandingCloud at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-722-0587.

Brittany Renae Olson
Tuesday, August 08 2017
 
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Brittany Renae Olson

July 3, 1991 – June 30, 2017

olsonobit.jpgBrittany Renae Olson, WANKATIYA OKINYAN WINYAN, meaning Soars High Above Them Woman, age 25 of Redwood Falls passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Memorial services were held at St. Cornelia’s Guild Hall at the Lower Sioux.
Brittany Renae Olson was born July 3, 1991 in Bemidji, MN to Daniel Olson Sr. and Dodie (Day) Olson. Brittany was full of life and laughter. She loved her family and always had a smile for you. Brittany was a Jingle Dress Dancer, and liked to do Sudoku puzzles. She also liked to pick on her brother Dan and snitch on her sister.
Brittany is survived by her mother Delores Olson of Redwood Falls; children: Talia, Travis and Gabriella of Redwood Falls; brothers Dan Olson of Redwood Falls and Doug Beaulieau of Red Lake; sisters: Alexandria Olson and Kayla Olson both of Black River Falls, WI and Brooke Olson of LaCrosse, WI; and many aunties, uncles and relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her father Daniel Olson Sr, stepdad Jack Lussier, grandparents: Cindi Monroe, Dwaine Olson Sr. & Beverly Olson, uncle Curtis Day Monroe and aunt Tanya Keezer.
Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.  Stephens Funeral Service - Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls assisted the family with arrangements.


August It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Tuesday, August 08 2017
 
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There is some Milkweed in my front window in the yard and since the biggest ones have bloomed it’s been a daily show of gloriousness! Butterflies, bees, ants and hummingbirds have been visiting every day and I get to witness their beauty. They have given me hope when I was sure everything was going to H-E-double hockey sticks. I admit I get so depressed reading the news online and that I just can’t stop…yet. My herd of cats are also fascinated with the activity outside, and they scare the hummingbirds and the other critters off even though they are separated by a screen.

That’s when I call them the fuzzy little monsters they are. For the record all my cats are indoor critters because they had been bringing me presents like dragonflies, grasshoppers, etc. But when The RZA got a bird, that was it. Nope! No more outside for them. It’s better for all of us.

I share this visual with you because when I lived in Minneapolis, my living room window looked into an alley that had a steady parade of drunks on their trek to and from the liquor store. It wasn’t pretty, at all. I still loved living there but I didn’t know about the gorgeous wildlife and critters who are my neighbors now. When I first moved here out to Rezberry I was actually astounded to find out there are cows and horses that live down the road. Not sure what I expected but it was new to me.

As a matter of fact, when I was 3-or 4-years-old I got horses and cows mixed up and cried when I was corrected. “No! Them is horsies!” Suffice it to say fifty years later I now understand the difference. I blame my Unk’s for messing with a little girl’s mind. LOL!

Ah oh, the big city! How I miss you. I always felt like I was part of something and there was always somewhere to go and things to do. Up here I am left out as being a weird cat lady who writes stuff. So in defense, I insulate myself even more from the bizarre antics I see people up here doing – like camping and hunting and eating bleached fish. Yaaaahhhhh!!! For realz!

Oh geez. I’ve been writing about this topic on repeat and I’m sorry for that. Truth is, I would never have had my Mitzi who saved me on the worst day of my life. She’s nine years old now and is about the same age as me now, so we can age grumpily together while enjoying clean air. Take that Mpls!!!! SNIFFFFFF!!! AHHHHHH!!! Milkweed, yum!

A strange thing happened some years ago when an Elder, who is no longer here, told me on our bus ride home from work that there are “Old Ones” buried in my back yard. I KNOW!!! I was slightly creeped out by her statement, but there are things that have happened in my home and outside that startled me, but make sense now. Sure enough, there are several areas behind my home that could be graves and I know that because my former job was to help families find appropriate burial sites and I spent a lot of time in cemeteries. I know what they look and feel like.

So I have put out asema (tobacco) and other offerings for them and I get the impression that they keep me here for reasons yet unknown. Like a spiritual tractor beam, for real. What that reason is I don’t know but I do know I’m not going anywhere else permanently until I leave this physical body for good.

I’m not afraid or threatened by what comes after at all. I will, however, haunt anyone who threatens or hurts my furry family.

I watch VICELAND channel and just now a Vice Essentials piece came on, in which South Koreans seek and pay for a near-death experience! Of course, I had to watch it. If you’re interested the title is “A Good Day to Die” (I know!) It is designed to help people appreciate life. Wow.

Coincidence? I think not. I had a life, one I loved and now I have a quite different life and I’m finally ready to embrace it. I think. ;) However, I will never,  ever, ever eat lutefisk – no matter the incentive. I have standards, yanno. Sadly, our fish are already deeply contaminated.

Oh, there I go again. We live in a strange world. I can and will be writing about it from my perspective as long as I can. No, my beloved Carol J. I’m not planning on leaving just yet. I’m just waiting for that big bus from the sky to try and get me. I still got moves!

The need for organ donors affects everyone
Tuesday, August 08 2017
 
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Trinidad Flores was a leader. In the American Indian community of Little Earth in Minneapolis, Trinidad was widely known and highly respected. He played football, baseball and basketball. If there was a program in the community, Trinidad was involved. He circulated a petition to save the community’s Ojibwe language class. He was a role model, a friend, a brother.

“He was 14 years old when we found out that he had a heart condition,” says his mother, Cassandra Holmes. “And no one knew, not even the doctors.” Cassandra and her family learned that Trinidad would need a heart transplant to survive.
Trinidad’s story is unique, but the need for a lifesaving transplant is not. It could happen to anyone and it affects all communities. Right now, in Minnesota’s American Indian community there are 60 men, women, and children waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Which brings us back to Trinidad.

At just 14 years old, Trinidad told his mom that if anything happened to him, he wanted to help others through donation. When he received his driver’s license at 16, he registered to be a donor.
For two years, Trinidad was in and out of the hospital, waiting for his transplant. “None of us knew anyone that needed a heart transplant, so we started as a family to educate ourselves more and we prayed a lot as a family.” Then, a generously donated heart was a match for Trinidad.

“The day of Trinidad’s heart transplant surgery, he was the one comforting everybody. As he was going in for surgery he gave everybody the heart signal with his hands. Then he went in to get his new heart.”
Shortly after receiving his desperately needed heart transplant, Trinidad suffered a life-ending stroke. Once again, he had the opportunity to be a leader.

“I remember LifeSource coming to talk to us after my son’s passing, I remember the kindness and that they didn’t jump right in to talk about organ donation. They asked us how they could help us, be there for us, and sharing our sadness. They gently reminded us that Trinidad had wanted to be an organ donor. They gave us privacy as a family to talk about it. When you’re going through that kind of grief, you need that reminder that, he made a choice to help others.”
Cassandra protected his donation decision and Trinidad gave the precious gifts of his kidneys and liver to save the lives of two people.

“Trinidad passed away with his heart and his donor’s heart. We were sad to lose Trinidad but thankful that someone offered the opportunity for my son to live by giving up their loved one’s heart. As Native Americans, we felt like we needed to honor that person and take care of that person’s gift. So, they did Mide (Medicine) Ceremonies for both hearts out of respect to Trinidad and the person who donated their heart.”
Trinidad passed away four years ago, and looking back on the experience now Cassandra notes how important love and community are in her Native culture. “It doesn’t matter if you were born in the city or on the reservation, we’re here to help each other out and be there for each other.”

The need for organ donors affects everyone. Nationally, there are 120,000 people waiting for a lifesaving transplant and over half of those people come from communities of color. In Minnesota, American Indians make up about 2% of the state wait list, and .05% of the state’s organ donors.

Facts about donation
• Anyone can register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.
• Organ donation can preserve the circle of life for up to 75 people.
• All donors are considered heroes and are treated with respect and dignity.
• Traditional burial ceremonies are still an option after donation.
• You can help someone in your community by being a donor.

What can you do?
Get the facts, and then talk to your friends and family. Helping your community – helping all communities – begins with a conversation.

For more information and resources, contact LifeSource Community Education Liaison, Lindsey Williams at 612-800-6295 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Reconciling history: Views on two Minnesota paintings
Tuesday, August 08 2017
 
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father_hennepin.jpgTwo paintings that once hung in the Governor’s Reception Room, “Father Hennepin Discovering the Falls of St. Anthony” and “The Treaty of Traverse des Sioux,” are moving to newly created exhibit space on the third floor of the renovated Capitol where expanded interpretation can be provided.

The new exhibit “Reconciling History: Views on Two Minnesota Paintings,” opening Aug. 11, focuses on multiple perspectives on the paintings and on their history, meaning and context within the Capitol.

Visitors will be able to see the paintings up close and explore interpretive panels that feature biographical information about the artists, a description of each artwork, and multiple current perspectives on the pieces. The exhibit was developed by conducting video interviews with historians, art experts, Ojibwe and Dakota community members and descendants of European Americans who settled in Minnesota. Excerpts from the interviews are featured in the exhibit, and the video interviews will be accessible online at www.mnhs.org/capitol beginning in August.

In addition, visitors will learn about American Indians in Minnesota, including their history and contributions today, and the importance of sacred sites, ties to place, communities and identities for Minnesota’s Native peoples.

The renovation of the Minnesota State Capitol provided an opportunity to address issues relating to the Capitol’s extensive artwork – specifically, its historical significance and how it reflects all Minnesotans. Following public input, decisions were made in December 2016 to relocate these two paintings from the Governor’s Reception Room because of their inaccurate depictions of American Indians and because of their prominent placement in a room where government business is regularly conducted.

Another painting “Attack on New Ulm” was removed from display at the Capitol because it was not original to the space and represents a single painful moment in American Indian history. This fall, visitors can see Attack on New Ulm: One Painting, Many Perspectives on exhibit at the James J. Hill House art gallery, Sept. 16, 2017 through Jan. 18, 2018. The painting will be supported by additional historical context and multiple interpretations, and visitors will be asked to share their own thoughts about its meaning.

The painting “The 8th Minnesota Infantry (Mounted) in the Battle of Ta-Ha-Kouty” was also removed from the Capitol because it was not original to the space and represents a single painful moment in American Indian history. It is not currently on exhibit.

For more info, contact Lauren at 651-259-3137 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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