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May 2015 Calendar
Monday, May 04 2015
 
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Through May 9

The Art of Indigenous Resistance”

The Art of Indigenous Resistance is a traveling exhibition of work by 20 Indigenous artists co-curated by All My Relations Gallery and Honor the Earth. The exhibition is made of both prints and original works of art that highlights Honor the Earth's 31 years of Indigenous outreach and community resistance. In correspondence with the art and activism theme, we are excited to also include paintings from the Minneapolis community.

Visual art plays an important role as it has the ability to stimulate and encourage a unifying perspective. Through art, it can evoke emotion, tell stories, inspire and motivate. When channeled as a vehicle it carries issues of consciousness where it can become a catalyst for meaningful change.

Artist Participants: John Isaiah Pepion, Jesus Barraza, Jaque Fragua, Betty Laduke, Votan, Gregg Deal, Nani Chacon, Chip Thomas, Kim Smith, Tom Greyeyes, Star Wallowingbull, Rabbet Strickland, Donald Montileaux, Alania Buffalo Spirit, Ron Toahanie Jackson, Michael Horse, Remy Fredenberg, Jaycee Beyale, Cheyenne Randall and Lucie Skjefte.

All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 612-235-4970 or visit www.allmyrelationsarts.com.

 

Through May 31

American Indian Month at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Celebrate Minnesota American Indian Month at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Take a free tour with one of our fantastic Native American guides. See the great Native art in the Art of the Americas galleries. And view the new exhibition – “Arriving in Fresh Water: Contemporary Native Artists of Our Great Lakes,” including the work of some of the most important artists of our region.

Tours: May 14, 7 p.m.; Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-870-3000 or visit www.artsmia.org.


May 1

2015 Minnesota American Indian Month Kick-Off

Opening Ceremony, 10 a.m., Cedar Field, Little Earth of United Tribes, Cedar Avenue and 25th St.; Parade of Nations, 10:30, Cedar Field to Minneapolis American Indian Center; Community Speakers, 11:30 a.m.; Round Dance, 11:45; Community Feast, noon. Sponsored by NACDI.

For more information, call Ashley Fairbanks at 612-235-4969.


May 1

American Indian Wellness Fair

Community Feast featuring food by The Sioux Chef; Free Health Assessments, blood pressure, diabetes screenings and more; more than 60 vendors.

11 to 3 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Stephanie Graves at 612-673-3735.


April 2015 Calendar
Thursday, April 02 2015
 
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Through April 26

Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison”

Born in the now-vanished village of Chippewa City, Minn., near the Grand Portage Reservation, George Morrison later adopted that signature Indian motif, the totem pole, which he reinterpreted in modernist sculptures. His accomplishments are eloquently reprised with over 80 paintings, drawings and sculpture spanning his 60-year career, the show is a well-deserved tribute to Morrison’s complexity, steady vision, integrity and character.

Though initiated by the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) in St. Paul, and drawn primarily from the MMAA collection, the show is too big to fit into that museum’s small exhibition galleries. Its History Center presentation is the conclusion of a two-year tour to museums in Fargo, New York, Indianapolis and Phoenix.

Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN. Admission: $11 adults; free on Tuesday evenings.

For more information, call 651-259-3000 or visit www.mnhs.org.


Through May 9

The Art of Indigenous Resistance”

The Art of Indigenous Resistance is a traveling exhibition of work by 20 Indigenous artists co-curated by All My Relations Gallery and Honor the Earth. The exhibition is made of both prints and original works of art that highlights Honor the Earth's 31 years of Indigenous outreach and community resistance. In correspondence with the art and activism theme, we are excited to also include paintings from the Minneapolis community.

Visual art plays an important role as it has the ability to stimulate and encourage a unifying perspective. Through art, it can evoke emotion, tell stories, inspire and motivate. When channeled as a vehicle it carries issues of consciousness where it can become a catalyst for meaningful change.

Artist Participants: John Isaiah Pepion, Jesus Barraza, Jaque Fragua, Betty Laduke, Votan, Gregg Deal, Nani Chacon, Chip Thomas, Kim Smith, Tom Greyeyes, Star Wallowingbull, Rabbet Strickland, Donald Montileaux, Alania Buffalo Spirit, Ron Toahanie Jackson, Michael Horse, Remy Fredenberg, Jaycee Beyale, Cheyenne Randall and Lucie Skjefte.

All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 612-235-4970 or visit www.allmyrelationsarts.com.


April 1-18

Louise Erdrich: Asynchronous Reading”

A collaborative installation with Aza Erdrich, Pallas Erdrich, and Heid E. Erdrich. The Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce the first ever show of visual art and text by distinguished author Louise Erdrich. Asynchronous Reading presents Erdrich's paintings, collage boxes and found-object constructions along with poetic text and audio works to create an experienced to be viewed, read and heard. Aza Erdrich and Pallas Erdrich contribute key images and media works to an installation curated by Heid E. Erdrich, who also collaborated on parts of the exhibit.

Opening Reception: April 1, 6 to 9 p.m.; Artist Talk: April 17, 7 p.m.; Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st St, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-377-4669 or visit www.bockleygallery.com.


April 4

U of M Spring Powwow

Come join us for our annual spring pow wow! Emcee: Jerry Dearly; Arena Director: Matt Thornhill; Host Drum: Red Bone; Head Man: Miskwa Desjarlait; Head Woman: Misty Rose.
Grand Entries: 1 and 7 p.m.; Feast: 5 p.m.
Head Man Special: Men's Chicken and Grass (3 prizes); Head Woman Special: Women's Old Style Jingle (3 prizes); Committee Special: Men's Fancy (3 prizes)
U of M Recreation & Wellness Center, North Gym, 123 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN.
Vendor & Volunteer info: If you are interested in reserving a vendor table, or have general questions regarding the event, contact the AISCC at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 612-624-0243. If you are interested in being a volunteer, contact Marie Armstrong at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


Weekend Calendar: March 28, 2015
Friday, March 27 2015
 
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March 28

Fix-It Tech Clinic

A community technology education event providing free computer hardware repair, education and technical support.

Have a computer question or issue? If your computer or laptop is slow, not working or seems to have a virus, bring it in for free tech support! Our volunteers will teach valuable repair skills, answer questions and give technical advice about your device.

First come, first served, labor will be free, parts available for purchase. Bring your laptop and/or desktop tower and power cord. Volunteers will help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity. Free workshops and resources: short sessions will cover vasic computer maintenance and Internet safety. Pick up resources, learn about technology education programs and careers. Sponsored by the City of Minneapolis IT Department.

10 a.m. To 2 p.m., Waite House, Pillsbury United Communities, 2323 11th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN.


Augsburg College 7th Traditional Powwow

Registration for drum groups and dancers, 11 a.m., no pre-registration; Dancer honorarium: Registered dancers only, must be in regalia; Drum honorarium: Split for first 10 registered drum groups, 5 singer minimum, no drum hopping.

Honoring for Augsburg College American Indian Graduates at 3 p.m.: Joe Vital, Red Lake; Marcus White, Red Lake; John Boyd, Red Lake; Craig Beaulieu, Mille Lacs; Nick Wadena, White Earth; Ira Mason, Red Lake; Sasha Benitez, Turtle Mountain; Catherine Colsrud, Mille Lacs; Angela Wheeler, Pine Ridge; and Matthew Johnson, Lower Sioux.

Aztex Mexica Dance Ceremony from Kalpulli-KetzalCoatlicue at 3:45 p.m. (after Honoring Ceremony).

Informational vendors include: Indian Health Board; Hennepin County Child and Teen Check Up Program; Native American Community Clinic; Save The Kids; Native Lives Matter; Augsburg Fairveiw Academy School; U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Art/Craft vendors include: Woodland Crafts, Charlie Stately; Estella Yeung, Growing Blue Flowers; Gerald Korbel; Michelle Page; Roberto Cordova; Hustle Tribe; Pat and Myron Rosebear; and Ellie Faller.

All Powwow committee decisions are final.

Free admission; all are welcome. Grand Entries, 1 and 6 p.m., Si Melby Gymnasium–715 23rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN.

For more information, call American Indian Student Services at 612-330-1144, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.augsburg.edu/aissp.


31st Annual CNIA Powwow

Emcee: Jerry Dearly; Host Drum: Bad Nation, Fort Thompson, S.D.; Arena Director: Gus Claymore, Cheyenne River Sioux; Honor Guard: Vietnam Veterans Kit Fox Society, Sisseton, S.D.; Head Dancers: picked each session.

Day money for registered dancers in regalia only; Drum Split: First 10 registered drum groups, 5 singer minimum, no drum hopping; Powwow Feast is free for dancers, singers and elders; Specials: Men's Traditional, Women's Traditional, Men's Grass, Women's Jingle; Hand Drum Contest; CNIA Princess and Brave Contest; American Indian Arts and Crafts; Peace Run 5K (free run and walk), begins at 9 a.m., registration is online at CNIA Web site.

Doors open, 11 a.m.; Grand Entries, 1 and 7 p.m., University of Minnesota, Morris Physical Education Center, Morris, MN. For more information, call Gabe Desrosiers at 605-742-4916 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Weekend Calendar: March 20-22, 2015
Thursday, March 19 2015
 
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March 20

Aliveness Project NNHAAD HIV Testing Day

In observance of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, local organizations serving Native American communities will be offering free HIV testing and educational events to raise awareness about the impact that HIV/AIDS has had on American Indians and to honor those who are living with or have died of the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Native communities currently have the fifth highest rate of new HIV infections in the U.S. when compared to other population groups. Factors contributing to higher disease occurrence and lower life expectancy among American Indians include disproportionate rates of poverty, discrimination in the delivery of health services, limited access to quality health education, cultural differences and social stigma. The Minnesota Department of Health encourages HIV testing.

10 a.m.to 3 p.m., The Aliveness Project, 3808 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-824-5433.

 

March 21

What's Our Plan? A Teach-In on Fossil Fuel Infrastructure in MN

Co-sponsored by Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, MN350 and the International Forum on Globalization. Speakers include Winona LaDuke, Rep. Frank Hornstein, Victor Menotti, and regional leaders in movements to stop frac-sand mining, bomb trains, and oil pipelines.

Minnesota is being besieged with new fossil fuel infrastructure that violates the treaty rights of indigenous people and endangers the health of our communities and we are not prepared. Let’s come together and find common spiritual ground from which to address this public policy crisis and protect ourselves and the earth. Unlike most teach-ins, "What's Our Plan" will be interactive and solution-focused, drawing on the diverse assets of the group to create plans for action. Participants will leave not only better informed, but better equipped, connected to allies and ready to take next steps

Free, 9 a.m. to noon; Lunch, noon, $10 featuring The Sioux Chef Sean Sherman. First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, 3400 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. For more information and to register, visit www.eventjoy.com/e/join-mnipl-and-honor-the-earth-for-a-weekend-of-action-2006197.

 

March 21

First Time Homebuyer Workshop

A Native American based curriculum will cover topics including: Steps to becoming a homeowner; How to prepare financially; What can you afford?; The importance of credit; How to choose the right mortgage loan and get it; Responsibilities of homeownership; and more!

HomeStretch Workshops meet the National Industry Standards of Homeownership Education

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open to the public; Lunch Provided. Bii Gii Wiin CDLF, 1113 E. Franklin Ave., Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN.

For more information or to register call 612-354-2249, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.facebook.com/biigiiwiin.


White Earth Strategic Planning Meeting

Light lunch served; Elder Luncheon will be canceled for the meeting.

10 a.m. to noon. 1308 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN.


Empty Bowls

Join us at this family-friendly event featuring a contemporary powwow performance from the student group, Ta Oyate Ota (Lakota for “many nations of people”) from American Indian Magnet School, while also enjoying a tasty bowl of homemade soup and fresh baked bread. Empty Bowls is a fundraiser for the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches Department of Indian Work Food Shelf.

11 a.m.-2 p.m., White Bear Lake United Methodist Church, 1851 Birch Street, White Bear Lake, MN.

Tickets can also be purchased with cash or check at the door. Attendees will have a chance to participate in a Free Will Offering. For ticket price and more information, contact Connie Johnson, Development Outreach Coordinator at 651-789-3857, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.spacc.org.


Weekend Calendar: March 14-15, 2015
Friday, March 13 2015
 
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March 14-15

Cherish the Children Traditional Pow Wow

Co-emcees: Jerry Dearly and Reuben Crowfeather; Host Drum: Oyate Teca; Head Dancers: Kyle Bear Heels and Trina Fast Horse. The first 10 registered drums with a minimum of five singers will receive an honorarium. Contests and Specials: Madison Frantum outgoing Princess Girl’s/Women’s Traditional, 6 years and older (1st, 2nd, 3rd place); Men’s Traditional 18+ Special (1st, 2nd, 3rd place); Trina Fasthorse Head Woman-All Ages 2 Step Special (1st, 2nd, 3rd place); 2 Man Hand Drum Contest(1st, 2nd, 3rd place); Junior Hand Drum Contest; 4th Annual Ain Dah Yung Center Ambassador Contest (for details, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

50/50 Drawings; door prizes; join our “Family in Need” Drive, in honor of Roy Roberts by donating a household/family item. Grand Entries: Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m.; Feast, 5 p.m.

Entry fee for ages 7 and older; free for elders, veterans and Family in Need participants. Central High School, 275 Lexington Ave., St. Paul, MN. For more information, call 651-227-4148 or visit www.adycenter.org.


March 15

Minnesota Two Spirit Society Potluck Social

Join us for our monthly social!

Event is free and open to all that identify as Two Spirit and Allies. Noon-3 p.m., All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, visit www.mn2ss.org or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


March 15-16

Visual Art Exhibit: A Tribute to Native American Culture

Yuonihan (Lakota): “honoring or paying tribute to something of value”; Manaabjiidiwin (Ojibwe): “respect for each other.”

Open to the public, no charge; bring canned good donation for the Department of Indian Work Food Shelf. Friday, 7-10 p.m. with Opening Circle at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1-8 p.m. with Closing Circle at 7 p.m. 1671 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN.

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