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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 .


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

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

Thru June 13
IHB’s Let’s Get Cookin’!

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

Thru July 15
Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photo Exhibit

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

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

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

Thru Sept. 24
Sinew Exhibit

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

June 6
On the Red Road AA meeting

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

June 6
Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting

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

June 6-22
Pipeline 3 Meetings

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

June 8
Artist Talk: Roxanne Swentzell

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

June 9
MAICC Golf Tournament

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

June 10
Nat’l Get Outdoors Day

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

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

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

June 11 - 15
American Indian Summer Camp

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

June 12
Free YMCA Memberships for Teens

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

June 13
Indian Child Welfare Education Day

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

June 13 (deadline)
Dakota Language Camp

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

June 19
Ginew/Golden Eagle Youth Groups

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

June 19 - 23
Train the Trainer Workshop

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

June 20
St. Paul Foster Parent Informational Session

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

June 21
World Peace Day

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

June 21–23
Digital Storytelling Workshop

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

June 22
Minneapolis Foster Parent Informational Session

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

June 23
Dakota Trade Day

Presentation by staff in Bark lodge w/ Gibbs Dakota Collection about Dakota trade followed by bracelet making activity. Quillwork presentation by artists in residence TBA. For info: www.rchs.com/gibbs-farm, 651-646-8629 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

June 24
Dakota Day

Celebrate Minnesota’s First People. Dakota Day features presentations, mini-language seminars, walking tours, crafts, games, and Dakota-inspired food. 10 am–4 pm. For info: www.rchs.com/gibbs-farm, 651-646-8629 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

June 27
Queer Voices PRIDE Reading

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

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

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

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

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

July 14 (deadline)
Dougherty Family College

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

May Events
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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
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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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