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Weekend Calendar: March 28, 2015
Friday, March 27 2015
 
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March 28

Fix-It Tech Clinic

A community technology education event providing free computer hardware repair, education and technical support.

Have a computer question or issue? If your computer or laptop is slow, not working or seems to have a virus, bring it in for free tech support! Our volunteers will teach valuable repair skills, answer questions and give technical advice about your device.

First come, first served, labor will be free, parts available for purchase. Bring your laptop and/or desktop tower and power cord. Volunteers will help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity. Free workshops and resources: short sessions will cover vasic computer maintenance and Internet safety. Pick up resources, learn about technology education programs and careers. Sponsored by the City of Minneapolis IT Department.

10 a.m. To 2 p.m., Waite House, Pillsbury United Communities, 2323 11th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN.


Augsburg College 7th Traditional Powwow

Registration for drum groups and dancers, 11 a.m., no pre-registration; Dancer honorarium: Registered dancers only, must be in regalia; Drum honorarium: Split for first 10 registered drum groups, 5 singer minimum, no drum hopping.

Honoring for Augsburg College American Indian Graduates at 3 p.m.: Joe Vital, Red Lake; Marcus White, Red Lake; John Boyd, Red Lake; Craig Beaulieu, Mille Lacs; Nick Wadena, White Earth; Ira Mason, Red Lake; Sasha Benitez, Turtle Mountain; Catherine Colsrud, Mille Lacs; Angela Wheeler, Pine Ridge; and Matthew Johnson, Lower Sioux.

Aztex Mexica Dance Ceremony from Kalpulli-KetzalCoatlicue at 3:45 p.m. (after Honoring Ceremony).

Informational vendors include: Indian Health Board; Hennepin County Child and Teen Check Up Program; Native American Community Clinic; Save The Kids; Native Lives Matter; Augsburg Fairveiw Academy School; U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Art/Craft vendors include: Woodland Crafts, Charlie Stately; Estella Yeung, Growing Blue Flowers; Gerald Korbel; Michelle Page; Roberto Cordova; Hustle Tribe; Pat and Myron Rosebear; and Ellie Faller.

All Powwow committee decisions are final.

Free admission; all are welcome. Grand Entries, 1 and 6 p.m., Si Melby Gymnasium–715 23rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN.

For more information, call American Indian Student Services at 612-330-1144, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.augsburg.edu/aissp.


31st Annual CNIA Powwow

Emcee: Jerry Dearly; Host Drum: Bad Nation, Fort Thompson, S.D.; Arena Director: Gus Claymore, Cheyenne River Sioux; Honor Guard: Vietnam Veterans Kit Fox Society, Sisseton, S.D.; Head Dancers: picked each session.

Day money for registered dancers in regalia only; Drum Split: First 10 registered drum groups, 5 singer minimum, no drum hopping; Powwow Feast is free for dancers, singers and elders; Specials: Men's Traditional, Women's Traditional, Men's Grass, Women's Jingle; Hand Drum Contest; CNIA Princess and Brave Contest; American Indian Arts and Crafts; Peace Run 5K (free run and walk), begins at 9 a.m., registration is online at CNIA Web site.

Doors open, 11 a.m.; Grand Entries, 1 and 7 p.m., University of Minnesota, Morris Physical Education Center, Morris, MN. For more information, call Gabe Desrosiers at 605-742-4916 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

It Ain't Easy Being Indian: April 2015
Friday, March 27 2015
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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ricey wild.jpgA few months ago my son Steve visited me and my friends at the Risky Raccoon Kasino Hotel where we were staying for a powwow. My son told us he got pulled over by a cop and my mother’s heart skipped a beat; I immediately thought he was being racially profiled and thoughts of all the recent slayings of unarmed black men by police made me catch my breath.

Steve pulled a copy of the report out of his pocket and showed it to us, it was a warning and then he said, “Look closer.” The police officer had checked the ‘white’ box where there was a choice for race. I looked at him and said “Whaaaaaat?” He was still pretty brown as far as I could tell, I mean I’m Native and his father is African-American so his being mistaken for white even though we also have French ancestors was rather a stretch. So I did what anyone would do. I laughed but since then I have pondered why?

Why? Why did he let him go? It came to me that police officers have to turn in their papers after each shift and perhaps the cop didn’t want his brethren to know he let an innocent brown man off with only a warning! I have convinced myself that was the why and wherefore because of the extreme racist atmosphere that is law enforcement culture. I add here I do not paint all police employees as being racist; instead I will let the glaring facts speak for themselves. My concern is not only people of color but anyone who takes up activism for the benefit of all peoples.


Political Matters: U.S. Steel vs. manoomin
Friday, March 27 2015
 
Written by Mordecai Specktor,
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mordecai_specktor_some.jpgIn late March, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said that the state’s environmental standard for protecting manoomin (wild rice) was outdated scientifically and was threatening industrial development Up North.

At issue is state permitting for U.S. Steel’s Minntac plant, in Mountain Iron, the largest taconite operation in the U.S.

The facility’s taconite waste pit has been polluting the local watershed for decades; and the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) informed state officials in January that the company is violating the Clean Water Act.

In a March 24 interview with Minnesota Public Radio News, Gov. Dayton addressed the state’s sulfate standard for wild rice waters.

“U.S. Steel has made it very clear — and they closed down the Keewatin plant, they’re still operating the Minntac plant — but they made it very clear that they’re not going to agree to a permit that has a standard of 10 [milligrams of sulfate per liter],” Dayton told MPR reporter Tom Scheck.

The governor said that the allowable sulfate level for wild rice waters “was posted in 1940, and established in the 1960s and ’70s, as the standard, which is not even applied to most other projects in Minnesota or any other place in the country. So, MPCA [Minnesota Pollution Control Agency] is going to be coming out shortly with a way of taking the updated scientific information and applying that to protecting the wild rice in the waters, which we certainly want to do, but it’s got to be done in a way that is based on current science and current information, and not something that is antiquated. We can talk with the EPA about collaborating with us in doing that and going through a public process to work that out.”


Weekend Calendar: March 20-22, 2015
Thursday, March 19 2015
 
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March 20

Aliveness Project NNHAAD HIV Testing Day

In observance of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, local organizations serving Native American communities will be offering free HIV testing and educational events to raise awareness about the impact that HIV/AIDS has had on American Indians and to honor those who are living with or have died of the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Native communities currently have the fifth highest rate of new HIV infections in the U.S. when compared to other population groups. Factors contributing to higher disease occurrence and lower life expectancy among American Indians include disproportionate rates of poverty, discrimination in the delivery of health services, limited access to quality health education, cultural differences and social stigma. The Minnesota Department of Health encourages HIV testing.

10 a.m.to 3 p.m., The Aliveness Project, 3808 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-824-5433.

 

March 21

What's Our Plan? A Teach-In on Fossil Fuel Infrastructure in MN

Co-sponsored by Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, MN350 and the International Forum on Globalization. Speakers include Winona LaDuke, Rep. Frank Hornstein, Victor Menotti, and regional leaders in movements to stop frac-sand mining, bomb trains, and oil pipelines.

Minnesota is being besieged with new fossil fuel infrastructure that violates the treaty rights of indigenous people and endangers the health of our communities and we are not prepared. Let’s come together and find common spiritual ground from which to address this public policy crisis and protect ourselves and the earth. Unlike most teach-ins, "What's Our Plan" will be interactive and solution-focused, drawing on the diverse assets of the group to create plans for action. Participants will leave not only better informed, but better equipped, connected to allies and ready to take next steps

Free, 9 a.m. to noon; Lunch, noon, $10 featuring The Sioux Chef Sean Sherman. First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, 3400 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. For more information and to register, visit www.eventjoy.com/e/join-mnipl-and-honor-the-earth-for-a-weekend-of-action-2006197.

 

March 21

First Time Homebuyer Workshop

A Native American based curriculum will cover topics including: Steps to becoming a homeowner; How to prepare financially; What can you afford?; The importance of credit; How to choose the right mortgage loan and get it; Responsibilities of homeownership; and more!

HomeStretch Workshops meet the National Industry Standards of Homeownership Education

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open to the public; Lunch Provided. Bii Gii Wiin CDLF, 1113 E. Franklin Ave., Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN.

For more information or to register call 612-354-2249, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.facebook.com/biigiiwiin.


White Earth Strategic Planning Meeting

Light lunch served; Elder Luncheon will be canceled for the meeting.

10 a.m. to noon. 1308 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN.


Empty Bowls

Join us at this family-friendly event featuring a contemporary powwow performance from the student group, Ta Oyate Ota (Lakota for “many nations of people”) from American Indian Magnet School, while also enjoying a tasty bowl of homemade soup and fresh baked bread. Empty Bowls is a fundraiser for the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches Department of Indian Work Food Shelf.

11 a.m.-2 p.m., White Bear Lake United Methodist Church, 1851 Birch Street, White Bear Lake, MN.

Tickets can also be purchased with cash or check at the door. Attendees will have a chance to participate in a Free Will Offering. For ticket price and more information, contact Connie Johnson, Development Outreach Coordinator at 651-789-3857, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.spacc.org.


Weekend Calendar: March 14-15, 2015
Friday, March 13 2015
 
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March 14-15

Cherish the Children Traditional Pow Wow

Co-emcees: Jerry Dearly and Reuben Crowfeather; Host Drum: Oyate Teca; Head Dancers: Kyle Bear Heels and Trina Fast Horse. The first 10 registered drums with a minimum of five singers will receive an honorarium. Contests and Specials: Madison Frantum outgoing Princess Girl’s/Women’s Traditional, 6 years and older (1st, 2nd, 3rd place); Men’s Traditional 18+ Special (1st, 2nd, 3rd place); Trina Fasthorse Head Woman-All Ages 2 Step Special (1st, 2nd, 3rd place); 2 Man Hand Drum Contest(1st, 2nd, 3rd place); Junior Hand Drum Contest; 4th Annual Ain Dah Yung Center Ambassador Contest (for details, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

50/50 Drawings; door prizes; join our “Family in Need” Drive, in honor of Roy Roberts by donating a household/family item. Grand Entries: Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m.; Feast, 5 p.m.

Entry fee for ages 7 and older; free for elders, veterans and Family in Need participants. Central High School, 275 Lexington Ave., St. Paul, MN. For more information, call 651-227-4148 or visit www.adycenter.org.


March 15

Minnesota Two Spirit Society Potluck Social

Join us for our monthly social!

Event is free and open to all that identify as Two Spirit and Allies. Noon-3 p.m., All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, visit www.mn2ss.org or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


March 15-16

Visual Art Exhibit: A Tribute to Native American Culture

Yuonihan (Lakota): “honoring or paying tribute to something of value”; Manaabjiidiwin (Ojibwe): “respect for each other.”

Open to the public, no charge; bring canned good donation for the Department of Indian Work Food Shelf. Friday, 7-10 p.m. with Opening Circle at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1-8 p.m. with Closing Circle at 7 p.m. 1671 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN.

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