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First annual Native Art Festival to be held on Franklin Ave. in June
Saturday, March 12 2011
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The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) will be holding the first annual Twin Cities American Indian Arts Festival June 11-12 on Franklin Avenue in South Minneapolis. The event will bring together Indigenous artists, performers, and musicians from across Minnesota in celebration of American Indian cultural arts.
During the two days, attendees will interact with American Indian contemporary fine artists, dancers, singers and exhibitors in the outdoor All My Relations Arts Plaza. For more info, see:?

FNCI to Host KFAI Radio Show
Saturday, March 12 2011
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Jewell Arcoren and Lisa Yankton of First Nations Composure Initiative (FNCI) will host the "Winyan Downapi" radio show March 8th from 3:00  - 4:00 pm which will feature 10-14 American Indian Women from across the nation. The program will showcase the breadth and depth of genre, composition and singing from Native women. First Nations Composer initiative is a program of American Composers Forum. For a listing of March 8 shows, go to:

Kelly Drummer new director of Tiwahe Foundation development and programs
Saturday, March 12 2011
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 whats new in the communtiy kelly drummer Kelly Drummer has been hired as director of development and programs for the The Tiwahe Foundation (previously known as the American Indian Family Empowerment Program).  
"Kelly has a great track record as an effective fund raiser," says LaVon Lee, program officer at the Grotto Foundation and Tiwahe Foundation administrator. "She will play a key role in helping us complete our $6 million endowment campaign. We also want to build on our reputation as a resource for donors who value Native American perspectives and as a resource for Native American leadership development."
Throughout its history, AIFEP promoted leadership development and American Indian self- determination by supporting families and individuals striving to reach their potential through education, economic self-sufficiency, service to community, and cultural connections - a tradition Tiwahe Foundation board members are continuing. More information is available at
Youth Art exhibit to debut on Pow Wow Grounds coffee shop
Saturday, March 12 2011
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 youth art showYouth from Waubun and Mahnomen Schools (6th-8th graders) in Mahnomen, MN. who took part in the Nature of Technology Camp last summer will be the first to have their photographs displayed on the new youth art wall at the Pow Wow Grounds coffee shop in Minneapolis.
Some of those photographs that will be part of the exhibit won the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Nature Photo contest in 2010.
The youth art exhibit will be on display at the Pow Wow Grounds at Franklin Ave during the coffee shop hours. The wall is being reserved for Native youth artwork and the new exhibit is scheduled to go up March 4 and remain on display through the end of March. The wall space is part of the All My Relations Gallery exhibit space which is owned and operated by NACDI. The advisory board of the ARM Gallery is looking for other Native youth artwork to consider for future exhibits.
Local leaders honored through song
Friday, February 11 2011
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FAIR School Downtown will host a community celebration honoring two community elders at FAIR School Downtown on Thursday, February 17, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM in the Gathering Space. The Elder Wisdom, Children's Song™ community celebration will be hosted by America's Troubadour, Larry Long, and is free and open to the public.
Long has been working with students at FAIR School Downtown to collectively write songs and gather recitations that honor the life stories of the following community elders: Dr. Eric J. Jolly (Cherokee), and Harold Mezile.
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