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Native media pioneer, Gordon Regguinti, passes on
Tuesday, March 14 2017
 
Written by Mark Anthony Rolo,
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obitreguintti.jpgGordon David Regguinti passed on to the spirit world on February 2, 2017. He was 62.

Regguinti was a pioneer in the movement to establish Native American journalism as a legitimate institution, giving critically needed voice to Native peoples from all circles of life. He was respected by his tribal peers and by mainstream newsroom executives. He traveled the country lobbying for Native journalists to be seated at the table when it came to racial inclusion and more accurate coverage of Native issues. And he never departed from his devotion to his Leech Lake Ojibwe roots.

Raised on the Leech Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota, Regguinti earned a bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 1987. His career in Native American media began with serving as editor of The Circle newspaper in Minneapolis.

In the early 1990s, Regguinti  hired Dale Kakkak (Menominee) as staff photographer for The Circle. Kakkak remembers Regguinti as a visionary who believed telling stories of Native life was vital to confronting stereotypes and debunking the myth that Native Americans existed only in the American past. “Gordon worked to promote Native culture and ideals, and to present our thoughts about us on our own terms,” Kakkak said. “Gordon helped awaken in the U.S. mainstream consciousness that Indigenous people existed, and we weren’t just the stereotypical Indians most people thought of when the term Indian was used.”

And it was through gaining access to media that Regguinti believed Native people could do more in telling their own stories. He was convinced that a core mission of Native media was in preserving and promoting tribal traditions. In 1998, Regguinti told Cultural Survival, a worldwide indigenous advocacy organization, that one of the most vital roles Native American radio plays is not only to promote dialogue on Native issues, but to promote culture and help preserve tribal languages.

Regguiniti encouraged tribes to embrace modern media technology as an opportunity to help reclaim and recover so much that was lost.
Kakkak believes that conviction came from Regguinti’s ties to his Ojibwe culture. While working with Regguinti on the Learner Publication 1992 children’s book “The Sacred Harvest,” Kakkak said he got to experience Regguinti’s relationship with his roots on the Leech Lake Reservation.
“He took me ricing for the first time,” Kakkak said. “He introduced me to the Jackson family at Leech Lake, who were the subject of Gordon’s book on wild ricing. Through Gordon, the Jacksons generously shared their knowledge of that ancient place and practice.”

Following his convictions beyond The Circle led Regguinti to the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), a coalition of tribal and independent indigenous media in the U.S. and Canada. As executive director Regguinti helped expand the outreach of NAJA and worked tirelessly to promote the mission and presence of NAJA within the mainstream media industry.

Karen Lincoln Michel (Ho-Chunk), who served as NAJA’s president, said Regguinti was instrumental in shaping the vision for the organization.
“When I think of the people who have given a part of their lives to make NAJA what it is today, Gordon is among that circle of amazing individuals,” Lincoln Michel said.  “He poured a lot of his energy into growing the organization from a fledgling nonprofit to a journalism association with a national reputation. He kept the focus on Native journalists and how NAJA could better serve them in the important role they play in their communities.”

Regguinti’s work with NAJA included securing major foundation grants to underwrite training workshops for emerging Native journalists. He used his position to lobby mainstream news organizations to open their doors and hire more Native people. And he was aggressive in educating Indian Country about the importance of a free tribal press.

But just as important as strengthening Native American journalism, Regguinti shared a growing vision among all journalists of color – the power of a collective voice on behalf of those who represent their communities. Regguniti was on the ground floor in helping to create UNITY: Journalists of Color, an umbrella organization of minority journalism organizations who, together sought to bring leverage on the mainstream news media to hire more journalists of color and to demand improved coverage of their communities.

Karen Lincoln Michel remembers Regguinti as entirely dedicated to the full expression of that collective voice among journalists of color. “Through NAJA’s coalition with Asian American, black and Hispanic journalists’ organizations, Gordon totally embraced the concept of collaboration so that our collective voice would be strong when we addressed news industry leaders about our concerns.”

The lasting impact Regguinti had on Native media was never in doubt according to Kakkak. Regguinti was simply a man driven by a passion for elevating the presence of Native people.

“If you looked at Gordon you wondered where he got his energy to work on and accomplish so many tasks in a given time frame. He worked on this vision of showing the reality of Native peoples because he was tired of being ordained a second-class citizen. And he knew ending that was in the power of having the opportunity to tell our own stories,” Kakkak said.

He was born February 10, 1954. A wake was held on Feb. 9th at Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis. Services were held on February 10th at Ball Club Community Center in  Ball Club, MN. Interment was at Fairbank’s Cemetery in Leech Lake, MN.  

February It Ain't Easy
Wednesday, February 08 2017
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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Today I got up, showered put on a face and got dressed. I got out of my house for a quick minute with my friends and that helped so much. Depression really, really sucks. I wanted to write something funny because it makes me happy to laugh and share. I’m trying; I really am because I miss that part of my life. Hang in there with me okay? I need yooz.

Even though I know like-minded people who are as disgusted with the new regime installed by Putin, I still feel so alone and need to vent. I plan to go outside and yell at the horrors that we will suffer under Trump and his band of villains, who will rape our country. They have literally made me sick but I know I can’t continue this way, so I’m seeking the help I need.

I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling this way so I strongly encourage you to ask for help, it’s out there. You are needed. I love you.
Up North here it’s frozen and when I tried to go get my mail I kept sinking into the snow and almost got stuck, so I called off my big expedition halfway there. I feel all pitiful! I didn’t want to fall on my icy driveway because I’ve already had two spinal fusion and I have metal in my right arm.  I don’t want another surgery, not for even a pinkie fracture. Mexico and a cozy little hut near a white sand beach are seriously calling me.

Since I’m still here I ‘spose I could contribute to the Resistance. I am an armchair activist for  reasons due to my health, but I know I have to do something! I can’t and won’t just observe our Turtle Island be destroyed by Trump and cronies. The entire world is laughing at us and I agree with their views. Our beloved country is being ridiculed.

The thing is I am being blocked from certain websites and live feeds that have to do with activism and the Resistance. It has never happened before and I’m anxious that I don’t have access to my news. I am far from being a hacktivist and my laptop can do way more than I care to know about, but it’s my main source for current news. So this is a thing: an evil thing because the new government is suppressing us.

I don’t remember calling on anyone to incite violence or any form of harming others. I have written about protest and the Standing Rock Protectors and I believe I’m being targeted because of my column.

You may scoff, but I know what I’ve experienced and I don’t need your validation. We the People are already being stifled, suppressed and spied upon. Welcome to 1984. Steve Bannon & Co. is already discrediting the media. A madman now has the nuclear codes. He advocates torture and is profiling immigrants. I am sad we Indians didn’t do that from the get go. We should be the wealthiest people in the USA, but we don’t value paper over responsibility and integrity for our Mother Earth and our culture.

Under this fascist regime we only have each other. I’ve been caching commod beans and rice. Did yooz know I was in a hurricane? *wink* yeah Hurricane Wilma Yucatan Peninsula 2005. I was in a hurricane shelter with 1100 other people for five days and there was limited everything. It was an interesting social experience, like survival of the fittest…not a ‘reality’ show at all. It got hot in there and not just because of the heat and humidity. Everyone got all territorial in the swelter shelter, lemme tell ya.

Imagine being all sweat with no way to communicate and next to complete strangers whom are just as terrified as you are. That’s what we are in for. I’m sorry to be a voice of gloom and doom but what freedoms we have are now being eliminated.

So, my advice to myelf and you is just enjoy and give thanks for what we have now.

Then we get up and shower, put a face on or braid your hair and dress for the Resistance. We’re all responsible for this travesty of a president so let’s fix this. We can’t go back to the horrific past and whatever I can do I will.

I still have hope for all of us when we stick together. Geez, I sound like a sports coach, ay? Well, I said I will do whatever I can so if you’re inspired good for me! Ay! I’ve been calling my representative, so please do that. You can start there. There are multiple ways to resist this insanity.

Happy Heart Day Ya’ll!!!

Shame on you, Senator Klobuchar!
Wednesday, February 08 2017
 
Written by The Circle,
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The U.S. Forest Service just signed off on transferring 6,650 acres of public lands in the Superior National Forest to PolyMet. That’s where the ore body is located that the company wants to mine – on public land, YOUR land.

Senator Amy Klobuchar has some explaining to do. She sits on a committee that directly oversees Forest Service actions involving land exchanges and was petitioned by over 350 Minnesotans this past summer to push for congressional hearings on the matter. But she totally blew us off. 

This particular slice of the Superior National Forest is home to lots of plants, animals, wetlands and streams. Computer modeling shows that contaminated water from the mine will drain both south to Lake Superior and north to the Boundary Waters and that water treatment will be needed “indefinitely.”

It seemed reasonable to request congressional hearings. The petition didn’t even ask Senator Klobuchar to vote one way or the other on the issue. All we wanted was for our own senator, who happens to sit on a key committee, to give us a fair shake.
The stack of petitions was hand delivered to Klobuchar’s Virginia office in August. But Klobuchar ignored it – didn’t even send a letter to explain her views. It appears she’s only interested in listening to Minnesotans who are in the “U-Rah-Rah Mining” camp.
 But what about the rest of us who are also her constituents? What about Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters? What about all the plants, birds and animals who deserve to live and thrive in their native environment instead of being scraped away?
The Forest Service decision is subject to 30-day Congressional oversight requirements. The clock started ticking January 9th, so there’s still time to request hearings. Call Senator Klobuchar at 1-888-224-9043.
Laura Gauger, Duluth, MN

Open Letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on ACA (Obamacare)
Wednesday, February 08 2017
 
Written by The Circle,
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Dear Mr. Speaker,
If successful, the Republican campaign to abolish the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would repeal authorization for the Indian Healthcare Improvement Act (IHCIA), which was included in the  ACA, and repeal other provisions that increased access to care for American Indians and Alaska  Natives. Destroying the ACA will make America sick again, including Native Americans who already are disproportionately burdened by disease. We write to urge Congressional Republicans to reconsider the harmful impacts of ACA repeal on the First Americans we represent.  

The Indian Health Service (IHS) provides healthcare for approximately 2.2 million Native  Americans and Alaska Natives in 36 states, including inpatient, emergency, ambulatory, and  dental care. IHS programs also provide preventive care aimed at reducing unacceptably high  rates of infant mortality, diabetes, hepatitis B, alcoholism, and suicide among American Indians  and Alaska Natives.  

The Indian Health Service also funds construction and maintenance of hospitals and health centers, as well as water supply and sanitation facilities. The IHS has documented decreased rates of certain diseases among American Indians and Alaska Natives thanks to improvements in sanitation facilities.    

The Indian Healthcare Improvement Act (IHCIA) was originally passed in 1976 but prior to passage of the ACA, authorization for the law’s programs had been lapsed for nearly a decade.  The ACA included a permanent authorization, as well as significant improvements to the IHCIA.  

The ACA expanded access to preventive and treatment services within IHS, including within urban areas in which the vast majority of Native Americans and Alaska Natives live. Those efforts included expanding mental health services, including programs related to youth suicide,  to create a comprehensive behavioral health and treatment program within IHS. The ACA also allowed Urban Indian Organizations and Tribal Organizations to apply for grants and contracts,  including through the Substance Abuse and Services Administration, for which they previously  were not eligible.  

The ACA also created a framework for Tribal health authorities to work with the Department of  Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs to offer health services to Native veterans. This  gives IHS a more prominent role in advocating for Indian Country within the Department of  Health and Human Services and improves cost collection procedures between IHS and federal health programs like Medicare and Medicaid.  

Perhaps most important, the ACA made IHS programs eligible for reimbursement through Medicare Part B, meaning that not only could hospital services be covered, but also services provided by physicians.  
Repealing the Affordable Care Act would erase these programs and services.  

Repealing the ACA threatens to turn the clock back for those 20 million Americans who gained health insurance thanks to the law; a time when those with pre-existing conditions could not get insurance and when young people were pushed off their parent’s insurance before they could afford coverage of their own.  

But for the First Americans, access to quality healthcare continues to lag far behind that available outside Indian Country. Repealing the ACA could set many American’s back years, but it could set the First Americans back decades, if not return them to the healthcare dark ages. This vulnerable population – already the victim of historic, shameful mistreatment by the United  States government – deserves better. We should be taking further steps forward toward  improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives, rather than taking a giant leap  back by repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Raul M. Grijalva, Ranking Member, House Natural Resources Committee
Frank Pallone, Jr., Ranking Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee

February Events
Wednesday, February 08 2017
 
Written by The Circle,
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Feb. 5, 12,19, 26
Eucharistic Mass

The Church of Gichitwaa Kateri invites you to join us for Eucharistic Mass each Sunday at 10:00 am. We are located at 3045 Park Avenue in South Minneapolis. For info, call 612-824-7606.

Feb. 7
The Sioux Chef Pop-up Dinners

The Sioux Chef team will hold a special dinner in partnership with the renowned chef, Karlos Baca (Dine/Tiwa). Chef Karlos, is a Colorado chef who creates startlingly beautiful dishes at the Dunton Hot Springs resort. He draws freely on wild edibles and hunted foods. Chef M. Karlos Baca founded the Taste of Native Cuisine, an Indigenous Chefs collective, in 2011 as a means to offer educational tastings, foraging walks, and speaking engagements on the Southern Ute Reservation. At this dinner, Chef Sean Sherman and Chef Karlos Baca will blend the wild flavors of the Dine and Ute tribes with the Dakota and Anishinaabe. Tickets are $90. This event will raise funds for the Sioux Chef’s new Indigenous Non-profit organization NATIF (North American Traditional Indigenous Foods). 6 to 9:30 pm. First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Avenue South, Minneapolis. For tickets, see: www.eventbrite.com/e/yuaarukapi-a-pop-up-dinner-hosted-by-the-sioux-cheftm-tickets-31062364368.

Feb. 7
Water is Sacred

An Evening with Tiana LaPointe, Indigenous Filmmaker and Ringing Shield Drum Group. Tiana LaPointe will speak about her experience attending the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May 2016. Tiana documented part of this talk in the film Mni Ki Wakan: Water is Sacred. This recent film specifically relates to the water issue taking place in Standing Rock, North Dakota and across the globe. Wakinyan and Thorne LaPointe, of Ringing Shield Drum Group will convey the sacredness of water through drumming and storytelling. 7 pm. Registration is not required, but does help for planning purposes. Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy (Upper level, door 1), Burnsville, MN. For info, call 952-707-6040.

Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
Drum Practice
All levels are welcome to learn language, songs and drum protocol. This is a free on-going group. 5 – 6 pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Minneapolis, MN. For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 612 89-1713 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 612 879-1783.

Feb. 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1
Cooking Classes at IHB

Let’s Get Cookin’ – Free Cooking Classes at the Indian Health Board. A free cooking class series for all ages. Join us and share a healthy meal, while learning tips and tricks in the kitchen.Free but please call ahead to register. Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm. Indian Health Board (Third Floor), 1315 E. 24th St., Mpls. For info, contact Chelsea Moyle at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-721-9800.

Feb. 8, 15, 22, Mar 1
Parenting education

Parenting Education for pregnant women and mothers of children under 1. 11:30-1:30 every Wednesday. Limited transportation available, light lunch and childcare provided. American Indian Family Center, 579 Wells Ave., St. Paul. For info, call Heather Benjamin or Barb Fairbanks at 651-793-3803.

Feb. 9
ReImage Minnesota Opening

Students from St. Paul Public Schools have been learning about the art in the Minnesota State Capitol, its negative images of Native Americans, and its narrow view of early Minnesota history. They have been crafting their own alternative Capitol art. The show will include approximately 75 pieces of art from nine classrooms from the Creative Arts Secondary School and Washington Technology Magnet. Participating teachers are Randy Schutt, Keith Sellers, and Mary Ann Rogers.Grand opening will be held from 5-8 pm. Washington Technology Magnet School, 1495 Rice St (Multicultural Resource Center), St. Paul, MN.

Feb. 9
Corey Medina + Brothers

Native musican Corey Medina will perform. With special guests the Pretendians. Show starts at 8 pm. No cover charge. Minnesota Music Cafe, 449 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN. For info, call 651-776-4699.

Feb. 10
American Indian Magnet School Powwow

The American Indian Magnet School’s traditional powwow will be held from 6 to 7 pm at 1075 3rd St East, St. Paul, MN. Cost: Free. For more info, call 651-293-5191.

Feb. 11
Financial Education Workshop

Bii Gii Wiin CDLF is hosting a bi-monthly financial education workshop. Are you interested in applying for our IDA Savings Match Account? Would you like help with your credit AND debt? We have a credit enhancement loan program you could be eligible for after completing this workshop. Come enjoy a fun, interactive, free, and engaging workshop. For info and registration call Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund at 612-354-2249  or see: www.biigiiwiin.org.

Feb. 11 - 12
Ojibwe Moccasin 2-Day Workshop

Learn techniques of working with leather to make a pair of Ojibwe-style moccasins to take home in this two-day workshop. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. The workshop runs: Saturday: Noon to 4 pm and Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm. A minimum of five participants is required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. Cost: $60/$55 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members, plus $40 supply fee. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 12
Urban Indian Challenges

Three American Indian leaders offer a valuable opportunity to hear their perspectives on urban Indians’ challenges and learn about steps needed to build a vibrant and sustainable urban Indian community. Meet urban Indian community leaders at 6:30 pm. Panel discussion begins at 7:15 pm.   The panelists will be: Joe Hobot (Lakota) President and Chief Executive Officer, American Indian IOC. Robert Lilligren (White Earth Ojibwe) Executive Director, Native American Community Development Institute. Patina Park (Lakota) Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Centers. Joining them as moderator will be Tom Weber, co-host of “The Morning Show” on Minnesota Public Radio, who brings to the discussion years of reporting on American Indian issues. Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis is located at the intersection of Nicollet and Franklin Avenues, Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-871-7400 or www.plymouth.org.

Feb. 14
Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women’s March

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, Indigenous Women’s Life Net, and Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center are the co-hosts. Wear red and bring banners, signs, shawls, drums, staffs, and rattles. 11 am to 2 pm. March starts and ends at Minneapolis Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN. Route will start at Indian Center, down Franklin to Cedar, Cedar to 24th, West to Bloomington Ave, then Bloomington, back to Indian Center. Vehicles will be available for Elders and children. For info, contact Deb Poitra at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-646-4800.

Feb. 15 (deadline)
American Indian Magnet School Enrollment

The American Indian Magnet School offers two free full-day Pre-K classes with Ojibwe or Dakhóta weaved into the classroom and lessons. Students must be age 4 by Sept. 1st  to be enrolled into AIMS PreK program. The applications for priority enrollment for the American Indian Magnet School and all other Saint Paul Public Schools is Feb. 15th. See https://apply.spps.org/OnlineApplication or you may go into SPPS Student Placement Center, 2102 University Ave., West Saint Paul (corner of University and Cleveland). For info, call 651-632-3760.

Feb. 16
Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting

Learn more about the ways you can help children though foster care or adoption. No registration needed. 6 to 8 p.m. Hennepin County Library – Brooklyn Park, 8500 West Broadway Avenue, Brooklyn Park. For info, see: www.hennepin.us/fostercare, www.hennepin.us/icwa, or call 612-348-5437.

Feb. 17 (deadline)
First Nations' Native Ag and Food Systems Initiative

First Nations will award up to 12 grants of up to $35,000 each to support projects that aim to strengthen local food-system control; increase access to local, healthy and traditional foods; and decrease food insecurity and food deserts, all with an emphasis on serving Native American children and families. For this grant opportunity, examples of allowable activities include, but are not limited to: Community Garden Development, Food Sovereignty Initiatives, Food System Planning, Supply Chain Improvements, Grower-Based Education Programs, Intergenerational Programs with a Focus on Food. First Nations will also award up to 10 grants of up to $15,000. Under this grant opportunity, examples of allowable activities include, but are not limited to: Food Sovereignty Assessment Planning, Conducting Food Sovereignty Assessments, Data Analysis of Food Sovereignty Assessment Surveys, Community Meetings Related to a Food Sovereignty Assessment. Request for Proposals for program grants: www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2017NAFSI. Request for Proposals for the food sovereignty assessment grants: www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2017FSA.  Entities eligible to apply include U.S.-based, Native American-controlled, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, tribes and tribal departments, tribal organizations, or Native American community-based groups with eligible fiscal sponsors committed to increasing healthy food access in rural and reservation-based Native communities and improving the health and well-being of Native American children and families. Proposals for both grant programs will be accepted online and must be submitted by no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time

Feb. 17
Family Fun Night at MAIC

Activities include: Storytelling with Hope Flanagan, floor hockey, basketball and soccer, cooking demonstration, art activity. Refreshments and healthy snacks available. This is a free sober family activity and parents must accommodate children. 6 – 8 pm. For info, contact Cherly at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 17 - 19
Bois Forte Powwow

The Bois Forte Midwinter Traditional Powwow will be held in Nett Lake, MN. MC: George Strong. AD: Lance Kingbird. Host Drum: Drift Traditional. For info, call Louise Isham at 218 757-3261.

Feb. 18
Winter Storytelling

Winter Storytelling is an annual event the AISCC hosts that brings together the Univeristy and local community together to hear traditional stories. We will begin the event with a welcome from and introduction of our governing board. Dinner will follow, and then we will introduce our speakers. The Dakota class will perform a play and the Ojibwe class will tell stories. 4:30 - 10:30 pm. Free. The Whole Theatre - Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN. For info, contact Diana Hawkins at 612-624-0243 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 22
FAN Wellness Support Circle

Are you Native American and looking for chronic illness support? Join us, the Native FAN Wellness Support Circle, for a meal and good company every last Wed. of the month from 6-8 pm at MAIC 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For more info, contact Val Lafave at 612-879-1722 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 22 (deadline)
ArtPlace Call for Artists

ArtPlace has $9.5 million is available funds for projects that work with artists and arts organizations to build stronger, healthier communities anywhere in the United States. Funds projects that: Focus on a neighborhood, town, village or other geographic community; are looking to work on a community challenge or opportunity related to agriculture/food, economic development,  education/youth, environment/energy, health, housing, immigration, public safety, transportation or workforce development; Have a way that artists, arts organizations, and/or arts and culture activities can help address that challenge or opportunity. Deadline is February 22 by 3:59 pm EST. To be able to apply, you must register in Fluxx before February 14 at 3:59 pm EST. For info, see: www.artplaceamerica.org/blog/open-call-applications-2017-national-creative-placemaking-fund

Feb. 23
Red Lake Community Engagement Meeting

We invite all Red Lake Tribal members to join us for a meal and to share your thoughts. Topic – Duties and Responsibilities of Elected Officials. 6 - 8 pm.2929 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis.

Feb. 25
13th Annual Thinking College Early Fair

Progressive Baptist Church and the Saint Paul Public Schools are hosting their 13th annual Thinking College Early Fair from 11 am to 1 pm at Harding High School. We are actively seeking colleges that support American Indian students through coursework and programming, to participate. If you work at a college and actively recruit American Indian students, please consider attending the fair. To register, see: http://tinyurl.com/hopxx4y. For info, contact Kerrie at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 25
Loom Beading

Participants will 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 and Mille Lacs band members, $20 supply fee. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 26 – March 5
AMR Artist-in-Residency

All My Relations Gallery is holding its first Artist-in-Residency Program. In partnership with The Ordway Center For Performing Arts and Rosy Simas Danse, All My Relations Arts presents Tanya Lukin Linklater. Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performance collaborations, videos, photographs and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is compelled by relationships between bodies, histories, poetry, pedagogy, Indigenous conceptual spaces (languages), and institutions. 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-235-4970 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Feb. 28: Welcome meal and gathering, 6-8 pm at Two Rivers Gallery, MAIC.
• March 2: Open house and rehearsal with Lukin Linklater, 6-8 pm.
• March 3: The Harvest Sturdies Opening Reception, 6-8 pm. Host by the Native youth art collective with Indigenous food, and dance performance at 7 pm.

Feb. 27
Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun) Meeting

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is partnering with the City of Minneapolis and community members to create a unique public art gathering and memorial space on the shore of Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun). Learn more about Bde Maka Ska and Mahpiya Wicasta public art and site improvements at two upcoming public meetings. This project grew out of MPRB’s recent public master planning process for Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet and reflects the recommendations of the project’s Community Advisory Committee. Members of the public are invited to join Bde Maka Ska Public Art Meeting, 6-8 pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center Auditorium, 1530 E Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. Snacks will be provided. For info, contact Deb Bartels at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-230-6438.

Feb. 27
LEAP Into the Fight Against Hunger

Fundraiser for the Horizons Unlimited Food Shelf which provides services to the Native American community. Silent and live auction includes: theatre tickets to the Jungle and Children's Theaters; dinner and show at the Chanhassen; Timberwolves tickets; autographed books from Louise Erdrich, Heid Erdrich and Diane Wilson; gift cards from Lunds/Byerly's; a home-made star quilt; jewelry; lunch with William Kent Krueger; a catered meal by the Sioux Chef; tickets to the Science museum and the Minnesota Institute of Art; art by Carolyn Anderson and Frank Big Bear; riding lessons and voice lessons; chocolate chip cookies made by George Soule and more. Doors open at 5 pm. Networking 5-6 pm. Main Event 6-8:30 pm. The Metropolitan, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Golden Valley, MN. For tickets, see: diw-mn.org/leap for ticket information. For info, call 612-279-6325 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 27 (deadline)
MPS Indian Ed Nominations

MPS Indian Education is now accepting nominations to serve on the Title VI Parent Committee. Do you know an incredible parent/guardian of an American Indian student in Minneapolis Public Schools? Do you know an extraordinary American Indian Student in Minneapolis Public Schools? Do you know a phenomenal teacher who works with American Indian students in Minneapolis Public Schools? Nominations are due Feb 27th. To nominate yourself or someone else, contact Christine at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-668-0108.

March 1
Call for artists and writers

An open call for artists for the Bde Maka Ska Public Art Project. This public art project is part of construction improvements for Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun) to create a gathering space and improved lake access. Both the site improvements and the public art will celebrate the history and culture of the Dakota and Native American people and honor Mahpiya Wicasta (Cloud Man) and Heyata Otunwe (Village to the Side). This project is part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Master Plan and Site Improvements for Lakes Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet. An informational meeting will be held on Feb.7 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Migizi Communications, 1516 E. Lake St., #300, Minneapolis. (free parking in back.)  Deadline: March 1, at 4:00 p.m. For more information visit: www.minneapolisparks.org/park_care__improvements/park_projects/current_projects/calhoun-harriet_master_plan__improvements.

March 1 (deadline)
Vision Maker Media Grants

Vision Maker Media invites applications for Projects intended for Public Media that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Projects should be accessible to a broad audience, have the potential for a national broadcast, and be used for effective outreach/community engagement activities to reach audiences beyond a Public Television broadcast. Projects will be offered additional distribution opportunities through Vision Maker Media, including educational and home DVD distribution through http://shopvisionmaker.org.The deadline for receiving all application materials is March 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PST. For guidelines, see: www.visionmakermedia.org/filmmakers/2017-public-media-content-fund. For more information, contact: 402-472-3122 or 402-472-0497 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 2-5
14th Annual Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conf.

Join us and learn about a wide array of topics and discussions such as: community land revitalization, seed saving, tribal food and farm policy, native agricultural techniques, raised bed and elder gardening programs, food preservation and much more. Over 25 Native herbalists, gardeners, horticulturists, community leaders, professors, students, extension educators and farmers from all four directions will share their knowledge. Learn how Native people are restoring traditional foods, implementing sustainable practices, and collaborating with neighboring Native nations. Maplelag Resort Callaway, MN. Sponsored by the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Register at: www.welrp.org. For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 218-375-2600.

March 3
Annual Native Youth Visit Day

Augsburg College Admissions Office, American Indian Student Services and our Augsburg Indigenous Student Association (AISA) invite high school students to the Augsburg College campus. 9 am - 1 pm.  This is specifically for students who identify as American Indian who are in grades 7-12. We encourage your juniors and seniors and/or others you may be connected with who may have recently completed a high school diploma/GED to attend. Students will have the opportunity to take a college tour, hear from our admissions staff and American Indian Student Services, talk with current Native students at Augsburg, enjoy lunch and hear from our guest speaker/faculty member. The tentative schedule for the day is: 9 am - Arrival; 9:15 am - Welcome and Introduction; 9:30 am - College Tour, 10:30 am - Panel of Augsburg American Indian Students, 11:15 am - Lunch, 12:00 pm - Special Guest/Activity/TBD, 1:00 pm - Departure. For info, contact Jennifer Simon at 612-330-1144 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 7
Indian Child Welfare Education Day

Please join us as we share the strengths and wisdom within our community. Co-Sponsored by Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Registration, 8 am. Programing, 8:30 am – 4 pm. Free. CEU’s will be provided. Lunch provided Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Ave., Saint Paul. For info, contact Sandy White Hawk at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-442-4872.

March 8
Red Power Energy

The Augsburg Native American Film Series Presents Red Power Energy. Oglala Lakota Director, Larry Pourier will host a screening of the film he co-directed.  This documentary presents a variety of Native American perspectives on the energy debates that highlight the controversial nature of energy development within Native community self-determination, sovereignty, and environmental sustainability. Red Power Energy combines engaging storytelling with in-depth journalism. Told solely from the Native perspective, with a nearly all-Native film crew and all-Native Advisory Council, the film features Western and Great Plains American Indian tribes from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South. Reception 6:15 - 6:45 pm. Screening begins at 7 pm. Discussion with filmmakers follows. This event is free to the public. For info, see: www.augsburg.edu/filmseries/2017/01/11/red-power-energy.

 

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