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Feb. 5, 12,19, 26
The Church of Gichitwaa Kateri invites you to join us for Eucharistic Mass each Sunday at 10:00 am. We are located at 3045 Park Avenue in South Minneapolis. For info, call 612-824-7606.
The Sioux Chef Pop-up Dinners
The Sioux Chef team will hold a special dinner in partnership with the renowned chef, Karlos Baca (Dine/Tiwa). Chef Karlos, is a Colorado chef who creates startlingly beautiful dishes at the Dunton Hot Springs resort. He draws freely on wild edibles and hunted foods. Chef M. Karlos Baca founded the Taste of Native Cuisine, an Indigenous Chefs collective, in 2011 as a means to offer educational tastings, foraging walks, and speaking engagements on the Southern Ute Reservation. At this dinner, Chef Sean Sherman and Chef Karlos Baca will blend the wild flavors of the Dine and Ute tribes with the Dakota and Anishinaabe. Tickets are $90. This event will raise funds for the Sioux Chef’s new Indigenous Non-profit organization NATIF (North American Traditional Indigenous Foods). 6 to 9:30 pm. First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Avenue South, Minneapolis. For tickets, see: www.eventbrite.com/e/yuaarukapi-a-pop-up-dinner-hosted-by-the-sioux-cheftm-tickets-31062364368.
Water is Sacred
An Evening with Tiana LaPointe, Indigenous Filmmaker and Ringing Shield Drum Group. Tiana LaPointe will speak about her experience attending the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May 2016. Tiana documented part of this talk in the film Mni Ki Wakan: Water is Sacred. This recent film specifically relates to the water issue taking place in Standing Rock, North Dakota and across the globe. Wakinyan and Thorne LaPointe, of Ringing Shield Drum Group will convey the sacredness of water through drumming and storytelling. 7 pm. Registration is not required, but does help for planning purposes. Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy (Upper level, door 1), Burnsville, MN. For info, call 952-707-6040.
Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
All levels are welcome to learn language, songs and drum protocol. This is a free on-going group. 5 – 6 pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Minneapolis, MN. For info, contact
, 612 89-1713 or
, 612 879-1783.
Feb. 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1
Cooking Classes at IHB
Let’s Get Cookin’ – Free Cooking Classes at the Indian Health Board. A free cooking class series for all ages. Join us and share a healthy meal, while learning tips and tricks in the kitchen.Free but please call ahead to register. Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm. Indian Health Board (Third Floor), 1315 E. 24th St., Mpls. For info, contact Chelsea Moyle at
Feb. 8, 15, 22, Mar 1
Parenting Education for pregnant women and mothers of children under 1. 11:30-1:30 every Wednesday. Limited transportation available, light lunch and childcare provided. American Indian Family Center, 579 Wells Ave., St. Paul. For info, call Heather Benjamin or Barb Fairbanks at 651-793-3803.
ReImage Minnesota Opening
Students from St. Paul Public Schools have been learning about the art in the Minnesota State Capitol, its negative images of Native Americans, and its narrow view of early Minnesota history. They have been crafting their own alternative Capitol art. The show will include approximately 75 pieces of art from nine classrooms from the Creative Arts Secondary School and Washington Technology Magnet. Participating teachers are Randy Schutt, Keith Sellers, and Mary Ann Rogers.Grand opening will be held from 5-8 pm. Washington Technology Magnet School, 1495 Rice St (Multicultural Resource Center), St. Paul, MN.
Corey Medina + Brothers
Native musican Corey Medina will perform. With special guests the Pretendians. Show starts at 8 pm. No cover charge. Minnesota Music Cafe, 449 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN. For info, call 651-776-4699.
American Indian Magnet School Powwow
The American Indian Magnet School’s traditional powwow will be held from 6 to 7 pm at 1075 3rd St East, St. Paul, MN. Cost: Free. For more info, call 651-293-5191.
Financial Education Workshop
Bii Gii Wiin CDLF is hosting a bi-monthly financial education workshop. Are you interested in applying for our IDA Savings Match Account? Would you like help with your credit AND debt? We have a credit enhancement loan program you could be eligible for after completing this workshop. Come enjoy a fun, interactive, free, and engaging workshop. For info and registration call Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund at 612-354-2249 or see: www.biigiiwiin.org.
Feb. 11 - 12
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: Noon to 4 pm and Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm. 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. Cost: $60/$55 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members, plus $40 supply fee. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or
Urban Indian Challenges
Three American Indian leaders offer a valuable opportunity to hear their perspectives on urban Indians’ challenges and learn about steps needed to build a vibrant and sustainable urban Indian community. Meet urban Indian community leaders at 6:30 pm. Panel discussion begins at 7:15 pm. The panelists will be: Joe Hobot (Lakota) President and Chief Executive Officer, American Indian IOC. Robert Lilligren (White Earth Ojibwe) Executive Director, Native American Community Development Institute. Patina Park (Lakota) Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Centers. Joining them as moderator will be Tom Weber, co-host of “The Morning Show” on Minnesota Public Radio, who brings to the discussion years of reporting on American Indian issues. Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis is located at the intersection of Nicollet and Franklin Avenues, Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-871-7400 or www.plymouth.org.
Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women’s March
Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, Indigenous Women’s Life Net, and Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center are the co-hosts. Wear red and bring banners, signs, shawls, drums, staffs, and rattles. 11 am to 2 pm. March starts and ends at Minneapolis Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN. Route will start at Indian Center, down Franklin to Cedar, Cedar to 24th, West to Bloomington Ave, then Bloomington, back to Indian Center. Vehicles will be available for Elders and children. For info, contact Deb Poitra at
Feb. 15 (deadline)
American Indian Magnet School Enrollment
The American Indian Magnet School offers two free full-day Pre-K classes with Ojibwe or Dakhóta weaved into the classroom and lessons. Students must be age 4 by Sept. 1st to be enrolled into AIMS PreK program. The applications for priority enrollment for the American Indian Magnet School and all other Saint Paul Public Schools is Feb. 15th. See https://apply.spps.org/OnlineApplication or you may go into SPPS Student Placement Center, 2102 University Ave., West Saint Paul (corner of University and Cleveland). For info, call 651-632-3760.
Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting
Learn more about the ways you can help children though foster care or adoption. No registration needed. 6 to 8 p.m. Hennepin County Library – Brooklyn Park, 8500 West Broadway Avenue, Brooklyn Park. For info, see: www.hennepin.us/fostercare, www.hennepin.us/icwa, or call 612-348-5437.
Feb. 17 (deadline)
First Nations' Native Ag and Food Systems Initiative
First Nations will award up to 12 grants of up to $35,000 each to support projects that aim to strengthen local food-system control; increase access to local, healthy and traditional foods; and decrease food insecurity and food deserts, all with an emphasis on serving Native American children and families. For this grant opportunity, examples of allowable activities include, but are not limited to: Community Garden Development, Food Sovereignty Initiatives, Food System Planning, Supply Chain Improvements, Grower-Based Education Programs, Intergenerational Programs with a Focus on Food. First Nations will also award up to 10 grants of up to $15,000. Under this grant opportunity, examples of allowable activities include, but are not limited to: Food Sovereignty Assessment Planning, Conducting Food Sovereignty Assessments, Data Analysis of Food Sovereignty Assessment Surveys, Community Meetings Related to a Food Sovereignty Assessment. Request for Proposals for program grants: www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2017NAFSI. Request for Proposals for the food sovereignty assessment grants: www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2017FSA. Entities eligible to apply include U.S.-based, Native American-controlled, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, tribes and tribal departments, tribal organizations, or Native American community-based groups with eligible fiscal sponsors committed to increasing healthy food access in rural and reservation-based Native communities and improving the health and well-being of Native American children and families. Proposals for both grant programs will be accepted online and must be submitted by no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time
Family Fun Night at MAIC
Activities include: Storytelling with Hope Flanagan, floor hockey, basketball and soccer, cooking demonstration, art activity. Refreshments and healthy snacks available. This is a free sober family activity and parents must accommodate children. 6 – 8 pm. For info, contact Cherly at
Feb. 17 - 19
Bois Forte Powwow
The Bois Forte Midwinter Traditional Powwow will be held in Nett Lake, MN. MC: George Strong. AD: Lance Kingbird. Host Drum: Drift Traditional. For info, call Louise Isham at 218 757-3261.
Winter Storytelling is an annual event the AISCC hosts that brings together the Univeristy and local community together to hear traditional stories. We will begin the event with a welcome from and introduction of our governing board. Dinner will follow, and then we will introduce our speakers. The Dakota class will perform a play and the Ojibwe class will tell stories. 4:30 - 10:30 pm. Free. The Whole Theatre - Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN. For info, contact Diana Hawkins at 612-624-0243 or
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 Wed. of the month from 6-8 pm at MAIC 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For more info, contact Val Lafave at 612-879-1722 or
Feb. 22 (deadline)
ArtPlace Call for Artists
ArtPlace has $9.5 million is available funds for projects that work with artists and arts organizations to build stronger, healthier communities anywhere in the United States. Funds projects that: Focus on a neighborhood, town, village or other geographic community; are looking to work on a community challenge or opportunity related to agriculture/food, economic development, education/youth, environment/energy, health, housing, immigration, public safety, transportation or workforce development; Have a way that artists, arts organizations, and/or arts and culture activities can help address that challenge or opportunity. Deadline is February 22 by 3:59 pm EST. To be able to apply, you must register in Fluxx before February 14 at 3:59 pm EST. For info, see: www.artplaceamerica.org/blog/open-call-applications-2017-national-creative-placemaking-fund
Red Lake Community Engagement Meeting
We invite all Red Lake Tribal members to join us for a meal and to share your thoughts. Topic – Duties and Responsibilities of Elected Officials. 6 - 8 pm.2929 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis.
13th Annual Thinking College Early Fair
Progressive Baptist Church and the Saint Paul Public Schools are hosting their 13th annual Thinking College Early Fair from 11 am to 1 pm at Harding High School. We are actively seeking colleges that support American Indian students through coursework and programming, to participate. If you work at a college and actively recruit American Indian students, please consider attending the fair. To register, see: http://tinyurl.com/hopxx4y. For info, contact Kerrie at:
Participants will 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 and Mille Lacs band members, $20 supply fee. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or
Feb. 26 – March 5
All My Relations Gallery is holding its first Artist-in-Residency Program. In partnership with The Ordway Center For Performing Arts and Rosy Simas Danse, All My Relations Arts presents Tanya Lukin Linklater. Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performance collaborations, videos, photographs and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is compelled by relationships between bodies, histories, poetry, pedagogy, Indigenous conceptual spaces (languages), and institutions. 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-235-4970 or email:
• Feb. 28: Welcome meal and gathering, 6-8 pm at Two Rivers Gallery, MAIC.
• March 2: Open house and rehearsal with Lukin Linklater, 6-8 pm.
• March 3: The Harvest Sturdies Opening Reception, 6-8 pm. Host by the Native youth art collective with Indigenous food, and dance performance at 7 pm.
Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun) Meeting
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is partnering with the City of Minneapolis and community members to create a unique public art gathering and memorial space on the shore of Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun). Learn more about Bde Maka Ska and Mahpiya Wicasta public art and site improvements at two upcoming public meetings. This project grew out of MPRB’s recent public master planning process for Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet and reflects the recommendations of the project’s Community Advisory Committee. Members of the public are invited to join Bde Maka Ska Public Art Meeting, 6-8 pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center Auditorium, 1530 E Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. Snacks will be provided. For info, contact Deb Bartels at
LEAP Into the Fight Against Hunger
Fundraiser for the Horizons Unlimited Food Shelf which provides services to the Native American community. Silent and live auction includes: theatre tickets to the Jungle and Children's Theaters; dinner and show at the Chanhassen; Timberwolves tickets; autographed books from Louise Erdrich, Heid Erdrich and Diane Wilson; gift cards from Lunds/Byerly's; a home-made star quilt; jewelry; lunch with William Kent Krueger; a catered meal by the Sioux Chef; tickets to the Science museum and the Minnesota Institute of Art; art by Carolyn Anderson and Frank Big Bear; riding lessons and voice lessons; chocolate chip cookies made by George Soule and more. Doors open at 5 pm. Networking 5-6 pm. Main Event 6-8:30 pm. The Metropolitan, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Golden Valley, MN. For tickets, see: diw-mn.org/leap for ticket information. For info, call 612-279-6325 or email
Feb. 27 (deadline)
MPS Indian Ed Nominations
MPS Indian Education is now accepting nominations to serve on the Title VI Parent Committee. Do you know an incredible parent/guardian of an American Indian student in Minneapolis Public Schools? Do you know an extraordinary American Indian Student in Minneapolis Public Schools? Do you know a phenomenal teacher who works with American Indian students in Minneapolis Public Schools? Nominations are due Feb 27th. To nominate yourself or someone else, contact Christine at
Call for artists and writers
An open call for artists for the Bde Maka Ska Public Art Project. This public art project is part of construction improvements for Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun) to create a gathering space and improved lake access. Both the site improvements and the public art will celebrate the history and culture of the Dakota and Native American people and honor Mahpiya Wicasta (Cloud Man) and Heyata Otunwe (Village to the Side). This project is part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Master Plan and Site Improvements for Lakes Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet. An informational meeting will be held on Feb.7 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Migizi Communications, 1516 E. Lake St., #300, Minneapolis. (free parking in back.) Deadline: March 1, at 4:00 p.m. For more information visit: www.minneapolisparks.org/park_care__improvements/park_projects/current_projects/calhoun-harriet_master_plan__improvements.
March 1 (deadline)
Vision Maker Media Grants
Vision Maker Media invites applications for Projects intended for Public Media that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Projects should be accessible to a broad audience, have the potential for a national broadcast, and be used for effective outreach/community engagement activities to reach audiences beyond a Public Television broadcast. Projects will be offered additional distribution opportunities through Vision Maker Media, including educational and home DVD distribution through http://shopvisionmaker.org.The deadline for receiving all application materials is March 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PST. For guidelines, see: www.visionmakermedia.org/filmmakers/2017-public-media-content-fund. For more information, contact: 402-472-3122 or 402-472-0497 or email:
14th Annual Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conf.
Join us and learn about a wide array of topics and discussions such as: community land revitalization, seed saving, tribal food and farm policy, native agricultural techniques, raised bed and elder gardening programs, food preservation and much more. Over 25 Native herbalists, gardeners, horticulturists, community leaders, professors, students, extension educators and farmers from all four directions will share their knowledge. Learn how Native people are restoring traditional foods, implementing sustainable practices, and collaborating with neighboring Native nations. Maplelag Resort Callaway, MN. Sponsored by the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Register at: www.welrp.org. For info, contact
Annual Native Youth Visit Day
Augsburg College Admissions Office, American Indian Student Services and our Augsburg Indigenous Student Association (AISA) invite high school students to the Augsburg College campus. 9 am - 1 pm. This is specifically for students who identify as American Indian who are in grades 7-12. We encourage your juniors and seniors and/or others you may be connected with who may have recently completed a high school diploma/GED to attend. Students will have the opportunity to take a college tour, hear from our admissions staff and American Indian Student Services, talk with current Native students at Augsburg, enjoy lunch and hear from our guest speaker/faculty member. The tentative schedule for the day is: 9 am - Arrival; 9:15 am - Welcome and Introduction; 9:30 am - College Tour, 10:30 am - Panel of Augsburg American Indian Students, 11:15 am - Lunch, 12:00 pm - Special Guest/Activity/TBD, 1:00 pm - Departure. For info, contact Jennifer Simon at 612-330-1144 or
Indian Child Welfare Education Day
Please join us as we share the strengths and wisdom within our community. Co-Sponsored by Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Registration, 8 am. Programing, 8:30 am – 4 pm. Free. CEU’s will be provided. Lunch provided Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Ave., Saint Paul. For info, contact Sandy White Hawk at
Red Power Energy
The Augsburg Native American Film Series Presents Red Power Energy. Oglala Lakota Director, Larry Pourier will host a screening of the film he co-directed. This documentary presents a variety of Native American perspectives on the energy debates that highlight the controversial nature of energy development within Native community self-determination, sovereignty, and environmental sustainability. Red Power Energy combines engaging storytelling with in-depth journalism. Told solely from the Native perspective, with a nearly all-Native film crew and all-Native Advisory Council, the film features Western and Great Plains American Indian tribes from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South. Reception 6:15 - 6:45 pm. Screening begins at 7 pm. Discussion with filmmakers follows. This event is free to the public. For info, see: www.augsburg.edu/filmseries/2017/01/11/red-power-energy.