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Local Briefs
The Circle 2015 Powwow Calendar
Thursday, April 02 2015
 
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APRIL

MINNESOTA

April 4

Bemijigamaag Powwow

Dancers Registration: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; First Grand Entry, 1 p.m.; Hand Drum Contest: 5 to 7 p.m.; Communal Feast: 5 to 7 p.m.; Second Grand Entry, 7 p.m.; Two Step Dance, 7 to 10 p.m.; Category Dancing, 7 to 10 p.m.; Event End, 10 p.m.

Sanford Center Arena, 1111 Event Center Dr. NE, Bemidji, MN. For more information, contact: Cyrus Pansch, 218-556-0517, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Darryl Northbird, 218-252-1172, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Brad Wolhof, 218-339-5652, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Maggie Montgomery, 218-333-9005, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


April 4

U of M Spring Powwow

Come join us for our annual spring pow wow! Emcee: Jerry Dearly; Arena Director: Matt Thornhill; Host Drum: Red Bone; Head Man: Miskwa Desjarlait; Head Woman: Misty Rose.
Grand Entries: 1 and 7 p.m.; Feast: 5 p.m.
Head Man Special: Men's Chicken and Grass (3 prizes); Head Woman Special: Women's Old Style Jingle (3 prizes); Committee Special: Men's Fancy (3 prizes)
U of M Recreation & Wellness Center, North Gym, 123 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN.
Vendor & Volunteer info: If you are interested in reserving a vendor table, or have general questions regarding the event, contact the AISCC at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 612-624-0243. If you are interested in being a volunteer, contact Marie Armstrong at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


April 11

2nd Annual Augsburg Fairview Academy Powwow

The 2nd Annual Augsburg Fairview Academy Powwow will promote a sense of unity among the communities served by Augsburg Fairview Academy, including the Twin Cities, through cultural sharing, and will develop intercultural awareness among students, parents, and staff.

M.C.: Norman Benson; Arena Director: Ricky White; Host Drum: Midnite Express; Honor Guard: Robert Desjarlait; Registration, payout after second Grand Entry; Honorariums for registered dancers only, must be in regalia; First 8 registered drum groups with at least 5 singer minimum present at the time of registration with receive $200, no drum hopping.

Grand Entries: 1 and 6 p.m.; Community Feast: 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Liz Saunby at 612-294-1016, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.facebook.com/events/280841478762722.


April 25

Anwebiwin Niimi'idiwin

Host Drum: LLTC Drum; M.C.: Animiki; Spiritual Advisor: Murphy Thomas; Arena Director: Darrell Kingbird; Specials: Old Style Jingle Dress, Women’s Switch Dance; Accepting first 15 drums to register, each drum must register at least 5 singers.

Grand Entries: Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. Registration: Saturday, Noon to 1:30 p.m., 5 to 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Bena High School Gymnasium, 15308 State Highway NW, Cass Lake, MN. For more information, call Flower Kingbird at 218-335-4224 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


WISCONSIN

April 11-12

On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow 2015

Arena Director: Randy Paskemin; Mens Golden Age; Womens Golden Age; Mens Traditional; Mens Grass; Mens Fancy; Womens Traditional; Womens Jingle; Womens Fancy Shawl; Teen Boys; Teen Girls; Junior Boys; Junior Girls; Drum.

Specials: Mens Traditional Special – In memorial of Peter “Bing” Lemieux (Bad River); Blanket, Jacket and Beaded Medallion, Saturday; Mens Grass Winner Take All; Womens Fancy Winner Take All; Mens Smoke Dance Winner Take All; Womens Smoke Dance Winner Take All; Youth Hand Drum Winner Take All (Groups of 3-5); and Adult Hand Drum Winner Take All (Groups of 3-5).

UW Madison, 1450 Monroe St., Madison, WI. For more information, call Nichole Boyd at 608-265-3420 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


April 25

2015 Madison College Pow-Wow

Madison Area Technical College, 1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI.


April 25

18th Annual UW-GB Intertribal Student Council Pow Wow

M.C.: Marin “Marc” Dennin; Host Drum: Midnite Express; Invited Drums: Crazy Boy, Tomahawk Circle, Eagle Singers, Str8 Across; Arena Director: Ty Defoe; Color Guard: Oneida Nation Veterans; Female Head Dancer: Kesekokiw “Kenew” Grignon and Antoinette Lester; Male Head Dancer: Matthew Lester; Smoke Dance Special; Men’s Traditional Special.

Grand Entries, 1 and 7 p.m.; Feast, 5 p.m.

Kress Events Center, 2358 Leon Bond Dr., Green Bay, WI. For more information, call the Intertribal Student Council/American Intercultural Center at 920-465-2720; volunteers should email Sheena M. Danforth at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

NORTH DAKOTA

April 17-19

UND Indian Association Time-Out Wacipi

M.C.: Jerry Dearly and Vince Behl; Host Drum: Young Buffalo House; Arena Director: Rusty Gillette; Sound: Dale Roberts; Head Woman Dancer: Hannah Balderas.

Contest Categories: Golden Age Men’s and Women’s Competition (60+); Senior Adult Men’s and Women’s (35-59); Junior Adult Men’s and Women’s (18-34); Teen Boys and Girls (13-17); Junior Boys and Girls (6-12); Tiny Tots Pay Money (0-5); Singing Contest (First to Fourth Place).

Specials: Women’s dance special in honor of Head Woman Dancer, Hannah Balderas; Mary Jane Memorial Song, Saturday, Evening Session.

Registration open Friday, 4 p.m., closes Saturday, 1 p.m. Grand Entries: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. Traditional Meal: Saturday, 5 p.m. Admission fees vary.

University of North Dakota, Hyslop Sports Center, 2751 2nd Ave., North Grand Forks, N.D. For more information, call the Indian Studies Association at 701-550-1909 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.und.edu/org/undia.


IOWA

April 11

21st Annual University of Iowa Powwow

M.C.: Jerry Dearly; Arena Director: Gabe Desrosiers; Head Man and Woman: Picked each session; Host Drum: Meskwaki Nation; Color Guard: Robert Morgan Post 701; Day Money (Registered dancers in regalia only); Drum Contest (No drum hopping, 6 singers minimum); Dance Specials; American Indian Arts & Crafts and Food Vendors.

Grand Entries, 1 and 7 p.m.; Doors open, 11 a.m. Free admission, individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you need assistance in order to participate, contact CSIL at 319-335-3059.

Recreation Building, 930 Evashevski Drive, Iowa City, IA. For more information, call the Native American Student Association at 319-335-8298, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit powwow.uiowa.edu.

 


April 2015 Calendar
Thursday, April 02 2015
 
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Through April 26

Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison”

Born in the now-vanished village of Chippewa City, Minn., near the Grand Portage Reservation, George Morrison later adopted that signature Indian motif, the totem pole, which he reinterpreted in modernist sculptures. His accomplishments are eloquently reprised with over 80 paintings, drawings and sculpture spanning his 60-year career, the show is a well-deserved tribute to Morrison’s complexity, steady vision, integrity and character.

Though initiated by the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) in St. Paul, and drawn primarily from the MMAA collection, the show is too big to fit into that museum’s small exhibition galleries. Its History Center presentation is the conclusion of a two-year tour to museums in Fargo, New York, Indianapolis and Phoenix.

Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN. Admission: $11 adults; free on Tuesday evenings.

For more information, call 651-259-3000 or visit www.mnhs.org.


Through May 9

The Art of Indigenous Resistance”

The Art of Indigenous Resistance is a traveling exhibition of work by 20 Indigenous artists co-curated by All My Relations Gallery and Honor the Earth. The exhibition is made of both prints and original works of art that highlights Honor the Earth's 31 years of Indigenous outreach and community resistance. In correspondence with the art and activism theme, we are excited to also include paintings from the Minneapolis community.

Visual art plays an important role as it has the ability to stimulate and encourage a unifying perspective. Through art, it can evoke emotion, tell stories, inspire and motivate. When channeled as a vehicle it carries issues of consciousness where it can become a catalyst for meaningful change.

Artist Participants: John Isaiah Pepion, Jesus Barraza, Jaque Fragua, Betty Laduke, Votan, Gregg Deal, Nani Chacon, Chip Thomas, Kim Smith, Tom Greyeyes, Star Wallowingbull, Rabbet Strickland, Donald Montileaux, Alania Buffalo Spirit, Ron Toahanie Jackson, Michael Horse, Remy Fredenberg, Jaycee Beyale, Cheyenne Randall and Lucie Skjefte.

All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 612-235-4970 or visit www.allmyrelationsarts.com.


April 1-18

Louise Erdrich: Asynchronous Reading”

A collaborative installation with Aza Erdrich, Pallas Erdrich, and Heid E. Erdrich. The Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce the first ever show of visual art and text by distinguished author Louise Erdrich. Asynchronous Reading presents Erdrich's paintings, collage boxes and found-object constructions along with poetic text and audio works to create an experienced to be viewed, read and heard. Aza Erdrich and Pallas Erdrich contribute key images and media works to an installation curated by Heid E. Erdrich, who also collaborated on parts of the exhibit.

Opening Reception: April 1, 6 to 9 p.m.; Artist Talk: April 17, 7 p.m.; Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st St, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-377-4669 or visit www.bockleygallery.com.


April 4

U of M Spring Powwow

Come join us for our annual spring pow wow! Emcee: Jerry Dearly; Arena Director: Matt Thornhill; Host Drum: Red Bone; Head Man: Miskwa Desjarlait; Head Woman: Misty Rose.
Grand Entries: 1 and 7 p.m.; Feast: 5 p.m.
Head Man Special: Men's Chicken and Grass (3 prizes); Head Woman Special: Women's Old Style Jingle (3 prizes); Committee Special: Men's Fancy (3 prizes)
U of M Recreation & Wellness Center, North Gym, 123 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN.
Vendor & Volunteer info: If you are interested in reserving a vendor table, or have general questions regarding the event, contact the AISCC at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 612-624-0243. If you are interested in being a volunteer, contact Marie Armstrong at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


Regional and Local Briefs: April 2015
Thursday, April 02 2015
 
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RED LAKE STATE OF BAND LOOKS TO FUTURE

RED LAKE, Minn. – Red Lake Band of Chippewa Chairman Darrell Seki offered an optimistic outlook on the condition of the nation, but said social issues still challenge citizens.

Seki described the nation's situation in the 2014 State of the Band address on March 27 at the Humanities Center. "I am honored and humbled to stand before you as your Red Lake chairman," Seki said, after opening with an introduction in Ojibwemowin. "Our nation has made great progress to build and sustain our culture and provide a stable, strong future for generations to come. However, we still have plenty to do an accomplish."

Seki listed the plagues of illegal drugs, alcohol, gang violence, bullying and suicides as heavy burdens Red Lake citizens carry but encouraged citizens to overcome them.

Following that ceremony, Seki launched into the statistics for the band since he took office nine months ago. Current enrollment is at 11,707 enrolled citizens. The permanent trust grew by 4.7 percent in 2014 and the treasurer made a special distribution in December of $250 per citizen.

The Red Lake Police Department now has its own dive team and the purchase of snowmobiles has made remote law enforcement operations more feasible, Seki said. The juvenile detention center has opened to "operate with the goal of reducing the amount of repeat offenders." And 100 children joined police officers for the "Cops and Bobbers" fishing program last summer.

Seki moved on to the housing situation, noting that 45 units were built last year in the Highland Addition II and sold to Red Lake citizens for $78,000 at five percent interest. Development of six more units at Heart Lake is underway.

Seki's gaming report held both good and bad news. Gaming employed 981 people in 2014, an increase from 925 in 2013, with 87 percent of the employees being Red Lake citizens. Gaming wages and benefits came to $25 million in 2014, an increase from $24.4 million in 2013. However, because of the unusually cold and snowy winter in 2014, gaming income decreased by $900,000 to $8.1 million in 2014, down from from $9.1 million in 2013. Business did pick up during the warmer months of 2014, he said.

Seki said the ultimate political goal is to "return Red Lake to the front of Indian Country by not only protecting our sovereignty, but expanding it. The fight isn't over, but we will continue to lead the fight."

 


National Briefs: April 2015
Thursday, April 02 2015
 
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NAVAJO TEEN'S SHORT FILM HOSTED AT THE WHITE HOUSE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Navajo student Keanu Jones was selected as one of 15 young filmmakers across the country to participate in the second annual White House Student Film Festival.

Jones, an 18 year-old senior at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, said he hopes his three-minute film on his family’s daily struggles helps raise awareness about the fight for water and other natural resources taken from reservations.

The American Film Institute helped select the videos, which were on the theme of “the impact of giving back.” Students behind the 15 winning films, some as young as age 6, were at the White House on March 24 where they got to screen their movies for an East Room audience of filmmakers and celebrities, including Steve McQueen, the Oscar-nominated director behind “12 Years a Slave,” and Academy Award-winning actress Hillary Swank.

“These aren’t just great films, but they’re a great example of how young people are making a difference all around the world,” Obama said to applause from the audience.

Obama used the event to unveil his “Call to Arts” initiative through the Corporation for National and Community Service to help inspire and mentor young artists across the country. The program will work with the American Film Institute, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, whose members have pledged to provide 1 million hours of mentorship to young artists over the next three years.

Keanu’s film, “Giving back the Navajo Way,” told of the Navajo tradition of serving elders despite the sometimes-arduous work needed to do so in Indian Country. Keanu said “simple necessities Americans enjoy like electricity, automatic heaters and running water” may be non-existent in the rural area of Arizona where he is from.

“I’ve never really thought that making a simple three-minute film would even take me to the White House or to see Obama,” Keanu said.

 

HO-CHUNK NATION RAISES MINIMUM WAGE TO $2.75 ABOVE FEDERAL

MADISON, Wis. – The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin has raised its minimum wage to $10 an hour.

The amount is $2.75 above the federal level. It will go into effect in July.

“The cost is high but the return is much greater,” President Jon Greendeer said in a statement. “We can wait until the perpetual debate is resolved or we can just take action ourselves. We chose to make our move and I feel it’s the right one.”

 

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

Fix-It Tech Clinic

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

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

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

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


Augsburg College 7th Traditional Powwow

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

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

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

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

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

All Powwow committee decisions are final.

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

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


31st Annual CNIA Powwow

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

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

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

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