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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.

April 2017
Tuesday, April 04 2017
 
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Thru April
Clan Animals Workshops with Lumhe Sampson

Create 3-D artworks to be featured at MN Indian Month 2017 Kick-off Parade and Celebration. Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 – 9 pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. For info, call 612-235-4970 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 4
On the Red Road AA meeting

Speaker and pot luck meal. Every first Tuesday of the month. The event is free. Minneapolis American Indian Center Auditorium, 1530 E Franklin, Minneapolis. For info, contact Betty Moore at 612-387-4463. Future dates include:  
• May 2
• June 6

April 4-6
Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition with Sacred Hoop Coalition & Men As Peacemakers. April 4: 9 am – 5 pm. April 5: 9 am – 5 pm. April 6: 9 am –noon. Self Care Carnival: Tuesday April 4 at 7 pm. Honoring Survivors Traditional Pow-Wow, Wednesday at 7 pm. Free event. Meals, mileage and lodging will be at your own expense. Registration deadline is March 17. Prairie Island Indian Community, Treasure Island Casino, 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, MN. For info, contact MIWSAC at 651-646-4800 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 5-6
Motivational Interviewing

"Motivational Interviewing: A Counseling Approach that Fits with Native Values." This training is intended for social service, substance abuse, education, and other professionals who work with Native American clients. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Cost is $220 per person, but  scholarships are available. Training will take place at Eddy’s Resort on Lake Mille Lacs, 41334 Shakopee Lake Road, Onamia, MN. For info, contact Jo Lightfeather at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

APRIL 6-7
White Earth Urban Office Spring Event Days

The White Earth Urban Office will  have Tribal picture IDs, and harvest permits available. Logo clothing and wild rice will be sold. April 6 from 10 am to 6 pm. April 7 from 9 to 11:45 am. MN Chippewa Tribe Building, 1308 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, call 612-872-8388.

April 6-June 22
Indigenous Women’s Life Net

Support group for Native American survivors of sexual assault. Every Thursday from 1 - 3 pm. Registration required. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call Jessica at 612-879-1784.

April 7
MWIRC Spring Feast

The MN Indian Women’s Resource Center’s Annual Spring Feast will be held from 11 am to 2 pm. There will be prayers and a drum group. We will be serving meat chili with a vegetarian option. Hot sauce will be provided. Cornbread, beverages and cake will also be on the menu. MIWRC, 2300 15th Ave. S., Mpls. For info, call 612-728-2000 or see: www.miwrc.org

April 8
24th Annual AIC Powwow

Grand Entries at 1 and 7 pm. Hand Drum Contest and meal at 5 pm. Free event. Halenbeck Hall, main gym, 1000 4th Ave. S. St. Cloud, MN. For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or see:www.stcloudstate.edu/aic.

April 8
33rd Annual CNIA Powwow

The University of Minnesota, Morris Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) Powwow. Contest-style powwow. MC: Jerry Dearly. Host Drum: Eyabay. AD: Gabe Desrosiers. Head dance judge: Clay Crawford. Honor Guard: Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Desert Era Veterans. Dance contest categories include: Golden Age (55+ men/women) combined/separate; Adult Men (18–54 years) Traditional, Grass, Fancy; Adult Women (18–54 years) Traditional, Jingle, Fancy; Teen (12–17 years) Traditional, Grass, Fancy; Teen Girls' Traditional, Jingle, Fancy; Junior (6–11 years) Traditional, Grass, Fancy; Junior Girls' Traditional, Jingle, Fancy; and Tiny Tots (0–5 years). Specials include UMM Brave. Drum payout: first 10 drums (must have five registered singers). Feast and arts and crafts. Registration begins at noon. Doors open at 9:30 am. Grand Entries: 12 and 6:30 pm. 12:00 pm. Regional Fitness Center, 626 E. 2nd St., Morris, MN. For more info, contact Darren Cook at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 320-589-6095.

April 8-9
ADY Cherish the Children Powwow

Doors open and registration at 11 am. Grand Entries: Saturday at 1 and 7 pm, and Sunday at 1 pm. Feast on Saturday at 5 pm. Co -Emcees: Jerry Dearly and Reuben Crowfeather. Host Drums: Oyate Teca and ADYC Singers. Head Dancers: Gabe Red Kettle and Summer BlackHawk. Only the first 10 registered drums with a minimum of 5 singers will receive an honorarium. $5 Entry fee for ages 7+. Free entry for Elders and Vets. Free entry per person with donations to the Roy Roberts “Family in Need” Drive. Contests and specials: Youth Drum Special – 1st-2nd-3rd place cash prizes. Youth Dance Specials — youth 17 years and under, cash prizes. All Ages 2 Step Special — 1st-2nd-3rd place cash prizes, and more. 6th Annual Ain Dah Yung Center Royalty Contest. For info contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 8-May 4
HOBT Puppet Workshops

Public workshops for this year’s May Day parade begins April 8th and runs through May 4th. Everyone is welcome to attend these parade-building days, and construct their own wonders, free of charge. Wear "painting" clothes. Bring recycled items (if you can): small plastic tubs with lids, brown paper bags, newspapers, fabric, sheets, latex paint, bamboo, scissors. No reservations required. Workshops will be held: every Tuesday from 7-9 pm, every Thursday from 7-9 pm and every Saturday from 9 -11am and 1-3 pm. Avalon Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Mpls. For more info, see: https://hobt.org.

April 9
Jazz with Native roots

Few people are aware that jazz was also influenced by Native American music. Bringing these styles together, Jazz88 FM presents an afternoon concert featuring the music of jazz legends with Native roots, including Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. Bobb Fantauzzo, who plays jazz on an American Indian flute, arranged the compositions for the concert and will be joined on stage by pianist Javi Santiago, drummer/percussionist Mac Santiago, bass player Jeff Bailey and Lyz Jaakola, an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, who adds traditional Anishinaabe vocals and percussion. 2 - 3:30 pm. Cost: $20 adults, $10 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members. Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul. For info, contact 651-259-3015 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 10-14
Native Specific 40-Hour Sexual Advocacy Training

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition Staff, hosted by Mille Lacs Band Family Violence Prevention Program will host the training. Advocates, Service Providers, Educators, and the community are welcome. Training is FREE! Training materials provided. Meals, mileage, lodging at your own expense. Eddy’s Resort, 41334 Shakopee Lake Road, Onamia, MN. For info, contact Cristine Davidson at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 651-646-4800.

April 12
Territoriality, Sovereignty & Water: Indian Rights & Law

A panel of Indigenous scholars and practitioners will discuss water and land rights issues, using Indian law and contemporary issues. They will address such questions as: How do American Indian sovereignty and tribal law intersect with federal law? Panelists include: Dr. David E. Wilkins, McKnight Presidential Professor in American Indian Studies at UofMN; Dr. Joe Watkins, anthropologist/archeologist, ACE Consultants; Tamara St. John, archivist for the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Archives. Moderator: Joe D. Horse Capture, director of American Indian Initiatives, MN Historical Society. 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Free. Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-341-7582 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 12
Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting

Learn more about the ways you can help children though foster care or adoption. No registration needed. Free. 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Hennepin County Library–Hosmer, 347 E. 36th St., Minneapolis. For info, see: www.hennepin.us/fostercare or call 612-348-5437.

April 12-15
New Native Theatre: Duke

New Native Theatre presents "Duke" by Moses Goods. Hawaii's first Olympic gold medalist and the father of modern surfing, Duke Kahanamoku is unquestionably one of the most important and beloved figures in Hawaiian history. Duke lived through Hawaii's transition from an independent Nation to a U.S territory and on to statehood. In many ways his extraordinary life served as a guiding light for Hawaii's people in their struggle to find identity in a changing world. Tickets are $25 or Pay As You Can at the door at show time. Open Eye Figure Theatre, 506 E 24th St., Minneapolis. For more info, see: http://newnativetheatre.org.
• April 12 at 7:30 pm
• April 13 at 7:30 pm
• April 14 at 7:30 pm
• April 15 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm.
April 13
New Life Beginning
“New Life Beginning” Gatherings for young or pregnant Native American women and their partners or family support members. Free. Registration required. All materials for activities are provided. Bring pot luck item if you want. Limited to 20 participants. 4 - 8 pm. Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN. For info, contact Jo Lightfeather  at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-728-2031.

April 13
Umbilical Cord Safe Keeping

The umbilical cord is a life source between a pregnant woman and her baby which brings constant nourishment through blood. Ojibwe Elder Maria McCoy will talk about this shared connection and give participants teachings on the sacredness of the umbilical cord. Maria will present teachings of the importance of and safe keeping of this part of the cord. Activity will be creating a leather amulet bag in the shape of a turtle or a lizard. All supplies provided. No Cost. All materials for activities are provided. Bring pot luck item if you want. Limited to 20 participants. 4 – 8 pm. Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave S, Minneapolis. For info, contact: Jo Lightfeather at 612-728-2031.

April 15 (deadline)
Dakota Iapi Continuing Education scholarship

The University of Minnesota Department of American Indian Studies & Dakota Language Programs are accepting applications to the Dakota Iapi Continuing Education scholarship program for the 2017-18 Academic year.  The Dakota Iapi Continuing Education Scholarship Program is a financial aid program for individuals who want to take courses in the Dakota Language Program as continuing education (non-degree) seeking students at the University of Minnesota. Applicants must demonstrate dedication to learning and/or sharing the Dakota language. Applications are due April 15. For info, contact Brittany at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-626-5759.

April 15
Water Walk 2017

For the Earth & Water fundraiser. Silent auction and local food tasting event  highlighting the foods and artists of Lake Superior. All proceeds to fund the 2017 Water Walk which begins April 20.  $10 per ticket. 5 -8 pm. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, 2101 14th Ave., Cloquet, MN. Donations are still being accepted. For info, contact Roxanne DeLille at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 218-428-0215.                                           waterwalkersunited.com.

April 19
Winona LaDuke: The Winona LaDuke Chronicles

Join Birchbark Books for an evening with Winona LaDuke in celebration of her new book The Winona LaDuke Chronicles: Stories from the Front Lines in the Battle for Environmental Justice. Chronicles is a collection of current, pressing and inspirational stories of Indigenous communities from the Canadian subarctic to the heart of Dine Bii Kaya, Navajo Nation. LaDuke is a rural development economist and author, known globally as a leader in cultural-based sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. Books available for purchase at the event. 7 pm. Free. No ticket required. Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, 2020 W Lake of the Isles Parkway, Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-374-402 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 21
Indigenous

Blues-rock band, Indigenous, led by Mato Nanji from the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Their latest album, “Time is Coming” is dedicated to the indigenous youth and all young people on the indigenous reservations. Post-Show Party in Target Atrium:  This performance is part of an Ordway community engagement series, Oyate Okodakiciyapi: a unique celebration of Native music and dance. For the full list of happenings, including exhibitions, conversations, and workshops, surrounding this performance, visit: ordway.org/oyate-okodakiciyapi. Ordway Theater, 345 Washington St., Saint Paul. Tickets: 651-224-4222 or https://ordway.org.

April 21
Call for Jingle Dress Dancers and Drums

Lakota language teacher, storyteller, men’s traditional dancer and singer, Barry Frantum, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma in January. Join Barry, his family, and community for an evening of singing, dancing, hope and prayer. There will be an Anishinaabe jingle dress healing dance, a Mexica healing dance offered by the Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli Mexica Dancers, a blanket dance for the family, taco sale, raffle, and community vendors. Head elder dancers: Maria McCoy and Richard Wright. Head youth dancers: Rose Whipple and Nolan Berglund. Host drum: Oyate Teca. MC: Matt Thornhill. AD: David Gilbert. 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Harding High School, 1540 6th St E, St Paul. For more info, contact Maggie at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 22
2017 Teen Job Fair

Meet employers, talk jobs, internships, volunteering and training. 9 am. - 1  pm: Teen Prep Rally on-site. 10 - 11 am: Interactive Workshop: Top Tips for Teens. 11 am to 2 pm: Job Fair. Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. For info, see: minneapolismn.gov/cped/ MinneapolisTeenJobFair.

April 23
BlueDog

The Native American blues band Bluedog will be one of six bands competing to represent MN at the International Blues Challenge at the Wilebski's Blues Saloon starting at 1 pm (TPT Native Report will air an interview with Bluedog on April 13th.) Wilebski's Blues Saloon, 1638 Rice St., St. Paul, MN. For info, see: www.wilebskiblues.com.

April 25
AIFCS foster parent info

American Indian Family and Children's Services is hosting a foster parent informational session. Come learn the application process, requirements, and ask questions you may have regarding becoming a foster parent. We are always in need of additional foster homes. 2 - 3 pm. St. Paul, 25 Empire Drive St Paul. RSVP by calling Kelly or Lucy at 651-223-8526.

April 26
Birchbark Books Reading: Denise Lajimodiere

Denise Lajimodiere, Margaret Hasse, Denise Low and Thomas Pecore Weso will read from their works. Lajimodiere’s (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) poetry books include Thunderbird, Dragonfly Dance,  Bitter Tears, and an academic book Stringing Rosaries, Stories From Northern Plains Boarding School Survivors. Curated by Michael Kiesow Moore and Ardie Medina. 7 pm at Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Minneapolis (a couple doors down from Birchbark Books). For more info, see: www.bockleygallery.com.

April 27
AIFACS forst parent session

American Indian Family and Children's Services is hosting a foster parent informational session in Minneapolis. Come learn the application process, requirements, and ask questions you may have regarding becoming a foster parent. 2 -3 pm. American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis, MN. RSVP by calling Kelly or Lucy at 651-223-8526.

May 1
Native American Day
Parade Float Competition

This year the Native American Day Parade will include a float competition. The Native organization or group with the best float during the Kick-off March will be featured on the front page of The Circle newspaper. Planning meetings for the day will take place on Thursdays in April from 3 - 5 pm at All My Relations Gallery, 1414 Franklin Ave E., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-235-4970 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 1 (deadline)
National Native American Ten-Minute Play Festival

New Native Theatre is accepting ten minute play scripts from Native American writers on any subject. Minnesota and Upper Midwest stories are encouraged. Plays will be chosen for full production at the festival. Writers must be enrolled tribal members or recognized members of your urban/rural Native community/family. We’re looking for plays that will be performed to a majority Native American audience, so in-jokes are encouraged and Indian 101 educating isn’t. Early consideration deadline is April 10. Final deadline is May 1. Send scripts by mail to: New Native Theatre, PO Box 40118, Saint Paul, MN. Or email a pdf of your script to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , with the subject line “Ten Min Play Submission”.

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