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Tuesday, November 07 2017
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Dream Big Campaign awarded

dreambigweb.jpgIn October, the members of the Dream Big Campaign received an award from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office as part of the office’s 17th Annual Community Leadership Awards Program.

The Dream Big Campaign works to improve school attendance by Native American children. Dr. Tim Zuel, program manager for the county attorney’s be@school truancy program, said in his introduction that one of the keys to its success is that when a child has 10 or more days of unexcused absences, there are weekly attendance review meetings with the child and parents. Besides people from the be@school program there is one other critical person.

“A Native American Elder participates in all meetings and, using traditional rituals, explains to the student the importance of attending school,” Zuel said. “These meetings, which have high attendance, have been beneficial in connecting young students to their history and community and preventing court involvement in truancy cases.”

Elaine Salinas, executive director of MIGIZI Communications, said the Dream Big Campaign arose from brainstorming sessions from a group of people in the Indian community who meet every two weeks as the Phillips Indian Educators.

“The Dream Big Campaign has been going on for about eight years and every year the number of children we have been recognizing and celebrating for their attendance has increased,” Salinas said on behalf of those receiving the award. “This past May, we had 400 young children who received recognition for attending 95 percent or more of the time. So we are moving the bar.”

Besides Salinas, those honored included Louise Matson of the Division of Indian Work; Braden Canfield, Christine Wilson and Anna Ross of Minneapolis Public Schools; Mika Barrett of Anishinabe Academy, and Joe Beaulieu and Maurissa Bigjohn of Little Earth.


Bonnie Wallace receives Honorary Doctorate

boniiewallaceweb.jpg(By Deborah Locke) Bonnie Wallace, Fond du Lac Reservation Band member, received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from the Minnesota State Colleges and University System in May. She is shown here with Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College President Larry Anderson who presented the degree at the college commencement.

Bonnie was recognized for her 43-year career in higher education as an advocate for American Indian students. She founded and served as director of the American Indian student support program at Augsburg College, and then served as Fond du Lac Band scholarship director until her retirement in 2012.


Leech Lake receives grant for Onigum Center

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has received a grant that will be used to build a new community center. The $250,000 grant, awarded by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, will help fund the construction of a new center in Onigum, Minn. Onigum is about 35 miles south of Cass Lake.

“It’s been a long road and we’re very happy that we have finally reached this point. Our outlying communities feel like they have been neglected over the years and it is a great feeling to bring this new gathering space to our band members,” said Faron Jackson Sr, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe chairman, in a press release.

The center will include an indoor basketball court and locker rooms, saunas, a kitchen, clinic, office space and elder space, as well as classroom space.


ADY’s Housing For Young Adults
Friday, November 03 2017
Written by Lee Egerstrom,
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Angela Gauthier, left, the residential and clinical director; and Deb Foster, executive director of Ain Dah Yung Center, show an artist's drawing of the planned housing complex for young adults in St. Paul. The Center's reception room is decorated for Halloween for the 10 children currently housed in ADY's  emergency shelter.  (Photo by Lee Egerstrom.)

St. Paul’s Ain Dah Yung Center has been helping Native children and families since 1983 but is now preparing to provide affordable, transitional housing for young people who normally “fall through the cracks” of social services and foster care programs.
The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency recently announced it is providing $9.4 million in housing tax credits to support a joint Ain Dah Yung and Project for Pride in Living project to build 42 small, apartment-style housing units on University Avenue at Victoria Street, less than a mile west of the Minnesota State Capitol complex.

The total $11.3 million project will provide housing, cultural and healing services, various health and living services for homeless young people ages 18-24 who have moved beyond foster care eligibility, said Deb Foster (St. Croix Ojibwe), the ADY Center executive director.

While these young people fall through the cracks of other social services, she said, they must have safe, culturally sensitive training and counseling services to adjust to life as successful working adults.

Half of the planned development’s units will serve long-term homeless people although they must be in the 18-24 age group for admittance. Seven other units are designated for use by people with disabilities.

Gov. Mark Dayton, state housing officials and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum made the Oct. 19 announcement at ADY Center’s headquarters at 1089 Portland Ave. in St. Paul, which is also the site of Ain Dah Yung’s emergency center.

Minnesota Housing is providing housing infrastructure bonds and state appropriations totaling $126 million in the coming year. This state involvement with federal programs will leverage a projected $346 million in private and local investments on affordable housing.
Some of the projects statewide are for building and rehabbing single family homes. Other projects are for low income apartments or special housing units such as Ain Dah Yung’s. Combined, state officials said the grants, tax credits and private investments will generate 1,823 “affordable housing opportunities” for individuals and families.

For Ain Dah Yung (“Our Home” in Ojibwe), the targeted group that will be served by the new project represents a disproportionate slice of the homeless population in the Twin Cities, Foster said.

“In the state of Minnesota, approximately 2 percent of the population is American Indian. At the same time, an estimated 22 percent of the homeless youth are American Indians. Once you ‘graduate’ from foster care programs, you find yourself put out on the streets,” she said.

Foster spoke about Ain Dah Yung’s plans during an interview at the emergency shelter the day after staff decorated the main floor of the building for a Halloween party.

“The kids get excited seeing this decorated, and yes, it does make them feel at home,” said Angela Gauthier, a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) who is the residential and clinical director for ADY Center and the shelter.

Currently, as is usually the case year around, there are 10 children from ages 5 to 17 at the shelter, Gauthier said. Being able to care for children as young as 5 gives the shelter the opportunity to keep siblings together even though they may be homeless, in a family crisis or involved with juvenile corrections.

Nearby, the Center also operates the Beverly A. Benjamin Youth Lodge as transitional housing for young people between the ages of 16 and 21. Its goal is to create community and cultural support to help the young people to prepare for independent or inter-dependent living and break away from homelessness and “couch cruising” from one location to another.

Foster said the University Avenue development is for the next step up age group. Young people were key participants in the planning, she said. “They wanted a safe place, they wanted to be on the light rail system so they have access to education and jobs, they wanted access to food and entertainment, and they wanted access to medical and counseling services.”

Mike Laverdure (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe), architect and owner of the First American Design Study in Lake Elmo, has developed plans that will have a “healing circle” gathering area on all four floors of the building. Cultural training and supportive gatherings can occur there for residents and their ADY counselors and staff.

There will also be dental services, a clothing store, food store and other amenities on site for both convenient living and for workplace training opportunities.

This won’t solve American Indian urban problems with homelessness and family crisis, but it is another step toward filling a void. The majority of Native Americans from Minnesota’s 11 tribes now live in urban areas and especially in the Twin Cities metro area.

As a result, major foundations, corporations and religious groups have joined with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and an ADY Center’s neighbor, House of Hope Presbyterian Church, in helping fund construction of units in the new housing complex.

Foster said Mille Lacs officials were “shocked” when ADY pointed out that Mille Lacs represented the second and third largest tribal identity for youth needing housing and other family and related services.

Sometimes a safe haven means getting away from abusive situations. In many cases, she added, a safe environment is needed to get away from drug dealers and pimps. Too often with homeless youth, Foster said, undesirable street elements “become substitute families.”

Gauthier said the ADY Center currently has 35 various residential staff, counselors, therapists, legal advocates and others working on programs.

The 2017 ADY Center’s annual reports shows the magnitude of their work which is not exclusive for Native American youth but accounts for more than 90 percent of their residents and clients.

The emergency center provided short-term shelter, crisis intervention, access to medical and dental care and other advocacy and counseling services to 75 youth last year. The Ninijanisag (“Our Children”) program helped 220 young people in prevention and cultural activities that included monthly family nights.

Counselors with the Street Outreach Program helped 2,212 homeless and runaway youths who didn’t want to enter a shelter, including 1,547 new contacts and 665 young people previously known to ADY.

Mental health case managers worked with Ramsey County colleagues to help 57 youth and their families with mental health needs, and ADY’s Family Advocacy Program with family preservation and reunification efforts. There were 41 families with 90 children reached through that program.

ADY legal monitors also worked in collaboration with Southern Minnesota Legal Services in 2016 to monitor 167 court hearings affecting 240 children to enforce local compliance with the federal Indian Child Welfare Act.

Put all together, Foster said Ain Dah Yung seeks to bolster children and young people’s self-identity and cultural pride. Often, she said, “you need to know who you are to get an idea of what you may become.”

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To ease tribal homelessness, Leech Lake band takes back its land
Friday, November 03 2017
Written by John Enger/MPR News,
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Cabins all along Trader’s Bay on Leech Lake were built on leased tribal land. Now many of them are abandoned. (Photo by John Enger/MPR News.) 

Jim and Gail Hinkemeyer just retired and they had their future all worked out. They'd dodge Minnesota’s cold winters with a cheap apartment in Belize, then spend their summers at their small family cabin on Leech Lake.

After 30 years at the local Potlatch lumber mill, Jim saw it as the perfect place to rest. But while the couple owned the cabin, they did not own the land beneath it. They’d been leasing the waterfront lot from the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.
Now the tribe wants it back. The Hinkemeyers received a letter a few months ago from the Leech Lake band telling the couple they had to leave the northern Minnesota lake property at the end of the lease, which will happen sometime in October.

“I’m to the point where, do I laugh or do I cry?” Gail Hinkemeyer said. “That’s where you’re left, because you’re not going to change it.”

For decades, the tribe has leased nearly 350 small waterfront lots on Leech Lake, Cass Lake and a few others. Earlier this year, though, a new tribal administration voted not to renew the contracts.

Now, as those leases come up for renewal, the properties are reverting back to the tribe. This fall alone, 75 cabin owners will have to sell or move off the land.

Band leaders say they need to retake those properties as part of their plan to help ease the reservation’s gnawing homelessness problem.

That’s left the Hinkemeyers and scores of other non-tribal cabin owners, many of them retirees, with three options: try to sell the structure to a band member, move the structure off the property, or simply leave it all behind.

Along the shore of Trader’s Bay on Leech Lake, whole strings of small cabins are being emptied out or trucked away.
“We’ve been here 24 years,” said Gerry Heldt. “I loved it here. But things change.”

On a recent afternoon, Heldt packed his stuff into a shipping container. He’ll be out of his cabin by the first of the month. Most of his neighbors are gone already, or will be, soon.

A few lots over, Dave Knowlton was tearing the skirting off his trailer house so the whole thing can be moved.
“It’s a lot of work for a guy that’s 58, and has a bad back from college football,” he said. “I mean, I am just barely getting by, getting all this done.”

Knowlton said many people are worse off. He noted the the cabin to his left that was built by an old friend. It has a sprawling porch and a stone fireplace. There’s no moving it. To the right sits a two-story home with a walkout basement, a place Knowlton said nearly sold last year for more than $100,000. Now the owner is asking $25,000.

Farther down shore, Dave Unruh, a Twin Cities man, said he paid $80,000 for two cabins a few years ago and put thousands more into them. He said he recently sold them both, plus his dock for $5,000.

It’s hard to sell permanent structures, Knowlton said, because the only people allowed to buy are Leech Lake band members. Even then, the tribal government requires them to be converted into year-round homes, with a well and septic system.

Knowlton always figured this might happen, so he never invested beyond a trailer house. “It’s their sovereign nation here. This is their land,” he said. “I’ve come to terms with it. I appreciate the time I’ve had here. I just wish I had more.”

The leased lots will be consolidated and homesteaded by 80 tribal families, said Leech Lake Natural Resources Director Levi Brown.

Phasing out the leases, he added, will cost his department roughly $500,000 a year, about half his budget. He said it’s worth the cost.

Right now, there are 500 homeless tribe members looking for places to live on the reservation, and 100 more applying for tribal land allotments where they can build a home.

Brown added: “You can put a dollar sign on what you have to spend on somebody. Or you can say, ‘You’re Annishinabe. You’re people from the water. We’re going to allow you to live and be who you are, and return some of those cultural values to you.’”

While cabin owners like Knowlton are philosophical, others have not taken it well.

Since the leases started running out, Brown said he has been yelled at, called names and received death threats. He said he’s been nearly forced off the road by angry drivers and had to call the tribal police.

Brown didn’t see any of this coming, but still thinks the tribe made the right decision.

“It’s been tough,” he said. “Tough to know that you’re doing something that is going to really help the future generations and echo some social change but, at the same time, have people tell you that it’s wrong.”

As their lease nears its end, the Hinkemeyers aren’t sure what they’ll do with their cabin. They’re pretty sure it won’t sell. They’re looking at moving it, but even that might fall through. Cabin movers are booked up and in short supply right now.

The couple, though, still have a place in town. Heldt’s permanent residence is in the Florida Keys. Knowlton lives in the Twin Cities.

The former lease holders will be fine, Brown said. Generations of tribal members have been closed off from the shoreline. Most of the property around Leech and Cass lakes was sold and developed long ago. The little that remained in tribal hands was leased to non-tribal members. Now, he said young tribal members will be able to grow up swimming and paddling the lake, as they did generations ago.

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Oct 2017 Community Calendar
Friday, October 06 2017
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Thru Oct. 14
Edgar Heap of Birds

The Bockley Gallery is will host an upcoming exhibition of Edgar Heap of Birds. The show will feature a range of Heap of Birds text-based works that spans three decades of his artistic practice, beginning in the mid-1980s. Also on view will be examples of his abstract, acrylic on canvas Neuf paintings and one commissioned public artwork that will be installed on the exterior wall of the gallery. Exhibit runs through Oct. 14. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5pm. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-377-4669 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thru Oct. 29
We the People

For its fall exhibition, We the People, Minnesota Museum of American Art invited four guest curators—Christopher Harrison (independent curator and artist), Johnnay Leenay (Minnesota Museum of American Art), Mary Anne Quiroz (Indigenous Roots Cultural Center), and Maggie Thompson (Two Rivers Art Gallery)—to present artworks with disparate cultural points of view, reflecting on the complexities of contemporary American identities. Artists include Star Wallowing Bull, Zackary Drucker, Rico Gatson, Susan Hauptman, Nooshin Hakim Javadi, Steve Ozone, and others. The exhibition is free and open to the public. We the People is on view through October 29 at the Historic Pioneer Endicott, 141 E. 4th St., St. Paul. For info, call 651-204-0700 or see: .

Thru Oct. 30
Gordon Coons Exhibit

The MacRostie Gallery will be displaying the work of Gordon Coon’s current exhibit Expressions of My Journey; Expressions of My Journey. Self-taught artist Gordon Coons creates works in a variety of mediums including linoleum block prints, paintings, pen and ink, carvings in stone and wood. The MacRostie Gallery will display his woodcut prints, vibrant duct-tape images, and Ojibwe woodland art style paintings. Inspired by Ojibwe petroglyphs, images, and stories from birch bark scrolls, these paintings are sometimes described as x-ray vision. He is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Tribe of Wisconsin. Opening Reception: October 6 from 4-7pm. MacRostie Art Center, 405 First Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MN. For info, contact 218-326-2697 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or see: .

Thru Nov. 17

“Ozhitoon” is an exhibit showcasing quillwork from the Two Rivers Gallery summer quill class and mosaics created by youth from the Little Earth Youth Development Center, in partnership with Good Space Murals. Free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10am - 4pm. Two Rivers Gallery, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.

Thru April 22, 2018
Renewing What They Gave Us

“Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence,”is an exhibit of original beadwork, birch bark and textile artwork by five contemporary American Indian artists on display alongside the MNHS artifacts that inspired them. The artists, Jessica Gokey, Pat Kruse, Denise Lajimodiere, Gwen Westerman and Holly Young, created the artwork as part of the MNHS Native American Artist-in-Residence program. Since 2014, the program has helped revive the study of technique, knowledge and lifeways associated with traditional forms of American Indian artistry. For info, see: .

Oct. 2-30
Ginew/Golden Eagle Youth Program

G/GE is an after school prevention program that teaches a 23 month resiliency curriculum. We have physical activities, sports, tutoring (Indian Youth Study Time) arts and crafts, and fieldtrips. We serve a meal each night and have limited transportation to and from the program within a designated service area. Mondays through Thursdays from 5pm-7pm. Mon and Tues: 5-10 year-olds meet from 5pm to 8pm. Wed. and Thurs.: 11 and older youth meet from 5-8pm. Free. MAICC, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-879-1708.

Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Intro to Dakota/Ojibwe Language for youth

Intro to Dakota Language for youth. Taught by Dawi/Huha Maza, from 5-7pm. Intro to Ojibwe Language for youth, taught by Memegwesi, from 5-7pm. Free. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Minneapolis. For info, contact
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Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Women’s Empowerment Group

Women’s Empowerment Group invites women within the community to come together to share their feelings, thoughts, experiences, and hopes in a safe place. The group discusses a range of topics to promote healing, including historical trauma, self-care, and lateral violence.  Indigenous practices such as smudging, talking circles, and art are incorporated to foster holistic health. 2-3:30pm. Indian Health Board Counseling and Support Clinic,1315 E. 24th St. Minneapolis. For info, call  612-721-9800 or see: .

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 24
Girls’ LEGO Group

Girl’s LEGO Group at the Indian Health Board helps girls (ages 8 to 11) who may need additional skills or practice in managing frustration, improving self-esteem, and increasing social skills. We meet weekly on Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:45pm. Indigenous practices such as smudging, talking circles, and art are incorporated to foster holistic health. Indian Health Board Counseling and Support Clinic, 1315 E. 24th St. Minneapolis. For info, call 612-721-9800 or see: .

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
Ojibwe/Dakota Language
Intro to Dakota Language, taught by Cante Maza. From 5:30–7pm. Intermediate Ojibwe language taught by Memegwesi. From 5:30–7pm. Both are open to the community. Free. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Minneapolis. For info, contact 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

Oct. 5
Native Poets/Artists

The New Museum for Archaic Media: An evening of Poem Films presents Heid E. Erdrich, Jonathan Thunder, Elizabeth Day, and Andrea Carlson. Erdrich will perform poems from her book, “Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media” between screenings, followed by discussion with the filmmakers with whom Erdrich collaborated. Short films of Erdrich’s poems include Indigenous Elvis Works the Medicine Line, Undead Faerie Goes Great with India Pale Ale, It was Cloudy and Pre-Occupied. 6:30pm. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis. For more info, see: event/the-new-museum-for-archaic-media-an-evening-of-poem-films-2 .

Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
Ojibwe/Dakota Language

Intermediate Dakota Language, open to community, taught by Dawi /Huha Maza. 5-7pm. Intro to Ojibwe, open to community, taught by Memegwesi. 5-7pm. Free. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 Ea. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact 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

Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
Niizh Manidoowag  Two-Spirit Group

Niizh Manidoowag Two-Spirit Group is an open group inviting two-spirit people to come together to share thoughts, feelings, and hopes with one another in a safe space. This group includes Indigenous wellness practices such as talking circles and smudging to foster holistic wellness. From 2:15 to 3:45pm. Indian Health Board Counseling and Support Clinic, 1315 E. 24th St. Minneapolis. For info, call 612-721-9800 or see: .

Oct. 7, 8, 21, 22, Nov. 4, 5
Ogichidakwe Council Advocacy Training

Ogichidakwe Council Advocacy Training, Helping Victims/Survivors Of Sexual Violence & Abuse. The training is intended for community women helping family and friends who disclose sexual violence/abuse. Limited to 20 community members. Child Care and Transportation assistance available. 9am to 5pm each day. Elder’s Lodge, 1500 Magnolia Ave., East St. Paul. For info, contact Eileen Hudon at 763-244-5815. Register with Jessica Owen at 612-250-5907.

Oct. 9
Indigenous Peoples Day

Join us for a community-planned Indigenous Peoples Day 2017 celebration. Round Dance and Rally. MC: Deanna Standing Cloud. Speakers: A representative from Stop Line 3 efforts, and a representative from MMIW efforts will be in attendance. Performances: Wakemup Productions, Oyate Hotanin. 4-7pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1430 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, see: .

Oct. 9
St. Paul’s Indigenous Peoples Parade

Join us for the St. Paul Indigenous People’s Day Parade. The theme this year is "Protect Mother Earth". Start time is 11am. The parade line up begins at 10am at the parking lot of American Indian Magnet School, off 3rd St. at Earl in St. Paul. The route is the same as last year, from AIMS to Mounds Park. The park will have performers, student speakers, singing, dancing and celebrations of Indigenous Peoples. All participants are encouraged to create floats, banners, and posters to make a statement on ways Indigenous people can protect our Earth. Each registered group/class will be judged along the parade path and trophies will be awarded to the best group/class. To register your group, contact Pam Gokey at 651-793-3803 or at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Oct. 10
Family Education Diabetes Series (FEDS)

A free series that brings together American Indians and their families to share knowledge and resources to prevent and manage diabetes. Free. Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, Department of Indian Work, 1671 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Contact Sarah Goodall at 651-789-3862 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it The event will also be held on these dates:
• Nov. 14
• Dec. 12

Oct. 10-11

NIBI MIINAWAA MANOOMIN: Gaa wiijigaabawitaadiwaad (Accountable Relationships). The 5th biennial symposium invites tribal members and University personnel to meet, share information and learn from
each other about ways to protect water and wild rice for future generations. This year’s event will
discuss what accountable relationships require and how we can agree to commited action that is trusting and binding. White Earth Chairman Terry Tibbetts, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, Karen Diver, an elder panel and other tribal and university representatives will join us as as we seek to learn what accountability means, and how we can commit to a respectful, collaboratively developed agenda with agreed upon outcomes and deadlines. Shooting Star Hotel and Event Center, 777 Casino Road, Mahnomen. For info, see: .

Oct. 11
MAICC Networking Event

The Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Event. Mingle with the Board of Directors and members of the Chamber. The Board is in the midst of strategic planning and want to hear from you! Register now to reserve your place. 5:30-8pm Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce. For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-877-2117.

Oct. 17, 19, Nov. 7, 9
AIFACS Foster Care Meetings

AIFACS is hosting more foster care/shelter home informational sessions in Minneapolis and St. Paul. St. Paul: October 17th from 2pm-3pm and from 5:30pm-6:30pm at the American Indian Family and Children's Services Office. Minneapolis: October 19th from 2pm-3pm at the Mpls American Indian Center. St. Paul: November 7th from 2pm-3pm and 5:30pm-6:30pm. Minneapolis: November 9th from 2pm-3pm. Light food and beverage will be served. RSVP to Kelly 651-223-8526 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct.  17
Indian Child Welfare Education Day

Please join us as we share the strengths and wisdom within our community. ICWA Case Plan from Parent's Perspective. Active Efforts: Helping vs. Impeding. Presenters: Julie Williams, Director: White Earth M.O.M.’s Program. Resource Panel Bright Beginnings – Minneapolis American Indian Center. Natives Against Heroin – White Earth Urban Center. Parent Mentors – ICWA Law Center Indian Advocates – ICWA Law Center. More Presenters TBA. Registration at 8am. Programing goes from 8:30am to 4pm. CEU’s will be provided. There is no cost to attend this event. Lunch is provided. Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Ave, St Paul. Registration is at: 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.

Oct. 18
Elder’s Health Day

This event is by appointment only. Includes medical visit, dental visit, flu shots and other immunizations, and a light meal. 9am to 12:30pm. To schedule an appointment, call 612-721-9800. Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St, Minneapolis

Oct. 18
The Sioux Chef Book Signing

Authors Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley will present and sign copies of The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen. Indigenous American fruits and vegetables, the wild and foraged ingredients, game and fish. Locally sourced, seasonal, “clean” ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking are nothing new to Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef. In his first book, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, Sherman shares his approach to creating boldly seasoned foods that are vibrant, healthful, at once elegant and easy. Open house event and book signing. Samples made from recipes in the cookbook will be served. Cash bar. Books will be available for purchase from Birchbark Books. 6-9pm. Aster Cafe River Room, 125 SE Main St, Minneapolis. Please RSVP at:

Oct. 19 (deadline)
First Nations' Native Arts Initiative

First Nations will award 15 supporting Native arts grants of up to $32,000 each to Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs that have existing programs in place that support Native artists and the field of traditional Native arts. Entities eligible include U.S.-based, Native-controlled, nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, tribes and tribal departments, tribal 7871 entities, or Native community-based groups with eligible fiscal sponsors. Applicants must be located in and serve tribal communities in one of the following states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington. Applications are due by October 19. For info, see: .

Oct. 20
Friday Family Fun Night

Join us for a Halloween themed Family Fun Night. This event is free and is open to community. Activities for the whole family (parents or guardians must accompany children). Games, Language, Cultural and Art Activity, Open Gym, Nutrition Demonstration. Healthy beverages and light refreshments available. 5:30–8pm. MIAC, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis. For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 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

Oct. 20
Tobacco Prevention and Wellness Symposium

Native youth, ages 12-18, are invited to the Ain Dah Yung Center’s 8th Annual Tobacco Prevention and Wellness Symposium. The symposium provides youth the opportunity to learn about living a healthy lifestyle and contributing to healthy communities, all within a cultural context. Youth will have hands on learning experiences and connect with community leaders regarding the risks of harmful use of commercial tobacco, substance abuse, and diabetes awareness that promote living a healthy lifestyle. Bring your regalia for a mini-powwow. Regalia is optional. Continental breakfast, lunch, dessert snacks and refreshments provided. 9am-5pm. DoubleTree, 411 Minnesota St., St. Paul. For info, see: . Or contact: Contact Dennis Gilbert at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Travis DeCory at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct. 20
GenIndigenous Response Fund

The NAP GenIndigenous Response Fund provides grants up to $5,000 to youth organizing groups responding to current moments in ways that build long-term power for Native youth. This fund provides grants to organizations playing leadership roles in their local communities while considering efforts to support the long term engagement of youth leaders in advocacy efforts. The submission deadline is October 20, 2017. Groups applying must be 501(c)(3) or have a fiscal agent which is a 501(c)(3) entity. Organizations without nonprofit status or a fiscal agent should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it For info, see: genindigneous-response-fund .

Oct. 20
2017 Fair: This Is Not A Test  
White Supremacy, Climate Change, and the Future of Our Schools. This social Justic Education Fair brings together educators, students, parents, and communities from across the Twin Cities Metro to collaborate, network, and organize social justice in education. Childcare, breakfast and lunch provided. The workshop is free but donations are welcome. 8am to 5pm. Patrick Henry High School, 4320 Newton Ave., Minneapolis. For info contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-787-2272.

Oct. 21
Sioux Chef Cooking Demonstration

Join Sioux Chef Sean Sherman for a series of cooking demonstrations based on his new book The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, an introduction to the modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories. 30-minute demos will take place at 12:30pm and 2pm. Cost is included with site admission. 12:30-2:30pm. Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis. For more info, see: .

Oct. 21, Nov. 18
Linda LeGarde Grover/Duluth

Linda LeGarde Grover will be at Zenith Bookstore for a reading and signing of her new book, Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year. Long before it was known as Duluth, the land at the western tip of Lake Superior was known to the Ojibwe as Onigamiising, “the place of the small portage.” In fifty short essays, Linda LeGarde Grover reflects on the spiritual beliefs and everyday practices that carry the Ojibwe through the year and connect them to this northern land of rugged splendor. 2pm to 4pm. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave., Duluth. For more info, see: events .
• Nov. 18: At Barnes & Noble in Duluth: 12-3pm. Barnes & Noble Duluth, 1600 Miller Trunk Hwy., Duluth.

Oct. 21
Caring for the Animals Clinic

MN SNAP will take part in the Little Earth Animal Clinic, sponsored by Pet Haven, Inc. of MN and supported by The Native America Humane Society and VeTouch. Free spay and neuter surgeries, flea and tick prevention, heartworn tests and vaccinations for Little Earth pets. Pet Haven will cover the cost of surgeries and vaccinations for Little Earth pets. MNSNAP will be using the parking lot in the front of 2501 building. First come first serve. 9am to 5pm. Dog surgery check-in at 8am. Cats and rabbits surgery check-in at 8:30am. Little Earth, 2501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, contact Little Earth of United Tribes Management at 612-729-9361 or 612-704-3694.

Oct. 23, 24, 26, 27
MPCA Air Permit Training

Training and information about how to comment when facilities apply for permits to emit air pollutants. October 23, 24 at MPCA in Saint Paul. October 26, 27 at the Minneapolis Urban League. For info, contact Say Yang at 612-345-8255 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct. 25
NO overdose Town Hall

Raise awareness and build strong partnerships to prevent Opioid-related deaths that have risen to crisis levels in Hennepin County. 5:30-7:30pm. Held at Gichitwaa Kateri Church, 3045 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, call Carmen Bibiano at 612-807-2449.

Oct. 27
MIWRC Fall Feast

Please join us for our Fall Feast. Free meal, including creamy wild rice soup, salad, dessert and more. Raffle for a beautiful quilt -- winner will be announced at 2pm. All community members welcome. 10:30am-2pm. MIWRC, 2300 15th Ave S, Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-728-2000.

Oct. 30
AIFACS Stakeholder Gathering

What is the future of foster care and what is AIFACS’ role in creating this future? Come share your thoughts. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Free childcare and lunch. Please RSVP and also let us know if you’ll be needing childcare and what ages/number of children. 12pm-4pm. For info, call Kelly or Lucy at 651-223-8526.

Oct. 30
IFACS Stateholder Gathering

American Indian Family and Children's Services is hosting a Stakeholder Gathering from 12pm-4pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Childcare is available and there will be a meal. We want to hear from anyone who holds an interest in the foster care/child welfare system. This includes GAL, county/tribal workers, foster parents, foster children, former foster children, judges, healthcare providers, elders, relatives of foster children, other community members, etc. If you plan to attend and need childcare, please RSVP with the number and ages of children. American Indian Family and Children's Services, 25 Empire Dr., St. Paul. For info, contact Kelly Peet at 651-223-8526, option 3.


Nov. 1
Heid E. Erdrich, Linda LeGarde Grover, David Lawrence Grant and Thomas Dillon Redshaw will read from their works
Heid E. Erdrich is the author and editor of eight books, most recently the poetry collection Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media. Heid’s recent awards include a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and a McKnight fellowship in prose. Heid is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She teaches in the Augsburg College Low-residency MFA program. Linda LeGarde Grover (Boise Forte Ojibwe) is the author of the new collection of essays, Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year (University of Minnesota Press 2017). Her short fiction collection The Dance Boots received the Flannery O’Connor Award as well as the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; her novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass (Minnesota, 2014) received the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers 2016 Fiction Award, and her poetry collection The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives received the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award and the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Award. David Lawrence Grant is a Twin Cities-based writer. As a playwright, he has been commissioned to write work for the Minnesota Historical Society, VocalEssence and Mixed Blood Theater, among others. As a screenwriter, he wrote for Russell Simmons’ Def Pictures, HBO, and the Showtime Network and is a past recipient of screenwriting fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. David currently teaches screenwriting at Film North (formerly IFP). Thomas Dillon Redshaw is the author of Heimaey (1974) and The Floating World (1979) and fugitive broadsides and chapbooks. His poems have appeared in American little magazines and in such Irish publications as Cyphers, Poetry Ireland, Southword, and The Irish Times. He edited Well Dreams: Essays on John Montague (2004) and served as the editor of Eire-Ireland (1974-1996) and New Hibernia Review (1996-2006), both of whose pages featured contemporary Irish poetry.
(Curated by Michael Kiesow Moore and Ardie Medina.) 7:00 p.m. The Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st Street, Minneapolis (couple doors down from Birchbark Books). For info, see:

Nov. 3-5
Women's Congress for Future Generations

This is the third Women's Congress and we are back with another opportunity to elevate the voices of women in protecting Mother Earth and Future Generations. Come join us as we gather around the Sacred Circle and deepen our commitment to Mother Earth. This year’s focus is on Climate, Health, and Justice. We are committed to healing the wounds among and between us, to hearing each other’s stories and to finding a way forward together as told to us by the Anishinaabe in the 7th Fire Prophecy. From Nov. 3 starting at 10:30 am to Nov. 5, ending at 12:30 pm. Cost varies according to ability to pay. Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr, Brooklyn Center. For info, contact Elizabeth Anders at 612-986-4327 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Ann Manning at 612-802-8513 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Register at .

Nov. 13
Hopi Water Protector Vernon Masayesva

Vernon Masayesva, former chair of the Hopi nation in Arizona and founder and executive director of Black Mesa Trust, is an internationally respected speaker and activist for preserving water resources and the environment for future generations. Masayesva is a Hopi elder of the Coyote Clan from the village of Hotevilla, one of the oldest continuously inhabited human settlements in North America.  He resigned as chair of the Hopi tribal council to protest the decision to allow Peabody Coal Company to consume billions of gallons of precious fossil water from an arid region as a cheap way to slurry coal to an electricity generating station 273 miles away in Nevada. In 1998, he founded Black Mesa Trust (, whose motto is, “Paatuaquatsi, Water is Life.”  An international speaker on water and Hopi values, he has been honored by activists including Peter Coyote and Jane Fonda and scientists including renowned author and water researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto from Japan. As a result of his commitment to preserving water and the environment, he was honored by President Bill Clinton as an “Environmental Hero.” Event is a 7pm, with a reception with Mr. Masayesva after the event. Sponsored by Plymouth’s Caring for Creation and American Indian Initiative committees. The event is free, with plenty of free parking.  Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403. For info, call 612-871-7400.

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