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October Events
Friday, October 02 2015
 
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Thru Nov. 20
On Fertile Ground Exhibit
This exhibition is the second of three annual showings of Native artists, providing an overview of 45 artists from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Artists include: Roger Broer, Gordon Coons, Lauren Good Day-Giago, Heid Erdrich, Duane Goodwin, Laura Heit-Youngbird, Cole Jacobson, Pat Kruse, Marlena Myles, Chris Pappan, Bad Art Press, Keith Secola, Maggie Thompson, and Jonathan Thunder. All My Relations Arts, 1414 E Franklin Ave. www.allmyrelationsarts.com

Oct. 3, 10, 24, 31
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post Events

For a complete list of all MNHS events and news releases please visit www.mnhs.org/media. News releases are typically posted by the end of the day Wednesday. Check back often to see what's new at all MNHS sites and museums. Media Contacts: Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Oct. 3: Kids Learn How Craft a Beaded Ring
• Oct. 10: A Fashion Showcase of Traditional Skirts of the Great Lakes Region
•Oct. 24: Discover the Art of Making a Sweetgrass Basket in a Two-Day Workshop
• Oct. 31: Art Exhibit “On Home Ground,” Featuring the Work of Steve Premo, Closes.

Oct. 5
Sherman Alexie and Bob Hershon poetry reading

Both authors will read their own poetry. A Spokane/Coeur D'Alene Indian, Alexie has won many honors, culminating in the National Book Award for his novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Hershon has won two National Endowment for the Arts writing fellowships and three from the New York Foundation for the Arts. In the Q&A after the reading, they'll talk about their life-long relationship - Hershon published Alexie's first book of poetry, launching his career as a poet and writer. Sponsored by the Macalester English Department. Macalester College, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, Minn., FREE, 7 p.m., For more info, call 651-696-6387.

Oct. 5 - 28
Tradition Not Addiction

Learn about traditional tobacco, commercial tobacco, alcohol and drugs. Now recruiting youth ages 12-18. New group: October 5-28. Mondays & Wednesdays from: 4:30-7:30 at All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E. 23rd Street, Minneapolis, MN.  Stipend Offered: $120.00 (gift card) must attend all sessions. For more information contact: Suzanne Nash at 722-6248 or Curtis Kirby at 428-7692. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct. 10
Indian Education Fall Gathering

An afternoon with MPS students & families! Lunch provided for MPS parents & students. Activities include: Spirit Rock Painting, College Photo Booth, Native Lacrosse Clinic, Star Lab, Parent Gathering, Title VII information, Jeopardy game and door prizes. 11 am to 2 pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For info, contact Deanna StandingCloud at 612-668-0612 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct. 12
Saint Paul's Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

Celebrate the First Inaugural City of Saint Paul's Indigenous Peoples Day celebration. 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Crown Plaza Hotel Saint Paul, 11 Kellogg Blvd, East Saint Paul, MN.

Oct. 12
SPPS Indigenous Peoples Day

The City of St. Paul recently issued a resolution recognizing the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day. SPPS is celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day by hosting a day of activities at the American Indian Magnet to teach our students and community more about indigenous culture. Schedule: 10:00 – 12:00 grades K-4, activities for students. 1:00-3:00 grades 5-8, activities for students. All events will take place at the American Indian Magnet School, 1075 East Third St., St. Paul MN. For more info, call 651-778-3100.

Oct. 13 - 14
Anishinabe Academy Parent-Teacher Conferences

Anishinabe Academy is holding their first Parent Night. There will be roundtable discussions on: Bullying, Today’s Math, and Raising Tweens/Early Childhood Resources. Anishinabe Academy will also be holding Parent-Teacher Conferences that same evening from 4-8 and on October 14. If you wish to hold a table at our Resource Booth to support one of the above topic email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 612-668-0905. For more info, call 612-668-0880.

Oct, 13 - 15
Sex Trafficking in Indian Country Conference

Topics presented include: Pre-Colonization, Common Misconceptions of Sex Trafficking, Contemporary Reality, Red Flags & Identifying Victims of Sex Trafficking, Exploring the Intersections of SA, DV and Sex Trafficking, Impact and Needs of SA Victims, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, Meeting the Needs of Sex Trafficking Victims, Healing and Justice for Victim/Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Importance of Developing and Providing a Collaborative Community. Presenters: Dr. Alexandra Pierce and Bonnie Clairmont. 9 am to 5 pm. Red Lake 7Clans Casino & Event Center, 10200 Hwy. 89, Red Lake, MN.

Oct. 14
Birchbark Books Readings Series

Reading will be Eric McKendry, Cheryl K. Minnema, and Thomas R. Smith. Cheryl K. Minnema is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Cheryl grew up on the Mille Lacs Reservation and is a graduate of Nay Ah Shing Tribal School. Cheryl is the author of the children’s picture book, “Hungry Johnny” and is currently working additional Johnny stories for a series of books. Eric McKendry is a poet and carpenter from Crystal, Minnesota. Thomas R. Smith is the author of six full-length books of poems: Keeping the Star (1988), Horse of Earth (1994), The Dark Indigo Current (2000), Waking Before Dawn (2006), The Foot of the Rainbow (2010), and The Glory (2015). The reading will be at the Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st Street (a couple doors down from Birchbark Books), Minneapolis.

Oct. 14
Mobile Mammography Day

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Mobile Unit visits NACC every quarter to provide free mammograms. Mammograms screen women for signs of breast cancer and are recommended for women 40 years of age and older. Women with a family history of breast cancer should start at age 35. Activities include: Breast & Cervical Cancer Education, Colon Cancer Education, Screening Incentives. Reserve your appointment today, call Sarah at 612-872-8086, ext. 1023 to reserve your 20 minute appointment. If you have insurance, please bring your card with you. If you do not have insurance, call the clinic before your appointment to sign up for the SAGE FREE MAMMOGRAM Program. Native American Community Clinic 1213 E. Franklin Ave Minneapolis, MN.

Oct. 15
Indian Child Welfare Education Day

Co-Sponsored by WMCL Indian Law Center. Registration begins 8:00 a.m. Programing begins 8:30 a.m. Please join us as we share the strengths and wisdom within our community. CEU’s will be provided. There is no cost to attend this event – Lunch is provided For information, 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. William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN.

Oct. 15
Linda LeGarde Grover

Community talk by the award-winning author and member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe, Prof. Linda LeGarde Grover. Event is free. The event is cosponsored by the English Department, the American Studies Department, and the Department for Multicultural Life. 5:30 pm at Old Main 4th floor lounge, Macalester College campus, St. Paul, MN.

Oct. 16
Ties that Blind: Race and the Criminal Justice System

A conference for members of the legal system, religious leaders and justice advocates addresses Minnesota’s high rate of racial disparity involving arrests, incarceration and re-incarceration of people of color. “Ties that Blind: Race and the Criminal Justice System” convenes in a co-presentation of the Council on Religion and Law (CORAL) and the Black Church Leadership Program at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (United). The half-day conference (8:00 AM – 1:00 PM) features a plenary address by University of St. Thomas law professor Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds. Rev. Alan Bean of Tulia, Tex., founder of Friends of Justice, is the closing speaker. United’s campus, 3000 Fifth Street NW in New Brighton, MN. Fo info and registration see: www.unitedseminary.edu/tiesthatblind, or contact conference director Brian Braskich at 651.255.6170. The fee is $20, general, and $150 for CLE (applied for).

Oct. 17
The Dakota Experience

The community is invited to an informal and informative gathering to experience the Dakota people’s food, culture, and spirituality. The Dakota people were the original occupants of this land, but their stories are little known. This event is an opportunity to experience some of their history and rich traditions. It will include: Native American storytelling, a traditional drum group, a teepee and campfire, horses (and lessons about Dakota horse traditions), the Tatanka Food Truck selling pre-colonial foods, an eagle from the Raptor Center with discussion of the significance of eagles in Native American spirituality, a display exploring Native American myths and stereotypes in public art, a screening of the film Dakota 38, and more. 4-8  p.m. Free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by Grace Lutheran Church, Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN)/Healing Minnesota Stories and World Without Genocide. On the grounds of Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley, 7800 West Country Road 42 (just west of Cedar Avenue).

Oct. 17, 20, 29
Financial Skills for Families

Free to public. Native American-based curriculum on money management, budgeting to create savings, credit and your credit report. Hosted by Northwest Indian OIC, 520-4th St. NW, Bemidji, MN.
• Oct. 17: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
• Oct. 20: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
• Oct. 29: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Oct. 18
No Honor In Racism Rally

The National Coalition Against Racism In Sports and Media and the AIM Interpretive Center  will hold a No Honor In Racism Rally on Sunday October 18th starting at 9 AM at Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota Campus. The rally is marching against all Indigenous mascots and to raise awareness of the damage and harm racial stereotypes can cause to people of all cultures. They will be marching to TCF Bank Stadium at 10 am, before the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Football Team game. For more info, see: www.facebook.com/events/409365399256603.

Oct. 21
Augsburg Native Film Series

Augsburg Native Film Series presents “First Light: Sisters of Sunrise” hosted by filmmaker Missy Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo) and including selected work Indigenous women filmmakers and animators. Reception from 6:15 to 6:45. Screening begins at 7:00, discussion with filmmakers follows. This event is free to the public. Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South, St. Paul. For more info, see: www.augsburg.edu/filmseries/2015/09/16/first-light-sisters-of-sunrise/

Oct. 23 (deadline)
Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship

The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship is now open for applications. The Immersion Fellowship is for artists of color and Indigenous artists and provides writers financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement community learning and enrichment plans.  Winners will be selected to receive grants of $7,500 to underwrite projects of their own design. At least one winner will be a Minnesota resident. Four winners will be selected. The application deadline is October 23rd. For more information and application, see: www.loft.org/programs__awards/grants__awards/spoken_word_grant. 

Oct. 26 - 29
Third Annual Native Food Sovereignty Summit

The Third Annual Food Sovereignty Summit will take place in  Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The Pre-Conference Experiential Learning Training Sessions are Oneida Commercial Farm, Tsyunhehkwa Organic Farm, Oneida Orchard/Cannery, Environmental Restoration/Where the Birds Nest, and Indigenous Peoples and Nations Consultation on Climate Change: Defending Our Rights and Food Sovereignty on the Road to Paris and Beyond. The Green Bay Food Sovereignty Summit also features Regional Roundtables, an Optional Tour at the end of the conference and the three main session tracks of Applied Agriculture, Community Outreach, and Products to Market. Native American communities come together to learn from one another in order to promote Native health, wellness and food sovereignty. Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers and other practitioners from around the U.S. will share information, program models and tools to meet growing and marketing challenges, as well as provide inspiration, mentoring and networking opportunities. Register at www.firstnations.org/summit.

Oct. 28 (Deadline)
Nature Conservancy Seeks Proposals for School Gardens

The Nature Conservancy is working to promote environmental education through the creation of Nature Works Everywhere gardens. The core principle behind the program is that gardens model conservation science on a relatable scale. The program empowers students and teachers to work together to create and implement their own solutions to environmental challenges in their communities. To that end, grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to support the building, amendment, or revitalization of gardens on school campuses, with preference given to rain, pollinator, native habitat, and other natural infrastructure projects. Food gardens will also be funded. To be eligible, a school must be public or charter. Schools can be elementary, middle, or high schools. See the website for guidelines and application: http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/rfps/rfp5968-nature-conservancy-seeks-proposals-for-school-gardens.

October 29
An Evening with Martín Prechtel
A leading thinker, writer, and native teacher in the search for the indigenous soul in all people, Martín Prechtel is a dedicated student of eloquence, history, and language with ever-evolving and fresh approaches to these ancient arts.  Martin grew up on a Pueblo reservation in his youth wandering through Mexico and Guatemala where he was eventually trained in the Tzutujil Mayan shamanic tradition.  Martin will discuss his new book Smell of Rain on Dust and share differences in how many native traditions deal with the twins of grief and praise.  October 29, 7pm, Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN.  Free admission.

Oct. 30
Celebrate 6 Years of New Native Theatre

Celebrate 6 Years of New Native Theatre with a Comedy and Musical Review of NNT's Past Plays and Events. Celebrate their new non-profit status as they review the last six years of producing plays and events in the Twin Cities Native community. Featuring excerpts from The Dreaming Bundle (2010), 2012: The Musical! (2012), Native-Somali Friendship Play (2013), and Native Man the Musical (2015) among others. Plus get a look into the future of New Native Theatre. The night will end with a concert by Scatter Their Own! 7:30 pm. Suggested fundraiser ticket price $20. No one turned away. For more info, see: www.newnativetheatre.org, or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Bedlam Lowertown, 213 4th Street East, Saint Paul, MN.

Nov. 3
Reception to Kick Off Why Treaties Matter Outreach

Minnesota American Indian Bar Association will be co-hosting an event with the United States District Court, District of Minnesota and Federal Bar Association-MN focusing on Indian treaty rights. As part of the event, the Why Treaties Matter Exhibit will be on display at the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis for two weeks in November.  A reception will be held on November 3 in the atrium of the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis for the outreach event. The Honorable Diane Humetewa (Hopi), the first Native American women appointed to an Article III Judgeship and the first enrolled tribal member to serve as a United States District Court Judge will be providing the keynote address at the kickoff reception. 4:30-7:00 pm. U.S. Courthouse, Minneapolis, 300 South Fourth St., Minneapolis, MN.

Nov. 4 - 6
MIWRC Intro to Motivational Interviewing

This 3-day training, titled Motivational Interviewing (MI), is an Evidence-Based Practice that holds a key to unlocking our clients’ own unique intrinsic motivations to make significant changes in their lives. Much of our focus will be on meaningful connections and uses of MI in a way that appreciates and supports the Native cultural value system. We will examine the basic concepts and uses of MI, practice using MI tools, and learn the steps in mastery of this valuable tool for our counseling toolboxes. Presenters: Betty Poitra and Jane Nakken, Ed. D. Nov. 4 and 5: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Nov. 6: 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. $175.00 for the 3-day training. Registration information, contact Jo Lightfeather at 612-728-2031 or: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it MIWRC, 2300 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN.

Nov.  4 - 6
MN Indian Education Association Conference

The 2015 Minnesota Indian Education Association Conference will be held at the Shooting Star Event Center in Mahnomen, MN. Registration is now open. Early Bird deadline: October 22. Visit our website where you can: View the tentative agenda, Register to attend the conference, Register as a vendor, exhibitor, or advertiser, Register a Quiz Bowl Team, Nominate an individual for an MIEA Outstanding Award or Scholarship, Nominate 2016 MIEA Board Members, and more. Call for Workshop Proposals: Now accepting proposals for the 2015 Conference Workshops. Visit the Workshop Presenters page of our website for more info. This year, the MIEA Conference will include a full day of youth activities on November 5. Youth activities will take place at the Circle of Life Academy and will include games, traditional activities, lunch, feast, powwow and more. Shuttle transportation will be provided from Shooting Star to the Circle of Life Academy. Youth Day will be FREE to participate (does not include the MIEA Conference Fee). For more info, see: www.minnesotaindianeducation.org.

Nov. 7
Gathering for Our Children & Returning Adoptees Powwow

MC – Jerry Dearly. Arena Directors- Windy Downwind and Kirk Crowshoe. Host Drum – Oyate Techa. 11:00-1:00 pm: Adoptees/formerly fostered individuals and birth relatives are invited to gather in the auditorium for a meet and visit with other adoptees.1:00 pm: Grand Entry, Wablenica Ceremony. The Wablenica Song (Orphan Song). A ceremony will be offered to heal the grief caused by separation from family and heritage. 5:30 pm: Feast 6-7:00 pm: Celebration of Life Dance for our youth. 7:00 pm: Grand Entry, Honor Song. Honor Song for foster and adoptive parents. Vendors contact Tina Knafla at 612-348-9662. Contacts: Sandra White Hawk, First Nations Repatriation Institute, 651-442-4872 or sandywhitehawk@ gmail.com. Jacque Wilson, Bois Forte Urban Office, 612-747-5247, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. 

Nov. 18 - 20
Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Training

Native American Curriculum or Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Programs in Minnesota: The primary intent of this substance abuse-related curriculum is to provide an educational experience primarily for prevention specialists and substance abuse staff of state licensed programs in Minnesota. The curriculum is also relevant for health, mental health and social work staff members, and other service providers working with Native Americans. Curriculum topics include: Cultural and spiritual values (Pre-European contact), Government policies, treaties and federal laws, Prejudicial and discrimination issues, Cultural orientations, Traditional family relationships, Introduction to spiritual ceremonies, History of alcohol and drug abuse, Multiple addictions and diseases, Counseling strategies & culturally and spiritually related assessment instruments. Attendance at full training is 22 CEU’s. 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (will end early if possible). Registration is required as there is a capacity limit for this training & Manuals will be ordered. Cost: $120.00 (includes materials and copy of curriculum). Cambria Hotel & Suites, 9655 Grove Circle North, Maple Grove, MN.

Native Poet Roberta Hill reads for Literary Witness
Friday, September 11 2015
 
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Native Poet Roberta Hill reads for Literary Witnesses on Monday, Sept. 21, 7pm.
 
On Monday, Sept. 21 at 7pm at Plymouth Congregational Church (Nicollet Ave. at Franklin), Literary Witnesses presents award-winning Oneida Nation poet and University of Wisconsin professor Roberta Hill. Poet Joy Harjo calls her “one of America’s best poets of her generation.”   Author Louise Edrich says "Roberta Hill is a poet who understands struggle, and generously imparts her passion for renewal.”  The free event is co-sponsored by The Loft Literary Center and RainTaxi Review of Books.  There is plenty of free parking.  A reception and book signing will follow.
 
Roberta Hill is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The American Indian Culture and Research Journal, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Luna, and Prairie Schooner among others.  She has received a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund Award and a Chancellor's Award from the University of Wisconsin. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 
Her newest book, Cicadas: New & Selected Poems, gathers together seventy-five poems, from previous poetry collections Star Quilt and Philadelphia Flowers, plus a generous selection of new poems culled from the past thirty years.  Roberta's poems are powerful lyrical expressions of love and respect for family, friends, and fellow artists within a wide context of contemporary life.
 
Literary Witnesses is a program of the Fine Arts Board at Plymouth Congregational Church. Over the past seventeen years, it has hosted readings by major national poets, including four US Poet Laureates.
September Community Calendar
Thursday, September 03 2015
 
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Sept. 2
NACDI Breakfast Bites
Come and join us for an opportunity to network and discuss the most important issues in our community. 9-10:15 a.m., NACDI, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-235-4969

Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Grow Your Own with Mashkiikii Gitigan
Subjects will include: Growing, Harvesting, Preparing and preserving food, Traditional Native American methods, Foraging, Sacred tobacco, Wild rice, Nutrition, Diabetes and heart disease prevention and Diabetes Screening. Healthy Living Starts with Healthy Eating! 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., free to all, drop-ins welcome! Mashkiikii Gitigan (Medicine Garden), 24th Street Community Urban Farm, 1316 E. 24th St., Minneapolis, MN. For more information call Christina or Annelie at 612-436- 2676 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 4-6
Labor Day Contest Powwow
Palace Casino Drive, Cass Lake, MN. For more information, call Anita Cloud at 218-256-6163, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Rod Northbird at 218-308-3120; Leah Gale Monroe at 218-760-3127, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or LaVonne Thompson at 218-308-3680, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28
Karma Market
Take what you need, try something fresh from the garden and donate what you can! Good Karma for everyone! Garden fresh harvest available throughout the day as well. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Mashkiikii Gitigan (Medicine Garden), 24th Street Community Urban Farm, 1316 E. 24th St., Minneapolis, MN. For more information call Christina or Annelie at 612-436- 2676 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 8
Traditional Blessing & Welcome Feast
Welcome to the University of Minnesota new and returning students! Join us and meet the Department of American Indian Studies faculty and staff! Noon, Circle of Indigenous Nations, 322 Appleby Hall, University of Minnesota, 128 Pleasant St. SE, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-624-2555 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 11
Fundraiser for 19th Annual Elder's Picnic
American Indian Community Organizations plan this event and would love to continue the party for them! All proceeds will provide supplies for the event on September 17, 2015. Come have a great meal and help our elders. Menu items: Indian Taco, Frybread with Wojapi, Frybread, Prairie Dogs, water, coffee and tea. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, prices and volunteering, call April Smith, Health & Wellness Coordinator, at 612-879-1770 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 11-13
Mendota's 16th Annual Traditional Wacipi
Not a contest, we have a small payout for dancing but not a contest. We are a small, traditional wacipi. St. Peters Church, 1405 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Mendota, MN. For more information, call Sharon Lennartson at 651-452-4141, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.mendotadakota.com.

Sept. 11-13
Bois Forte Traditional Miigwech Manomin Powwow
Mens Woodlands and Womens Jingle special. Nett Lake Powwow Grounds, 5344 Lakeshore Drive, Nett Lake, MN. For more information, call Donald Chosa at 218 757-3757, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.boisforte.com.

Sept. 12
The Gathering in Winona
Honoring Our Elders Golden Age (60+) Dance Specials only: GA Men’s Traditional; GA Men’s Grass/Fancy; GA Women’s Traditional; GA Jingle/Fancy. DeCora-Guimaraes Family Ho-Chunk Women’s Applique Special, 18+. ID’s will be needed to verify age. Prize money and day money for all dancers. Vendors wanted: food and authentic American Indian artworks. Call Bill McNeil at 507-454-4627 or 507-459-6032 for vendor information. Unity Park, 860 Parks Ave., Winona, MN. For more information, call Valerie DeCora Guimaraes at 507-289-7401 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 12
Red Lake Oshkiimaajitahdah Games Gathering
Red Lake Nation College; 9: Welcome by Jerry Loud, Oshkiimaajitahdah Director, Welcoming Song by Young Kingbird Singers; 9:15-9:50: Introductory Activity Comments by Dan Ninham (Oneida), Wooden Lacrosse Game, Freeman Bucktooth (Onondaga), Modern Lacrosse Game and Angelo Baca (Hopi/Dine), Running Games; 10-11:30: Wooden Lacrosse Game (Football Field, 13-17 years-old), Modern Lacrosse Game (Softball Field I, youth 12 and younger) and Running Games (Softball Field II, adults); 11:40-12:10 p.m.: Lunch Provided, Red Lake Nation College; 12:15-1:45: Wooden Lacrosse Game (Football Field, adults), Modern Lacrosse Game (Softball Field I, 13-17 years-old), Running Games (Softball Field II, 12 and younger); 2-3:30: Wooden Lacrosse Games (Football Field, 12 and younger), Modern Lacrosse Games (Softball Field I, adults), Running Games (Softball Field II, 13-17 years-old); 6-8: Film Screening with Filmmaker Angelo Baca, Red Lake Nation College and Travelling Song by Young Kingbird Singers. All events are free and open to youth and adults. Red Lake Nation College and Red Lake School Fields, Red Lake, MN. For more information, call or text Dan Ninham at 218-368-6430 or email coach.danninham@ gmail.com, to pre-register for the Saturday Sept. 15 deadline First Nations Development Institute Invites Applications for Agriculture Scholarships The purpose of the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program is to encourage more Native American college students to enter agricultural and entrepreneurial fields so that they can better assist their communities with these efforts. First Nations will award five $1,000 scholarships annually to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields, including but not limited to: agribusiness management, agriscience technologies, agronomy, animal husbandry, aquaponics, fisheries and wildlife, food production and safety, food-related policy and legislation, horticulture, irrigation science, plant-based nutrition and sustainable agriculture or food systems. Scholarship Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in agriculture or an agricultural-related field, including food systems; applicants must be Native American (enrolled citizen of a current or terminated federal/state tribe); have at least a 3.0 GPA; demonstrate a commitment to helping his/her community reclaim local food-system control. Scholarship Application Checklist: Online application; Proof of tribal enrollment; Enrollment verification form; Unofficial transcript; Letter of recommendation from faculty member; Essay (250-500 words) addressing how you will use your degree to help your community reclaim control of their local/traditional food system, and how you plan to spend the scholarship money. For more info, visit www.firstnations.org/ grantmaking/scholarship.

Sept. 17
19th Annual American Indian Elder Picnic
10 a.m.: Wisdom Steps Walk; 11: Music by Johnny Smith and Ken Danielson; Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch with more music; 1-2: Games and prizes. Throughout the event, you are invited to play games and win prizes. You may bring one guest. Come and join us for lunch and door prizes. This is a day to honor you, please no children. Minnehaha Falls Pavilion, 4801 S. Minnehaha Park Drive, Minneapolis, MN. If you would like to volunteer, donate or have questions on transportation, call April Smith at 612-879-1770. Resource tables available, call Diane Groomes at 612-251-8794 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 18
American Indian Cultural House Fall Gathering
Please join us as we celebrate 13 years of existence, welcome new students and recognize students now graduating from the University of Minnesota. Refreshments will be served. This year we will be honoring the following graduates: Monica Briggs, Sonyna Castillo, Drew Coveyou, Nicole LaFontaine, Clarissa Leino, Warlance Miner and Simone Ninham. Free, 3:30 p.m., Comstock Hall Ballroom, 210 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Donavan Begay at 612-624-0295 or 612-624-2555 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 18-20
Battle Point 18th Traditional Powwow
Battle Point Pow Wow Grounds, Battle Point Drive, Federal Dam, MN. Directions: (N) 35.9 mi E. on US-2 E of Bemidji MN; Right County Road 8 (Bena), NE/County 8 NE 10.0 mi 8; Turn right County Road 73 NE 6.2 mi; (S) 20 mi. E of Walker Hwy 200 left MN 84 11.8 m; R. County Road. 73 6.2m. to Battle Point Drive. For more information, call Diane Smith at 218-654-5667, Leah Gale Monroe at 218-760-3127, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or LaVonne Thompson at 218-308-3680 or email lavonne.thompson@ leechlakegaming.com.

Sept. 21
Foster Care Information Meeting
ICWA foster and adoptive families are needed. Do you know someone who has love to share? All are welcome! Please come to an information session to learn more. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hennepin County Library-Hosmer, Hosmer Meeting Room, 347 E. 36th St., Minneapolis, MN. Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN. For more information, visit www.hennepin.us/residents /human-services/foster-care.

Sept. 21-23
Northern MN Tribal Economic Development Summit
Keynote Speakers: Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin: “Successes of a Corporate Model” and Prof. Robert Miller: “Entrepreneur Based Economics” Summit Workshop Tracks: Tribal Leadership: Book your Tourism Expedition, Food Sovereignty, Lack of Industry: Tools to Attract Industry, Housing Development: Red Lake Model, Tribal Utilities Commission; Entrepreneurship: "We use to..." Traditional Economic Activities, Web Marketing: Social Media, Being Part of an Arts Economy, Business 101, Youth Entrepreneurship; Workforce Development: Institute of Technology, Health Care: Inspire Entry, Bridge the Gap: Cultural Ed for Employers, Child Care: Needed but is it Feasible, Match Workforce Development w/ Job Creation. Artist's Tradeshow, Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Display and sell your arts, crafts, and designs as a vendor at the tradeshow; registration is required; scholarships are available to those who register early. Space is limited. Open to the public, free admission for shoppers. Seven Clans Casino Hotel & Event Center, Red Lake, MN. For more information, call 218-679-1893 or visit www.nmtedc.org.

Sept. 22
Adoption Information Meetings
ICWA foster and adoptive families are needed. Do you know someone who has love to share? All are welcome! Please come to an information session to learn more. 6 to 8 p.m., Hennepin County Library-Brookdale, Room C, 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, visit www.hennepin.us/residents/human-services/adoption.

Sept. 24
Listening Session on Women's Economic Issues
The Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women will host an unstructured discussion. We simply ask, “What are the primary economic issues for women in your area?” “What are the economic success stories of women in your area?” and “What are barriers to women’s economic success in your area?” The purpose is to gather information to advise state legislators on women’s economic issues in Greater Minnesota. Individuals and organizations that deal with a broad range of women’s economic issues are invited to attend. The invitation list includes local elected officials; the chamber of commerce; and agencies and organizations that address the needs of low income women, older women, and veterans. 10-11:30 a.m., Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW, Bemidji, MN. For more information, contact Barbara Battiste, Director of the Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women at 651-296-0711, email barbara.battiste@ oesw.leg.mn or visit www.oesw.leg.mn.

Sept. 30
Grow Your Own with Mashkiikii Gitigan
Subjects will include: Growing, Harvesting, Preparing and preserving food, Traditional Native American methods, Foraging, Sacred tobacco, Wild rice, Nutrition, Diabetes and heart disease prevention and Diabetes Screening. Healthy Living Starts with Healthy Eating! 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., free to all, drop-ins welcome! Mashkiikii Gitigan (Medicine Garden), 24th Street Community Urban Farm, 1316 E. 24th St., Minneapolis, MN. For more information call Christina or Annelie at 612-436- 2676 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 30
The Native American Cancer Support Group
If you or someone you know is a cancer patient or survivor, we encourage you to join us. Every group session is potluck style, bring something if you can or just bring yourself. 6 to 8 p.m., East Phillips Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Joy Rivera at 612-202-0588 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

ONGOING

MONDAYS

Senior Walking Group
10 to 11:30 a.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For more info, call April Smith at 612-879-1770.

Senior Dining
11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call April Smith at 612-879-1770.

Ginew/Golden Eagles
Our program serves American Indian youth 5 to 18 years-old. We follow a 23 unit culturally specific curriculum designed to highlight and enhance the resiliency of American Indian youth. Monthly themes are instructed by staff and guest speakers. 5 to 7:30 p.m., youth must be enrolled to participate. For more info call Rachel Greenwalt at 612-879-1754 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Medicine Wheel AA Meeting
Open 12 Step AA meeting, no transportation or childcare provided. Come to parking lot door. 6 p.m., Church of Gitchiwaa Kateri, 3045 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN.

Indian Education Family Language Table
Experience the teachings of our ancestors. Anishinaabe scholar and James Vukelich and Dakota teacher and linguist Neil McKay and explore the teachings of the Dakota and Ojibwe people. All community members are welcome to attend, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Anishinabe Academy, 3100 E. 28th St., Minneapolis, MN.

DSMMA Class
7 p.m. Muay Thai Kickboxing; 8 p.m. Jiu Jitsu. For more information, call Vaughn Lodge at 612-913-2619.

TUESDAYS

Women’s Anger Management
Educational and culturally specific anger management and domestic violence classes for women. Groups are free of charge and daycare is provided. Groups meet for 15 sessions. Intake required prior to participation. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN. For intake or more information, call Fredora Justin-Alcindor at 612-279-6319.

Senior Dining
11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call April Smith at 612-879-1770.

Red Road Wellbriety Meeting
Light lunch provided. Noon-1 p.m., St. Stephen's, 2309 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN.

Parents of Tradition Guiding Elder
Ida Downwind. For parents with small children ages birth to five years-old. Parent and child learning activities and reconnect to the good path of parenting through Ojibwe and Dakota languages. Little Earth of United Tribes, 2495 18th Avenue South, LERA Youth Center, noon to 2 p.m. To register call Jean Colemen at 612-290-9936.

Women of Traditional Birthing
Topics and activities include: breastfeeding, labor and delivery, infant mortality, baby blankets, birthing plans, prenatal yoga, dream catchers, tobacco ties. Upon completion, participants receive a Target gift card. Dinner, daycare and transportation will be provided. 5 to 7:30 p.m., Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St., Minneapolis. For more info, call Ruth Mestas at 612-279-6312 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Father Project
Comprehensive parenting support for fathers. Services included are child support services, employment training, case management, GED tutoring and legal services (family law). Free, 5 to 7 p.m. Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN. Call Joe Regguinti to complete an intake for the program at 612-279-6342.

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Aug. 8

Honoring Community through Strength and Healing”

Natives Against Heroin invite the community for its First Annual Traditional Powwow to sing and dance for those who have overcome addiction, are in recovery and need to find recovery.

Head Dancers: Dave Larson and Valerie Larson; Host Drum: Redbone and Ringing Shield; MCs: James Cross and Joe Perez. Movie during dinner: “State of Using.” Resources on treatment and recovery will be available. Outdoor event, bring your own lawn chair and canopy. Firearms prohibited, security will be provided, not responsible for lost/stolen items, accidents or injuries.

Free. Grand Entry, 1 p.m., Feast, 5 p.m., Cedar Avenue Field, 2500 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1451145845193307.

 

Aug. 9

Telling Queer History: Two Spirit

A series of gatherings based on sharing stories in an open, informal, and participatory format. It’s about connecting queer communities, queer history and generations so that we can learn from our shared past, present, and future.

Featured speaker: Coya White Hat-Artichoker, Reva. Allies are welcome to join, listen and volunteer. Hearing our stories is a great way to be an ally, allowing and assisting us in having the space to tell our stories is a way to be an advocate.

Suggested donation, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Hennepin History Museum, 2303 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Through Aug. 21

The World Through Our Eyes

The World Through Our Eyes is an exhibition of works by eight Two Spirit artists curated by 2015 Guest Curator, Orlando Avery. The exhibition showcases a beautiful variety of art from fashion design, photography, acrylic, and installation art. Featured artwork depicts the artistic rendition of the world seen through the eyes of a Two spirit artist. Avery is a citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. He grew up in Redscaffold Community in South Dakota. Avery studied Museum Studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM.

2015 Guest Curator Artist Participants: Nadya Kwandibens, Asa Wright, Sharon Day, Whitney Minthorn, George Bettleyoun, Jolonzo Goldtooth, Ryan Dennison and Edison Richards

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


July 31-Aug. 2

Pezihutazizi Oyate Traditional Wacipi

Warm-ups: Friday, 7 p.m.; Grand Entries: Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.

Pezihutazizi Oyate: Upper Sioux Community, Granite Falls, MN.


Aug. 1

Owamni: Falling Water Festival

This one-day event celebrates Minnesota’s Indigenous culture with music, art, food, exhibitors and more. Featuring Scatter Their Own, Bluedog, and Wade Fernandez.

An arts fair area focused on American Indian contemporary and traditional arts will showcase the talents of Anishinaabe, Hochunk, and Dakota visual artists. This event is made possible by a grant from the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board. Events partners include the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, St Anthony Falls Heritage Board, Minnesota Historical Society, and Dream of Wild Health.

Father Hennepin Bluff Park

4 to 8 p.m., Father Hennepin Bluff Park, 420 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call MaryLynn Pulscher at 612-313-7784 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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