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December 2017 Calendar
Wednesday, December 06 2017
 
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Thru Dec. 23
Exhibit: Julie Buffalohead

Bockley Gallery presents new mixed media drawings by Julie Buffalohead. Since her last gallery show in 2014, the Twin Cities-based artist has realigned her finely honed craft of storytelling by trading her personal, intimate tales of motherhood and domestic life for more public and universal narratives. These potent new works explore the complex relationships between Native American and mainstream American culture, humans and animals, humans and the environment, and current cultural events. Exhibit ends December 23. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st St (west of Lake of the Isles, near Franklin), Minneapolis. For more info, see: www.bockleygallery.com/exhibitions.html , or call 612-377-4669.  

Thru April 22, 2018
Renewing What They Gave Us

“Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence,” is an exhibit of original beadwork, birch bark and textile artwork by five contemporary American Indian artists on display alongside the MNHS artifacts that inspired them. The artists include Jessica Gokey, Pat Kruse, Denise Lajimodiere, Gwen Westerman and Holly Young. For info, see: www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/exhibits/renewing-what-they-gave-us .

Dec. 2, 9, 16
Almost Winter Art Market

A assortment of quilts, jelly and jam, jewelry, prints and gifts will be available for purchase. Three opportunities to shop. For info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Dec. 2: 10am-4pm, Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis.
• Dec. 9: 10am-4pm, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Bldg. 1404 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis.
• Dec. 16: 10am-4pm, Interfaith Action, 1671 Summit Ave, St Paul.

Dec. 4, 5, 7, 8 ,12, 14
Hang up on fraud!

The Minnesota Commerce Department is convening a series of free public forums to provide information for older Minnesotans and their family caregivers on how to protect themselves and their money from common scams and fraud. The events are in conjunction with the launch this month of the Commerce Department’s Hang Up on Fraud! initiative. Older adults are often targeted for financial exploitation. It is estimated that one out of every five persons over the age of 65 has been victimized by a financial swindle, with older Americans defrauded out of nearly $3 billion each year. The threat of senior financial fraud is expected to grow as the senior population itself grows. A free copy of the Commerce Department’s financial fraud prevention toolkit can be requested by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 800-657-3602. It is also available at mn.gov/commerce . Senior Fraud Prevention Event dates:
• Dec. 4: 11am at Hennepin County Library-Edina, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina.
• Dec. 5: 9:30am at Cora McCorvey Center: Heritage Park, 1015 N. 4th St., Minneapolis.
• Dec. 7: 12:30pm at Rochester Public Library, 101 2nd St. SE, Rochester.
• Dec. 8: 11am at Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Dr., St. Cloud.
• Dec. 12: 11am at Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior, Duluth.
• Dec. 14: 2pm at Realife Cooperative of Phalen Village, 1355 Phalen Blvd., St. Paul.

Dec. 5, 12, 19
Dakota and Ojibwe Language Tables

Dakota and Ojibwe Language Tables in December will be held on the dates below. All classes are free and held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E  Franklin Minneapolis. For more info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Intro to Dakota Language, for youth, taught by Dawi / Huha Maza 5pm – 7pm
• Intro to Ojibwe Language, for youth, taught by Memegwesi 5pm – 7pm.

Dec. 6, 7, 8
Motivational Interviewing

The Learning Center of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center will be holding Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: A Counseling Approach that Fits with Native Values. Motivational Interviewing, developed by William Miller, Ph.D. and Stephen Rollnick. Ph.D. in the 1980s, is an Evidence-Based Practice that holds a key to unlocking our clients' own unique intrinsic motivations to make significant changes in their lives. It has been shown to be an effective approach to treatment in many fields including substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, diabetes management and other healthcare areas, juvenile justice, corrections and workforce counseling. Focus will be on meaningful connections and uses of MI in a way that appreciates and supports the Native cultural value system; and will examine the basic concepts and uses of MI, practice using MI tools, and learn the steps in mastery of this valuable tool for our counseling toolboxes. Betty Poitra, LSW, MA (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) is a Motivational Interviewer trainer and has over 30+ years’ experience working in child welfare, extensive experience in mental health and chemical health programs working with tribal and urban communities. Jane Nakken, Ed. D is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and has been a substance abuse prevention and treatment professional since 1974. Cambria Suites, Maple Grove, 9655 Grove Circle North Maple Grove, MN. For info, see: www.miwrc.org/events/MI_December2017.php

Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27
Dakota and Ojibwe Language Tables

Dakota and Ojibwe Language Tables in December will be held on the dates below. All classes are free and held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E  Franklin Minneapolis. For more info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Intro Dakota Language, open to community taught by Cante Maza 5:30pm  – 7pm
• Intermediate Ojibwe Language, open to community, taught by Memegwesi 5pm  – 7pm.

Dec. 7
AIOIC’s Community Career Fair

The American Indian OIC will host the “AIOIC Career Fair: Networking, Interviewing, and Hidden Opportunities” to help the community gain access to state and local employers with open positions. Job seekers will have the opportunity to network with potential employers and participate in interviews. This career fair is open to anyone in the Twin Cities 7-County Metro Area and is designed to help fill workforce gaps in high-demand fields. Noon to 4pm. American Indian OIC, 1845 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact Latisha Cannon at 612-341-3358, ext.133 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 7, 12
A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Bandolier Bag

Marcia G. Anderson, author of A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Bandolier Bag will be at two upcoming book signings for her new book.
• Dec. 7: 12 to 1pm at the Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W, St. Paul.
• Dec.12: 12 to 1pm at the Textile Center, 300 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis.

Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28
Dakota and Ojibwe Language Tables

Dakota and Ojibwe Language Tables in December will be held on the dates below. All classes are free and held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E  Franklin Minneapolis. For more info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Intermediate Dakota Language, open to community, taught by Dawi/Huha Maza, 5pm – 7pm
• Intro Ojibwe Language, open to Community, taught by Memegwesi, 5pm – 7pm.

Dec. 8
An Evening of Aadizookaanan

AICHO Presents An Evening of Aadizookaanan: Traditional Anishinaabe Stories with Michael ‘Migizi’ Sullivan. Sullivan is an Anishinaabe linguist from the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe. He is currently the linguist for the Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion School at LCO where he contributes to language arts instruction, curriculum design, language proficiency assessment, and immersion teacher training. Any level language speakers are invited – even if you don’t know one Anishinaabe word. All ages and families invited. A small feast will be provided. Event is free and open to the public. 6pm in the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 212 W. 2nd St, Duluth, MN.

Dec. 9
PowHERful Young Women’s Conference

The PowHERful Foundation invites young women to attend our FREE Enrichment Conference in Minneapolis. The conference is a free, daylong empowerment summit for young women ages 14 to 23 years old. We give high school and college-age girls a chance to explore different career options, receive useful guidance and advice, and interact with successful professionals. We feature industry experts who present curriculum in areas such as STEM, college readiness, interning and more. Morning and afternoon keynotes are moderated by PowHERful co-founder Soledad O'Brien. 8am to 4pm. Minneapolis Marriott City Center, 30 S 7th St, Minneapolis. For info, see: http://powherful.org/msp2017 .

Dec. 9, 12
The Sioux Chef Book Signing

Authors Chef Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley will sign copies of The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen. Here is real food—our indigenous American fruits and vegetables, the wild and foraged ingredients, game and fish. Locally sourced, seasonal, “clean” ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking are nothing new to Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef. In his breakout book, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, Sherman shares his approach to creating boldly seasoned foods that are vibrant, healthful, at once elegant and easy.
•Dec. 9: 12-2pm, Common Good Books, 38 Snelling Ave S, St Paul.
•Dec. 16: Holiday book signing, 12-2pm. Magers & Quinn Bookseller, 3038 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis.

Dec. 12, 13, 19, 20
Native Santa To Visit IHB

Naughty or nice... all are welcome! Join Native Santa for a free photo shoot with the family! Visit Native Santa, 1st-come-1st-served, in his workshop at IHB. Elves will take family photos and print a free copy for each person in the photo. Guests may take photos on their own camera, too. Indian Health Board, 1315 East 24th St, Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-721-9800 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or see: indianhealthboard.com .
Dec. 12 & 19: 3-5pm
Dec. 13 & 20: 10am-12pm

Dec. 15
Native Authors Breakfast Fundraiser

The Circle board invites you to join us for our annual Native Authors Breakfast Fundraiser to support The Circle, the voice of Native journalism in the Twin Cities, serving the Native community and regional readers for 37 years. Join us for breakfast with Mark Anthony Rolo and Guests. Mark Anthony Rolo (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) is a journalist, filmmaker, and playwright, He has been a correspondent for Indian Country Today, Executive Director of the Native American Journalists Association, and an editor of The Circle newspaper. His books include; My Mother is Now Earth, The Wonder Bull, and What's an Indian Woman to Do? And Other Plays. 8:00 am to 9:00 am. Doors open at 7:30 am for coffee and mingling. Breakfast catered by Gatherings Cafe. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis. RSVP to The Circle at 612-722-3686 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it $35 suggested donation.

Dec. 16
Birch Bark Ornament Workshop

Create miniature ornaments from birch bark to decorate for the holidays or give as gifts. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A minimum of five participants is required. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. 11am - 3pm. $25/$20 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, plus $15 supply fee. Registration required by phone or email. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632.

Dec. 18
Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting

Learn more about the ways you can help children though foster care or adoption. No registration needed. Free. 6 to 8pm. Hennepin County Library – Southdale, 7001 York Avenue S, Edina. For info, contact 612-348-5437 or see: www.hennepin.us/fostercare .

Dec. 20
Elder Holiday Party

Native American Elders - 60 years and up, you are invited to our Elder Holiday Part. Enjoy food, door prizes and bingo. Food prepared by Chef Nate. 5-8pm. Division of Indian Work (Dakota Lodge), 1001 E Lake St, Minneapolis. For info, contact Sandra Rivera at 612-279-6379.

Dec. 20 (deadline)
Honor the Earth Grants

Honor the Earth is accepting grant proposals from indigenous-led organizations. Grant focus is on the protection and revitalization of sacred ways, rivers, and places. For info, see www.honorearth.org/ grants_app. For questions, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 218-375-3200.  

Dec. 21
Manidoo-Giizisoons Gala (Feast of the Little Spirit Moon)

Honor the Earth is extending an open invitation to the public to its annual Manidoo-Giizisoons Gala (Feast of the Little Spirit Moon) at the Sacred Heart Music Center. The Manoomin (wild rice) and Nibi (water) are under threatened by foreign industry. Many, including local businesses, community leaders, and citizen groups, have made a stance to protect these shared resources. The celebration is being hosted in honor of the Water Protectors, to recognize and present awards to them for their courageous leadership. The gala will feature a sumptuous dinner prepared by renowned indigenous chef, Sean Sherman “"The Sioux Chef", with music by Native musician Annie Humphrey from the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, and a silent auction with local art. For info and tickets, see: www.honorearth.org/ duluth_gala2017 .

Dec. 29 (deadline)
Hennepin County 2018 Citizen Advisory Boards

Volunteer!! Members of the public and local officials can be appointed to serve on more than 15 various county advisory boards, task forces and committees. Appointed members advise county commissioners on issues and programs, help set policy, and deal with a variety of topics of concern to the county. Boards include: Adult Mental Health Local Advisory Council (LAC), Capital Budgeting Task Force, City Planning Commission (Minneapolis), County Extension Committee (University of Minnesota Extension), Human Resources Board, Library Board, Lower Minnesota Watershed District Board, Mental Commitment Attorney Panel Advisory Board, Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Board. Each board position has eligibility requirements that applicants must meet. Application deadline is Dec. 29th. If you don’t have access to apply online, call 612-348-3081 to have the Clerk of the County Board assist you in filling out the application. For more information and to apply online, see: www.hennepin.us/advisoryboards .

November 2017 Calendar of Events
Tuesday, November 07 2017
 
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Thru Nov. 17
OZHITOON (MAKE)

“Ozhitoon” is an exhibit showcasing quillwork from the Two Rivers Gallery summer quill class and mosaics created by youth from the Little Earth Youth Development Center, in partnership with Good Space Murals. Free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10am - 4pm. Two Rivers Gallery, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.

Thru April 22, 2018
Renewing What They Gave Us

“Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence,” is an exhibit of original beadwork, birch bark and textile artwork by five contemporary American Indian artists on display alongside the MNHS artifacts that inspired them. The artists, Jessica Gokey, Pat Kruse, Denise Lajimodiere, Gwen Westerman and Holly Young. For info, see: www.minnesotahistorycenter. org/exhibits/renewing-what-they-gave-us .

Nov. 1 - Dec. 20
Smoking Cessation Support Group

Smokers and former smokers (+18) interested in smoking cessation support are invited to join the support group starting Nov. 1st.  2-3pm for 8 weeks. Indian Health Board, 1315 E 24th St. (Assembly Room 1, 3rd floor), Minneapolis. To register, contact Andre Peri at 612-721-9826.

Nov. 3-5
Women's Congress for Future Generations

Come join us as we gather around the Sacred Circle and deepen our commitment to Mother Earth. This year’s focus is on Climate, Health, and Justice. We are committed to healing the wounds among and between us, to hearing each other’s stories and to finding a way forward together as told to us by the Anishinaabe in the 7th Fire Prophecy. From Nov. 3 starting at 10:30 am to Nov. 5, ending at 12:30 pm. Cost varies according to ability to pay. Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr, Brooklyn Center. For info, contact Elizabeth Anders at 612-986-4327 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Ann Manning at 612-802-8513 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Register at wcffg.org .

Nov. 4
Gathering Our Children Powwow

Gathering Our Children and Returning Adoptees Powwow. MC: Jerry Dearly. ADs: Windy Downwind and Kirk Crow Shoe. Host Drum: Oyate Teca. Color Guard: Tinta Wita Honor Guard. 10am – 1pm: Adoptees, formerly fostered individuals and birth relatives are invited to gather in the auditorium on the 2nd floor of the Indian Center to meet and visit with other adoptees. 1pm: Grand Entry. 3pm: Wablenica Ceremony - The Wablenica Song (Orphan Song) will be sung for those returning adoptee and fostered individuals and their families. 5:30pm: Feast. 6pm – 7pm: TBA. 7pm: Grand Entry 8pm: Honor Song for foster and adoptive parents. 9pm: Honor Song and recognition for our young relatives who have turned 21 in foster care. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis. For info, contact Tina Knafla at 612-348-9662; 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 ; Jacque Wilson at 612-747-5247 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 6 (deadline)
Call is now open to established American Indian and Alaska Native artists to apply for a one-year NACF Mentor Artist Fellowship to mentor an emerging American Indian and Alaska Native artist apprentice. Established artists should have at least ten years of experience in the Traditional Arts or Contemporary Visual Arts fields. This is a regional fellowship focusing in the Pacific Northwest, Southwest and Upper Midwest areas of the United States. Eligible applicants must be at least a five-year resident of, and enrolled in an American Indian tribe or Alaska Native corporation located in Alaska, Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Southern California, Washington or Wisconsin. The Mentor Artist Fellowship is a monetary award of $30,000 — $20,000 to the mentor, $5,000 for the joint art project and $5,000 for the apprentice’s expenses — gas, supplies. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 6. The mentoring period will be from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. For info, see: www.nativeartsandcultures.org/mentor-fellowships .

Nov. 7, 9
AIFACS Foster Care Meetings

AIFACS is hosting more foster care/shelter home informational sessions in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  November 7th from 2pm-3pm and 5:30pm-6:30pm. Minneapolis: November 9th from 2pm-3pm. Light food and beverage will be served. RSVP to Kelly 651-223-8526 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 8
Augsburg Native American Film Series

Augsburg Native American Film Series Presents: NAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place/it flies. falls./] This experimental documentary explores the Ojibwe story of the Seven Fires Prophecy, which has been interpreted as predicting the arrival of the Europeans in North America and the subsequent destruction they caused. Bold, smart, and unflinching, the film examines the relationship between cultural tradition and modern indigenous identity. Discussion with filmmakers follows. This event is free to the public. Reception 6:15-6:45pm. Screening begins at 7pm. Augsburg University, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave S., Minneapolis. For info, contact M. Elise Marubbio at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or see: www.augsburg.edu/filmseries/ inaatese .

Nov. 8  
ADYC’s Foster Care Recruitment

Ain Dah Yung Center’s foster care recruitment session, in partnership with Ramsey County, from 5:30-7pm. Come honor our Native foster youth’s voices by listening to their foster care experiences and opinions on how to improve our foster care system. Hear from licensed Native foster parents, along with Native foster youth to help answer questions you may have about the licensing process. Come eat and learn more about becoming a foster parent in Ramsey County. Win a $10, $20 or even $50 gift card. Ain Dah Yung Center, 1089 Portland Ave., St. Paul. For info, call 651-227-4184, ext. 16, or 651-417-3813.

Nov. 8-10
6th Annual FASD Matters Conference

The conference will bring together experts, key stakeholders, and consumers. Over three days there will be a pre-conference, keynote presentations, and breakout sessions on the latest research, promising strategies, and innovative programs related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Individual Registration $125. Minneapolis Marriott NW, 7025 Northland Dr N, Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis. See www.mofas.org/fasdmatters for more info.

Nov. 9
Native Artist Talk Series: Dyani White Hawk

UMN Department of American Indian Studies presents Native Artist Talk Series: Dyani White Hawk. Dyani White Hawk (Rosebud Sioux) earned a MFA in studio arts in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and BFA in 2-Dimensional studio arts in 2008 from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Her work has been acquisitioned into the collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Tweed Museum of Art, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Akta Lakota Museum, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin Union Art Collection and others. She is represented by Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis and Shiprock Santa Fe. 6:30-8pm. Walter Library, Room 402, 117 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis (University of Minnesota East Bank Campus). For info, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-624-5052.

Nov. 10
MIWRC’s A Healing Event for Community Providers

Learn how stress affects your ability to function and care for your clients, families, and most importantly, yourself. The day will be filled with experts in Mind-Body Medicine teaching different total relaxation skills and Traditional Healer Elders sharing their knowledge for living in harmony. Registration is necessary but there is no cost to attend this event. Space is limited so register  soon. 8am - 4pm. Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown, 1500 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis. For more info, contact 612-728-2011 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 10
Minority-Owned Small Business Forum

Senator Franken is hosting a minority-owned small business forum. The event will be an opportunity for businesses to learn about resources to help grow and expand. Panelists will highlight resources related to technical assistance, access to capital, as well as contracting opportunities. 8:30am-12:30pm. Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis. Space is limited. For info and to register, see: www.eventbrite.com/e/us-senator-al-frankens-minority-owned-small-business-forum-tickets-39298247115 .

Nov. 10 (deadline)
Native Artist in Residence

St. Paul Public School's Indian Education is looking for an artist to work with student to create a large scale canvas painting. The canvas will be hung in the cultural space. Students must be part of the design, which needs to encompass the Medicine Wheel and Grandfather Teachings. The artist will be paid a stipend and all paint supplies and materials will be provided. The art piece(s) must be completed by March 2018. If interested, email your name, contact information, stipend requirement, and pictures of your art samples to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (Accepting emails until Nov. 10.) One artist will be selected by November 22. For info, contact Kerrie at 651-744-3388.

Nov. 10
St. Paul Public School  Indian Ed Powwow

American Indian Magnet School, 1075 E 3rd St., St. Paul, MN. 6-8 pm. For more information, or for vendors, contact 651-293-5191. Powwow also held on:
• January 12
• February 9
• March 9

Nov. 10 -12
Activism and Resilience

Addressing Grand Challenges through Public Affairs.This free student conference will introduce the rewarding career of public service and the role that it plays in promoting activism and resilience in our communities. Hear from faculty, students, alumni, and community members working in the field of public policy. Participants will be undergraduate freshman, sophomores or juniors at a 2 or 4-year college or university with interest in the public sector. Preference will be given to Minnesota-based students but applications are welcome from students living outside of Minnesota. Preference will also be given to underrepresented students. For info, contact Courtney Barrette at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-625-2099.

Nov. 11
Walleye Dinner Fundraiser

A Walleye Dinner fundraiser will be held with all proceeds going to the Elders Lodge, Special Elder Events. Cost is $10 per plate. They are also looking for volunteers to help out that day. Fundraiser takes place from 1-4 p.m. Elders Lodge, 1500 Magnolia Ave E., St. Paul. For info, contact Judy Olson at 651-353-2883.

Nov. 11
Veteran’s Wacipi at Lower Sioux

The 4th annual Veteran’s Wacipi at Lower Sioux will be held at Jackpot Junction’s Dakota Exposition Center. MC: Butch Felix. AD: Cody Seaboy. Host drum: Red Tree Singers. First five registered drums receive honorarium. Moccasin tournament. Kawitaya Dakota Uncap Kte Language Bowl. Feast at 5pm. Day pay for dancers. Free admission. Open to the public. For info, call 507-697-8672.

Nov. 11
Humphrey and Walking Elk in Concert

Folk singer/songwriters Annie Humphrey and Mitch Walking Elk will perform together. Humphrey is a singer/songwriter from the Leech Lake Ojibwe Nation. Mitch Walking Elk is an enrolled member of the Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He is a singer, songwriter and musician, and has toured in Europe. 7-10pm. The Open Eye Theatre, 506 E 24th St, Minneapolis. For info, call 612-874-6338.

Nov. 12
3rd Annual Traditional Lacrosse Games

Twin Cities Native Lacrosse hosts 3rd annual traditional wooden-stick lacrosse games. Indoor event inside covered dome with artificial grass surface. All ages and abilities are invited to come learn and play. All sticks and equipment provided. Youth and adult games. 10am - 3pm: Warm-ups start at 10am, organized games start after 1am. Free. Savage Sports Center, 13450 Dakota Ave., Savage, MN. For info, contact John Hunter at 651-587-9681 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or see: twincitiesnativelacrosse.org

Nov. 13
Hopi Water Protector Vernon Masayesva

Vernon Masayesva, former chair of the Hopi nation in Arizona and founder and executive director of Black Mesa Trust, is an internationally respected speaker and activist for preserving water resources and he environment for future generations. He resigned as chair of the Hopi tribal council to protest the decision to allow Peabody Coal Company to consume billions of gallons of precious fossil water from an arid region as a cheap way to slurry coal to an electricity generating station 273 miles away in Nevada. In 1998, he founded Black Mesa Trust (www.blackmesatrust.org), whose motto is, “Paatuaquatsi, Water is Life.” An international speaker on water and Hopi values, he has been honored by activists including Peter Coyote and Jane Fonda and scientists. As a result of his commitment to preserving water and the environment, he was honored by President Bill Clinton as an “Environmental Hero.” The event is free. A reception with Mr. Masayesva will follow the event. Event will be catered by The Sioux Chef. 7 pm at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis.

Nov. 14
Louise Erdrich Reading

Join Louise Erdrich in celebration of her new novel "Future Home of the Living God". The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant. A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work: a moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time. $32 per seat includes one copy of Future Home of the Living God for each person registered. 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. Registration required. Seating is limited. St. Paul's Church on Lake of the Isles, 1917 Logan Ave So., Minneapolis. (Handicap accessible,  on-street parking only.) For event details and registration visit https://birchbarkbooks.com/future-home-event .

Nov. 14, Dec. 12
Family Education Diabetes Series (FEDS)

A free series that brings together American Indians and their families to share knowledge and resources to prevent and manage diabetes. Free. Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, Department of Indian Work, 1671 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Contact Sarah Goodall at 651-789-3862 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 15
Elder Fall Feast

Native American Elders - 60 years and up. Enjoy food, door prizes and bingo. Free. 5-8pm. Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St, (Dakota Lodge) Minneapolis. For info, call Sandra Rivera at 612-279-6379.

Nov. 15
Indigenous Community Day

North Hennepin Community College invites everyone to Indigenous Community. Hip-hop artists Thomas X and Tufawon will perform. Everyone is welcome. 10:00am: Youth Workshop with Thomas X and Tufawon, no pre-registration required. 10:45am: Welcome by NHCC President, Barbara McDonald. 10:50am: Opening Ceremony by Randy Grescyk & Red Bone Singers. 11:10am: Tufawon Performance. Noon: Thomas X Performance. Grand Hall, North Hennepin Community College, 7411 85th Ave.N., Brooklyn Park.

Nov. 16
The Native American College Fair

Twin Cities Native youth and their families can have meaningful conversation with representatives about college life, courses and admission and financial aid requirements. Post-secondary and community program representatives, Financial Aid Room, and a Career Room. In the Financial Aid Room students and their families can learn about Financial Aid options, including the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program, and get assistance in submitting their FAFSA application. In the Career Room, utilizing the financial literacy program Reality Store, students will visit with American Indian professionals representing a variety of career areas to learn about the expenses associated with each in order to complete a monthly budget. Students will also be able to engage professionals in career-type questions. Although created specifically for Native youth in the Twin Cities the Native American College Fair is open to the public, we welcome all students, their families. The college fair is free and includes a healthy light meal and door prizes. 5:30–7:30pm. East Phillips Community and Cultural Center in Minneapolis, 2307 17th Ave S, Minneapolis. For info, see: www.facebook.com/NativeAmericanCollegeFair .

Nov. 16
Native Artist Talk Series: Carter Meland

UMN Department of American Indian Studies presents Carter Meland. Carter Meland (White Earth Anishinaabe) received his Ph.D. in American Studies with a thesis that examined the role of trickster figures in the works of contemporary Native novelists. He has published articles, stories, and poems in journals and books including Studies in American Indian Literatures, Yellow Medicine Review, Seeing Red: Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins, and Sudden Storm: A Wendigo Reader. He has taught in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus since 1999. 6:30-8:00pm. Rapson Hall, Room 100, 89 Church St. SE, Minneapolis (University of Minnesota East Bank Campus) For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-624-5052.

Nov. 17
Honoring Native American Veterans Dinner

3rd annual dinner to honor Native Veterans and their families. Raffles, star quilt, casino packages, Yeti cooler and door prizes. Serving walleye, buffalo meat loaf, wild rice cole slaw and dessert. Free. MAIC, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. 4:30-7:30pm. For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-341-3358, ext. 175.

Nov. 18
Linda LeGarde Grover/Duluth

Linda LeGarde Grover will be reading and signing her new book, Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year. Long before it was known as Duluth, the land at the western tip of Lake Superior was known to the Ojibwe as Onigamiising, “the place of the small portage.” In fifty short essays, Linda LeGarde Grover reflects on the spiritual beliefs and everyday practices that carry the Ojibwe through the year and connect them to this northern land of rugged splendor. At Barnes & Noble in Duluth: 12-3pm. Barnes & Noble Duluth, 1600 Miller Trunk Hwy., Duluth. For more info, see: www.upress.umn.edu/press/ events .

Nov. 30
Tiwahe Foundation Circle of Giving

Keynote Speaker Karen Diver. Diver served as Chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa from 2007-20015. She was then appointed by President Obama to be the Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs, serving to the end of the Administration. Karen currently serves as Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence at The College of St. Scholastica. Join us to honor Kelly Drummer and celebrate the work of Tiwahe Grantees and the importance of language, culture, education and giving in our community. By supporting the 2017 Circle of Giving event, you will help Tiwahe Foundation grow as a Community Foundation for the American Indian Community, honor our grantees, affirm our community, introduce more people to our work and build support to achieve our endowment goal. 6-9pm. 6pm: Hors d’Oeuvres and cash bar, reception and networking. 7pm: Program and Dessert. Tickets $100. McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 Oak St., Minneapolis. Purchase tickets online by Nov. 20th at http://tiwahefoundation.org/tiwahe-events .

Dec. 1
MAICC 30th Anniversary Dinner

Tatanka Means and Bunky Echo Hawk will help celebrate MAICC’s 30 years! The MN American Indian Chamber of Commerce’s annual fundraiser and dinner event will be celebrating their history and accomplishments. Send pictures, stories and your service to the MAICC over the past 30 years if you would like to be included in the presentation. 4:30-8pm. Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake. For info, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 1-2
Elders Christmas Crafts Sale

Native American Elders Christmas Crafts Sale. Selling an array of craft items including necklaces, earrings, and other Native American arts and craft items. Dec. 1 from 4-7pm; and Dec. 2nd from 1-5pm. Elders Lodge, 1500 Magnolia Ave, East St.Paul. For info, contact Rachel McCaffrey at 651-756-7085.

Dec. 6, 7, 8
Motivational Interviewing

The Learning Center of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center will be holding Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: A Counseling Approach that Fits with Native Values. Motivational Interviewing (MI), developed by William Miller, Ph.D. and Stephen Rollnick. Ph.D. in the 1980s is an Evidence-Based Practice that holds a key to unlocking our clients' own unique intrinsic motivations to make significant changes in their lives. It has been shown to be an effective approach to treatment in many fields including substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, diabetes management and other healthcare areas, juvenile justice, corrections and workforce counseling. Focus will be on meaningful connections and uses of MI in a way that appreciates and supports the Native cultural value system; and will examine the basic concepts and uses of MI, practice using MI tools, and learn the steps in mastery of this valuable tool for our counseling toolboxes. Betty Poitra, LSW, MA (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) is a Motivational Interviewer trainer and has over 30+ years’ experience working in child welfare, extensive experience in mental health and chemical health programs working with tribal and urban communities. Jane Nakken, Ed. D is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and has been a substance abuse prevention and treatment professional since 1974. Cambria Suites, Maple Grove, 9655 Grove Circle North Maple Grove, MN. For info, see: www.miwrc.org/events/MI_December2017.php

Dec. 7
AIOIC’s Community Career Fair

The American Indian OIC will host the “AIOIC Career Fair: Networking, Interviewing, and Hidden Opportunities” to help the community gain access to state and local employers with open positions. Job seekers will have the opportunity to network with potential employers and participate in interviews. This career fair is open to anyone in the Twin Cities 7-County Metro Area and is designed to help fill workforce gaps in high-demand fields. Noon to 4pm. American Indian OIC, 1845 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact Latisha Cannon at 612-341-3358, ext.133 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 15
Native Authors Breakfast Fundraiser

The Circle board invites you to join us for our annual Native Authors Breakfast Fundraiser to support The Circle, the voice of Native journalism in the Twin Cities, serving the Native community and regional readers for 37 years. Linda LeGarde Grover, author of Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year, and other books, will read from her work. Join us for breakfast, community, and good conversation. 8-9:00am. Doors open at 7:30am for coffee and mingling. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis. RSVP to The Circle at 612-722-3686 or email: 
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Dec. 20 (deadline)
Honor the Earth Grants

Honor the Earth is accepting grant proposals from indigenous-led organizations. Grant focus is on the protection and revitalization of sacred ways, rivers, and places. For info, see www.honorearth.org/grants_app . For questions, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 218-375-3200. 

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