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The Circle 2011 powwow calendar
Tuesday, April 12 2011
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May 2011 Indian month Events
Tuesday, April 12 2011
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April 9 & 23
Leech Lake General Elections

The Leech Lake General Election Board office will be open for absentee voting on Saturday, April 9, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. For more info, call Carol at 218-335-7223. Leech Lake General Election Board Office, 1150 6th St. NW, Cass Lake, MN.

May 6
MIWRC Vendor Day and Indian Taco Sale

An Arts and Crafts vendors day and Taco Sale starts at 11am and goes until 3 pm. Shop, eat, visit and browse. MN Indian Women's Resource Center, 2300 15th Avenue S., Mpls. 

May 10
Living in Balance Workshop

The NACC's Living in Balance Workshop is  a six-week interactive workshop to help people learn how to manage their chronic conditions and problem lifestyle issues. This workshop helps participants to identify small steps in a supportive group weekly to reach personal health goals. There is a stipend to complete the workshop and a meal is offered each week. Call early to reserve your space. Call Connie Norman at 612-872-8086, ext 116 to register.

May 12
14th Annual?Young Native Pride Performance

SMSC and area youth will celebrate Dakota culture, traditions, and spirituality with a free dance exhibition and art show. The evening performance, open to the general public, begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Prior Lake High School auditorium. This year the performance will honor Peta [pet-ah], the Dakota word for fire, in stage design and with a special dance. Prior Lake High School is located at 7575 150th Street West in Savage. Refreshments will be served following the 7:00 p.m. performance.

May 12
Ghost Stories: Five Writers Read Works on Historical Trauma

African- American, Hmong, Japanese-American, Jewish and White Earth Anishinabe writers explore how the stories of their parents, grandparents and historical communities impact the writers's own lives. From the ridiculous to the tragic, the writers examine the legacies of the Holocaust, war, racism and genocide. A facilitated discussion will follow. The Readers are: Carolyn Holbrook, Mai Neng Moua, Margie Newman, Marcie Rendon, and Joan Maeda Trygg. Admission: Five dollars suggested donation includes a chapbook containing work by the five writers. Refreshments will be served. 7 pm at the American Indian Center, 1539 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis For more info, contact Margie Newman at 612-532-7238, or: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 13
MAIC Open House

The Minneapolis American Indian Center Open House will be on Friday,
May 13, 2011. Please join us for Lunch and Raffle. 11 am to 2 pm.
Craft vendors are welcome to set up tables in the lower gallery – 10
am to 2 pm (free of charge). MAIC, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue,

May 14
Feast and Mini Powwow

A new organization, Mitakuye Owasin, will be hosting an Honoring Feast and Mini Powwow. They will honor their lead Lakota teacher, Louie Foote. 4:00-8:00. All Saints Church, 3044 Longfellow Ave South, basement, enter on the 31st St.. For more info, contact Anita at 612-419-5033, or Velma 612-310-5630, or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 16
AIFACS Open House

Save the Date for American Indian Family and Children's Services (AIFACS) Open House in celebration of American Indian Month! Join us for coffee and cake and learn more about the services we provide to American Indian children and families.10 am to Noon at AIFACS Metro Office, 25 Empire Drive, Saint Paul, MN. All are welcome. Call 651-223-8526 for directions.

May 19
DIW Open House

The event will include: Community BBQ Feast, Building Tours & Program Info, Drumming, and Raffle. Noon to 3 p.m. For more information, contact George Spears at 612-722-8722 x376 or: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Division of Indian Work, 1001 East Lake Street, Minneapolis.

MAY 19

Employers & Job Training Programs will be in attendance. Join us for
lunch and a tour!  Noon to 3:00 pm at American Indian OIC Programs.
Tours at 11:00 am – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. AIOIC, 1845 East Franklin
Avenue, Minneapolis. FMI: call 612-341-3358 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 20
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Indian Month celebration event start at 11:00 am and go till 2:00 pm. Please RSVP by May 6th to 612-746-4824. MIlle Lacs Dept of Labor, 1404 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN.

May 21
Native CHAT

The Indigenous Peoples Task Force and Native CHAT are hosting a Native youth film festival. Native youth will share their views on HIV, AIDS, drugs, and other issues that affect them. The All-Day event takes place from 10 am to 9 pm at Augsburg College, Sateren  Auditorium Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave. S. in Minneapolis. For more information call Leslie, Kyle, or Brenna at 612-722-5670 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 21
Minwaajimo (She/he is Telling a Good Story)

The Loft Literary Center's Open Group TGIFrybread Native Writers' Group for Minwaajimo, its first public reading will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening's program includes 15 Native writers reading their stories, poems, and other writings. An intermission with food and beverages provided, and a Q&A session. Free and open to the public. At the Loft in the Target Performance Hall located on the second floor of Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S. in Minneapolis. For more info, contact Ardie Medina at 612-215-2582.

May 21

WORLD RENOWNED FLUTIST Kevin Locke &  Classical Guitarist Gabriel
Ayala with Oneida Soprano Soloist Jennifer M. Stevens.
Master of Ceremonies David Cournoyer with Georgia Wettlin-Larsen. A
spring concert that celebrates the spirit of our people!
Now more than ever, we need our stories and songs that reveal our
common struggles and shared aspirations. The spirit of our music
festival will benefit “COMMON GROUND.”  COMMON GROUND grants are
designed to give an immediate financial boost to the artists at a
critical time in their careers. Opens at 7 PM, Curtain  at 9 PM. VIP
Reception to Follow. MacPhail Center for Music, 501 S. 2nd St.,
Minneapolis. FMI: 612-321-0100. Sponsored by First Nations Composer
Initiative. PRICE: $100 VIP Tickets   $35 General Admission. GENERAL
INQUIRIES/Tickets: Lisa Yankton – FNCI Program Intern – 651-251-2825.
MEDIA  & Sponsorship Inquiries:  Jewell Arcoren, FNCI Director –

MAY 22 - June 4

Maestro Ken Freed conducts Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Maza Kute
Singers (Santee Dakota), Trumpeter Manny Laureano (Minnesota
Orchestra), M. Cochise Anderson (Chickasaw/Choctaw) and Award-Winning
Composer Brent Michael Davids (Stockbridge Mohican) on tour through
Dakota country with 4 concerts merging American Indian and Western
classical music. There will be a series of panel discussions after
each concert with the conductor, Brent, the composer, and some of the
performers on the panel. Some of the topics will be Mankato’s history,
Dakota and Native American music, and the Powwow.
MAY 22: Mankato, MN, Mankato West H.S. Auditorium, 3 PM.
MAY 28: Morton, MN, Lower Sioux Community Center, 1 PM.
MAY 29: Granite Falls, MN, Prairie Edge Casino, 1 PM.
JUNE 4: Winona, MN, 8th Annual Great American Gathering & Homecoming,
Unity Park, 12 NOON.

May 25
The Ain Dah Yung Center’s 2011 Open House

We look forward to having you join us for a luncheon/mid-day
celebration of our culture with some great traditional foods and
music. In addition, you will be able to take a look at some of our
work in helping to ensure our youth and families have a safe place for
healing and to build upon their strengths. We are also proud to take
this opportunity to acknowledge “those who walk along side us.”  Plus
we will be hosting a raffle where you can win some great prizes and
gifts! 11:00 – 2:00pm . For more info, email Deb Foster at:
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May 27
Indian Health Board of Minneapolis Indian Month Event

Our Annual Indian Month Event includes  Buffalo Burgers, picnic style
foods, popcorn and sno-cones; Live Music by the Houle Brothers;
Free T-shirts while they last; Free Health Education and Screenings;
Raffle at 2:30pm – Raffle prizes: bikes, George Foreman grills, IHB
Wear and other fun stuff – must be present to win. 12:30-3pm For more
information, contact: Krista at 612-721-9843 or Shawna at

May 27
Mde Maka Ska

The 3rd Annual Canoe Nations Gathering begins at 9:00 a.m. on the south side of Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis, MN. There will be storytelling, canoeing, lacrosse, scavenger hunt, druming, cultural arts, frest water biology, and interative initiatives an exercices. Tentative schedule: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Water Walk; 8:00-9:00 a.m. Workers and Vendors check in; 9:00 Opening Ceremony. South side of Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis. For more info, see:

Ends May 27
Douglas K. Limon

Ojibwe artist Douglas Limon will have his work on display at the The Penny George Institute for Health & Healing. Reception on Friday, April 8, 6 -8 pm at the George Institute Clinic, 2833 Chicago Av. S., Mpls. Exhibit open for viewing at The Penny George Institute for Health & Healing. Mon -Thur from 8 am to 8 pm, and Fridays from 8 am to 4 pm. For more info,  call 612-863-3333. 

Community Calendar April
Tuesday, April 12 2011
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April 4
The Practice of Indian Law and the Politics of Identity
William Mitchell College of Law is hosting an Indian Law Panel Discussion and Reception. The Practice of Indian Law and the Politics of Identity is a panel discussion with Judge Robert Blaeser, Wilda Wahpepah, Joseph Halloran, and Mark Jarboe. Join us for an hour of thought-provoking discussion at 5 pm. Reception and appetizers to follow at 6 pm. William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue St. Paul, MN.Parking will be available in the William Mitchell lot. For more info, contact James Hull at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 4 - June 5
Art Exhibit: Original Green
The art exhibit Original Green has been expanded and will be showing thru June 5. Native artists include: Joseph Allen, Carolyn Anderson, Gordon Coons, Mona Smith and Gwen Westerman. Reception and artists talk: May 13. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. Gallery hours: M-Fri: 11 am - 6 pm. Visiting Artists: Sat.& Sun. 11 am - 3 pm. For more info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or see website: 
Native Farmers Gather to Protect Seeds
Tuesday, April 12 2011
Written by Winona LaDuke and Lauren Scott,
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 Indigenous farmers and gardeners from the region and beyond gathered at the 9th Annual Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference in March to share knowledge, stories, and of course, their seeds.
More than 100 native people, organic farmers, students, and community members participated in the conference hosted by the White Earth Land Recovery Project held on the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota.
"I had a Hopi Squash run up a tree last year," Frank Kutka, USDA Sustainable Agriculture representative told a small group during one of the workshops held at the conference. Describing the squash's prolific vines he said, "Sometimes that third sister doesn't hang back, she just moves ahead."
Many farmers like Frank told their stories, sharing not only cultivation but history. For fourteen years, Caroline Chartrand, a Metis woman who traveled from Winnipeg to the conference, been looking for heritage seeds of the Metis people of Canada. It is believed that in the 1800s the Metis grew some 120 distinct seed varieties in the Red River area.
 Of those, Chartrand said, "We ended up finding about twenty so far. We found a few of them through the Canadian Seed Bank. We found some more through Seeds of Diversity Canada, the Canadian Seed Exchange, and the US Seed Saver's Exchange."
The Canadian seed story is sobering: Three quarters of all the seeds that existed before the 20th century are extinct. And, out of the remaining quarter, only l0% are available commercially from Canadian seed companies. Over 64% of the commercially held seeds are offered by only one company, which means that if the variety is dropped the seeds may be lost. The rest are held by backyard gardeners and families.
A recent article by a prominent Canadian writer suggested that agriculture in Canada began with the settlement of Europeans. Chartrand had to ask her, " What about all that agriculture before then?"
Organization works to bring Native elders into affordable housing
Tuesday, April 12 2011
Written by Jacob Croonenberghs,
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organization_works_native_elders_housingA lack of housing for Native American elders has attracted development within the Twin Cities. In particular, The American Indian Community Development Corporation (AICDC) recently began the construction of affordable apartments in southern Minneapolis.
The apartments are named "Bii Di Gain Dash Anwebi" (come in and rest); an Anishinaabe title for Native residents. Co-sponsored and managed by Common Bond Communities, the apartments will offer services like program training, wellness and prevention workshops, independent living skills, and discussion circles.
To help elders transition into the apartments, AICDC's office has begun to pre-qualify individuals. In charge of this initiative is Shirley Cain, (Red Lake Ojibwe), an attorney who has recently come to work with AICDC.
"I'm enrolled in Red Lake. My father's a Red Lake band member, and my mother is from White Earth. My job is being a Housing Specialist. I was hired to help elders into the Bii Di Gain Dash Anwebi program."
Cain works to pre-qualify individuals for housing in the apartments. Pre-qualification begins the screening and admission process. The complete operation will begin next year.
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