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Thru April 18
Art Exhibit by Gordon Coons
AICHO presents a new art exhibit and artist reception featuring Gordon Coons. Coons is a member of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and lives in Minneapolis, MN. Gordon creates works in a variety of mediums, including linoleum block prints and paintings and pen/ink to name a few. Gordon has won numerous recognition awards and commission for his art. The art exhibit is open from 9 am - 5 pm in the Gimaajii Gallery, located at AICHO, 202 West 2nd Street, Duluth, MN. For info, call 218-722-7225.
• April 8: Artist reception at 5:30 pm.
Synthesis: Paintings by Aza Erdrich
In her premiere solo exhibition of paintings, Erdrich shares works that pull from her life as a young woman of mixed Native and non-Native ancestry growing up in Minneapolis. She draws influence from Anishinaabe artistic traditions and personal experience to create uniquely coded works of self and familial narrative. Guest curated by Dyani White Hawk. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. Hours: Tues-Fri: 10 am - 5 pm; Sat and Sun: 11 am - 5 pm. For info, call 612-235-4970, email
or see www.allmyrelationsarts.com.
May 6th: Thesis: an Artist-Curator Talk with Aza Erdrich, Dyani White Hawk, and other guests. 7 pm.
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 info, see: http://mnhum.org/treaties.
• Thru April 17: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis. UNITE and MCTC invite the community to come learn and share on April 6th at 12:00 for an exhibit opening prayer, statement, and drumming.
• April 25 - May 15: Metro State University, St. Paul.
• June 27 - July 17: Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes.
April 4 - 9
Digital Photographs by Ivy Vainio
Digital photographs by artist Ivy Vainio kicks off “One River, Many Stories” project at the Duluth Art Institute. The Duluth Art Institute will present the kick-off event for the month-long media focus around the St. Louis River corridor: One River, Many Stories. The week-long exhibition will feature gallery walls snaking through the Great Hall of the Depot to echo the loose form of a river. On one side will be a photo exhibition, “The St. Louis River: Diverse Connections by Ivy Vainio,” which will showcase all new work commissioned for the project. Vainio, a local African American and Anishinabe digital photographer, will display photographs that reflect a handful of the diverse people who are connected to, and interact with, the St. Louis River, along with text revealing the individuals’ stories of their relationship with it. Vainio’s work has been internationally, nationally, and locally published and is featured in several local and regional exhibitions and permanent collections, including the Americas collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The public is invited to a free opening reception from 5—7 pm on Monday, April 4, with the chance to record stories with PBS producer Karen Sunderman; and to see a live drumming performance. Duluth Art Institute, 506 W Michigan St # 2, Duluth, MN. For info, call 218-733-7560 or see: www.duluthartinstitute.org.
Sarah Deer: The Beginning and End of Rape
2014 MacArthur Fellow and Mitchell Hamline Professor of Law Sarah Deer will gives a talk on “The Beginning and End of Rape”. Deer will speak about the possibility of actual and positive change in a world where Native women are systematically undervalued, left unprotected, and hurt. 7-9 pm. The talk and discussion will be held from 7-8 p.m., followed by a book signing and dessert reception in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Free and open to the public. Hosted by the Women’s Center in the Office for Equity and Diversity and co-sponsored with American Indian Studies. U of M, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave S #307, Minneapolis.
Leech Lake Primary Election
The Leech Lake primary election will be held in the Twin Cities from 8 am to 8 pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For more info, contact Logan Allen at
Spring Drum Feast
Prevention through Cultural Awareness Program invites the community to participate in a Spring Ceremony. Facilitated by Herb Sam, Mille Lacs Ojibwe Elder, beginning at 5:30 pm. Community members welcome. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact:
or 612 879-1783.
Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers
Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers: 10 Years of Feeding the Fire to End Violence Against Native Women. 9 am on April 5 to Noon on April 7. April 5: fun, themed, Self Care Carnival, and Moccasin Game. April 6: traditional pow-wow (7 - 10 pm) to honor Survivors of domestic and sexual violence, women and children used in prostitution. Free. Limited scholarships available to help with lodging and mileage. White Earth Nation, Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, MN. For info, contact Cristine Davidson at
, or Deb Poitra at
Or see: www.miwsac.org.
National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival
New Native Theater’s National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival will premiere new plays from local and national emerging and mid-career playwrights. Plus a concert after the Saturday night performance. April 6th preview performance at 7:30 pm. April 7th and 8th at 7:30 pm. April 9th at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Celebrate till closing (2 am) with live music featuring Leah Lemm, Mitch Walking Elk, Turtle Mountain Musical Review and a local DJ. April 10th at 2 pm. Tickets available for at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2512420. Pay-what-you-can every night. Or suggested ticket price $20. Bedlam Lowertown, 213 4th Street E., Saint Paul, MN. For more info, email
or call 612-367-7639.
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 monthly event is on the 2nd Friday of each month. 6:30 pm. to 9:00 pm. The American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis. For info, contact David Boeltl at
Honor the Seeds Gathering
Topics include: Seed and seed story sharing; Finishing planting beans, squash and tobacco; Planting shared seeds; Native pollinators and Honey Bees; Making corn husk dolls; Tour of WETCC Gardens; Seed saving techniques; and more. April 8th: 9:30 am - 6 pm (lunch and dinner served). April 9th: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm (lunch and snacks served). Free and open to the public. White Earth Tribal and Community College. For info, email
MAIC Fitness and Nutrition Event
1st Annual Spring registration event for the Ginew/Golden Eagle, Native FAN (Fitness & Nutrition) and Prevention through Cultural Awareness Programs. Come find out about the programs at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Lunch, raffles, family activities, nutrition, crafts and more. There will be fitness and nutrition activities.11 am – 3 pm. Open to all community members. Youth, families, adults, and elders welcome. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, contact Mary LaGarde at 612-879-1750 or
April 10 (deadline)
Endangered Language Fund
The Endangered Language Fund supports language preservation and documentation projects. Provides grants for language maintenance and linguistic fieldwork related to languages in danger of disappearing within a generation or two. Priority is given to projects that serve both a specific Native community and the field of linguistics in general. Work that has immediate applicability to one group and more distant application to another also will be considered. Average grants to be less than $4,000 and average about $2,000. Funds can be applied to consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc., with the exception of overhead and indirect costs. Researchers and language activists from any country are encouraged to apply. Decisions will be delivered in May, 2016. For a list of eligible languages, complete program guidelines, and application instructions, visit: www.endangeredlanguagefund.org/request.php.
2016 FASD Day at the Capitol
MOFAS needs advocates to talk to legislators about the importance of prioritizing issues impacting people with an FASD. Learn about important FASD legislation being proposed, and be empowered to make an impact by sharing life experiences with your legislator. Top priority is to teach tools you need to connect your experience to the legislation, and be able to ask your legislator for their support. Advocates from across the state will gather at the Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, 105 University Ave W, St Paul. For more info, call Sara Messelt, Isaac Mullin at 651-917-2370. www.mofas.org/public-policy/fasd-day-at-the-capitol.
April 15 (deadline)
Call for papers
Aboriginal North America and Europe: Strengthening Connections. An interdisciplinary international conference held November 11-13 2016. The aim of the conference is to bring together aboriginal and non-aboriginal North American and European scholars, artists and activists and provide a venue for exchanging views, ideas and scholarship findings related to the present, the past and the future of aboriginal peoples of North America. Scholars representing multiple disciplines (history, sociology, ethnology, anthropology, culture studies, literary studies, law, politology, linguistics and others) are invited to share their research results. Aboriginal activists and artists are invited to share their experiences, knowledge and art. Proposals for 20-minute papers, 60- minute interactive workshops, round-table discussions, poetry and prose readings are requested. Email 250-word-long proposal and a CV to:
Acceptance information will be emailed to participants by May 15. For more info, see: www.paas.org.pl/2015/12/aboriginal-north-america-and-europe-strengthening-connections.
Kids’ Day at NACC
Join us for a healthy snack & fun arts and crafts. Make an appointment for a well child visit or a dental exam check-up. 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis MN. For info, call 612-872-8086, opt 2.
April 15 (deadline)
American Indian Month Kickball Tourney Registration
Registration is due no later than 4 pm. We will be having a fundraiser to help fund the Umpires and Food, if your team plans on participating you can help in a big fundraiser or a smaller one of your choosing to help with cost. This is a non-profit event all monies go directly towards event. (Last Year we had plenty of food and drinks and were able to pay for the Umpires.) There is a 4 team minimum for this event to continue, so registering early will help gives us an idea of who is participating. If your agency cannot make up an 11 person team contact me and we may be able to partner you with another agency so everyone may play. Tourney is May 14th beginning at 10 am at Brackett Park in south Minneapolis. For info, contact Travis Earth-Werner at 612-871-2883.
Author Event: Anton Treuer
Author talk and book signing by MNHS Press author Anton Treuer on his new book, Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe. 1 pm - 3 pm. Free. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, call 320-532-3632 or email
American Indian OIC Jobs Event
Walk in, grab lunch, and start interviewing, it’s that simple. There will be several giveways so remember to sign in so your name can be entered into the drawings; you do not have to be present to win. Programs offered: Health Information & Patient Services Specialist, Administrative Professional, Computer Support Specialist, Adult Basic Education/GED, Minneapolis Works Program, Minnesota Family Investment Program, Youth Works Mpls, and Workforce Innovations for Natives. 12 pm to 3 pm. AIOIC, 1845 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. For info call 612-341-3358 or see: www.aioic.org.
4th Annual Great Native American Cook-Off
Community event o raise money for the Wicoie Nandagikendan Preschool Language Immersion Program. Please support by attending this event, entering a dish, sponsoring a cook, volunteering, or making a donation, or purchase raffle tickets. All cooks and tasters welcome! For participant registration information, pre sale tickets or raffle tickets contact: wicoienandagikendan.org. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, call Wicoie Nandagikendan at 612-721-4246; Betty Jane Schaaf at 651-366-9175 or
Northern Indigenous Games
The Inaugural Northern Indigenous Games at Bemidji State University. The Northern Indigenous Games will be held for a week in April from Minneapolis to Bemidji. The events feature indigenous athletes and coaches presenting traditional games played by various Native cultures throughout North America. A film screening will be on April 22, featuring former NJCAA National Cross Country Champion Angelo Baca (Navajo/Hopi). BSU American Indian Resource Center will also host a Symposium on April 23 featuring indigenous perspectives of the indigenous games. Pre-registration required to participate in the film screening, symposium and indigenous games. Free. For info, see: www.honorearth.org/northerngames.
April 22-May 20
Two spirit Exhibition
The art show “The Many Faces of Two-Spirit People” will show at Two Rivers Gallery. Reception will be May 14 from 5-8 pm. There will also be a reading by Two-Spirit writers during the reception. Gallery Hours: Mon., Tue.: 10 am - 4 pm; Wed. 11 am - 3 pm. MAIC, 1530 Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, email:
Leech Lake Meeting
Leech Lake Twin Cities Local Indian Council monthly meeting will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm. Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center (in the gymnasium), 2300 15th Ave S, Minneapolis. For info, contact Logan Allen at
American Indian Wellness Fair
Over 60 exhibitors, free health assessments, healthy food demos, community feast, door prizes. Free and open to the public. 11 am to 3 pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis.
Winnetou’s Snake Oil Show from Wigwam City
New Native Theatre presents Well Red Play Reading Series. New and classic plays by Native authors performed by Native actors the last Friday of every month.This month is: Spiderwoman Theater’s Winnetou’s Snake Oil Show from Wigwam City. After 40 years, Spiderwoman Theater is the longest running women’s theatre collective and the most respected makers of theater about the Native experience. Free. 7:30 pm. At All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. (Powwow Grounds cafe will be open for snacks and beverages.) For info, see: www.newnativetheatre.org, or email:
White Earth Urban Community Council Board Election
To nominate people for the board, pick up a nomination form at the White Earth Urban Office or at the entrance of the MN Chippewa Tribe Building. Election takes place 10 am - 4 pm at MN Chippewa Tribe Building, 1308 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis (rear entrance).
Loom Beading Workshop
Learn the art of loom beading through hands-on experience. Create a design, put it on a loom and learn how to apply the loom work to leather or cloth when it is finished. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Cost: $30, $25 MNHS members, $15 supply fee. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, call 320-532-3632 or email:
Ojibwe Language Mini-Camp
Ojibwe language activities for the whole family. Play Ojibwe JENGA. Win a fabulous prize with the bowl game. Make Ojibwe memory cards. Add your questions for “Ask an elder” with Mary and Leonard Moose. Try out Ojibwe Speed “snagging” (Get to know your neighbor). Play Ojibwe food bingo. Lunch will be served and there will be a raffle for prizes. 10 am to 2:30 pm. The Neighborhood Early Learning Center, 2438 18th Avenue South, Minneapolis. For info, call Wicoie Nandagikendan at 612-378-4897.
Indian Month Kick-off Event
Event runs from 10 am - 1 pm and begins at Little Earth of United Tribes, 2501 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis. For info, see: www.facebook.com/2016AmIndMonthMpls.
Fertile Ground II
“Fertile Ground II: Growing the Seeds for Native American Health” will address several crucial dietary and cultural issues that have made Native American communities susceptible to health problems. Held at the JW Marriott hotel, Mall of America. Topics include: nutrition, access to healthier food, and Native America food production. Also on the agenda are youth leadership and intergeneration holistic health in order to encourage cultural changes that can lead to improvement in eating and health habits. Tribes, health experts and funders are encouraged to participate. For info, email:
Registration is $350. Registration fee includes: conference, evening networking reception, breakfast on May 3rd and 4, Lunch on May 3rd and 4th, Dinner on May 2 and 3. There will be no on-site registration, register at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/General/Fertile-Ground-II_UCM_483360_SubHomePage.jsp.
40- Hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Training
Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition’s Fundamentals of Sexual Assault Advocacy Sexual Violence in Indian Country. Topics include: Sex Offenders - What Advocates Need to Know; Core Skills of Advocacy; Social Change Advocacy; SARTS-Sexual Assault Response Teams; Advocacy Self Care and Burnout; Medical Response; Law Enforcement Response; Prosecution of Sexual Assault; Mental Health- Basic Info for Advocates; Sexual Assault Victimization; Impact of Sexual Assault; Advocacy for LGBTQ/Two Spirits; Elder Abuse; Adolescent and Child Sexual Abuse; Prostitution and Trafficking; Sexual Assault by Self-Proclaimed Spiritual Leaders; Sexual Harassment; Policies and Practices. Meals will be on your own. Free, includes materials and Certificate of Completion upon completion. Who should attend: Advocates and Service Providers. Community is welcome. Limited to 30 Persons. Trainers: Cristine Davidson and Amanda Watson. Training is at Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Building,15542th State 371 NW, Cass Lake, MN. Register:
2nd Annual Dakóta Oyate Language Bowl
The language bowl is working to increase the number of Dakota language speakers. Age Groups: Grades 6-12, Adult Novice and Adult Advanced (at your own discretion). Cost to Participate: $100/team. Cost to Attend: Free. Harding High School, 1540 6th St., East Saint Paul, MN. 8 am - 6 pm. Register at: http://ande9484.wix.com/dakotaiapi. For info, contact Brittany Anderson at 612-626-5759 or
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The controversy over copper-nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota has ensnared Duluth’s Bent Paddle Brewing Company. On March 7, the Silver Bay City Council voted 3-2 to remove Bent Paddle beer from its municipal liquor store, because the brewer is part of a business coalition opposed to copper-nickel mining.
The Silver Bay decision to ban the beer followed on the March 3 approval by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) of the final environmental impact statement (EIS) on the NorthMet project, the proposed PolyMet Mining, Inc. copper-nickel mine south of Babbitt. The DNR’s decision that the NorthMet project “meets the state’s standards for adequacy” will allow PolyMet, which is based in Toronto, Canada, to begin applying for some 20 federal, state and local permits for its mine, and for a processing facility in Hoyt Lakes.
Getting back to the Bent Paddle sideshow, the Duluth brewer is one of 70 local businesses making up the Downstream Business Coalition, which called on Gov. Mark Dayton to reject the PolyMet mine project.
The Pioneer Press reported, in late March, that the Silver Bay City Council is dealing with criticism over its split decision to remove Bent Paddle beer from the liquor store.
The fuss in Silver Bay “demonstrates all the things that are crazy about this situation,” responded Aaron Klemz, spokesperson for Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, one of the many environmental groups that have been sounding the alarm about the perils of copper-nickel mining.
“It goes to show that even folks that take a step modestly in the direction of standing up for clean water, or opposing copper-nickel mining, are subject to disciplinary moves,” Klemz commented.
He noted that the owners of Bent Paddle have been “really articulate about why they’ve taken these actions, and why they’re opposed to PolyMet [bit.ly/bent-paddle]; and I think Silver Bay looks a little bit foolish in their response to it.”
The debate over copper-nickel mining in Minnesota’s Arrowhead region has pitted the foreign mining companies and their supporters against environmentalists, business owners and residents who argue that sulfide mining will be ruinous to the natural bounty Up North.
In the mixed bag of pronouncements last month, after the DNR signed off on the PolyMet mine, Gov. Dayton stated his opposition to another proposed copper-nickel project, the $2.8 billion Twin Metals underground mine near Birch Lake.
In a March 6 letter to Ian Duckworth, COO of Twin Metals Minnesota, Dayton expressed “grave concerns about the use of state surface lands for mining related activities in close proximity to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).” Dayton let Duckworth know that the BWCAW “is a crown jewel in Minnesota and a national treasure.”
In closing, Dayton wrote: “I wish to inform you that I have directed the DNR not to authorize or enter into any new state access agreements or lease agreements for mining operations on those state lands.”
Also, on the day after Dayton’s letter, the U.S. Interior Department informed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that Twin Metals does not have an automatic right of renewal of the leases on federal lands, and the BLM has the discretion to grant or deny the company’s application. According to an Associated Press report, the Twin Metals leases, which were first issued in 1996, and last renewed in 2004, have expired. Thus, the Twin Metals project was dealt a double whammy in March.
And readers of The Circle should know that there has been little press attention to the role of Minnesota’s Ojibwe bands, as far as the DNR’s decision to let the PolyMet project roll on. Aaron Klemz mentioned that both the state and federal government have “legal obligations” to the bands, which retain hunting, fishing and gathering rights in the territories ceded in 19th century treaties. Simply put, mining ventures cannot be allowed to pollute tribal land and water resources. In the case of sulfide mining, there has been particular attention to the effect of sulfate pollution on wild rice beds; the issue remains unresolved.
Klemz added, “I do know that throughout the history of this process that the tribal resource agencies, as well as GLIFWC [Great Lake Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission], have been really frustrated with the response that they’ve gotten to their comments,” on the PolyMet environmental review.
In April, there will be a consultation between the U.S. Forest Service and representatives of the Ojibwe bands, prior to a Forest Service decision on the exchange of surface land for the PolyMet project, said Klemz. He stressed that, apart from Minnesota’s role, the federal agencies will have a big say in decisions on whether or not PolyMet gets final approval to mine.
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Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow 2016
Head Judges: Rick Cleveland and Chuck Lasley. AD: Randy Paskemin. Special: 16 + Ladies Team dance with teams of 2-4. 3 places, prizes TBA. Adult Men 30+ Crow Hop, prizes TBA. Mens Woodlands, prizes TBA. Womens Fancy, prizes TBA. Women’s Scrub Special 18+, prizes TBA. Mens Traditional Special 18, prizes TBA. Hand Drum Contest: Adult 18+ teams of 3 or more. Youth 17 and under, teams of 3 or more. 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Alliant Energy Center Arena, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI. For info, call 715-292-7169 or email:
Or see: www.facebook.com/events/1662696960679676/
U of MN-Morris 32nd Annual Powwow
The University of Minnesota, Morris is hosting their 32nd Annual Contest powwow. Grand Entry at 1 and 7 pm. Feast, American Indian arts and crafts. Drum split (first 10 drums only). MC: Jerry Dearly. Host Drum: Wahpekute. AD: Gabe Desrosiers. Head Dance Judge: Michael Gabbard. Honor Guard: Lakota Woman Warriors. Dance contest categories include: Golden Age (55+ men/women) combined; Adult Men (18–54 years) Traditional, Grass, Fancy; Adult Women (18–54 years) Traditional, Jingle, Fancy; Teen (12–17 years) Traditional, Grass, Fancy; Teen Girls’ Traditional, Jingle, Fancy; Junior (6–11 years) Traditional, Grass, Fancy; Junior Girls’ Traditional, Jingle, Fancy; and Tiny Tots (0–5 years). Specials include Potato and Street Dance. There also will be a drum payout for the first 10 drums (must have five registered singers). Free and open to the public. University of Minnesota, Morris, Physical Education Center, 626 East 2nd St., Morris, MN.
23rd Annual St. Cloud State Traditional Powwow
Grand Entries 1 and 7 pm. Feast at 5 pm. AD: Ricky White. MC: Mickey Hodges. Honor Guard: Fon du Lac. Head Dancers: Naomi Pigeon and Joe Erler. Spiritual Advisor: Ron Leith. Host Drum: Red Tree. Invited Drum: Little Thunder and Timberland. Free. Main Gym, Hallenbeck Hall, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN. For info, call 320-308-4706 or email:
SCSU Everybody is welcome to attend! For vendor applications, email
33rd Annual NAISO Powwow Michigan State U
Head Man: Olin Yazzie. Head Lady: Iliana Bennett. MC: Joe Syrette. Host Drums: Young Buffalo Horse & Smokeytown. Midnight Smokedance Special. 223 Kalamazoo St East Lansing, MI. For info, contact: Ashley Ryerse at 517-355-9710 or
UW-Madison Spring Contest Powwow
UW-Madison, Madison, WI. For info, contact 608-265-3420.
18th Annual Celebrating All Walks of Life Traditional Powwow
Saturday, April 9: 11:00 am doors open; 1:00 pm Grand Entry; 4:00 pm break; 6:00 pm Grand Entry. Sunday, April 10: 11:00 am doors open; 12:00 pm Grand Entry; 4:00 pm powwow ends. Specials: Hand Drum Competition, Two Step Competition, Silent Auction, Cake Walk. Free and open to the public. GVSU Fieldhouse, 10915 S. Campus Dr., Allendale, MI. For info call, Office of Multicultural Affairs at 616-331-2177 or email:
Leech Lake Tribal College Anwebin Niimi’idiwin
MC: Murphy Thomas & Branden Bowstring. Spiritual Leaders: Darrell Kingbird, Cody Goggleye. ADs: Pat Haugen and Royal Rock. Host Drum: LLTC Singers. Grand Entries on Saturday at 1 pm and 6:30 pm; and Sunday at 1 pm. Meal provided on Saturday at 5 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. First 15 Drums to Register. Must have 5+ singers. Dancers must be in full regalia. Free admission, open to the public. Cass Lake Bena High School, 15308 State Highway 371 NW, Cass Lake, MN. For info, contact David Northbird at 218-335-4222 or email:
For vendor information call Flower Kingbird at 218-335-4224 or email:
2nd Annual Veterans Contest Powwow
MC(s) Butch Felix and Dan SeaBoy. AD: Kyle Iron Lightning. Head Mens Judge: Ivan Lovejoy. Head Womans Judge: Cassandra White.Grand Entries: Saturday at 1 pm and 7 pm. Sunday at 1 pm. Golden Age (55 & Over) Traditional/Fancy/Grass/Jingle: 1st place $500, 2nd place $300, 3rd place $200, 4th place $100. Mens & Womans (18 - 54) Traditional/Fancy/Grass/Jingle/Chicken: 1st place $500, 2nd place $300, 3rd place $200, 4th place $100. Teens Boys & Girls (12 - 17) Traditional/Fancy/Grass/Jingle/Chicken: 1st place $150, 2nd place $125, 3rd place $100 4th place $75. Juniors Boys & Girls (6 - 11) Traditional/Fancy/Grass/Jingle: 1st place $100, 2nd place $85, 3rd place $75, 4th place $65. Tiny Tots: $ 5 for each session. Day Money for all Drums. Specials: Joseph Court Men’s Traditional (18 and over) 1st place $300; 2nd place $200; 3rd place $100, by Ivan Lovejoy and Family. Men's Fancy Dance Special (13 and over) 1st place $1000, and 5 consolation prized, by Cassanda White and Family. Special: Kahomni Special, Potato Dance Special, Mens Cowboy Specia, Womans Cowboy Special. Free Buffalo feed Saturday evening. Free Veterans feed Sunday afternoon. Free admission. Seating available but feel free to bring your own chairs. Four Winds High School, Fort Totten, ND. For info, contact Catherine Howard at 701-230-9597 or 701-652-5871. For vendor info, contact Clifford Abrahamson at 701)-652-5871
UND Indian Association Time-Out Wacipi
Grand Entries: Friday, April 22 at 7 pm; Saturday, April 23 at1 pm and 7 pm; Sunday, April 24 at 1 pm. Traditional meal served Saturday, April 23 at 5 pm. Admission: UND students free with current ID; $13 for weekend or $8 per day; 60+ and 5 and under are free. Contest categories: Golden Age Men and Women (60+); Senior Adult Men and Women (35-59); Junior Adult Men & Women (18-34); Teen Boys & Girls (13-17); Junior Boys & Girls (6-12); Tiny Tots (0-5). Singing Contest (1st-4th). University of North Dakota, Hyslop Sports Center, 2751 2nd Avenue, Grand Forks, ND. For info, contact Indian Studies Dept. at 701-777-4650 or email:
2nd Annual Bemijigamaag Sanford Center Powwow
MC/Spiritual Advisor: Darrell Kingbird. Co-MC: Dave Northbird. ADs: Earl Fairbanks and Pat Haugen. Host Drum: Youngkingbird. Dancer and Drum registration: 10 am - 2 pm. Grand Entries: 1 pm and 7 pm. Drums: 5 singers minimum. Hand Drum, Jingle, Grass, Men’s Traditional & Women’s Fancy Contest: $300, $200, & $100. Sanford Center, 111 Event Center Drive NE, Bemidji, MN. For info, contact Darryl Northbird: 218-335-4457.
Madison College Annual Spring Powwow
MC: Artley Skenandore. AD: Brian Jackson. Co-Host Drums: Tomahawk Circle Singers and Northern Wind. Invited Drums: Wind Eagle, Grindstone Lake Singers, Ho-Chunk Station, Picture Rock Singers, Old 54. Head Dancers: Brevin Boyd and Rose Sanapaw. Head Veteran: Paul Cloud. Color Guard: Lac du Flambeau. Doors open at 11 am. Grand Entries at 1 and 7 pm. Feast 5 pm. Madison College, Redsten Gymnasium, Truax Campus, 1701 Wright St., Madison, WI. Admission: $5 includes feast and all powwow activities; Elders (55 and older), children 5 & under are free. For info, call 608-246-6458.
Spring Honor Traditional Powwow
Minot State University Dome, Minot, ND. For info, contact 701-858-3365.
Annual U of M Spring Powwow
MC: Jerry Dearly. Host Drums: Red Bone. Grand Entries: 1 pm and 7 pm. Feast is at 5 pm with $5 dinner ticket (Feast free for elders 65+, children 5 and under, and UMN students with valid Student ID). University of Minnesota Fiedhouse, 1800 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN. For info, contact Randy Gresczyk at 612-624-0243 or email:
42nd Annual A.I.R.O. Traditional Powwow
UW-Stevens Point-Berg Gym, Stevens Point, WI. For info, call 715-346-3576.
Little Earth Mother’s Day Powwow
MCs: James Cross and Robert Jones. ADs: Miziway DesJarlait and Mike Demo. Head Man: Robert DesJarlait. Head Woman: Linda EagleSpeaker. Host Drums: Little Earth and Red Bone. Little Earth Princess, Brave Royalty, Baby Space Princess and Brave Royalty at 3:00 pm. Hand Drum Contest for groups of 3 or more at 5 pm with winners announced at 9 pm. 1st place $300, 2nd: $200, 3rd $100. From noon to 9 pm. Grand Entry at 1 and 7 pm. Feast and Tatanka Truck at 5 pm. Little Earth of United Tribes, 2495 18th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, call James at 651-329-9389.
4th Annual Traditional Powwow for Hope
Powwow for Hope "Dancing for Life, Love & Hope" is a community event and fundraiser for the American Indian Cancer Foundation. It is an opportunity for you to offer your love and support to the cancer survivors and caregivers in our community, to honor loved ones who have passed on, and to learn more about cancer prevention and resources. 9 am to 10:30 pm. Bass Camp Facility, 201 Bloomington Road, Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, MN. For info, call 612-314-4848 or see: www.americanindiancancer.org.
27th Annual Gathering of Warriors Traditional Powwow
Woodland Bowl, Keshena, WI. For info, call 715-851-4748.
Memorial Day Traditional Powwow
Veterans Memorial Grounds, Palace Casino Drive, Cass Lake, MN. For info, contact Rod Northbird at 218-308-3120 or rod.northbird@ nwioic.org. Or Leah Gale Monroe at 218-760-3127 or leahgale@ hotmail.com.
11th Annual Seven Clans Contest Powwow
7 Clans Casino, Thief River Falls, MN. For info, call 218-556-7566.
21st Annual Memorial Day Traditional Powwow
Honoring our veterans' past and present. Sponsored by AMVets Post 53 & Ladies Auxillary. Noon - 5 pm. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, call 320-532-3632 or see http://www.mnhs.org/event/1290.
13th Annual Waa Wiye Gaa Maag Traditional Powwow
Powwow, Walk/Run, Horseshoe Tournament. Pow-wow Grounds, S-Lake, MN. (28 mi. N of Deer River MN 56681 on Hwy 46). For info, call 218-760-7955 (Gary) or 218-308-3680 (LaVonne).
23rd FRC Indian Day Celebration Contest Powwow
Fort Randall Casino, Pickstown, SD. For info, call 605-487-7871 ext. 473.
Oneida Contest Powwow
Norbert Hill Center, Oneida, WI. For info, call 920-496-5311 or 800-236-2214.
4th of July Traditional Powwow
Veterans Memorial Grounds (located next to Palace Casino on Palace Casino Drive), Cass Lake, MN. For info, call LaVonne Thompson at 218-308-3680 or
38th Annual Red Cliff Traditional Powwow
Pow-wow Gorunds, Red Cliff, WI. For info, call 715-779-3700.
16th Annual Rosebud Casino Contest Wacipo
Rosebud Casino, Rosebud, SD. For info, call 800-786-7673.
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Jiingtamok
Traditional Powwow with some dance and drum specials. No Admission Fees, Native vendors only. Camping: On-site camping, some electricity hookups available, bathrooms with showers. Call ahead to reserve a room at the Little River Casino Resort located across the street from the Powwow Grounds Toll-Free: 1-888-568-2244. 2608 Government Center Drive, Manistee, MI. For info, call Kareen Lewis 231-398-6895 or email:
Prairie Island Dakota Contest Powwow
Grand entries: July 8 at 7 pm; July 9 at 1 pm and 7 pm; July 10 at 1 pm. Contest categories: Teen Girls Jingle Dress - 1st place $600, 2nd place $400, 3rd place $200; Women's Fancy Shawl - 1st place $500, 2nd place $400, 3rd place $300; Teen Girls Fancy Shawl - 1st place $300, 2nd place $200, 3rd place $100; Sybling Special Boys and Girls; Teen Girls Fancy Shawl; Men's Fancy Dance 18+ (Note: Man Bells needed, five on each side, old style) - 1st place $1,000, 2nd place $800, 3rd place $600, 4th place $400; Men's Grass Dance; Cowboy Hat/Boot Special; Moccasin Game Tournament (held all weekend); Women's Crow Style; Men's Crow Style; Women's Backup Singing Contest. Tiny tots (up to age 5) get day money. 5636 Stugeon Road, Prairie Island, MN. For info, call 651-267-4024 or 651-385-4161, or see: www.facebook.com/PIICWacipiPowWow.
43rd Annual Honor the Earth Traditional Powwow
LCO Pow-wow Grounds, Hayward, WI. For info, call 715-634-8934.
Mii Gwitch Mahnomen Days
54th Annual Traditional Powwow. 6 mi. W of Deer Diver MN on US 2, Ball Club, MN. For info, contact Rose Wilson at 218-398-2893 or
49th Annual Fort Totten Days Contest Powwow
Andrew Shaw, Sr. Arena, Fort Totten, ND. For info, call 701-381-9753.
Onigum 19th Annual Traditional Powwow
13 mi. E of Walker Mn. on Co. Rd.13, Onigum, MN. For info, call Theresa Jordan at 218-536-0213.
50th Annual Menominee Nation Contest Powwow
Woodland Bowl, Keshena, WI.
Pezihutazizi Oyate Traditional Wacipi
Upper Sioux Community powwow. Warm-Ups: Friday, 7 pm. Grand Entries: Saturday 1 pm and 7 pm; and Sunday 1 pm. Vendor Deadline is July 8, contact Eric 320-564-6057. For info, call 320-564-6040 or 320-564-6057. Upper Sioux Community, 5722 Travers Lane, Granite Falls, MN.
40th Annual Mohican Veterans Traditional Powwow
Many Trails Park, Bowler, WI. For info, call 715-793-4111.
Grand Portage Rendezvous Days Program and Powwow
Music, dancing, craft demonstrations, and hands-on workshops will be held at the Grand Portage National Monument Rendezvous Program. The Stockade, reconstructed buildings and historic encampment are open from 9 am – 5 pm. The event is held in conjunction with the annual Grand Portage Powwow, an American Indian cultural gathering focusing on dance, song and family celebration. Admission is free. Everyone is invited to watch and participate in the powwow. Free. National Monument Heritage Center, 170 Mile Creek Rd., Grand Portage, MN. For info, see: www.visitcookcounty.com/ entry/?id=3738.
SMSC Contest Powwow
Dancers of all ages will gather at the annual Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Wacipi. Flag Raising: Saturday and Sunday at 9 am. Grand Entry: Friday at 7 pm., Saturday at 1 pm. and 7 pm., Sunday at 1 pm. $10 for entire weekend with button purchase. Adults 60+ are free. Children 10 and under are free. 2016-2017 Wacipi Grounds, 3212 Dakotah Parkway, Shakopee, MN. Directions: north of Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and south of County Road 42, between county roads 83 and 17 (Marschall Road). Ample parking: golf carts are available at no charge to transport guests from the parking lot to the grounds. For info, call 952-445-8900 or see: http://smscwacipi.org.
50th Annual Mille Lacs Traditional Powwow
Shaw Bosh Kung Pt., Onamia, MN. Directions: West side of Mille Lacs Lake, 12 miles North of Onamia on Hwy 169, follow signs. For info, call 612-440-6526.
Cha Cha Bah Ning Powwow
36th Annual Traditional Pow Wow, Inger, MN. For info, call Dorothy at 218-556-7590.
Wii Gitchie Ni Mi Dim
Labor Day Contest Powwow at the Leech Lake Veterans Grounds, located next to the Palace Casino on Palace Drive. Cass Lake. For info, contact Rod Northbird at 218-308-3120 or
Or Leah Gale Monroe at 218-760-3127 or
47th Annual United Tribes International Contest Powwow
Lone Star Arena, Bismarck, ND. For info, call 701-255-3285, ext. 1293
Mendota's 17th Annual Traditional Wacipi
Mendota Heights, Mendota, MN (Highway 13 & 110, by Mendota Bridge). For info, call Sharon Lennartson at 651-452-4141 or 612-913-1903. Cost: $5.00 donation, no one turned away.
Indian Summer Contest Powwow
Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, WI. For info, call 414-604-1000.
Great Dakota Gathering, Homecoming & Powwow
Traditional Powwow and Specials for tiny tots, youth, teens, and adults including Applique. Parks Ave, Winona, MN. Camping: Free Tent Camping only (No hookups) at Unity Park, RV and Travel Trailer Camping available at Prairie Island Campground. Contact them for reservation and rates: 507-452-4501. Hotel & Motel Accommodations in Winona include River Port Inn, Plaza Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, and Super 8 call for reservation and room rates. For info, call 507-494-8849 or email:
Mahkato 44th Annual Traditional Powwow
MCs: Jerry Dearly and Danny Seaboy. AD: Richard Milda. Host Drums: Mazakute Singers, Santee, NE and Oyate Teca, Pine Ridge, SD. Grand Entries: Friday at 7 pm; Saturday at 1 pm and 7 pm; Sunday at 1 pm. General Admission $7.00 for the entire weekend, Children 12 and under get in free, Seniors 60 and older: $5.00 Dakota Wakisue Makoce (Land of Memories Park), Mankato, MN. Directions: Coming from 169 heading south into Mankato: Cross over the Blue Earth River on 169/60 and proceed down the short incline. There is a sign on the right side of the road saying Land of Memories Campground with an arrow pointing to the right. Right hand turn lane and turn right. Then take the first left. Go up a small hill, over railroad tracks and into the campground. For info, call Dave Brave Heart at 507-514-5088 or Dan Zielske at 507-387-3572.
Battle Point 19th Annual Traditional Powwow
Battle Point Pow Wow Grounds, Battle Point Drive, Federal Dam, MN. For info, call Leah Gale Monroe at 218-760-3127.
40th Annual St. Joseph's Indian School Traditional Powwow
St. Joseph's Indian, School Football Field, Chamberlain, SD. For info, call 605-234-3313 or 605-234-3366.
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Leonardo DiCaprio had been nominated four times by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences before this year’s selection for his lead role in The Revenant. As one of the iconic Hollywood actors of his generation, DiCaprio’s long losing streak, going back to his first bid for 1993’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, became itself iconic.
At last month’s 88th Oscar Awards ceremony, DiCaprio finally won a golden statuette for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of American fur trader Hugh Glass. His gritty, physical performance, which contained few spoken lines, was boosted by a stunning backdrop of raging rivers, snow-capped mountains, and flooded woodlands – a landscape which Chief Ernest Wesley of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation says deserves partial credit for DiCaprio’s victory.
“I believe our movie set helped Leo win his first Oscar,” Wesley said. DiCaprio thanked the Stoney Nadoka people for their contributions to The Revenant in an understated acceptance speech which he used as a platform to warn against the dangers of climate change.
The Revenant is the latest production to shoot primarily in Stoney Nakoda territory, which is centered 20 miles west of Calgary, Alberta in the eastern foothills of the Canadian Rockies along the Bow River. The relationship between the Stoney Nakoda and Hollywood began in the 1950s; dozens of producers have sought out the First Nation’s pristine landscape, which evokes the pre-industrial American West.
When contacted by The Circle for this story, Chief Wesley extended greetings to his “Sioux relatives in Minnesota.” While Wesley says that the Stoney Nakoda people are well aware of their connection to the greater Sioux Nation, he says Sioux people in the U.S. are often surprised to learn they have relations as far away as northern Alberta.
Wesley says Sioux people have always called the area home. “When you look at the Sioux Nation as it was before contact with Europeans, we were a very big country. Within our borders were all or parts of Alberta, Manitoba, Montana, North and South Dakota, Saskatchewan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska.”
While Sioux people had established themselves north and south of the present International Boundary long before contact, Wesley says it was following the 1876 Battle of the Greasy Grass (Little Bighorn) that their population in Canada swelled. Bands following leaders such as Sitting Bull, seeking shelter from the U.S. armed forces genocidal campaign, moved north. While many, including Sitting Bull, eventually returned to the U.S. (where he was murdered December 15, 1890), others decided to remain, establishing new Sioux communities and expanding existing ones along the outer reaches of their traditional homelands.
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Sap is flowing and being harvested from Minnesota maple trees. It’s calving season out on the bison and beef ranches in the Dakotas and Montana. Like every year over the last millennium, April starts a new food production season for Indian Country in the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains.
But there is something new under the springtime sun this year. The “Buy Local” movement popular across the country for the past decade is being repackaged into a “Buy Native” movement in the Northlands.
Indian Business Alliance organizations in five Northern Plains and Upper Midwest states are launching an interactive, online Native Business Directory this month for both Native American individual and tribally owned businesses.
The North Dakota Indian Business Alliance is taking the lead in designing the directory website, said executive director Stacey LaCompte. The IBAs in Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Montana are also involved with the initial Native Business Directory. It was set to go online in early April.
Over time, LaCompte said, the Alliances hope to make the directory a national listing of American Indian and Alaskan owned and operated businesses.
Foods and arts and crafts will be a big part of the directory, said Pamela Standing, executive director of the Minnesota Indian Business Alliance. These are popular items, and Native harvested and produced food items are part of what appears to be a growing, expanding Native industry sector, she said.
The directory should function as a “Buy Native Gift Guide” in time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, Standing said.
This effort is consistent with local business groups all across the country that promote “Buy Local” campaigns to strengthen local economies, Standing said. That movement really took off in 2007 when four San Francisco women started a local campaign and coined the term “locavore” to describe people who want to purchase local foods. A Native directory is a variant of the local theme.
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