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May Events
Tuesday, May 09 2017
 
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Thru July 15
Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photo Exhibit

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

May 4-7
Dakota Truth-Telling Gathering

On May 4, 1863 Dakota people who had been imprisoned at a concentration camp below Fort Snelling at Bdote were taken by steamboat and exiled from Minnesota. We invite all Ochethi Sakowin Oyate to return home – to unify in peace and share community knowledge and stories with one another. 3 days of hands-on cultural workshops, teachings, and presentations. It will culminate in a fourth day of pray. For info, see: www.facebook.com/dakotaomniciye or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 5- June 10
Jim Denomie: Oz, the Emergence Art Exhibit

Using the celebrated 1939 film The Wizard of Oz as a thematic stepping-stone, artist Jim Denomie has conjured up a fantastical landscape where Dorothy and her pals become immersed in new, darkly imaginative adventures. However, this is not The Land of Oz as we know it, but rather “a spooky and surreal landscape full of symbolism and tense situations” where the protagonists face a host of contemporary, 21st century issues. Annishanabe artist Jim Denomie has won numerous awards and fellowships. His work is found in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, among others. Denomie’s work has been shown in Germany and extensively in the U.S. Opening Reception: May 5, from 6 to 8 pm. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st S., Mpls. For info, contact 612-377-4669 or:
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May 6
Powwow for Hope

Powwow for Hope honors loved ones who have battled cancer or are fighting cancer. All money raised will support cancer education and supportive services for American Indians. 1 pm: Grand entry. 2 pm: Honoring survivors and Pink Shawl survivors. 3 pm: team recognition. 4 pm: Honoring caregivers and Pink Shawl caregivers. 5 pm: Jingle Dress Healing song. 6 pm: closing ceremony. 6:30 pm: Feast. Silent auction from 12:30 to 4 pm. Free and open to the public. Base Camp Facility, 201 Bloomington Road, Minneapolis. For info, see: powwowforhope.org , or contact 612-314-4848 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 6
Ojibwe Moccasin 2-Day Workshop

Learn techniques of working with leather to make a pair of Ojibwe-style moccasins to take home in this two-day workshop. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. The workshop runs: Saturday from Noon to 4 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. $60/$55 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, plus $40 supply fee. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 6 (deadline)
AIFEP Grants

Tiwahe Foundation is accepting applications for the American Indian Family Empowerment Project (AIFEP) which funds individuals or families in pursuit of professional, educational, or cultural opportunities. Individual grants range from $500 to $2,500. AIFEP funds on 3 focus areas: Cultural Preservation, Educational Attainment, and Economic Self-Sufficiency. For info, see www.tiwahefoundation.org/aifep-fund , or call Deanna StandingCloud at 612-722-0587.

May 7 
43rd Annual MayDay Parade

Presented by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. 12 pm: Parade begins at the corner of 25th St. E. and Bloomington Ave. S., and travels south on Bloomington to 34th St. E., where the parade turns west towards Powderhorn Park. 3 pm: The MayDay Tree of Life Ceremony begins in Powderhorn Park. All day: The MayDay Festival in Powderhorn Park follows the MayDay Parade and features music, dancing, poetry, foods, canoe rides, and more. FREE event. For more info, see: http://hobt.org/mayday .

May 9
Support Group for Native Women

Therapy group for women in the Indian community. Discussions and activities, often involving Native American practices and values. New members need to schedule an intake with the Counseling & Support Department, which is covered by insurance. The group begins May 9 at 11 am. The group will meet each Tuesday from 11 am-12:30 pm, going through August. Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Minneapolis. (3rd floor). To schedule an intake, call 612-721-9877 and ask for Jennifer or Courtney. Or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 9
AIFACS Open House

American Indian Family And Children Services’ Open House: Food, fun, and door prizes. This is an opportunity for community members and AIFACS foster parents/children to voice their opinions on where they would like to see AIFACS in the future and how we can continue to be successful. 1 - 5 pm. AIFACS, 25 Empire Dr., St. Paul. For more info, contact Kelly Peet at 651-223-8526 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 9 – June 13
IHB’s Let’s Get Cookin’!

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

May 10
MAIC Open House

Minneapolis American Indian Center’s Open House. 11 am - 2 pm. Door prizes throughout the event.  Food will be served at noon. Menu: hamburgers and hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, chips, cookies, coffee and water. Free and open to the community. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact Mary at 612-879-1750 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 10
Birchbark Books Reading Series

Ron P. Leith, Nora Murphy, Choua Yang, and Taiyon Coleman will read from their works. Ronald P. Leith (Anishinabe/Dakota) is the author of Poems from the Deep: A Man’s Journey through Heaven and Hell, and The Parable of Wood & Stone: Personal Notes form a Native Man’s Existential Journey. Nora Murphy, author of White Birch, Red Hawthorn: A Memoir, is a fifth-generation Irish Minnesotan. Choua Yang is an aspiring writer who grew up in Saint Paul's east side. His poem "Refugee: 1984" was published in the Saint Paul Almanac. Taiyon J Coleman is a poet, essayist, teacher, and a Cave Canem fellow.  7 pm. Free. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Minneapolis. For info, contact Michael at 651-280-0977 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 10 (deadline)
AmeriCorps fund for Tribes

National and Community Service has funding opportunity for tribally sponsored AmeriCorps projects. Projects can address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Grantees use their AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, supervise, and support AmeriCorps members. Full-time AmeriCorps members are given a living allowance; health care; and childcare, if they qualify. Deadline is May 10. For more info, see: www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities/2017/fy2017-americorps-indian-tribes-grants .

May 11
AIOIC Founder’s Day Event

American Indian OIC: Walk in, grab lunch, and start interviewing. There will also be drawings, giveaways, and entertainment. No registration required for job seekers. Free. Everyone welcome. 12 pm to 3 pm. AIOIC, 1845 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-341-3358 or see: www.aioic.org .

May 11
Kateri Residence Open House 

Kateri Residence’s Open House will be held 1-3 pm. Come learn more about our program, meet our staff, see parts of the residence, and eat some appetizers! Kateri Residence, 2408 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, contact Meagan LeFebvre at 612-871-0477.

May 11
Wamákhaškaƞ Ki Waštépi! (Animals are Good!)

Join the Minneapolis Institute of Art for a family friendly, Dakhóta language class and art activity. Students will sculpt their favorite animals while learning related Dakhóta words. This class will be taught by Šišóka Dúta (Joe Bendickson), Dakhóta Language Instructor at the University of Minnesota; and Wóokiye Wi (Katie Bendickson), Dakhóta Language Specialist for St. Paul Public Schools. 6:30-8:30 pm. Light refreshments served. Minneapolis Institute of Art (classroom 111), 2400 Third Ave. S.; Minneapolis. This event is free. Limited seating, so please email or call Tobie Miller to register: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-870-3286.

May 12 (deadline)
Garden Warriors Program

For Native Youth ages 13-18. Learn about culture and Indigenous foods and agriculture. Participants receive a stipend of $50 a week with a potential bonus. Garden Warriors Session I: Intro to organic agriculture and healthy cooking fundamentals, June 27 - July 14. Garden Warriors Session II: Deepen your knowledge, improve your skills and gain new experiences in sharing healthy and indigenous foods in the community, August 1- 25. Berry Cultural Camp: July 18 -20. Outdoor camping at Little Elbow Lake MN; culture, foraging, fishing & cooking. Deadline for application is May 12th. For more info, email:
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May 13
18th Annual Little Earth Mothers Day Powwow

Pow-Celebrate mom at the 18th Annual Little Earth Mothers Day Powwow at Cedar Field Park in Minneapolis, noon to 9 pm. The powwow celebrates the spirit of our community and is a free event  open to the public. This is a family-friendly, rain or shine event. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket for seating. Grand Entry at 1 pm. Feast at 5 pm. 2nd Grand Entry at 7 pm. Hand Drum Contest for groups of 3 or more at 5 pm, with winners announced at 9 pm. Cedar Field Park, 2495 18th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more info, call Earl James at 651-329-9389.

May 16
Leech Lake Vote

Notice is hereby given of a referendum vote to be held by secret ballot on May 16 to seek the guidance of the members in making a decision regarding the construction of a new casino and hotel to replace the existing Palace Casino and Hotel. The proposed location would move the operation to a site directly fronting U.S Highway 2 in Cass Lake and cost approximately $45 to $50 million. Any enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, 18 years of age and over on voting day,  shall be entitled to cast a vote. Polls will be open between 8 am and 8 pm. All ballots must be returned by mail or walked into the Referendum Committee on or before 8 pm on May 16. For info, call 218-335-7222.

May 17
MOFAS Education Fair

Upper Midwest American Indian Community MOFAS Education Fair, 12- 4 pm. Keynote speaker, vendor tables, Pipe ceremony, and Ogichidaakwe Council of Elders Singers. Free lunch served at 1 pm. Wabun Park Picnic Pavillion D, Minnehaha Regional Park, 4655 46th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-522-4436.

MAY 18
Ice Cream Social

MN Chippewa Tribe’s Ice Cream Social and Open House. 2 - 4 pm. Everyone is welcome. MN Chippewa Tribe, 1308 Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, call 612-872-8388, 612-871-6618, or 612-871-1574.

May 19
Bdote Learning Center Spring Traditional Powwow

Grand entry at 4 pm. Powwow ends at 7 pm. Potato dance contest, raffle prizes. Arena Director: Randy Gresczyk. Emcee: Jerry Dearly. Free admission. Bdote Learning Center, 3216 E. 29th St., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-729-9266 or see: bdotelearningcenter.org .

May 19
Native American Community Clinic’s Open House

Theme this year is “Water Is Life”. We will have spiritual advisors and many other culturally centered activities. We will be providing free health screenings, fun activities for families, and will be serving a nutritious lunch. Raffles, games, prizes, karaoke and walking tacos. Band: Youthlink. Drum group: Midnite Express. NACC parking lot from noon to 3 pm. If you are interested in tabling or would like to donate, contact Mel at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it NACC, 1213 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info see: www.nacc-healthcare.org .

May 20
Minneapolis Int’l Festival

The Minneapolis International Festival celebrates the different cultures in Minneapolis and surrounding communities. Dance, cultural exhibits, demonstrations, food, and other learning opportunities. Noon-4 pm. Entertainment Lineup: Noon, Taikollaborative; 12:30 pm, MN Scandinavian Ensemble; 1 pm, Grupo de Danzas Colombianas en Minnesota; 1:30 pm, Little Earth Native American Dance Troupe; 2 pm, Somali Museum of Art; 2:30 pm, Rince na Chroi; 3 pm, Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli/ Indigenous Roots; 3:30 pm, Native American drum group Hoka-Hey. Free and open to the public. Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-230-6400 or see: minneapolisparks.com .

May 20
For Directions Art Crawl

FOR DIRECTIONS is a joint exhibition in partnership with All My Relations Arts, American Indian Movement Interpretive Center, Two Rivers Gallery, Electric Machete Studios, and Grand Opening: Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, highlighting the connections between Indigenous artists of the 4 directions around common themes of decolonization, identity, resistance, and survival. Free. Featured artists include: Todd Bordeaux, Neto Ybarra, Cannupa Luger, Andre Perez, Natchez Beaulieu, Holly Young, Isabel Boike, Marlena Myles, Karen Goulet, and Xilam Balam. Opening reception: May 20 from 4 - 9 pm. Schedule: 4 pm - Minneapolis galleries open; 6 pm - Bus departs to St Paul; 6:30 pm - Electric Machete opens; 7:15 pm - Bus departs to next gallery; 7:30 pm - Indigenous Roots opens; 8:30 pm - Bus departs for Minneapolis. All My Relations Arts, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. Two Rivers Gallery, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. AIM Interpretive Center, 1113 E. Franklin Ave, #103, Minneapolis. Electric Machete, 777 Smith Ave. S., St. Paul. Indigenous Roots, 788 E. 7th St., St. Paul.For info, call  612-235-4970.

May 20
22nd Annual Indian Youth Olympics

Games and prizes. Age groups: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-18, plus some contests for adults. 11:30 - Registration and lunch served until gone. 12:30 - games begin. 4 pm - final award ceremony. Open to the public. East Phillips Park, 24th St. and Cedar Ave. (in the baseball field), Mpls. For info or to volunteer, contact 612-879-1764 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 20
South of the River Powwow

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will join with other South Metro school districts to host the South of the River Powwow at Burnsville High School, to celebrate the community’s graduating American Indian students. The powwow is open to the public. Ringing Shield Drum Group will be the host drum. Doors open at 11 am. Grand entries: 1 and 7 pm. Free feast at 5 pm. Powwow ends at 9 pm. Organizers are still seeking sponsors, craft and informational vendors, volunteers, dancers (all styles) and two drums to participate. If interested, contact Dominic Good Buffalo at: 612-490-3484 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 23
The Buffalo Show #2

Tatanka Ohitika (“Strong Buffalo”) is a Dakota elder and poet from the Sisseton- Wahpeton Oyate. His trusty sidekick, The Custard Kid, is a quickdraw music magician who colors the edges of their live poetry with layers of spontaneous and playful abandon. Together, they join forces to deliver love medicine, accompanied by psychedelic live projections and conversation. Showcases work by Native artists Jim Denomie, Rob "Rez Reporter" Fairbanks, Josh Halverson from 2016 The Voice, and Rosie Peters. 7 pm.  Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis. For info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 24 (deadline)
Sherman Alexie Scholarship

The Institute of American Indian Arts' (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing is offering the first annual Sherman Alexie Scholarship to a student who applies and enrolls in the IAIA MFA program. The scholarship will pay $7,500 per semester for four semesters, for a total of $30,000, $24,000 of which will be applied to tuition. $6,000 will help pay for travel, lodging, books, and meals during the five residencies. All applicants to the IAIA MFA in Creative Writing who are enrolled members of a tribe or First Nation are eligible. Deadline is May 24 at 5 pm. Winner announced June 9. For info, see https://iaia.edu .

May 24-27
Dakota Honoring and Benefit Concert

Benefit concert and three days of meetings and meals will celebrate the legacy of the Dakota People in the place of their great tragedy along the Minnesota River.
May 24 –  6:30 pm, benefit concert featuring Jonathan Maracle and the band, Broken Walls. No admission for the concert, however, the freewill offering taken at the concert will be will be used to support the Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride to Mankato in December.
• May 25 –  Dakota Honoring will begin with the ceremonial presentation of flags and drumming by the Flandreau Dakota Veterans Honor Guards at 7 pm, followed by a talk by Peter Lengkeek, the first staff carrier for the Dakota 38+2 Ride in 2005. For the following two days, Dakota elders will share their stories and experiences with their Dakota family and the residents of Mankato and the surrounding region.
• May 26 – 10 am, Josette Peltier and Wilfred Keeble. Lunch at noon. 2 pm session, Harold Blacksmith. Dinner at 5 pm. 7 pm session , Jim and Alberta Miller.
May 27 – 10 am, session with Jon Eagle, Sr. Lunch at noon. 12:30 pm, UofMN Raptor Center educational bald eagle presentation. 2 pm, session with Peter Lengkeek. Meal at 5 pm. Events held at New Creation World Outreach Church in North Mankato, MN. For info, see: www.facebook.com/DakotaHonoring . Or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 507-380-5241.

May 25
Circle of Life Open House

Circle of Life Anishinaabe and Mishkiki Waakaaigan Open House. Famous Dave’s food, bingo, freedrawings, ballon twisting and face painting. MC: Dave Larson. Drum: Hoka Hey. 11 am - 3 pm. Circle of Life, 1433 E. Franklin Ave. (in front parking lot), Minneapolis. For info, call 612-871-2474 or 612-871-1989.

May 25
Wisdom Steps Spring Golf Tournament

Corporate Sponsor: $600. 4 Person Team and Hole Sponsor: $400. Foursome: $400. Individual Golf Entry: $100. Guest Dinner Only: $20. 8 am - 5 pm. 8:30 am, registration. 9:30 am, shot gun start. Hosted by the Lower Sioux Community. Dacotah Ridge Golf Course, 31042 County Rd. 2, Morton, MN. To register, call Drew Annette at the MN Chippewa Tribe.

May 26
Bii Gii Wiin Open House

Bii Gii Wiin’s 3rd Annual American Indian month open house will be held at the Ancient Traders Market parking lot from 12 to 3 pm. Join us for food, raffles, photo booth and a showcase of local American Indian owned businesses. Bii Gii Wiin, 1113 E. Franklin Ave., #200, Minneapolis. For more info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-354-2249.

May 26
IHB’s 10th Annual Indian Month Event

Join the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis for a healthy lunch, free IHB-branded gifts, health education and screenings. 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Raffle to win bikes and other prizes (raffle is at 2:30 pm, must be present to win). Community Walk following the event. IHB, 1315 E. 24th St. Minneapolis. For info, call 612-721-9843.

May 27
American Indian Music Fest

Enjoy a day of music performed by some of the premier American Indian musicians from Minnesota. The lineup includes Annie Humphrey from Leech Lake, Thomas X (Thomas Barrett) from Red Lake, and local musicians from the Mille Lacs Band who will play flute music and perform hand drum songs. 11 am - 5 pm. Free, museum admission not included. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 27 - Aug 12
Patriot Nations: NA in Our Nation’s Armed Forces

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

May 28
Stories & Storytellers Film Festival

The MN American Indian Stories & Storytellers Film Festival will show short and feature films by and about Minnesotan American Indians. Each screening will include an introduction by the directors or subjects of the films, and will be followed by an audience Q&A session. Free, museum admission not included. 1-10 pm. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr, Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 29
Memorial Day Powwow

Bring the family and join museum staff and community members to participate in this social gathering honoring veterans past and present. Experience firsthand the excitement and joy of a contemporary powwow. Noon - 5:00 pm. Free, museum admission not included. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 31
Wanaisguni Hikurus Hajawi 5K Run/Walk

For American Indians who want to take an active stance on preventing diabetes, childhood obesity and recognizing that being healthy is a Native tradition. Participant receive 5K t-shirt, finishers medallion, raffle tickets prizes, and nutritious meal. Free. 5-8 pm. Phalen Regional Park, 1600 Phalen Dr., Saint Paul. For info, contact Danielle at 651-955-8072 or: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 31
ADY Open House

Ain Dah Yung Center's Open House from 11  - 2 pm. Feast: buffalo and chicken shish kabobs, wild rice salad and fry bread. Lots of opportunities to win prize baskets and other gifts. We will be honoring this year’s 2017 Ally of the Year. Ain Dah Yung Center, 1089 Portland Ave., St. Paul. For info, call 651-227-4184, ext. 11, or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

June 3-4
Native Pride Dancers present: Ketti Nimiko!

Ketti Nimiko! When translated from the Meskwaki language means to “Dance Hard!” Watch as members of Native Pride Dancers  present the Eagle Dance, Traditional Men’s Dance, Jingle Dress Dance, Grass Dance, Meskwaki Applique, Fancy Shawl Dance, and Fancy Dance. They will educate and inspire the audience to bridge cultural gaps through Indigenous traditions: music, dance, and stories. Part of Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, presented by Ordway. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., Saint Paul. $8.00. For info, call 651-224-4222 or see: https://ordway.org .
• June 3: 10 am and 12 pm.
• June 4: 12 pm.

April 2017
Tuesday, April 04 2017
 
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Thru April
Clan Animals Workshops with Lumhe Sampson

Create 3-D artworks to be featured at MN Indian Month 2017 Kick-off Parade and Celebration. Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 – 9 pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. For info, call 612-235-4970 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 4
On the Red Road AA meeting

Speaker and pot luck meal. Every first Tuesday of the month. The event is free. Minneapolis American Indian Center Auditorium, 1530 E Franklin, Minneapolis. For info, contact Betty Moore at 612-387-4463. Future dates include:  
• May 2
• June 6

April 4-6
Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition with Sacred Hoop Coalition & Men As Peacemakers. April 4: 9 am – 5 pm. April 5: 9 am – 5 pm. April 6: 9 am –noon. Self Care Carnival: Tuesday April 4 at 7 pm. Honoring Survivors Traditional Pow-Wow, Wednesday at 7 pm. Free event. Meals, mileage and lodging will be at your own expense. Registration deadline is March 17. Prairie Island Indian Community, Treasure Island Casino, 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, MN. For info, contact MIWSAC at 651-646-4800 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 5-6
Motivational Interviewing

"Motivational Interviewing: A Counseling Approach that Fits with Native Values." This training is intended for social service, substance abuse, education, and other professionals who work with Native American clients. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Cost is $220 per person, but  scholarships are available. Training will take place at Eddy’s Resort on Lake Mille Lacs, 41334 Shakopee Lake Road, Onamia, MN. For info, contact Jo Lightfeather at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

APRIL 6-7
White Earth Urban Office Spring Event Days

The White Earth Urban Office will  have Tribal picture IDs, and harvest permits available. Logo clothing and wild rice will be sold. April 6 from 10 am to 6 pm. April 7 from 9 to 11:45 am. MN Chippewa Tribe Building, 1308 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, call 612-872-8388.

April 6-June 22
Indigenous Women’s Life Net

Support group for Native American survivors of sexual assault. Every Thursday from 1 - 3 pm. Registration required. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call Jessica at 612-879-1784.

April 7
MWIRC Spring Feast

The MN Indian Women’s Resource Center’s Annual Spring Feast will be held from 11 am to 2 pm. There will be prayers and a drum group. We will be serving meat chili with a vegetarian option. Hot sauce will be provided. Cornbread, beverages and cake will also be on the menu. MIWRC, 2300 15th Ave. S., Mpls. For info, call 612-728-2000 or see: www.miwrc.org

April 8
24th Annual AIC Powwow

Grand Entries at 1 and 7 pm. Hand Drum Contest and meal at 5 pm. Free event. Halenbeck Hall, main gym, 1000 4th Ave. S. St. Cloud, MN. For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or see:www.stcloudstate.edu/aic.

April 8
33rd Annual CNIA Powwow

The University of Minnesota, Morris Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) Powwow. Contest-style powwow. MC: Jerry Dearly. Host Drum: Eyabay. AD: Gabe Desrosiers. Head dance judge: Clay Crawford. Honor Guard: Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Desert Era Veterans. Dance contest categories include: Golden Age (55+ men/women) combined/separate; Adult Men (18–54 years) Traditional, Grass, Fancy; Adult Women (18–54 years) Traditional, Jingle, Fancy; Teen (12–17 years) Traditional, Grass, Fancy; Teen Girls' Traditional, Jingle, Fancy; Junior (6–11 years) Traditional, Grass, Fancy; Junior Girls' Traditional, Jingle, Fancy; and Tiny Tots (0–5 years). Specials include UMM Brave. Drum payout: first 10 drums (must have five registered singers). Feast and arts and crafts. Registration begins at noon. Doors open at 9:30 am. Grand Entries: 12 and 6:30 pm. 12:00 pm. Regional Fitness Center, 626 E. 2nd St., Morris, MN. For more info, contact Darren Cook at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 320-589-6095.

April 8-9
ADY Cherish the Children Powwow

Doors open and registration at 11 am. Grand Entries: Saturday at 1 and 7 pm, and Sunday at 1 pm. Feast on Saturday at 5 pm. Co -Emcees: Jerry Dearly and Reuben Crowfeather. Host Drums: Oyate Teca and ADYC Singers. Head Dancers: Gabe Red Kettle and Summer BlackHawk. Only the first 10 registered drums with a minimum of 5 singers will receive an honorarium. $5 Entry fee for ages 7+. Free entry for Elders and Vets. Free entry per person with donations to the Roy Roberts “Family in Need” Drive. Contests and specials: Youth Drum Special – 1st-2nd-3rd place cash prizes. Youth Dance Specials — youth 17 years and under, cash prizes. All Ages 2 Step Special — 1st-2nd-3rd place cash prizes, and more. 6th Annual Ain Dah Yung Center Royalty Contest. For info contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 8-May 4
HOBT Puppet Workshops

Public workshops for this year’s May Day parade begins April 8th and runs through May 4th. Everyone is welcome to attend these parade-building days, and construct their own wonders, free of charge. Wear "painting" clothes. Bring recycled items (if you can): small plastic tubs with lids, brown paper bags, newspapers, fabric, sheets, latex paint, bamboo, scissors. No reservations required. Workshops will be held: every Tuesday from 7-9 pm, every Thursday from 7-9 pm and every Saturday from 9 -11am and 1-3 pm. Avalon Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Mpls. For more info, see: https://hobt.org.

April 9
Jazz with Native roots

Few people are aware that jazz was also influenced by Native American music. Bringing these styles together, Jazz88 FM presents an afternoon concert featuring the music of jazz legends with Native roots, including Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. Bobb Fantauzzo, who plays jazz on an American Indian flute, arranged the compositions for the concert and will be joined on stage by pianist Javi Santiago, drummer/percussionist Mac Santiago, bass player Jeff Bailey and Lyz Jaakola, an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, who adds traditional Anishinaabe vocals and percussion. 2 - 3:30 pm. Cost: $20 adults, $10 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members. Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul. For info, contact 651-259-3015 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 10-14
Native Specific 40-Hour Sexual Advocacy Training

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition Staff, hosted by Mille Lacs Band Family Violence Prevention Program will host the training. Advocates, Service Providers, Educators, and the community are welcome. Training is FREE! Training materials provided. Meals, mileage, lodging at your own expense. Eddy’s Resort, 41334 Shakopee Lake Road, Onamia, MN. For info, contact Cristine Davidson at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 651-646-4800.

April 12
Territoriality, Sovereignty & Water: Indian Rights & Law

A panel of Indigenous scholars and practitioners will discuss water and land rights issues, using Indian law and contemporary issues. They will address such questions as: How do American Indian sovereignty and tribal law intersect with federal law? Panelists include: Dr. David E. Wilkins, McKnight Presidential Professor in American Indian Studies at UofMN; Dr. Joe Watkins, anthropologist/archeologist, ACE Consultants; Tamara St. John, archivist for the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Archives. Moderator: Joe D. Horse Capture, director of American Indian Initiatives, MN Historical Society. 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Free. Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-341-7582 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 12
Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting

Learn more about the ways you can help children though foster care or adoption. No registration needed. Free. 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Hennepin County Library–Hosmer, 347 E. 36th St., Minneapolis. For info, see: www.hennepin.us/fostercare or call 612-348-5437.

April 12-15
New Native Theatre: Duke

New Native Theatre presents "Duke" by Moses Goods. Hawaii's first Olympic gold medalist and the father of modern surfing, Duke Kahanamoku is unquestionably one of the most important and beloved figures in Hawaiian history. Duke lived through Hawaii's transition from an independent Nation to a U.S territory and on to statehood. In many ways his extraordinary life served as a guiding light for Hawaii's people in their struggle to find identity in a changing world. Tickets are $25 or Pay As You Can at the door at show time. Open Eye Figure Theatre, 506 E 24th St., Minneapolis. For more info, see: http://newnativetheatre.org.
• April 12 at 7:30 pm
• April 13 at 7:30 pm
• April 14 at 7:30 pm
• April 15 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm.
April 13
New Life Beginning
“New Life Beginning” Gatherings for young or pregnant Native American women and their partners or family support members. Free. Registration required. All materials for activities are provided. Bring pot luck item if you want. Limited to 20 participants. 4 - 8 pm. Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN. For info, contact Jo Lightfeather  at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-728-2031.

April 13
Umbilical Cord Safe Keeping

The umbilical cord is a life source between a pregnant woman and her baby which brings constant nourishment through blood. Ojibwe Elder Maria McCoy will talk about this shared connection and give participants teachings on the sacredness of the umbilical cord. Maria will present teachings of the importance of and safe keeping of this part of the cord. Activity will be creating a leather amulet bag in the shape of a turtle or a lizard. All supplies provided. No Cost. All materials for activities are provided. Bring pot luck item if you want. Limited to 20 participants. 4 – 8 pm. Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave S, Minneapolis. For info, contact: Jo Lightfeather at 612-728-2031.

April 15 (deadline)
Dakota Iapi Continuing Education scholarship

The University of Minnesota Department of American Indian Studies & Dakota Language Programs are accepting applications to the Dakota Iapi Continuing Education scholarship program for the 2017-18 Academic year.  The Dakota Iapi Continuing Education Scholarship Program is a financial aid program for individuals who want to take courses in the Dakota Language Program as continuing education (non-degree) seeking students at the University of Minnesota. Applicants must demonstrate dedication to learning and/or sharing the Dakota language. Applications are due April 15. For info, contact Brittany at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-626-5759.

April 15
Water Walk 2017

For the Earth & Water fundraiser. Silent auction and local food tasting event  highlighting the foods and artists of Lake Superior. All proceeds to fund the 2017 Water Walk which begins April 20.  $10 per ticket. 5 -8 pm. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, 2101 14th Ave., Cloquet, MN. Donations are still being accepted. For info, contact Roxanne DeLille at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 218-428-0215.                                           waterwalkersunited.com.

April 19
Winona LaDuke: The Winona LaDuke Chronicles

Join Birchbark Books for an evening with Winona LaDuke in celebration of her new book The Winona LaDuke Chronicles: Stories from the Front Lines in the Battle for Environmental Justice. Chronicles is a collection of current, pressing and inspirational stories of Indigenous communities from the Canadian subarctic to the heart of Dine Bii Kaya, Navajo Nation. LaDuke is a rural development economist and author, known globally as a leader in cultural-based sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. Books available for purchase at the event. 7 pm. Free. No ticket required. Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, 2020 W Lake of the Isles Parkway, Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-374-402 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 21
Indigenous

Blues-rock band, Indigenous, led by Mato Nanji from the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Their latest album, “Time is Coming” is dedicated to the indigenous youth and all young people on the indigenous reservations. Post-Show Party in Target Atrium:  This performance is part of an Ordway community engagement series, Oyate Okodakiciyapi: a unique celebration of Native music and dance. For the full list of happenings, including exhibitions, conversations, and workshops, surrounding this performance, visit: ordway.org/oyate-okodakiciyapi. Ordway Theater, 345 Washington St., Saint Paul. Tickets: 651-224-4222 or https://ordway.org.

April 21
Call for Jingle Dress Dancers and Drums

Lakota language teacher, storyteller, men’s traditional dancer and singer, Barry Frantum, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma in January. Join Barry, his family, and community for an evening of singing, dancing, hope and prayer. There will be an Anishinaabe jingle dress healing dance, a Mexica healing dance offered by the Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli Mexica Dancers, a blanket dance for the family, taco sale, raffle, and community vendors. Head elder dancers: Maria McCoy and Richard Wright. Head youth dancers: Rose Whipple and Nolan Berglund. Host drum: Oyate Teca. MC: Matt Thornhill. AD: David Gilbert. 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Harding High School, 1540 6th St E, St Paul. For more info, contact Maggie at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 22
2017 Teen Job Fair

Meet employers, talk jobs, internships, volunteering and training. 9 am. - 1  pm: Teen Prep Rally on-site. 10 - 11 am: Interactive Workshop: Top Tips for Teens. 11 am to 2 pm: Job Fair. Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. For info, see: minneapolismn.gov/cped/ MinneapolisTeenJobFair.

April 23
BlueDog

The Native American blues band Bluedog will be one of six bands competing to represent MN at the International Blues Challenge at the Wilebski's Blues Saloon starting at 1 pm (TPT Native Report will air an interview with Bluedog on April 13th.) Wilebski's Blues Saloon, 1638 Rice St., St. Paul, MN. For info, see: www.wilebskiblues.com.

April 25
AIFCS foster parent info

American Indian Family and Children's Services is hosting a foster parent informational session. Come learn the application process, requirements, and ask questions you may have regarding becoming a foster parent. We are always in need of additional foster homes. 2 - 3 pm. St. Paul, 25 Empire Drive St Paul. RSVP by calling Kelly or Lucy at 651-223-8526.

April 26
Birchbark Books Reading: Denise Lajimodiere

Denise Lajimodiere, Margaret Hasse, Denise Low and Thomas Pecore Weso will read from their works. Lajimodiere’s (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) poetry books include Thunderbird, Dragonfly Dance,  Bitter Tears, and an academic book Stringing Rosaries, Stories From Northern Plains Boarding School Survivors. Curated by Michael Kiesow Moore and Ardie Medina. 7 pm at Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Minneapolis (a couple doors down from Birchbark Books). For more info, see: www.bockleygallery.com.

April 27
AIFACS forst parent session

American Indian Family and Children's Services is hosting a foster parent informational session in Minneapolis. Come learn the application process, requirements, and ask questions you may have regarding becoming a foster parent. 2 -3 pm. American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis, MN. RSVP by calling Kelly or Lucy at 651-223-8526.

May 1
Native American Day
Parade Float Competition

This year the Native American Day Parade will include a float competition. The Native organization or group with the best float during the Kick-off March will be featured on the front page of The Circle newspaper. Planning meetings for the day will take place on Thursdays in April from 3 - 5 pm at All My Relations Gallery, 1414 Franklin Ave E., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-235-4970 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 1 (deadline)
National Native American Ten-Minute Play Festival

New Native Theatre is accepting ten minute play scripts from Native American writers on any subject. Minnesota and Upper Midwest stories are encouraged. Plays will be chosen for full production at the festival. Writers must be enrolled tribal members or recognized members of your urban/rural Native community/family. We’re looking for plays that will be performed to a majority Native American audience, so in-jokes are encouraged and Indian 101 educating isn’t. Early consideration deadline is April 10. Final deadline is May 1. Send scripts by mail to: New Native Theatre, PO Box 40118, Saint Paul, MN. Or email a pdf of your script to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , with the subject line “Ten Min Play Submission”.

March
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Thru March 25
INDIgenesis: Indigenous Filmmakers Past and Present

Walker Art Center Presents INDIgenesis: Indigenous Filmmakers Past and Present, Programmed in Collaboration with Missy Whiteman. Several filmmakers will be present through the run of INDIgenesis to talk about their work including, Lyle Corbine, Missy Whiteman, Zack and Adam Khalil, Heather Rae and Cody Lucich. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $10 ($8 Walker members) and programs are in the Walker Cinema. For info, see: walkerart.org/tickets or call 612-375-7600.
•March 10-11: The Searchers, Directed by Zacharias Kunuk and Natar Ungalaaq. 2016, Canada, in Inuktitut with English subtitles, 94 minutes. 7:30 pm.
• March 11: DNA/Memory: Storytelling and Cultural Heritage, Director Lyle Corbine in Person. 2 pm. Free.
• March 16: Area Premiere of The Coyote Way: Going Back Home, Director Missy Whiteman in Person. 7:30 pm. Free. The film was shot in the Minneapolis neighborhoods of Phillips and Little Earth. 2016, US, 30 minutes.
• March 17: INAATE/SE, Directors Zack and Adam Khalil in Person. 6:30 pm.
• March 18: INAATE/SE, Directors Zack and Adam Khalil in Person.7:30 pm
• March 24: Trudell, Director Heather Rae in Person. 7:30 pm. Free.
• March 25: Views from Standing Rock, Filmmakers Heather Rae and Cody Lucich in Person. 7:30 pm. Free

March 5
Book Release Open House

Join Birchbark Books for an open house in celebration of a new collection of poems by Heid E. Erdrich. The deeply eco-poetic poems in Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media speak to the keen human yearning to connect as they urge engagement of the image, the moment, the sensual, and the real. Heid will be reading at 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Cover artist Andrea Carlson will also be present for a signing opportunity. Refreshments will be served 4 - 6 pm. Free. Bockley Gallery (near Birchbark Books), 2123 W 21st Street, Minneapolis.

March 6, 10, 24
New Native Theatre/Ernest Briggs Acting Workshops

This is an opportunity for those interested in learning more about the acting profession and for those who want to work on their craft. $15 for each workshop. All workshops take place at Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Urban Office, Community Room, 1308 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info or to RSVP, email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Times and Topics:
• March 6: Beginning Acting for the Stage, 6-8 pm
• March 10: Preparing the Audition Monologue, 6-8 pm
• March 24: How to be a Professional Actor Q&A, 6-8 pm

March 7
Indian Child Welfare Education Day

Please join us as we share the strengths and wisdom within our community. Co-Sponsored by Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Registration 8 am. Programing, 8:30 am – 4 pm. Free. CEU’s will be provided. Lunch provided. Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Ave., Saint Paul. 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.

March 7
On the Red Road AA meeting

Speaker and pot luck meal. Every first Tuesday of the month. The event is free. Minneapolis American Indian Center Auditorium, 1530 E Franklin, Minneapolis. For info, contact Betty Moore at 612-387-4463. Future dates include:  
• April 4
• May 2
• June 6

March 7
Drum Group

MAAMAWI GIGIKENDAASOMIN (TOGETHER WE LEARN). Reduce substance abuse among at-risk Urban American Indian youth by promoting protective factors through experiential experiences that both challenge the youth and help them reconnect to their culture. For Native male teens 8-18 years old. 5 – 6 pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin, Minneapolis. For info, call 612-871-4555.

March 8
Red Power Energy

The Augsburg Native American Film Series Presents Red Power Energy. Oglala Lakota Director, Larry Pourier will host a screening of the film he co-directed. This documentary presents a variety of Native American perspectives on the energy debates that highlight the controversial nature of energy development within Native community self-determination, sovereignty, and environmental sustainability. Told solely from the Native perspective, with a nearly all-Native film crew and all-Native Advisory Council, the film features Western and Great Plains American Indian tribes from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave S., Mpls. Reception 6:15 - 6:45 pm. Screening begins at 7 pm. Discussion with filmmakers follows. Free to the public. For info, see: www.augsburg.edu/filmseries

March 8-10
11th Annual Community Wellness Summit

The Eleventh Annual Red Lake Community Wellness Summit. Community Members, Tribal Programs, School Personnel, Mental Health Services and other programs and services from all nations are welcome. Register on site. Free and open to the public with lunch provided each day. Workshops and presentations held from 9 am to 4 pm each day, Friday until noon. Each morning will feature key-note speakers with workshops in the afternoon. Round Dance  on the second night. Seven Clans Casino Hotel & Events Center in Red Lake. For info, call Marilyn Mountain at 679-3321 or Salena Beasley at 679-1543.

March 10
Fix-It-Tech

AIOIC will be hosting a Fix-It-Tech event from 1 to 5 pm. Computer not working right? Get a FREE TUNE-UP. Get patches, anti-virus installed and much more. Labor is Free. If parts are needed, volunteers will provide consultation on items and various sources. Bring laptops, desktop towers, with power cords to work with volunteers to repair your device. Learn troubleshooting, get advice and help with smartphones and tablets. AIOIC, Takoda Institute of Higher Education, 1845 Franklin Ave E, Minneapolis. For info, see: www.facebook.com/fixittechmn or email: FixItTechMN@ gmail.com.

March 11
Tiwahe Return Journey Fundraiser

Tiwahe Return Journey: Fundraiser to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. An intimate evening of extraordinary insights, stories, and songs from inspiring indigenous human rights observers, traditional Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) knowledge keepers, and empowering indigenous musical artists. Enjoy a meal from an indigenous chef as a community gathers to support the LaPointe tiwahe (family) in their return journey to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 16th Session. 6 -8:30 pm. NACDI, All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. Registration is not required, but encouraged. Send RSVPs to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 11
MPS Indian Education Spring Gathering

MPS Indian Education will be hosting their annual Spring Gathering, Public Hearing and Title IV Parent Committee Elections. 11 am to 2 pm. Light lunch provided. Door prizes. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave., Mpls. For more info, contact Christine Wilson at 612-668-0108 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 15 (deadline)
IAIA Low Rez MFA Program

Financial aid is still available for Native American/ First Nations candidates. The Institute of American Indian Arts' Low Residency MFA’s mission "to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach" means that the program and the literature we read carry a distinct Native American and First Nations emphasis. The program has graduated 40 students with their MFAs. 60 students are currently enrolled in four tracks-poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting.  For info, go to:  https://iaia.edu/academics /degree-programs/creative-writing-mfa. Or contact Jon Davis at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 16
Seventh Fire March

The Augsburg Native American Film Series’ The Seventh Fire will air at the University of St. Thomas. From executive producers Terrence Malick, Natalie Portman and Chris Eyre comes a fascinating new documentary by Jack Pettibone Riccobono, The Seventh Fire. When Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation, is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Ojibwe community. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on the reservation. Screening: 1:30 - 3:10 pm. This event is free to the public. The University of St. Thomas, John Roach Center auditorium (JRC 126), corner of Summit and Cleveland Avenues. For info, see: www.augsburg.edu/filmseries

March 16
Dismantling Doctrine of Discovery

In 2012 the United Methodist Church voted to dismantle the doctrine of discovery and begin making acts of repentance for the church’s part in the treatment of Native peoples in North America. This event is a part of the education of church members and the wider community, and is meant to make an opportunity for truth telling, listening and relationship building. Conversation led by Director and Producer Sheldon Wolfchild, Jim Bear Jacobs, Bob Klanderud and Joann Conroy. Bishop Ough will be available to answer questions. 6:30 - 9 pm. Free meal from 5:30 - 6:30 pm at this venue. Food by Howasta Means of Gatherings Cafe. St Anthony Park UMC, 2200 Hillside Ave, Saint Paul. RSVP to Bill Konrardy at 612-310-3602 for the meal portion.

March  17
Dream Weavers meeting

The Dream Weavers Community Partnership (DWA) invites professional helpers to attend our next meeting. Become a member of DWA and support the efforts to address the many issues involved in the sexual assault of Native American women. The Indigenous Women’s Life Net is a culturally specific program for Native American victims of sexual assault. 10 am to Noon. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact Jessica Owen at 612-871-4555.

March 17, 18
INAATE/Se

The Augsburg Native American Film Series’ INAATE/Se by directors Zack and Adam Khalil. This experimental documentary is part of the INDIgenesis: Indigenous Filmmakers, Past and Present program at the Walker and 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. The Augsburg Native American Film Series is proving 50 free tickets to each screening:  March 17 at 6:30 pm at the Walker Cinema and March 18 at 7:30 pm at the Walker Cinema. Contact M. Elise Marubbio ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-330-1523) to be put on a reserve ticket list. For info, see: www.augsburg.edu/filmseries.

March 19
Marcie Rendon and Carter Meland

Birchbark Books welcomes Minnesota Anishinaabe authors Marcie Rendon and Carter Meland for a book reading, reception, and signing in celebration of their debut novels. Rendon will be reading from her new mystery novel Murder on the Red River. Meland will be reading from his novel Stories for a Lost Child. 7 pm. Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, 2020 W Lake of the Isles Parkway, Mpls.

March 21
Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting

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

March 25
Help reimagine the Jeffers Petroglyphs

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) invites your input in renaming this historic site. We are committed to reinterpretation that showcases the importance of this special place. Our hope is that MNHS will better tell the story of the carvings and the people who made them. We seek your thoughts and ideas, and invite you to attend this meeting where we can review the current interpretation and discuss a more accurate name for this important site. Food and beverages will be provided. 1 - 4 pm. Jeffers Petroglyphs, 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey, MN. Event may be canceled due to weather conditions. If a decision is made to cancel the event, a recorded message at 507-628-5591 will confirm cancellation.

March 25
Augsburg 9th Traditional Powwow

Grand Entries at 1 and 6 pm. Honorariums for registered dancers and drums. Dancer honorarium: Registered dancers only, must be in full regalia. Drum honorarium: Split for first 10 registered drum groups, 5 singer minimum, no drum hopping. Registration for drums and dancers starts at 11 am. No pre-registration. Craft and informational vendors are welcome (no food vendors or colleges/universities). Space is limited, first-come, first-served. Email or call for more information. 3:00 p.m. – Honoring for Augsburg American Indian Graduates. Free admission, all are welcome. There will be no feast this year. Dinner on your own or concessions are available. Si Melby Gymnasium, 715 23rd Ave. S, Minneapolis. For info, contact Jennifer Simon at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-330-1144 or see: www.augsburg.edu/aissp.

March 25
Bluedog CD Release

Bluedog’s Red, White and Blues CD release party. There will be a Mexican moonshine tasting at Golden's Lowertown. Food, art and music. All local, all fresh. Starts at 6 pm. Tequila tastings from 6-8 pm. $6 Moonshine Margaritas. Free giveaways and specials. Free event. Golden’s Lowertown, 275 E. 4th St., St Paul.

March 28
Support for the Soul

Peer support group for HIV positive people. Runs every last Tuesday of every month from 6 - 8 pm. This event is exclusively for those who are HIV positive. The meeting provides time for HIV positive people to meet with peers to form a stronger community. Clients will get a chance to speak about any problems or challenges they face due to being HIV positive and come up with ideas and ways they may overcome those challenges. The event is free. IPTF, 1335 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-889-4636 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 29
FAN Wellness Support Circle

Are you Native/Indigenous and looking for chronic illness support? Join us, the Native/Indigenous FAN Wellness Support Circle, for a meal and good company every last Wed. of the month, from 6 - 8 pm. MAIC, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, contact Val Lafave at 612-879-1722 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 31
4th Annual Mille Lacs Quiz Bowl

The Onamia Indian Education Department’s Fourth Annual Quiz Mille Lacs Quiz Bowl. Registration: 9 - 9:30 am. The competition will begin at 9:30 am. The registration fee is $100.00 per team, and is non-refundable. Register by March 24th. You may mail the team registration along with the fee or e-mail a copy of the registration to Chris Nayquonabe at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and send your fee in the mail. Send checks and registration to: Onamia Public Schools, Indian Education Department, Attn: Chris Nayquonabe, 35465 125th Ave, Onamia, MN 56359. Event held at the Rolf Olsen Center, 807 Main St. W., Onamia, MN. For info, call 320-532-6839.

March 31-April 2
All-Nations Basketball Tournament

DIVISIONS: 16 Mens Teams, 8 High School Boys: C/O 2017 eligible, 8 High School Girls: C/O 2017 eligible. Entry fee: $400 Mens/ $200 HS Boys & Girls. Due by March 17 to confirm spot. Entry fee is non-refundable. Lots of cash prizes. All proceeds will sponsor Onamia Indian Education Quiz Bowl teams. Admission costs: students and adults are $10 weekend pass, or $5 day pass; Age 0-6 and 60+ are free.  Grand Casino Mille Lacs Hotel & Casino. Call for block of rooms to 320-532-7777. For info, contact Byron Ninham at 320-362-1023 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

February Events
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Feb. 5, 12,19, 26
Eucharistic Mass

The Church of Gichitwaa Kateri invites you to join us for Eucharistic Mass each Sunday at 10:00 am. We are located at 3045 Park Avenue in South Minneapolis. For info, call 612-824-7606.

Feb. 7
The Sioux Chef Pop-up Dinners

The Sioux Chef team will hold a special dinner in partnership with the renowned chef, Karlos Baca (Dine/Tiwa). Chef Karlos, is a Colorado chef who creates startlingly beautiful dishes at the Dunton Hot Springs resort. He draws freely on wild edibles and hunted foods. Chef M. Karlos Baca founded the Taste of Native Cuisine, an Indigenous Chefs collective, in 2011 as a means to offer educational tastings, foraging walks, and speaking engagements on the Southern Ute Reservation. At this dinner, Chef Sean Sherman and Chef Karlos Baca will blend the wild flavors of the Dine and Ute tribes with the Dakota and Anishinaabe. Tickets are $90. This event will raise funds for the Sioux Chef’s new Indigenous Non-profit organization NATIF (North American Traditional Indigenous Foods). 6 to 9:30 pm. First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Avenue South, Minneapolis. For tickets, see: www.eventbrite.com/e/yuaarukapi-a-pop-up-dinner-hosted-by-the-sioux-cheftm-tickets-31062364368.

Feb. 7
Water is Sacred

An Evening with Tiana LaPointe, Indigenous Filmmaker and Ringing Shield Drum Group. Tiana LaPointe will speak about her experience attending the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May 2016. Tiana documented part of this talk in the film Mni Ki Wakan: Water is Sacred. This recent film specifically relates to the water issue taking place in Standing Rock, North Dakota and across the globe. Wakinyan and Thorne LaPointe, of Ringing Shield Drum Group will convey the sacredness of water through drumming and storytelling. 7 pm. Registration is not required, but does help for planning purposes. Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy (Upper level, door 1), Burnsville, MN. For info, call 952-707-6040.

Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
Drum Practice
All levels are welcome to learn language, songs and drum protocol. This is a free on-going group. 5 – 6 pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Minneapolis, MN. For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 612 89-1713 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 612 879-1783.

Feb. 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1
Cooking Classes at IHB

Let’s Get Cookin’ – Free Cooking Classes at the Indian Health Board. A free cooking class series for all ages. Join us and share a healthy meal, while learning tips and tricks in the kitchen.Free but please call ahead to register. Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm. Indian Health Board (Third Floor), 1315 E. 24th St., Mpls. For info, contact Chelsea Moyle at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-721-9800.

Feb. 8, 15, 22, Mar 1
Parenting education

Parenting Education for pregnant women and mothers of children under 1. 11:30-1:30 every Wednesday. Limited transportation available, light lunch and childcare provided. American Indian Family Center, 579 Wells Ave., St. Paul. For info, call Heather Benjamin or Barb Fairbanks at 651-793-3803.

Feb. 9
ReImage Minnesota Opening

Students from St. Paul Public Schools have been learning about the art in the Minnesota State Capitol, its negative images of Native Americans, and its narrow view of early Minnesota history. They have been crafting their own alternative Capitol art. The show will include approximately 75 pieces of art from nine classrooms from the Creative Arts Secondary School and Washington Technology Magnet. Participating teachers are Randy Schutt, Keith Sellers, and Mary Ann Rogers.Grand opening will be held from 5-8 pm. Washington Technology Magnet School, 1495 Rice St (Multicultural Resource Center), St. Paul, MN.

Feb. 9
Corey Medina + Brothers

Native musican Corey Medina will perform. With special guests the Pretendians. Show starts at 8 pm. No cover charge. Minnesota Music Cafe, 449 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN. For info, call 651-776-4699.

Feb. 10
American Indian Magnet School Powwow

The American Indian Magnet School’s traditional powwow will be held from 6 to 7 pm at 1075 3rd St East, St. Paul, MN. Cost: Free. For more info, call 651-293-5191.

Feb. 11
Financial Education Workshop

Bii Gii Wiin CDLF is hosting a bi-monthly financial education workshop. Are you interested in applying for our IDA Savings Match Account? Would you like help with your credit AND debt? We have a credit enhancement loan program you could be eligible for after completing this workshop. Come enjoy a fun, interactive, free, and engaging workshop. For info and registration call Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund at 612-354-2249  or see: www.biigiiwiin.org.

Feb. 11 - 12
Ojibwe Moccasin 2-Day Workshop

Learn techniques of working with leather to make a pair of Ojibwe-style moccasins to take home in this two-day workshop. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. The workshop runs: Saturday: Noon to 4 pm and Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm. A minimum of five participants is required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. Cost: $60/$55 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members, plus $40 supply fee. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 12
Urban Indian Challenges

Three American Indian leaders offer a valuable opportunity to hear their perspectives on urban Indians’ challenges and learn about steps needed to build a vibrant and sustainable urban Indian community. Meet urban Indian community leaders at 6:30 pm. Panel discussion begins at 7:15 pm.   The panelists will be: Joe Hobot (Lakota) President and Chief Executive Officer, American Indian IOC. Robert Lilligren (White Earth Ojibwe) Executive Director, Native American Community Development Institute. Patina Park (Lakota) Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Centers. Joining them as moderator will be Tom Weber, co-host of “The Morning Show” on Minnesota Public Radio, who brings to the discussion years of reporting on American Indian issues. Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis is located at the intersection of Nicollet and Franklin Avenues, Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-871-7400 or www.plymouth.org.

Feb. 14
Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women’s March

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, Indigenous Women’s Life Net, and Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center are the co-hosts. Wear red and bring banners, signs, shawls, drums, staffs, and rattles. 11 am to 2 pm. March starts and ends at Minneapolis Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN. Route will start at Indian Center, down Franklin to Cedar, Cedar to 24th, West to Bloomington Ave, then Bloomington, back to Indian Center. Vehicles will be available for Elders and children. For info, contact Deb Poitra at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-646-4800.

Feb. 15 (deadline)
American Indian Magnet School Enrollment

The American Indian Magnet School offers two free full-day Pre-K classes with Ojibwe or Dakhóta weaved into the classroom and lessons. Students must be age 4 by Sept. 1st  to be enrolled into AIMS PreK program. The applications for priority enrollment for the American Indian Magnet School and all other Saint Paul Public Schools is Feb. 15th. See https://apply.spps.org/OnlineApplication or you may go into SPPS Student Placement Center, 2102 University Ave., West Saint Paul (corner of University and Cleveland). For info, call 651-632-3760.

Feb. 16
Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting

Learn more about the ways you can help children though foster care or adoption. No registration needed. 6 to 8 p.m. Hennepin County Library – Brooklyn Park, 8500 West Broadway Avenue, Brooklyn Park. For info, see: www.hennepin.us/fostercare, www.hennepin.us/icwa, or call 612-348-5437.

Feb. 17 (deadline)
First Nations' Native Ag and Food Systems Initiative

First Nations will award up to 12 grants of up to $35,000 each to support projects that aim to strengthen local food-system control; increase access to local, healthy and traditional foods; and decrease food insecurity and food deserts, all with an emphasis on serving Native American children and families. For this grant opportunity, examples of allowable activities include, but are not limited to: Community Garden Development, Food Sovereignty Initiatives, Food System Planning, Supply Chain Improvements, Grower-Based Education Programs, Intergenerational Programs with a Focus on Food. First Nations will also award up to 10 grants of up to $15,000. Under this grant opportunity, examples of allowable activities include, but are not limited to: Food Sovereignty Assessment Planning, Conducting Food Sovereignty Assessments, Data Analysis of Food Sovereignty Assessment Surveys, Community Meetings Related to a Food Sovereignty Assessment. Request for Proposals for program grants: www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2017NAFSI. Request for Proposals for the food sovereignty assessment grants: www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2017FSA.  Entities eligible to apply include U.S.-based, Native American-controlled, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, tribes and tribal departments, tribal organizations, or Native American community-based groups with eligible fiscal sponsors committed to increasing healthy food access in rural and reservation-based Native communities and improving the health and well-being of Native American children and families. Proposals for both grant programs will be accepted online and must be submitted by no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time

Feb. 17
Family Fun Night at MAIC

Activities include: Storytelling with Hope Flanagan, floor hockey, basketball and soccer, cooking demonstration, art activity. Refreshments and healthy snacks available. This is a free sober family activity and parents must accommodate children. 6 – 8 pm. For info, contact Cherly at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 17 - 19
Bois Forte Powwow

The Bois Forte Midwinter Traditional Powwow will be held in Nett Lake, MN. MC: George Strong. AD: Lance Kingbird. Host Drum: Drift Traditional. For info, call Louise Isham at 218 757-3261.

Feb. 18
Winter Storytelling

Winter Storytelling is an annual event the AISCC hosts that brings together the Univeristy and local community together to hear traditional stories. We will begin the event with a welcome from and introduction of our governing board. Dinner will follow, and then we will introduce our speakers. The Dakota class will perform a play and the Ojibwe class will tell stories. 4:30 - 10:30 pm. Free. The Whole Theatre - Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN. For info, contact Diana Hawkins at 612-624-0243 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 22
FAN Wellness Support Circle

Are you Native American and looking for chronic illness support? Join us, the Native FAN Wellness Support Circle, for a meal and good company every last Wed. of the month from 6-8 pm at MAIC 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For more info, contact Val Lafave at 612-879-1722 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 22 (deadline)
ArtPlace Call for Artists

ArtPlace has $9.5 million is available funds for projects that work with artists and arts organizations to build stronger, healthier communities anywhere in the United States. Funds projects that: Focus on a neighborhood, town, village or other geographic community; are looking to work on a community challenge or opportunity related to agriculture/food, economic development,  education/youth, environment/energy, health, housing, immigration, public safety, transportation or workforce development; Have a way that artists, arts organizations, and/or arts and culture activities can help address that challenge or opportunity. Deadline is February 22 by 3:59 pm EST. To be able to apply, you must register in Fluxx before February 14 at 3:59 pm EST. For info, see: www.artplaceamerica.org/blog/open-call-applications-2017-national-creative-placemaking-fund

Feb. 23
Red Lake Community Engagement Meeting

We invite all Red Lake Tribal members to join us for a meal and to share your thoughts. Topic – Duties and Responsibilities of Elected Officials. 6 - 8 pm.2929 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis.

Feb. 25
13th Annual Thinking College Early Fair

Progressive Baptist Church and the Saint Paul Public Schools are hosting their 13th annual Thinking College Early Fair from 11 am to 1 pm at Harding High School. We are actively seeking colleges that support American Indian students through coursework and programming, to participate. If you work at a college and actively recruit American Indian students, please consider attending the fair. To register, see: http://tinyurl.com/hopxx4y. For info, contact Kerrie at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 25
Loom Beading

Participants will learn the art of loom beading through hands-on experience. Create a design, put it on a loom and learn how to apply the loom work to leather or cloth when it is finished. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Cost: $30/$25 MNHS and Mille Lacs band members, $20 supply fee. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 26 – March 5
AMR Artist-in-Residency

All My Relations Gallery is holding its first Artist-in-Residency Program. In partnership with The Ordway Center For Performing Arts and Rosy Simas Danse, All My Relations Arts presents Tanya Lukin Linklater. Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performance collaborations, videos, photographs and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is compelled by relationships between bodies, histories, poetry, pedagogy, Indigenous conceptual spaces (languages), and institutions. 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-235-4970 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Feb. 28: Welcome meal and gathering, 6-8 pm at Two Rivers Gallery, MAIC.
• March 2: Open house and rehearsal with Lukin Linklater, 6-8 pm.
• March 3: The Harvest Sturdies Opening Reception, 6-8 pm. Host by the Native youth art collective with Indigenous food, and dance performance at 7 pm.

Feb. 27
Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun) Meeting

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is partnering with the City of Minneapolis and community members to create a unique public art gathering and memorial space on the shore of Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun). Learn more about Bde Maka Ska and Mahpiya Wicasta public art and site improvements at two upcoming public meetings. This project grew out of MPRB’s recent public master planning process for Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet and reflects the recommendations of the project’s Community Advisory Committee. Members of the public are invited to join Bde Maka Ska Public Art Meeting, 6-8 pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center Auditorium, 1530 E Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. Snacks will be provided. For info, contact Deb Bartels at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-230-6438.

Feb. 27
LEAP Into the Fight Against Hunger

Fundraiser for the Horizons Unlimited Food Shelf which provides services to the Native American community. Silent and live auction includes: theatre tickets to the Jungle and Children's Theaters; dinner and show at the Chanhassen; Timberwolves tickets; autographed books from Louise Erdrich, Heid Erdrich and Diane Wilson; gift cards from Lunds/Byerly's; a home-made star quilt; jewelry; lunch with William Kent Krueger; a catered meal by the Sioux Chef; tickets to the Science museum and the Minnesota Institute of Art; art by Carolyn Anderson and Frank Big Bear; riding lessons and voice lessons; chocolate chip cookies made by George Soule and more. Doors open at 5 pm. Networking 5-6 pm. Main Event 6-8:30 pm. The Metropolitan, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Golden Valley, MN. For tickets, see: diw-mn.org/leap for ticket information. For info, call 612-279-6325 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb. 27 (deadline)
MPS Indian Ed Nominations

MPS Indian Education is now accepting nominations to serve on the Title VI Parent Committee. Do you know an incredible parent/guardian of an American Indian student in Minneapolis Public Schools? Do you know an extraordinary American Indian Student in Minneapolis Public Schools? Do you know a phenomenal teacher who works with American Indian students in Minneapolis Public Schools? Nominations are due Feb 27th. To nominate yourself or someone else, contact Christine at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-668-0108.

March 1
Call for artists and writers

An open call for artists for the Bde Maka Ska Public Art Project. This public art project is part of construction improvements for Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun) to create a gathering space and improved lake access. Both the site improvements and the public art will celebrate the history and culture of the Dakota and Native American people and honor Mahpiya Wicasta (Cloud Man) and Heyata Otunwe (Village to the Side). This project is part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Master Plan and Site Improvements for Lakes Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet. An informational meeting will be held on Feb.7 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Migizi Communications, 1516 E. Lake St., #300, Minneapolis. (free parking in back.)  Deadline: March 1, at 4:00 p.m. For more information visit: www.minneapolisparks.org/park_care__improvements/park_projects/current_projects/calhoun-harriet_master_plan__improvements.

March 1 (deadline)
Vision Maker Media Grants

Vision Maker Media invites applications for Projects intended for Public Media that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Projects should be accessible to a broad audience, have the potential for a national broadcast, and be used for effective outreach/community engagement activities to reach audiences beyond a Public Television broadcast. Projects will be offered additional distribution opportunities through Vision Maker Media, including educational and home DVD distribution through http://shopvisionmaker.org.The deadline for receiving all application materials is March 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PST. For guidelines, see: www.visionmakermedia.org/filmmakers/2017-public-media-content-fund. For more information, contact: 402-472-3122 or 402-472-0497 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 2-5
14th Annual Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conf.

Join us and learn about a wide array of topics and discussions such as: community land revitalization, seed saving, tribal food and farm policy, native agricultural techniques, raised bed and elder gardening programs, food preservation and much more. Over 25 Native herbalists, gardeners, horticulturists, community leaders, professors, students, extension educators and farmers from all four directions will share their knowledge. Learn how Native people are restoring traditional foods, implementing sustainable practices, and collaborating with neighboring Native nations. Maplelag Resort Callaway, MN. Sponsored by the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Register at: www.welrp.org. For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 218-375-2600.

March 3
Annual Native Youth Visit Day

Augsburg College Admissions Office, American Indian Student Services and our Augsburg Indigenous Student Association (AISA) invite high school students to the Augsburg College campus. 9 am - 1 pm.  This is specifically for students who identify as American Indian who are in grades 7-12. We encourage your juniors and seniors and/or others you may be connected with who may have recently completed a high school diploma/GED to attend. Students will have the opportunity to take a college tour, hear from our admissions staff and American Indian Student Services, talk with current Native students at Augsburg, enjoy lunch and hear from our guest speaker/faculty member. The tentative schedule for the day is: 9 am - Arrival; 9:15 am - Welcome and Introduction; 9:30 am - College Tour, 10:30 am - Panel of Augsburg American Indian Students, 11:15 am - Lunch, 12:00 pm - Special Guest/Activity/TBD, 1:00 pm - Departure. For info, contact Jennifer Simon at 612-330-1144 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 7
Indian Child Welfare Education Day

Please join us as we share the strengths and wisdom within our community. Co-Sponsored by Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Registration, 8 am. Programing, 8:30 am – 4 pm. Free. CEU’s will be provided. Lunch provided Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Ave., Saint Paul. 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.

March 8
Red Power Energy

The Augsburg Native American Film Series Presents Red Power Energy. Oglala Lakota Director, Larry Pourier will host a screening of the film he co-directed.  This documentary presents a variety of Native American perspectives on the energy debates that highlight the controversial nature of energy development within Native community self-determination, sovereignty, and environmental sustainability. Red Power Energy combines engaging storytelling with in-depth journalism. Told solely from the Native perspective, with a nearly all-Native film crew and all-Native Advisory Council, the film features Western and Great Plains American Indian tribes from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South. Reception 6:15 - 6:45 pm. Screening begins at 7 pm. Discussion with filmmakers follows. This event is free to the public. For info, see: www.augsburg.edu/filmseries/2017/01/11/red-power-energy.

 

January Calendar
Monday, January 09 2017
 
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Thru Jan. 20
On Fertile Ground

Celebrate the wealth and diversity of contemporary Native artists from the upper Midwet region. On Fertile Ground is the third and final segemnnt of this regional exhibition and providers comprehensive overview of 45 artists from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Features work from: Cannupa Hansak Luger, Dyani White Hawk, Gwen Western, Andrea Carlson, Jeffrey Chapman, James Autio, Chholing Taha, Dwayne Wilcox, Keith Brave Heart, and more. All My Relations Arts, 1414 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-235-4969 or see: www.allmyrelationsarts.com.
• Jan. 20: Artists Talking Circle: from 6 - 8 pm. Hosted by Dyani White Hawk and a variety of exhibited artists featuring the debut of the On Fertile Ground 2014 - 2016 catalogue.

Thru Jan. 27
Mazinaakizige Exhibition: POWER(FULL)

Two Rivers Gallery and the Minnesota Historical Society present Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography Project. This exhibition brings together six young American Indian artists to develop their photography skills in a guided, supportive, and culturally sensitive environment. The artists will be showing a selection of photographs that empowers their indigenous identity by focusing around the theme “Power(full)”. Artists include: Nolan Berglund, Amoreina Espinosa, Joe Ettawageshik, Shaw Handley, Marco Hunt and Angel Swann. Two Rivers Gallery, MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm. For info, call 612-871-4555 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thru Feb. 4
Dimensions of Indigenous & Cultural Identity Politics

Featuring work by Gordon Coons (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe) and Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra (Xinka-Lenca, El Salvador). The impacts of colonization can still be felt today in our communities, manifesting in different but similarly meaningful ways for Indigenous Peoples living in the Midwest. The tension, distrust, and trauma from generations of relocation, cultural appropriation, assimilation and genocide make unity difficult for those who have survived. As Dimensions of Indigenous seeks to unite Indigenous people of the four directions and as tension around immigration and who can claim to be Indigenous make it difficult, in a stripped down version of the exhibition curators Gordon Coons and Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra explore dimensions of Indigeneity through an intimate view of their practice. In conversation with one another, their installation work explores Indigenous cultural identity politics through the modern expression of color and paper cuttings. Curated by Electric Machete Studios. Sliding scale; $3-10 per person suggested. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis. For more info, see: http://intermediaarts.org.

Jan. 7
Corn Husk Dolls

Learn how to make a corn husk doll to take home. Corn husk dolls are made out of the outer covering of an ear of corn. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up. 1:00 - 3:00 pm. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Cost: $6/kit, museum admission not included. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632.

Jan. 7
Story Time

Enjoy a story time exploring American Indian tales. All ages welcome; light snacks will be available. Noon - 1:00 pm. Free, museum admission not included.Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or mil This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jan. 7-8
Ojibwe Mitten Workshop

Learn techniques of leather working to make a pair of Ojibwe style mittens to take home.  A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. The workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Cost is $65 for the public and $60 for Minnesota Historical Society Members and Mille Lacs Band Members, there is also a $40 supply fee. A minimum of five participants is required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr, Onamia, MN. For info, see website at www.mnhs.org/millelacs or call 320-532-3632.

Jan. 9 - Feb. 1
Tradition Not Addiction

Come and learn about traditional tobacco and the truth about commercial tobacco, alcohol and drugs. Now recruiting youth ages 12-18. Starting: Jan 9, through Feb 1, Mondays-Wednesdays from: 4:30-7:30 pm. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis. Stipend: $120.00 gift card. Must attend all 4 days. For info, contact: Suzanne Nash at 722-6248 or Curtis Kirby @ 428-7692.

Jan. 11, 18, 25
AIOIC services

American Indian OIC-Employment Services offers employment and short-term job training assistance. Information sessions are held on Wednesdays at 9:00 am. For info, see www.aioic.org or call 612-341-3358. American Indian O.I.C. & TAKODA Institute, 1845 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN.

Jan. 13
American Indian Magnet School Powwow

The American Indian Magnet School’s traditional powwow will be held from 6 to 7 pm at 1075 3rd St East, St. Paul, MN. Cost: Free. For more info, call 651-293-5191.

Jan. 14
Gichi Manidoo Giizis Powwow

The Gichi Manidoo Giizis traditional Powwow will be held at Black Fear Casino Resort, Otter Creek Event Center, 1785 Highway 210, Carlton, MN. MC: Les Gibbs. AD: Dan Houle. Host Drum: Cedar Creek. Free Admission. For more info, contact Nikki Crowe at 218-878-7148.

Jan. 16 (deadline)
Call for artists of color

Northern Lights.mn is accepting proposals for all-night projects in any medium for Northern Spark 2017 Climate Chaos|Climate Rising. For artists of color and indigenous artists who have a cultural connection to the following communities: Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood (West Bank Station), Little Africa District (Snelling Station), and Little Mekong District (Western Station). The festival will be held in neighborhoods along the Light Rail Green Line spanning Downtown Minneapolis and Lowertown Saint Paul. This call is for individual artists of color and indigenous artists. Artists living anywhere are eligible to participate. Artists may submit proposals with budgets at the $1,000, 3,000 or 6,000 level. Deadline is Jan. 16th, 2017 at 9 pm CST. For more information, see: http://2017.northernspark.org/
call-program-council.

Jan. 21-22
Beading 101 2-Day Workshop

Learn basic beading styles and techniques by creating a project, like a necklace or bracelet, to take home in this two-day workshop. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. The workshop runs: Saturday: Noon-4 pm and Sunday: 10 am-2 pm. A minimum of five participants is required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. Cost: $60/$55 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members, plus $25 supply fee. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or mil This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jan. 25
Winter Feast

An invitation to the community to attend a Winter Feast, hosted by Wicoie Nandagikendan and DIW. 6 pm to 8 pm. Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake S. Minneapolis. For info, call 612-721-4246 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jan. 25
FAN Wellness Support Circle

Are you Native American and looking for chronic illness support? Here is a good News Years Resolution! Join us, the Native FAN Wellness Support Circle, for a meal and good company every last Wednesday of the month, from 6-8 pm at MAIC, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For more information contact Val Lafave at 612-879-1722 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jan. 26
Retirement Ceremony

Join us as we celebrate and honor over 30 years of service for Dr. Lydia Caros of the Native American Community Clinic. In lieu of gifts we kindly suggest a donation to your favorite charity. 4 - 7 pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-872-8086.

Jan. 28
Fix-It Tech Event

Come with a question and/or bring a device for repair or a FREE TUNE-UP! Bring your laptops, desktop towers, smartphones, or tablets WITH power cord. Our volunteers will teach valuable repair skills, answer questions, and give technical advice about your device. First come first served! Labor will be free! If parts are needed, volunteers will provide consultation on items and various sources. Fix-It Tech is a Twin Cities community technology education event led by a dedicated group of volunteers, educators and community organizations. 11 am - 3 pm. Free.     Neighborhood House, Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St E., St. Paul, MN. For info, call     651-789-2500  or see: www.facebook.com/fixittechmn.
•  March 10: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm     at the TAKODA Institute of Higher Ed-American Indian OIC, 1845 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN.

Jan. 29
Storytelling Bus and Talking Circle

Dimensions of Indigeneity in Minnesota: A Storytelling Bus will pick you up at locations around the Twin Cities (see schedule below). Travel on the bus to the Talking Circle and Potluck feast while listening to and sharing stories by Al Gross, Lupe Castillo, and more. Jessica Lopez Lyman, PhD and Ashley Fairbanks, White Earth Nation, moderate a talking circle with a diverse panel of artists, educators, and cultural community organizers. In a poignant conversation, we will get honest about dimensions of Indigeneity and cultural identity politics as it relates to our shared liberation. Co-presented with the Department of Chicano & Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, Ce Tempoxcalli, Electric Machete Studios, and The Ordway. Storytelling Bus Pick Up Schedule: 2:00 pm — Electric Machete Studios, 777 Smith Ave S, St Paul. 2:30 pm —PowWow Grounds, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. 2:40 pm — Little Earth, 2495 18th Ave South, Minneapolis. For more info, see: http://intermediaarts.org.

Feb. 10
American Indian Magnet School Powwow

The American Indian Magnet School’s traditional powwow will be held from 6 to 7 pm at 1075 3rd St East, St. Paul, MN. Cost: Free. For more info, call 651-293-5191.

Feb. 17 - 19
Bois Forte Powwow

The Bois Forte Midwinter Traditional Powwow will be held in Nett Lake, MN. MC: George Strong. AD: Lance Kingbird. Host Drum: Drift Traditional. For info, call Louise Isham at 218 757-3261.

Feb. 26 – March 5
AMR Artist-in-Residency

All My Relations Gallery is holding its first Artist-in-Residency Program. In partnership with The Ordway Center For Performing Arts and Rosy Simas Danse, All My Relations Arts presents Tanya Lukin Linklater. Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performance collaborations, videos, photographs and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is compelled by relationships between bodies, histories, poetry, pedagogy, Indigenous conceptual spaces (languages), and institutions. 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-235-4970.

Feb. 27
LEAP into the Fight Against Hunger

The Division of Indian Work (DIW) invites you to attend LEAP Into the Fight Against Hunger, the annual fundraiser for DIW’s food shelf, Horizons Unlimited. Enjoy the incredible talents of Maria Jette, Bradley Greenwald, Jearlyn Steele and Tall Paul as you partake of fabulous hors d’oeuvres provided by D’Amico. The Silent and Live Auctions will be incredible with chances to score vacation homes in New Mexico and Wisconsin, tickets to the Chanhassen and Jungle theaters along with many other fantastic items. 5:00 pm to  8:30 pm at the Metropolitan in Golden Valley, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN. Ticket info at: diw-mn.org/leap. For info, contact 612-279-6325 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 1 (deadline)
Vision Maker Media Grants

Vision Maker Media invites applications for Projects intended for Public Media that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Projects should be accessible to a broad audience, have the potential for a national broadcast, and be used for effective outreach/community engagement activities to reach audiences beyond a Public Television broadcast. All completed Projects are required to meet the PBS Technical Operating Specifications and Production Guidelines as outlined in the PBS Red Book, online at www.pbs.org/producers. Projects will be offered additional distribution opportunities through Vision Maker Media, including educational and home DVD distribution through http://shopvisionmaker.org.The deadline for receiving all application materials is March 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PST. For guidelines, see: www.visionmakermedia.org/filmmakers/2017-public-media-content-fund. For more information, contact: 402-472-3122 or 402-472-0497 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 6
Powwow for Hope Teams Needed

The sixth annual Powwow for Hope will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017​. Powwow for Hope is a community fundraising event that honors loved ones who have battled cancer or are fighting cancer and provides an opportunity to learn more about cancer prevention and resources. Your help is needed to address the cancer burdens faced by many American Indian families throughout Indian Country. As we approach our sixth annual event, check back to learn how you can organize or join a team. Teams will raise funds in many different ways before, during and after Powwow for Hope. All money raised will be used to support cancer education and supportive services for American Indians. For more info, contact the American Indian Cancer Foundation, 615 First Avenue NE, Ste. 125, Minneapolis, MN. 612-314-4848 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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