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August 2017 Calendar
Tuesday, August 08 2017
 
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Aug. 1 -  24
Ginew/Golden Eagle Summer Youth Program

After school/summer culturally specific youth program for ages 5-18, offering tutoring, recreational activities, arts and crafts, field trips and much more. Free. Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm (except Tuesdays until 5:30 pm). Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact Julie at 612-879-1708 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or see: www.maicnet.org .

Aug. 1 - Sept. 17
Missouri River Water Walk

On August 1st, we will begin to walk the longest tributary of the Mississippi River. Beginning at the headwaters of the Missouri River in Montana, we will carry the water the entire length of the river to St. Louis. The walk will take us through many homelands of the First People of Turtle Island including Rocky Boy, Fort Belknap, Fort Peck, Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Pine Ridge, Santee, and Omaha. Throughout our walk we listen to the people who live along the river. We will carry these stories downstream. When the walk reaches Sioux City, Iowa we hope to travel down the river by peddling a floating lodge. By the end of our journey our floating lodge will be covered in art made through community conversations. Everyone is invited to walk with us for any length of time during the first 48 days of this walk (until we reach Sioux City). Please read more about nibi walks and the walker protocols at: Nibiwalk.org.  Every step is a prayer for healing of our waterways, our land and our the air we breathe. For info, contact Sharon Day at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-721-0253.  

Aug. 7
Career Fair

Free career fair will connect job-seekers with recruiting employers. Job-seekers can connect with actively-recruiting companies at a career fair sponsored by the Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center. The event is free and open to the public. 9 am - 2 pm. Job-seekers are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes. All participating businesses are aiming to fill multiple openings. This location is served by several bus routes, see: www.metrotransit.org or or call 612-373-3333 for more bus details. Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central, second floor, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. For fair info, see: www.hennepin.us/employmentservices .

Aug. 9-11  
2017 Great Lakes Native American Conference

The conference will benefit: victim service providers, schools, law enforcement, tribal leaders, court personnel, medical professionals, prosecutors, judges, clergy, human services. Speakers include: Dr. Christopher Wilson, licensed psychologist; Dianne Barker-Harrold, licensed attorney; Christine Stark, an award-winning writer, visual artist, national and international speaker; Ronald Kingbird, Tribal Behavioral Health Technician on the Red Lake Indian Reservation; Patrick Shannon, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Chief Judge; Leslie Hagen, Department of Justice's first National Indian Country Training Coordinator. There is no registration fee for this conference. Attendees are responsible for their own hotel and travel arrangements. The conference will be held at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. A block of rooms is held for a conference rate of $91. Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, MN. For hotel info, see: www.mysticlake.com or call 1-800-262-7799. For more conference info or to register, see: www.glnac.org/register .

Aug. 10, 11 & 15
Lacrosse Training Day Camps Mpls

All Nations Lacrosse Training Day Camps and Lacrosse Scoring Clinic, featuring Tehoka Nanticote, Aron Lipkin, and Dan Ninham. Sessions include midfielder and attack offensive skills training and game play special situations. Each daily session costs $60 per athlete up to the pre-registration deadline or session limit; if there is a spot open after the pre-registration deadline, the late daily session cost is $75. Pre-registration deadline is August 8 and each session is limited to 30 participants, with a 10:1 player to instructor ratio. Pre-registration procedures - Text 218-368-6430 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it the participant’s name, cell number and email address, age, session date, and parent’s name, cell number and email address, to hold a spot. Dan Ninham will wait three days for the check payable to ASAP. Mail checks to Dan Ninham, PO Box 351, Bemidji, MN, 56619. Pre-registrants will be notified if they are on board or not. East Phillips Turf Field, 2399 S. 17th Ave., Minneapolis. For more info, contact Dan Ninham at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
• Aug. 12-14: Lacrosse Training Day Camps in De Pere, WI. De Pere Sports Emporium, 1856 Nimitz Drive, De Pere, WI.

Aug. 11
Reconciling History: Views on Two Minnesota Paintings

Two paintings that once hung in the Governor’s Reception Room, “Father Hennepin Discovering the Falls of St. Anthony” and “The Treaty of Traverse des Sioux,” are moving to newly created exhibit space on the third floor of the renovated Capitol where expanded interpretation can be provided. The new exhibit “Reconciling History: Views on Two Minnesota Paintings,” opening Aug. 11, 2017, focuses on multiple perspectives on the paintings and on their history, meaning and context within the Capitol. Visitors will be able to see the paintings up close and explore interpretive panels that feature biographical information about the artists, a description of each artwork, and multiple current perspectives on the pieces. The exhibit was developed by conducting video interviews with historians, art experts, Ojibwe and Dakota community members and descendants of European Americans who settled in Minnesota. Excerpts from the interviews are featured in the exhibit, and the video interviews will be accessible online at www.mnhs.org/capitol beginning in August. For info, contact: Lauren Peck at 651-259-3137,  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Jessica Kohen at 651-259-3148,  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aug. 11-13
Minnesota State Capitol grand opening celebration

Celebrate the grand opening of newly renovated State Capitol. Three full days of events, activities, and entertainment for all ages. Kid Zone: Join the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota Children's Museum, Minnesota Zoo, the Minnesota Historical Society, and librarians from across the state in fun and family-friendly events! Every day from 11 am to 4 pm. There will be engaging indoor and outdoor activities for kids to enjoy.  Entertainment: Diverse music and dance performances throughout the weekend with groups of singers and dancers performing a variety of styles celebrating Minnesota’s vibrant culture. Musical performances are at the outdoor stage throughout each day. End the day with a Prince Dance Party. Fireworks at night. Yoga and breakfast on the Capitol Lawn each morning. Tours: Guides from the Minnesota Historical Society and a host of Capitol tenant volunteers will lead tours of the Minnesota State Capitol building. Tours will include special behind-the-scenes looks at restored spaces including the Loggia and Quadriga, Governor’s Office, the House and Senate Retiring Rooms, and the private Supreme Court Conference Room. Tours run all day, beginning every 30 minutes from the Information Desk. Dusk each day will feature a special viewing, raising, and lighting of the Rotunda Chandelier. Take free Metro Transit rides on Saturday and Sunday to the Capitol. State-owned Capitol area parking lots are accessible for free on Saturday and Sunday. Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St Paul, MN. For a daily schedule of events, see: https://mn.gov/admin/capitol-grand-opening/schedule .
• Aug.13: Hotdish Panel - Dr. Brenda Child will lecture on the Minnesota Native American Experience. State Capitol (Room G-15).

Aug. 14 - 15
Nation Building Celebration

The First Annual Nation Building Celebration will highlight innovative examples of cross-sector and cross-government collaborations by Native nations in the region. Tribes are moving beyond gaming-related lobbying efforts to initiatives that address mental and physical health, food sovereignty, clean energy, and social hurdles that prevent Tribal citizens from reaching their full potential. Tribes are creating a wide variety of partnerships—with other Native nations, nonprofit organizations, and local/state/federal governments — that allow them to rebuild their political systems, reclaim their identities, and assert their rights in order to more effectively exercise their sovereignty and improve the lives of Tribal citizens. The conference will conclude with an interactive session where participants can discuss opportunities for collaboration within their own communities. Hours: Monday 8 am to Tuesday noon. To register for the conference, see: nativegov.org/ events. For info, contact Lisa Giefer at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-571-0826. JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America, 2141 Lindau Lane, Bloomington, MN.

Aug. 16
Smoking Cessation Support Group

Quitting is hard, you shouldn’t have to do it alone. Smokers or former smokers (+18 years old) interested in smoking cessation support are invited to join the support group starting August 16th, thru October 4th. Wednesdays from 2-3 pm for 8 weeks. Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Minneapolis. (Third floor, Assembly Room 1.) To register, contact Andre Peri at 612-721-9826. For questions call Indi Lawrence at 612-721-9803.

Aug. 17
Book Signing: A Bag Worth a Pony - Mpls

“A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag” by Marcia G. Anderson is celebration, illumination, and study of the spectacular beaded bags made by the Ojibwe of Minnesota. Bandolier bags, or gashkibidaaganag—the large, heavily beaded shoulder bags made and worn by several North American Indian tribes around the Great Lakes—are prized cultural icons here and around the world. From the 1870s to the present day, Ojibwe bead artists of Minnesota have been especially well known for their lively, creative designs. In A Bag Worth a Pony, Marcia G. Anderson shares the results of thirty years of study, in which she learned from the talented bead artists who keep the form alive, from historical records, and from the bags themselves. Anderson examines the history, forms, structure, and motifs of the bags, giving readers the tools to understand a bag’s makeup and meaning. She also offers a tour of Minnesota’s seven Ojibwe reservations, showing the beautiful beaded bags associated with each along with the personal insights of seven master beadworkers. Anderson was curator of the Minnesota Historical Society's museum collections for 30 years. Book Talks and Signing will take place at 7 pm. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. For more info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aug. 18
The Mystery Crew Band

Classic Rock & Blues Rock band The Mystery Crew will be playing an outdoor concert at the Four Sisters Farmers Market on Franklin Avenue from 3 to 6 pm. 1414 Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. For more info, contact Ken Danielson at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-283-6595.

Aug. 19-23
IHB Back to School

Get ready to go back to school with well-child exams, sports physicals, and dental exams. Snacks, face paintings (Aug. 19th only) and free school supplies. Space is limited, so call to register. Must attend appointment to receive free supplies. Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-721-9800.

Aug. 20
Book Signing: A Bag
Worth a Pony - Onamia

“A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag” by Marcia G. Anderson is celebration, illumination, and study of the spectacular beaded bags made by the Ojibwe of Minnesota. (See Aug.17 event listing for details.) Book Talks and Signing will take place 11 am to noon. Mille Lacs Indian Museum, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For more info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aug. 21
Third Annual Board Recruitment Fair  

Board Repair connects people of color throughout the region with opportunities to lead nonprofit organizations through board service. This independent network organized by and for indigenous/people of color will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Courtyard Marriott, 1500 S Washington Ave., Minneapolis. Directions to parking ramp: The parking ramp is connected to the Riverplace Building. From the ramp, enter the building and take the elevator to the Second Floor. Exit the elevator, turn and walk right and then turn right again toward the One Main Building. Follow the signs. When you reach the One Main Lobby area, continue down the hallway to the elevators. Take the elevator to the sixth floor. For info, see: https://tcboardrepair.org/event/2017-board-recruitment-fair. Direct link to registration for POCI: www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCBoard2017-IND .

Aug. 22
Foster Care and Adoption Info Meeting

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

Aug. 23
Mobile Mammogram Day

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Mobel Unit will be on site for mammogram screenings. Women over 40, and those who have a family history of breast cancer should get screened. If you have insurance, bring your card. If you don’t have insurance, call before your appointment to sign up for the Sage Free Mammogram Program. Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Avenue, Mpls. For info, call 612-843-5924.

Aug. 23 - 27
Nat’l Native American Ten Minute Play Festival

New Native Theatre presents the second annual National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival at Gremlin Theatre, 550 Vandalia St., Saint Paul. Tickets Pay-As-Able at the door. Advance suggested ticket price is $25 available online at NNTTenMinPlay2017.brownpapertickets.com. For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-367-7639. Or see: www.newnativetheatre.org
• Aug. 23: 7:30 pm
• Aug. 24: 7:30 pm
• Aug. 25: 7:30 pm
• Aug. 26: 7:30 pm, plus a 9:30 pm concert headlined by singer/songwriter Annie Humphrey.
• Aug. 27: 2 pm, at Minneapolis American Indian Center outdoor amphitheater, during the Open Streets Franklin Avenue, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis.

Aug. 24-26
Indian Horse Relay Racing & Indian Market

Indian Relay racing will take place in between live horse racing. Indian Horse Relay is America’s first sport. Its history dates back over 400 years when the horse returned to the continent and became part of the culture of the Indian nations and plains. Each team consists of three horses and four warriors. Riders in full regalia will race bareback on the track and exchange horses at top speeds in front of the grandstand. The horse was an important part of the Native American culture, spiritually and way of life. On many reservations this connection continues today through Relay. Begins at 6:30 pm all three days. INDIAN MARKET: A unique variety of Native American arts and crafts will be on display and for sale in the Expo Center. 3 pm to 10 pm all 3 days. Canterbury Downs, 1100 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee, MN. For more info, see:  www.canterburypark.com/racing-promotions/indian-horse-relay-and-market .

Aug. 24 - Sept. 4
Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting more than 1.9 million visitors annually. Showcasing Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art and industry, the Great Minnesota Get-Together is always 12 days of fun ending on Labor Day. For more info, see: mnstatefair.org.
• Aug. 30-31: Native Pride Dancers are an internationally known high-energy dance troupe featuring an innovative blend of modern and traditional Native American dance styles. 3:15 pm, 4:30 pm, and 5:45 pm.

Aug. 25
Leech Lake Annual Picnic

Leech Lake members, spend time with the Leech Lake community and enjoy refreshments, food, entertainment and giveaways. 4-7pm. Veteran’s Memorial Park, 6400 Portland Ave., Richfield, MN. For more info, contact Shannon Nordby at 612-229-1986 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aug. 27
Open Streets  

NACDI and All My Relations have dedicated funds for the American Indian Cultural Corridor during the Open Streets. Any Native artist, performer, musician, or creative person can participate. Just meet the following criteria: Native-identified person or group; Provide a creative and interactive project for the public; Be available August 27th for the entire duration of Open Streets, 11 am - 5 pm; Be willing to present the project at Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration. For more info, email or call: Tyler Payer at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 612-235-4968. Or see: https://tinyurl.com/nativeartistsopenstreets

Aug. 27
Calling Native filmmakers (deadline)

One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival is accepting short film submissions for a Spokane, WA, festival screening. American Indian and Alaska Native filmmakers are invited to submit their short films for screening during the One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival, on Sept. 8 and 9, at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, WA. The 2017 festival will feature screenings of feature-length and short Native films, Native art, and more, as it celebrates the vibrant, innovative, and diverse world of contemporary Native arts. A key goal of the festival is promote emerging Native artists. Films must be 15 minutes in length or shorter. Submissions are due Aug. 27 and may be made online at www.oneheartfestival.org/submission/call-for-filmsfestival.org .

Aug. 29- Sept. 1
American Indian Mental Health Conference 2017

The American Indian Mental Health Conference will center on the continuing need for helpers to bring compassion into the healing process. Traditional cultural speakers will help us gain a greater understanding about how we can be more sensitive to culture in our work with people. There will also be speakers on the evidence-based practices of EMDR, and Brain Spotting, among other topics. A special dinner event will honor young leaders in the community to influence positive community connections. Begins Aug 29 at 5:30 pm and ends Sept. 1 at 11:30 am. Call Black Bear Casino to reserve your room at 1-888-771-0777. Cost of conference is $125. Payment can be made at the event or by purchase order written out to Fond du Lac Human Services. Mailing address: Fond du Lac Human Services, 927 Trettel Lane, Cloquet, MN 55720. Black Bear Casino Resort, 1785 Minnesota 210, Carlton, MN. For more info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call  218-878-3756.

Sept. 6 (deadline)
AIFEP Grants

The Tiwahe Foundation is accepting applications for the American Indian Family Empowerment Program. Grants range from $500 to $2,500. To be eligible to apply an applicant must be: 18 years of age; A member of a federally recognized tribe or prove tribal lineage; And a resident of the seven-county area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Scott, Ramsey & Washington counties only). Applicants who have been funded within the past 3 years will not be considered. AIFEP funds  Cultural Preservation, Educational Achievement, and Economic Self-Sufficiency. The deadline is Sept. 6th. To submit an application electronically, go to: https://tiwahefoundation.submittable.com/submit . For info, contact Deanna StandingCloud at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-722-0587.

July Calendar
Monday, July 03 2017
 
Written by Catherine,
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July 4, 11, 18, 25

Earth Guardians Meetings
I am humbly seeking support to start-up a Native-based grass-roots program in the Franklin Avenue neighborhood. I am seeking adventurous allies who know how to play and blaze new paths to form a small, professional Advisory Board, focusing on creating – Earth Guardians Twin Cities to “umbrella” Peace project, youth enterprise, and several new, social change initiatives. Earth Guardians, based in Boulder, Colorado, is driven by Indigenous youth, spreading across the country with art, music and more. You can find me at Pow Wow Grounds, 1414 E. Franklin Avenue in Mpls on Tuesdays from 2-3:30pm. You will find me wearing a white cap.  Or email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 5  -31
Ginew/Golden Eagle Youth Program

Golden Eagle is an after school and summer prevention program for 5-18 yr olds that offers life skills, Native culture, physical activities, fieldtrips and much more. Free. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, contact Julie at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or see: www.maicnet.org .

July 6 - Sept. 21
Indigenous Women’s Life Net

Indigenous Women’s Life Net support group is for Native American survivors of sexual assault. The 12-week group accepting new participants now. Registration required. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, contact Jessica at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-879-1784.

July 9, 14, 16
5th Annual Love Water Not Oil Tour

The 5th Annual Love Water Not Oil Tour will feature live music from Nahko, Annie Humphrey, Gingger Shankar, and other musicians. The event will help raise funds and awareness about a new Canadian pipeline proposed for Minnesota and Wisconsin. Events will take place in three different cities.The kick-off date for the tour will be on July 9th in Madison, Wisconsin with a concert at the Majestic Theater featuring Nahko, Annie Humphrey, Gingger Shankar, Maria Isa & Corey Medina. On July 14th we will celebrate with a concert at Tom’s Burned Down Cafe on Madeline Island and we will celebrate July 16th at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, MN to wrap up the July portion of the Love Water Not Oil tour. All ages welcome. For overall info about the Tour, see www.honorearth.org.
• July 9: The kick-off date for the tour will be on July 9th in Madison, Wisconsin with a concert featuring Nahko, Annie Humphrey, Gingger Shankar & special guests.v Majestic Theatre, 115 King St., Madison, WI. 7 pm. Doors open 6 pm. All tickets are general admission. See: www.majesticmadison.com for more info.
• July 14: Celebrate with a concert at Tom’s Burned Down Cafe on Madeline Island, 274 Chebomnicon Rd, La Pointe, WI.
• July 16: Bayfront Festival Park, 350 Harbor Drive in Duluth, MN to wrap up the July portion of the Love Water Not Oil tour. See: bayfrontfestivalpark.com for more info. 3 to 10 pm (doors open at 2pm). $30 at the door. Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, MN.

July 10, 17, 24, 31
Karma Market

Harvest your own produce with a free-will-offering held at the Mashkiikii Gitgan site . 4:30-6 p.m.  For info, contact Miel Dragun, Farm Coordinator, at 612-440-2712. Across the street from the Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Mpls.

July 11
Red Road AA Meeting

On the Red Road AA meeting includes speakers and pot luck. 7-9 pm. If you do not bring food, please donate $1-$5. to help cover the cost of food and plates. Minneapolis American Indian Center Auditorium, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 12
Cancer Awareness: Treatment/Testing/Prevention

Part of the GROW YOUR OWN Class Series. Wednesday nights 5:30-7:30pm at the Mashkiikii Gitigan Urban Farm & Community. Light refreshments and garden salad provided. A garden-related activity will be offered to match the topic. Across the street from the Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Mpls. For info, contact Miel Dragun at 612-440-2712.

July 13, 20, 27  
Yoga in the Garden

Yoga at Mashkiikii Gitigan Urban Farm with instructor Isabeth Schulz (Isa). Try out a form of exercise good for the spine, stretching muscles, and relaxing the mind. 5:45-7 pm. This is a free Beginner's Level Class. Bring a water bottle, mat or blanket. All are welcome! For info, contact Miel Dragun, Farm Coordinator, at 612-440-2712. Across the street from the Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Mpls.

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 .

July 15
Birch Bark Basket Workshop

Learn how to store and work with birch bark in this one-day workshop. Participants will make a large basket to take home. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. 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. Noon - 4 pm. $25/$20 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, plus $15 supply fee. Registration required. 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

July 15
Urban Pollinator Festival

Learn about what pollinator­­­­s are, why they are so important to our environment and to our future. Enjoy a day that celebrates and supports pollinators. Fun activites include: art, pllant projects and more. Live music by Maloost. Puerto Rican food for sale. The idea is to learn how to bring back this knowledge to our own community. Free and open to all ages. 11 am to 2 pm. Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary/Wakan Tipi Sacred space, 4th Street East & Commercial Dr., St. Paul, MN. For more info, contact Tammey Skinaway at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-810-3065. 

July 15-23
MCBA Book Art Biennial

Minnesota Center for Book Arts’s 5th Book Art Biennial include workshops, lectures, and 7 exhibitions. Enjoy two-day Pre-Biennial workshops hosted by visiting national and international artists, from July 15-21, including: Alternative Printmaking with Rubber Stamps with Stephen Fowler; Papermaking in the Islamic World with Radha Pandey; Innovative Books from Head to Tail: Ideas-Content-Making with Angie Butler; and Approachable Metalworking for Book Artists with Shanna Leino. Many speakers and a round table discussion are also scheduled. There will also be seven exhibitions, including one by Native American author Heid Erdrich who gathers Native American voices in (About that) Water is Life. Minnesota Center For Book Arts at Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Suite 100, Minneapolis. For more info, see: www.mnbookarts.org.

July 17 - 18
Summer Youth Lacrosse Camp

Gaa-waabaabiganikaag baaga’adowewag (they are playing lacrosse at White Earth). Free and open to all boys and girls ages 7 to 17. Contact lacrosse and gear will be provided if needed. Instructors include: Freeman “Boss” Bucktooth (Onondaga), Head Coach of U19 Iroquois Nationals; Dave Bray (Seneca), Two-time All American defenseman at Cornell University on back to back NCAA DI National Championship teams in 1976 and 1977; and Dan Ninham (Oneida), Director of Northern Indigenous Lacrosse, Bemidji Lacrosse and North Central Lacrosse. Individual pre-registration procedure: text or email your name, age, gender, city, club team if you have one, date or dates you are coming, if you need gear and if you plan to play in the end of day game play session and which day/s. Circle of Life Academy, 35233 Mission Rd., White Earth, MN. Pre-register by July 16 (noon) by contacting Dan Ninham at 218-368-6430 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 18 - Aug. 26
"Survivance" Traveling Photography Exhibit Opening

View this traveling photography exhibit profiling Native American artists and performers by photographer John Ratzloff. The exhibit includes photographic portraits of Aza Erdrich, Palas Erdrich, Maggie Thompson, Rory Wakemup, Isabella LaBlanc and Carolyn Anderson. 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

July 19
Family Picnic​ Learning About​ Lead Prevention

Led by Chelsea Moyle & Hillary Wilde of the Indian Health Board. Recipes available to reduce lead accumulation in toddlers and infants. Take seeds home to plant. Part of the GROW YOUR OWN Class Series. Wednesday nights 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mashkiikii Gitigan Urban Farm & Community. Light refreshments and garden salad provided. Bring a healthy treat to share. A garden-related activity will be offered to match the topic. For info, contact Miel Dragun, Farm Coordinator, at 612-440-2712. Across the street from the Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Mpls.

July 26
Eat Well

Learn about Nutrition with Takayla Lightfield, Community Nutrition Educator, and get credit! Nutrition basics covered in a 3-part class series (once a month this summer). Attend all 3 and you can earn: a graduation certificate and items to add to your kitchen; cutting boards, measuring cups, etc. Part of the GROW YOUR OWN Class Series. Wednesday nights 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mashkiikii Gitigan Urban Farm & Community. Light refreshments and garden salad provided. Bring a healthy treat to share. A garden-related activity will be offered to match the topic.  For info, contact Miel Dragun, Farm Coordinator, at 612-440-2712. Across the street from the Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Mpls.

July 26
Climate & Health 101 Webinar

From extreme heat to ecosystem threats, real changes in our climate are impacting the health of Minnesotans. Join us for a presentation about the climate changes Minnesota is experiencing, the impact those changes have on health, and how you can take action to reduce and prevent negative health outcomes associated with climate change. Climate & Health 101 is the first webinar in a new six-part series focused on climate and health issues in Minnesota. Each one-hour webinar will be offered as a live broadcast and materials will be available on the Minnesota Climate and Health website for future reference. Join us as we kick-off the series. 12-1 pm. Presenter: Chris Kimber, MS, RD, PAPHS, Climate and Health Planner, Minnesota Department of Health. For more info, see: website at www.health.mn.gov/climatechange . Upcoming webinars:
• Aug. 16: Extreme Heat
• Sept. 20: Agriculture
• Oct. 11: Water
• Nov. 22: Air
• Dec. 13: Wellbeing

July 29
Marcie R. Rendon Reading

Author Marcie R. Rendon, White Earth Anishinaabe, will talk about her new novel, "Murder on the Red River," and sign copies of the book. Rendon is a playwright, poet, performance artist and author. She has published four plays, two nonfiction children’s books, and poems and short stories in numerous anthologies. 1 - 2: pm.  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

July 29
Owámni Festival

The Owámni Festival celebrates Minnesota's Indigenous cultures through art, music, and language. Art demonstrations by local artists. Musical performances by Keith Secola, Bluedog, and Frank Waln. Free family event. 1-5pm. Father Hennepin Park, 420 Main St., Mpls. For more info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 30
Wild Rice Feast with The Sioux Chef

A traditional Indigenous feast by The Sioux Chef in honor and celebration of the wild rice harvest and clean water from Minnesota’s bountiful lakes. 6 - 9 pm. Tickets are $40 each. The Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Dr., Baxter, MN. For more info, contact Kylie Lemley at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 218-616-2952.

July 38-Aug 2
Mde Maka Ska: Four Sacred Directions Water Walk (and Decade of Water Summit)

Indigenous peoples and youth, broader community, and the world community are invited to participate in the Mde Maka Ska:
Four Sacred Directions Water Walk from 7 AM to 9 AM on July 31st.
This is a collective ceremonious prayer walk around Mde Maka Ska  (formerly Lake Calhoun) that will call on the four sacred directions and  a transformative, and ecologically sustainable future in the spirit of Mni Ki Wakan: Water is Sacred. The indigenous peoples and youth-led prayer walk will be followed by the Mni Ki Wakan: Water is Sacred Canoe Paddle upon Mde Maka Ska that will help place the broader community back in relation with the sacredness of water as 25 indigenous and non-indigenous peoples set out by canoe upon the  sacred Mde Maka Ska, starting at 9 AM through 3 PM. Both the Mde Maka Ska: Four Sacred Directions Water Walk and Mni Ki Wakan Canoe Paddle upon Mde Maka Ska will help to make sacred and inaugurate the indigenous oriented and centered, youth-led Mni Ki Wakan (Water is Sacred): World Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Summit, August 1st and 2nd. This intergenerational gathering will convene indigenous peoples and youth, water defenders  and protectors, and allies from the world community to collectively  generate a transformative indigenous-designed agenda and map  towards a vibrant world future which respectfully honors the sacred voices of Mni Ki Wakan and Unci Maka: Grandmother Earth. This two- day event will take place at First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont  Avenue, Minneapolis. For more information and event registration,  see mnikiwakan.org. For questions, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aug. 24-26
Indian Horse Relay Racing & Indian Market

Indian Relay racing will take place in between live horse racing. Indian Horse Relay is America’s first sport. Its history dates back over 400 years when the horse returned to the continent and became part of the culture of the Indian nations and plains. Each team consists of three horses and four warriors. Riders in full regalia will race bareback on the track and exchange horses at top speeds in front of the grandstand. The horse was an important part of the Native American culture, spiritually and way of life. On many reservations this connection continues today through Relay. Begins at 6:30 pm all three days. INDIAN MARKET: A unique variety of Native American arts and crafts will be on display and for sale in the Expo Center. 3 pm to 10 pm all 3 days. Canterbury Downs, 1100 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee, MN. For more info, see:  www.canterburypark.com/racing-promotions/indian-horse-relay-and-market .


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