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June Community Calendar
Thursday, June 01 2017
 
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Thru June 10
Jim Denomie: Oz, the Emergence Art Exhibit

Using the celebrated 1939 film The Wizard of Oz as a thematic stepping-stone, artist Jim Denomie has conjured up a fantastical landscape where Dorothy and her pals become immersed in new, darkly imaginative adventures. However, this is not The Land of Oz as we know it, but rather “a spooky and surreal landscape full of symbolism and tense situations” where the protagonists face a host of contemporary, 21st century issues. Annishanabe artist Jim Denomie has won numerous awards and fellowships. His work is found in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, among others. Denomie’s work has been shown in Germany and extensively in the U.S. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st S., Mpls. For info, contact 612-377-4669 or email: information@ bockleygallery.com.

Thru June 13
IHB’s Let’s Get Cookin’!

The Indian Health Board of Minneapolis will be hosting a weekly, family-based nutrition education and cooking class series: Let’s Get Cookin’! For adults, children, parents, family members, and family friends interested in an interactive program that is focused on nutrition, health, physical activity, and cooking. Dinner will be provided for all participants. Tuesdays from 5:30 - 7 pm. Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, 1315 E. 24th St. (3rd Floor Assembly Rooms), Minneapolis. Contact Chelsea Moyle at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-721-9860.

Thru July 15
Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photo Exhibit

This exhibit showcases the work of six young American Indian artists who came together over 12 weeks to learn the process of digital photography in a guided, supportive and culturally sensitive environment. The artists will show a selection of photographs that empowers their indigenous identity. Artists include: Nolan Berglund, Amoreina Espinosa, Joe Ettawageshik, Shaw Handley, Marco Hunt and Angel Swann. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thru Aug 12
Patriot Nations: NA in Our Nation’s Armed Forces

“Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces" tells the remarkable history of the brave American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the US military. The exhibit is presented in 16 full-color banners, plus additional banners, about the efforts of American Indians from Minnesota. Cost: included with admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under. Admission for Native American guests is waived. On display inside the Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave., St. Paul. For info, call 612-726-1171 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thru Sept. 24
Sinew Exhibit

Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities, an exhibition curated by Dyani White Hawk. The exhibition presents an eclectic selection of works by each artist that include paintings, prints, weaving, drawings, digital videos, and sculptures. The artists selected are some of the most celebrated and accomplished female Native artists currently living and working in the Twin Cities area, and include: Carolyn Anderson, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Elizabeth Day, Heid Erdrich, Louise Erdrich and Maggie Thompson. Panel Talk: Sept. 14, 6 – 8 pm, Montague Hall 80, UMD, Duluth. Exhibit is on display at the Tweed Museum of Art, 1201 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN. For more info, see www.d.umn.edu .

June 6
On the Red Road AA meeting

Speaker and pot luck meal. Every first Tuesday of the month. This event is free. Minneapolis American Indian Center (Auditorium), 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact Betty at 612-387-4463.

June 6
Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting

Learn more about the ways you can help children though foster care or adoption. No registration needed. 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Free. Hennepin County Library – Oxboro, 8801 Portland Ave., S., Minneapolis. For info, see www.hennepin.us/fostercare or call 612-348-5437.

June 6-22
Pipeline 3 Meetings

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Enbridge Energy’s proposed Line 3 Pipeline Project has been made available for public review and comment. The DEIS was prepared by the Minnesota Department of Commerce in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to evaluate human and environmental impacts of the proposed Line.  Public meetings will provide an opportunity to learn about the info in the EIS and provide oral or written comments into record. Comments will be accepted through July 10 and may be emailed, mailed, or faxed. Email address: Pipeline.Comments@ state.mn.us. US Mail: Jamie MacAlister, Environmental Review Manager, MN Dept of Commerce, 85 7th Place E., # 280, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198. Fax: 651-539-0109. Include docket numbers CN-14-916 and PPL-15-137 on all comments. Personally identifying information is not edited or deleted from submissions. Meetings will be held at the following times and locations:
• June 6: 10am-1pm,  Rice Lake Comm Center, 13830 Community Loop, Bagley.
• June 6: 6-9pm, IRA Civic Center, 1401 NW 3rd Ave, Grand Rapids.
• June 7: 10am-1pm, Park Rapids High School, Cafetorium, 401 Huntsinger Ave, Park Rapids.
• June 7: 6-9pm, Palace Casino Hotel, 16599 69th Ave NW, Cass Lake.
• June 8: 10am-1pm, Downtown Fair Center, 107 W 7th Ave, Floodwood.
• June 8: 6-9pm, Central Lakes College, room E54, 501 W College Dr, Brainerd.
• June 9: 11am-2pm. Maslowski Wellness & Research Center, 17 5th Street SW, Wadena.
• June 12: 10am-1pm, Grand Casino Hinckley, 777 Lady Luck Dr, Hinckley.
•June 12: 6-9pm, East Lake Comm. Ctr, 36666 State Hwy 65, McGregor.
• June 13: 10am-1pm, FDL Tribal College, 2101 14th St, Cloquet.
• June 13: 6-9pm, Intercontinental Hotel Saint Paul, 11 E. Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul.
•June 14: 11am-2pm, Staples Comm Ctr, 425 4th St NE, Staples.
• June 14: 6-9pm, Initiative Found-ation, 405 1st St SE, Little Falls.
• June 15: 10am-1pm, Henry's Catering Hall, 6774 MN-25, Foley.
• June 15: 6-9pm, Phoenix Hotel, 210 MN-23, Milaca.
• June 16: 10am-1pm, Grand Event Center, 2025 Rowland Rd, Mora.
• June 20: 10am-1pm, Marshall Cty Central Schools, 310 W Minnesota Ave, Newfolden.
• June 20: 6-9pm, Hallock City Hall, 163 3rd St SE, Hallock.
• June 21: 10am-1pm, R. Engelstad Arena, Imperial Rm, 525 Brooks Ave N, Thief River Falls.
• June 21: 6-9pm, Plummer Senior Citizen Center, 185 Minnesota St, Plummer.
• June 22: 10am-1pm, Gully Comm. Center, 120 Main St, Gully.
• June 22: 6-9pm, Sanford/Nielson Conv. Ctr, 1111 Event Center Dr NE, Bemidji.

June 8
Artist Talk: Roxanne Swentzell

“Who Are You? Standing in Our Own Shoes” artist talk by Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo). Focusing largely on interpretative female portraits, Swentzell’s figures attempt to restore the balance of power between the male and the female inherently recognized in her own culture. She uses a range of emotions, irrepressible moods, and a powerful sense of humor to communicate. Her work, though steeped in her own Native American culture, demonstrates an astounding universality, speaking to people of all cultures. Swentzell, clay and bronze sculptor, lives and works near Santa Fe. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave., S., Minneapolis. 6:30 pm. To RSVP, contact Tobie Miller at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-870-3286.

June 9
MAICC Golf Tournament

American Indian Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Golf Tournament. Shotgun start 10 am. Black Bear Golf Course, 1791 Minnesota 210, Cloquet, MN. For info, call JoAnne at 612-877-2117.

June 10
Nat’l Get Outdoors Day

Admission is free on National Get Outdoors Day, held the second Saturday in June. Enjoy free admission to a wide variety of activities. In the metro area, catch the Bluegrass music concert at Afton State Park near Hastings (6:30 pm). Fort Snelling State Park offers an introductory “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program that includes a hike (9 am). Learn about outdoor painting on the shores of the St. Croix River at Interstate State Park near Taylors Falls (9 am, weather permitting). Or join a group effort to paddle every mile of the Minnesota River in one day. Learn more about hawks, eagles and owls at Wild River State Park near Center City (2 pm). Check out the animals in the “Zoomobile” at Minneopa State Park near Mankato (1 pm). For a listing of more than 30 additional activities throughout Minnesota state parks on June 10, go to www.mndnr.gov/ptcalendar .

June 10 - Aug 5
Arts Learning Series: Filmmaking Classes for Underrepresented Communities

Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota is offering a series of intensive, one-day filmmaking classes designed for individuals of diverse communities typically underrepresented in the motion picture film industry as defined by the Sundance Institute: people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and women. The classes are each designed for beginning to intermediate level students and can also be attended by others seeking to tell the stories of people of these communities. The series consists of six classes taught by professional artists who have extensive teaching backgrounds and who are members of underrepresented communities. All classes will provide opportunities for hands-on experiences in various aspects of visual storytelling. Classes will be held at IFP MN’s media arts center in St. Paul, which features state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment in all classrooms and provides the latest editing software for audio and video production. The goal of this master class series is to provide participants with a well-rounded education in the art of filmmaking and strengthen inclusion of diverse voices and visions by offering connections with industry leaders. Tuition for each class is $100. A limited number of scholarships are available to individuals experiencing financial hardship. For info, contact Reilly Tillman at 651-644-1912, ext. 2. There is a lunch break during each class (lunch not included). For info, see: http://ifpmn.org/education/filmmaking-classes-for-underrepresented-communities . Dates and classes include:
• June 10: BASICS OF SCREENWRITING, taught by David Grant, 10 am–6 pm.
• June 17: THE SCREEN & THE FEMALE GAZE, taught by Jila Nikpay, 9 am–6 pm.
• July 8: CINEMA PRODUCTION INTENSIVE – FOCUS ON SOCIAL MESSAGE, taught by Pam Colby, 9:30 am–6 pm.
• July 22: VISUAL STORYTELLING & STORYBOARD, taught by Carlos Merino, 9 am–5 pm.
• July 29: INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARY WORKSHOP, taught by Allison Herrera, 9 am–6 pm
• August 5: PRESENCE OF THE PAST: HISTORY DOCUMENTARIES, taught by Daniel Pierce Bergin, 10 am–6 pm.

June 11 - 15
American Indian Summer Camp

4th annual American Indian Summer Camp at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Students going into 9th grade through 12th grade are welcome to attend. Check in will be in the evening on June 11th at one of the residence halls on campus. Students will participate in Indigenous language classes, spend time with MSU-Mankato professors, participate in the Adventure Education program, attend college and ACT prep sessions, and have fun in the bowling alley, rec center, swimming pool, and student union area. Students who attend this camp will have an in-depth experience of what it’s like to be on a college campus. You will also get to spend time with current college students, who will serve as mentors throughout the camp experience. There is no cost to attend or participate in the summer camp. Food and lodging included for entire camp. Materials for class times and other programs are also covered.  For info, contact Megan Heutmaker at 507-389-5230 or email:
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or see www.mnsu.edu/cultdiv/departments/americanindian/eventsandconference.html .

June 12
Free YMCA Memberships for Teens

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities will offer free summer memberships for thousands of teens across the Twin Cities. From June 12 to September 1, youth entering grades 9 through 12 can access a free membership to 25 YMCA locations throughout the Twin Cities. The program is open to all students of all backgrounds and incomes. Youth entering grades 9 through 12 can visit any participating YMCA location beginning June 1 to enroll with a valid ID, class schedule or report card and the permission of an adult. Each participating location can accommodate up to 200 participants for nearly 5,000 teens. For more info, visit ymcamn.org/getsummer .

June 13
Indian Child Welfare Education Day

June is Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ focus and ICWA. CEU’s will be provided. Free. Lunch provided. Registration at 8 am. Takes place from  8:30 am – 4 pm. Co-Sponsored by Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Ave., Saint Paul, MN. For more info, contact: Sandy White Hawk at 651-442-4872 or: sandywhitehawk@
gmail.com.

June 13 (deadline)
Dakota Language Camp

Learn to speak Dakota through traditional Dakota games, crafts, songs, dancing, food, Lacrosse, and nature walks. Teachers will also explain Dakota values and history. This camp is for children, teens, and adults of all ages, though children under 7 must be accompanied by a teen sibling or adult. The camp is a joint venture of Bloomington Parks and Recreation and the Dakota Language Department of the University of Minnesota. The camp will take place June 27 - 29, 10 am – 3 pm at the Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN. Full scholarships are available for Native families. For more info, contact Jay Ludwig at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 952-484-0477.

June 19
Ginew/Golden Eagle Youth Groups

Ginew/Golden Eagles’ youth groups will begin on June 19th. After-school programs for Native American children. Cultural teachings, tutoring, physical education, arts and crafts, life skills and much more. All groups will take place from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Monday through Thursday starting June 19th. For info, contact Julie Green at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

June 19 - 23
Train the Trainer Workshop

Offered for those individuals who would like to learn and practice their skills as a digital storytelling facilitator (must have participated in a prior standard 3-day workshop). 9 am to 5 pm. Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Training Room 118, 2300 15th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN. For info call 612-728-2000 or 612-728-2031.

June 20
St. Paul Foster Parent Informational Session

American Indian Family and Children's Services is hosting an informational session. Learn about the foster parent application process and have any questions answered. This is a free event and snacks will be provided. 2 - 3 pm. American Indian Family and Children's Services, 25 Empire Dr, St. Paul, MN. RSVP by calling 651-223-8526.

June 21
World Peace Day

Many people throughout the world will be gathering in their sacred sites to pray for World Peace. Join people in a moving prayer of sacred sites in the Twin Cities on June 21, known as World Peace and Prayer Day. Beginning at 6 am and ending the day’s prayer at 6 pm. As of means of joining with others throughout the world we have chosen to have a moving prayer held in sacred sites in the Twin Cities. Beginning in the east - Indian Mounds Regional Park at 6 am. Indian Mounds Regional Park is home to six Native American burial mounds high atop 450 million-year-old limestone and sandstone bluffs overlooking downtown Saint Paul. At 9 am, gather in Powderhorn Park- to host a run “Mni Wiconi Run” in honor of Wastewin Gonzales. At Noon, gather to at Nicollet Island. Located at the heart of Minneapolis, Nicollet Island is the only inhabited island on the Mississippi River. At 3 pm, gather at Cold Water Springs. This area served as an important crossroads for Native Americans and traders using both the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers for commerce and travel. At 6 pm, end the day of prayer at the newly acknowledged as a Historical site, the Oheyawahi/Pilot Knob. Known to Dakota people as Oheyawahi, "the hill much visited,"ť Pilot Knob is a place of distinctive historical, cultural, and environmental importance, a sacred site, a landmark of Minnesota's beginnings. Protocol or ceremonial attire is recommended. Because we are an extremely diverse community, with many traditional Elders in attendance, please wear modest and respectful attire at all times. Women should wear skirts. Prepare for being outside in the elements. Bring sun protection in case it is sunny; warm clothing in case of cold winds and rain.  

June 21–23
Digital Storytelling Workshop

Digital Storytelling is a relatively new term which describes the practice of ordinary people using digital tools to tell their story. The three day training exposes participants to all the necessary steps involved in creating your own digital story. Over the course of this workshop participants will experience first-hand the impact of using digital medium strategies for carrying out community based participatory programming grounded in a culture-centered digital storytelling approach. Limited to 12 participants. 9 am to 5 pm. Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Training Room 118, 2300 15th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN. For info call 612-728-2000 or 612-728-2031.

June 22
Minneapolis Foster Parent Informational Session

American Indian Family and Children's Services is hosting an informational session from 2-3 pm. Learn about the foster parent application process and have any questions answered. This is a free event and snacks will be provided. RSVP by calling 651-223-8526. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN.

June 23
Dakota Trade Day

Presentation by staff in Bark lodge w/ Gibbs Dakota Collection about Dakota trade followed by bracelet making activity. Quillwork presentation by artists in residence TBA. For info: www.rchs.com/gibbs-farm, 651-646-8629 or 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

June 24
Dakota Day

Celebrate Minnesota’s First People. Dakota Day features presentations, mini-language seminars, walking tours, crafts, games, and Dakota-inspired food. 10 am–4 pm. For info: www.rchs.com/gibbs-farm, 651-646-8629 or 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

June 27
Queer Voices PRIDE Reading

Celebrate PRIDE with a rich and diverse lineup of readers from the 2016-2017 season. The longest-running literary reading of its kind in the country, Queer Voices has a long history of featuring both emerging and established LGBTQIA+ writers. In addition to the reading at 6:30 pm, the June Queer Voices PRIDE reading will also include a book fair, starting at 5:30 pm, where audiences can talk to the authors and purchase their work. Native American writer includes Anthony Ceballos, who received his BFA from the Creative Writing program at Hamline University in 2015. He has been a guest on KFAI’s Write on Radio and Fresh Fruit radio programs and has read for the Intermedia Arts Queer Voices Reading Series, Minneapolis Community and Technical College's Night of Native American Music and Poetry and The Many Faces of Two-Spirit People gallery show at Two Rivers Art Gallery in Minneapolis.  His work has been featured in The Fulcrum and Yellow Medicine Review. He was selected to be a participant in the 2016-2017 Loft Mentor Series. $5-25 suggested donation at the door. See IntermediaArts.org for list of other writers. Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall.  

June 27-29
MIWSAC’s Native Girl’s Retreat

Girls and young women ages 13 to 17 will gather for high ropes, kayaking and swimming, crafting, peer to peer advocacy, and leadership development. 24-hour chaperones, food, lodging, and transporation from MIWSAC office. (Some session may discuss sexual violence, mental health, suicide, and how youth can support each other. (Boy’s Retreat held at the same time, some activities will overlap.) Free. Van departs at 9 am on June 27th and returns on June 29th at 1 pm. MIWSAC, 1619 Dayton Ave.,#202, St. Paul, MN. For info, call Deb at 651-646-4800 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

June 27-29
MIWSAC’s Young Native Men in Training Retreat

Boys and young men ages 13 to 18 will gather for archery, kayaking and swimming, peer to peer advocacy, and leadership development. Sessions will touch on energy building, developing facilitation skills to lead discussions with other men and boys on sexual assault, and ways to support each other. (Girl’s Retreat held at the same time, some activities will overlap.) Free. 24 hour chaperones, food, lodging, and transpiration from MIWSAC office. Van departs at 9 am on June 27th and returns on June 29th at 1pm. MIWSAC, 1619 Dayton Ave.,#202, St. Paul, MN. For info, call Comanche at 651-646-4800 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 14 (deadline)
Dougherty Family College

The Dougherty Family College Associate of Arts Degree is designed to help ensure the success of students who may be the first in their family to attend college, or those who have limited support or financial assistance to pursue a four-year degree. Students will need a 2.5 or higher grade-point average and must have a high level of financial need (e.g., meeting the eligibility requirements for federal Pell Grants and/or state grants). The Dougherty Family College plans to admit 150 students to its 2017-2018 inaugural college class. Classes will be held four days a week. The two-year college will be located on the University of St. Thomas campus in Minneapolis. The annual tuition will be offset by state and local grants, scholarships and corporate support, bringing final tuition costs to just $1,000 a year for the most under-resourced students. Scholarships, along with free laptops, meals and bus transportation will be provided. For more info or to arrange an interview contact Dr. Buffy Smith at 651-962-6404 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Applications are now open at www.stthomas.edu/dfc/applytoday .

May Events
Tuesday, May 09 2017
 
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Thru July 15
Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photo Exhibit

This exhibit showcases the work of six young American Indian artists who came together over 12 weeks to learn the process of digital photography in a guided, supportive and culturally sensitive environment. The artists will show a selection of photographs that empowers their indigenous identity. Artists include: Nolan Berglund, Amoreina Espinosa, Joe Ettawageshik, Shaw Handley, Marco Hunt and Angel Swann. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 4-7
Dakota Truth-Telling Gathering

On May 4, 1863 Dakota people who had been imprisoned at a concentration camp below Fort Snelling at Bdote were taken by steamboat and exiled from Minnesota. We invite all Ochethi Sakowin Oyate to return home – to unify in peace and share community knowledge and stories with one another. 3 days of hands-on cultural workshops, teachings, and presentations. It will culminate in a fourth day of pray. For info, see: www.facebook.com/dakotaomniciye or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 5- June 10
Jim Denomie: Oz, the Emergence Art Exhibit

Using the celebrated 1939 film The Wizard of Oz as a thematic stepping-stone, artist Jim Denomie has conjured up a fantastical landscape where Dorothy and her pals become immersed in new, darkly imaginative adventures. However, this is not The Land of Oz as we know it, but rather “a spooky and surreal landscape full of symbolism and tense situations” where the protagonists face a host of contemporary, 21st century issues. Annishanabe artist Jim Denomie has won numerous awards and fellowships. His work is found in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, among others. Denomie’s work has been shown in Germany and extensively in the U.S. Opening Reception: May 5, from 6 to 8 pm. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st S., Mpls. For info, contact 612-377-4669 or:
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May 6
Powwow for Hope

Powwow for Hope honors loved ones who have battled cancer or are fighting cancer. All money raised will support cancer education and supportive services for American Indians. 1 pm: Grand entry. 2 pm: Honoring survivors and Pink Shawl survivors. 3 pm: team recognition. 4 pm: Honoring caregivers and Pink Shawl caregivers. 5 pm: Jingle Dress Healing song. 6 pm: closing ceremony. 6:30 pm: Feast. Silent auction from 12:30 to 4 pm. Free and open to the public. Base Camp Facility, 201 Bloomington Road, Minneapolis. For info, see: powwowforhope.org , or contact 612-314-4848 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 6
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 from Noon to 4 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. $60/$55 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, plus $40 supply fee. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 6 (deadline)
AIFEP Grants

Tiwahe Foundation is accepting applications for the American Indian Family Empowerment Project (AIFEP) which funds individuals or families in pursuit of professional, educational, or cultural opportunities. Individual grants range from $500 to $2,500. AIFEP funds on 3 focus areas: Cultural Preservation, Educational Attainment, and Economic Self-Sufficiency. For info, see www.tiwahefoundation.org/aifep-fund , or call Deanna StandingCloud at 612-722-0587.

May 7 
43rd Annual MayDay Parade

Presented by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. 12 pm: Parade begins at the corner of 25th St. E. and Bloomington Ave. S., and travels south on Bloomington to 34th St. E., where the parade turns west towards Powderhorn Park. 3 pm: The MayDay Tree of Life Ceremony begins in Powderhorn Park. All day: The MayDay Festival in Powderhorn Park follows the MayDay Parade and features music, dancing, poetry, foods, canoe rides, and more. FREE event. For more info, see: http://hobt.org/mayday .

May 9
Support Group for Native Women

Therapy group for women in the Indian community. Discussions and activities, often involving Native American practices and values. New members need to schedule an intake with the Counseling & Support Department, which is covered by insurance. The group begins May 9 at 11 am. The group will meet each Tuesday from 11 am-12:30 pm, going through August. Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Minneapolis. (3rd floor). To schedule an intake, call 612-721-9877 and ask for Jennifer or Courtney. Or email:  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

May 9
AIFACS Open House

American Indian Family And Children Services’ Open House: Food, fun, and door prizes. This is an opportunity for community members and AIFACS foster parents/children to voice their opinions on where they would like to see AIFACS in the future and how we can continue to be successful. 1 - 5 pm. AIFACS, 25 Empire Dr., St. Paul. For more info, contact Kelly Peet at 651-223-8526 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 9 – June 13
IHB’s Let’s Get Cookin’!

The Indian Health Board of Minneapolis will be hosting a weekly, family-based nutrition education and cooking class series: Let’s Get Cookin’! For adults, children, parents, family members, and family friends interested in an interactive program that is focused on nutrition, health, physical activity, and cooking. Dinner will be provided for all participants. Tuesdays from 5:30 - 7 pm. Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, 1315 E. 24th St., Minneapolis. (3rd Floor Assembly Rooms). For info, contact Chelsea Moyle at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-721-9860.

May 10
MAIC Open House

Minneapolis American Indian Center’s Open House. 11 am - 2 pm. Door prizes throughout the event.  Food will be served at noon. Menu: hamburgers and hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, chips, cookies, coffee and water. Free and open to the community. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact Mary at 612-879-1750 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 10
Birchbark Books Reading Series

Ron P. Leith, Nora Murphy, Choua Yang, and Taiyon Coleman will read from their works. Ronald P. Leith (Anishinabe/Dakota) is the author of Poems from the Deep: A Man’s Journey through Heaven and Hell, and The Parable of Wood & Stone: Personal Notes form a Native Man’s Existential Journey. Nora Murphy, author of White Birch, Red Hawthorn: A Memoir, is a fifth-generation Irish Minnesotan. Choua Yang is an aspiring writer who grew up in Saint Paul's east side. His poem "Refugee: 1984" was published in the Saint Paul Almanac. Taiyon J Coleman is a poet, essayist, teacher, and a Cave Canem fellow.  7 pm. Free. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Minneapolis. For info, contact Michael at 651-280-0977 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 10 (deadline)
AmeriCorps fund for Tribes

National and Community Service has funding opportunity for tribally sponsored AmeriCorps projects. Projects can address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Grantees use their AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, supervise, and support AmeriCorps members. Full-time AmeriCorps members are given a living allowance; health care; and childcare, if they qualify. Deadline is May 10. For more info, see: www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities/2017/fy2017-americorps-indian-tribes-grants .

May 11
AIOIC Founder’s Day Event

American Indian OIC: Walk in, grab lunch, and start interviewing. There will also be drawings, giveaways, and entertainment. No registration required for job seekers. Free. Everyone welcome. 12 pm to 3 pm. AIOIC, 1845 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-341-3358 or see: www.aioic.org .

May 11
Kateri Residence Open House 

Kateri Residence’s Open House will be held 1-3 pm. Come learn more about our program, meet our staff, see parts of the residence, and eat some appetizers! Kateri Residence, 2408 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, contact Meagan LeFebvre at 612-871-0477.

May 11
Wamákhaškaƞ Ki Waštépi! (Animals are Good!)

Join the Minneapolis Institute of Art for a family friendly, Dakhóta language class and art activity. Students will sculpt their favorite animals while learning related Dakhóta words. This class will be taught by Šišóka Dúta (Joe Bendickson), Dakhóta Language Instructor at the University of Minnesota; and Wóokiye Wi (Katie Bendickson), Dakhóta Language Specialist for St. Paul Public Schools. 6:30-8:30 pm. Light refreshments served. Minneapolis Institute of Art (classroom 111), 2400 Third Ave. S.; Minneapolis. This event is free. Limited seating, so please email or call Tobie Miller to register: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-870-3286.

May 12 (deadline)
Garden Warriors Program

For Native Youth ages 13-18. Learn about culture and Indigenous foods and agriculture. Participants receive a stipend of $50 a week with a potential bonus. Garden Warriors Session I: Intro to organic agriculture and healthy cooking fundamentals, June 27 - July 14. Garden Warriors Session II: Deepen your knowledge, improve your skills and gain new experiences in sharing healthy and indigenous foods in the community, August 1- 25. Berry Cultural Camp: July 18 -20. Outdoor camping at Little Elbow Lake MN; culture, foraging, fishing & cooking. Deadline for application is May 12th. For more info, email:
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May 13
18th Annual Little Earth Mothers Day Powwow

Pow-Celebrate mom at the 18th Annual Little Earth Mothers Day Powwow at Cedar Field Park in Minneapolis, noon to 9 pm. The powwow celebrates the spirit of our community and is a free event  open to the public. This is a family-friendly, rain or shine event. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket for seating. Grand Entry at 1 pm. Feast at 5 pm. 2nd Grand Entry at 7 pm. Hand Drum Contest for groups of 3 or more at 5 pm, with winners announced at 9 pm. Cedar Field Park, 2495 18th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more info, call Earl James at 651-329-9389.

May 16
Leech Lake Vote

Notice is hereby given of a referendum vote to be held by secret ballot on May 16 to seek the guidance of the members in making a decision regarding the construction of a new casino and hotel to replace the existing Palace Casino and Hotel. The proposed location would move the operation to a site directly fronting U.S Highway 2 in Cass Lake and cost approximately $45 to $50 million. Any enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, 18 years of age and over on voting day,  shall be entitled to cast a vote. Polls will be open between 8 am and 8 pm. All ballots must be returned by mail or walked into the Referendum Committee on or before 8 pm on May 16. For info, call 218-335-7222.

May 17
MOFAS Education Fair

Upper Midwest American Indian Community MOFAS Education Fair, 12- 4 pm. Keynote speaker, vendor tables, Pipe ceremony, and Ogichidaakwe Council of Elders Singers. Free lunch served at 1 pm. Wabun Park Picnic Pavillion D, Minnehaha Regional Park, 4655 46th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-522-4436.

MAY 18
Ice Cream Social

MN Chippewa Tribe’s Ice Cream Social and Open House. 2 - 4 pm. Everyone is welcome. MN Chippewa Tribe, 1308 Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, call 612-872-8388, 612-871-6618, or 612-871-1574.

May 19
Bdote Learning Center Spring Traditional Powwow

Grand entry at 4 pm. Powwow ends at 7 pm. Potato dance contest, raffle prizes. Arena Director: Randy Gresczyk. Emcee: Jerry Dearly. Free admission. Bdote Learning Center, 3216 E. 29th St., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-729-9266 or see: bdotelearningcenter.org .

May 19
Native American Community Clinic’s Open House

Theme this year is “Water Is Life”. We will have spiritual advisors and many other culturally centered activities. We will be providing free health screenings, fun activities for families, and will be serving a nutritious lunch. Raffles, games, prizes, karaoke and walking tacos. Band: Youthlink. Drum group: Midnite Express. NACC parking lot from noon to 3 pm. If you are interested in tabling or would like to donate, contact Mel at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it NACC, 1213 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info see: www.nacc-healthcare.org .

May 20
Minneapolis Int’l Festival

The Minneapolis International Festival celebrates the different cultures in Minneapolis and surrounding communities. Dance, cultural exhibits, demonstrations, food, and other learning opportunities. Noon-4 pm. Entertainment Lineup: Noon, Taikollaborative; 12:30 pm, MN Scandinavian Ensemble; 1 pm, Grupo de Danzas Colombianas en Minnesota; 1:30 pm, Little Earth Native American Dance Troupe; 2 pm, Somali Museum of Art; 2:30 pm, Rince na Chroi; 3 pm, Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli/ Indigenous Roots; 3:30 pm, Native American drum group Hoka-Hey. Free and open to the public. Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-230-6400 or see: minneapolisparks.com .

May 20
For Directions Art Crawl

FOR DIRECTIONS is a joint exhibition in partnership with All My Relations Arts, American Indian Movement Interpretive Center, Two Rivers Gallery, Electric Machete Studios, and Grand Opening: Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, highlighting the connections between Indigenous artists of the 4 directions around common themes of decolonization, identity, resistance, and survival. Free. Featured artists include: Todd Bordeaux, Neto Ybarra, Cannupa Luger, Andre Perez, Natchez Beaulieu, Holly Young, Isabel Boike, Marlena Myles, Karen Goulet, and Xilam Balam. Opening reception: May 20 from 4 - 9 pm. Schedule: 4 pm - Minneapolis galleries open; 6 pm - Bus departs to St Paul; 6:30 pm - Electric Machete opens; 7:15 pm - Bus departs to next gallery; 7:30 pm - Indigenous Roots opens; 8:30 pm - Bus departs for Minneapolis. All My Relations Arts, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. Two Rivers Gallery, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. AIM Interpretive Center, 1113 E. Franklin Ave, #103, Minneapolis. Electric Machete, 777 Smith Ave. S., St. Paul. Indigenous Roots, 788 E. 7th St., St. Paul.For info, call  612-235-4970.

May 20
22nd Annual Indian Youth Olympics

Games and prizes. Age groups: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-18, plus some contests for adults. 11:30 - Registration and lunch served until gone. 12:30 - games begin. 4 pm - final award ceremony. Open to the public. East Phillips Park, 24th St. and Cedar Ave. (in the baseball field), Mpls. For info or to volunteer, contact 612-879-1764 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 20
South of the River Powwow

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will join with other South Metro school districts to host the South of the River Powwow at Burnsville High School, to celebrate the community’s graduating American Indian students. The powwow is open to the public. Ringing Shield Drum Group will be the host drum. Doors open at 11 am. Grand entries: 1 and 7 pm. Free feast at 5 pm. Powwow ends at 9 pm. Organizers are still seeking sponsors, craft and informational vendors, volunteers, dancers (all styles) and two drums to participate. If interested, contact Dominic Good Buffalo at: 612-490-3484 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 23
The Buffalo Show #2

Tatanka Ohitika (“Strong Buffalo”) is a Dakota elder and poet from the Sisseton- Wahpeton Oyate. His trusty sidekick, The Custard Kid, is a quickdraw music magician who colors the edges of their live poetry with layers of spontaneous and playful abandon. Together, they join forces to deliver love medicine, accompanied by psychedelic live projections and conversation. Showcases work by Native artists Jim Denomie, Rob "Rez Reporter" Fairbanks, Josh Halverson from 2016 The Voice, and Rosie Peters. 7 pm.  Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis. For info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 24 (deadline)
Sherman Alexie Scholarship

The Institute of American Indian Arts' (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing is offering the first annual Sherman Alexie Scholarship to a student who applies and enrolls in the IAIA MFA program. The scholarship will pay $7,500 per semester for four semesters, for a total of $30,000, $24,000 of which will be applied to tuition. $6,000 will help pay for travel, lodging, books, and meals during the five residencies. All applicants to the IAIA MFA in Creative Writing who are enrolled members of a tribe or First Nation are eligible. Deadline is May 24 at 5 pm. Winner announced June 9. For info, see https://iaia.edu .

May 24-27
Dakota Honoring and Benefit Concert

Benefit concert and three days of meetings and meals will celebrate the legacy of the Dakota People in the place of their great tragedy along the Minnesota River.
May 24 –  6:30 pm, benefit concert featuring Jonathan Maracle and the band, Broken Walls. No admission for the concert, however, the freewill offering taken at the concert will be will be used to support the Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride to Mankato in December.
• May 25 –  Dakota Honoring will begin with the ceremonial presentation of flags and drumming by the Flandreau Dakota Veterans Honor Guards at 7 pm, followed by a talk by Peter Lengkeek, the first staff carrier for the Dakota 38+2 Ride in 2005. For the following two days, Dakota elders will share their stories and experiences with their Dakota family and the residents of Mankato and the surrounding region.
• May 26 – 10 am, Josette Peltier and Wilfred Keeble. Lunch at noon. 2 pm session, Harold Blacksmith. Dinner at 5 pm. 7 pm session , Jim and Alberta Miller.
May 27 – 10 am, session with Jon Eagle, Sr. Lunch at noon. 12:30 pm, UofMN Raptor Center educational bald eagle presentation. 2 pm, session with Peter Lengkeek. Meal at 5 pm. Events held at New Creation World Outreach Church in North Mankato, MN. For info, see: www.facebook.com/DakotaHonoring . Or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 507-380-5241.

May 25
Circle of Life Open House

Circle of Life Anishinaabe and Mishkiki Waakaaigan Open House. Famous Dave’s food, bingo, freedrawings, ballon twisting and face painting. MC: Dave Larson. Drum: Hoka Hey. 11 am - 3 pm. Circle of Life, 1433 E. Franklin Ave. (in front parking lot), Minneapolis. For info, call 612-871-2474 or 612-871-1989.

May 25
Wisdom Steps Spring Golf Tournament

Corporate Sponsor: $600. 4 Person Team and Hole Sponsor: $400. Foursome: $400. Individual Golf Entry: $100. Guest Dinner Only: $20. 8 am - 5 pm. 8:30 am, registration. 9:30 am, shot gun start. Hosted by the Lower Sioux Community. Dacotah Ridge Golf Course, 31042 County Rd. 2, Morton, MN. To register, call Drew Annette at the MN Chippewa Tribe.

May 26
Bii Gii Wiin Open House

Bii Gii Wiin’s 3rd Annual American Indian month open house will be held at the Ancient Traders Market parking lot from 12 to 3 pm. Join us for food, raffles, photo booth and a showcase of local American Indian owned businesses. Bii Gii Wiin, 1113 E. Franklin Ave., #200, Minneapolis. For more info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-354-2249.

May 26
IHB’s 10th Annual Indian Month Event

Join the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis for a healthy lunch, free IHB-branded gifts, health education and screenings. 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Raffle to win bikes and other prizes (raffle is at 2:30 pm, must be present to win). Community Walk following the event. IHB, 1315 E. 24th St. Minneapolis. For info, call 612-721-9843.

May 27
American Indian Music Fest

Enjoy a day of music performed by some of the premier American Indian musicians from Minnesota. The lineup includes Annie Humphrey from Leech Lake, Thomas X (Thomas Barrett) from Red Lake, and local musicians from the Mille Lacs Band who will play flute music and perform hand drum songs. 11 am - 5 pm. Free, museum admission not included. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 27 - Aug 12
Patriot Nations: NA in Our Nation’s Armed Forces

“Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces" tells the remarkable history of the brave American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the US military. The exhibit is presented in 16 full-color banners plus additional banners about the efforts of American Indians from Minnesota. Cost: included with admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under. Admission for Native American guests is waived. On display inside the Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave., St. Paul. For info, call 612-726-1171or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 28
Stories & Storytellers Film Festival

The MN American Indian Stories & Storytellers Film Festival will show short and feature films by and about Minnesotan American Indians. Each screening will include an introduction by the directors or subjects of the films, and will be followed by an audience Q&A session. Free, museum admission not included. 1-10 pm. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr, Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 29
Memorial Day Powwow

Bring the family and join museum staff and community members to participate in this social gathering honoring veterans past and present. Experience firsthand the excitement and joy of a contemporary powwow. Noon - 5:00 pm. Free, museum admission not included. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 31
Wanaisguni Hikurus Hajawi 5K Run/Walk

For American Indians who want to take an active stance on preventing diabetes, childhood obesity and recognizing that being healthy is a Native tradition. Participant receive 5K t-shirt, finishers medallion, raffle tickets prizes, and nutritious meal. Free. 5-8 pm. Phalen Regional Park, 1600 Phalen Dr., Saint Paul. For info, contact Danielle at 651-955-8072 or: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 31
ADY Open House

Ain Dah Yung Center's Open House from 11  - 2 pm. Feast: buffalo and chicken shish kabobs, wild rice salad and fry bread. Lots of opportunities to win prize baskets and other gifts. We will be honoring this year’s 2017 Ally of the Year. Ain Dah Yung Center, 1089 Portland Ave., St. Paul. For info, call 651-227-4184, ext. 11, or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

June 3-4
Native Pride Dancers present: Ketti Nimiko!

Ketti Nimiko! When translated from the Meskwaki language means to “Dance Hard!” Watch as members of Native Pride Dancers  present the Eagle Dance, Traditional Men’s Dance, Jingle Dress Dance, Grass Dance, Meskwaki Applique, Fancy Shawl Dance, and Fancy Dance. They will educate and inspire the audience to bridge cultural gaps through Indigenous traditions: music, dance, and stories. Part of Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, presented by Ordway. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., Saint Paul. $8.00. For info, call 651-224-4222 or see: https://ordway.org .
• June 3: 10 am and 12 pm.
• June 4: 12 pm.

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