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November 2017 Calendar of Events
Tuesday, November 07 2017
 
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Thru Nov. 17
OZHITOON (MAKE)

“Ozhitoon” is an exhibit showcasing quillwork from the Two Rivers Gallery summer quill class and mosaics created by youth from the Little Earth Youth Development Center, in partnership with Good Space Murals. Free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10am - 4pm. Two Rivers Gallery, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.

Thru April 22, 2018
Renewing What They Gave Us

“Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence,” is an exhibit of original beadwork, birch bark and textile artwork by five contemporary American Indian artists on display alongside the MNHS artifacts that inspired them. The artists, Jessica Gokey, Pat Kruse, Denise Lajimodiere, Gwen Westerman and Holly Young. For info, see: www.minnesotahistorycenter. org/exhibits/renewing-what-they-gave-us .

Nov. 1 - Dec. 20
Smoking Cessation Support Group

Smokers and former smokers (+18) interested in smoking cessation support are invited to join the support group starting Nov. 1st.  2-3pm for 8 weeks. Indian Health Board, 1315 E 24th St. (Assembly Room 1, 3rd floor), Minneapolis. To register, contact Andre Peri at 612-721-9826.

Nov. 3-5
Women's Congress for Future Generations

Come join us as we gather around the Sacred Circle and deepen our commitment to Mother Earth. This year’s focus is on Climate, Health, and Justice. We are committed to healing the wounds among and between us, to hearing each other’s stories and to finding a way forward together as told to us by the Anishinaabe in the 7th Fire Prophecy. From Nov. 3 starting at 10:30 am to Nov. 5, ending at 12:30 pm. Cost varies according to ability to pay. Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr, Brooklyn Center. For info, contact Elizabeth Anders at 612-986-4327 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Ann Manning at 612-802-8513 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Register at wcffg.org .

Nov. 4
Gathering Our Children Powwow

Gathering Our Children and Returning Adoptees Powwow. MC: Jerry Dearly. ADs: Windy Downwind and Kirk Crow Shoe. Host Drum: Oyate Teca. Color Guard: Tinta Wita Honor Guard. 10am – 1pm: Adoptees, formerly fostered individuals and birth relatives are invited to gather in the auditorium on the 2nd floor of the Indian Center to meet and visit with other adoptees. 1pm: Grand Entry. 3pm: Wablenica Ceremony - The Wablenica Song (Orphan Song) will be sung for those returning adoptee and fostered individuals and their families. 5:30pm: Feast. 6pm – 7pm: TBA. 7pm: Grand Entry 8pm: Honor Song for foster and adoptive parents. 9pm: Honor Song and recognition for our young relatives who have turned 21 in foster care. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis. For info, contact Tina Knafla at 612-348-9662; Sandy White Hawk at 651-442-4872 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Jacque Wilson at 612-747-5247 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 6 (deadline)
Call is now open to established American Indian and Alaska Native artists to apply for a one-year NACF Mentor Artist Fellowship to mentor an emerging American Indian and Alaska Native artist apprentice. Established artists should have at least ten years of experience in the Traditional Arts or Contemporary Visual Arts fields. This is a regional fellowship focusing in the Pacific Northwest, Southwest and Upper Midwest areas of the United States. Eligible applicants must be at least a five-year resident of, and enrolled in an American Indian tribe or Alaska Native corporation located in Alaska, Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Southern California, Washington or Wisconsin. The Mentor Artist Fellowship is a monetary award of $30,000 — $20,000 to the mentor, $5,000 for the joint art project and $5,000 for the apprentice’s expenses — gas, supplies. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 6. The mentoring period will be from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. For info, see: www.nativeartsandcultures.org/mentor-fellowships .

Nov. 7, 9
AIFACS Foster Care Meetings

AIFACS is hosting more foster care/shelter home informational sessions in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  November 7th from 2pm-3pm and 5:30pm-6:30pm. Minneapolis: November 9th from 2pm-3pm. Light food and beverage will be served. RSVP to Kelly 651-223-8526 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 8
Augsburg Native American Film Series

Augsburg Native American Film Series Presents: NAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place/it flies. falls./] This experimental documentary explores the Ojibwe story of the Seven Fires Prophecy, which has been interpreted as predicting the arrival of the Europeans in North America and the subsequent destruction they caused. Bold, smart, and unflinching, the film examines the relationship between cultural tradition and modern indigenous identity. Discussion with filmmakers follows. This event is free to the public. Reception 6:15-6:45pm. Screening begins at 7pm. Augsburg University, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave S., Minneapolis. For info, contact M. Elise Marubbio at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or see: www.augsburg.edu/filmseries/ inaatese .

Nov. 8  
ADYC’s Foster Care Recruitment

Ain Dah Yung Center’s foster care recruitment session, in partnership with Ramsey County, from 5:30-7pm. Come honor our Native foster youth’s voices by listening to their foster care experiences and opinions on how to improve our foster care system. Hear from licensed Native foster parents, along with Native foster youth to help answer questions you may have about the licensing process. Come eat and learn more about becoming a foster parent in Ramsey County. Win a $10, $20 or even $50 gift card. Ain Dah Yung Center, 1089 Portland Ave., St. Paul. For info, call 651-227-4184, ext. 16, or 651-417-3813.

Nov. 8-10
6th Annual FASD Matters Conference

The conference will bring together experts, key stakeholders, and consumers. Over three days there will be a pre-conference, keynote presentations, and breakout sessions on the latest research, promising strategies, and innovative programs related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Individual Registration $125. Minneapolis Marriott NW, 7025 Northland Dr N, Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis. See www.mofas.org/fasdmatters for more info.

Nov. 9
Native Artist Talk Series: Dyani White Hawk

UMN Department of American Indian Studies presents Native Artist Talk Series: Dyani White Hawk. Dyani White Hawk (Rosebud Sioux) earned a MFA in studio arts in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and BFA in 2-Dimensional studio arts in 2008 from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Her work has been acquisitioned into the collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Tweed Museum of Art, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Akta Lakota Museum, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin Union Art Collection and others. She is represented by Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis and Shiprock Santa Fe. 6:30-8pm. Walter Library, Room 402, 117 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis (University of Minnesota East Bank Campus). For info, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-624-5052.

Nov. 10
MIWRC’s A Healing Event for Community Providers

Learn how stress affects your ability to function and care for your clients, families, and most importantly, yourself. The day will be filled with experts in Mind-Body Medicine teaching different total relaxation skills and Traditional Healer Elders sharing their knowledge for living in harmony. Registration is necessary but there is no cost to attend this event. Space is limited so register  soon. 8am - 4pm. Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown, 1500 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis. For more info, contact 612-728-2011 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 10
Minority-Owned Small Business Forum

Senator Franken is hosting a minority-owned small business forum. The event will be an opportunity for businesses to learn about resources to help grow and expand. Panelists will highlight resources related to technical assistance, access to capital, as well as contracting opportunities. 8:30am-12:30pm. Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis. Space is limited. For info and to register, see: www.eventbrite.com/e/us-senator-al-frankens-minority-owned-small-business-forum-tickets-39298247115 .

Nov. 10 (deadline)
Native Artist in Residence

St. Paul Public School's Indian Education is looking for an artist to work with student to create a large scale canvas painting. The canvas will be hung in the cultural space. Students must be part of the design, which needs to encompass the Medicine Wheel and Grandfather Teachings. The artist will be paid a stipend and all paint supplies and materials will be provided. The art piece(s) must be completed by March 2018. If interested, email your name, contact information, stipend requirement, and pictures of your art samples to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (Accepting emails until Nov. 10.) One artist will be selected by November 22. For info, contact Kerrie at 651-744-3388.

Nov. 10
St. Paul Public School  Indian Ed Powwow

American Indian Magnet School, 1075 E 3rd St., St. Paul, MN. 6-8 pm. For more information, or for vendors, contact 651-293-5191. Powwow also held on:
• January 12
• February 9
• March 9

Nov. 10 -12
Activism and Resilience

Addressing Grand Challenges through Public Affairs.This free student conference will introduce the rewarding career of public service and the role that it plays in promoting activism and resilience in our communities. Hear from faculty, students, alumni, and community members working in the field of public policy. Participants will be undergraduate freshman, sophomores or juniors at a 2 or 4-year college or university with interest in the public sector. Preference will be given to Minnesota-based students but applications are welcome from students living outside of Minnesota. Preference will also be given to underrepresented students. For info, contact Courtney Barrette at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-625-2099.

Nov. 11
Walleye Dinner Fundraiser

A Walleye Dinner fundraiser will be held with all proceeds going to the Elders Lodge, Special Elder Events. Cost is $10 per plate. They are also looking for volunteers to help out that day. Fundraiser takes place from 1-4 p.m. Elders Lodge, 1500 Magnolia Ave E., St. Paul. For info, contact Judy Olson at 651-353-2883.

Nov. 11
Veteran’s Wacipi at Lower Sioux

The 4th annual Veteran’s Wacipi at Lower Sioux will be held at Jackpot Junction’s Dakota Exposition Center. MC: Butch Felix. AD: Cody Seaboy. Host drum: Red Tree Singers. First five registered drums receive honorarium. Moccasin tournament. Kawitaya Dakota Uncap Kte Language Bowl. Feast at 5pm. Day pay for dancers. Free admission. Open to the public. For info, call 507-697-8672.

Nov. 11
Humphrey and Walking Elk in Concert

Folk singer/songwriters Annie Humphrey and Mitch Walking Elk will perform together. Humphrey is a singer/songwriter from the Leech Lake Ojibwe Nation. Mitch Walking Elk is an enrolled member of the Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He is a singer, songwriter and musician, and has toured in Europe. 7-10pm. The Open Eye Theatre, 506 E 24th St, Minneapolis. For info, call 612-874-6338.

Nov. 12
3rd Annual Traditional Lacrosse Games

Twin Cities Native Lacrosse hosts 3rd annual traditional wooden-stick lacrosse games. Indoor event inside covered dome with artificial grass surface. All ages and abilities are invited to come learn and play. All sticks and equipment provided. Youth and adult games. 10am - 3pm: Warm-ups start at 10am, organized games start after 1am. Free. Savage Sports Center, 13450 Dakota Ave., Savage, MN. For info, contact John Hunter at 651-587-9681 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or see: twincitiesnativelacrosse.org

Nov. 13
Hopi Water Protector Vernon Masayesva

Vernon Masayesva, former chair of the Hopi nation in Arizona and founder and executive director of Black Mesa Trust, is an internationally respected speaker and activist for preserving water resources and he environment for future generations. He resigned as chair of the Hopi tribal council to protest the decision to allow Peabody Coal Company to consume billions of gallons of precious fossil water from an arid region as a cheap way to slurry coal to an electricity generating station 273 miles away in Nevada. In 1998, he founded Black Mesa Trust (www.blackmesatrust.org), whose motto is, “Paatuaquatsi, Water is Life.” An international speaker on water and Hopi values, he has been honored by activists including Peter Coyote and Jane Fonda and scientists. As a result of his commitment to preserving water and the environment, he was honored by President Bill Clinton as an “Environmental Hero.” The event is free. A reception with Mr. Masayesva will follow the event. Event will be catered by The Sioux Chef. 7 pm at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis.

Nov. 14
Louise Erdrich Reading

Join Louise Erdrich in celebration of her new novel "Future Home of the Living God". The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant. A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work: a moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time. $32 per seat includes one copy of Future Home of the Living God for each person registered. 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. Registration required. Seating is limited. St. Paul's Church on Lake of the Isles, 1917 Logan Ave So., Minneapolis. (Handicap accessible,  on-street parking only.) For event details and registration visit https://birchbarkbooks.com/future-home-event .

Nov. 14, Dec. 12
Family Education Diabetes Series (FEDS)

A free series that brings together American Indians and their families to share knowledge and resources to prevent and manage diabetes. Free. Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, Department of Indian Work, 1671 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Contact Sarah Goodall at 651-789-3862 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 15
Elder Fall Feast

Native American Elders - 60 years and up. Enjoy food, door prizes and bingo. Free. 5-8pm. Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St, (Dakota Lodge) Minneapolis. For info, call Sandra Rivera at 612-279-6379.

Nov. 15
Indigenous Community Day

North Hennepin Community College invites everyone to Indigenous Community. Hip-hop artists Thomas X and Tufawon will perform. Everyone is welcome. 10:00am: Youth Workshop with Thomas X and Tufawon, no pre-registration required. 10:45am: Welcome by NHCC President, Barbara McDonald. 10:50am: Opening Ceremony by Randy Grescyk & Red Bone Singers. 11:10am: Tufawon Performance. Noon: Thomas X Performance. Grand Hall, North Hennepin Community College, 7411 85th Ave.N., Brooklyn Park.

Nov. 16
The Native American College Fair

Twin Cities Native youth and their families can have meaningful conversation with representatives about college life, courses and admission and financial aid requirements. Post-secondary and community program representatives, Financial Aid Room, and a Career Room. In the Financial Aid Room students and their families can learn about Financial Aid options, including the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program, and get assistance in submitting their FAFSA application. In the Career Room, utilizing the financial literacy program Reality Store, students will visit with American Indian professionals representing a variety of career areas to learn about the expenses associated with each in order to complete a monthly budget. Students will also be able to engage professionals in career-type questions. Although created specifically for Native youth in the Twin Cities the Native American College Fair is open to the public, we welcome all students, their families. The college fair is free and includes a healthy light meal and door prizes. 5:30–7:30pm. East Phillips Community and Cultural Center in Minneapolis, 2307 17th Ave S, Minneapolis. For info, see: www.facebook.com/NativeAmericanCollegeFair .

Nov. 16
Native Artist Talk Series: Carter Meland

UMN Department of American Indian Studies presents Carter Meland. Carter Meland (White Earth Anishinaabe) received his Ph.D. in American Studies with a thesis that examined the role of trickster figures in the works of contemporary Native novelists. He has published articles, stories, and poems in journals and books including Studies in American Indian Literatures, Yellow Medicine Review, Seeing Red: Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins, and Sudden Storm: A Wendigo Reader. He has taught in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus since 1999. 6:30-8:00pm. Rapson Hall, Room 100, 89 Church St. SE, Minneapolis (University of Minnesota East Bank Campus) For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-624-5052.

Nov. 17
Honoring Native American Veterans Dinner

3rd annual dinner to honor Native Veterans and their families. Raffles, star quilt, casino packages, Yeti cooler and door prizes. Serving walleye, buffalo meat loaf, wild rice cole slaw and dessert. Free. MAIC, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. 4:30-7:30pm. For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-341-3358, ext. 175.

Nov. 18
Linda LeGarde Grover/Duluth

Linda LeGarde Grover will be reading and signing her new book, Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year. Long before it was known as Duluth, the land at the western tip of Lake Superior was known to the Ojibwe as Onigamiising, “the place of the small portage.” In fifty short essays, Linda LeGarde Grover reflects on the spiritual beliefs and everyday practices that carry the Ojibwe through the year and connect them to this northern land of rugged splendor. At Barnes & Noble in Duluth: 12-3pm. Barnes & Noble Duluth, 1600 Miller Trunk Hwy., Duluth. For more info, see: www.upress.umn.edu/press/ events .

Nov. 30
Tiwahe Foundation Circle of Giving

Keynote Speaker Karen Diver. Diver served as Chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa from 2007-20015. She was then appointed by President Obama to be the Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs, serving to the end of the Administration. Karen currently serves as Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence at The College of St. Scholastica. Join us to honor Kelly Drummer and celebrate the work of Tiwahe Grantees and the importance of language, culture, education and giving in our community. By supporting the 2017 Circle of Giving event, you will help Tiwahe Foundation grow as a Community Foundation for the American Indian Community, honor our grantees, affirm our community, introduce more people to our work and build support to achieve our endowment goal. 6-9pm. 6pm: Hors d’Oeuvres and cash bar, reception and networking. 7pm: Program and Dessert. Tickets $100. McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 Oak St., Minneapolis. Purchase tickets online by Nov. 20th at http://tiwahefoundation.org/tiwahe-events .

Dec. 1
MAICC 30th Anniversary Dinner

Tatanka Means and Bunky Echo Hawk will help celebrate MAICC’s 30 years! The MN American Indian Chamber of Commerce’s annual fundraiser and dinner event will be celebrating their history and accomplishments. Send pictures, stories and your service to the MAICC over the past 30 years if you would like to be included in the presentation. 4:30-8pm. Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake. For info, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 1-2
Elders Christmas Crafts Sale

Native American Elders Christmas Crafts Sale. Selling an array of craft items including necklaces, earrings, and other Native American arts and craft items. Dec. 1 from 4-7pm; and Dec. 2nd from 1-5pm. Elders Lodge, 1500 Magnolia Ave, East St.Paul. For info, contact Rachel McCaffrey at 651-756-7085.

Dec. 6, 7, 8
Motivational Interviewing

The Learning Center of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center will be holding Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: A Counseling Approach that Fits with Native Values. Motivational Interviewing (MI), developed by William Miller, Ph.D. and Stephen Rollnick. Ph.D. in the 1980s is an Evidence-Based Practice that holds a key to unlocking our clients' own unique intrinsic motivations to make significant changes in their lives. It has been shown to be an effective approach to treatment in many fields including substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, diabetes management and other healthcare areas, juvenile justice, corrections and workforce counseling. Focus will be on meaningful connections and uses of MI in a way that appreciates and supports the Native cultural value system; and will examine the basic concepts and uses of MI, practice using MI tools, and learn the steps in mastery of this valuable tool for our counseling toolboxes. Betty Poitra, LSW, MA (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) is a Motivational Interviewer trainer and has over 30+ years’ experience working in child welfare, extensive experience in mental health and chemical health programs working with tribal and urban communities. Jane Nakken, Ed. D is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and has been a substance abuse prevention and treatment professional since 1974. Cambria Suites, Maple Grove, 9655 Grove Circle North Maple Grove, MN. For info, see: www.miwrc.org/events/MI_December2017.php

Dec. 7
AIOIC’s Community Career Fair

The American Indian OIC will host the “AIOIC Career Fair: Networking, Interviewing, and Hidden Opportunities” to help the community gain access to state and local employers with open positions. Job seekers will have the opportunity to network with potential employers and participate in interviews. This career fair is open to anyone in the Twin Cities 7-County Metro Area and is designed to help fill workforce gaps in high-demand fields. Noon to 4pm. American Indian OIC, 1845 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact Latisha Cannon at 612-341-3358, ext.133 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 15
Native Authors Breakfast Fundraiser

The Circle board invites you to join us for our annual Native Authors Breakfast Fundraiser to support The Circle, the voice of Native journalism in the Twin Cities, serving the Native community and regional readers for 37 years. Linda LeGarde Grover, author of Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year, and other books, will read from her work. Join us for breakfast, community, and good conversation. 8-9:00am. Doors open at 7:30am for coffee and mingling. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis. RSVP to The Circle at 612-722-3686 or email: 
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Dec. 20 (deadline)
Honor the Earth Grants

Honor the Earth is accepting grant proposals from indigenous-led organizations. Grant focus is on the protection and revitalization of sacred ways, rivers, and places. For info, see www.honorearth.org/grants_app . For questions, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 218-375-3200. 

Native Authors Breakfast Fundraiser 2017
Tuesday, October 10 2017
 
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Join Us for Breakfast with   
Linda LeGarde Grover

Friday, December 15, 2017
8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Doors open at 7:30 for coffee 

The Circle board invites you to join us for our annual
Native Authors Breakfast Fundraiser to support The Circle,
the voice of Native journalism in the Twin Cities, serving the
Native community and regional readers for 37 years. 

Enjoy good conversation and a light breakfast with coffee and juice while listening to Native author Linda LaGarde as she reads from her new book, Onigamiising, and other works.

All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis
$35 suggested donation

To RSVP and reserve your spot, see Eventbrite or call 612-722-3686. (Eventbrite is the preferred RVSP method.)

onigamiisingbookcoverimage.jpgLinda LeGarde Grover is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe and a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She is author of the short fiction collection The Dance Boots (U of Georgia Press 2010), novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass (U of Minnesota Press 2014), poetry collection The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives (Red Mountain Press 2016) and essay collection Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year (U of Minnesota Press 2017). Her writings have received the Flannery O'Connor Award, the Janet Heidinger Katka Prize, the Red Mountain Editor's Award, the Native Writers & Storytellers Fiction Award, and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry.

Onigamiising

From the publisher: Long before it came to be known as Duluth, the land at the western tip of Lake Superior was known to the Ojibwe as Onigamiising, “the place of the small portage.” There the Ojibwe lived in keeping with the seasons, moving among different camps for hunting and fishing, for cultivating and gathering, for harvesting wild rice and maple sugar. In Onigamiising Linda LeGarde Grover accompanies us through this cycle of the seasons, one year in a lifelong journey on the path to Mino Bimaadiziwin, the living of a good life. 

In fifty short essays, Grover reflects on the spiritual beliefs and everyday practices that carry the Ojibwe through the year and connect them to this northern land of rugged splendor. As the four seasons unfold—from Ziigwan (Spring) through Niibin and Dagwaagin to the silent, snowy promise of Biboon—the award-winning author writes eloquently of the landscape and the weather, work and play, ceremony and tradition and family ways, from the homey moments shared over meals to the celebrations that mark life’s great events. Now a grandmother, a Nokomis, beginning the fourth season of her life, Grover draws on a wealth of stories and knowledge accumulated over the years to evoke the Ojibwe experience of Onigamiising, past and present, for all time.

 

 

Oct 2017 Community Calendar
Friday, October 06 2017
 
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Thru Oct. 14
Edgar Heap of Birds

The Bockley Gallery is will host an upcoming exhibition of Edgar Heap of Birds. The show will feature a range of Heap of Birds text-based works that spans three decades of his artistic practice, beginning in the mid-1980s. Also on view will be examples of his abstract, acrylic on canvas Neuf paintings and one commissioned public artwork that will be installed on the exterior wall of the gallery. Exhibit runs through Oct. 14. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5pm. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-377-4669 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thru Oct. 29
We the People

For its fall exhibition, We the People, Minnesota Museum of American Art invited four guest curators—Christopher Harrison (independent curator and artist), Johnnay Leenay (Minnesota Museum of American Art), Mary Anne Quiroz (Indigenous Roots Cultural Center), and Maggie Thompson (Two Rivers Art Gallery)—to present artworks with disparate cultural points of view, reflecting on the complexities of contemporary American identities. Artists include Star Wallowing Bull, Zackary Drucker, Rico Gatson, Susan Hauptman, Nooshin Hakim Javadi, Steve Ozone, and others. The exhibition is free and open to the public. We the People is on view through October 29 at the Historic Pioneer Endicott, 141 E. 4th St., St. Paul. For info, call 651-204-0700 or see: http://mmaa.org/wethepeople .

Thru Oct. 30
Gordon Coons Exhibit

The MacRostie Gallery will be displaying the work of Gordon Coon’s current exhibit Expressions of My Journey; Expressions of My Journey. Self-taught artist Gordon Coons creates works in a variety of mediums including linoleum block prints, paintings, pen and ink, carvings in stone and wood. The MacRostie Gallery will display his woodcut prints, vibrant duct-tape images, and Ojibwe woodland art style paintings. Inspired by Ojibwe petroglyphs, images, and stories from birch bark scrolls, these paintings are sometimes described as x-ray vision. He is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Tribe of Wisconsin. Opening Reception: October 6 from 4-7pm. MacRostie Art Center, 405 First Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MN. For info, contact 218-326-2697 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or see: macrostieartcenter.org .

Thru Nov. 17
OZHITOON (MAKE)

“Ozhitoon” is an exhibit showcasing quillwork from the Two Rivers Gallery summer quill class and mosaics created by youth from the Little Earth Youth Development Center, in partnership with Good Space Murals. Free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10am - 4pm. Two Rivers Gallery, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.

Thru April 22, 2018
Renewing What They Gave Us

“Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence,”is an exhibit of original beadwork, birch bark and textile artwork by five contemporary American Indian artists on display alongside the MNHS artifacts that inspired them. The artists, Jessica Gokey, Pat Kruse, Denise Lajimodiere, Gwen Westerman and Holly Young, created the artwork as part of the MNHS Native American Artist-in-Residence program. Since 2014, the program has helped revive the study of technique, knowledge and lifeways associated with traditional forms of American Indian artistry. For info, see: http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/exhibits/renewing-what-they-gave-us .

Oct. 2-30
Ginew/Golden Eagle Youth Program

G/GE is an after school prevention program that teaches a 23 month resiliency curriculum. We have physical activities, sports, tutoring (Indian Youth Study Time) arts and crafts, and fieldtrips. We serve a meal each night and have limited transportation to and from the program within a designated service area. Mondays through Thursdays from 5pm-7pm. Mon and Tues: 5-10 year-olds meet from 5pm to 8pm. Wed. and Thurs.: 11 and older youth meet from 5-8pm. Free. MAICC, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-879-1708.

Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Intro to Dakota/Ojibwe Language for youth

Intro to Dakota Language for youth. Taught by Dawi/Huha Maza, from 5-7pm. Intro to Ojibwe Language for youth, taught by Memegwesi, from 5-7pm. Free. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Minneapolis. For info, contact
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Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Women’s Empowerment Group

Women’s Empowerment Group invites women within the community to come together to share their feelings, thoughts, experiences, and hopes in a safe place. The group discusses a range of topics to promote healing, including historical trauma, self-care, and lateral violence.  Indigenous practices such as smudging, talking circles, and art are incorporated to foster holistic health. 2-3:30pm. Indian Health Board Counseling and Support Clinic,1315 E. 24th St. Minneapolis. For info, call  612-721-9800 or see: http://indianhealthboard.com .

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 24
Girls’ LEGO Group

Girl’s LEGO Group at the Indian Health Board helps girls (ages 8 to 11) who may need additional skills or practice in managing frustration, improving self-esteem, and increasing social skills. We meet weekly on Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:45pm. Indigenous practices such as smudging, talking circles, and art are incorporated to foster holistic health. Indian Health Board Counseling and Support Clinic, 1315 E. 24th St. Minneapolis. For info, call 612-721-9800 or see: http://indianhealthboard.com .

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
Ojibwe/Dakota Language
Intro to Dakota Language, taught by Cante Maza. From 5:30–7pm. Intermediate Ojibwe language taught by Memegwesi. From 5:30–7pm. Both are open to the community. Free. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Minneapolis. For info, contact 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

Oct. 5
Native Poets/Artists

The New Museum for Archaic Media: An evening of Poem Films presents Heid E. Erdrich, Jonathan Thunder, Elizabeth Day, and Andrea Carlson. Erdrich will perform poems from her book, “Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media” between screenings, followed by discussion with the filmmakers with whom Erdrich collaborated. Short films of Erdrich’s poems include Indigenous Elvis Works the Medicine Line, Undead Faerie Goes Great with India Pale Ale, It was Cloudy and Pre-Occupied. 6:30pm. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis. For more info, see: https://new.artsmia.org/ event/the-new-museum-for-archaic-media-an-evening-of-poem-films-2 .

Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
Ojibwe/Dakota Language

Intermediate Dakota Language, open to community, taught by Dawi /Huha Maza. 5-7pm. Intro to Ojibwe, open to community, taught by Memegwesi. 5-7pm. Free. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 Ea. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact 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

Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
Niizh Manidoowag  Two-Spirit Group

Niizh Manidoowag Two-Spirit Group is an open group inviting two-spirit people to come together to share thoughts, feelings, and hopes with one another in a safe space. This group includes Indigenous wellness practices such as talking circles and smudging to foster holistic wellness. From 2:15 to 3:45pm. Indian Health Board Counseling and Support Clinic, 1315 E. 24th St. Minneapolis. For info, call 612-721-9800 or see: http://indianhealthboard.com .

Oct. 7, 8, 21, 22, Nov. 4, 5
Ogichidakwe Council Advocacy Training

Ogichidakwe Council Advocacy Training, Helping Victims/Survivors Of Sexual Violence & Abuse. The training is intended for community women helping family and friends who disclose sexual violence/abuse. Limited to 20 community members. Child Care and Transportation assistance available. 9am to 5pm each day. Elder’s Lodge, 1500 Magnolia Ave., East St. Paul. For info, contact Eileen Hudon at 763-244-5815. Register with Jessica Owen at 612-250-5907.

Oct. 9
Indigenous Peoples Day

Join us for a community-planned Indigenous Peoples Day 2017 celebration. Round Dance and Rally. MC: Deanna Standing Cloud. Speakers: A representative from Stop Line 3 efforts, and a representative from MMIW efforts will be in attendance. Performances: Wakemup Productions, Oyate Hotanin. 4-7pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1430 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, see: www.indigenouscities.com .

Oct. 9
St. Paul’s Indigenous Peoples Parade

Join us for the St. Paul Indigenous People’s Day Parade. The theme this year is "Protect Mother Earth". Start time is 11am. The parade line up begins at 10am at the parking lot of American Indian Magnet School, off 3rd St. at Earl in St. Paul. The route is the same as last year, from AIMS to Mounds Park. The park will have performers, student speakers, singing, dancing and celebrations of Indigenous Peoples. All participants are encouraged to create floats, banners, and posters to make a statement on ways Indigenous people can protect our Earth. Each registered group/class will be judged along the parade path and trophies will be awarded to the best group/class. To register your group, contact Pam Gokey at 651-793-3803 or at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Oct. 10
Family Education Diabetes Series (FEDS)

A free series that brings together American Indians and their families to share knowledge and resources to prevent and manage diabetes. Free. Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, Department of Indian Work, 1671 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Contact Sarah Goodall at 651-789-3862 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it The event will also be held on these dates:
• Nov. 14
• Dec. 12

Oct. 10-11
NIBI MIINAWAA MANOOMIN

NIBI MIINAWAA MANOOMIN: Gaa wiijigaabawitaadiwaad (Accountable Relationships). The 5th biennial symposium invites tribal members and University personnel to meet, share information and learn from
each other about ways to protect water and wild rice for future generations. This year’s event will
discuss what accountable relationships require and how we can agree to commited action that is trusting and binding. White Earth Chairman Terry Tibbetts, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, Karen Diver, an elder panel and other tribal and university representatives will join us as as we seek to learn what accountability means, and how we can commit to a respectful, collaboratively developed agenda with agreed upon outcomes and deadlines. Shooting Star Hotel and Event Center, 777 Casino Road, Mahnomen. For info, see: www.cfans.umn.edu/wildrice .

Oct. 11
MAICC Networking Event

The Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Event. Mingle with the Board of Directors and members of the Chamber. The Board is in the midst of strategic planning and want to hear from you! Register now to reserve your place. 5:30-8pm Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce. For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-877-2117.

Oct. 17, 19, Nov. 7, 9
AIFACS Foster Care Meetings

AIFACS is hosting more foster care/shelter home informational sessions in Minneapolis and St. Paul. St. Paul: October 17th from 2pm-3pm and from 5:30pm-6:30pm at the American Indian Family and Children's Services Office. Minneapolis: October 19th from 2pm-3pm at the Mpls American Indian Center. St. Paul: November 7th from 2pm-3pm and 5:30pm-6:30pm. Minneapolis: November 9th from 2pm-3pm. Light food and beverage will be served. RSVP to Kelly 651-223-8526 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct.  17
Indian Child Welfare Education Day

Please join us as we share the strengths and wisdom within our community. ICWA Case Plan from Parent's Perspective. Active Efforts: Helping vs. Impeding. Presenters: Julie Williams, Director: White Earth M.O.M.’s Program. Resource Panel Bright Beginnings – Minneapolis American Indian Center. Natives Against Heroin – White Earth Urban Center. Parent Mentors – ICWA Law Center Indian Advocates – ICWA Law Center. More Presenters TBA. Registration at 8am. Programing goes from 8:30am to 4pm. CEU’s will be provided. There is no cost to attend this event. Lunch is provided. Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Ave, St Paul. Registration is at: www.eventbrite.com/e/icwa-case-plan-from-parents-perspective-active-efforts-helping-vs-impeding-tickets-38010016984. For info, contact Sandy White Hawk at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-442-4872.

Oct. 18
Elder’s Health Day

This event is by appointment only. Includes medical visit, dental visit, flu shots and other immunizations, and a light meal. 9am to 12:30pm. To schedule an appointment, call 612-721-9800. Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St, Minneapolis

Oct. 18
The Sioux Chef Book Signing

Authors Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley will present and sign copies of The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen. Indigenous American fruits and vegetables, the wild and foraged ingredients, game and fish. Locally sourced, seasonal, “clean” ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking are nothing new to Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef. In his first book, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, Sherman shares his approach to creating boldly seasoned foods that are vibrant, healthful, at once elegant and easy. Open house event and book signing. Samples made from recipes in the cookbook will be served. Cash bar. Books will be available for purchase from Birchbark Books. 6-9pm. Aster Cafe River Room, 125 SE Main St, Minneapolis. Please RSVP at: z.umn.edu/101817.

Oct. 19 (deadline)
First Nations' Native Arts Initiative

First Nations will award 15 supporting Native arts grants of up to $32,000 each to Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs that have existing programs in place that support Native artists and the field of traditional Native arts. Entities eligible include U.S.-based, Native-controlled, nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, tribes and tribal departments, tribal 7871 entities, or Native community-based groups with eligible fiscal sponsors. Applicants must be located in and serve tribal communities in one of the following states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington. Applications are due by October 19. For info, see: www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2017NAI .

Oct. 20
Friday Family Fun Night

Join us for a Halloween themed Family Fun Night. This event is free and is open to community. Activities for the whole family (parents or guardians must accompany children). Games, Language, Cultural and Art Activity, Open Gym, Nutrition Demonstration. Healthy beverages and light refreshments available. 5:30–8pm. MIAC, 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 , 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

Oct. 20
Tobacco Prevention and Wellness Symposium

Native youth, ages 12-18, are invited to the Ain Dah Yung Center’s 8th Annual Tobacco Prevention and Wellness Symposium. The symposium provides youth the opportunity to learn about living a healthy lifestyle and contributing to healthy communities, all within a cultural context. Youth will have hands on learning experiences and connect with community leaders regarding the risks of harmful use of commercial tobacco, substance abuse, and diabetes awareness that promote living a healthy lifestyle. Bring your regalia for a mini-powwow. Regalia is optional. Continental breakfast, lunch, dessert snacks and refreshments provided. 9am-5pm. DoubleTree, 411 Minnesota St., St. Paul. For info, see: www.eventbrite.com/e/ain-dah-yung-centers-8th-annual-tobacco-wellness-prevention-symposium-tickets-34084969060 . Or contact: Contact Dennis Gilbert at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Travis DeCory at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct. 20
GenIndigenous Response Fund

The NAP GenIndigenous Response Fund provides grants up to $5,000 to youth organizing groups responding to current moments in ways that build long-term power for Native youth. This fund provides grants to organizations playing leadership roles in their local communities while considering efforts to support the long term engagement of youth leaders in advocacy efforts. The submission deadline is October 20, 2017. Groups applying must be 501(c)(3) or have a fiscal agent which is a 501(c)(3) entity. Organizations without nonprofit status or a fiscal agent should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it For info, see: http://nativephilanthropy.org/programs/generation-indigenous/ genindigneous-response-fund .

Oct. 20
2017 Fair: This Is Not A Test  
White Supremacy, Climate Change, and the Future of Our Schools. This social Justic Education Fair brings together educators, students, parents, and communities from across the Twin Cities Metro to collaborate, network, and organize social justice in education. Childcare, breakfast and lunch provided. The workshop is free but donations are welcome. 8am to 5pm. Patrick Henry High School, 4320 Newton Ave., Minneapolis. For info contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-787-2272.

Oct. 21
Sioux Chef Cooking Demonstration

Join Sioux Chef Sean Sherman for a series of cooking demonstrations based on his new book The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, an introduction to the modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories. 30-minute demos will take place at 12:30pm and 2pm. Cost is included with site admission. 12:30-2:30pm. Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis. For more info, see: www.mnhs.org/event/4979 .

Oct. 21, Nov. 18
Linda LeGarde Grover/Duluth

Linda LeGarde Grover will be at Zenith Bookstore for a reading and signing of her new book, Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year. Long before it was known as Duluth, the land at the western tip of Lake Superior was known to the Ojibwe as Onigamiising, “the place of the small portage.” In fifty short essays, Linda LeGarde Grover reflects on the spiritual beliefs and everyday practices that carry the Ojibwe through the year and connect them to this northern land of rugged splendor. 2pm to 4pm. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave., Duluth. For more info, see: www.upress.umn.edu/press/ events .
• Nov. 18: At Barnes & Noble in Duluth: 12-3pm. Barnes & Noble Duluth, 1600 Miller Trunk Hwy., Duluth.

Oct. 21
Caring for the Animals Clinic

MN SNAP will take part in the Little Earth Animal Clinic, sponsored by Pet Haven, Inc. of MN and supported by The Native America Humane Society and VeTouch. Free spay and neuter surgeries, flea and tick prevention, heartworn tests and vaccinations for Little Earth pets. Pet Haven will cover the cost of surgeries and vaccinations for Little Earth pets. MNSNAP will be using the parking lot in the front of 2501 building. First come first serve. 9am to 5pm. Dog surgery check-in at 8am. Cats and rabbits surgery check-in at 8:30am. Little Earth, 2501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, contact Little Earth of United Tribes Management at 612-729-9361 or 612-704-3694.

Oct. 23, 24, 26, 27
MPCA Air Permit Training

Training and information about how to comment when facilities apply for permits to emit air pollutants. October 23, 24 at MPCA in Saint Paul. October 26, 27 at the Minneapolis Urban League. For info, contact Say Yang at 612-345-8255 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct. 25
NO overdose Town Hall

Raise awareness and build strong partnerships to prevent Opioid-related deaths that have risen to crisis levels in Hennepin County. 5:30-7:30pm. Held at Gichitwaa Kateri Church, 3045 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, call Carmen Bibiano at 612-807-2449.

Oct. 27
MIWRC Fall Feast

Please join us for our Fall Feast. Free meal, including creamy wild rice soup, salad, dessert and more. Raffle for a beautiful quilt -- winner will be announced at 2pm. All community members welcome. 10:30am-2pm. MIWRC, 2300 15th Ave S, Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-728-2000.

Oct. 30
AIFACS Stakeholder Gathering

What is the future of foster care and what is AIFACS’ role in creating this future? Come share your thoughts. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Free childcare and lunch. Please RSVP and also let us know if you’ll be needing childcare and what ages/number of children. 12pm-4pm. For info, call Kelly or Lucy at 651-223-8526.

Oct. 30
IFACS Stateholder Gathering

American Indian Family and Children's Services is hosting a Stakeholder Gathering from 12pm-4pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Childcare is available and there will be a meal. We want to hear from anyone who holds an interest in the foster care/child welfare system. This includes GAL, county/tribal workers, foster parents, foster children, former foster children, judges, healthcare providers, elders, relatives of foster children, other community members, etc. If you plan to attend and need childcare, please RSVP with the number and ages of children. American Indian Family and Children's Services, 25 Empire Dr., St. Paul. For info, contact Kelly Peet at 651-223-8526, option 3.

 

Nov. 1
Heid E. Erdrich, Linda LeGarde Grover, David Lawrence Grant and Thomas Dillon Redshaw will read from their works
Heid E. Erdrich is the author and editor of eight books, most recently the poetry collection Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media. Heid’s recent awards include a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and a McKnight fellowship in prose. Heid is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She teaches in the Augsburg College Low-residency MFA program. Linda LeGarde Grover (Boise Forte Ojibwe) is the author of the new collection of essays, Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year (University of Minnesota Press 2017). Her short fiction collection The Dance Boots received the Flannery O’Connor Award as well as the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; her novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass (Minnesota, 2014) received the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers 2016 Fiction Award, and her poetry collection The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives received the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award and the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Award. David Lawrence Grant is a Twin Cities-based writer. As a playwright, he has been commissioned to write work for the Minnesota Historical Society, VocalEssence and Mixed Blood Theater, among others. As a screenwriter, he wrote for Russell Simmons’ Def Pictures, HBO, and the Showtime Network and is a past recipient of screenwriting fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. David currently teaches screenwriting at Film North (formerly IFP). Thomas Dillon Redshaw is the author of Heimaey (1974) and The Floating World (1979) and fugitive broadsides and chapbooks. His poems have appeared in American little magazines and in such Irish publications as Cyphers, Poetry Ireland, Southword, and The Irish Times. He edited Well Dreams: Essays on John Montague (2004) and served as the editor of Eire-Ireland (1974-1996) and New Hibernia Review (1996-2006), both of whose pages featured contemporary Irish poetry.
(Curated by Michael Kiesow Moore and Ardie Medina.) 7:00 p.m. The Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st Street, Minneapolis (couple doors down from Birchbark Books). For info, see:  www.bockleygallery.com

Nov. 3-5
Women's Congress for Future Generations

This is the third Women's Congress and we are back with another opportunity to elevate the voices of women in protecting Mother Earth and Future Generations. Come join us as we gather around the Sacred Circle and deepen our commitment to Mother Earth. This year’s focus is on Climate, Health, and Justice. We are committed to healing the wounds among and between us, to hearing each other’s stories and to finding a way forward together as told to us by the Anishinaabe in the 7th Fire Prophecy. From Nov. 3 starting at 10:30 am to Nov. 5, ending at 12:30 pm. Cost varies according to ability to pay. Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr, Brooklyn Center. For info, contact Elizabeth Anders at 612-986-4327 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Ann Manning at 612-802-8513 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Register at wcffg.org .

Nov. 13
Hopi Water Protector Vernon Masayesva

Vernon Masayesva, former chair of the Hopi nation in Arizona and founder and executive director of Black Mesa Trust, is an internationally respected speaker and activist for preserving water resources and the environment for future generations. Masayesva is a Hopi elder of the Coyote Clan from the village of Hotevilla, one of the oldest continuously inhabited human settlements in North America.  He resigned as chair of the Hopi tribal council to protest the decision to allow Peabody Coal Company to consume billions of gallons of precious fossil water from an arid region as a cheap way to slurry coal to an electricity generating station 273 miles away in Nevada. In 1998, he founded Black Mesa Trust (www.blackmesatrust.org), whose motto is, “Paatuaquatsi, Water is Life.”  An international speaker on water and Hopi values, he has been honored by activists including Peter Coyote and Jane Fonda and scientists including renowned author and water researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto from Japan. As a result of his commitment to preserving water and the environment, he was honored by President Bill Clinton as an “Environmental Hero.” Event is a 7pm, with a reception with Mr. Masayesva after the event. Sponsored by Plymouth’s Caring for Creation and American Indian Initiative committees. The event is free, with plenty of free parking.  Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403. For info, call 612-871-7400.

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Thru 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.  

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.

Thru Oct. 14
Edgar Heap of Birds

The Bockley Gallery is will host an upcoming exhibition of Edgar Heap of Birds. The show will feature a range of Heap of Birds text-based works that spans three decades of his artistic practice, beginning in the mid-1980s. Also on view will be examples of his abstract, acrylic on canvas Neuf paintings and one commissioned public artwork that will be installed on the exterior wall of the gallery. Exhibit runs Sept. 8 through Oct. 14. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 pm. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-377-4669 or email: 
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Thru Oct. 29
We the People

For its fall exhibition, We the People, Minnesota Museum of American Art invited four guest curators—Christopher Harrison (independent curator and artist), Johnnay Leenay (Minnesota Museum of American Art), Mary Anne Quiroz (Indigenous Roots Cultural Center), and Maggie Thompson (Two Rivers Art Gallery)—to present artworks with disparate cultural points of view, reflecting on the complexities of contemporary American identities. Artists include Star Wallowing Bull, Zackary Drucker, Rico Gatson, Susan Hauptman, Nooshin Hakim Javadi, Steve Ozone, and others. The exhibition is free and open to the public. We the People is on view through October 29 at the Historic Pioneer Endicott, 141 E. 4th St., St. Paul. For info, call 651-204-0700 or see: http://mmaa.org/wethepeople.

Sept. 5
Youth Leadership Dev. Program Volunteers

The Division of Indian Work’s Youth Leadership Development Program is looking for volunteer tutors to work with Native youth grades 1st-12th to help them with their homework, become better students and have positive role models in their lives. Volunteer days are Mondays (1st-5th grade) and Tuesdays (6th-12th grade) from 5-7pm. Volunteers will have to complete an orientation and pass a background check. Volunteering will start September 5th. If interested, contact Rica Rivera at 612-232-6930 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.

Sept. 8
Wisdom Steps 14th Annual Golf Tournament

Get your teams together! It is time once again for the Wisdom Steps 14th Annual Golf Tournament held at Black Bear Golf Course. Registration at 9am, Shotgun start at 10am. Electric cart, gift bags, special fun contests, silent auction, 50/50 raffle. Corporate Sponsor: $600; Foursome $400; Hole Sponsor: $400; Individual Golf Entry: $100. Wisdom Steps is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit preventive health program. Elders participate year-round in healthy living activities and health screening, and are recognized at the Annual Wisdom Steps Tournament. For info, contact Carol Jenkins at 218-308-3256 or Marilyn Martin at 218-239-0030 or see: www./wisdomsteps.org.

Sept. 8
Edgar Heap of Birds Opening Reception

Opening reception for Edgar Heap of Birds exhibition. The show will feature a range of Heap of Birds text-based works that span some three decades of his artistic practice, beginning in the mid-1980s. Opening is from 5 to 8pm. Exhibit runs Sept. 8 through Oct. 14. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 pm. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-377-4669 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 8-9
Artists Sharon Louden & Wendy Red Star

The Duluth Art Institute presents a multi-tiered program this fall led by two nationally renowned artists: Sharon Louden and Wendy Red Star. The program is presented on the occasion of Louden’s book tour for her new publication, “The Artist as Cultural Producer,” which features 40 artists including Red Star. As part of the program, Red Star’s solo exhibit, “Reservation Pop,” will debut in Duluth. The two artists will present a lecture addressing harmful stereotypes about artists. Sept. 9, Louden will lead an artist professional development workshop at the Duluth Art Institute’s Lincoln Park. The workshop is free but registration is required. For info, call 218-733-7565 or see: http://duluthartinstitute.org.
• Sept. 8: Reservation Pop: Wendy Red Star reception: Fri., 5 - 7pm at DAI Morrison Gallery. Lecture and book signing with Sharon Louden and Red Star. 7-8pm. The Underground.
• Sept. 9:  Artist Professional Development Workshop with Louden. Time TBA, DAI Lincoln Center. 

Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29
4 Sister's Farmers Market

Delicious produce, Indian tacos and and live music. SNAP and EBT accepted. 3-6pm. Pow Wow Grounds, Parking lot, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact Jenn Hall at 612-235-4971 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept.9
Inaugural Healing Place Festival

Explore the Mississippi River’s vital role to the Twin Cities through a day of activities about the river as both a source of healing and a place of healing. Discover the connections between Native American’s understanding of place, the environment, water, language, the arts, and the Mississippi River. Participants will walk to different stations and events throughout the museum such as: Native cooking demonstrations; The Dakota Language Medicine Wheel Table; Mniówe - A place for getting water is the indigenized rendition of the esteemed "Water Bar"; Feast of Words, where people will cook a traditional berry pudding together and learn Dakota words; Film screenings of Keeping My Language Alive: The Perfect Imperfections; and an information table on the impact on Anishinaabe people of the proposed Enbridge Line 3 tar sands crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held 11am - 3pm at Mill City Museum, 704 S 2nd St., Minneapolis.

Sept. 9 – 30
Gordon Coons: Colors of My Inner Voice Exhibit

Exhibit of works of Ojibwe/Ottawa artist Gordon Coons includes paintings, hand-pulled prints, plus creations utilizing Duck Tape. Come back to the 60’s and view the Duck Tape expressions under black lights. Coons will be exhibiting the Ojibwe Woodland Art Style, created from the combination of Ojibwe petroglyphs and images from birch bark scrolls. The artist usually paints images with a heavy black outline and paints what is felt or perceived inside animals or people. What is painted inside the animal or person represents a kind of spirit, a source of power. Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-728-5745 or see: www.vineartscenter.org.
• Sept. 9: Opening reception. Coons will talk about his works with a guided tour. 5-9pm.
• Sept. 23: Artist led workshop to create a Woodland Art Style block print. 1-5pm.

Sept. 11 (deadline)
MRAC Organizational Development Grants

The MRAC Organizational Development program provides grants of up to $10,000 for projects designed to strengthen the management or administration of nonprofit arts groups. The projects must advance the mission of your group and have the potential for significant or long-term impact. Grants can cover board governance, resource development, financial planning/management, ADA access, communications/public relations, strategic planning, information systems, volunteer management, audience development/marketing, or community needs. Groups must be incorporated as a MN nonprofit. The applicant group’s annualized operating expenses must be less than $400,000. This program requires a cash match. Deadline: Sept. 11 by 4:30pm. Application workshops are held about a month prior to the deadline. For more info, see: http://www.mrac.org/workshops/grantapplication. Organizational Development and Capital Grant workshops will be held at the MRAC Offices, 2324 University Ave. W., # 114, St. Paul.

Sept. 11
MRAC Capital Grants

The MRAC Capital program provides grants of up to $10,000 to purchase equipment and related supplies and services, or to make capital improvements. This program requires a cash match from a source other than MRAC and/or other State funding sources. Deadline is Sept. 11 by 4:30pm. Application workshops are held about a month prior to the deadline. For more info, see: http://www.mrac.org/workshops/grantapplication. Organizational Development and Capital Grant workshops will be held at MRAC Offices, 2324 University Ave. W., # 114, St. Paul.

Sept. 11-28
Ginew/Golden Eagle Youth Program

An after school culturally specific youth program. Meets Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 8pm. Free. MAIC, 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 see: www.maicnet.org.

Sept. 12–14
NICWA Training

The Minneapolis Training Institute is offering a three-day training with choice of the following courses: Understanding ICWA, Positive Indian Parenting (PIP), and Cross Cultural Skills in Indian Child Welfare. Expand your knowledge about the implications of the recent regulations in the field of Indian child welfare. Trainees will learn about the application of ICWA through case scenarios and practice, as well as advanced strategies for implementing ICWA and how to successfully integrate other state and federal policies that interface with ICWA. 8:30am -4:30pm daily. Up to 17 CEU hours accredited by the National Association of Social Workers. Cost: $595. Minneapolis Doubletree,7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis. For info, contact Sarah Wittmann at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 503-222-4044, ext. 124. Or see: www.nicwa.org/training-institutes.

Sept. 13 (deadline)
7th Annual Ojibwe Immersion Academy Weekend

The Seventh Annual Ojibwe Immersion Academy Weekend Cohort will be held at the Cloquet Forestry Center in Cloquet, MN.   The Ojibwe Immersion Academy Weekend Cohort is a rare opportunity for language-learners who are interested in a complete immersion experience to study one-on-one and in small groups with Ojibwe elders and faculty speakers. Participants meet one weekend a month for 6 months beginning November 2017 and ending April 2018. Participants should be 16 years of age or older by the start of the academy. No one younger than 16 years can be accommodated. Anyone under 18 needs a parent or guardian’s permission. Applications due by noon Sept. 13. For info, see http://ojibwemotaadidaa.weebly.com or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 14
Talking Volumes with Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is a poet, novelist, and short story writer. His young adult novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” is a modern classic. His other works include the short story collection, “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” and the screenplay to the film “Smoke Signals.” He has won the Pen/Faulkner Award, the National Book Award, and the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival. 7pm. Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul. Tickets: $23 to $50. For info, see: http://fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org/event.

Sept. 15
NACC Backpack Giveaway

Get your child scheduled for a Well Child Check-Up, and Dental Exam. When both appointments are completed by Sept. 15th they will receive a backpack with school supplies (while supplies last). Call to make your appointment at 612-872-8086. NACC, 1213 Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.

Sept. 16
14th Annual Wild Rice Festival

The Harriet Alexander Nature Center’s 14th Annual Wild Rice Festival is family-friendly celebration of wild rice, the Minnesota harvest season, and Native American cultures. Events include the Little Thunderbirds Drum & Dance Troupe, demonstrations of traditional wild ricing methods, and a replica tipi with representative artifacts of traditional Dakota life. There will also be hands-on seasonal harvest activities: a beekeeper demonstrates the honey extraction process, and volunteers operate an apple cider press. Kids can have fun with crafts projects and Village Games. The festival is presented with the assistance of Northland Visions, the Pow Wow Grounds Cafe, and Gibbs Farm. Foods at the festival will highlight wild rice products and Native American foods. Pow Wow Grounds will be selling a variety of foods, including wild rice and “4 Sisters” soups, fry bread, and Indian tacos. From 11am to 4pm, the Finer Meats & Eats food truck will be on hand, along with others. The event is free and open to the public. The festival will take place on the grounds of the nature center at 2520 N. Dale Street, Roseville, MN. For info, see: WildRiceFestival.org or call the Harriet Alexander Nature Center at 651-765-4262.

Sept. 16
"Attack on New Ulm: One Painting, Many Perspectives
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View the 1904 painting "Attack on New Ulm" by Anton Gag in the Hill House art gallery and explore what it means to people today in Minnesota and the US. Then share your thoughts about its role in Minnesota history. The painting will be on display through January 14, 2018. 10am - 4pm. Free. James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul. For info, contact 651-297-2555 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 21-24
Spirit of Eagles Conference

The Spirit of Eagles 2017 conference will focus on: “Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities: Strength Through Tradition and Science”. The event will provide a forum for community leaders and members, students, researchers, clinicians, service providers, and others to address critical cancer and other chronic health issues, along with health promotion efforts, among Native people. It will present updates on comprehensive cancer control plans in Native communities; review advances in Native cancer research to determine future research priorities and explore the science of translational research; highlight effective cancer control activities and programs in Native communities; highlight the strengths of Native traditions in promoting comprehensive cancer prevention and control; and publish selected papers presented at the conference so that this information can reach a wider audience. This event will be co-hosted by two Comprehensive Cancer Centers, the Mayo Clinic and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. And led by co-directors Judith Salmon Kaur, MD, Medical Oncology, Medical Director for Native American Programs, Mayo Clinic; and Rodney Haring, PhD, MSW, Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research, Department of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Community and student scholarships are available. Some pre-conference activities will be hosted at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. The majority of conference activities will be hosted at The Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, across the street from the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and next door to the Sheraton at the Falls. Niagara Falls, New York. For more info, see: www.nativeamericanprograms.org.

Sept. 23
AICHO Mural Unveiling Ceremony

The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) will be hosting a Mural Unveiling Ceremony at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center. There will be a program featuring talks from the mural artists, AICHO and Honor The Earth representatives, a proclamation from the Duluth Mayor’s Office, an honor song, and more. There will also be refreshments and a silent auction featuring photographic images of varying stages of the mural. People will have the opportunity to visit with the artists as well and view the mural up close. There is a $10 suggestion donation and the event is open to the public. The mural was completed earlier in August and depicts a jingle dress dancer wearing a bandana across her face. 6-9pm. AICHO, 202 W. 2nd St., Duluth, MN. For info, contact Moira Villiard at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Ivy Vainio at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or see: www.facebook.com/aichogalleries.

Sept. 23 - April 22, 2018
"Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence" Exhibition

View works by Native artists from the Upper Midwest who spent six months in residence exploring the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society. The residency program was designed to revive the study of technique, knowledge, and lifeways associated with traditional forms of Native artistry. The artists produced original beadwork, birch bark, and textile pieces that will be on display. Exhibit text will be presented in Ojibwe, Dakota, and English. The exhibit opens alongside AMVETS Post #5: Photographs by Xavier Tavera. Explore these two new exhibits on opening day and enjoy demonstrations by Native American artists and an art activity inspired by Tavera’s portraits. 10am - 5pm. Free admission to the museum is available on Sept. 23 through the Smithsonian’s “Museum Day Live” program. Exhibit will be on display Sept. 23, 2017-April 22, 2018. For info, contact 651-259-3015 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Learn more and obtain Museum Day Live passes at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

Sept.  24
Call For Visual Art Entries

Seeking artists' work for a half-day community event at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth that focuses on the earth and environmental justice. Event will take place October 22. HARMONY seeks perspectives of artists from Anishinaabe and Dakota, Hmong, Somali, and African Heritage communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The event will include a panel discussion with community spiritual leaders focused on worldview and cultural values, musical and dance performance, an exhibition of visual art, and an artists reception. Subject matter includes: understandings of human relationship to the natural world; spiritual relations among beings; all that harmony implies: resonance, humility, wholeness, and restoring disruption. The 2017 symposium, HARMONY: Environmental Justice, Community, and the Power of Art will take place at the College of St. Scholastica from 2-6pm October 22. Selected artists’ work will be part of this symposium as an exhibition and Artists’ reception in the foyer of the Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica. This is open call for all 2-D or 3-D media. We seek art that illuminates, challenges, inspires, and heals, from the perspective of the artist’s cultural and spiritual heritage/tradition. For info, contact Elyse Carter Vosen at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Entries due Sept. 24. Submit your work to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and use HARMONY as the email subject line.

Sept. 28
Tell It To The Judge Listening Session

An opportunity to hear conversations and gain awareness about the Hennepin County District Court. Meet with Family and Juvenile Court Judges in a small group discussion about Family Court. Voice your concerns and suggestions about coming to court for domestic violence and related issues. Share ideas about improving the quality of service and response to domestic violence in court. Help the Court better understand your experience. 5–7pm. Reservations appreciated, walk-ins welcome. A light dinner will be served. To RSVP, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 612-348-5025; Or Adam.Miller@ courts.state.mn.us or 612-596-1412. Division of Indian Work, Dakota Lodge, 1001 E. Lake St., Minneapolis.

Sept. 28
Native Agriculture & Food Systems College Scholarships

First Nations will award five scholarships of $1,000 each to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and related fields, including but not limited to agribusiness management, agriscience technologies, agronomy, animal husbandry, aquaponics, environmental studies, fisheries and wildlife, food production and safety, food-related policy and legislation, food science and technology, horticulture, irrigation science, nutrition education, and sustainable agriculture or food systems. To be eligible, applicants must: Be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in an agricultural-related field, or be able to demonstrate how their degree program relates to Native food systems; Be tribally-affiliated and able to provide documentation; Have a Grade Point Average of at least 2.75; And demonstrate a commitment to helping his or her Native community reclaim local food-system control. Info can be found at www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/scholarship. Applications must be submitted by 5pm Mountain Daylight Time,

Sept. 28.
Oct. 1 (deadline)

Residency Opportunties for Native American artists
Ucross Foundation announces a new initiative to support the work of contemporary Native American visual artists. Eligible disciplines include painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, performance art, installation, and ceramics. The Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists begins in spring 2018 and will provide up to a one-month residency at Ucross and a stipend of $1,000. Each Fellow will be featured in an exhibition at the Ucross Art Gallery during the year following the residency. An exhibition brochure will be produced for each exhibition. Two Ucross Fellowships for Native American Visual Artists will be awarded in 2018, one each in the spring and fall residency sessions. For the Spring 2018 Fellowship, the deadline is October 1, 2017, for a residency taking place between late February and early June, 2018. For the Fall 2018 Fellowship, the deadline is March 1, 2018, for a residency taking place between August and early December 2018. For info, see: www.ucrossfoundation.org or call 307-737-2291.

Oct. 2-5
National Food Sovereignty Summit

First Nations Development Institute and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will host the national Food Sovereignty Summit in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This is the annual forum for sharing and collaboration to build healthy food systems within our communities. This event is perfect for Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers, tribal agriculture staff, Native nonprofits working in agriculture, small producers, tribal producers and tribal leaders. Optional experiential learning sessions are scheduled, and the main Summit offers three main training tracks: Applied Agriculture, Community Outreach, and Products to Market. The planned Experiential Learning Sessions are: Tsyunhehkwa Organic Farm - Managed Grazing; Aquaponics; Environmental Restoration - "Trout Creek Headwater Tributary"; and Apple Harvesting and Distribution. Radisson Hotel, 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay, WI. For info, see: www.firstnations.org/summit.

August 2017 Calendar
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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.

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