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June Powwows
Tuesday, May 09 2017
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June 2
American Indian Magnet School Powwow

American Indian Magnet School’s Traditional Powwow will be held at the American Indian Magnet School, 1075 3rd St. E., St. Paul. Free and open to the community. For info, call 651-293-5191.

June 2-4
Saa Gii Ba Gaa Traditional Powwow

MC: George Strong. AD: Lance Kingbird. Host Drum: Drift Traditional. 5344 Lakeshore Drive, Nett Lake, MN. For info, call Louise Isham at 218-757-3261.

June 2-4
Rice Lake Traditional Powwow

MC: Murphy Thomas. AD: Allen Hardy. Host Drum: Brown Eagle. Bagley/Rice Lake, MN. For info, call Henry  Fox at 218-407-2729 or Tony Auginaush at 218-308-3306.

June 2-4
Seven Clans Casino Warroad Powwow

Kaabekanong (Warroad) hosts the Annual Warroad Traditional Powwow, presented by the Red Lake Nation. Drum groups: Eyabay of Red Lake and the P-Town Boys, among others. 34966 605th Ave., Warroad, MN. For info, call 800-815-8293.

June 9-11
149th Annual White Earth Powwow

Traditional powwow. Tribal Grounds, White Earth, MN. For info, call 800-950-2587.

June 16-18
Grand Casino Contest Powwow

Grand Entries: Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1 pm & 7 pm, Sunday at 1 pm. World Jingle Dress Championship. Host Drum: Little Otter. Invited Drums: Pipestone from LCO WI, Whitefish Bay from Ontario, and The Boys from the Twin Cities. Campsites are available at the powwow grounds, showers available at RV Park. Powwow Grounds, Grand Casino Hinckley,  777 Lady Luck Dr., Hinckley, MN. For info, call 800-384-4475, ext. 4574.

June 23-25
Lake Vermilion Traditional Powwow

MC: Terry Goodsky and Royalty. Host Drum: Lake Vermilion and Burntside. Friday: Warm ups. Saturday: Grand Entries at 1 pm & 7 pm. Sunday: Grand Entry at 1 pm.  Lake Vermilion Powwow Grounds, Lake Vermilion, MN. For info, call Muriel Deegan at 218-750-7772.

June 30-July 2
Oneida Contest Powwow

Over $91,000 in prize money. MC: Terry Fiddler. MC: Wallace Coffey. AD: Sateko Danforth. and Darrell Goodwill. Grand Entries: Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and 7 pm, Sunday at noon. Public is welcome. Weekend Pass, $15. Daily Pass, $8. 60 & older, free. 5 & under, free. Norbert Hill Center, N7210 Seminary Rd., Oneida, WI. For info, call 920-496-5311 or 800-236-2214.

June 30 - July 2
39th Annual Red Cliff Traditional Powwow

Grand Entries: Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and 7 pm, Sunday at 1 pm. Feast on Saturday at 5 pm. Free camping in designated areas. Red Cliff Powwow Grounds, Hwy 13 (3 miles north of Bayfield), Red Cliff, WI. For info, call 715-779-3700.

Joseph Croud
Tuesday, May 09 2017
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Joseph Croud
May 2, 1947 - April 14, 2017

joseph-croud-obituary.jpgJoseph Croud “Ogema Binais”, was born in Park Rapids, MN, on May 2, 1947, to John and Maggie (Sailor) Croud. He walked peacefully from this life at Lake City, MN, on April 14, 2017, in the arms of his children and his ancestors.

Joseph was a man of many talents. He was an artist, a traditional flute and headroach maker, and a collector of history about his family and his community. He worked as a lumberman; on a city maintenance crew; as a social service worker for Mary Hall and the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul, for the Thunderbird/Wren House in Duluth, and at a drop-in center in Cloquet; as an historical interpreter for the Minnesota Historical Society at the North West Fur Post in Pine City; and, when called upon, as a teacher of Anishinaabe arts and culture, especially for many years at the Science Museum of Minnesota and at the education day for the Mahkato Wacipi in Mankato.

Joseph loved his family, his friends, his community, and inspired love in return. He shared his wisdom when it would be appreciated. He loved to hunt for agates or just sit quietly with one of his children and drink coffee. He loved to be in nature. He was a man of quiet dignity. He did not like restrictions or being told what to do and he would not tolerate being treated with disrespect. Joseph had a short bucket list left unfinished. He had wanted to go fishing and he wanted to dance at a few more powwows. He will be remembered for his wit and humor, his love for his children, his ingenuity, his creativity and art, his skills as a listener, and for his wisdom.

He is survived by his children Sarah, Maggie, Solomon and Josette; treasured grandchildren Noelani and Konapiliahi Croud, and Damian Tsinnijinnie; sister Sara Clark, wife Jeanne; Lili Eustis and Margaret Waller, many nieces and nephews, and a very large circle of loving family and friends. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents John and Maggie Sailor Croud, and sisters, Catherine Adams, Bernice Croud, and Sylvia Croud. He joins in the spirit world beloved nieces and nephews: Jackie Adams, Sean Adams, John Bradley Croud, David Croud, Tim Annette and Jeanenne Harper.

The wake was held April 17 at the old Pine Point school. A funeral ceremony was held April 18 also at the school.

Kathryn Sage Montana
Tuesday, May 09 2017
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Kathryn Sage Montana
March 17, 1986 – April 2, 2017

kathryn-montana.jpgKathryn Sage Montana was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was known as Sage to most of her family and friends. The second child of Gary J. Montana and Linda M. Nichols-Montana, she was the apple of her father’s eye. Always riding with him somewhere even as a baby. Sage oved taking rides in the city late at night when she could not sleep. She loved people and loved to help others. She had an infectious smile and laugh and she loved to tease and be teased.  

She graduated from high school with the Class of 2004. Sage attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a BS in Social Services. She also attended the Aveda Institute of Cosmetology in Minneapolis, where she graduated and gave the commencement speech for the Class 2010. Sage moved to the Lower Brule Tribe of South Dakota where she worked at a woman’s shelter. In her leisure time Sage loved to play basketball, bead with her mother, ride horses, sing country songs, and dance jingle at powwows. And above all, she loved to spend time with her son, Mahto. Recently Sage had just accepted a positon as a woman’s domestic abuse facilitator at the Ho-Chunk Nation and was very excited about the challenges that lay before her. Her passion was helping others and especially Native American women and children. 

Kathryn is survived by her mother Linda Nichols-Montana of Minneapolis, MN; her father Gary J. Montana and youngest sister, Marisol Montana of Osseo, WI; her step mother Rachel Walsh of Black River Falls, WI, step brother Xavier Puzon of Madison, WI; her siblings Ian Montana, Molly Montana, niece Sophie Montana-Wadena, nephew Colt Montana-Stout of Minneapolis, MN; her sister Sierra Montana of Duluth, MN; her aunt Lynda Kingery-West of Eagle Butte, SD; uncle Ron Volesky of Huron, SD, cousins Taylor, Tucker, Turner and Tyler; and most importantly, her son Milton Mahto-Luta Spears of Bloomington, MN. She also leaves behind her special daughters from the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation in SD.

Sage is preceded in death by a baby that was born in 2013 and passed shortly after conception; paternal grandparents, Kate and Vern Pigney of Blunt, SD; grandmother Sophie Penny-Brown; grandfather Elmer Nichols of White Horse, SD; great-grandmother, Mary Bagola of Eagle Butte, SD and Dennis Pigney her uncle from Davenport, IA.

Native American services for Kathryn Sage Montana were held April 8 at the Grand Occasions Event Center, in Osseo, Wisconsin.


Why Some Old Folks Are Cranky
Tuesday, May 09 2017
Written by Ricey Wild,
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Both my arms hurt so badly. It really sucks getting old for me when I’ve already had 11 surgeries and I’m fearful of more. Plus I’m diabetic.

Okay that’s all I will complain about for now. I’m ready for lilacs, dandelions and blooming trees, and I am worried about the wood frogs because up here in Rezberry we have ice, snow on top of that, and here it is the end of April. Sheez. Really?

Whoops. More complaining. My bad. I still haven’t put away my heavy winter boots either cuz I just don’t know when we will be done with winter and all its hazards. It may be July before I do. Well, I understand now why some old folks are cranky cuz I’m turning into one. Blah.

Then there’s my tooth. I was happily crunching candy I had bought for my Gramma Rose. They were peppermint lozenges that are stale but I needed some sugar NOW, so I opened the bag and munched away until there was a particularly hard one which I ingested only to find out I ate part of my premolar. Lucky for me it didn’t hurt and I had a dental appointment two days later.

The dentist told me the tooth was worth saving and proceeded to work on it, but in doing so the entire rest of my tooth came out. Gah!!! She’s going to cap the molar right next to it and add a fake tooth in the place of the one I ate. I took the rest of my tooth home in a little container and forgot to put it under my pillow. I’ll do so and make a wish that 45 is impeached sooner rather than later and ya’ll are welcome for my sacrifice. I have big ole Chippewa Cheeks so my loss isn’t evident because it’s in my right lower jaw…but if you make me laugh? Hai!

A sweet lady named Margaret who works for Rezberry Clinic brought me to my appointments and asked me how was I doing? I replied that I sit home 99% of the time and am bored living like this, but in fact, I now prefer it this way. Last year I had my son, then my brother and after that a friend living with me because they were homeless. The only male of all of them, my kitten Lenny Kravitz Shotley, is the only one who did not let me down.

The peace I enjoy now is delightful. Last year tore me up in ways I could never have imagine. But this year, I’m done with drama. I’m older, depressed and physically disabled. I don’t need anyone else’s traumatic situations to intrude on my well being. Just saying.

Another point is that we all need to treat each other with caring kindness because you don’t know what that person may be going through. There are millions of Facebook posts that say the same thing, but actually following through with compassion is the real. It seems silly but hugs matter. Watch out ya’ll!!! I’m gonna be the Hug Monster!

I’m so very grateful to be here in my Kwe cave and for my furry family. I thank the Creator every for the gifts I have, which are many. I have no one

I see on a regular basis except my beloved Gramma Rose who will be 99-years-old this month on the 15th. She is still ‘all there’ but repeats she is getting dingy. LOL! Like we all don’t experience what she does – like walking into a room and wondering what she went in there for! Rose asked me to tell “Gramma’s Tales” so here is one. I was about 1-year-old and my cousin LuAnn was 6 months after me. She was playing with one of my toys that I didn’t care about except it was MINE! I hit a rocking chair in my possessive rage and it came back and knocked me down.

That memory always makes Rose laugh, and I do too because it’s KARMA and I now recognize it as such; I never set out to do wrong, ever. However, I do not put up with other’s drama cuz I have enough of my own despite my avoidance of it.

Wow. I just realized I’ve been imposing my own drama on ya’ll. Sorry for that, but sometimes it feels really good to unload.

Blessings to all of you!!!

May Events
Tuesday, May 09 2017
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Thru July 15
Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photo Exhibit

This exhibit showcases the work of six young American Indian artists who came together over 12 weeks to learn the process of digital photography in a guided, supportive and culturally sensitive environment. The artists will show a selection of photographs that empowers their indigenous identity. Artists include: Nolan Berglund, Amoreina Espinosa, Joe Ettawageshik, Shaw Handley, Marco Hunt and Angel Swann. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 4-7
Dakota Truth-Telling Gathering

On May 4, 1863 Dakota people who had been imprisoned at a concentration camp below Fort Snelling at Bdote were taken by steamboat and exiled from Minnesota. We invite all Ochethi Sakowin Oyate to return home – to unify in peace and share community knowledge and stories with one another. 3 days of hands-on cultural workshops, teachings, and presentations. It will culminate in a fourth day of pray. For info, see: or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 5- June 10
Jim Denomie: Oz, the Emergence Art Exhibit

Using the celebrated 1939 film The Wizard of Oz as a thematic stepping-stone, artist Jim Denomie has conjured up a fantastical landscape where Dorothy and her pals become immersed in new, darkly imaginative adventures. However, this is not The Land of Oz as we know it, but rather “a spooky and surreal landscape full of symbolism and tense situations” where the protagonists face a host of contemporary, 21st century issues. Annishanabe artist Jim Denomie has won numerous awards and fellowships. His work is found in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, among others. Denomie’s work has been shown in Germany and extensively in the U.S. Opening Reception: May 5, from 6 to 8 pm. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st S., Mpls. For info, contact 612-377-4669 or:
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May 6
Powwow for Hope

Powwow for Hope honors loved ones who have battled cancer or are fighting cancer. All money raised will support cancer education and supportive services for American Indians. 1 pm: Grand entry. 2 pm: Honoring survivors and Pink Shawl survivors. 3 pm: team recognition. 4 pm: Honoring caregivers and Pink Shawl caregivers. 5 pm: Jingle Dress Healing song. 6 pm: closing ceremony. 6:30 pm: Feast. Silent auction from 12:30 to 4 pm. Free and open to the public. Base Camp Facility, 201 Bloomington Road, Minneapolis. For info, see: , or contact 612-314-4848 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 6
Ojibwe Moccasin 2-Day Workshop

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

May 6 (deadline)
AIFEP Grants

Tiwahe Foundation is accepting applications for the American Indian Family Empowerment Project (AIFEP) which funds individuals or families in pursuit of professional, educational, or cultural opportunities. Individual grants range from $500 to $2,500. AIFEP funds on 3 focus areas: Cultural Preservation, Educational Attainment, and Economic Self-Sufficiency. For info, see , or call Deanna StandingCloud at 612-722-0587.

May 7 
43rd Annual MayDay Parade

Presented by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. 12 pm: Parade begins at the corner of 25th St. E. and Bloomington Ave. S., and travels south on Bloomington to 34th St. E., where the parade turns west towards Powderhorn Park. 3 pm: The MayDay Tree of Life Ceremony begins in Powderhorn Park. All day: The MayDay Festival in Powderhorn Park follows the MayDay Parade and features music, dancing, poetry, foods, canoe rides, and more. FREE event. For more info, see: .

May 9
Support Group for Native Women

Therapy group for women in the Indian community. Discussions and activities, often involving Native American practices and values. New members need to schedule an intake with the Counseling & Support Department, which is covered by insurance. The group begins May 9 at 11 am. The group will meet each Tuesday from 11 am-12:30 pm, going through August. Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Minneapolis. (3rd floor). To schedule an intake, call 612-721-9877 and ask for Jennifer or Courtney. Or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 9
AIFACS Open House

American Indian Family And Children Services’ Open House: Food, fun, and door prizes. This is an opportunity for community members and AIFACS foster parents/children to voice their opinions on where they would like to see AIFACS in the future and how we can continue to be successful. 1 - 5 pm. AIFACS, 25 Empire Dr., St. Paul. For more info, contact Kelly Peet at 651-223-8526 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 9 – June 13
IHB’s 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. Dinner will be provided for all participants. Tuesdays from 5:30 - 7 pm. Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, 1315 E. 24th St., Minneapolis. (3rd Floor Assembly Rooms). For info, contact Chelsea Moyle at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-721-9860.

May 10
MAIC Open House

Minneapolis American Indian Center’s Open House. 11 am - 2 pm. Door prizes throughout the event.  Food will be served at noon. Menu: hamburgers and hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, chips, cookies, coffee and water. Free and open to the community. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact Mary at 612-879-1750 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 10
Birchbark Books Reading Series

Ron P. Leith, Nora Murphy, Choua Yang, and Taiyon Coleman will read from their works. Ronald P. Leith (Anishinabe/Dakota) is the author of Poems from the Deep: A Man’s Journey through Heaven and Hell, and The Parable of Wood & Stone: Personal Notes form a Native Man’s Existential Journey. Nora Murphy, author of White Birch, Red Hawthorn: A Memoir, is a fifth-generation Irish Minnesotan. Choua Yang is an aspiring writer who grew up in Saint Paul's east side. His poem "Refugee: 1984" was published in the Saint Paul Almanac. Taiyon J Coleman is a poet, essayist, teacher, and a Cave Canem fellow.  7 pm. Free. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Minneapolis. For info, contact Michael at 651-280-0977 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 10 (deadline)
AmeriCorps fund for Tribes

National and Community Service has funding opportunity for tribally sponsored AmeriCorps projects. Projects can address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Grantees use their AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, supervise, and support AmeriCorps members. Full-time AmeriCorps members are given a living allowance; health care; and childcare, if they qualify. Deadline is May 10. For more info, see: .

May 11
AIOIC Founder’s Day Event

American Indian OIC: Walk in, grab lunch, and start interviewing. There will also be drawings, giveaways, and entertainment. No registration required for job seekers. Free. Everyone welcome. 12 pm to 3 pm. AIOIC, 1845 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-341-3358 or see: .

May 11
Kateri Residence Open House 

Kateri Residence’s Open House will be held 1-3 pm. Come learn more about our program, meet our staff, see parts of the residence, and eat some appetizers! Kateri Residence, 2408 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, contact Meagan LeFebvre at 612-871-0477.

May 11
Wamákhaškaƞ Ki Waštépi! (Animals are Good!)

Join the Minneapolis Institute of Art for a family friendly, Dakhóta language class and art activity. Students will sculpt their favorite animals while learning related Dakhóta words. This class will be taught by Šišóka Dúta (Joe Bendickson), Dakhóta Language Instructor at the University of Minnesota; and Wóokiye Wi (Katie Bendickson), Dakhóta Language Specialist for St. Paul Public Schools. 6:30-8:30 pm. Light refreshments served. Minneapolis Institute of Art (classroom 111), 2400 Third Ave. S.; Minneapolis. This event is free. Limited seating, so please email or call Tobie Miller to register: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-870-3286.

May 12 (deadline)
Garden Warriors Program

For Native Youth ages 13-18. Learn about culture and Indigenous foods and agriculture. Participants receive a stipend of $50 a week with a potential bonus. Garden Warriors Session I: Intro to organic agriculture and healthy cooking fundamentals, June 27 - July 14. Garden Warriors Session II: Deepen your knowledge, improve your skills and gain new experiences in sharing healthy and indigenous foods in the community, August 1- 25. Berry Cultural Camp: July 18 -20. Outdoor camping at Little Elbow Lake MN; culture, foraging, fishing & cooking. Deadline for application is May 12th. For more info, email:
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May 13
18th Annual Little Earth Mothers Day Powwow

Pow-Celebrate mom at the 18th Annual Little Earth Mothers Day Powwow at Cedar Field Park in Minneapolis, noon to 9 pm. The powwow celebrates the spirit of our community and is a free event  open to the public. This is a family-friendly, rain or shine event. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket for seating. Grand Entry at 1 pm. Feast at 5 pm. 2nd Grand Entry at 7 pm. Hand Drum Contest for groups of 3 or more at 5 pm, with winners announced at 9 pm. Cedar Field Park, 2495 18th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more info, call Earl James at 651-329-9389.

May 16
Leech Lake Vote

Notice is hereby given of a referendum vote to be held by secret ballot on May 16 to seek the guidance of the members in making a decision regarding the construction of a new casino and hotel to replace the existing Palace Casino and Hotel. The proposed location would move the operation to a site directly fronting U.S Highway 2 in Cass Lake and cost approximately $45 to $50 million. Any enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, 18 years of age and over on voting day,  shall be entitled to cast a vote. Polls will be open between 8 am and 8 pm. All ballots must be returned by mail or walked into the Referendum Committee on or before 8 pm on May 16. For info, call 218-335-7222.

May 17
MOFAS Education Fair

Upper Midwest American Indian Community MOFAS Education Fair, 12- 4 pm. Keynote speaker, vendor tables, Pipe ceremony, and Ogichidaakwe Council of Elders Singers. Free lunch served at 1 pm. Wabun Park Picnic Pavillion D, Minnehaha Regional Park, 4655 46th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-522-4436.

MAY 18
Ice Cream Social

MN Chippewa Tribe’s Ice Cream Social and Open House. 2 - 4 pm. Everyone is welcome. MN Chippewa Tribe, 1308 Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, call 612-872-8388, 612-871-6618, or 612-871-1574.

May 19
Bdote Learning Center Spring Traditional Powwow

Grand entry at 4 pm. Powwow ends at 7 pm. Potato dance contest, raffle prizes. Arena Director: Randy Gresczyk. Emcee: Jerry Dearly. Free admission. Bdote Learning Center, 3216 E. 29th St., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-729-9266 or see: .

May 19
Native American Community Clinic’s Open House

Theme this year is “Water Is Life”. We will have spiritual advisors and many other culturally centered activities. We will be providing free health screenings, fun activities for families, and will be serving a nutritious lunch. Raffles, games, prizes, karaoke and walking tacos. Band: Youthlink. Drum group: Midnite Express. NACC parking lot from noon to 3 pm. If you are interested in tabling or would like to donate, contact Mel at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it NACC, 1213 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info see: .

May 20
Minneapolis Int’l Festival

The Minneapolis International Festival celebrates the different cultures in Minneapolis and surrounding communities. Dance, cultural exhibits, demonstrations, food, and other learning opportunities. Noon-4 pm. Entertainment Lineup: Noon, Taikollaborative; 12:30 pm, MN Scandinavian Ensemble; 1 pm, Grupo de Danzas Colombianas en Minnesota; 1:30 pm, Little Earth Native American Dance Troupe; 2 pm, Somali Museum of Art; 2:30 pm, Rince na Chroi; 3 pm, Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli/ Indigenous Roots; 3:30 pm, Native American drum group Hoka-Hey. Free and open to the public. Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-230-6400 or see: .

May 20
For Directions Art Crawl

FOR DIRECTIONS is a joint exhibition in partnership with All My Relations Arts, American Indian Movement Interpretive Center, Two Rivers Gallery, Electric Machete Studios, and Grand Opening: Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, highlighting the connections between Indigenous artists of the 4 directions around common themes of decolonization, identity, resistance, and survival. Free. Featured artists include: Todd Bordeaux, Neto Ybarra, Cannupa Luger, Andre Perez, Natchez Beaulieu, Holly Young, Isabel Boike, Marlena Myles, Karen Goulet, and Xilam Balam. Opening reception: May 20 from 4 - 9 pm. Schedule: 4 pm - Minneapolis galleries open; 6 pm - Bus departs to St Paul; 6:30 pm - Electric Machete opens; 7:15 pm - Bus departs to next gallery; 7:30 pm - Indigenous Roots opens; 8:30 pm - Bus departs for Minneapolis. All My Relations Arts, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. Two Rivers Gallery, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. AIM Interpretive Center, 1113 E. Franklin Ave, #103, Minneapolis. Electric Machete, 777 Smith Ave. S., St. Paul. Indigenous Roots, 788 E. 7th St., St. Paul.For info, call  612-235-4970.

May 20
22nd Annual Indian Youth Olympics

Games and prizes. Age groups: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-18, plus some contests for adults. 11:30 - Registration and lunch served until gone. 12:30 - games begin. 4 pm - final award ceremony. Open to the public. East Phillips Park, 24th St. and Cedar Ave. (in the baseball field), Mpls. For info or to volunteer, contact 612-879-1764 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 20
South of the River Powwow

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will join with other South Metro school districts to host the South of the River Powwow at Burnsville High School, to celebrate the community’s graduating American Indian students. The powwow is open to the public. Ringing Shield Drum Group will be the host drum. Doors open at 11 am. Grand entries: 1 and 7 pm. Free feast at 5 pm. Powwow ends at 9 pm. Organizers are still seeking sponsors, craft and informational vendors, volunteers, dancers (all styles) and two drums to participate. If interested, contact Dominic Good Buffalo at: 612-490-3484 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 23
The Buffalo Show #2

Tatanka Ohitika (“Strong Buffalo”) is a Dakota elder and poet from the Sisseton- Wahpeton Oyate. His trusty sidekick, The Custard Kid, is a quickdraw music magician who colors the edges of their live poetry with layers of spontaneous and playful abandon. Together, they join forces to deliver love medicine, accompanied by psychedelic live projections and conversation. Showcases work by Native artists Jim Denomie, Rob "Rez Reporter" Fairbanks, Josh Halverson from 2016 The Voice, and Rosie Peters. 7 pm.  Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis. For info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 24 (deadline)
Sherman Alexie Scholarship

The Institute of American Indian Arts' (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing is offering the first annual Sherman Alexie Scholarship to a student who applies and enrolls in the IAIA MFA program. The scholarship will pay $7,500 per semester for four semesters, for a total of $30,000, $24,000 of which will be applied to tuition. $6,000 will help pay for travel, lodging, books, and meals during the five residencies. All applicants to the IAIA MFA in Creative Writing who are enrolled members of a tribe or First Nation are eligible. Deadline is May 24 at 5 pm. Winner announced June 9. For info, see .

May 24-27
Dakota Honoring and Benefit Concert

Benefit concert and three days of meetings and meals will celebrate the legacy of the Dakota People in the place of their great tragedy along the Minnesota River.
May 24 –  6:30 pm, benefit concert featuring Jonathan Maracle and the band, Broken Walls. No admission for the concert, however, the freewill offering taken at the concert will be will be used to support the Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride to Mankato in December.
• May 25 –  Dakota Honoring will begin with the ceremonial presentation of flags and drumming by the Flandreau Dakota Veterans Honor Guards at 7 pm, followed by a talk by Peter Lengkeek, the first staff carrier for the Dakota 38+2 Ride in 2005. For the following two days, Dakota elders will share their stories and experiences with their Dakota family and the residents of Mankato and the surrounding region.
• May 26 – 10 am, Josette Peltier and Wilfred Keeble. Lunch at noon. 2 pm session, Harold Blacksmith. Dinner at 5 pm. 7 pm session , Jim and Alberta Miller.
May 27 – 10 am, session with Jon Eagle, Sr. Lunch at noon. 12:30 pm, UofMN Raptor Center educational bald eagle presentation. 2 pm, session with Peter Lengkeek. Meal at 5 pm. Events held at New Creation World Outreach Church in North Mankato, MN. For info, see: . Or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 507-380-5241.

May 25
Circle of Life Open House

Circle of Life Anishinaabe and Mishkiki Waakaaigan Open House. Famous Dave’s food, bingo, freedrawings, ballon twisting and face painting. MC: Dave Larson. Drum: Hoka Hey. 11 am - 3 pm. Circle of Life, 1433 E. Franklin Ave. (in front parking lot), Minneapolis. For info, call 612-871-2474 or 612-871-1989.

May 25
Wisdom Steps Spring Golf Tournament

Corporate Sponsor: $600. 4 Person Team and Hole Sponsor: $400. Foursome: $400. Individual Golf Entry: $100. Guest Dinner Only: $20. 8 am - 5 pm. 8:30 am, registration. 9:30 am, shot gun start. Hosted by the Lower Sioux Community. Dacotah Ridge Golf Course, 31042 County Rd. 2, Morton, MN. To register, call Drew Annette at the MN Chippewa Tribe.

May 26
Bii Gii Wiin Open House

Bii Gii Wiin’s 3rd Annual American Indian month open house will be held at the Ancient Traders Market parking lot from 12 to 3 pm. Join us for food, raffles, photo booth and a showcase of local American Indian owned businesses. Bii Gii Wiin, 1113 E. Franklin Ave., #200, Minneapolis. For more info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-354-2249.

May 26
IHB’s 10th Annual Indian Month Event

Join the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis for a healthy lunch, free IHB-branded gifts, health education and screenings. 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Raffle to win bikes and other prizes (raffle is at 2:30 pm, must be present to win). Community Walk following the event. IHB, 1315 E. 24th St. Minneapolis. For info, call 612-721-9843.

May 27
American Indian Music Fest

Enjoy a day of music performed by some of the premier American Indian musicians from Minnesota. The lineup includes Annie Humphrey from Leech Lake, Thomas X (Thomas Barrett) from Red Lake, and local musicians from the Mille Lacs Band who will play flute music and perform hand drum songs. 11 am - 5 pm. Free, museum admission not included. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 27 - Aug 12
Patriot Nations: NA in Our Nation’s Armed Forces

“Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces" tells the remarkable history of the brave American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the US military. The exhibit is presented in 16 full-color banners plus additional banners about the efforts of American Indians from Minnesota. Cost: included with admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under. Admission for Native American guests is waived. On display inside the Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave., St. Paul. For info, call 612-726-1171or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 28
Stories & Storytellers Film Festival

The MN American Indian Stories & Storytellers Film Festival will show short and feature films by and about Minnesotan American Indians. Each screening will include an introduction by the directors or subjects of the films, and will be followed by an audience Q&A session. Free, museum admission not included. 1-10 pm. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr, Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 29
Memorial Day Powwow

Bring the family and join museum staff and community members to participate in this social gathering honoring veterans past and present. Experience firsthand the excitement and joy of a contemporary powwow. Noon - 5:00 pm. Free, museum admission not included. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 31
Wanaisguni Hikurus Hajawi 5K Run/Walk

For American Indians who want to take an active stance on preventing diabetes, childhood obesity and recognizing that being healthy is a Native tradition. Participant receive 5K t-shirt, finishers medallion, raffle tickets prizes, and nutritious meal. Free. 5-8 pm. Phalen Regional Park, 1600 Phalen Dr., Saint Paul. For info, contact Danielle at 651-955-8072 or: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 31
ADY Open House

Ain Dah Yung Center's Open House from 11  - 2 pm. Feast: buffalo and chicken shish kabobs, wild rice salad and fry bread. Lots of opportunities to win prize baskets and other gifts. We will be honoring this year’s 2017 Ally of the Year. Ain Dah Yung Center, 1089 Portland Ave., St. Paul. For info, call 651-227-4184, ext. 11, or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

June 3-4
Native Pride Dancers present: Ketti Nimiko!

Ketti Nimiko! When translated from the Meskwaki language means to “Dance Hard!” Watch as members of Native Pride Dancers  present the Eagle Dance, Traditional Men’s Dance, Jingle Dress Dance, Grass Dance, Meskwaki Applique, Fancy Shawl Dance, and Fancy Dance. They will educate and inspire the audience to bridge cultural gaps through Indigenous traditions: music, dance, and stories. Part of Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, presented by Ordway. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., Saint Paul. $8.00. For info, call 651-224-4222 or see: .
• June 3: 10 am and 12 pm.
• June 4: 12 pm.

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