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Tribal enterprise practice: balancing community needs and opportunities
Tuesday, November 03 2015
Written by Lee Egerstrom,
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When it comes to putting community development theory into practice, the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska serve as useful models for Indian Country. Both federally recognized sovereign nations have invested in banks to meet citizens’ needs and to further their economic development. Both have diverse tribal enterprise holdings that produce jobs for their people, profits for their government coffers, and services that meet social goals set for their communities, their people and their surroundings. It isn’t all small, local-based business.

The Oneida were originally from Upstate New York; the Winnebago, a variant name for Ho-Chunk people, were originally from Wisconsin and Minnesota before being relocated in Nebraska.  
In July this year, a joint venture business between the wholly-owned Oneida Total Integrated Enterprises (OTIE) architectural and engineering firm based in Milwaukee and project partner RS&H Inc., a Jacksonville, Fla. infrastructure and facilities consulting firm, landed a five-year, nearly billion-dollar military construction contract with the U.S. Air Force.

The Oneida Nation’s purchase of OTIE 11 years ago was an investment in a successful Milwaukee business that had some ties to the Wisconsin tribe, said Bobbi Webster, the Oneida spokeswoman.
Over the years, OTIE has created jobs directly and indirectly through construction projects for Oneida members, she said. And two Oneida enrolled members serve on OTIE’s board of directors even though management and other directors are professional architects, engineers and marketing and business experts.

OTIE’s website notes the Milwaukee firm has worked on over 50 Air Force facilities in 19 states and at military installations in Guam, Japan, Korea and the Azores.

“Extraordinary tribal leadership 30 and 40 years ago” started branching out and looking for ways to develop the community and economy, Webster said. It helps to have ties with the Green Bay Packers football team as well, she added.

The Green Bay Packers are an iconic example of a community owned enterprise, said Joshua Bloom, partner and principle at Community Land Use and Economics Group LLC in Washington D.C. Small business people in Green Bay formed the team in 1923 as a nonprofit corporation. It continues that way today with successive shareholders buying non-appreciating stock. If the team ever folded, all money accumulated would go to charities.

Football team owners would never again allow a franchise like Green Bay join their ranks when team resale values are the owners’ ultimate Super Bowl. Bloom said the Green Bay team still reminds us what communities can do when a common good is recognized. The Oneidas haven’t lost sight of such opportunities.

Pass through the Oneida Gate at Lambeau Field, go out on Oneida Street on the north side, and travel past the airport to either the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center or the Wingate Hotel, both owned by the tribe. Continue on to the Oneida Nation itself. Gaming, golf, retail shops and otherbusinesses await you. Your business might even avail itself to free trade zone services in the Oneidas’ FTZ zoned property. All such enterprises are operated as separate, freestanding corporations owned by the tribe. All have skilled, independent managements.

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has a separate Ho-Chunk Inc. corporation that is the economic development arm of the tribe. It operates like a holding company and now has 35 subsidiaries involved with information technology, construction, government contracting, professional services, wholesale distribution and logistics, marketing, office products and technology, retail stores, media and marketing.

Lance Morgan, who has held various academic positions and serves on boards for banks and other non-tribal enterprises, is the professional management president and chief executive of Ho-Chunk Inc. The company’s board of directors has two members of the Winnebago Tribal Council and three at-large directors.

Patrice Kunesch and Susan Woodrow, co-directors of the Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, said the Winnebago model is ideal. It allows for talented management to make business decisions and separates the decision-making from tribal politics.
In the past year, Ho-Chunk Inc. became a major shareholder in the Denver-based Native American Bancorporation Co., which operates the Native American Bank that makes commercial loans for tribal governments and enterprises.

Morgan was honored in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency with its Advocate of the Year Award. It noted Ho-Chunk Inc. had grown since its 1995 founding to over 1,000 employees, 35 percent of whom are identified as minorities, and 100 percent of corporate management was Native Americans.

Ho-Chunk Inc. has an entity that pursues various government contracts through public policy programs. It is paying off. The Commerce Department honor cited Ho-Chunk’s work in 16 states and eight foreign countries.

Despite this ongoing diversification, gaming and retailing are still the biggest economic drivers for the Oneida and Winnebago communities.   

Views vary on inclusion of U.S. flag at Native cultural celebrations
Tuesday, November 03 2015
Written by Jon Lurie,
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Stephen Yellowhawk grew up on the powwow circuit, traveling across the United States and Canada with his family. As a young boy, this son the Lakota and Iroquois Nations was fascinated by the athletic, flashy style of the Fancy Dance (also known as Fancy War Dance), and the men who performed it wearing stunning, elaborate regalia: feather bustles, bells, roach rockers, beaded cuffs and moccasins. He would watch breathlessly as the dancers entered the arena following a color guard bearing eagle feather staffs and American flags. The Fancy Dance, young Stephen learned from his elders, was performed to honor the heroics and sacrifices of the warriors and veterans.

While other kids might have fantasized about hitting baseballs like Babe Ruth, Yellowhawk grew up emulating the legendary fancy dancers who invented the genre in the 1930s and 1940s. Men like Stephen Mopope (Kiowa), Dennis Rough Face (Ponca), Chester Lefthand (Arapaho), and George “Woogie” Watchetaker (Comanche); Elmer Sugar Brown, who added back flips to his fancy dancing; and Gus McDonald who added both cartwheels and splits.

Yellowhawk got his first opportunity to dance when he was barely old enough to ride a bike. That first powwow took place in Rapid City at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.  He still recalls the pride he felt dancing behind the flag-bearing veterans as they entered the arena during his initial grand entry.
“From the time I first became a fancy dancer I understood that I was honoring our warriors and our veterans, both past and present,” says Yellowhawk, who is now in his sixth year as president of the Black Hills Powwow Association. The Black Hills powwow, today one of the largest in the United States, takes place each October at the same Rapid City arena where Yellowhawk initially danced as a child.

“A lot of our people have put their lives on the line for this country,” Yellowhawk says. “We hold that in very high regard, which is why we always start our powwow by honoring the warriors. They are the ones who have fought to keep our culture alive, to give us the freedom to celebrate life, and to celebrate our culture.”

Yellowhawk and the other members of the powwow association stress that all are welcome to attend, a healing message for a city with a long history of racial strife. “It doesn’t matter if you’re Native, non–Native, what tribe you’re from, what part of this community, what part of this nation you’re from – everybody is welcome,” he says. “It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing regalia or not. If you just want to get out there and dance, you like the sound of the drum. You don’t have to be Native to come out and dance.”

The inclusive messaging draws many non-Indians the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. For some of these curious spectators, the powwow is their first exposure to authentic Native American culture. Inevitably, the impressive pageantry inspires questions. Among those most commonly asked is this: Why would Native Americans, people who have suffered hundreds of years of colonization and genocide, honor the U.S. military and the American flag at a cultural celebration?

Emmy Her Many Horses (Sicangu Lakota) has heard this question many times. Her Many Horses, who grew up on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, is renowned for performing the United States National Anthem in the Lakota language. Hundreds of Native American veterans have received copies of the translated Anthem on CD. In 2011 she was one of eleven Native American young people honored by President Obama as a “Champion of Change.”

Her Many Horses says the Anthem project has been motivated by a desire to honor those who have fought to “defend our people, and where we come from.” This includes, she says, Native people and other U.S. citizens.

She says there are a great many reasons why Native people choose to join the U.S. military, but that regardless of their motivation, they should be recognized for having served.

“For Native people there is a difficulty in trying to remain true to who we are from our tribal nations, and who we are in society today. For some, I think, they are seeking to be that warrior. For others, the military may be their best chance at getting away from their homes and finding opportunity. The military is also an opportunity that will help pay for school, allow travel, and teach new skills. Many are following a family tradition, a cultural tradition.”

The involvement of Native people in the military goes back hundreds of years. Considering Natives were involved in the American Revolution (and every subsequent U.S. war), indigenous people have been fighting for America since before it was a country.

According to the Department of Defense (in 2010) 22,569 enlisted service members, and 1,297 officers on active duty, were American Indian. Considering the population of the United States is approximately 1.4 percent Native, and the military is 1.7 percent Native, Indian people have the highest per-capita involvement of any population serving in the U.S. Military.

“I grew up in a community where I learned to respect those who made that choice to serve. We all were touched in some way by the military. We all have family who served. We all love someone who served,” Her Many Horses says.

Her Many Horses knows that the inclusion of patriotic expressions at Native cultural gatherings does not go over well with everyone. She says she has lost friends who objected to her Anthem project.
Joe Perez (Sicangu Lakota), a Minneapolis-based powwow MC, is among those Native people who would prefer not to see the U.S. flag flown over their traditional homelands. Perez compares his gut reaction to seeing the U.S. flag entering a powwow grounds to what he imagines a Jewish person might feel when viewing a swastika. “Our people have been so influenced by messages coming from the dominant culture that we fail to see the flag for what it is – a symbol of our own oppression,” he says.

Perez believes that Native people who embrace the U.S. flag suffer from a form of Stockholm syndrome, the psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with their captors.
“Of course, joining the military can be a legitimate way for Native people to become warriors,” he says. “If indigenous nations had our own militaries, however, joining the American military would be treasonous. You don’t have to join the military to be a warrior, you just have to contribute to the good of your people.”

Perez enjoys attending professional sporting events, such as the Minnesota Twins at Minneapolis’ Target Field. He refuses to stand when the National Anthem is played, which sounds, to his ears, incongruous in the land of his ancestors. He says it would be more appropriate to hear a prayer song honoring the sacred pipe.

“I remain seated because I’m a Lakota person being oppressed in my own homeland by foreign intruders,” he says. “They have no connection to this land, and yet they’re trying to make me sing their most patriotic song.”

The single father of 12 year-old Mariah teaches his daughter to stand at school during the Pledge of Allegiance “out of respect for her classmates,” but insists she must never recite the words as he believes the Pledge is a form of political indoctrination.

“People will think and say what they believe,” says Emmy Her Many Horses, who has heard every imaginable response to her National Anthem project. “We all have that right to do so. I made a choice to do something I cared about, for people I cared about,” she says.

As a child growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Von Gillette (Arikara/ Hidatsa/Lakota) remembers watching many powwows and swelling with pride as the flags were carried in. He associated the American flag and the uniformed veterans who brandished them with the military service of several close relatives, including his grandfather, father, and uncles.

“They would bring in the U.S. flag alongside the tribal flag and the POW/MIA flag. The three seemed to be working in conjunction. I didn’t really question it. I associated the flags with the veterans I knew. I thought of them as honorable, and so the U.S. flag was something I respected.”

As a ten-year-old, Gillette recalls the moment he began to question the actions of the U.S. military and the political leaders who wielded its massive power. “I watched on television as the U.S. military bombed the Iraqis, and something about it made me suspicious. I began to see a connection between what the military was doing in Iraq – seeking to take another nation’s oil resources – and what it had done to Native people.”

Gillette was further disillusioned by the stories elders told of the military invasion of his reservation during the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation. “U.S. law says the military cannot be deployed on U.S. soil against U.S. citizens. But that’s exactly what they did in 1973 when they surrounded Indian people – U.S. citizens – who were occupying their own land. I have never been able to make sense of that.”
As an adult Gillette settled in Saint Paul and established a successful business training athletes. He also began to take a more critical look at the actions of the U.S. military in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world as the War on Terror intensified following the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Towers.

Today, Gillette says, he is neither pro- nor anti-military, but has formed opinions based observation of the military’s actions. “What the U.S. military has done around the world in the past two decades has been disastrous. They have killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people. I don’t have any respect for that. But I don’t blame veterans; I blame the politicians in the White House. I have a lot of relatives who have served and I respect them absolutely. It gets confusing. But that doesn’t mean I have to have an all or nothing attitude.”

If it were up to him, the indigenous nations of America would cease raising the U.S. flag until the government follows through on its treaty obligations. Gillette wants to see the restoration of the Great Sioux Nation (as described in the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868), the return of the Black Hills (which were removed from the Great Sioux Nation following the 1877 treaty), and an honoring of every other treaty signed by the United States.

“I have a hard time using a flag which pays tribute to a country that doesn’t uphold its basic legal agreements,” he says, at the same time expressing sympathy for those Native people who originally wove the flag into cultural gatherings.

Gillette says it was a matter of basic survival. “At one time powwows were illegal, but one of the ways you could have a powwow was to fly the U.S. flag; it was like a white flag of surrender that said: ‘Please don’t kill us while we practice our cultural traditions.’

"So I can understand how the American flag became part of the powwow culture,” Gillette says. “But I think its usage should be seriously reexamined, and I know a lot of Native Americans feel exactly the same as I do.”

Canada and the First Nations
Tuesday, November 03 2015
Written by Mordecai Specktor,
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In the Canadian elections last month, the Liberals swept away the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, 43, will become the new Canadian premier.
The elections also ushered in 10 indigenous MPs (Members of Parliament), out of a field of 54 Native candidates across Canada. One of the Aboriginal (Indian) victors, Liberal MP-elect Robert-Falcon Ouellette, in the riding (district) of Winnipeg Centre, told CTV News: “In the city of Winnipeg, and right across this country, so many First Nations children are in care of the state and they’re not with their families, and there are things we can be doing about that.”

Ouellette said that 89 percent of Indigenous children are not in care of the state because of abuse; rather, the problem is poverty, “the inability of parents to provide good housing and good food for their children.” The Liberal MP-elect also cited the need to address the educational needs of Native children, and the dire reality of “murdered and missing indigenous women.”

Trying to understand what the Liberal victory means for First Nations people in Canada, I contacted two of the founders of Idle No More, the Indigenous sovereignty movement that began in Canada and came to global prominence, in 2012.

In an email interview, Jessica Gordon, one of the four women who founded Idle No More, told me that past Canadian governments have had “unfavorable and oppressive policies regarding Indigenous rights and sovereignty. Justin Trudeau, leading the Liberals in this newly-formed government, should be taken with a grain of salt; because, as we know, corporations and money are much more influential than someone with a big heart and good intentions.”

Gordon noted that Justin Trudeau’s father, former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, said, regarding Indigenous people in Canada: “If you no longer speak your language and no longer practice your culture, then you have no right to demand aboriginal rights from us, because you are assimilated with the ruling power.”

As to the elder Trudeau’s assertion, Gordon said, “We can take this as the reality of the belief of any government, or we can take this as a challenge. Yes, we have a horrible history of genocide and because of this, we do not all speak our language or practice our culture. To be self-determined we cannot rely on anyone but ourselves to prove this quote wrong, although in the spirit of reconciliation and Treaty, the government has a moral and legal obligation to see this happen as easily and swiftly as possible.”

She added, “Justin Trudeau has an opportunity now to not only reconcile the sins of his father and previous/ongoing genocide, but also show that he and other settlers have learned from their ancestors’ mistakes.”

There was a high Native turnout at the polls in Canada, according to press reports. But Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum), an Idle No More co-founder, didn’t participate. In a phone interview from her home in the Treaty 6 First Nations – “two and half hours north of Saskatoon, in what is now known as Saskatchewan” – McAdam expressed deep pessimism about the new Liberal government.
I mentioned attending survival gatherings, in 1980 and 1981, in Pinehouse, a tiny Cree village in northern Saskatchewan. The gatherings hosted by local residents and American Indian Movement (AIM) activists tried to organize popular opposition to uranium mining, specifically, the Key Lake mine, which eventually was developed.

“The situation has gotten worse,” McAdam said.

As far as the Liberals coming to power, she commented: “You know, that’s a loaded question. I’m not saying that you’re not genuine, but if you genuinely want to know about what it’s done, being assimilated into the colonizer’s system, you can take a look at the loss of language; the loss of indigenous knowledge; the increased devastation to the land and water on our lands… We’re more assimilated today than we ever have been.”

Voting in the “colonizer’s system is devastating,” in McAdam’s view. The Canadian federal government “continuously” violates the treaty “terms and promises” made with the First Nations, “and it’s getting worse and worse as the years go by, and more and more indigenous people are forgetting about that. I didn’t vote. I’m what you’d call a ‘sovereigntist,’ in the English language; in my language, I’m known as a person who defends and protects the land, because without the land we’re finished, we’re finished as a people.”

The Harper government was largely reviled by the First Nations people, which is more than four percent of Canada’s population. Obviously, Indigenous opinion is mixed about what the Liberals can do to remediate social inequities in Canada.

Attorney General Swanson does disservice to Minnesota
Tuesday, November 03 2015
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On October l6, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed an appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court in an attempt to overturn a recent MN Court of Appeals ruling, which revoked the Certificate of Need for the Sandpiper pipeline and required the Minnesota Public Utility Commission (PUC) to complete a full Environmental Impact Statement before proceeding with the permitting process. 

Last winter, Friends of the Headwaters and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy used the only option they had to interrupt a dysfunctional regulatory process:  an appeal to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  On September 14, in a unanimous 3-0 decision, ruled the Court found that the lack of an EIS constituted a violation of the Minnesota Environmental Protection Act (MEPA). 

The Sandpiper would establish a new energy corridor through the lake and wild rice country of Northern Minnesota, moving up to l.4 million barrels of oil a day across the state, with more pipelines expected to be added in the future. 

The Court of Appeals found that the PUC was making decisions without following state law. The PUC process is also flawed because it:
• Does not take into account the environmental justice impacts of building new pipelines; 
• Does not take into account the implications on treaty rights in the 1855 Treaty Area;
• Relies on a self-serving environmental document prepared by Enbridge and a half-baked review by the Department of Commerce that glosses over the risks of building a new pipeline corridor across our most pristine lakes and wild rice beds and the headwaters of the Mississippi River;
• Does not consider the full impacts of pipeline construction and likely oil spills on wild rice; and 
• Disregards tribal governments and Native peoples by refusing consultation and refusing to hold hearings within tribal communities.

Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth, said, “The AG’s attack shows that she does not think that the state should prepare an Environmental Impact Statement when it determines the need for a pipeline.  Apparently, her position is that the state should not consider the climate change impacts of importing more of the most carbon intensive oil on the planet, from the Bakken in North Dakota and the Tar Sands of Canada, much less fully consider alternatives to this dirty fuel, such as more fuel-efficient vehicles or renewable energy. In fact, she’s defending an end run schemed up by past anti-environmental administrations. That’s disappointing. Throughout this and prior pipeline hearings, Honor the Earth and other citizen groups have raised many concerns about the fairness of the PUC process and its failure to implement procedural rules in accordance with law. Yet, the state attorneys in the hearing room have remained silent on basic principles of due process and fairness. This indicates that the AG is most concerned about serving powerful oil companies and keeping the permitting as simple as possible – even if that means running over due process rights. That’s not what we elected Swanson to do.”

While both the state’s and Enbridge’s legal and expert costs are passed on to consumers, Minnesota residents had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to attempt to have their land, water, and future generations protected from what most recognized is a shameful public process. Swanson’s attack is entirely in opposition to tribal governments and tribal communities, which will bear most of the burden of the oil pipeline proposals that pass through our best wild rice territory. That’s disrespectful.  

The State of Wisconsin has required an environmental impact statement prior to the approval of any permits for an l8 mile section of the same Enbridge pipelines, and the US Army Corps of Engineers is also considering whether it should prepare an environmental impact statement to protect tribal rights. Given the impact that oil pipelines have on Minnesota’s and the world’s environment, why would Minnesota’s Attorney General think that a full environmental review is not necessary? Why would Attorney General Lori Swanson, who stands up against predatory lenders and prides herself in protecting the common people, defend what many, both inside and outside government, know is a rogue process? Perhaps that’s because predatory lenders are easy targets, but oil companies are big donors.  The word is that Attorney General Lori Swanson has ambitions for a gubernatorial run. Oil and pipeline money may help her campaign for sure, but principles would help it more.

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November Community Calendar
Tuesday, November 03 2015
Written by The Circle,
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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. For info, see:

Nov. thru July 2016
Why Treaties Matter traveling exhibit

This exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. government in Minnesota. Learn how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements still matter today. For more info, see:
• Oct. 19 - Nov. 8: Normandale Community College, Bloomington.
• Nov. 16 - Dec. 6: Minnesota State University, Mankato.
2016 Dates:
• Jan. 11-24 - Winona State University, Winona.
• Feb. 1 - 21 - Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, Winona.
• Feb. 29 - March 23: Alexandria Technical and Community College, Alexandria.
• March 30 - April 17: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis.
• April 25 - May 15: Metro State University, St. Paul.
• June 27 - July 17: Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes.

Nov. 2, 9, 23, 30
Ojibwe & Dakota Language Class

Join Anishinaabe linguist & scholar James “Kaagegaabaw” Vukelich and Dakota educator Neil “Chantemaza” McKay to explore the teachings and language of the Ojibwe & Dakota people. Light refreshments & tea provided. 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Anishinabe Academy, Media Center, 3100 East 28th St., Minneapolis.

Nov. 3
Native F.A.N.

Open Basketball Open Basketball starts Nov. 3rd at the MAIC. Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Must be 18+ - unless it’s a school release day. All players must register in the Native FAN Program. Registration materials will be available at each session. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. 612-871-4555.

Nov. 3
Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison

Brian Morrison Honors his late father George Morrison's work with newly composed live Jazz music and an art slideshow. Morrison’s images are accompanied by original jazz guitar compositions, consisting of 128 images from the 1940s through 2000. The Tweed Museum of Art, Humanities Building, University of Minnesota Duluth. 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Visit to learn more.

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: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it 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. 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:

Nov. 5
Tiwahe Foundation Circle of Giving: Anton Treuer

Keynote address by scholar and author Anton Treuer, and a moving story from Tiwahe Grantee, Grace Smith. Dr. Anton Treuer is currently a professor at Bemidji State University and author of 14 books. His new book, Warrior Nation: A History of Red Lake Ojibwe was released September 1, 2015. He has a B.A. from Princeton University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is Editor of the Oshkaabewis Native Journal, the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language. His equity, education, and cultural work has put him on a path of service around the region, the nation, and the world. Live Auction, Book purchase and signing with Anton Treuer during reception. McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota 200 Oak St. Minneapolis. 6:00 - Hors d'Oeuvres, cash bar. 6:45 - Program. Programs runs­ 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $100.00. Purchase tickets online by October 28 at

Nov. 5
"Running into the Storm: Renewal of the Spirit"

Augsburg College hosts Antony Stately, PhD for the Center for Wellness and Counseling Convocation. Antony Stately, PhD (Ojibwe/Oneida) received his Ph.D. in psychology from Alliant International University/California School of Professional Psychology in 1997, with an emphasis in Clinical, Multicultural am - 12:00 pm. Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis. Free and open to the public. 

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@ Jacque Wilson, Bois Forte Urban Office, 612-747-5247, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. 

Nov. 7
Story Book Time and God's Eye Activity

Enjoy stories and light snacks from noon to 1 pm, then from 1 to 3 pm weave a God's Eye to take home. The decorative designs are used on ceremonial shields of American Indian tribes of the southwestern United States. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Cost: $4 per kit, does not include museum admission. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN. For more info: 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 7, 8
Native American Olympian Henry Boucha

Henry Boucha, Ojibwa is a US Olympic Silver Medalist, former Minnesota North Star, Detroit Red Wing and US Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee. He will appear at the following venues in November. During the following games, Henry will set up his display of US Olympic and NHL Memorabilia for viewing. Nov. 7 from 4 pm-8 pm: Isanti County Area David C. Johnson Civic Arena, 600 1st Ave. NW, Isanti, MN. Nov. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Vadnais Sports Center, 1490 County Road E, Vadnais Heights, MN. For more info, call 907-360-­4371, 612-910­‐7475, or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 7 - 26
American Indian Heritage Month Programming on Lakeland Public TV

(Compiled By Michael Meuers) Lakeland Public Television, KAWE/ KAWB Channels 9/22 will be airing programs about America's Indigenous Peoples. For more info on FNX, see: KAWE is a television station in Bemidji, Minnesota, broadcasting locally on channel 9 as a PBS member station. KAWE is carried on channel 22 on DirecTV and Dish Network's Twin Cities feeds. Air dates and show descriptions:
• Nov. 7 - Medicine Game, 9 pm. This film, six years in the making, shares the remarkable journey of two brothers from the Onondoga Nation driven by a single goal - to beat the odds and play the sport of lacrosse for national powerhouse Syracuse University.
• Nov. 9 - Road to Andersonville, 9 pm. The first film to document the story of Michigan’s Native Americans in the Civil War who served in Company K of the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters. During the Civil War, a regiment of sharpshooters was being recruited to fight for the Union, but there was a problem - few men could pass the marksmanship test. Since Michigan's Native Americans were famous as skilled hunters, it was decided to recruit one company from among the tribes in Michigan.
• Nov. 12 - Finding Refuge, 7:30 pm. The efforts of one dying woman to preserve her Native culture don’t end when she passes, but prompts a renewal in finding pride in that culture. She confronts the violent event over two centuries ago that began the destruction of her people and the shame that colonialism created.
• Nov. 16 - Rising Voices/ Hothaninpi, 9pm. Rising Voices is a portrait of a culture today, focusing on the myriad conflicts around the disappearing language on the Lakota reservations. The Lakota nation consists of 170,000, but just 6,000 people still speak Lakota, and the average age of its speakers will soon be 70 years. Today, Lakota tribal members struggle to save their language by introducing a new way of teaching, brought to the Lakota reservations from places like the Czech Republic and France. These methods are producing results; for the first time, schools are capable of creating fluent second-language Lakota speakers.
• Nov. 19 - Crying Earth Rise Up, 8 pm: A Lakota mother studying geology seeks the source of the water contamination that caused her daughter's critical health problems. Meanwhile, a Lakota grandmother fights the regional expansion of uranium mining. Crying Earth Rise Up exposes the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on drinking water.
• Nov. 26 - Tracing Roots: A Weavers Journey, 7:30 pm. A portrait of an artist and a mystery. The film follows master weaver and Haida elder Delores Churchill on a journey to understand the origins of a spruce root hat found with Kwaday Dan Ts'inchi, the Long Ago Person Found, a 300-year-old traveler discovered in Northern Canada in a retreating glacier. Delores's quest crosses cultures and borders, involving artists, scholars and scientists, raising questions about the meaning of knowledge and ownership.

Nov. 9, 23
The First Gift

Join us in creating baby moccasins for American Indian families at Children's Hospital's and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Learn how to make a pair of baby moccasins, or help teach others. Open to any skill level. Two Rivers Gallery, 1530 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. For more info call 612-879-1780 or see:

Nov. 10
Tiwahe Foundation Open House

There will be an Open House at the Center for Progressive Philanthropy. Please Join Tiwahe Foundation, Headwaters Foundation, Native Americans in Philanthropy and PFund for some good conversation, networking, snacks/beverages and explore our remodeled office suite. From 5:00-7:00 pm. Tiwahe Foundation, 2801 21st Ave South, Suite 132F, Minneapolis.

Nov. 10
Author Sarah Deer

Minnesota author Sarah Deer will discuss and sign copies of her new book, “The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America” Sarah Deer, a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, has worked to end violence against women for more than twenty years. She is a professor of law at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is coauthor of three textbooks on tribal law and coeditor of Sharing Our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence. Free and open to the public. A cash bar and light appetizers to follow. Books will be available for purchase. 7:00 pm at William Mitchell College of Law (Kelley Board Room, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul). RSVP to 651-290-6431.  

Nov. 10, 12, 16, 23
Minnesota State Capitol Hearings

The Minnesota State Capitol is undergoing a major renovation and has created an Art Subcommittee to make recommendations about the art. The Art Subcommittee will hold public hearings in Bemidji, Duluth, Rochester, Mankato, and the Twin Cities to hear citizen’s views on changing the offensive art against Natives that currently hangs in the state capitol. Below are the dates and cities. For times, see: under the Public Input Meetings tab.
• Nov. 10: Rochester, Rochester Area Foundation Community Room.
• Nov. 12: North Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Admin Building.
• Nov. 16: Willmar, Ridgewater College
• Nov. 23: Mankato, Ostrander Auditorium, Minnesota State University.

Nov. 12
"The American Indian Movement: Past, Present, and Future."

Please join us at North Hennepin Community College from 12:00 - 1:00 pm, as we welcome Clyde Bellecourt to discuss "The American Indian Movement: Past, Present, and Future." This event is free and open to the public. Bellecourt is a White Earth Ojibwe civil rights organizer and co-founder of the American Indian Movement. Free and open to the public. Grand Hall, Center for Business and Technology, North Hennepin Community College. North Hennepin Community College is located on the corner of West Broadway and 85th Avenue North in Brooklyn Park, MN. For more info, contact Paulette Bonneur at 763-424-0804 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 13
Sobriety Friday Monthly Celebration Dinner

Come and join us for an evening featuring; Special speakers, testimonials of sobriety, great food, gospel music and door prizes. Sponsored by Overcomers Ministries. This is a monthly event on the 2nd Friday of each month. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. At the American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls.

Nov. 14
Veterans Wacipi Keep Tobacco Sacred Powwow

MC: Butch Felix. AD: Glenn GoodThunder. Host Drum: Red Tree Singers. Grand Entry: 1:00 and 7 pm. Free admission. Day Pay for dancers. Pay for first 5 registered drum groups. Commercial-tobacco-free-event. Sponsored by Lower Sioux Tobacco Prevention Program and Lower Sioux Tribal Historic Preservation Office. Vendors contact Grace Goldtooth-Campos at 507-697-6185. Jackpot Junction Casino, Dakota Exposition Center, Morton, MN.

Nov 14 - 15
Beading 101 Workshop

Learn basic beading styles and techniques by creating a project to take home in this two-day workshop. Necklaces, bracelets, pen coverings and lighter cases are examples of items that can be created. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. The workshop runs noon to 4 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday. Cost: $60/$55 MNHS members, plus $15 supply fee. Reservations required, call 320-532-3632. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN.

Nov. 14 - Dec. 19
Art Exhibit: Ancestral by Meryl McMaster

Opening Reception: Saturday, Nov. 14 from 5 to 8 pm, with an Artist Talk at 4 pm. Exhibition will run Nov. 4 through Dec. 19. Ancestral will feature a selection of digital chromogenic prints from two of the artist’s photo-based projects, the Ancestral and In-Between Worlds series. The exhibition Ancestral is the premiere showing of McMaster’s work in the Twin Cities and the artist, who lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, will give an artist talk in the gallery preceding the exhibition opening. McMaster is a Plains Cree member of the Siksika Nation, and is also of British and Dutch ancestry. Bockley Gallery, 2123 w 21st Street, Minneapolis MN. For more info, call 612-377-4669 or see:

Nov. 15
Bdote Field Trip

Spend the day visiting local sites of significance to Dakota people and learning about them from a Dakota perspective. Gain a deeper understanding of the significance of places like Pilot Knob, Wakan Tipi, and Mounds Park to this land’s first people. From 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Ave E, St. Paul. Cost: $90 per person, includes transportation to sites, lunch, and materials. For more info and to register see:

Nov. 16
Open Ensemble: Murielle Borst-Tarrant
As a part of our Lake Street Arts! initiative, Pangea’s ensemble welcomes artists, activists, and community members into our learning circle during Open Ensemble. This month’s OE is led by Murielle Borst-Tarrant. Investigate the unique process that the women of Spiderwoman Theater use to create their plays. “Storyweaving” describes the layering of stories, images, sound, movement and music, creating a three dimensional tapestry which is embodied in space and becomes the theatre production. Free Admission. 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Pangea World Theater, 711 W Lake St, Ste 102, Mpls, MN.

The Native American Cancer Support Group

If you or someone you know is a cancer patient or survivor, we encourage you to join us for a meal and good company. This month we meet Wed.  from 6 to 8 pm, at East Phillips Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call Joy Rivera at 612-314-4843 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 18 - 20
Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Training

Native American Curriculum or Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Programs in Minnesota: Substance abuse-related curriculum will provide an educational experience for prevention specialists and substance abuse staff. 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, and more. Cost: $120.00 (includes materials and copy of curriculum). Cambria Hotel & Suites, 9655 Grove Circle North, Maple Grove, MN. Register online at:

Nov. 19
Native American College Fair

The Native American College Fair organized by Augsburg Fairview Academy­, the Minneapolis Public Schools Indian Education Program, and the St. Paul Indian Education Program will be held at Minneapolis American Indian Center on from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Native American College Fair is free and open to the public. Although the name is Native American College Fair we encourage all students and families to attend, so that they may learn more about their post-secondary education options. Attendees will speak with representatives from a wide variety of post-secondary institutions, job training and community programs. They will learn about college life, courses, and admission & financial aid requirements. Light meal and door prizes. Food Trucks have fare for sale, and there will be a performance by Tall Paul. For info contact Liz Saunby at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 19 
NAP Your Living Legacy 

Please join with LeMoine LaPointe in a powerful community-based gathering to cultivate a shared vision on building a healthy and sustainable Native community. Through on-going conversations, participants will harvest community gifts to design a map for a transformational foundation of trust and confidence that incorporates Native traditions and positive innovation that will be supported and uplifted by community action. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Black Bear Casino Resort Hotel, Room Lake Hall/Sophie Lake, Carlton, MN. For more info, see:

Nov.19 - Jan. 16 
Dimensions of Indigenous: Storytelling

Dimensions of Indigenous: Storytelling is a multi-disciplinary all nations art exhibition featuring both contemporary and traditional work of Indigenous artists of the Americas whose work evokes decolonization, resistance, and cultural identity. Curated by Gordon Coons (Ojibwa)  and Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, (Xinka-Lenca). Artists include: Colleen Casey (Dakota), Dakota Hoska, (Lakota) Maggie Thompson (Ojibwe), Cole Jacobson (Cree), Gordon Coons (Ojibwa), Julie Boada (Anishinabe), Gustavo Boada (Moche), Xilam Balam, (Mexica), Zamara Cuyun (K'iche/Kaqchikel), Gabriela Erandi Spears (Matlatzinca/P'urhepecha), Rebekah Crisanta (Xinka-Lenca), Gustavo Lira (Mixteco/Zapotec). Closing reception: Jan. 16 from 2-5 pm. Join artists and curators for a closing reception to celebrate the work and artists. Music performance by Gustavo Lira & Xilam Balam. Exhibit runs Nov.19 to Jan. 16, 2016. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday from 10 am to -6 pm, and Saturdays from 12 to 5 pm. Admission: sliding scale; $3-10 per person suggested. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-871-4444, email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or see:

Nov. 20
UofMN Honoring American Indian Women Luncheon

The American Indian Student Cultural Center at the University of Minnesota will be hosting the Honoring American Indian Women Luncheon. Each year, they honor outstanding Native women who have demonstrated strong leadership in their work or daily life, and have been positively engaged in their Native community. Doors open at 11:00 am. Event Starts at 11:30 am. Held in the Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union, U of MN campus, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis. For more info contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-624-0243.

Nov. 20
For Tribal Government - IRC 7871 and PL 638

Join Native Americans in Philanthropy and host Mike Myers. Native Americans in Philanthropy continues it’s collaborative work through powering reciprocity and investment to strengthen Native communities. Since the passage of the Indian Tribal Governmental Tax Status Act there has been an emphasis on the ability for Nations/Tribes to issue tax exempt bonds to underwrite development in Indian Country. But IRC 7871 opens a very wide door for expanded fundraising opportunities without the need for a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Black Bear Casino Resort, 1785 MN-210, Carlton, MN. For more info, see:

Nov. 20, 21, 22
Don't Feed the Indians: A Divine Comedy Pageant!

Pangea World Theater and Intermedia Arts present a raucous play and political satire loosely based on Dante's Inferno. This performance brings Brooklyn-based Murielle Borst-Tarrant (of Spiderwomen Theater) to Minneapolis for this satirical and powerful look at the ongoing history of racism and the misappropriation of Native images in popular culture. The primary basis for Don't Feed the Indians: A Divine Comedy Pageant! is the Discovery Doctrine; the concept of international law giving land rights to discoverers and not the Native inhabitants of the land. Borst-Tarrant brilliantly houses the language of the Discovery Doctrine within the framework of Dante's Inferno, where the Indians are the guides Virgil and Beatrice, and the audience become Dante, observing the basic human rights violations of Native Americans in the arts throughout history. Tickets: $15 advance, student, senior. $18 at the door. $10/ticket for groups of 8+ call 612-871-4444. Sliding scale Friday on Nov. 20. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis.Show times:
• Nov. 20 at 7:30 pm
• Nov. 21 at 7:30 pm
• Nov. 22 at 4:30 pm

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