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May Events
Thursday, May 05 2016
 
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Thru May
Synthesis: Paintings by Aza Erdrich
In her premiere solo exhibition of paintings, Erdrich shares works that pull from her life as a young woman of mixed Native and non-Native ancestry growing up in Minneapolis. She draws influence from Anishinaabe artistic traditions and personal experience to create uniquely coded works of self and familial narrative. Guest curated by Dyani White Hawk. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. Hours: Tues-Fri: 10 am - 5 pm; Sat and Sun: 11 am - 5 pm. For info, call 612-235-4970, email   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.allmyrelationsarts.com.

Thru July 2016
Why Treaties Matter traveling exhibit
This exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. government in Minnesota. Learn how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements still matter today. For info, see: http://mnhum.org/treaties.
• Thru May 15: Metro State University, St. Paul.
• June 27 - July 17: Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes.
Thru May 20
Two spirit Exhibition
The art show “The Many Faces of Two-Spirit People” will show at Two Rivers Gallery. Reception will be May 14 from 5-8 pm. There will also be a reading by Two-Spirit writers during the reception. Gallery Hours: Mon., Tue.: 10 am - 4 pm; Wed. 11 am - 3 pm. MAIC, 1530 Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 1
Dakota Language Mini-Camp

Hiyú po! Dakhóta iá wouŋhdakapi kte! Come and speak the Dakota language in a family learning enviroment. This Dakota language mini-camp encourages families to use the Dakota language in the home on a daily basis. The language that will be covered is everyday conversational topics that can be used at home with your family. All ages welcome, lunch provided. Adult and youth class. 11 am - 3 pm. Neighborhood Early Learning Center, 2438 18th Avenue South, Minneapolis.

May 2
Indian Month Kick-off Event

10 am: Opening Ceremony at Cedar Field at Little Earth (25th and Cedar Ave. S.) 10:30 am: Parade of Nations will go from Cedar Field to the Minneapolis American Indian Center. 11:30 am: Community speakers at MAIC. Noon: Community Feast. Free. For info, see: www.facebook.com/ 2016AmIndMonthMpls.

May 2
Metis Choreographer

Join us in welcoming Metis choreographer Rulan Tangen to Mni Sota Makoce. Rulan Tangen, Founding Artistic Director of Dancing Earth based in New Mexico, is in residence in the Twin Cities as a part of Oyate Okadakiciyapi: A festival of Native dance and music events by The Ordway Theater and Rosy Simas Danse. All are welcome. 9 -10 am: Lite breakfast and social time. 9:30 am: Welcoming by Janice Bad Moccasin. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis MN. For info, contact Jenea Rewertz-Targui at 651-282-3017 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 2
Alaskan Native Drum, Dance and Story Telling

Alaskan Native Drum, Dance and Story Telling event at North Hennepin Community College. Join Yupik and Cupik artists and performers Ossie Kairaiuak and Polly Andrews in the Black Box Theater (upstairs in the Campus Center) at North Hennepin Community College, 7411 85th Av. N., Brooklyn Park. Free.

May 2-4
Fertile Ground II

“Fertile Ground II: Growing the Seeds for Native American Health” will address several crucial dietary and cultural issues that have made Native American communities susceptible to health problems. Held at the JW Marriott hotel, Mall of America. Topics include: nutrition, access to healthier food, and Native America food production. Also on the agenda are youth leadership and intergeneration holistic health in order to encourage cultural changes that can lead to improvement in eating and health habits. Tribes, health experts and funders are encouraged to participate. For info, email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Registration is $350. Registration fee includes: conference, evening networking reception, breakfast on May 3rd and 4, Lunch on May 3rd and 4th, Dinner on May 2 and 3. There will be no on-site registration, register at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/General/Fertile-Ground-II_UCM_483360_SubHomePage.jsp.

May 2-6
40- Hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Training

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition’s Fundamentals of Sexual Assault Advocacy Sexual Violence in Indian Country. Topics include: Sex Offenders - What Advocates Need to Know; Core Skills of Advocacy; Social Change Advocacy; SARTS-Sexual Assault Response Teams; Advocacy Self Care and Burnout; Medical Response; Law Enforcement Response; and more. Meals will be on your own. Free, includes materials and Certificate of Completion upon completion. Who should attend: Advocates and Service Providers. Community is welcome. Limited to 30 Persons. Trainers: Cristine Davidson and Amanda Watson. Training is at Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Building,15542th State 371 NW, Cass Lake, MN. Register: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-621-1723.

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
On the Red Road AA Meeting

Please join us celebrate recovery: 12 step, Big Book, Ala-non. Meets every Tuesday from 7 - 9 pm. There is a potluck the 1st Tuesday of the month. Minneapolis American Indian Center (Auditorium), 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.

May 5-6
Wiiazhegii Wem: There is a returning

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe recognizes the importance of acknowledging all its relatives and wishes to provide a time of healing. It is time to welcome our adoptees back home, to come together and provide healing and reconnecting. White Earth will be offering a community forum and healing including, spiritual teachings, education, and the opportunity to learn more about our history. Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm. Friday: 8 am - 5 pm. Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen, MN. For more info, contact Sandy White Hawk at 651-442-4872 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 6
Veterans Plant Fundraiser Sale

Honoring Native American Veterans Plant Fundraiser Sale. 9 am - 2 pm. To donate plants for the sale please drop them off at the MCT Building, 1308 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis on May 5. Fundraiser will be held at the  Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, call 952-703-3104.

May 6
Kids Day at NACC Dental

Kids can come and decorate a mother’s day gifts for their moms. No appointments needed, just walk in. Anyone who makes an appointment in dental will get a free electric toothbrush. 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. NACC, 1213 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis. For more info, call  612-872-8086.

May 6
Thesis: an Artist-Curator Talk

Artists talk with Aza Erdrich, Dyani White Hawk, and other guests. Refreshments from Powwow Grounds. 7 pm. In conjunction with Synthesis:  Paintings by Aza Erdrich, on view until May 27. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, call 612-235-4970 or see www.allmyrelationsarts.com.

May 6
2016 Indian Law Conference

The 2016 Indian Law Conference will be held at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. Speakers: Senator Al Franken (invited), Anita Fineday, Professor Janie Simms Hipp, C. Bryant Rogers, Phillip B. Wilson. Professor Sarah Deer will be honored at the reception on Friday afternoon. Co-sponsored by the  Minnesota CLE. Mystic Alek Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW, Prior Lake, MN. For more information see: www.minncle.org/
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May 7
2nd Annual Dakóta Oyate Language Bowl

The language bowl is working to increase the number of Dakota language speakers. Age Groups: Grades 6-12, Adult Novice and Adult Advanced (at your own discretion). Cost to Participate: $100/team. Cost to Attend: Free. Harding High School, 1540 6th St., East Saint Paul, MN. 8 am - 6 pm. Register at:  http://ande9484.wix.com/dakotaiapi. For info, contact Brittany Anderson at 612-626-5759 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 13
Am. Indian Family Center Open House

Please join us for food, door prizes, bingo, crafts, and lots of fun! 11 am - 3 pm. American Indian Family Center, 579 Wells St, Saint Paul. For info, call 651-793-3803 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 13
Sobriety Friday

Monthly Celebration Dinner: Special speakers, testimonials of sobriety, great food, Gospel music and door prizes. 6:30 - 9 pm. Sponsored by Overcomers Ministries. The American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis. For info, call 651-690-3891.

May 13
Circle of Life Open House

Circle of Life H.C Anishinaabe & Mashkiki Waakaaigan “Honoring Those We Serve”. Join Us for an Open House. MC: Dave Larsen. Kalpulli Ketzalcoatlicue/Aztec Dancers, Red Bone Drum Group, Famous Dave’s food, bingo, free drawings, face painting, balloon twists. 11 am - 3 pm. Franklin Business Center, 1433 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-871-2474 or Mashkiki Waakaaigan at 612-871-1989.

May 14
Two Spirit Community Celebration

Community celebration of Two-Spirit and Native LGBT people at MAIC from 9:30 am -- 4:30 pm. Includes four speakers, kid-friendly events, vendors, food, and drum. MAIC, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls.

May 17
Mazinibakajige: Birch Bark Biting

The art of birch bark biting. Join us for an evening discussion and demonstration with birch bark artist Denise Lajimodiere (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe).  5 - 8 pm. Free and open to the public. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-235-4970, email   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.allmyrelationsarts.com.

May 18
Minneapolis American Indian Center Open House

The Minneapolis American Indian Center hosts their Open House with lunch and raffles. Free and open to the community. (Lunch served until gone.) Noon to 2 pm. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, call 612-871-4555.

May 18
Information Fair on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Pipe Ceremony, Keynote Speaker, Information Tables, raffles and door prizes. Noon to 4 pm. Feast at 1 pm. Sponsored by the Upper Midwest American Indian Center, 1035 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call 612 522-4436.

May 19
Coming Home (Bi-azhe-giiwewin) Potluck

Coming Home is a new group offered by the Indian Health Board for men. It provides recidivism prevention and recovery support for Native American men who are (1) Completing treatment, (2) Returning to the community from confinement, (3) Wanting cultural traditions to support their healing journey. Monthly potlucks will be held on the third Thursdays for the month (6:00-7:30) to increase positive community support and relationships. All are welcome. For more info, visit: www.facebook.com/indianhealthboard or call Tom at 612-721-9836, or Richard at 612-721-9814.

May 19
Ice Cream Social & Dessert Bar

MCT Building Ice Cream Social & Dessert Bar. Please join all the programs housed within the MN Chippewa Tribe building to celebrate the May Indian Month with an ice cream social and dessert bar. Door prizes too. MN Chippewa Tribal Offices, 1113 E Franklin Ave Ste 211, Minneapolis. For info, call 612-871-6618, 612-872-8388 or 612-871-1574.

May 19
AIOIC Founder’s Day and Career Fair

American Indian OIC’s Career and Resource Fair. The Resource Fair will have agents from a variety of agencies. Lunch and prizes. Free parking. 12 pm - 3 pm. AIOIC, 1845 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, see: http://aioic.org or call 612-341-3358.

May 20
NACC Open House

Join us in celebrting American Indian Month. Noon to 3 pm in the Native American Community Clinic parking lot. The theme this year is “Keeping Tobacco Sacred”. In the event of rain, the location will be announced. NACC, 1213 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis. For more info, call  612-872-8086.

May 20
Fix-It Clinic

Have a laptop that is running slow? A virus on your PC? We can help. American Indian OIC, the City of Minneapolis, and its’ partners are hosting a free clinic to help repair your broken technology. You will also be able learn more about technology maintenance and security and connect to job training programs that can lead to careers in technology. 1-5 pm at the American Indian OIC, 1845 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. For info, call 612-341-3358.

May 21
Homeland: Native Artist Create on the Ave

Native artists of all backgrounds, including beaders, storytellers, quilt makers, craftspeople, makers, performers, muralists and others, are invited to join the creative peacemaking movement. Artists will work together to share $20,000 to create public art on Franklin Avenue. Artists workshop will be held from 9 am to 5 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be served. All My Relations Arts Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-235-4970.

May 21
Youth Lacrosse Tournament

The Maanico Horuzra Caabnaikiisik Youth Lacrosse Tournament will be held at Harding Senior High. This is a Free event, sponsored by the Ho-Chunk Nation. All American Indian youth are invited: All ages and skills. Organized teams are not required, but welcomed. Individuals are welcome to join in age brackets. Wooden sticks will be provided for individuals who do not have sticks. All participants will receive t-shirts. Free food, prizes, fun, traditional teachings. Saturday: 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. Harding Senior High Schoo, 1540 6th St. E., Saint Paul, MN. To register, see: www.eventbrite.com/e/maanico-horuzra-caabnaikiisik-youth-lacrosse-tournament-tickets-24437088991. For info, contact Danielle DeLong at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-744-4018.

May 24
Bii Gii Win Open House

Bii Gii Wiin CDLF will be hosting its Open House/Indian Month Event at the Minneapolis American Indian Center from 12 pm-4 pm. This event will be an informational event focused on the Housing Sector of our community. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, call 612-354-2249.

May 24
We Wait In The Darkness Dance Performance

Rosy Simas dance choreographer will give a FREE performance of her solo work “We Wait In The Darkness” in a shared evening with Japaense-American choreographer Deborah Jinza Thayer. 7:30 pm. The Weitz Family Center for Creativity, Carleton College, 3rd Street East, Northfield, MN. For more info, see: www.rosysimas.com.

May 24-25
Safe Harbor Tribal Summit

This conference will be addressing the sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of Native youth in Minnesota. Attendees will gain an understanding of sex trafficking in Indian Country, working with survivors, and systemic responses to trafficking. This free event is hosted by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The intended audience includes tribal leaders, tribal agency employees, professionals who work with Native youth, tribal community members, and county and state employees who work in Indian Country. May 24: 8:00 am.  May 25: 1:00 pm. Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard Northwest, Prior Lake, MN. For info, see: www.eventbrite.com/e/safe-harbors-tribal-summit-2016-tickets-20893852074.

May 25
Ain Dah Yung Center Open House

We look forward to taking this opportunity to acknowledge the great work that we are all accomplishing together...and how we can continue to strengthen our partnerships so that we all walk collectively with our children and families. 11 am - 2 pm. 11:00-11:45: ADY shelter tours and the ADYC Singers perform. 11:45: Feast. 12:30-1:00: Youth spokesperson and Ally of the Year Recognition. Door prize drawings from 11:30 - 2 pm.Ain Dah Yung, 1089 Portland Ave, Saint Paul. For info, see: http://adycenter.org.

May 25
Wanaisguni Hikurus Hajawi

Reclaiming our Health 5K Run Walk will take place at Lake Phalen. Please bring your family to participate in this free event. It is open to American Indians of all ages and abilities. There will be tshirts, dinner and raffle prizes available. Raise awareness of  diabetes and obesity, and get some exercise. All ages and levels welcome. Wednesday: 5:00 - 7:30 pm. 1600 Phalen Dr, 1600 Phalen Dr. (Main Pavilion) Phalen Regional Park, Saint Paul, MN. To register, see: www.eventbrite.com/ e/wanaisguni-hikurus-hajawi-5k-runwalk-registration-registration-24239448844. For info, contact Danielle DeLong at: siga.delong@ gmail.com or 651-744-4018.

May 26
MAICC Saints Baseball Networking

Baseball season is here! We are excited to be hosting another networking event with the St. Paul Saints. Game Day event is at 7:05 pm. $30.00 for game ticket and barbeque while enjoying the company of the Minnesota American Indian Chamber members. Reserved area for the group. Seating is limited to the first 150 people so register early. All attendees will receive a group photo. For info, call 612-877-2117 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it To register, see: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eclrxk1n69d81bae&oseq=&c=&ch=

May 27
IHB’s 9th Annual Indian Month Event

Stop by for a healthy lunch, free IHB-Branded Gift (while supplies last), health education and screenings, faffle (2:30 pm) to win bikes and other prizes (must be present to win), and a community walk immediately following the event. 12:30 - 3 pm. IHB, 1315 E. 24th St., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-721-9843 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 27
Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering

The 7th Annual Canoe Nations Gathering “Mde Maka Ska” will take place on the south side of Lake Calhoun. This event gathers hundreds of Native American youth to remember and learn about their history of storytelling, canoeing, lacrosse, art, and water through interactive activities. Lake Calhoun (south side), Minneapolis. 9 am - 2 pm. For info, see: www.facebook.com/Mde-Maka-Ska-Canoe-Nations-Gathering-194924923861619.

May 31
Leech Lake Enrollees Meetings

Leech Lake Twin Cities LIC invites Leech Lake enrollees to the Local Indian Council Meeting from 6 - 8 pm. Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

May 31 (deadline)
Ethel Curry American Indian Leadership Scholarship

The Ethel Curry American Indian Leadership Scholarship program is accepting applications  through May 31 for the 2016-2017 academic year. This scholarship program will support undergraduate students up to $2,000 per academic year and graduate students up to $4,000 per academic year. Applications must be postmarked by May 31. Applications and instructions can also downloaded from the Indian Education page of the Minnesota Department of Education website: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/StuSuc/IndianEd/index.html

April 2016 Events
Tuesday, April 05 2016
 
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Thru April 18
Art Exhibit by Gordon Coons

AICHO presents a new art exhibit and artist reception featuring Gordon Coons. Coons is a member of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and lives in Minneapolis, MN. Gordon creates works in a variety of mediums, including linoleum block prints and paintings and pen/ink to name a few. Gordon has won numerous recognition awards and commission for his art. The art exhibit is open from 9 am - 5 pm in the Gimaajii Gallery, located at AICHO, 202 West 2nd Street, Duluth, MN. For info, call 218-722-7225.
• April 8: Artist reception at 5:30 pm.

Thru May
Synthesis: Paintings by Aza Erdrich

In her premiere solo exhibition of paintings, Erdrich shares works that pull from her life as a young woman of mixed Native and non-Native ancestry growing up in Minneapolis. She draws influence from Anishinaabe artistic traditions and personal experience to create uniquely coded works of self and familial narrative. Guest curated by Dyani White Hawk. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. Hours: Tues-Fri: 10 am - 5 pm; Sat and Sun: 11 am - 5 pm. For info, call 612-235-4970, email   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.allmyrelationsarts.com.
May 6th: Thesis: an Artist-Curator Talk with Aza Erdrich, Dyani White Hawk, and other guests. 7 pm.

Thru July 2016
Why Treaties Matter traveling exhibit

This exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. government in Minnesota. Learn how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements still matter today. For info, see: http://mnhum.org/treaties.
• Thru April 17: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis. UNITE and MCTC invite the community to come learn and share on April 6th at 12:00 for an exhibit opening prayer, statement, and drumming.
• April 25 - May 15: Metro State University, St. Paul.
• June 27 - July 17: Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes.

April 4 - 9
Digital Photographs by Ivy Vainio

Digital photographs by artist Ivy Vainio kicks off “One River, Many Stories” project at the Duluth Art Institute. The Duluth Art Institute will present the kick-off event for the month-long media focus around the St. Louis River corridor: One River, Many Stories. The week-long exhibition will feature gallery walls snaking through the Great Hall of the Depot to echo the loose form of a river. On one side will be a photo exhibition, “The St. Louis River: Diverse Connections by Ivy Vainio,” which will showcase all new work commissioned for the project. Vainio, a local African American and Anishinabe digital photographer, will display photographs that reflect a handful of the diverse people who are connected to, and interact with, the St. Louis River, along with text revealing the individuals’ stories of their relationship with it. Vainio’s work has been internationally, nationally, and locally published and is featured in several local and regional exhibitions and permanent collections, including the Americas collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The public is invited to a free opening reception from 5—7 pm on Monday, April 4, with the chance to record stories with PBS producer Karen Sunderman; and to see a live drumming performance. Duluth Art Institute, 506 W Michigan St # 2, Duluth, MN. For info, call 218-733-7560 or see: www.duluthartinstitute.org.

April 5
Sarah Deer: The Beginning and End of Rape

2014 MacArthur Fellow and Mitchell Hamline Professor of Law Sarah Deer will gives a talk on “The Beginning and End of Rape”. Deer will speak about the possibility of actual and positive change in a world where Native women are systematically undervalued, left unprotected, and hurt. 7-9 pm. The talk and discussion will be held from 7-8 p.m., followed by a book signing and dessert reception in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Free and open to the public. Hosted by the Women’s Center in the Office for Equity and Diversity and co-sponsored with American Indian Studies. U of M, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave S #307, Minneapolis.

April 5
Leech Lake Primary Election

The Leech Lake primary election will be held in the Twin Cities from 8 am to 8 pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For more info, contact Logan Allen at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 5
Spring Drum Feast

Prevention through Cultural Awareness Program invites the community to participate in a Spring Ceremony. Facilitated by Herb Sam, Mille Lacs Ojibwe Elder, beginning at  5:30 pm. Community members welcome. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612 879-1783.

April 5-7
Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers

Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers: 10 Years of Feeding the Fire to End Violence Against Native Women. 9 am on April 5 to Noon on April 7. April 5: fun, themed, Self Care Carnival, and Moccasin Game. April 6: traditional pow-wow (7 - 10 pm) to honor Survivors of domestic and sexual violence, women and children used in prostitution. Free. Limited scholarships available to help with lodging and mileage. White Earth Nation, Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, MN. For info, contact Cristine Davidson at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Deb Poitra at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or see: www.miwsac.org.

April 6-10
National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival

New Native Theater’s National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival will premiere new plays from local and national emerging and mid-career playwrights. Plus a concert after the Saturday night performance. April 6th preview performance at 7:30 pm. April 7th and 8th at 7:30 pm. April 9th at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Celebrate till closing (2 am) with live music featuring Leah Lemm, Mitch Walking Elk, Turtle Mountain Musical Review and a local DJ. April 10th at 2 pm. Tickets available for at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2512420. Pay-what-you-can every night. Or suggested ticket price $20. Bedlam Lowertown, 213 4th Street E., Saint Paul, MN. For more info, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-367-7639.

April 8th
Sobriety Friday

Monthly Celebration Dinner. Come and join us for an evening featuring: Special speakers, testimonials of sobriety, great food, gospel music and door prizes. Sponsored by Overcomers Ministries. This monthly event is on the 2nd Friday of each month. 6:30 pm. to 9:00 pm. The American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis. For info, contact David Boeltl at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-690-3891.

April 8-9
Honor the Seeds Gathering

Topics include: Seed and seed story sharing; Finishing planting beans, squash and tobacco; Planting shared seeds; Native pollinators and Honey Bees; Making corn husk dolls; Tour of WETCC Gardens; Seed saving techniques; and more. April 8th: 9:30 am - 6 pm (lunch and dinner served). April 9th: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm (lunch and snacks served). Free and open to the public. White Earth Tribal and Community College. For info, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 9
MAIC Fitness and Nutrition Event

1st Annual Spring registration event for the Ginew/Golden Eagle, Native FAN (Fitness & Nutrition) and Prevention through Cultural Awareness Programs. Come find out about the programs at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Lunch, raffles, family activities, nutrition, crafts and more. There will be fitness and nutrition activities.11 am – 3 pm. Open to all community members. Youth, families, adults, and elders welcome. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, contact Mary LaGarde at 612-879-1750 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 10 (deadline)
Endangered Language Fund

The Endangered Language Fund supports language preservation and documentation projects. Provides grants for language maintenance and linguistic fieldwork related to languages in danger of disappearing within a generation or two. Priority is given to projects that serve both a specific Native community and the field of linguistics in general. Work that has immediate applicability to one group and more distant application to another also will be considered. Average grants to be less than $4,000 and average about $2,000. Funds can be applied to consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc., with the exception of overhead and indirect costs. Researchers and language activists from any country are encouraged to apply. Decisions will be delivered in May, 2016. For a list of eligible languages, complete program guidelines, and application instructions, visit: www.endangeredlanguagefund.org/request.php.

April 12
2016 FASD Day at the Capitol

MOFAS needs advocates to talk to legislators about the importance of prioritizing issues impacting people with an FASD. Learn about important FASD legislation being proposed, and be empowered to make an impact by sharing life experiences with your legislator. Top priority is to teach tools you need to connect your experience to the legislation, and be able to ask your legislator for their support. Advocates from across the state will gather at the Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, 105 University Ave W, St Paul. For more info, call Sara Messelt, Isaac Mullin at 651-917-2370. www.mofas.org/public-policy/fasd-day-at-the-capitol.

April 15 (deadline)
Call for papers

Aboriginal North America and Europe: Strengthening Connections. An interdisciplinary international conference held November 11-13 2016. The aim of the conference is to bring together aboriginal and non-aboriginal North American and European scholars, artists and activists and provide a venue for exchanging views, ideas and scholarship findings related to the present, the past and the future of aboriginal peoples of North America. Scholars representing multiple disciplines (history, sociology, ethnology, anthropology, culture studies, literary studies, law, politology, linguistics and others) are invited to share their research results. Aboriginal activists and artists are invited to share their experiences, knowledge and art. Proposals for 20-minute papers, 60- minute interactive workshops, round-table discussions, poetry and prose readings are requested. Email 250-word-long proposal and a CV to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Acceptance information will be emailed to participants by May 15. For more info, see: www.paas.org.pl/2015/12/aboriginal-north-america-and-europe-strengthening-connections.

April 15
Kids’ Day at NACC

Join us for a healthy snack & fun arts and crafts. Make an appointment for a well child visit or a dental exam check-up. 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis MN. For info, call 612-872-8086, opt 2.

April 15 (deadline)
American Indian Month Kickball Tourney Registration

Registration is due no later than 4 pm.  We will be having a fundraiser to help fund the Umpires and Food, if your team plans on participating you can help in a big fundraiser or a smaller one of your choosing to help with cost. This is a non-profit event all monies go directly towards event. (Last Year we had plenty of food and drinks and were able to pay for the Umpires.) There is a 4 team minimum for this event to continue, so registering early will help gives us an idea of who is participating. If your agency cannot make up an 11 person team contact me and we may be able to partner you with another agency so everyone may play. Tourney is May 14th beginning at 10 am at Brackett Park in south Minneapolis. For info, contact Travis Earth-Werner at 612-871-2883.

April 16
Author Event: Anton Treuer

Author talk and book signing by MNHS Press author Anton Treuer on his new book, Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe. 1 pm - 3 pm. Free. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, call 320-532-3632 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 19
American Indian OIC Jobs Event

Walk in, grab lunch, and start interviewing, it’s that simple. There will be several giveways so remember to sign in so your name can be entered into the drawings; you do not have to be present to win. Programs offered: Health Information & Patient Services Specialist, Administrative Professional, Computer Support Specialist, Adult Basic Education/GED, Minneapolis Works Program, Minnesota Family Investment Program, Youth Works Mpls, and Workforce Innovations for Natives. 12 pm to 3 pm. AIOIC, 1845 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. For info call 612-341-3358 or see: www.aioic.org.

April 21
4th Annual Great Native American Cook-Off

Community event o raise money for the Wicoie Nandagikendan Preschool Language Immersion Program. Please support by attending this event, entering a dish, sponsoring a cook, volunteering,  or making a donation, or purchase raffle tickets. All cooks and tasters welcome! For participant registration information, pre sale tickets or raffle tickets contact: wicoienandagikendan.org. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, call Wicoie Nandagikendan at 612-721-4246; Betty Jane Schaaf at 651-366-9175 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 22-24
Northern Indigenous Games

The Inaugural Northern Indigenous Games at Bemidji State University. The Northern Indigenous Games will be held for a week in April from Minneapolis to Bemidji. The events feature indigenous athletes and coaches presenting traditional games played by various Native cultures throughout North America. A film screening will be on April 22, featuring former NJCAA National Cross Country Champion Angelo Baca (Navajo/Hopi). BSU American Indian Resource Center will also host a Symposium on April 23 featuring indigenous perspectives of the indigenous games. Pre-registration required to participate in the film screening, symposium and indigenous games. Free. For info, see: www.honorearth.org/northerngames.   

April 22-May 20
Two spirit Exhibition

The art show “The Many Faces of Two-Spirit People” will show at Two Rivers Gallery. Reception will be May 14 from 5-8 pm. There will also be a reading by Two-Spirit writers during the reception. Gallery Hours: Mon., Tue.: 10 am - 4 pm; Wed. 11 am - 3 pm. MAIC, 1530 Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 26
Leech Lake Meeting

Leech Lake Twin Cities Local Indian Council monthly meeting will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm. Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center (in the gymnasium), 2300 15th Ave S, Minneapolis. For info, contact Logan Allen at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 27
American Indian Wellness Fair

Over 60 exhibitors, free health assessments, healthy food demos, community feast, door prizes. Free and open to the public. 11 am to 3 pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis.

April 29
Winnetou’s Snake Oil Show from Wigwam City

New Native Theatre presents Well Red Play Reading Series. New and classic plays by Native authors performed by Native actors the last Friday of every month.This month is: Spiderwoman Theater’s Winnetou’s Snake Oil Show from Wigwam City. After 40 years, Spiderwoman Theater is the longest running women’s theatre collective and the most respected makers of theater about the Native experience. Free. 7:30 pm. At All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. (Powwow Grounds cafe will be open  for snacks and beverages.) For info, see:     www.newnativetheatre.org, or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

April 30
White Earth Urban Community Council Board Election

To nominate people for the board, pick up a nomination form at the White Earth Urban Office or at the entrance of the MN Chippewa Tribe Building. Election takes place 10 am - 4 pm at MN Chippewa Tribe Building, 1308 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis (rear entrance).

Apr 30
Loom Beading Workshop

Learn the art of loom beading through hands-on experience. Create a design, put it on a loom and learn how to apply the loom work to leather or cloth when it is finished. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Cost: $30, $25 MNHS members, $15 supply fee. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, call 320-532-3632 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 30
Ojibwe Language Mini-Camp

Ojibwe language activities for the whole family. Play Ojibwe JENGA. Win a fabulous prize with the bowl game. Make Ojibwe memory cards. Add your questions for “Ask an elder” with Mary and Leonard Moose. Try out Ojibwe Speed “snagging” (Get to know your neighbor). Play Ojibwe food bingo. Lunch will be served and there will be a raffle for prizes. 10 am to 2:30 pm. The Neighborhood Early Learning Center, 2438 18th Avenue South, Minneapolis. For info, call Wicoie Nandagikendan at 612-378-4897.

May 2
Indian Month Kick-off Event

Event runs from 10 am - 1 pm and begins at Little Earth of United Tribes, 2501 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis. For info, see: www.facebook.com/2016AmIndMonthMpls.

May 2-4
Fertile Ground II

“Fertile Ground II: Growing the Seeds for Native American Health” will address several crucial dietary and cultural issues that have made Native American communities susceptible to health problems. Held at the JW Marriott hotel, Mall of America. Topics include: nutrition, access to healthier food, and Native America food production. Also on the agenda are youth leadership and intergeneration holistic health in order to encourage cultural changes that can lead to improvement in eating and health habits. Tribes, health experts and funders are encouraged to participate. For info, email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Registration is $350. Registration fee includes: conference, evening networking reception, breakfast on May 3rd and 4, Lunch on May 3rd and 4th, Dinner on May 2 and 3. There will be no on-site registration, register at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/General/Fertile-Ground-II_UCM_483360_SubHomePage.jsp.

May 2-6
40- Hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Training

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition’s Fundamentals of Sexual Assault Advocacy Sexual Violence in Indian Country. Topics include: Sex Offenders - What Advocates Need to Know; Core Skills of Advocacy; Social Change Advocacy; SARTS-Sexual Assault Response Teams; Advocacy Self Care and Burnout; Medical Response; Law Enforcement Response; Prosecution of Sexual Assault; Mental Health- Basic Info for Advocates; Sexual Assault Victimization; Impact of Sexual Assault; Advocacy for LGBTQ/Two Spirits; Elder Abuse; Adolescent and Child Sexual Abuse; Prostitution and Trafficking; Sexual Assault by Self-Proclaimed Spiritual Leaders; Sexual Harassment; Policies and Practices. Meals will be on your own. Free, includes materials and Certificate of Completion upon completion. Who should attend: Advocates and Service Providers. Community is welcome. Limited to 30 Persons. Trainers: Cristine Davidson and Amanda Watson. Training is at Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Building,15542th State 371 NW, Cass Lake, MN. Register: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-621-1723.

May 7
2nd Annual Dakóta Oyate Language Bowl

The language bowl is working to increase the number of Dakota language speakers. Age Groups: Grades 6-12, Adult Novice and Adult Advanced (at your own discretion). Cost to Participate: $100/team. Cost to Attend: Free. Harding High School, 1540 6th St., East Saint Paul, MN. 8 am - 6 pm. Register at:  http://ande9484.wix.com/dakotaiapi. For info, contact Brittany Anderson at 612-626-5759 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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