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April 2016 Events
Tuesday, April 05 2016
 
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Thru April 18
Art Exhibit by Gordon Coons

AICHO presents a new art exhibit and artist reception featuring Gordon Coons. Coons is a member of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and lives in Minneapolis, MN. Gordon creates works in a variety of mediums, including linoleum block prints and paintings and pen/ink to name a few. Gordon has won numerous recognition awards and commission for his art. The art exhibit is open from 9 am - 5 pm in the Gimaajii Gallery, located at AICHO, 202 West 2nd Street, Duluth, MN. For info, call 218-722-7225.
• April 8: Artist reception at 5:30 pm.

Thru May
Synthesis: Paintings by Aza Erdrich

In her premiere solo exhibition of paintings, Erdrich shares works that pull from her life as a young woman of mixed Native and non-Native ancestry growing up in Minneapolis. She draws influence from Anishinaabe artistic traditions and personal experience to create uniquely coded works of self and familial narrative. Guest curated by Dyani White Hawk. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. Hours: Tues-Fri: 10 am - 5 pm; Sat and Sun: 11 am - 5 pm. For info, call 612-235-4970, email   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.allmyrelationsarts.com.
May 6th: Thesis: an Artist-Curator Talk with Aza Erdrich, Dyani White Hawk, and other guests. 7 pm.

Thru July 2016
Why Treaties Matter traveling exhibit

This exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. government in Minnesota. Learn how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements still matter today. For info, see: http://mnhum.org/treaties.
• Thru April 17: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis. UNITE and MCTC invite the community to come learn and share on April 6th at 12:00 for an exhibit opening prayer, statement, and drumming.
• April 25 - May 15: Metro State University, St. Paul.
• June 27 - July 17: Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes.

April 4 - 9
Digital Photographs by Ivy Vainio

Digital photographs by artist Ivy Vainio kicks off “One River, Many Stories” project at the Duluth Art Institute. The Duluth Art Institute will present the kick-off event for the month-long media focus around the St. Louis River corridor: One River, Many Stories. The week-long exhibition will feature gallery walls snaking through the Great Hall of the Depot to echo the loose form of a river. On one side will be a photo exhibition, “The St. Louis River: Diverse Connections by Ivy Vainio,” which will showcase all new work commissioned for the project. Vainio, a local African American and Anishinabe digital photographer, will display photographs that reflect a handful of the diverse people who are connected to, and interact with, the St. Louis River, along with text revealing the individuals’ stories of their relationship with it. Vainio’s work has been internationally, nationally, and locally published and is featured in several local and regional exhibitions and permanent collections, including the Americas collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The public is invited to a free opening reception from 5—7 pm on Monday, April 4, with the chance to record stories with PBS producer Karen Sunderman; and to see a live drumming performance. Duluth Art Institute, 506 W Michigan St # 2, Duluth, MN. For info, call 218-733-7560 or see: www.duluthartinstitute.org.

April 5
Sarah Deer: The Beginning and End of Rape

2014 MacArthur Fellow and Mitchell Hamline Professor of Law Sarah Deer will gives a talk on “The Beginning and End of Rape”. Deer will speak about the possibility of actual and positive change in a world where Native women are systematically undervalued, left unprotected, and hurt. 7-9 pm. The talk and discussion will be held from 7-8 p.m., followed by a book signing and dessert reception in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Free and open to the public. Hosted by the Women’s Center in the Office for Equity and Diversity and co-sponsored with American Indian Studies. U of M, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave S #307, Minneapolis.

April 5
Leech Lake Primary Election

The Leech Lake primary election will be held in the Twin Cities from 8 am to 8 pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For more info, contact Logan Allen at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 5
Spring Drum Feast

Prevention through Cultural Awareness Program invites the community to participate in a Spring Ceremony. Facilitated by Herb Sam, Mille Lacs Ojibwe Elder, beginning at  5:30 pm. Community members welcome. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612 879-1783.

April 5-7
Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers

Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers: 10 Years of Feeding the Fire to End Violence Against Native Women. 9 am on April 5 to Noon on April 7. April 5: fun, themed, Self Care Carnival, and Moccasin Game. April 6: traditional pow-wow (7 - 10 pm) to honor Survivors of domestic and sexual violence, women and children used in prostitution. Free. Limited scholarships available to help with lodging and mileage. White Earth Nation, Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, 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 Deb Poitra at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or see: www.miwsac.org.

April 6-10
National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival

New Native Theater’s National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival will premiere new plays from local and national emerging and mid-career playwrights. Plus a concert after the Saturday night performance. April 6th preview performance at 7:30 pm. April 7th and 8th at 7:30 pm. April 9th at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Celebrate till closing (2 am) with live music featuring Leah Lemm, Mitch Walking Elk, Turtle Mountain Musical Review and a local DJ. April 10th at 2 pm. Tickets available for at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2512420. Pay-what-you-can every night. Or suggested ticket price $20. Bedlam Lowertown, 213 4th Street E., Saint Paul, MN. For more info, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-367-7639.

April 8th
Sobriety Friday

Monthly Celebration Dinner. Come and join us for an evening featuring: Special speakers, testimonials of sobriety, great food, gospel music and door prizes. Sponsored by Overcomers Ministries. This monthly event is on the 2nd Friday of each month. 6:30 pm. to 9:00 pm. The American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis. For info, contact David Boeltl at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-690-3891.

April 8-9
Honor the Seeds Gathering

Topics include: Seed and seed story sharing; Finishing planting beans, squash and tobacco; Planting shared seeds; Native pollinators and Honey Bees; Making corn husk dolls; Tour of WETCC Gardens; Seed saving techniques; and more. April 8th: 9:30 am - 6 pm (lunch and dinner served). April 9th: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm (lunch and snacks served). Free and open to the public. White Earth Tribal and Community College. For info, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 9
MAIC Fitness and Nutrition Event

1st Annual Spring registration event for the Ginew/Golden Eagle, Native FAN (Fitness & Nutrition) and Prevention through Cultural Awareness Programs. Come find out about the programs at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Lunch, raffles, family activities, nutrition, crafts and more. There will be fitness and nutrition activities.11 am – 3 pm. Open to all community members. Youth, families, adults, and elders welcome. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, contact Mary LaGarde at 612-879-1750 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 10 (deadline)
Endangered Language Fund

The Endangered Language Fund supports language preservation and documentation projects. Provides grants for language maintenance and linguistic fieldwork related to languages in danger of disappearing within a generation or two. Priority is given to projects that serve both a specific Native community and the field of linguistics in general. Work that has immediate applicability to one group and more distant application to another also will be considered. Average grants to be less than $4,000 and average about $2,000. Funds can be applied to consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc., with the exception of overhead and indirect costs. Researchers and language activists from any country are encouraged to apply. Decisions will be delivered in May, 2016. For a list of eligible languages, complete program guidelines, and application instructions, visit: www.endangeredlanguagefund.org/request.php.

April 12
2016 FASD Day at the Capitol

MOFAS needs advocates to talk to legislators about the importance of prioritizing issues impacting people with an FASD. Learn about important FASD legislation being proposed, and be empowered to make an impact by sharing life experiences with your legislator. Top priority is to teach tools you need to connect your experience to the legislation, and be able to ask your legislator for their support. Advocates from across the state will gather at the Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, 105 University Ave W, St Paul. For more info, call Sara Messelt, Isaac Mullin at 651-917-2370. www.mofas.org/public-policy/fasd-day-at-the-capitol.

April 15 (deadline)
Call for papers

Aboriginal North America and Europe: Strengthening Connections. An interdisciplinary international conference held November 11-13 2016. The aim of the conference is to bring together aboriginal and non-aboriginal North American and European scholars, artists and activists and provide a venue for exchanging views, ideas and scholarship findings related to the present, the past and the future of aboriginal peoples of North America. Scholars representing multiple disciplines (history, sociology, ethnology, anthropology, culture studies, literary studies, law, politology, linguistics and others) are invited to share their research results. Aboriginal activists and artists are invited to share their experiences, knowledge and art. Proposals for 20-minute papers, 60- minute interactive workshops, round-table discussions, poetry and prose readings are requested. Email 250-word-long proposal and a CV to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Acceptance information will be emailed to participants by May 15. For more info, see: www.paas.org.pl/2015/12/aboriginal-north-america-and-europe-strengthening-connections.

April 15
Kids’ Day at NACC

Join us for a healthy snack & fun arts and crafts. Make an appointment for a well child visit or a dental exam check-up. 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis MN. For info, call 612-872-8086, opt 2.

April 15 (deadline)
American Indian Month Kickball Tourney Registration

Registration is due no later than 4 pm.  We will be having a fundraiser to help fund the Umpires and Food, if your team plans on participating you can help in a big fundraiser or a smaller one of your choosing to help with cost. This is a non-profit event all monies go directly towards event. (Last Year we had plenty of food and drinks and were able to pay for the Umpires.) There is a 4 team minimum for this event to continue, so registering early will help gives us an idea of who is participating. If your agency cannot make up an 11 person team contact me and we may be able to partner you with another agency so everyone may play. Tourney is May 14th beginning at 10 am at Brackett Park in south Minneapolis. For info, contact Travis Earth-Werner at 612-871-2883.

April 16
Author Event: Anton Treuer

Author talk and book signing by MNHS Press author Anton Treuer on his new book, Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe. 1 pm - 3 pm. Free. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, call 320-532-3632 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 19
American Indian OIC Jobs Event

Walk in, grab lunch, and start interviewing, it’s that simple. There will be several giveways so remember to sign in so your name can be entered into the drawings; you do not have to be present to win. Programs offered: Health Information & Patient Services Specialist, Administrative Professional, Computer Support Specialist, Adult Basic Education/GED, Minneapolis Works Program, Minnesota Family Investment Program, Youth Works Mpls, and Workforce Innovations for Natives. 12 pm to 3 pm. AIOIC, 1845 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. For info call 612-341-3358 or see: www.aioic.org.

April 21
4th Annual Great Native American Cook-Off

Community event o raise money for the Wicoie Nandagikendan Preschool Language Immersion Program. Please support by attending this event, entering a dish, sponsoring a cook, volunteering,  or making a donation, or purchase raffle tickets. All cooks and tasters welcome! For participant registration information, pre sale tickets or raffle tickets contact: wicoienandagikendan.org. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, call Wicoie Nandagikendan at 612-721-4246; Betty Jane Schaaf at 651-366-9175 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 22-24
Northern Indigenous Games

The Inaugural Northern Indigenous Games at Bemidji State University. The Northern Indigenous Games will be held for a week in April from Minneapolis to Bemidji. The events feature indigenous athletes and coaches presenting traditional games played by various Native cultures throughout North America. A film screening will be on April 22, featuring former NJCAA National Cross Country Champion Angelo Baca (Navajo/Hopi). BSU American Indian Resource Center will also host a Symposium on April 23 featuring indigenous perspectives of the indigenous games. Pre-registration required to participate in the film screening, symposium and indigenous games. Free. For info, see: www.honorearth.org/northerngames.   

April 22-May 20
Two spirit Exhibition

The art show “The Many Faces of Two-Spirit People” will show at Two Rivers Gallery. Reception will be May 14 from 5-8 pm. There will also be a reading by Two-Spirit writers during the reception. Gallery Hours: Mon., Tue.: 10 am - 4 pm; Wed. 11 am - 3 pm. MAIC, 1530 Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 26
Leech Lake Meeting

Leech Lake Twin Cities Local Indian Council monthly meeting will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm. Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center (in the gymnasium), 2300 15th Ave S, Minneapolis. For info, contact Logan Allen at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 27
American Indian Wellness Fair

Over 60 exhibitors, free health assessments, healthy food demos, community feast, door prizes. Free and open to the public. 11 am to 3 pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis.

April 29
Winnetou’s Snake Oil Show from Wigwam City

New Native Theatre presents Well Red Play Reading Series. New and classic plays by Native authors performed by Native actors the last Friday of every month.This month is: Spiderwoman Theater’s Winnetou’s Snake Oil Show from Wigwam City. After 40 years, Spiderwoman Theater is the longest running women’s theatre collective and the most respected makers of theater about the Native experience. Free. 7:30 pm. At All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. (Powwow Grounds cafe will be open  for snacks and beverages.) For info, see:     www.newnativetheatre.org, or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

April 30
White Earth Urban Community Council Board Election

To nominate people for the board, pick up a nomination form at the White Earth Urban Office or at the entrance of the MN Chippewa Tribe Building. Election takes place 10 am - 4 pm at MN Chippewa Tribe Building, 1308 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis (rear entrance).

Apr 30
Loom Beading Workshop

Learn the art of loom beading through hands-on experience. Create a design, put it on a loom and learn how to apply the loom work to leather or cloth when it is finished. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Cost: $30, $25 MNHS members, $15 supply fee. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, call 320-532-3632 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 30
Ojibwe Language Mini-Camp

Ojibwe language activities for the whole family. Play Ojibwe JENGA. Win a fabulous prize with the bowl game. Make Ojibwe memory cards. Add your questions for “Ask an elder” with Mary and Leonard Moose. Try out Ojibwe Speed “snagging” (Get to know your neighbor). Play Ojibwe food bingo. Lunch will be served and there will be a raffle for prizes. 10 am to 2:30 pm. The Neighborhood Early Learning Center, 2438 18th Avenue South, Minneapolis. For info, call Wicoie Nandagikendan at 612-378-4897.

May 2
Indian Month Kick-off Event

Event runs from 10 am - 1 pm and begins at Little Earth of United Tribes, 2501 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis. For info, see: www.facebook.com/2016AmIndMonthMpls.

May 2-4
Fertile Ground II

“Fertile Ground II: Growing the Seeds for Native American Health” will address several crucial dietary and cultural issues that have made Native American communities susceptible to health problems. Held at the JW Marriott hotel, Mall of America. Topics include: nutrition, access to healthier food, and Native America food production. Also on the agenda are youth leadership and intergeneration holistic health in order to encourage cultural changes that can lead to improvement in eating and health habits. Tribes, health experts and funders are encouraged to participate. For info, email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Registration is $350. Registration fee includes: conference, evening networking reception, breakfast on May 3rd and 4, Lunch on May 3rd and 4th, Dinner on May 2 and 3. There will be no on-site registration, register at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/General/Fertile-Ground-II_UCM_483360_SubHomePage.jsp.

May 2-6
40- Hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Training

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition’s Fundamentals of Sexual Assault Advocacy Sexual Violence in Indian Country. Topics include: Sex Offenders - What Advocates Need to Know; Core Skills of Advocacy; Social Change Advocacy; SARTS-Sexual Assault Response Teams; Advocacy Self Care and Burnout; Medical Response; Law Enforcement Response; Prosecution of Sexual Assault; Mental Health- Basic Info for Advocates; Sexual Assault Victimization; Impact of Sexual Assault; Advocacy for LGBTQ/Two Spirits; Elder Abuse; Adolescent and Child Sexual Abuse; Prostitution and Trafficking; Sexual Assault by Self-Proclaimed Spiritual Leaders; Sexual Harassment; Policies and Practices. Meals will be on your own. Free, includes materials and Certificate of Completion upon completion. Who should attend: Advocates and Service Providers. Community is welcome. Limited to 30 Persons. Trainers: Cristine Davidson and Amanda Watson. Training is at Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Building,15542th State 371 NW, Cass Lake, MN. Register: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-621-1723.

May 7
2nd Annual Dakóta Oyate Language Bowl

The language bowl is working to increase the number of Dakota language speakers. Age Groups: Grades 6-12, Adult Novice and Adult Advanced (at your own discretion). Cost to Participate: $100/team. Cost to Attend: Free. Harding High School, 1540 6th St., East Saint Paul, MN. 8 am - 6 pm. Register at:  http://ande9484.wix.com/dakotaiapi. For info, contact Brittany Anderson at 612-626-5759 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 2016 Events
Tuesday, March 08 2016
 
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Thru July 2016
Why Treaties Matter traveling exhibit

This exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. government in Minnesota. Learn how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements still matter today. For info, see: http://mnhum.org/treaties.
• Feb. 29 - March 23: Alexandria Technical and Community College, Alexandria.
• March 31 - April 17: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis. UNITE and MCTC invite the community to come learn and share on April 6th at 12:00 for an exhibit opening prayer, statement, and drumming.
• April 25 - May 15: Metro State University, St. Paul.
• June 27 - July 17: Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes.

Thru April 1
Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities

Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities, a multidisciplinary group exhibition curated by Dyani White Hawk Polk, will be exhibited in the Inez Greenberg Gallery at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. It features works by Carolyn Anderson, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Maggie Thompson, and the creative team of Heid Erdrich, Louise Erdrich, and Elizabeth Day. Sinew will open with a reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. February 12. A panel discussion with participating artists will be held March 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. The exhibition and all related activities are free of charge. Presented in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover, a multi-week event through March that will engage more than 20 regional arts and cultural organizations in illuminating gender and racial inequalities. Inez Greenberg Gallery, Bloomington Center, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN. For more info, see: www.artistrymn.org .

March 3-6
13th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference

13th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference: The Power to Heal will be held at Maplelag Resort in Callaway, MN. For more information, see http://welrp.org/13th-annual-indigenous-farming-conference or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 3, 10, 17, 24
Dream of Wild Health Cooking Class Series

Cooking classes for the whole family. Limit 10 families per class. Each participating family will get a box of Ikea cooking supplies for going to 4 out of the 5 classes. Dinner provided. Childcare and bus tokens available. Classes will be held from 5 pm to 7 pm on Thursday evenings at the MIWRC, 2300 15th Ave S, Minneapolis. For more info or to register, call Jenny at 612-874-4200 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 4
Honoring Native American Veterans

Honoring Native American Veterans will be sponsoring a morning coffee and treats the first Friday of every month, starting on March 4 at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, from 8:30 to 10:30 am. For more info, call Lyle H. Iron Moccasin, Veterans Employment Service Representative at 952-703-3104 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 5
Indian Education Spring Gathering

Minneapolis American Indian Families are invited to join MPS Indian Education for the Indian Education Spring Gathering & Public Hearing from 11am – 2pm. A light, healthy lunch will be provided. Door Prizes. Student activities include: TC Native Lacrosse Clinic, Maple Sugar Station, Dreamcatchers, Art Station and More. Public hearing includes: Indian Ed Updates, New Staff and Services, Special Ed Advisory Committee Station, Title VII Parent Committee Info. For more info, contact Deanna StandingCloud at 612.668.0612 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls.

March 9
Mazinaateseg: Anishinaabe Films and Their Makers

The Augsburg Native American Film series and hosts Elizabeth Day and Heid Erdrich invite you to a special night of Anishinaabe films and thier makers. A night of Anishinaabe short films and animation pieces. Includes selected work from  Day, Erdrich, Elizabeth LaPensêe, Jonathan Thunder, and Frankie McNamara. Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis. Talk with students: 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Reception: 6:15 - 6:45 pm. Screening: 7:00 pm. Discussion with filmmakers follows. This event is free to the public. For for info, see: www.augsburg.edu .­­­

March 11
Kids’ Day at NACC

Native American Community Clinic’s monthly Kids’ Day. Make an appointment for a well child visit or dental check-up. Enjoy a healthy snack and arts and crafts. 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call 612-872-8086.

March 11
Sobriety Friday

Monthly celebration dinner. Speakers, testimonials of sobriety, great food, gospel music and door prizes. Sponsored by Overcomers Ministries. 6:30 - 9 pm. This is a monthly event on the 2nd Friday of each month. American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls.

March 11-13
Songs My Brother Taught Me

Shot on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, this “contemplative, unhurried masterpiece” (Cinefilles) explores the strong bond between a brother and sister as each defines the concept of home. The younger sibling grapples with the possibility of living alone with her single mother, when the other decides to follow his girlfriend to Los Angeles. “Stirring … with bone deep identity (Hollywood Reporter),” the local cast of actors delivers a strong emotional payoff. Nominated for Best First Feature at the 2015 Independent Spirit Award and screened in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, and at the Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight. 2015. Part of 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards Screenings. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave, Mpls. Call 612-375-7600 and mention The Circle to get discounts on tickets. For more info, see: www.walkerart.org/cinema .

March 12
Bii Gii Wiin First Time Homebuyer Workshop

Topics include: Steps to becoming a homeowner, How to prepare financially, The importance of credit, Responsibilities of homeownership, and more. 9 am - 5 pm. Hosted by Bii Gii Wiin CDLF. Training takes place at 1508 E. Franklin Ave., Suite 100, Minneapolis. For more info or to sign up, call 612-354-2249.

March 12
White Earth Urban Comm. Council Candidate Forum

White Earth tribal members are invited to hear candidates running for the Chairperson and District III Representative positions. A light lunch and beverages will be served. 12 - 5 pm. Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Building, Main Floor Dining Room, 1308 E. Franklin Ave, Mpls. For more info, call 612-872-8388.

March 15
American Indian College Fund Reception

Featured guest speaker, Bethany Yellowtail. Bethany is a fashion designer and owner of B. Yellowtail, a fashion line that celebrates ancestral tradition, beauty, and culture, and embraces authentic, indigenous design through wearable art. Complimentary beer, wine and appetizers. RSVP by March 11th. 6  - 8 pm. Hilton Minneapolis, Gallery Room, 1001 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. For questions, contact Hannah Urano at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 303-429-4191.

March 18 (deadline)
Native American Multimedia Internships

Vision Maker Media is offering Public Media Internships to undergraduate or graduate students. The purpose of the paid internships is to increase the opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in Public Broadcasting. Interns can be located at Vision Maker Media offices at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska, or at a Public Television station in the United States. Requirements: Multimedia and/or transmedia experience in journalism, writing, video, audio, editing, public relations/marketing and/or websites; Experience with social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, blogs, etc.); Enrolled in a journalism, communications, or Native studies graduate or undergraduate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Eligible applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States. For more info, call 402-472-3522 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or see: http://www.visionmakermedia.org

March 18 (deadline)
Mayo Sch of Health Sciences Career Immersion Program

Mayo School of Health Sciences will host the first Career Immersion Program for Minnesota high school juniors and seniors July 11–15. The week includes: Supervised lodging and meals in downtown Rochester; Meeting with current students and professionals in a range of health science professions; Networking with Mayo Clinic faculty; Learning the academic path for enrolling in accredited health science education programs. The 2016 program will focus on laboratory medicine professions — specifically cytotechnology, genetic counseling, histology, medical laboratory science, molecular genetics, pathology assistant and phlebotomy. Qualified students will be juniors or seniors during the 2016–2017 school year, have a GPA of 2.75 or higher, and an expressed interest in health science professions. Applications are due by March 18. Applications available at: www.mayo.edu/mshs/careers/career-immersion .

March 19—20
18th Annual Cherish the Children Traditional Powwow

Doors Open at 11 am. Registration at 11 am. Grand Entries: Saturday 1 and 7 pm, Sunday at 1 pm. Feast on Saturday at 5 pm. Co -Emcees: Jerry Dearly and Reuben Crowfeather. Host Drum: Tomahawk Circle. Invited Drum: Oyate Teca. 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 veterans. Free entry per person with Roy Roberts “Family in Need” Drive - donate a household/family item. Specials: Youth Dance— 17 years and under (cash prizes); All Ages, 2 Step Special; Junior Hand Drum Contest; Ambassador Contest. For info, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Central High School, 275 Lexington Ave. St. Paul, MN.

March 19-20
Cherish the Children Powwow Royalty Contest

Contestants must: Be in full regalia, Be drug and alcohol free, Be enrolled in school (Elem.—H.S.), Be able to give an introduction and speech on why you would like to be ADYC Royalty. (Bonus points for saying your introduction in a Native language). To register contact Holly Henning at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 651-632-8923, or see: www.adycenter.org .

March 20
Leech Lake Members Dinner

Dinner for Leech Lake Band members at the Mpls American Indian Center from 1-5 pm. Food and door prizes. For more info, email Logan at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 22
Leech Lake Public Candidate Forum

A Leech Lake Public Candidate Forum will be held from 5 - 9 pm at Gichatwaa Kateri, 3045 Park Ave S, Mpls. Light refreshments provided. Potluck and forum. For info, email Logan at: loganallen188@ yahoo.com or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or call Richard at 612-232-5808.

March 24
Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Meet with the Community Advisory Committee to urge CAC members to vote in favor of supporting full restoration of the Bde-Maka-Ska (Calhoun Lake) name change. 6 -8:30 pm. Public comment session from 8 to 8:30 pm. Mpls Parks and Recreation Headquarters, Board Room, 2117 West River Road, M. For updates see: www.facebook.com/Bde-Maka-Ska-Name-Reclamation-976582865759475 .

March 25
New Native Theatre presents Well Red Play Reading Series

New and classic plays by Native authors performed by Native actors, last Friday of every month. Free and open to the public. 7:30 pm at All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.

March 26
American Indian Museum Fellowship

The 2 1/2-week residential summer fellowship is designed to expose American Indian undergraduates to the possible career opportunities and challenges of historical interpretation and cultural preservation within museums. The fellowship is designed for students interested in pursuing the museum field with an emphasis on American Indian cultural and historical preservation among historical organizations and tribal governments. Transportation, accommodations, and meals will be provided. Upon completion of the fellowship, students will receive a stipend of $1000. Topics Covered: Museum Archives & Collections; Exhibit Design and Development; Conservation and Preservation; Tribal Historic Preservation; NAGPRA and Archaeology; Museum Curation and Administration; National Park Service. Priority deadline: March 19. Application due March 26. For more info, see: www.mnhs.org/internships/fellows/americanindian .

March 29
Leech Lake Member Meeting

Monthly meeting for Leech Lake Tribal members will be held at the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, from 6 to 8 pm. For more info, email Logan at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 31 (deadline)
Artistry Opens Call for Artists

Emerging and established artists and artist groups residing in MN, N.D., S.D., IA, and WI, 18 years or older, are invited to submit a proposal for the 2018 Exhibition Program at Artistry. Individuals or groups working in any medium, with the exception of film or video, are eligible. Artists may be combined for a small group show or chosen for a solo exhibition. All proposals must be received online by March 31. Located in the Bloomington Center for the Arts. A $10 non-refundable application fee is required. For more info, see: artistrymn.org/visual_arts/apply/exhibit , or Rachel Daly at 952-563-8570.

April 5-7
Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers

MIWSAC, Sacred Hoop Coalition, and Men As Peacemakers’ 10-Year Anniversary Conference. Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers: 10 Years of Feeding the Fire to End Violence Against Native Women. The conference runs from 9 am on April 5 to Noon on April 7. April 5: fun, themed, Self Care Carnival, and Moccasin Game. April 6: traditional pow-wow (7 - 10 pm) to honor Survivors of domestic and sexual violence, women and children used in prostitution, and our missing and murdered sisters across Turtle Island. Everyone is welcome, and there is no conference fee. Limited scholarships are available to help with lodging and mileage. White Earth Nation, Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, MN. For more info, contact Cristine Davidson at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Deb Poitra at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or see: www.miwsac.org .

April 6-10
National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival

New Native Theater’s National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival will premiere new plays from local and national emerging and mid-career playwrights. Plus a concert after the Saturday night performance. April 6th preview performance at 7:30 pm. April 7th and 8th at 7:30 pm. April 9th at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Celebrate till closing (2 am) with live music featuring Leah Lemm, Mitch Walking Elk, Turtle Mountain Musical Review and a local DJ. April 10th at 2 pm. Tickets available for at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2512420. Pay-what-you-can every night. Or suggested ticket price $20. Bedlam Lowertown, 213 4th Street E., Saint Paul, MN. For more info, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-367-7639.

April 9th
U of MN-Morris 32nd Annual Powwow

The University of Minnesota, Morris is hosting their 32nd Annual Contest powwow. Grand Entry at 1 and 7 pm. Feast, American Indian arts and crafts. Drum split (first 10 drums only). MC: Jerry Dearly. Host Drum: Wahpekute. AD: Gabe Desrosiers. Head Dance Judge: Michael Gabbard. Honor Guard: Lakota Woman Warriors. Free and open to the public. University of Minnesota, Morris, Physical Education Center, 626 East 2nd St., Morris, MN.

April 10 (deadline)
Endangered Language Fund

The Endangered Language Fund supports language preservation and documentation projects. Provides grants for language maintenance and linguistic fieldwork related to languages in danger of disappearing within a generation or two. Priority is given to projects that serve both a specific Native community and the field of linguistics in general. Work that has immediate applicability to one group and more distant application to another also will be considered. Average grants to be less than $4,000 and average about $2,000. Funds can be applied to consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc., with the exception of overhead and indirect costs. Researchers and language activists from any country are encouraged to apply. Decisions will be delivered in May, 2016. For a list of eligible languages, complete program guidelines, and application instructions, visit the Endangered Language Fund website at: www.endangeredlanguagefund.org/request.php .

April 12
2016 FASD Day at the Capitol

MOFAS needs advocates to talk to legislators about the importance of prioritizing issues impacting people with an FASD. Learn about important FASD legislation being proposed, and be empowered to make an impact by sharing life experiences with your legislator. Top priority is to teach tools you need to connect your experience to the legislation, and be able to ask your legislator for their support. Advocates from across the state will gather at the Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, 105 University Ave W, St Paul. For more info, call Sara Messelt, Isaac Mullin at 651-917-2370. www.mofas.org/public-policy/fasd-day-at-the-capitol .

April 15 (deadline)
Call for papers

Aboriginal North America and Europe: Strengthening Connections. An interdisciplinary international conference held November 11-13 2016. The aim of the conference is to bring together aboriginal and non-aboriginal North American and European scholars, artists and activists and provide a venue for exchanging views, ideas and scholarship findings related to the present, the past and the future of aboriginal peoples of North America. Scholars representing multiple disciplines (history, sociology, ethnology, anthropology, culture studies, literary studies, law, politology, linguistics and others) are invited to share their research results. Aboriginal activists and artists are invited to share their experiences, knowledge and art. Proposals for 20-minute papers, 60- minute interactive workshops, round-table discussions, poetry and prose readings are requested. Email 250-word-long proposal and a CV to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Acceptance information will be emailed to participants by May 15, 2016. For more info, see: www.paas.org.pl/2015/12/aboriginal-north-america-and-europe-strengthening-connections .

April 22-24
Northern Indigenous Games

The Inaugural Northern Indigenous Games at Bemidji State University. The Northern Indigenous Games will be held for a week in April from Minneapolis to Bemidji. The events feature indigenous athletes and coaches presenting traditional games played by various Native cultures throughout North America. A film screening will be on April 22, featuring former NJCAA National Cross Country Champion Angelo Baca (Navajo/Hopi). BSU American Indian Resource Center will also host a Symposium on April 23 featuring indigenous perspectives of the indigenous games. Pre-registration required to participate in the film screening, symposium and indigenous games. All events are free. For a schedule, poster and registration form, see www.honorearth.org/northerngames .   

February Calendar of Events
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Thru July 2016
Why Treaties Matter traveling exhibit

This exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. government in Minnesota. Learn how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements still matter today. For info, see: http://mnhum.org/treaties .
• Feb. 1 - 21: Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, Winona.
• Feb. 29 - March 23: Alexandria Technical and Community College, Alexandria.
• March 30 - April 17: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis.
• April 25 - May 15: Metro State University, St. Paul.
• June 27 - July 17: Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes.

Thru Feb. 21
Arriving at Fresh Water: Contemporary Native Artists from Our Great Lakes

What is Native art today? It’s witty and warm, colorful and critical. It celebrates the past while challenging expectations. And some of the best art is being made right here and now in the Great Lakes area. This exhibition presents 14 of the region’s most visionary artists. They’re boldly tackling the biggest, most universal issues of the day, exploring truth and justice, community and self. They’re chronicling their own histories and the sweep of societal change. They’re pushing past assumptions into the realm of revelation—the promise of beauty to change the way we see. Free admission. Runs thru Feb. 21 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gallery 255, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis. For more info, see http://new.artsmia.org .

Thru Feb. 21
Mazinaakizige: Am. Indian Teen Photography Project -What Brings Us Together

Two Rivers Gallery and the Minnesota Historical Society present the Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography Project exhibition. "What Brings Us Together”. A culmination of six American Indian youth artists. The artists show a selection of photographs that they have taken through a ten-week program utilizing the skills they learned. Artists: Esmarie Cariaga, Wihinape Hunt, Ivan Mckeithan, Lupe Thornhill, and Austin Verley. Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members. The History Center in the "Strib" Gallery, 3rd Floor, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul. For more info, call 651-259-3000.

Thru March 4
Re-riding History: From the Southern Plains/Matanzas Bay

Artists respond to the historical journey of the Fort Marion prisoners through the creation of one original work on paper. Featuring work from dozens of artists including, Norman Akers, Edgar Heap of Birds, Georgia Deal, Jim Denomie, Shan Goshorn, Dyani White Hawk, Tom Jones, America Meredith, Hoka Skenadore, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and many more. Emily Arthur, Marwin Begaye and John Hitchcock present a curatorial project which metaphorically retraces the history of seventy-two American Indian peoples who were forcibly taken from their homes in Salt Fork, OK, and transported by train to St. Augustine, Florida. The United States war department imprisoned Cheyenne, Kiowa, Comanche, Arapaho, and Caddo leaders under Lieutenant Richard Henry Pratt from 1875-1878. The curators asked seventy-two artists to respond to the experience of imprisonment by creating an individual work on paper. The artists selected include Native American, non-Native and descendants from both periods of imprisonment. Free and open to the public. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-235-4970, or see: www.allmyrelationsarts.com .

Feb. 5-6
Free Dental Care for Children

Dentists at over 150 dental offices and clinics will be providing free dental care during the Minnesota Dental Association’s 14th annual Give Kids a Smile event. Nearly 2,500 volunteers are donating their time for this unique, charitable event. Patients seeking appointments should be 18 years or younger and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. People interested in scheduling an appointment can find a list of clinics with open appointments at: mndental.org/gkas or call United Way 211 (just dial 2-1-1) or 800-543-7709.

Feb. 8
Your Living Legacy Gathering

Join LeMoine LaPointe in a powerful community-based gathering to cultivate a shared vision for building a healthy and sustainable Native community. Through on-going conversations, participants will harvest community gifts to design a map for a transformational foundation of trust and confidence that incorporates Native traditions and positive innovation that will be supported and uplifted by community action. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St E. St. Paul. For more info, see: http://nativephilanthropy.org/programs/your-living-legacy .

Feb. 11 (deadline)
Seeds of Native Health  Grants

First Nations Development Institute Accepting Applications for 2016 “Seeds of Native Health” Grants Under Its Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative. The purpose of the Seeds of Native Health campaign is to support Native tribes and organizations working to eliminate food insecurity, promote access to fresh and healthy foods, and provide increased access to nutritional programs aimed at improving the overall nutrition and health of Native people and communities. Proposals due by 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Feb.11. For info, visit: www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2016SONH .

Feb. 11
Augsburg Fairview Academy Open House

Augsburg Fairview Academy is hosting an Open House from 4:00 - 8:00. Tour the school, meet staff and students, and listen to a student panel. Light refreshments, activities for children and applications will be available. Augsburg Fairview Academy is committed to providing the Native youth of the Twin Cities with a school that will meet their unique educational and culturally related academic needs, while preparing them to attend post-secondary education and become our future leaders. As a part of our Indian Education Program we offer: Ojibwe Studies, a Native American Presenter Series, a Native American Family Involvement Day, and a Native American College Fair. Our Recruitment Coordinator is available to meet with prospective students & families who would like to schedule a tour or enrollment meeting, and can be contacted at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 612-294-1016. 2504 Columbus Ave, Minneapolis.

Feb.12
Sobriety Friday

Monthly Celebration Dinner: An evening featuring special speakers, testimonials of sobriety, great food, gospel music and door prizes. Sponsored by Overcomers Ministries. This is a monthly event on the 2nd Friday of each month. 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. MAIC, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls.

Feb. 12
Elders Valentine Day Dance

American Indian elders 55 years and older are invited to attend. Band: Johnny Smith and Friends. Talent Show: 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. Door prizes, and dinner provided. 6 pm to 9 pm. (No children allowed.) At the Mpls. American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-874-9588.

Feb. 12 - April 1
Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities

Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities, a multidisciplinary group exhibition curated by Dyani White Hawk Polk, will be exhibited in the Inez Greenberg Gallery at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. It features works by Carolyn Anderson, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Maggie Thompson, and the creative team of Heid Erdrich, Louise Erdrich, and Elizabeth Day. Sinew will open with a reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. February 12. A panel discussion with participating artists will be held March 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. The exhibition and all related activities are free of charge. Presented in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover, a multi-week event through March that will engage more than 20 regional arts and cultural organizations in illuminating gender and racial inequalities. Inez Greenberg Gallery, Bloomington Center, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN. For more info, see: www.artistrymn.org .

Feb. 12
TechLoop

TechLoop Career Fair: learn about various career training opportunities in technology and speak with current students and organization representatives about their experiences. There will be hands-on activities available for people to try out some coding, take apart some hardware, and more. From 3-6 pm. Waite House Neighborhood Center, 24th & 13th ave., Mpls. For more info, see: www.puc-mn.org/waite-house .

Feb. 15
Augsburg Native American Film Series

The Augsburg Native American Film Series will host a special screening with Dr. Warne of the special PBS film “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making us Sick?” Join Donald Warne, (Oglala Lakota), MD, MPH Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, in a discussion and screening of Bad Sugar, a section of the PBS series that focuses on Native American communities. Reception in Sverdrup Hall, Main Lobby from 5:00-6:00 pm. Screening begins at 6:00 in Science Hall 123. Discussion with Dr. Warne follows. Free to the public. Augsburg College. For info, see: www.augsburg.edu .

Feb.18
Raving Native Date Night

Award-winning folk singer Annie Humphrey will perform new songs. Hosts include Wrong Burgundy (Tom LaBlanc), Vanna Brown (Simone Rendon), Joe Erhler (hand drum/love songs) and EM (DJ). Suggested donation $10 ($5 elders or with EBT card). Date Night with a Raving Native features Minnesota Native artists in a cabaret setting - food, drinks and fun. Future dates include March 17, April 21, and May 19. Sponsored by Oyate Hotanin. Las Mojarras, 1507 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis.

Feb. 18 (deadline)
Ojibwe Immersion Fellowships

The first Ojibwe Immersion Fellowship Program aims to raise the bar for language learning and language revitalization by assisting three fellows to achieve advanced levels of fluency. Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang will offer a comprehensive learning experience at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College for 14 months of full-time language study and immersion participation. Fellows will be selected for their level of fluency, linguistic aptitude, and commitment to Ojibwe language revitalization. Half of their time, the fellows will apprentice with elders, develop audio curriculum, study with faculty, and assist with teaching. The other half, they will gain experience in language revitalization through multiple venues including the Ojibwemotaadidaa immersion program, elementary immersion classrooms. Fellows will study and work full-time from May, 2016, through June 30, 2017. Fellow will receive $1800 per month stipend and $500 per month housing allowance for the 14-month period. Deadline is before noon on Feb. 18. See info: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 19
“Bring the Children Home” Play

Written by Marcie Rendon. This play presents a story about a young child searching for meaning and identity in a world gone crazy. Oday journeys to find his/her identity by breaking free of the pull toward Western society and relies on the spirits and elders. A story that blends physical and spiritual realities about the power of healing. Marcie R. Rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Anishinabe Nation. Free. 7:00-8:00 pm. Centennial Middle School Auditorium, 399 Elm St., Lino Lakes, MN.

Feb. 20
An Evening with Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is an American Indian poet, writer, and filmmaker. Much of his writing draws on his experiences as a Native American with ancestry of several tribes, growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Some of his  works are The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, and Smoke Signals. Hisyoung adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian won the 2007 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature. War Dances won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. 7:30 pm at the Carlson Family Stage. Cost: $5. For info, see: www.northrop.umn.edu/events/evening-sherman-alexie or call 612-624-2345. University of MN Northrup Auditorium, Carlson Family Stage, 84 Church Street SE, Minneapolis.

Feb. 23
Leech Lake Members Meeting

The Leech Lake Twin Cities Local Indian Council will hold its next monthly meeting in February 23 at the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The meeting is for Leech Lake members and will provide food and door prizes. Meet in the gym at MIWRC, 2300 25th Ave. S., Minneapolis. Fo info, email Logan at: 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

Feb. 29- March 4
40- Hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Training

Hosted by the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition. Topics include: 40 Hours of training will include:, Fundamentals of Sexual Assault Advocacy, Sexual Violence in Indian Country, Sex Offenders- What Advocates Need to Know, Core Skills of Advocacy, Social Change Advocacy, SARTS-Sexual Assault Response Teams, Advocacy Self Care and Burnout, Medical Response, Law Enforcement Response, Prosecution of Sexual Assault, Mental Health- Basic Info for Advocates, Sexual Assault Victimization, Impact of Sexual Assault, Advocacy for LGBTQ/Two Spirits, Elder Abuse, Adolescent and Child Sexual Abuse, Prostitution and Trafficking, and more. Hours: 9am-5pm each day. Training will be at the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis. Register with Cristine Davidson at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-646-4800.

Feb. 29 (deadline)
ILTF Summer Iinternship

ILTF is looking to hire two current undergraduate or graduate students as an interns for the summer of 2016 in the areas of research and education. The Research Intern will conduct outreach and general research to update Foundation records to improve relationships and the understanding of tribal land offices. Must have knowledge of database technology (Microsoft Access preferred). Edit curriculum lessons, develop and implement online education surveys, create a summer education outreach plan, and revise teacher training materials. Knowledge of federal and educational state standards desired. Experience with Drupal content manager a plus. Application deadline is Feb. 29. For more info see: www.iltf.org/news/announcements/2016-summer-internship-indian-land-tenure-foundation .

March 1
Making Space To Rise: Native Men and Boys

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition’s “Challenging Sexual Violence” movie premiere and community discussion. Four video vignettes have been created by Native men, for Native men; to provide examples of making safe space for healthy conversations about sexual violence with your son, your family, your community, your fellow menfolk, and especially within your own spirit. A free viewing hosted by Comanche Fairbanks and Jeremy Nevilles Sorrell. Light snacks and refreshments served. 7 pm. Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-813-5300.

March 3-6
13th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference

13th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference: The Power to Heal will be held at Maplelag Resort in Callaway, MN. For more information, see http://welrp.org/13th-annual-indigenous-farming-conference or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 4 (deadline)
Tulsa Artist Fellowship

Stipends, free housing and free workspace included. Open to local and national artists in the disciplines of writing and visual arts. All fellowships are merit-based grants, and fellows will be expected to integrate into the local community. For each discipline category (visual artists and writers) up to 15 fellowships will be awarded based on the quality of entries. Visual Artists: Fellows will be awarded a $20,000 unrestricted stipend with free downtown housing and workspace during Year One. Year Two is optional and will include a stipend of $7,500 plus free housing and workspace. The program will reserve some of the fellowship positions for Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian artists. Writers: Fellows will be awarded a $20,000 unrestricted stipend with free downtown housing for Year One of the two-year fellowship. During Year Two, fellows will receive a $12,500 unrestricted stipend and continued free private housing. Writers will focus on creative nonfiction, fiction, graphic novel, young-adult fiction, poetry and play/screen writing. Applications are due on March 4. The fellowship begin on January 9, 2017. To learn more see: www.TulsaArtistFellowship.org .

March 18 (deadline)
Native American Multimedia Internships

Vision Maker Media is offering Public Media Internships to undergraduate or graduate students. The purpose of the paid internships is to increase the opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in Public Broadcasting. Interns can be located at Vision Maker Media's offices at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska, or at a Public Television station in the United States. Vision Maker Media will contact Public Television stations that are requested by interns to determine placement options. Requirements: Multimedia and/or transmedia experience in journalism, writing, video, audio, editing, public relations/marketing and/or websites; Experience with social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, blogs, etc.); Be enrolled in a journalism, communications, or Native studies graduate or undergraduate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA.; and Eligible applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States. For more info, call 402-472-3522 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 19—20
18th Annual Cherish the Children Traditional Powwow

Doors Open at 11:00am. Registration at 11:00am. Grand Entries: Saturday 1:00 & 7:00pm, Feast: 5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm. Co -Emcees: Jerry Dearly and Reuben Crowfeather. Host Drum: Tomahawk Circle. Invited Drum: Oyate Teca. First 10 registered drums with a minimum of 5 singers will receive an honorarium. $5 Entry fee for ages 7+ Free entry for Elders & Veterans. Free entry per person with our Roy Roberts “Family in Need” Drive - donate a household/ family item. Youth Dance Specials—youth 17 years and under—(cash prizes). All Ages 2 Step Special—(1st-2nd-3rd place prizes). Junior Hand Drum Contest—(1st-2nd-3rd place prizes). 5th Annual Ain Dah Yung Center Ambassador Contest. For info contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Central High School, 275 Lexington Ave. St. Paul, MN.

March 19-20
Cherish the Children Powwow Royalty Contest

Contestants must: Be in full regalia, Be drug and alcohol free, Be enrolled in school (Elem.—H.S.), Be able to give an introduction and speech on why you would like to be ADYC Royalty. (Bonus points for saying your introduction in a Native language). To register contact Holly Henning at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 651-632-8923, or see: www.adycenter.org .

March 31 (deadline)
Artistry Opens Call for Artists

Emerging and established artists and artist groups residing in MN, N.D., S.D., IA, and WI, 18 years or older, are invited to submit a proposal for the 2018 Exhibition Program at Artistry. Individuals or groups working in any medium, with the exception of film or video, are eligible. Artists/artist groups based upon the quality of the artwork, creativity and originality, technical skill, and the overall quality of the proposal. Artists may be combined for a small group show or chosen for a solo exhibition. All proposals must be received online by March 31. Artistry curates approximately fourteen exhibitions per year in the Inez Greenberg Gallery and Atrium Gallery, both located in the Bloomington Center for the Arts. A $10 non-refundable application fee is required. For more info, see: artistrymn.org/visual_arts/apply/exhibit , or contact Rachel Daly at 952-563-8570.

January 2016
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Thru July 2016
Why Treaties Matter traveling exhibit

This exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. government in Minnesota. Learn how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements still matter today. For info, see: http://mnhum.org/treaties.
• Jan. 11-24: Winona State University, Winona.
• Feb. 1 - 21: Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, Winona.
• Feb. 29 - March 23: Alexandria Technical and Community College, Alexandria.
• March 30 - April 17: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis.
• April 25 - May 15: Metro State University, St. Paul.
• June 27 - July 17: Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes.

Thru Jan. 16  
Dimensions of Indigenous: Storytelling

Dimensions of Indigenous: Storytelling is a multi-disciplinary all nations art exhibition featuring both contemporary and traditional work of Indigenous artists of the Americas whose work evokes decolonization, resistance, and cultural identity. Curated by Gordon Coons (Ojibwa)  and Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, (Xinka-Lenca). Artists include: Colleen Casey (Dakota), Dakota Hoska, (Lakota) Maggie Thompson (Ojibwe), Cole Jacobson (Cree), Gordon Coons (Ojibwa), Julie Boada (Anishinabe), Gustavo Boada (Moche), Xilam Balam, (Mexica), Zamara Cuyun (K'iche/ Kaqchikel), Gabriela Erandi Spears (Matlatzinca/P'urhepecha), Rebekah Crisanta (Xinka-Lenca), Gustavo Lira (Mixteco/Zapotec). Closing reception: Jan. 16 from 2-5 pm. Join artists and curators for a closing reception to celebrate the work and artists. Music performance by Gustavo Lira & Xilam Balam. Exhibit runs Nov.19 to Jan. 16, 2016. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday from 10 am to -6 pm, and Saturdays from 12 to 5 pm. Admission: sliding scale; $3-10 per person suggested. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-871-4444, email: Info@ IntermediaArts.org, or see: www.intermediaarts.org.

Thru Jan. 19
Mazinaakizige: Am. Indian Teen Photography Project -What Brings Us Together

Two Rivers Gallery and the Minnesota Historical Society present the Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography Project exhibition. "What Brings Us Together”. A culmination of bringing together six American Indian youth artists to develop their digital photography skills in a guided, supportive, and culturally sensitive environment. The artists show a selection of photographs that they have taken through a ten-week program utilizing the skills they learned. This exhibition will travel across the state of Minnesota throughout the 2015-2016 program year. Artists: Esmarie Cariaga, Wihinape Hunt, Ivan Mckeithan, Lupe Thornhill, and Austin Verley. Two Rivers Gallery, MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis.

Thru Feb. 21
Arriving at Fresh Water: Contemporary Native Artists from Our Great Lakes

What is Native art today? It’s witty and warm, colorful and critical. It celebrates the past while challenging expectations. And some of the best art is being made right here and now in the Great Lakes area. This exhibition presents 14 of the region’s most visionary artists. They’re boldly tackling the biggest, most universal issues of the day, exploring truth and justice, community and self. They’re chronicling their own histories and the sweep of societal change. They’re pushing past assumptions into the realm of revelation—the promise of beauty to change the way we see. Free admission. Runs thru Feb. 21 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gallery 255, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis. For more info, see http://new.artsmia.org.

Thru March 4
Re-riding History: From the Southern Plains to Matanzas Bay

Artists respond to the historical journey of the Fort Marion prisoners through the creation of one original work on paper. Featuring work from dozens of artists including, Norman Akers, Edgar Heap of Birds, Georgia Deal, Jim Denomie, Shan Goshorn, Dyani White Hawk, Tom Jones, America Meredith, Hoka Skenadore, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and many more. Emily Arthur, Marwin Begaye and John Hitchcock present a curatorial project which metaphorically retraces the history of seventy-two American Indian peoples who were forcibly taken from their homes in Salt Fork, OK, and transported by train to St. Augustine, Florida. The United States war department imprisoned Cheyenne, Kiowa, Comanche, Arapaho, and Caddo leaders under Lieutenant Richard Henry Pratt from 1875-1878. The curators asked seventy-two artists to respond to the experience of imprisonment by creating an individual work on paper. The artists selected include Native American, non-Native and descendants from both periods of imprisonment. Free and open to the public. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-235-4970, or see: www.allmyrelationsarts.com.

Jan. 8
Native Arts & Crafts Sale

Native Arts & Crafts Sale First Friday of the Month. First Friday of each month the Native Art and Craft Sale takes place. Stop and shop for unique handmade items made by local Native American Artists. Shop local and support the local community. 1308 Franklin Ave Mpls MN. For more info, call Jacque Wilson at 612-871-6618. See Facebook page at : www.facebook.com/Native-Art-Craft-Sale-First-Friday-of-the-Month-135059473336718/?ref=bookmarks

Jan. 8
Sobriety Friday Monthly Celebration Dinner

Come and join us for an evening featuring special speakers, testimonials of sobriety, great food, gospel music and door prizes. Sponsored by Overcomers Ministries. This is a monthly event on the 2nd Friday of each month. 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. At The American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls.

Jan 8, 22
Phillips Indian Educators

Upcoming meeting for the Phillips Indian Educators will be held beginning at 9:00 am. All meetings are held at Migizi Communications, 1516 E Lake St #300, Minneapolis. Meetings for 2016 include: 1/8, 1/22, 2/12, 2/26, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22, 5/6, 5/20, 6/10, 6/24, 7/8, 7/22. For more info, contact Joe Rice at Nawayee Center School at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jan. 13
Free Writing Class for Writers of Color

This free, informal class is a preview of the free, craft-centered creative writing class David Mura will teach for writers of color and Indigenous writers at the Loft beginning February 3. In this preview class, Mura will introduce basic craft elements for writing poetry and fiction, engage students in one or two writing exercises, discuss issues related to the writing process, and touch on issues facing writers of color and Indigenous writers. Only open to writers of color and Indigenous writers (defined as people who are of Native American, Indigenous, Pacific Islander, Asian, Asian American, Arab, Middle Eastern, African, African American, Afro-Caribbean, Latino/a, Chicano/a, and mixed descent). No preregistration necessary, come as you are. 7:00 -8:30 p.m. Cafe SouthSide, 3405 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, 55407. The full class schedule will run Feb. 3 through Aug. 10, 14 sessions total.

Jan. 15 (deadline)
First Nations Development Institute Grants

First Nations Development Institute will award up to six grants of up to $30,000 each to strengthen the organizational, managerial and programmatic capacity of Native American-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs that have existing efforts in place to serve the field of Native American arts and artists in tribal communities in four states – Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Mountain Time on January 15, 2016. Eligible applicants must have existing program initiatives in place that emphasize strengthening the field of Native American arts and building the capacity of Native American artists in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. All applicants must fully complete the First Nations online grant application, including the submission of all necessary attachments. For-profit organizations and individual artists are not eligible. First Nations does not require federal recognition for tribal governments to apply, but they must have state recognition. More information and the online grant application can be found here: http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2016NACBI.

Jan.16, 23, 30 Feb. 13
Science Fusion: celebrate diversity in science

Connect with the diverse community of scientific professionals from the Twin Cities through science experiments and activities. Show young people of underserved communities the incredible career opportunities available in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Come to one of our four annual Science Fusion events, tailored for kids and adults alike. Up to four children get in free with each full price adult ticket purchased. Science Museum of Minnesota,  120 W. Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul. For more info, call 651-221-9444 or see: www.smm.org.
• Jan. 16: African Americans in Science, 1 to 4 p.m.
• Jan. 23: ¡Amantes de la Ciencia!, Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.
• Jan. 30: American Indians in Science, 1 to 4 p.m.
• Feb. 13: Asian Americans in Science, 1 to 4 p.m.

Jan. 27 (deadline)
Harvard’s Honoring Nation­

The Honoring Nations 2016 awards cycle is now open for nominations and applications. Honoring Nations will award up to six exemplary tribal programs. High Honors programs will receive $5,000 and Honors programs receive $2,000. Honoring Nations invites applications from American Indian governments across a broad range of subject areas, including, but not limited to: Economic, Social & Cultural Programs; Natural Resource Management; Governmental Policy Development & Reform; Intergovernmental Relations; Education, Justice and Health. To nominate a program or apply for an award, visit the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development website at www.hpaied.org or call 617-495-1480. The application deadline is January 27, 2016.

Jan. 27
The Native American Cancer Support Group

If you or someone you know is a cancer patient or survivor, we encourage you to join us for a meal and good company. This month we meet Wed. Jan. 27th from 6 to 8 pm, at East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Avenue South, Minneapolis. For more information, call Joy Rivera at 612-314-4843 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 1 (deadline)
College Scholarship Opportunity for TC High School Students

Wallin Education Partners has been providing financial and advising support to guide local Twin Cities students to college completion and is now accepting applications from current high school seniors. Wallin Education Partners selects students with high potential and financial need from 28 Twin Cities high schools to receive financial aid, professional advising and additional scholar services – providing not only the money for college, but the tools and resources to help students make the most of the experience. This unique program has resulted in more than 90% of scholars graduating from college. Selected scholars receive: Committed financial aid – up to $4,000/year for four years to augment grants and financial aid; Professional advisors—to help navigate college every step of the way; College to career programming – corporate mentors, internships, specialized career nights and more to help lead scholars toward fulfilling careers after college; ual, and foundation partners. Financial need is determined by family taxable income (must be less than $75,000 a year) and low to moderate assets. Any majors are accepted, but students are required to attend an eligible four-year public or private college within Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin or one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2016 and can be submitted online at www.wallinpartners.org/apply. Additional information about eligibility can be found on Wallin’s website: www.wallinpartners.org. 

March 19—20
18th Annual Cherish the Children Traditional Powwow

Doors Open at 11:00am. Registration at 11:00am. Grand Entries: Saturday 1:00 & 7:00pm, Feast: 5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm. Co -Emcees: Jerry Dearly and Reuben Crowfeather. Host Drum: Tomahawk Circle. Invited Drum: Oyate Teca. First 10 registered drums with a minimum of 5 singers will receive an honorarium. $5 Entry fee for ages 7+ Free entry for Elders & Veterans. Free entry per person with our Roy Roberts “Family in Need” Drive - donate a household/ family item. Youth Dance Specials—youth 17 years and under—(cash prizes). All Ages 2 Step Special—(1st-2nd-3rd place prizes). Junior Hand Drum Contest—(1st-2nd-3rd place prizes). 5th Annual Ain Dah Yung Center Ambassador Contest. For details contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Central High School, 275 Lexington Ave. St. Paul, MN.

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Thru July 2016
Why Treaties Matter traveling exhibit

This exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. government in Minnesota. Learn how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements still matter today. For info, see: http://mnhum.org/treaties .
• Nov. 16 - Dec. 6: Minnesota State University, Mankato.
2016 Dates:
• Jan. 11-24: Winona State University, Winona.
• Feb. 1 - 21: Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, Winona.
• Feb. 29 - March 23: Alexandria Technical and Community College, Alexandria.
• March 30 - April 17: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis.
• April 25 - May 15: Metro State University, St. Paul.
• June 27 - July 17: Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes.

Nov. 14 - Dec. 19
Art Exhibit: Ancestral by Meryl McMaster

Opening Reception: Saturday, Nov. 14 from 5 to 8 pm, with an Artist Talk at 4 pm. Exhibition will run Nov. 4 through Dec. 19. Ancestral will feature a selection of digital chromogenic prints from two of the artist’s photo-based projects, the Ancestral and In-Between Worlds series. The exhibition Ancestral is the premiere showing of McMaster’s work in the Twin Cities and the artist, who lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, will give an artist talk in the gallery preceding the exhibition opening. McMaster is a Plains Cree member of the Siksika Nation, and is also of British and Dutch ancestry. Bockley Gallery, 2123 w 21st Street, Minneapolis. For info, call 612-377-4669 or see: www.bockleygallery.com .

Nov.19 - Jan. 16  
Dimensions of Indigenous: Storytelling

Dimensions of Indigenous: Storytelling is a multi-disciplinary all nations art exhibition featuring both contemporary and traditional work of Indigenous artists of the Americas whose work evokes decolonization, resistance, and cultural identity. Curated by Gordon Coons (Ojibwa)  and Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, (Xinka-Lenca). Artists include: Colleen Casey (Dakota), Dakota Hoska, (Lakota) Maggie Thompson (Ojibwe), Cole Jacobson (Cree), Gordon Coons (Ojibwa), Julie Boada (Anishinabe), Gustavo Boada (Moche), Xilam Balam, (Mexica), Zamara Cuyun (K'iche/ Kaqchikel), Gabriela Erandi Spears (Matlatzinca/P'urhepecha), Rebekah Crisanta (Xinka-Lenca), Gustavo Lira (Mixteco/Zapotec). Closing reception: Jan. 16 from 2-5 pm. Join artists and curators for a closing reception to celebrate the work and artists. Music performance by Gustavo Lira & Xilam Balam. Exhibit runs Nov.19 to Jan. 16, 2016. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday from 10 am to -6 pm, and Saturdays from 12 to 5 pm. Admission: sliding scale; $3-10 per person suggested. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-871-4444, email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or see: www.intermediaarts.org .

Dec. 1, Jan 8, 22
Phillips Indian Educators

Upcoming meeting for the Phillips Indian Educators will be held beginning at 9:00 am. All meetings are held at Migizi Communications, 1516 E Lake St #300, Minneapolis. Meetings for 2016 include: 1/8, 1/22, 2/12, 2/26, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22, 5/6, 5/20, 6/10, 6/24, 7/8, 7/22. For more info, contact Joe Rice at Nawayee Center School at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Starts Dec. 2
Soogizin Dodem (Strengthening Families)

This group will couple traditional teachings and the creation of art with current mental health knowledge about trauma and trauma response. Our goal is to educate families about how trauma affects us and the many ways to heal. 10 sessions starting Dec. 2nd. Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Food and childcare provided. Open to all—both new and repeating participants. Provides a family assessment of strengths and needs. Teaches therapeutic methods of self-care & healing. Helps family members engage in positive activities together. For more info, call Jessica Gourneau at 651-793-3803, x3009 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or call Sierra Asamoa-Tutu, x3021 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it American Indian Family Center, 579 Wells St., Saint Paul.

Dec. 4
MIWRC Vendor Day

Artists, vendors, jewelry and great holiday wares will be for sale. Plus there will be Native Indian Taco concessions available. Get your gift buying done and grab some tasty fluffy golden delicious lunch. 10 am - 2 pm. MN Indian Womens Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis. For more info, contact Karen Joy DeJesus at 612-728-2022 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 4 - 19
Native Art & Craft Sale

First Friday of the month Native Art and Craft Sale. Stop and shop for unique handmade items made by local Native American Artists. Shop local and support the local community. 1308 Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For more info, call Jacque Wilson at 612-871-6618 or see: www.facebook.com/Native-Art-Craft-Sale-First-Friday-of-the-Month-135059473336718/?ref=bookmarks. 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, on the following dates:
• Dec 4th - 5th
• Dec 11th - 12th
• Dec 18th - 19th

Dec 5
Kids Crafts: Story Book Time and Dream Catchers

Enjoy stories and light snacks from noon to 1 pm, then from 1 to 3 pm weave a dream catcher to take home. The dream catcher is a woven web believed to protect the dream world of the person who sleeps beneath it. Cost is $5 per kit, does not include museum admission. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Noon - 3:00 pm at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For more info, call 320-532-3632 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 5
Birch Bark Ornament Workshop

Create miniature ornaments from birch bark that can be used to decorate for the holidays or to give as gifts. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. A minimum of five participants is required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. Cost: $25/$20 MNHS members, plus $15 supply fee. Noon - 4:00 pm. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For more info, call 320-532-3632 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 5, 12, 19
Two-Spirit Support Group

Two-Spirit and Native LGBT Support Group at Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave South, Minneapolis. Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm. For more information call Chris at 612-728-2011 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 8
American Indian College Fund Event

The American Indian College Fund is hosting an event in Minneapolis to discuss how American Indian scholars can overcome the odds to get a college degree, and to share a strategy about how to increase their numbers. Guest speaker is Cholena Smith, an American Indian College Fund scholar, member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation of Long Island, and magna cum laude graduate of Stony Brook University with a degree in anthropology and sociology. Complimentary cocktails and appetizers will be served. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis. For more info, contact Hannah Urano at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 303-429-4191.

Dec. 9
Indian Child Welfare Education Day

The Opioid Crisis in Indian Country: the Many-Headed Beast. Presenter: Phil Norrgard, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Director of Human Services. This presentation will explore the manner in which the pharmaceutical industry and the medical industry created what has been called “the worst man-made disaster in modern medical history” and how the Substance Abuse Disorder treatment industry has exploited the opioid crisis. Special emphasis will be given to the impact the crisis is having on American Indians living in Minnesota and what some tribes are doing to address it. 9:00 am. - 12:00 pm. CEU’s will be provided. There is no cost to attend this event. https://www.eventbrite.com. For further info, contact Sandy White Hawk at: sandywhitehawk@ gmail.com or 651-442-4872. Hennepin County Downtown Library, Pohlad Hall (2nd floor), 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

Dec. 11
Sobriety Friday

Monthly Celebration Dinner. Come and join us for an evening featuring; special speakers,testimonials of sobriety, great food, gospel music and door prizes. Sponsored by Overcomers Ministries. This is a monthly event on the 2nd Friday of each month from 6:30 pm. to 8:30 pm.The American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls. MN.

Dec. 11
The Circle Fundraiser with Winona LaDuke

The Circle board of directors (Robert Albee, Brenda Child, Celeste DeMars, Monica Flores, James Lenfestey, Lisa Yankton) and managing editor Catherine Whipple invite you to breakfast with Winona LaDuke to support The Circle. This year’s theme is “Honor 35 Years of The Circle, Honor Native Journalism, Honor the Earth” with internationally known author Winona LaDuke. LaDuke is a White Earth Ojibwe environmentalist, activist and author, known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation, as well as sustainable development. She is the executive director of White Earth Land Recovery Project, and Honor the Earth which she founded with Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers in 1993. LaDuke also helped found the Indigenous Women’s Network in 1985. LaDuke is the author of six books. 8:00 am. to 9:00 am. Doors open at 7:30 am. for coffee. $35 suggested donation. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis. RSVP at 612-722-3686, thecirclenews@ gmail.com, or see our facebook event at: www.facebook.com/ events/593143600826930 .

Dec 12-13
Native Arts & Crafts Christmas Sale

Christmas shopping? Buy handmade gifts from local Native artists. Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 am – 4 pm. Sunday, Dec. 13 from 1 pm – 4 pm. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E 23rd St., Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-721-4393.

Dec. 16
Author George Halvorson

Author George Halvorson will speak about child brain development. Halvorson is the chair and CEO of the Institute for InterGroup Understanding. The Institute works on issues of racism, prejudice, discrimination and InterGroup stress and conflict. Halvorson has published nine books on health care reform with the most recent being “Ending Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Disparities in American Health Care.” 3:00 -5:00 at All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis.

Dec. 18
Holidays on Franklin

Enjoy a tour of Christmas joy through Franklin Ave area. 3:00 pm-6:00 pm. The tour will begin at Indigenous People’s Task Force at 1135 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis. There will be a guide to go from there. For more info, email Vincent at NACC at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 18
Master of Tribal Resource Management meeting

UMD’s Tribal Sovereignty Institute will be discussing the draft plan for the proposed degree in Tribal Resourcee Management and invites the community to attend. 9 am. to 12 noon. University of Minnesota Duluth, Garden Room, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth, MN. Refreshments provided. RSVP to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 18, 20
Manidoo Giizisoons Feast

Join us for a Manidoo Giizisoons Feast (Feast of the Little Spirit Moon) with The Sioux Chef. Each evening will include a Native craft fair, silent auction, and 4-course feast celebrating the abundance of our Anishinaabe Akiing - all traditional "pre-contact" foods prepared using the methods of our ancestors. All proceeds support our work to protect our water, manoomin (wild rice), Mother Earth, and way of life. For more info, see: www.sioux-chef.com or www.honorearth.org
• Dec. 18: Spring House Ministry Center, Minneapolis.  
• Dec. 20: Clyde Ironworks, Duluth.

Jan. 27 (deadline)
Harvard’s Honoring Nation­

The Honoring Nations 2016 awards cycle is now open for nominations and applications. Honoring Nations will award up to six exemplary tribal programs. High Honors programs will receive $5,000 and Honors programs receive $2,000. Honoring Nations invites applications from American Indian governments across a broad range of subject areas, including, but not limited to: Economic, Social & Cultural Programs; Natural Resource Management; Governmental Policy Development & Reform; Intergovernmental Relations; Education, Justice and Health. To nominate a program or apply for an award, visit the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development website at www.hpaied.org or call 617-495-1480. The application deadline is January 27, 2016.

 

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