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March
Tuesday, March 14 2017
 
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Thru March 25
INDIgenesis: Indigenous Filmmakers Past and Present

Walker Art Center Presents INDIgenesis: Indigenous Filmmakers Past and Present, Programmed in Collaboration with Missy Whiteman. Several filmmakers will be present through the run of INDIgenesis to talk about their work including, Lyle Corbine, Missy Whiteman, Zack and Adam Khalil, Heather Rae and Cody Lucich. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $10 ($8 Walker members) and programs are in the Walker Cinema. For info, see: walkerart.org/tickets or call 612-375-7600.
•March 10-11: The Searchers, Directed by Zacharias Kunuk and Natar Ungalaaq. 2016, Canada, in Inuktitut with English subtitles, 94 minutes. 7:30 pm.
• March 11: DNA/Memory: Storytelling and Cultural Heritage, Director Lyle Corbine in Person. 2 pm. Free.
• March 16: Area Premiere of The Coyote Way: Going Back Home, Director Missy Whiteman in Person. 7:30 pm. Free. The film was shot in the Minneapolis neighborhoods of Phillips and Little Earth. 2016, US, 30 minutes.
• March 17: INAATE/SE, Directors Zack and Adam Khalil in Person. 6:30 pm.
• March 18: INAATE/SE, Directors Zack and Adam Khalil in Person.7:30 pm
• March 24: Trudell, Director Heather Rae in Person. 7:30 pm. Free.
• March 25: Views from Standing Rock, Filmmakers Heather Rae and Cody Lucich in Person. 7:30 pm. Free

March 5
Book Release Open House

Join Birchbark Books for an open house in celebration of a new collection of poems by Heid E. Erdrich. The deeply eco-poetic poems in Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media speak to the keen human yearning to connect as they urge engagement of the image, the moment, the sensual, and the real. Heid will be reading at 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Cover artist Andrea Carlson will also be present for a signing opportunity. Refreshments will be served 4 - 6 pm. Free. Bockley Gallery (near Birchbark Books), 2123 W 21st Street, Minneapolis.

March 6, 10, 24
New Native Theatre/Ernest Briggs Acting Workshops

This is an opportunity for those interested in learning more about the acting profession and for those who want to work on their craft. $15 for each workshop. All workshops take place at Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Urban Office, Community Room, 1308 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info or to RSVP, email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Times and Topics:
• March 6: Beginning Acting for the Stage, 6-8 pm
• March 10: Preparing the Audition Monologue, 6-8 pm
• March 24: How to be a Professional Actor Q&A, 6-8 pm

March 7
Indian Child Welfare Education Day

Please join us as we share the strengths and wisdom within our community. Co-Sponsored by Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Registration 8 am. Programing, 8:30 am – 4 pm. Free. CEU’s will be provided. Lunch provided. Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Ave., Saint Paul. For info, contact Sandy White Hawk at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-442-4872.

March 7
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:  
• April 4
• May 2
• June 6

March 7
Drum Group

MAAMAWI GIGIKENDAASOMIN (TOGETHER WE LEARN). Reduce substance abuse among at-risk Urban American Indian youth by promoting protective factors through experiential experiences that both challenge the youth and help them reconnect to their culture. For Native male teens 8-18 years old. 5 – 6 pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin, Minneapolis. For info, call 612-871-4555.

March 8
Red Power Energy

The Augsburg Native American Film Series Presents Red Power Energy. Oglala Lakota Director, Larry Pourier will host a screening of the film he co-directed. This documentary presents a variety of Native American perspectives on the energy debates that highlight the controversial nature of energy development within Native community self-determination, sovereignty, and environmental sustainability. Told solely from the Native perspective, with a nearly all-Native film crew and all-Native Advisory Council, the film features Western and Great Plains American Indian tribes from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave S., Mpls. Reception 6:15 - 6:45 pm. Screening begins at 7 pm. Discussion with filmmakers follows. Free to the public. For info, see: www.augsburg.edu/filmseries

March 8-10
11th Annual Community Wellness Summit

The Eleventh Annual Red Lake Community Wellness Summit. Community Members, Tribal Programs, School Personnel, Mental Health Services and other programs and services from all nations are welcome. Register on site. Free and open to the public with lunch provided each day. Workshops and presentations held from 9 am to 4 pm each day, Friday until noon. Each morning will feature key-note speakers with workshops in the afternoon. Round Dance  on the second night. Seven Clans Casino Hotel & Events Center in Red Lake. For info, call Marilyn Mountain at 679-3321 or Salena Beasley at 679-1543.

March 10
Fix-It-Tech

AIOIC will be hosting a Fix-It-Tech event from 1 to 5 pm. Computer not working right? Get a FREE TUNE-UP. Get patches, anti-virus installed and much more. Labor is Free. If parts are needed, volunteers will provide consultation on items and various sources. Bring laptops, desktop towers, with power cords to work with volunteers to repair your device. Learn troubleshooting, get advice and help with smartphones and tablets. AIOIC, Takoda Institute of Higher Education, 1845 Franklin Ave E, Minneapolis. For info, see: www.facebook.com/fixittechmn or email: FixItTechMN@ gmail.com.

March 11
Tiwahe Return Journey Fundraiser

Tiwahe Return Journey: Fundraiser to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. An intimate evening of extraordinary insights, stories, and songs from inspiring indigenous human rights observers, traditional Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) knowledge keepers, and empowering indigenous musical artists. Enjoy a meal from an indigenous chef as a community gathers to support the LaPointe tiwahe (family) in their return journey to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 16th Session. 6 -8:30 pm. NACDI, All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. Registration is not required, but encouraged. Send RSVPs to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 11
MPS Indian Education Spring Gathering

MPS Indian Education will be hosting their annual Spring Gathering, Public Hearing and Title IV Parent Committee Elections. 11 am to 2 pm. Light lunch provided. Door prizes. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave., Mpls. For more info, contact Christine Wilson at 612-668-0108 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 15 (deadline)
IAIA Low Rez MFA Program

Financial aid is still available for Native American/ First Nations candidates. The Institute of American Indian Arts' Low Residency MFA’s mission "to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach" means that the program and the literature we read carry a distinct Native American and First Nations emphasis. The program has graduated 40 students with their MFAs. 60 students are currently enrolled in four tracks-poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting.  For info, go to:  https://iaia.edu/academics /degree-programs/creative-writing-mfa. Or contact Jon Davis at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 16
Seventh Fire March

The Augsburg Native American Film Series’ The Seventh Fire will air at the University of St. Thomas. From executive producers Terrence Malick, Natalie Portman and Chris Eyre comes a fascinating new documentary by Jack Pettibone Riccobono, The Seventh Fire. When Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation, is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Ojibwe community. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on the reservation. Screening: 1:30 - 3:10 pm. This event is free to the public. The University of St. Thomas, John Roach Center auditorium (JRC 126), corner of Summit and Cleveland Avenues. For info, see: www.augsburg.edu/filmseries

March 16
Dismantling Doctrine of Discovery

In 2012 the United Methodist Church voted to dismantle the doctrine of discovery and begin making acts of repentance for the church’s part in the treatment of Native peoples in North America. This event is a part of the education of church members and the wider community, and is meant to make an opportunity for truth telling, listening and relationship building. Conversation led by Director and Producer Sheldon Wolfchild, Jim Bear Jacobs, Bob Klanderud and Joann Conroy. Bishop Ough will be available to answer questions. 6:30 - 9 pm. Free meal from 5:30 - 6:30 pm at this venue. Food by Howasta Means of Gatherings Cafe. St Anthony Park UMC, 2200 Hillside Ave, Saint Paul. RSVP to Bill Konrardy at 612-310-3602 for the meal portion.

March  17
Dream Weavers meeting

The Dream Weavers Community Partnership (DWA) invites professional helpers to attend our next meeting. Become a member of DWA and support the efforts to address the many issues involved in the sexual assault of Native American women. The Indigenous Women’s Life Net is a culturally specific program for Native American victims of sexual assault. 10 am to Noon. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact Jessica Owen at 612-871-4555.

March 17, 18
INAATE/Se

The Augsburg Native American Film Series’ INAATE/Se by directors Zack and Adam Khalil. This experimental documentary is part of the INDIgenesis: Indigenous Filmmakers, Past and Present program at the Walker and 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. The Augsburg Native American Film Series is proving 50 free tickets to each screening:  March 17 at 6:30 pm at the Walker Cinema and March 18 at 7:30 pm at the Walker Cinema. Contact M. Elise Marubbio ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-330-1523) to be put on a reserve ticket list. For info, see: www.augsburg.edu/filmseries.

March 19
Marcie Rendon and Carter Meland

Birchbark Books welcomes Minnesota Anishinaabe authors Marcie Rendon and Carter Meland for a book reading, reception, and signing in celebration of their debut novels. Rendon will be reading from her new mystery novel Murder on the Red River. Meland will be reading from his novel Stories for a Lost Child. 7 pm. Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, 2020 W Lake of the Isles Parkway, Mpls.

March 21
Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting

Learn more about the ways you can help children though foster care or adoption. No registration needed. Free. 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Hennepin County Library – North Regional, 1315 Lowry Ave.N., Minneapolis. For info, see www.hennepin.us/fostercare or call 612-348-5437.

March 25
Help reimagine the Jeffers Petroglyphs

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) invites your input in renaming this historic site. We are committed to reinterpretation that showcases the importance of this special place. Our hope is that MNHS will better tell the story of the carvings and the people who made them. We seek your thoughts and ideas, and invite you to attend this meeting where we can review the current interpretation and discuss a more accurate name for this important site. Food and beverages will be provided. 1 - 4 pm. Jeffers Petroglyphs, 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey, MN. Event may be canceled due to weather conditions. If a decision is made to cancel the event, a recorded message at 507-628-5591 will confirm cancellation.

March 25
Augsburg 9th Traditional Powwow

Grand Entries at 1 and 6 pm. Honorariums for registered dancers and drums. Dancer honorarium: Registered dancers only, must be in full regalia. Drum honorarium: Split for first 10 registered drum groups, 5 singer minimum, no drum hopping. Registration for drums and dancers starts at 11 am. No pre-registration. Craft and informational vendors are welcome (no food vendors or colleges/universities). Space is limited, first-come, first-served. Email or call for more information. 3:00 p.m. – Honoring for Augsburg American Indian Graduates. Free admission, all are welcome. There will be no feast this year. Dinner on your own or concessions are available. Si Melby Gymnasium, 715 23rd Ave. S, Minneapolis. For info, contact Jennifer Simon at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-330-1144 or see: www.augsburg.edu/aissp.

March 25
Bluedog CD Release

Bluedog’s Red, White and Blues CD release party. There will be a Mexican moonshine tasting at Golden's Lowertown. Food, art and music. All local, all fresh. Starts at 6 pm. Tequila tastings from 6-8 pm. $6 Moonshine Margaritas. Free giveaways and specials. Free event. Golden’s Lowertown, 275 E. 4th St., St Paul.

March 28
Support for the Soul

Peer support group for HIV positive people. Runs every last Tuesday of every month from 6 - 8 pm. This event is exclusively for those who are HIV positive. The meeting provides time for HIV positive people to meet with peers to form a stronger community. Clients will get a chance to speak about any problems or challenges they face due to being HIV positive and come up with ideas and ways they may overcome those challenges. The event is free. IPTF, 1335 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-889-4636 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 29
FAN Wellness Support Circle

Are you Native/Indigenous and looking for chronic illness support? Join us, the Native/Indigenous FAN Wellness Support Circle, for a meal and good company every last Wed. of the month, from 6 - 8 pm. MAIC, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, contact Val Lafave at 612-879-1722 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 31
4th Annual Mille Lacs Quiz Bowl

The Onamia Indian Education Department’s Fourth Annual Quiz Mille Lacs Quiz Bowl. Registration: 9 - 9:30 am. The competition will begin at 9:30 am. The registration fee is $100.00 per team, and is non-refundable. Register by March 24th. You may mail the team registration along with the fee or e-mail a copy of the registration to Chris Nayquonabe at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and send your fee in the mail. Send checks and registration to: Onamia Public Schools, Indian Education Department, Attn: Chris Nayquonabe, 35465 125th Ave, Onamia, MN 56359. Event held at the Rolf Olsen Center, 807 Main St. W., Onamia, MN. For info, call 320-532-6839.

March 31-April 2
All-Nations Basketball Tournament

DIVISIONS: 16 Mens Teams, 8 High School Boys: C/O 2017 eligible, 8 High School Girls: C/O 2017 eligible. Entry fee: $400 Mens/ $200 HS Boys & Girls. Due by March 17 to confirm spot. Entry fee is non-refundable. Lots of cash prizes. All proceeds will sponsor Onamia Indian Education Quiz Bowl teams. Admission costs: students and adults are $10 weekend pass, or $5 day pass; Age 0-6 and 60+ are free.  Grand Casino Mille Lacs Hotel & Casino. Call for block of rooms to 320-532-7777. For info, contact Byron Ninham at 320-362-1023 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

February Events
Wednesday, February 08 2017
 
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Feb. 5, 12,19, 26
Eucharistic Mass

The Church of Gichitwaa Kateri invites you to join us for Eucharistic Mass each Sunday at 10:00 am. We are located at 3045 Park Avenue in South Minneapolis. For info, call 612-824-7606.

Feb. 7
The Sioux Chef Pop-up Dinners

The Sioux Chef team will hold a special dinner in partnership with the renowned chef, Karlos Baca (Dine/Tiwa). Chef Karlos, is a Colorado chef who creates startlingly beautiful dishes at the Dunton Hot Springs resort. He draws freely on wild edibles and hunted foods. Chef M. Karlos Baca founded the Taste of Native Cuisine, an Indigenous Chefs collective, in 2011 as a means to offer educational tastings, foraging walks, and speaking engagements on the Southern Ute Reservation. At this dinner, Chef Sean Sherman and Chef Karlos Baca will blend the wild flavors of the Dine and Ute tribes with the Dakota and Anishinaabe. Tickets are $90. This event will raise funds for the Sioux Chef’s new Indigenous Non-profit organization NATIF (North American Traditional Indigenous Foods). 6 to 9:30 pm. First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Avenue South, Minneapolis. For tickets, see: www.eventbrite.com/e/yuaarukapi-a-pop-up-dinner-hosted-by-the-sioux-cheftm-tickets-31062364368.

Feb. 7
Water is Sacred

An Evening with Tiana LaPointe, Indigenous Filmmaker and Ringing Shield Drum Group. Tiana LaPointe will speak about her experience attending the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May 2016. Tiana documented part of this talk in the film Mni Ki Wakan: Water is Sacred. This recent film specifically relates to the water issue taking place in Standing Rock, North Dakota and across the globe. Wakinyan and Thorne LaPointe, of Ringing Shield Drum Group will convey the sacredness of water through drumming and storytelling. 7 pm. Registration is not required, but does help for planning purposes. Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy (Upper level, door 1), Burnsville, MN. For info, call 952-707-6040.

Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
Drum Practice
All levels are welcome to learn language, songs and drum protocol. This is a free on-going group. 5 – 6 pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Minneapolis, MN. For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 612 89-1713 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 612 879-1783.

Feb. 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1
Cooking Classes at IHB

Let’s Get Cookin’ – Free Cooking Classes at the Indian Health Board. A free cooking class series for all ages. Join us and share a healthy meal, while learning tips and tricks in the kitchen.Free but please call ahead to register. Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm. Indian Health Board (Third Floor), 1315 E. 24th St., Mpls. For info, contact Chelsea Moyle at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-721-9800.

Feb. 8, 15, 22, Mar 1
Parenting education

Parenting Education for pregnant women and mothers of children under 1. 11:30-1:30 every Wednesday. Limited transportation available, light lunch and childcare provided. American Indian Family Center, 579 Wells Ave., St. Paul. For info, call Heather Benjamin or Barb Fairbanks at 651-793-3803.

Feb. 9
ReImage Minnesota Opening

Students from St. Paul Public Schools have been learning about the art in the Minnesota State Capitol, its negative images of Native Americans, and its narrow view of early Minnesota history. They have been crafting their own alternative Capitol art. The show will include approximately 75 pieces of art from nine classrooms from the Creative Arts Secondary School and Washington Technology Magnet. Participating teachers are Randy Schutt, Keith Sellers, and Mary Ann Rogers.Grand opening will be held from 5-8 pm. Washington Technology Magnet School, 1495 Rice St (Multicultural Resource Center), St. Paul, MN.

Feb. 9
Corey Medina + Brothers

Native musican Corey Medina will perform. With special guests the Pretendians. Show starts at 8 pm. No cover charge. Minnesota Music Cafe, 449 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN. For info, call 651-776-4699.

Feb. 10
American Indian Magnet School Powwow

The American Indian Magnet School’s traditional powwow will be held from 6 to 7 pm at 1075 3rd St East, St. Paul, MN. Cost: Free. For more info, call 651-293-5191.

Feb. 11
Financial Education Workshop

Bii Gii Wiin CDLF is hosting a bi-monthly financial education workshop. Are you interested in applying for our IDA Savings Match Account? Would you like help with your credit AND debt? We have a credit enhancement loan program you could be eligible for after completing this workshop. Come enjoy a fun, interactive, free, and engaging workshop. For info and registration call Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund at 612-354-2249  or see: www.biigiiwiin.org.

Feb. 11 - 12
Ojibwe Moccasin 2-Day Workshop

Learn techniques of working with leather to make a pair of Ojibwe-style moccasins to take home in this two-day workshop. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. The workshop runs: Saturday: Noon to 4 pm and Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm. A minimum of five participants is required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. Cost: $60/$55 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members, plus $40 supply fee. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 12
Urban Indian Challenges

Three American Indian leaders offer a valuable opportunity to hear their perspectives on urban Indians’ challenges and learn about steps needed to build a vibrant and sustainable urban Indian community. Meet urban Indian community leaders at 6:30 pm. Panel discussion begins at 7:15 pm.   The panelists will be: Joe Hobot (Lakota) President and Chief Executive Officer, American Indian IOC. Robert Lilligren (White Earth Ojibwe) Executive Director, Native American Community Development Institute. Patina Park (Lakota) Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Centers. Joining them as moderator will be Tom Weber, co-host of “The Morning Show” on Minnesota Public Radio, who brings to the discussion years of reporting on American Indian issues. Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis is located at the intersection of Nicollet and Franklin Avenues, Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-871-7400 or www.plymouth.org.

Feb. 14
Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women’s March

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, Indigenous Women’s Life Net, and Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center are the co-hosts. Wear red and bring banners, signs, shawls, drums, staffs, and rattles. 11 am to 2 pm. March starts and ends at Minneapolis Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN. Route will start at Indian Center, down Franklin to Cedar, Cedar to 24th, West to Bloomington Ave, then Bloomington, back to Indian Center. Vehicles will be available for Elders and children. For info, contact Deb Poitra at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-646-4800.

Feb. 15 (deadline)
American Indian Magnet School Enrollment

The American Indian Magnet School offers two free full-day Pre-K classes with Ojibwe or Dakhóta weaved into the classroom and lessons. Students must be age 4 by Sept. 1st  to be enrolled into AIMS PreK program. The applications for priority enrollment for the American Indian Magnet School and all other Saint Paul Public Schools is Feb. 15th. See https://apply.spps.org/OnlineApplication or you may go into SPPS Student Placement Center, 2102 University Ave., West Saint Paul (corner of University and Cleveland). For info, call 651-632-3760.

Feb. 16
Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting

Learn more about the ways you can help children though foster care or adoption. No registration needed. 6 to 8 p.m. Hennepin County Library – Brooklyn Park, 8500 West Broadway Avenue, Brooklyn Park. For info, see: www.hennepin.us/fostercare, www.hennepin.us/icwa, or call 612-348-5437.

Feb. 17 (deadline)
First Nations' Native Ag and Food Systems Initiative

First Nations will award up to 12 grants of up to $35,000 each to support projects that aim to strengthen local food-system control; increase access to local, healthy and traditional foods; and decrease food insecurity and food deserts, all with an emphasis on serving Native American children and families. For this grant opportunity, examples of allowable activities include, but are not limited to: Community Garden Development, Food Sovereignty Initiatives, Food System Planning, Supply Chain Improvements, Grower-Based Education Programs, Intergenerational Programs with a Focus on Food. First Nations will also award up to 10 grants of up to $15,000. Under this grant opportunity, examples of allowable activities include, but are not limited to: Food Sovereignty Assessment Planning, Conducting Food Sovereignty Assessments, Data Analysis of Food Sovereignty Assessment Surveys, Community Meetings Related to a Food Sovereignty Assessment. Request for Proposals for program grants: www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2017NAFSI. Request for Proposals for the food sovereignty assessment grants: www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2017FSA.  Entities eligible to apply include U.S.-based, Native American-controlled, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, tribes and tribal departments, tribal organizations, or Native American community-based groups with eligible fiscal sponsors committed to increasing healthy food access in rural and reservation-based Native communities and improving the health and well-being of Native American children and families. Proposals for both grant programs will be accepted online and must be submitted by no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time

Feb. 17
Family Fun Night at MAIC

Activities include: Storytelling with Hope Flanagan, floor hockey, basketball and soccer, cooking demonstration, art activity. Refreshments and healthy snacks available. This is a free sober family activity and parents must accommodate children. 6 – 8 pm. For info, contact Cherly at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 17 - 19
Bois Forte Powwow

The Bois Forte Midwinter Traditional Powwow will be held in Nett Lake, MN. MC: George Strong. AD: Lance Kingbird. Host Drum: Drift Traditional. For info, call Louise Isham at 218 757-3261.

Feb. 18
Winter Storytelling

Winter Storytelling is an annual event the AISCC hosts that brings together the Univeristy and local community together to hear traditional stories. We will begin the event with a welcome from and introduction of our governing board. Dinner will follow, and then we will introduce our speakers. The Dakota class will perform a play and the Ojibwe class will tell stories. 4:30 - 10:30 pm. Free. The Whole Theatre - Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN. For info, contact Diana Hawkins at 612-624-0243 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 22
FAN Wellness Support Circle

Are you Native American and looking for chronic illness support? Join us, the Native FAN Wellness Support Circle, for a meal and good company every last Wed. of the month from 6-8 pm at MAIC 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For more info, contact Val Lafave at 612-879-1722 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 22 (deadline)
ArtPlace Call for Artists

ArtPlace has $9.5 million is available funds for projects that work with artists and arts organizations to build stronger, healthier communities anywhere in the United States. Funds projects that: Focus on a neighborhood, town, village or other geographic community; are looking to work on a community challenge or opportunity related to agriculture/food, economic development,  education/youth, environment/energy, health, housing, immigration, public safety, transportation or workforce development; Have a way that artists, arts organizations, and/or arts and culture activities can help address that challenge or opportunity. Deadline is February 22 by 3:59 pm EST. To be able to apply, you must register in Fluxx before February 14 at 3:59 pm EST. For info, see: www.artplaceamerica.org/blog/open-call-applications-2017-national-creative-placemaking-fund

Feb. 23
Red Lake Community Engagement Meeting

We invite all Red Lake Tribal members to join us for a meal and to share your thoughts. Topic – Duties and Responsibilities of Elected Officials. 6 - 8 pm.2929 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis.

Feb. 25
13th Annual Thinking College Early Fair

Progressive Baptist Church and the Saint Paul Public Schools are hosting their 13th annual Thinking College Early Fair from 11 am to 1 pm at Harding High School. We are actively seeking colleges that support American Indian students through coursework and programming, to participate. If you work at a college and actively recruit American Indian students, please consider attending the fair. To register, see: http://tinyurl.com/hopxx4y. For info, contact Kerrie at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 25
Loom Beading

Participants will learn the art of loom beading through hands-on experience. Create a design, put it on a loom and learn how to apply the loom work to leather or cloth when it is finished. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Cost: $30/$25 MNHS and Mille Lacs band members, $20 supply fee. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 26 – March 5
AMR Artist-in-Residency

All My Relations Gallery is holding its first Artist-in-Residency Program. In partnership with The Ordway Center For Performing Arts and Rosy Simas Danse, All My Relations Arts presents Tanya Lukin Linklater. Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performance collaborations, videos, photographs and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is compelled by relationships between bodies, histories, poetry, pedagogy, Indigenous conceptual spaces (languages), and institutions. 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-235-4970 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Feb. 28: Welcome meal and gathering, 6-8 pm at Two Rivers Gallery, MAIC.
• March 2: Open house and rehearsal with Lukin Linklater, 6-8 pm.
• March 3: The Harvest Sturdies Opening Reception, 6-8 pm. Host by the Native youth art collective with Indigenous food, and dance performance at 7 pm.

Feb. 27
Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun) Meeting

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is partnering with the City of Minneapolis and community members to create a unique public art gathering and memorial space on the shore of Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun). Learn more about Bde Maka Ska and Mahpiya Wicasta public art and site improvements at two upcoming public meetings. This project grew out of MPRB’s recent public master planning process for Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet and reflects the recommendations of the project’s Community Advisory Committee. Members of the public are invited to join Bde Maka Ska Public Art Meeting, 6-8 pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center Auditorium, 1530 E Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. Snacks will be provided. For info, contact Deb Bartels at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-230-6438.

Feb. 27
LEAP Into the Fight Against Hunger

Fundraiser for the Horizons Unlimited Food Shelf which provides services to the Native American community. Silent and live auction includes: theatre tickets to the Jungle and Children's Theaters; dinner and show at the Chanhassen; Timberwolves tickets; autographed books from Louise Erdrich, Heid Erdrich and Diane Wilson; gift cards from Lunds/Byerly's; a home-made star quilt; jewelry; lunch with William Kent Krueger; a catered meal by the Sioux Chef; tickets to the Science museum and the Minnesota Institute of Art; art by Carolyn Anderson and Frank Big Bear; riding lessons and voice lessons; chocolate chip cookies made by George Soule and more. Doors open at 5 pm. Networking 5-6 pm. Main Event 6-8:30 pm. The Metropolitan, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Golden Valley, MN. For tickets, see: diw-mn.org/leap for ticket information. For info, call 612-279-6325 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 27 (deadline)
MPS Indian Ed Nominations

MPS Indian Education is now accepting nominations to serve on the Title VI Parent Committee. Do you know an incredible parent/guardian of an American Indian student in Minneapolis Public Schools? Do you know an extraordinary American Indian Student in Minneapolis Public Schools? Do you know a phenomenal teacher who works with American Indian students in Minneapolis Public Schools? Nominations are due Feb 27th. To nominate yourself or someone else, contact Christine at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-668-0108.

March 1
Call for artists and writers

An open call for artists for the Bde Maka Ska Public Art Project. This public art project is part of construction improvements for Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun) to create a gathering space and improved lake access. Both the site improvements and the public art will celebrate the history and culture of the Dakota and Native American people and honor Mahpiya Wicasta (Cloud Man) and Heyata Otunwe (Village to the Side). This project is part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Master Plan and Site Improvements for Lakes Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet. An informational meeting will be held on Feb.7 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Migizi Communications, 1516 E. Lake St., #300, Minneapolis. (free parking in back.)  Deadline: March 1, at 4:00 p.m. For more information visit: www.minneapolisparks.org/park_care__improvements/park_projects/current_projects/calhoun-harriet_master_plan__improvements.

March 1 (deadline)
Vision Maker Media Grants

Vision Maker Media invites applications for Projects intended for Public Media that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Projects should be accessible to a broad audience, have the potential for a national broadcast, and be used for effective outreach/community engagement activities to reach audiences beyond a Public Television broadcast. Projects will be offered additional distribution opportunities through Vision Maker Media, including educational and home DVD distribution through http://shopvisionmaker.org.The deadline for receiving all application materials is March 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PST. For guidelines, see: www.visionmakermedia.org/filmmakers/2017-public-media-content-fund. For more information, contact: 402-472-3122 or 402-472-0497 or email: 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

March 2-5
14th Annual Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conf.

Join us and learn about a wide array of topics and discussions such as: community land revitalization, seed saving, tribal food and farm policy, native agricultural techniques, raised bed and elder gardening programs, food preservation and much more. Over 25 Native herbalists, gardeners, horticulturists, community leaders, professors, students, extension educators and farmers from all four directions will share their knowledge. Learn how Native people are restoring traditional foods, implementing sustainable practices, and collaborating with neighboring Native nations. Maplelag Resort Callaway, MN. Sponsored by the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Register at: www.welrp.org. For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 218-375-2600.

March 3
Annual Native Youth Visit Day

Augsburg College Admissions Office, American Indian Student Services and our Augsburg Indigenous Student Association (AISA) invite high school students to the Augsburg College campus. 9 am - 1 pm.  This is specifically for students who identify as American Indian who are in grades 7-12. We encourage your juniors and seniors and/or others you may be connected with who may have recently completed a high school diploma/GED to attend. Students will have the opportunity to take a college tour, hear from our admissions staff and American Indian Student Services, talk with current Native students at Augsburg, enjoy lunch and hear from our guest speaker/faculty member. The tentative schedule for the day is: 9 am - Arrival; 9:15 am - Welcome and Introduction; 9:30 am - College Tour, 10:30 am - Panel of Augsburg American Indian Students, 11:15 am - Lunch, 12:00 pm - Special Guest/Activity/TBD, 1:00 pm - Departure. For info, contact Jennifer Simon at 612-330-1144 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 7
Indian Child Welfare Education Day

Please join us as we share the strengths and wisdom within our community. Co-Sponsored by Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Registration, 8 am. Programing, 8:30 am – 4 pm. Free. CEU’s will be provided. Lunch provided Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Ave., Saint Paul. For info, contact Sandy White Hawk at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-442-4872.

March 8
Red Power Energy

The Augsburg Native American Film Series Presents Red Power Energy. Oglala Lakota Director, Larry Pourier will host a screening of the film he co-directed.  This documentary presents a variety of Native American perspectives on the energy debates that highlight the controversial nature of energy development within Native community self-determination, sovereignty, and environmental sustainability. Red Power Energy combines engaging storytelling with in-depth journalism. Told solely from the Native perspective, with a nearly all-Native film crew and all-Native Advisory Council, the film features Western and Great Plains American Indian tribes from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South. Reception 6:15 - 6:45 pm. Screening begins at 7 pm. Discussion with filmmakers follows. This event is free to the public. For info, see: www.augsburg.edu/filmseries/2017/01/11/red-power-energy.

 

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