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Monday, November 07 2016
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Four Native women running for MN office

Four Native American women are running for Minnesota offices this November.
• Incumbent Susan Allen (Rosebud Sioux) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 62B. She was elected in a January 10, 2012 special election to the fill the vacancy created by Jeff Hayden.
• Peggy Flanagan (White Earth Ojibwe) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 46A. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election on November 3, 2015.
• Attorney Jamie Becker-Finn (Leech Lake Ojibwe) is running for Minnesota House District 42B (DFL). She currently work as an Assistant Hennepin County Attorney at the Domestic Abuse Service Center.
• Mary Kunesh-Podein is running for House of Representatives, District 41B. She has been a teacher for 22 years, is chair of the Park, Recreation and Environment Board in New Brighton, and building steward and member of the negotiations team for the Robbinsdale Federation of teachers Union.

Election day is November 8th. To find out where to vote in your area and information on who is running, see:


Mpls IHB Receives MSPI Generation-Indigenous Award

On September 29th, the White House, IHS Principal Deputy Director Mary L. Smith announced Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) funding awards to 42 Tribes, tribal organizations, IHS federal programs, and Urban Indian organizations. The four-year awards are part of the White House’s Generation Indigenous initiative to focus on improving the lives of Native youth.

The Indian Health Board of Minneapolis (IHB) is one of these new awardees.­ IHB specializes in healthcare for the urban American Indian community in the Twin Cities, and the $138K of new annual funding will be used in IHB’s Counseling and Support Clinic to integrate traditional and western mental health practices for healing historical and personal trauma, fostering resiliency, and promoting family engagement among Native youth up to age 24. The grant’s ultimate objective is to reduce suicide in Native youth, which is why drumming is central to the program.

“The drum is our mother’s heart, and we seek its sound for spiritual comfort and optimal safety,” explains Richard Wright (Leech Lake), IHB’s Chemical Health Specialist and resident elder. Planning work will begin in November; drum-making and drumming groups will start in early 2017. The program is called Dewe’igan, Zhewindindiwin (Drum Teachings for Success).


Jeffers Petroglyphs to change name, community input requested

The Jeffers Petroglyphs are 5,000 sacred carvings made by American Indian ancestors thousands of years ago on a ridge in southwestern Minnesota. This ridge was a destination for many American Indians, including ancestors of the Dakota, Cheyenne, Ojibwe, Ioway, Omaha, Otoe, Ponca, Mandan, Arapaho, Crow and Hidatsa. The current name of this historical site, “Jeffers Petroglyphs”, reflects the name of the family who once owned the land where the carvings are located.

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS), which is responsible for the site’s preservation, invites the community’s input as it explores renaming this historic site. If a new name is chosen, it will showcase the importance of this special place to all people, but especially American Indians, and it will better tell the story of the carvings and the people who made them.

American Indian people are especially urged to attend an upcoming meeting; and all people are welcome. The gathering will be moderated by facilitator and consultant Everett Black Thunder (Oneida/Sisseton/Wahpeton Oyate). Snacks and beverages will be provided.

The event will take place on Nov. 19 at the Jeffers Petroglyphs, 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey, MN. Those who are unable to attend in person can provide feedback via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 651-259-3130.

Letters can also be sent to: Minnesota Historical Society, ATTN: Jeffers Name Input, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W, St. Paul, MN 55101. (A previous gathering to discuss this topic was held in late October in Minneapolis.)

Phillips Indian Educators (PIE) Program
Monday, November 07 2016
Written by Veronica Evenson,
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The public school curriculum was never intended to educate students from diverse cultures. The greatest example of this fact can be seen with American Indian children. Historically they have been treated as a mythical creature in standard classrooms, a figure “from days gone by” that unfortunately is now extinct. This can be seen in the very image on the Minnesota flag, depicting “The American Indian heading west.” This of course, was not the case then, and it is not the case now. American Indians continue to be haunted by the historical trauma that inflicts future generations.

Minnesota has a strong American Indian community and is taking great strides to rectify the years of damage done. One shining example of this is the Phillips Indian Educators (PIE) Program. PIE was started by a group of educators in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. Because of the collaborative efforts of these PIE educators, the Minneapolis School District was able to see that this group had the key to closing the “achievement gap” for American Indians. The Minneapolis District and PIE’s collaboration led to the implimentation of the new standard, called “Best Practices” in Indian Education and earned the support of three alternative Indian schools AKA Best Pratice sites.

Joseph Rice, a dedicated educator for 32 years, is the coordinator of PIE and the Executive director of the Center School. The school started as a drop-in center in the early 1970s and has grown to be one of the 3 Best Practice sites. He was kind enough to provide me some valuable insight into the issues that the American Indian Community has encountered with the Minnesota Public School System.

In 1990 President George H. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. In 2006 the first Memorandum of Agreement was signed between PIE and the Minneapolis school district.

Rice: We’re called a contract alternative program, basically they contract with us to work with Native students, because they have historically not been very successful at it. Statistically insignificant is how we are often desribed.

Evenson: Why was it necessary to have cooperation with Minneapolis school system?

Rice: We knew that we needed our kids to succeed, and we know what works with our kids. One of the thoughts was that we help public schools understand what works... we do a 3 day inservice in the summer for educators, but it’s only a couple days so it doesn’t create dramatic change.
The larger American education system hasn’t changed much at all. They are still based on chalkboards, sitting in rows, and listening to lectures.

NATIVE Act aims to promote Native tourism
Thursday, November 03 2016
Written by Lee Egerstrom,
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tourismstory1.jpgOne major exhibit in the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa’s Atisokanigamig (Legend House) shows how the Ojibwe people – over centuries – migrated to Northern Minnesota and the Western Great Lakes, creating a path a new federal law hopes will encourage tourists to follow.

In late September, President Obama signed into law the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act aimed at promoting tourism and related economic development at Native American communities. The new law had strong support from tribal and tourism groups and bipartisan support from lawmakers representing Indian Country and Native Hawaiian and Alaskan communities.

Details for bringing the Departments of Commerce and Interior and federal agencies into collaborative efforts with tribal entities are still to be worked out. The new law, however, brings hope to Bev Miller, executive director of the Bois Forte Heritage Museum, that heritage and cultural curiosity will be another driver of tourism to Native communities.

In October, for instance, a group from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe paid a visit to the Bois Forte museum. Students from Nett Lake schools visited the next day. Meanwhile, a regular stream of Canadian First Nation tour groups related to the Bois Forte come across the border each year to study at the museum while having a recreational outing to the Lake Vermillion area and Bois Forte’s Fortune Bay Resort and Casino.

“Next month (November) is Native American Heritage Month and hopefully more school groups will come in,” Miller said.

In step with the new law, Miller wants to build on heritage and culture. “We would like to see more interaction with our elders and youth and this is going to happen real soon here,” she said.
To that end, Miller and colleagues added a new exhibit in October showing regalia, the clothing and ornamentation preserved by a Bois Forte family since 1919.

October Calendar
Tuesday, October 11 2016
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Oct. 4 - Nov. 8
Let’s Get Cookin’

The Indian Health Board of Minneapolis will be hosting a weekly, family-based nutrition education and cooking class series “Let’s Get Cookin”. For adults, children, parents, family members, and family friends interested in an interactive program that is focused on nutrition, health, physical activity, and cooking. To better help families in our community understand the importance of healthy eating and getting regular physical activity. Dinner will be provided for all participants. Program runs every Tuesday from October 4 to November 8, from 6:00-7:30 pm. Held at the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, 1315 E. 24th St., Minneapolis (3rd Floor Assembly Rooms). For more info, call Chelsea Moyle at 612-721-9860.

Oct. 4
Fall Fundraiser for WON

The Women of Nations’ fundraiser will offer dinner, cultural performances, silent auction and cork draw. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the shelter programs and services provided to families escaping domestic violence. 6-8 pm at the Summit Brewery Ratskellar Community, 810 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, MN. For more info, email Della at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
Employment Services Information Sessions

AIOIC and TAKODA Institute offer  Employment Services Information Sessions, which are held every Wednesday from 9 - 11 am. Free career training and job placement services. AIOIC,1845 East Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, call 612-341-3358 or see:

Oct. 6
Interview Skills Workshop

You worked hard at writing an effective resume to capture the attention of the employer and you have been invited for an interview! Now what? Takoda Institute would like to invite you for an Interview Skills Workshop. The Interview Skills Workshop has been designed to give you an opportunity to practice interviewing and brainstorming answers to frequently asked questions. 2 - 4 pm, in room 7 at AIOIC, 1845 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. Call 612-341-3358 to register.

Oct. 6 - 7
White Earth Tribal IDs

WEUCC luncheon fundraiser will be held 11 am to 3 pm on Oct. 6th. Wild rice, deer tags, and White Earth logo clothing sale will be held Thursday, 10 am - 6 pm; and Friday, 9 am to 11:45 am. MN Chippewa Tribe Building, 1308 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For more info, call 612-872-8388.

Oct. 6, 15, 20
Catalyst for a Community Quilting Bee

We are creating a series of 84 hand sewn quilts. When completed, the quilts will be laid outdoors for an all night performance filled with dance, storytelling and stargazing! We provide all materials as well as beverages and snacks. We will be holding Saturday morning Quilting Bees at Two Rivers Gallery and Thursday evening Quilting Bees at Studio 207 at The Ivy Building.  Quilting Bees at Two Rivers Gallery (1530 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis) from 10 am - 2 pm on Saturdays: October 15, November 12 and December 10. Quilting Bees at The Ivy Arts Building (2637 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, Studio #207) from 6-8 pm on Thursdays. October 6 & 20, November 3 & 17 and December 1 & 15. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions. For more information on the project please visit

Oct. 7, 10
Oyate Hotatin Announces Indigenous Day 2016

Rob “Rez Reporter” Fairbanks and Tonia Jo Hall aka “Auntie Beachress” will be hosting Oyate Hotanin’s 3rd annual Indigenous Day Celebration, two evenings of comedy, music and poetry. The evenings features Native talent with: Nick Metclaf, columnist and spoken word artist; Leah Lemmpire, Singer/Songwriter and Poet; Corey Medina, Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter; and Johnny Smith, Guitarist/Singer. Performances will be held at Pangea World Theater, 711 West Lake Street, Minneapolis. 7:30 pm each evening. Tickets are $10.
• Oct. 7: How to Become a Rez Reporter: Youth workshop with Robert Fairbanks, location and time TBA.
• Oct. 10: They Can’t Take Away Our DreamsL Join a small talking circle and presentation exploring mass incarceration as a continuation of historic disruption and trauma in Native country, with a music video by Dakota Spoken word artist Tom LaBlanc and an exhibition of ledger style art by Quinton Maldonado. Noon – 1:30 pm.

Oct. 8
Martha Redbone

Martha Redbone's Bone Hill: The Concert. The Native American singer-songwriter takes an autobiographical look at American identity using a dozen-strong musical cast to portray four generations of a family living in the Appalachian Mountains. Ranging from traditional Cherokee chants and lullabies to bluegrass and blues, country, gospel, jazz, Rock & Roll, R & B, and funk, the styles featured in this performance are as diverse as the people who inspired it. Tickets $27 - $32. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., Saint Paul, MN. For info and tickets see:

Oct. 10
Day with the Sioux Chef

Indigenous People’s Day with the Sioux. Enjoy tasting and conversation with food and drink purveyors whose products celebrate Native foods and techniques, and listen to music. And view displays of historic and contemporary objects related to indigenous food preparation.  6 - 9 pm. $25/$20 MNHS members.  Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN. For info call 651-259-3015 or see:

Oct. 10
Indigenous People's Day Celebration

Saint Paul's inaugural Indigenous People's Day Celebration and Parade! Last year the City of Saint Paul declared Oct 10th, formerly recognized as Columbus Day, as Indigenous People's Day. Gather at the American Indian Magnet School field at 10 am to get in line with your parade float (or walking group). Parade starts at 11 am, walking to Mounds Park via 3rd and Earl Streets. Program and lunch at Mounds Park from 11:30 - 1:30 pm. The theme this year is: WATER IS LIFE! We invite your organization to create a parade float based on this theme (i.e. matching shirts, signs, props, banners, etc). There will be a chance to bring home a 1st Place trophy for your organization. RSVP your float or for info contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 651-793-1795.

Oct. 11 – Nov. 5
Skin(s) Exhibit

The Skin(s) exhibit, on view at Intermedia Arts, is a showcase of artworks by Minnesotans who express multi-dimensional identities from Dakota, Ojibwe, Ponca, Lakota, Navajo, and other indigenous nations. Featuring the work of Hilary Abe, Carolyn Lee Anderson, James Autio, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Elizabeth Day, Aza Erdrich, Marlena Myles, Jonathan Thunder, Maggie Thompson, Rory Wakemup, Dyani White Hawk and Marne Zafar. Curated by Heid E. Erdrich, these paintings, prints, sculptures, and films reveal the power and diversity of urban Native artists. Opening reception will be held October 21st at 6:30 pm. Exhibit cost: Sliding scale; $3-10 per person suggested. All proceeds support visual arts programming at Intermedia Arts. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, see:

Oct. 11
Wicoie Nandagikendan Fundraiser

Wicoie Nandagikendan will host a fundraiser breakfast. Guest speaker include Diane Wilson, David O'Fallon, and children from the language program will be singing. Wicoie Nandagikendans mission is “To advance Minnesota’s indigenous languages through intergenerational mentoring and immersion strategies in order to nurture a quality and culturally sensitive early childhood education”. Takes place 8 am to 9 am at All Nations Church, 1515 E 23rd St., Minneapolis.

Oct. 12
Birchbark Books Reading

Authors Linda LeGarde Grover, Leslie Matton-Flynn, Venessa Fuentes, and James Bettendorf will be reading from their works. Linda LeGarde Grover, professor in the UMD Department of American Indian Studies, is a member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Her research into the effects of educational institutions and policies upon American Indian families and communities has resulted in articles, poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Her book The Dance Boots has received the Flannery O’Connor Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, her novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass received the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers 2015 Fiction Award. Her poetry chapbook THE.INDIAN.AT.INDIAN.SCHOOL was published by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Sequoyah Research Center. Newly published is The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives, which received the Red Mountain Press Editor's Award. Event curated by Michael Kiesow Moore and Ardie Medina. 7:00 p.m. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st Street, Minneapolis (couple doors down from Birchbark Books). For info, call see or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct. 13
Native American College Fair

Speak with representatives from a variety of post-secondary institutions, job training and community programs, and learn about college life, courses, ad-mission & financial aid requirements. We will have a light, healthy meal for the first 300 attendees. We will also have a cultural demonstration, musical performance, and lots of door prizes. 4 - 7 pm. Schedule: 3:15 - 4:00 Lacrosse Demo, 4:00 - 7:00 College Fair, 5:00 - 6:00 Dinner, 5:30 - 6:30 Entertainment. East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN.

Oct. 15
MPS Native students

Spend an afternoon with MPS Native students & families. Student activities: paper canoe art, mini lacrosse clinic, paper dreamcatchers, native foods taste test. Parent Ggathering: Indian Education Info, Memorandum of Agreement update, Jeopardy! game, MDE Update Every Student Succeeds Act. A light lunch will be provided. Door prizes. 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Mpls American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin, Mpls. For more info, contact Deanna StandingCloud at 612-668-0612 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct. 18
Register to vote

Register to vote by October 18 to save time on Election Day. Absentee voting: vote by mail or in person Sept. 23 through Nov. 7. For more info, see:

Oct. 19 (deadline)
Laura Jane Musser Fund

The Laura Jane Musser Fund will be accepting proposals of up to $25,000 for their Intercultural Harmony grant round. The fund will assist public and not-for-profit entities from CO, HI, MI, MN, and WY to plan or implement projects that promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds. Applications will be accepted online through the fund’s website through Oct.19. For info, see 

Oct. 21
Tobacco Prevention and Wellness Symposium

The 7th Annual Tobacco Prevention and Wellness Symposium will have a day full of health and wellness education that youth can take with them to become community advocates. The symposium is for youth ages 12 to 18; however, parents and guardians are welcome to attend. Activities include fun physical fitness contests with prizes, symposium drawing with incredible prizes, string packs with t-shirts and gifts for all who attend, and great food. The day will end with a powwow designed to cherish the young people with more give-aways! Workshop presenters and two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer Larry Yazzie will give the Keynote Address. Hosted by Ain Dah Yung. Symposium takes place 9 am to 5 pm at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown St. Paul. For info, contact Sheri Riemers at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-227-4184, ext.14. Or June Blue at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-227-4184, ext. 26.

Oct. 21
FDL Princess and Brave Powwow

Fond du Lac Princess & Brave Powwow will be held at 49 University Road, Cloquet, MN. MC: Frank Goodwin. AD: Jaimie Petite. Host Drums: FDL Ojibwe School & Cedar Creek. Free and open to everyone. Contest info: All Men's Category contest 1st , 2nd, 3rd place. All Women's category contest 1st, 2nd, 3rd place. Hand drum contest Winner-Take-All at supper break spot dances. For more info, call Fond du Lac Ojibwe Schoolat  218-878-7239 or 218-878-7276.

Oct. 21
Indigenous Pink Day

Indigenous Pink Day is a breast cancer awareness campaign for American Indians/Alaska Natives. Indigenous Pink Day is to educate all indigenous people on the importance of early detection and remind men and women to keep up to date on their screenings. Take part in Indigenous Pink day by wearing pink on Oct 21st to honor breast cancer warriors and survivors and to spread awareness. Share a picture of yourself on social media wearing pink using #IndigenousPink. For more information about how to get involved visit: For info, contact Daanis Chosa at  612-314-4853 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct. 21-23
World Premiere of Skin(s) Dance

Rosy Simas Danse and Intermedia Arts present Skin(s): a dance work, a visual arts exhibit, a film, and a web media project. The Skin(s) dance, at Intermedia Arts explores what we hold, reveal, and perceive through our skin. The dance is housed within a paper environment with a surround sound score and moving images. To create the Skin(s) dance production, director Rosy Simas is joined by French composer François Richomme, poet Heid E. Erdrich, lighting designer Valerie Oliverio, and performers Holo Lue Choy and Lela Pierce. Simas has created moving images from her travels to urban and rural Native communities. $15 in advance, for students and seniors. $18 at the door. Dance performance schedule: October 21 at 7:30 pm; October 22 at 7:30 pm; October 23 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, see:

Oct. 25, 27
Minneapolis 2020

Help the City of Minneapolis plan for the future. Share feedback with city planners and engage with artists to plan for the future development of Minneapolis. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and food from local vendors. Your voice is important in shaping the future of Minneapolis. You know how you experience the city every day and what it takes to create a more equitable future for everyone. Help us build on what’s working.  For more info, see:
Oct. 25: 5:00 - 7:30 pm at Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis.
Oct. 27: 5:00 - 7:30 pm at North Commons Park, 1801 James Ave N., Minneapolis.

Oct. 29
Feast of Words Family

The Dakota language is the first language of Minnesota, yet few Minnesotans know the meaning of the name of their state. Feast of Words is a family event centered on this place we all call home, Mnísota (Minnesota). Learn about indigenous place names throughout the state, try local indigenous foods, learn to prepare wóžapi, a traditional Dakota berry pudding, and immerse yourself in the Dakota language. The program begins at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm and lasts 60 minutes. This program is presented by the Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye (Dakota Language Society) and the Healing Place Collaborative. Free but registration is required. Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis. For info call 612-341-7582, see or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct. 30 (deadline)
National Native Health Research Training Initiative

The Indian Health Service’ new funding opportunity: National Native Health Research Training Initiative. This cooperative agreement will help build capacity and share best practices in American Indian and Alaska Native health research and will promote tribally driven research through education and training opportunities. The award amount is approximately $225,000 per year for a project period of up to five years. This initiative will help expand the community of American Indian and Alaska Native researchers and enhance the ability of tribes to participate in and initiate research projects that address specific needs in their communities. As a result, culturally appropriate best and promising practices can be shared and replicated throughout the Indian health system. Open to national membership organizations of American Indian and Alaska Native scientists, researchers and students. For info see:­

Nov. 1
MNSure Enrollment Event

Meet with a certified MNsure navigator for assistance with MNsure and enrollment questions. A light snack will be provided. 9 am to 4 pm. Walk-ins also welcome. Native American Community Clinic, 1213 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. To set up an appointment call 612-872-8086, Option 1.

Nov. 2
NDNZ in the City

NDNZ in the City: Multi-media narratives of American Indian culture in the heart of Los Angeles, CA. Join us for an evening of talk, short films, photographs, and personal stories from Indigenous multimedia documentarian, Pamela Peters (Navajo). The event will showcase Peter’s newest film “Legacy of Exiled NDNZ” and multimedia presentation “Real NDNZ re-take Hollywood.” Reception 6:15 - 6:45 pm. Screening begins at 7 pm. Discussion with filmmakers follows. Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave. S., Mpls. This event is free to the public. For info, see:

Nov. 2 (deadline)
Rural Initiative Grant

The Laura Jane Musser Fund will be accepting proposals for their Rural Initiative grant round. Program planning grants up to $5,000 and Program implementation grants up to $25,000 will be considered. Organizations must be from communities with populations under 10,000. Organizations from CO, HI, WY, MI, and MN may apply. Applications will be accepted online through the Fund’s website from October 2 – November 2. For additional info, see 

Nov. 3-4
ABC’s of Economic Dev. in Indian Country

The American Indian Business Alliance (AIBA) comprised of the North Dakota Indian Business Alliance (NDIBA); Minnesota Indian Business Alliance (MNIBA); Montana Indian Business Alliance (MIBA); South Dakota Indian Business Alliance (SDIBA); and Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance (WIBA) announces the 2016 American Indian Business Conference, “ABC’s of Economic Development in Indian Country.” To be heldin Bismarck, North Dakota, at the Downtown Radisson. This American Indian Business Alliance 4th Annual conference has attracted Native-Owned businesses, tribal leaders, business development experts, community based organizations, policy makers, and financial institutions. Sessions will highlight successful models and strategies that foster the development of private Indian businesses, both on and off reservations, and to develop policy ideas and strategies to address the challenges that Native business owners face. Our goal is for attendees to leave the conference with specific tools and strategies to strengthen the economy. For more information visit the North Dakota Indian Business Alliance’s website at

Nov. 5
Gathering For Our Children/ Returning Adoptees Powwow

10am – 1pm: Adoptees/formerly fostered individuals and birth relatives are invited to gather in the auditorium on the 2nd floor of the Indian Center for a meet and visit with other adoptees. 1pm: Grand Entry. 3pm: Wablenica Ceremony - The Wablenica Song (Orphan Song) will be sung for those returning adoptee and fostered individuals and their families. A ceremony will be offered to heal the grief caused by separation from family and heritage. 5:30 pm: Feast. 7 pm: Grand Entry. 8 pm: Honor Song for foster and adoptive parents. 9 pm: Honor Song and recognition for our Young Relatives who have turned 21 in foster care. We will be collecting coats of all sizes to donate to the Sacred Stone Camp. Look for a table in vending area to drop off your donation. Dancers, please come dance and welcome our relatives back to our circle. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave. Minneapolis.

Nov. 8
Election Day

Register to vote by October 18 to save time on Election Day. Absentee voting: vote by mail or in person Sept. 23 through Nov. 7. For more info, see:

Nov.  9
Birchbark Books Reading

Gwen Westerman, Naomi Cohn, Donte Collins and William Reichard will read from their works. Gwen Westerman is a Dakota author. Her books include: Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota, and Follow the Blackbirds. The reading will be at The Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st Street, Minneapolis (couple doors down from Birchbark Books). For info, see or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 17-19
Bearing Witness Retreat

A three-day retreat is being offered to bear witness to the continuing genocide and historical trauma suffered by the Native Peoples of Minnesota and their ongoing resilience. It is open to all, and Native Americans can attend at no cost. The retreat will be held at Cherokee Park United Church, and it includes time at Mni Sni (Coldwater Springs), Fort Snelling State Park, and Oheyawahi (Pilot Knob Hill). Organizers hope to have roughly equal numbers of Native and non-Native peoples. Co-sponsors include: Healing Place, Cherokee Park United, Saint Paul Interfaith Network, Healing Minnesota Stories, and the Zen Peacemakers Order. Free to Native American participants. For more, contact Laura Kennedy at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Jewell Arcoren, at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 21
Native American Heritage Night with Timber Wolves

See Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Boston Celtics for Native American Heritage Night! The Prairie Island Indian Community will perform traditional drum and dance at halftime along with the Flag Song prior to the start of the game. Afterwards, an exclusive post-game activity will take place. Starts at 7 pm. For info, contact Jennica Astleford at 612-673-8434 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 1
Billy Mills

Tiwahe Foundation fundraiser with Billy Mills. Join us as we celebrate the work of Tiwahe Grantees and  the importance of language, culture, education and giving in our community. Billy Mills is the first American Indian and only American to ever win a gold medal in the 10K Olympic event. He is the founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth and a nationally known speaker on youth, giving back to community and living a healthy life. 6 - 9 pm. Tickets $100.00. McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 SE Oak Street, Minneapolis. Buy your tickets online at:

Dec. 2
29th Annual MAICC Awards Dinner

The 29th Annual Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner will be held at 4:30  to 8:00 pm  at Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, MN. For info, contact Joanne Whiterabbit at 612-877-2117 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mavis Jolene Resemius
Tuesday, October 11 2016
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Mavis “Marvelous” Jolene Resemius
June 12, 1957 - September 15, 2016

obitmavis.jpgMavis “Marvelous” Jolene Resemius, age 59, of Morton, formerly of St. Paul, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester. Mavis Jolene (Bollenger) was born June 12, 1957 in Roberts, South Dakota to Johnny and Gladys (Cloud) Contreras. She was a graduate of Mechanic Arts School in St. Paul. On June 1, 2001 Mavis married the love of her life, Steven Resemius. She loved spending time with family and friends, traveling, and taking in her nieces and nephew, and helping others, never expecting anything in return.  Mavis had a heart of gold. She enjoyed embroidery, sewing, and making blankets.

Mavis is survived by her husband Steve; children: Kimberly Cloud, River Resemius, Lisa White, Crystal Cloud, and Coco Cloud; siblings: Carol Cloud, Terry Cloud, Ann Cloud, Casey Cloud, Brenda Gilbertson, and Tom Ebehardt; brother-in-law Tony Dow; and sister-in-law Cindy Zimmer. She is preceded in death by her mother Gladys.

Memorial services were held September 20 at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent at

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