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Natives travel to the International Slow Food gathering in Italy
Tuesday, October 11 2016
 
Written by Winona LaDuke,
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slowfoodsart.jpgIn an impressive fossil fuels travel day, I left the Standing Rock reservation and flew to Italy for the International Slow Food gathering known as Terra Madre. A world congress of harvesters, farmers, chefs and political leaders, this is basically the World Food Olympics. This is my fifth trip to Italy for Slow Food. I first went with Margaret Smith, when the White Earth Land Recovery Project won the Slow Food Award for Biodiversity in 2003 for our work to protect wild rice from genetic engineering.

This year, I went as a part of the Turtle Island Slow Food Association – the first Indigenous Slow Food members in the world, a delegation of over 30 representing Indigenous people from North American and the Pacific. We have some remarkable leaders, they are young and committed.

It is a moment in history for food, as we watch the largest corporate merger in history – Bayer Chemical’s purchase of Monsanto for $66 billion, with “crop protection chemicals” that kill weeds, bugs and fungus, seeds, and (likely to be banned in Europe) glyphosate, aka Roundup. Sometimes I just have to ask: “Just how big do you all need to be, to be happy?”

In contrast, the Slow Food Movement grows in depth and numbers. This year, 7000 people gathered from 140 countries to discuss clean, fair and good food, and how we will make that happen. Carlo Petrini, Slow Food’s president, reminded us that this is food which is not produced by forcing others from their land, poisoning ecosystems or underpaying farmers. This is the conference of cool cheeses and meats, amazing produce, and lots of chocolate. Those who come, Carlo notes, come to reload themselves with “energy and self esteem.” We are, frankly, quite undervalued.

Why is this important?  Because on a worldwide scale two billion people suffer from hunger and a billion are obese.    You can guess which side of the equation most Americans are on. Food security is the security of society. That security will not be found in larger corporate mergers.

Consider this:  Indigenous farmers are already producing up to 70% of the food in communities, while industrialized agriculture, with $l3 trillion in investments, cannot actually feed the world.

If there are founding mothers and fathers of the Turtle Island Slow Food Association (our formal membership name in the l40 countries), some of them were present this year. Clayton and Margaret Brascoupe of the Traditional Native American Farmers Association (Santa Clara) have been staunch in their preservation of traditional seeds, and their nurturing of young farmers. Lorraine Gray (Mohawk/Tesuque Pueblo) remains committed to permaculture, longstanding leaders in the food systems. Patti Martinson and Teri Badhand (Taos Community Economic Development Commission), Dan Cornelius (Intertribal Agriculture Council) successfully worked to secure the purchase of both buffalo and wild rice from tribal producers for the commodities program. And Melissa Nelson, of the Cultural Conservancy, remains as a backbone of the Indigenous Slow Food Movement.  

But this Terra Madre really featured the leadership of a new generation of traditional farmers and food leaders. Denisa Livingston (Dine) has worked tirelessly to implement the Navajo Nation Junk Food Tax. Kaylena Bray has worked to restore California traditional foods; Victor Martinez to restore Ohlone food, language and culture.  Others include: Aretta Begay (Dine), Elizabeth Hoover (Mohawk, with a forthcoming book called Garden Warriors), Prairie Rose Seminole (Arikara) and of course, Sean Sherman (the Sioux Chef). As a Founding Mother (if that is what I am called) I could not have been more proud of these young people.  

Indeed the work is reaffirmed and so important. As Canadian researcher Pat Mooney explains, “Indigenous people work with 7000 crops and one million varieties, while the majority of industrial agriculture has whittled this down to l35 major crops and l03,000 varieties.”  Agribusinesses are clearly losers.

The very foods we grow or harvest have very special powers to combine. As Harriet Kuhnlein, from McGill University explains, “…corn, beans and squash;  some are nitrogen hungry and some are nitrogen producing...” Make a meal and all is balanced. “Singularly tortillas are at 62 on the glycemic index, and beans are at 22”, Kuhnlein explains.  Put together into a meal, they are at 32.

Plants are medicine. There are over 300 natural medicines in plants to reduce blood sugar. And the lessons of l0,000 years of agriculture and the Irish potato famine tell us that diversity is the answer; the way to adapt plants for climate and for survival.  

We live in a time, when 41 percent of Minnesota’s streams and lakes have excessive nitrogen, all of them in the state’s agricultural regions. Nitrogen is a primary cause of the vast oxygen-depleted area in the Gulf of Mexico known as the dead zone. That dead zone is about a thousand square miles of destroyed ocean. We live in a time when the climate will change, and industrialized agriculture is sucking up billions of dollars to create “climate smart varieties”, (about $l36 million per smart seed creation), when in fact those plants will not be as intelligent as the plants of our ancestors with all their adaptation and diversity.

To be sure, life makes strange bedfellows. Max Brooks, of the Modern War Institute at West Point, appears more concerned, than even I am, about the Bayer/Monsanto merger. Noting the 2013 US Supreme Court decision in Bowman v. Monsanto, which accorded intergenerational seed ownership to the corporation, Brooks is concerned about the half of US farm land already in GMO production and the foreign ownership of all of this food security.  “Crops… are the difference between life and death. …American farmers will now be buying those seeds from a foreign power, albeit a friendly one. And I mean a lot of seeds – Monsanto (through its various licensing agreements) controls 80 percent of the corn market and 90 percent of soybeans…”  Brooks is worried about the day when Bayer is purchased by a Chinese multinational and used as leverage in a political battle.  Basically, the company which brought gas to the Nazi gas chambers now has control over most American crops.  

In the end, what I want and I think we all want, is good food. I will venture to say that I also want a free healthy school lunch guaranteed to every child in America, and that will cost $ 5 a day per child to pay farmers a decent price.  That’s what I want. And I want to grow traditional corn without threat of genetic contamination or theft. And I would like to have water.

Petrini reminded us of who we are, “This is a movement which must be based on emotional intelligence. Bayer has bought Monsanto, but we are the multitudes and we are more powerful.”

And for all of you who are snickering at my international fossil fuels travel; I have a final word:  Jet Blue announced that it will be buying more than 330 million gallons of renewable fuel over 10 years to get ahead of the curve on greenhouse gases. Delta, you should follow suit. 

Winona LaDuke is founder and Executive Director of Honor The Earth .

October Whats New
Tuesday, October 11 2016
 
Written by Catherine,
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Tom Goldtooth To Receive Top Sierra Club Award

tomgoldtooth.jpgTom Goldtooth, a Native American environmental leader known nationally for his tireless efforts to defend Indigenous rights to a healthy environment and his dedicated work against fossil fuel projects like the Keystone XL pipeline has received the Sierra Club’s 2016 John Muir Award.
 Goldtooth, of Bemidji, Minn., has spent more than 40 years helping Native American and indigenous communities worldwide address issues such as environmental protection, climate change, energy, biodiversity, environmental health, water, and sustainable development. Tom and his son Dallas have both been leaders on domestic and international efforts to keep fossil fuels in ground and foster indigenous-based environmental protection initiatives. Tom’s tireless work to elevate tribal opposition to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was key to the project’s ultimate rejection by the Obama Administration. Tom has served as the Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network since 1996 and is now helping lead and coordinate the ongoing tribal opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.
 The majority of the awards were presented at a ceremony in Oakland, CA on Sept. 10. For more information on the Sierra Club awards program, visit www.sierraclub.org/awards.

Dr. Arne Vainio Recognized as Unsung Hero with $10,000 Award

arnevainio.jpgThe McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) have selected Dr. Arne Vainio of Cloquet as one of four recipients of the 2016 Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards.
Dr. Vainio is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and a physician at the Min-No-Aya-Win Human Services Clinic on the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Reservation. Dr. Vainio spends long hours serving his patients at the clinic, as well as traveling to reservations across America to discuss native health, suicide and native traditions. His passion for health led to bringing his popular "Mad DR. Science Project” to many classrooms, with the goal of inspiring young Native Americans to take up careers in health and science.
Dr. Vainio received a cash prize of $10,000 from the McKnight Foundation and MCN during an awards luncheon at the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis on September 9. Award recipients will also be recognized at the 2016 MCN Annual Conference on October 6 in Duluth, MN.
Since 1985, The McKnight Foundation has recognized Minnesotans who have improved the quality of life for individuals and the community around them through the Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service. In 2015, MCN partnered with McKnight to coordinate and present the first-ever Unsung Hero Awards, honoring individuals doing life-changing work in communities across Minnesota with little or no recognition.

Patricia Deinhart-Bauknight is New Wicoie Nandagikendan ED

Patricia Deinhart-Bauknight is the new executive director of Wicoie Nandagikendan.  Patricia has worked in Indian Country for many years. She was a Program Officer at The Saint Paul Foundation and Northwest Area Foundation.  Patricia has also worked as executive director of Whittier Alliance and Whittier Housing Corporation.  For 10 years Patricia was president of the Volunteer Network in Chicago providing management and technical assistance to emerging community organizations throughout the City.
Most recently, she was a partner in The Urban Design Lab, a Northside business, focused on designing and implementing community engagement processes to meet specific project needs; conducting research to develop and evaluate programs; facilitating community strategy development; grant writing and management consulting.

Audra Tonihka named one of the Top Women in Finance of 2016

Finance & Commerce have announced their Top Women in Finance awards. Top Women in Finance honorees were judged for their leadership and service to their community, professional accomplishments and dedication to the profession. Among the honorees is Audra Tonihka of White Earth Investment Initiative, Midwest Minnesota CDC. Tonihka is an enrolled White Earth tribal member who grew up in the community of White Earth and received a bachelor’s degree in business management. Prior to joining the White Earth Investment Initiative staff, she served as a loan officer for the tribal credit union.
Finance & Commerce will recognize this year’s Top Women in Finance at a Nov. 17 event. This is the program’s 16th year of honoring women in finance, business and other sectors.
For more info, see: http://finance-commerce.com/2010/08/top-women-in-finance.

Watermark Art Center awarded $47,951 for Native programming

Watermark Art Center is a recipient of an Art Access grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Watermark has been awarded $47,951 for program development relating to its Native American gallery and efforts to foster strategic, long-term engagement with regional Native American artists.
“We are thrilled about what this means to future programming at the art center, as well as for area Native American artists,” said Watermark Executive Director Lori Forshee-Donnay.
“Receiving an Arts Access grant provides Watermark the opportunity to further implement the ongoing efforts of our Native American Gallery committee. This opportunity is significant for the Watermark and for the region.”
The grant will expedite Watermark’s plans for the dedicated Native American Gallery by providing funding for a program director, outreach and artist development, and design and construction of gallery cases to display artwork, culminating in a guest artist juried exhibit in 2017.
Funding for the Arts Access grant was made possible through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by the Minnesota voters on November 4th, 2008.
Reusing, Restoring in Indian Country
Tuesday, October 11 2016
 
Written by Lee Egerstrom,
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deconstruction3.jpgThe abandoned Eagle View Motel at Cass Lake, on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, is coming down in pieces with useful materials stored for later use in building projects in northern Minnesota. Come November, another crew of workers from the Miigwech Aki Deconstruction Co. will do similar salvage work on the remodeled and expanded Grand Portage Lodge and Casino.

Miigwech Aki Deconstruction (“Thank you Earth” in Ojibwe) is a business and training unit of the Northwest Indian Community Development Center at Bemidji. Both the Leech Lake and Grand Portage Bands of Ojibwe contracted with the firm because the salvage work it does, leading to recycling and reusing building materials, is consistent with widely shared cultural goals throughout Native American communities.
The environmentally sensitive work would be reason enough, said Bryan Lussier, the Leech Lake compliance officer for the Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO). But it is more than that, he added. Contracting with Miigwech Aki “is a form of reinvesting in the community. We want to keep trained, productive people up here.”

Chris Bedeau, director of the program for the Bemidji-based community development center, said 17 construction–deconstruction workers  went through four days of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training and one day of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training before starting work on the Eagle View project in September. Most of the workers were residents of Leech Lake while at least one was from Red Lake and another was from Bois Forte, he said.

These workers are now certified from that training. That knowledge and talent is a benefit to the entire northern Minnesota area, said Leech Lake’s Lussier.
“This was the right fit,” he said. “We have worked with Chris and the Northwest Indian (Community Development) Center in the past, and we have many of the same objectives.”

Don’t forget local school elections
Tuesday, October 11 2016
 
Written by Lee Egerstrom,
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Presidential election year thunder is generated by the race for the White House but that should not distract Native families and community leaders from paying close attention to school board elections and school tax referendums.
“Voting is the best way to make your voices heard at any level, and especially close to home,” said Louise Matson, executive director at Division of Indian Work (DIW), an operating arm of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches.
That is especially true this election year in Minneapolis, added Mary LaGarde, executive director of the Minneapolis American Indian Center.

The Nov. 8 ballot in Minneapolis has one at-large seat and three district seats – from western areas of the city – up for grabs on the nine-member Minneapolis Board of Education.

One race that is certain to attract attention among Native American residents pits Ira Jourdain, an enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation, against incumbent school board member Tracine Asberry in District 6 in the southwest area of the city.
Voters are also being asked to extend the existing property tax referendum that raises 13 percent of the Minneapolis Public Schools’ budget. This referendum would retain, not raise taxes from where they are now, and is equal to $1,604.31 per student.

In an Aug. 17 statement from the schools, education officials noted the existing referendum manages class sizes and provides supportive services for students. It funds 750 positions that include 591 classroom teachers, 82 academic and behavioral specialists, and 81 teachers and support staff for English language learners (ELL).
The election comes at a time of transition in Minneapolis schools. The newly-elected board will work with newly-hired superintendent Ed Graff who started with the current school year. Graff, a native of Bemidji, was formerly superintendent of schools at Anchorage, Alaska.

That change in leadership coincides with Minneapolis schools policy changes that are especially important to the Minneapolis Native American community. DIW’s Matson said the new school board is scheduled to approve or reject a revised Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Jan. 17 with the American Indian community.
Minneapolis became the first non-reservation public school system in the US to reach an agreement with Native groups on Indian education policies and programs with acceptance of the first MOA in 2006, which was updated in 2012.
Three committees are currently working on a 2017 revision, Matson said, that involve the Phillips Indian Educators Committee (PIE) and the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID) among partnering organizations.
The Minneapolis Indian Education program that functions under the MOA serves about 2,000 Minneapolis school students from 30 different tribal nations out of a total school district enrollment of about 36,000.

September
Friday, September 09 2016
 
Written by The Circle,
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Starts Sept.
Early Childhood Education Class for Native families

Parents of Tradition Early Childhood Education Class for Native families with children birth to 5 years old. Teach your child Ojibwe & Dakota language, Traditional Native American parenting connect to other Native parents, learn about community resources, prepare your baby for school. Two classes offered 2016-17 Academic Year: Monday afternoons at Mona Moede, 2410 Girard Ave N., Minneapolis. From 12 pm to 2 pm (includes refreshments). And Thursday evenings at the Wilder Complex, 3345 Chicago Ave., (enter through door #1). 5 pm to 7 pm (includes light dinner). Contact Deanna StandingCloud to register or to request transportation at 612-668-0612.

Thru Sept. 16
Reframe Minnesota

Two Rivers and All My Relations Galleries present: Reframe Minnesota, a group exhibition shown across two art galleries along the American Indian Cultural Corridor, uses a range of visual mediums to explore the future of public art at the Minnesota State Capitol. It features original works from 12 Minnesotan artists as well as student artwork from area elementary schools. Showing at: Two Rivers Gallery: 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, and All My Relations Arts: 1414 E Franklin Ave, Minnneapolis. For info see: www.tworiversarts.com or www.allmyrelationsarts.com.

Thru Sept. 23
Four Sisters Farmers Market

Fridays: 3 - 6 pm. Come for fresh produce from area vendors. Use your EBT-SNAP card. Buy tokens and get Market Bucks to matchdollar-to-dollar (up to $10). Use tokens to buy from maret vendors or keep for future visits. NACDI parking lot (next to the Powwow Grounds), 1414 E. Frankline Ave., Mpls, MN. For more info or to be a vendor, call Jenn Hall at 612-235-4971.

Thru Sept.
Bad River Tribe Land Buy Back Program

The Land Buy Back Program for Tribal Nations implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement. The Bad River Tribe is participating in this program and will be conducting a number of outreach events to provide more information to Bad River landowners. For more info, call LBBP Bad River  at 715-682-2851.
• Sept. 1: 10 am - 4 pm, American Indian Center, 1530 Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.
• Sept. 2 & 3: 11 am - 7 pm, Cass Lake Labor Day Powwow, Cass Lake, MN.   
• Sept. 9 & 10: 11 am - 7 pm, Informational Booth, Indian Summer Festival, 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI.
• Sept. 14: 12 pm - 6 pm, American Indian Community Housing Organization, 202 West 2nd St., Duluth, MN.
• Sept. 17: 12 pm - 8 pm, American Indian Center Annual Powwow, Busse Woods Forest Preserve, Elk Grove Village, IL.
• Sept. 21: 11 am - 7 pm, Presentation at LCO Tribal Gov. Center, 13394 Trepania Road, Hayward, WI.
• Sept. 30: 10 am - 4 pm, Presentation at The Lodge at Crooked Lake Hotel & Conf. Ctr, 24271 State Road 35, Siren, WI

Thru September
Cobell Land Buy-Back Program

Important UPDATE for Landowners who own interests at Fond du Lac. For more info, call 218-878-7361 or see: www.fdlrez.com/landbuyback. Meeting dates and places:
• Sept. 14: 12- 6 pm, Post Offer Event at AICHO in Duluth, Trepanier Hall, 202 W. 2nd St., Duluth, MN.
• Sept. 7: 11 am - 6 pm, Post Offer Event at Bemidji, 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #21, Bemidji, MN.
• Sept. 21: 11 am - 6 pm,Post Offer Event @ LCO Tribal Center,
Peter Larson Rm., 13394 W. Trepania Rd., Hayward, WI.

Sept. 8, 17, 22
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: September 17, 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. September 8 & 22, 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 www.catalystdance.com/then-a-cunning-voice.

Sept. 8
American Indian Education Program Kick-off

Everyone is welcome. Come meet other families and learn about the Independent School District 15 American Indian Education Program. Please join us for dinner and a cultural art activity provided by the program. 5 - 7 pm. Crossroads School & Vocational Center, 4111 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis, MN. For more information contact Carline Sargent at 763-213-1575 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 9
Wisdom Steps 13th Annual Golf Tournament

Fundraising event for Elders in the Wisdom Steps program. Starts at 9 am for registration, 10 am is Shot Gun Start. Prices vary depending on the type of sponsorships. This event will be held at the Black Bear Golf Course in Carlton, MN (20 miles south of Duluth, MN). For info, contact Drew Annette at 218-335-8586, or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 9
Leech Lake Twin Cities Annual Picnic

For Leech Lake band members. Free. 11 am-2 pm. Veterans Memorial Park - Picnic Shelter, 6335 Portland Ave, Richfield, MN. For info, call Valerie Larsen at 612-729-0554.

Sept. 10
Wild Rice Processing Demo

Watch museum staff process wild rice, including how to dry, parch, thresh and winnow the rice. See the entire process from raw to finished product during 20-minute demonstrations offered on the hour. Demonstrations may be cancelled due to weather. The program begins at noon, 1, 2 and 3 pm. Free, does not include museum admission.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

Begins Sept. 12
Indian Education Family Language Table

Indian Education Family Language Table will take place every Monday starting eptember 12th. Join Anishinaabe Linguist & Scholar, James “Kaagegaabaw” Vukelich along with Dakota Educator, Neil “Chantemaza” McKay to explore the teachings and language of the Ojibwe & Dakota people. Light refreshments and tea provided. Community members welcome to attend. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Anishinabe Academy Media Center,  3100 East 28th St., Minneapolis, MN. For info, call Deanna StandingCloud at 612-668-0612.

Sept. 14 (deadline)
Competitive Grants for Language Immersion

According to the language set forth in the State Legislature’s Laws of 2015, applicants may request funding for Competitive Grants for Language Immersion. The funding amount available is between $40,000 and $48,000, which may be used for Dakota and/or Ojibwe Language Revitalization programming with the option of using funding for a community event/s or language application. Eligible project areas are intentionally broad and somewhat flexible, so that a diverse array of projects can be funded. Offices, agencies, or divisions administered under the authority of an American Indian Nation or Alaskan Native Community located in Minnesota, recognized educational facilities, and non- profits are encouraged to apply. Deadline September 14. See info at http://mn.gov/indianaffairs.

Sept. 16-17
2016 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit

Over 150 harvesters, farmers, sappers, food product producers, and Indigenous chefs will come together for a series of presentations and workshops on growing, harvesting and cooking a variety of natural and healthy foods. The Summit will highlight traditional and contemporary Native American foods and culinary arts, including Sean Sherman of the company The Sioux Chef. Those chefs will be preparing meals featuring traditional and native produced ingredients. Presentations and speakers on sustainability, food security, production practices, making sugar, sapping, traditional harvest techniques, butchering and meal preparation will be featured. The event will be held at the Red Lake Nation College in Red Lake, Minnesota with additional workshop sessions preceding the main conference. A pre-conference certification for USDA Federal Vendor status, Organic and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) will take place on September 14th followed by a NRCS workshop on Conservation Planning with tours of the nursery, fish hatchery and tribal garden scheduled on September 15th. The cost to attend the full summit is $100 for agency staff, $50 for tribal producers and Native art venders, and $15 per adult to attend the Intertribal Foods Festival on Saturday, September 17th. Children under 16 may attend free of charge. Discounted early bird registration tickets are available at:www.eventbrite.com/e/red-lake-food-summit-tickets-26258262169 For info contact: Dan Cornelius at 608-280-1267 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Of Cherilyn Spear  at 218-679-1457 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 18
Red Lake Member Meeting

Red Lake Constitutional Reform Initiative meeting. We, the Constitutional Reform Committee, will engage and empower the communities of the Red Lake Nation to improve and strengthen the Constitution. Join us for a meal and let’s visit. Noon to 3 pm. 2929 Bloomington Ave., Minneapolis, MN.

Sept. 21
The Jingle Dress

Augsburg's Indigenous Student Association and MVFM join together to present the nationally acclaimed film, "The Jingle Dress," written and directed by Bill Eigen. A brief meeting with the writer and director as well as refreshments will prelude this film screeing beginning at 3:45 pm. The actual event will start at 4:00 pm and end at 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis.

Sept. 22
20th Annual Urban Indian Elder’s Picnic

Minnehaha Park pavilion, Minneapolis. If it rains, the picnic will be held at The Minneapolis American Indian Center,1530 E Franklin Ave., Mpls. Begins at 10:30. Event includes: Wisdom Steps Walk, music, lunch (provided but feel free to bring a dish to share), door prizes, raffle, activities, memorial honoring, photo booth, and voter registration. To arrange for a ride, contact: Richard Wright at 612-721-9814. For more info, contact: Norby Blake at 651-387-3166 or 651-793- 6818.

Sept. 22 - 25
All Nations Four-Day Weekend Training

All Nations Training Center near Pine Ridge, S.D. With the guidance of our elders and spirits we continue to provide culturally relevant/self-focused weekend experiences where all participants gain a clearer vision and purpose our families, communities and nations can benefit from. 5:00 pm Thursday to Noon on Sunday. What to bring: Bedroll. Men & Women will be staying at two separate facilities. Scholarships: Available to those that cannot afford to pay. We will screen the applications. Cost is $450.00 (scholarships available). Directions: One mile east of Batesland, SD on gravel road 199 Ave, go north 5.9 miles to 289th St take a right go one mile east over the hill to 200th Ave, take a right, you will see a Chief Eagle Used Cars & All Nations Training Center sign on the corner post, go 1/2 mile south. For applications or more info, call or email Dallas This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 605-407-0677. Or Becky at rchiefeagle@ hotmail.com or 605-407-8998, or John Biris at 773-425-9351.

Sept. 24
Sweetgrass Basket 2-Day Workshop

Learn the art of making a coil sweetgrass basket in this two-day workshop. Sweetgrass is a fragrant sacred herb used in ceremonies and artwork by the Ojibwe. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided on both days. The workshop runs noon to 4 pm Saturday, and 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday. A minimum of five participants is required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. $60/$55 MNHS members, plus $15 supply fee. Reservations required, call 320-532-3632. 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

Sept. 25
11th Annual Native American Day Celebration

We invite you to join us for our Native American Celebration Day. The event will feature: A health & resource fair, cultural activities, exhibition dancing, food demos, 5K walk/run and much more! From noon to 4 pm, Anishinabe Academy/Anne Sullivan Communication Center, 3100 East 28th St., Minneapolis. If you are interested in participating by hosting a health or resource table please complete the NADC Registration and mail check payable to: Native American Day Celebration, c/o Indian Health Board, 1315 East 24th St., Minneapolis. For info, contact  Tish at 612-721-9839 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 26-27
First Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition

This conference will be a first-of-its-kind forum to share and advance knowledge related to the dietary health of Native communities.  It represents a commitment by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the University of Minnesota to co-organize a series of annual national conferences focused on the nutrition of Native peoples. Tribal leaders, Native and non-Native practitioners, researchers, public health experts, and others are invited to exchange Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge; discuss current practices; listen to, connect with, and learn from each other; and candidly explore ways to overcome the existing obstacles to greater understanding. Additionally, the conference aims to identify areas of needed research, discuss practical applications, and foster new collaborations. Over 20 confirmed speakers include both academics, students, and practitioners working in Indian Country, including. The full agenda, registration, abstract submission, and other information are available at SeedsOfNativeHealth.org/Conference.

Sept. 28,  Oct. 26
Native FAN Wellness Support Circle

Are you Native American and looking for chronic illness support? Join us, the Native FAN Wellness Support Circle, for a meal and good company every last Wednesday of the month. 6-8 pm at MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, contact Val Lafave at 612-879-1722 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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. 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.

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