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December 2014 Calendar
Friday, December 05 2014
 
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Dec. 9

We are Still Here: The Circle at 35!

Join us to celebrate the work of pioneering Native American author Laura Waterman Wittstock and photographer Dick Bancroft as well as The Circle's continued mission to presenting the news from a Native American perspective.

8-9 a.m., All Nations Church, 1515 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis, MN. Doors open at 7:30 for coffee. $35 suggested donation, to RSVP, call 612-722-3686 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Dec. 9

Parents of Tradition Family Winter Gathering

Families with children, ages birth to five winters-old are invited! Learn how to reclaim tradition ways of parenting. Learn more about using Indigenous language in your home. Hosted by Minneapolis Indian Education Parents of Tradition Early Childhood Education Program. Lunch will be provided and children are welcome!

12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Division of Indian Work, 1001 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN. Call to reserve your space for lunch. Transportation is available upon request, call Jean at 612-290-9936.


Dec. 10

Prevention through Culture Awareness Program

Dakota Language Table by Neil McKay.

4-5 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN.


Dec. 11

Twin Cities Native Lacrosse Meeting

Twin Cities Native Lacrosse Organization is hosting a community feast and information meeting about our new boys and girls lacrosse teams. Children and parents are invited to eat and learn about playing lacrosse on a youth team. Players do not need to have any experience playing lacrosse before. Practices are after school and run from January through the spring.

6 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, Second Floor Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN.


Dec. 11

Prevention through Culture Awareness Program

Ojibwe Language Table by Joe Spears.

6-7 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN.


Dec. 12-13

Native Art & Craft Sales

For those last minute shoppers! Come on down and check out our locally-made items! We appreciate your continued community support of our artists and crafters!

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, 1308 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For more information, call Jacque at 612-871-6618.


Dec. 13

Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families

Topics include: money management, budgeting to create savings, credit and your credit report. The Native American-based curriculum is free and open to everyone.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bii Gii Wiin CDLF, 1113 E. Franklin Ave., Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN. For more information or to register, call 612-354-2249 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Dec. 13

White Earth Nation Senior Party

3 to 7 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN.


Dec. 17

Prevention through Culture Awareness Program

Cultural Activity: Gift of Giving (making holiday gifts). This activity is for program participants if you are interested in joining our program contact staff. For more information, 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


Dec. 17

Prevention through Culture Awareness Program

Dakota Language Table by Neil McKay.

4-5 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN.


Dec. 17

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


Dec. 18

Free Tour of Minneapolis Institute of Arts Native American Art

Ms. Jill Ahlberg Yohe, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts new Curator of Native American Art, warmly invites you for conversation and an Native Arts of America gallery tour. All American Indian/Native American community members are invited to meet Jill and take a tour to see the MIA's Native American art collection.

4-6 p.m., Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South. This is a free tour and all are welcome. An RSVP is requested, but not required. Contact Heather at, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-870-3286.


Dec. 18

Prevention through Culture Awareness Program

Ojibwe Language Table by Joe Spears.

6-7 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN.


Dec. 19

A Very Merry Kids Day

NACC welcomes our families to bring their children for a day of holiday cheer! Santa will have a gift for every child there!

9 a.m.-4 p.m., gifts from 2-4 p.m., Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-872-8086.


Dec. 19

Native Art & Craft Sales

For those last minute shoppers! Come on down and check out our locally-made items! We appreciate your continued community support of our artists and crafters!

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, 1308 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For more information, call Jacque at 612-871-6618.


Dec. 21

Moon of the Little Spirit Feast/Craft Fair

In honor of the Solstice and the sacred waters in our region. Join Winona LaDuke and Honor the Earth, WaterLegacy. This event features Chef Sean Sherman, aka the Sioux Chef, Oglala Lakota Sioux of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and a meal of “pre-contact” inspired Native American cuisine. Sherman has spent the past 25 years harvesting wisdom from his ancestors by studying the indigenous knowledge of wild foods prior to colonization. With that knowledge, Sherman prepares modern dishes utilizing wild and cultivated food of the Dakota and Ojibwe tribes.

Craft Fair, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Social Hour, 5:30 p.m., Dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55806. Tickets for the dinner are $45 per person, $80 per couple, or $300 for an eight-person table. All proceeds go to benefit the campaigns protecting clean water from sulfide mining and pipeline development in Minnesota.

Those interested in participating in the fair, call (612) 385-1557. For more information or to purchase tickets to the dinner, visit www.honorearth.org/manidoo_giizisoons_feast


Dec. 21

Minnesota Two Spirit Society

Join the state's Native LGBTQA alliance at its quarterly meeting and potluck social. If you identify as Native lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or a straight ally, please join us to find a place to belong.

Council meeting, noon to 1 p.m.; social, 1 to 3 p.m., All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/MN2SS.


Jan. 3

Kids' Crafts: Story Book Time and God's Eye activity

Enjoy stories and light snacks from noon to 1 p.m. Then learn how to weave a "God’s Eye" to take home. The decorative designs are used on ceremonial shields of Native American tribes of the southwestern United States. Participants will receive an instructional handout and materials to make the craft item. Please allow an hour for the activity. This project is recommended for children ages 8 and up.

Noon to 3 p.m., Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, MN. Fee: $4 per kit (museum admission not included). For more information, call 320-532-3632.


Jan. 25

Ojibwe Mitten Workshop

Learn techniques of leather working at this two-day workshop. Participants will make a pair of Ojibwe-style mittens to take home. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. A minimum of 5 participants required to host workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required 3 days prior to workshop. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.

Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Onamia, MN. Fee: $65/$60 for MNHS members; additional supply fee of $15. Reservations: required, call 320-532-3632


ONGOING

Mondays

Indian Education Family Language Table

Experience the teachings of our ancestors. Anishinaabe scholar and James “Kaagegaabaw” Vukelich and Dakota teacher and linguist Neil “Chantemaza” 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.


Alcoholics Anonymous

7 to 9 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN.


Walking Group

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


Tuesdays

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.


DSMMA Class

7 to 9 p.m. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Vaughn Buffalo Bull Lodge at 612-913-2619.


Wednesdays

Enhancing Wellbeing

Enhancing Wellbeing with Chronic Health Conditions, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Native American Community Clinic, 1213 East Frankline Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-872-8086 or visit www.nacc-healthcare.org.


Women's Historical Trauma Group

Women's historical trauma group on Wednesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. The group will offer culturally-based approach to healing historical trauma and living wellness as Indigenous peoples. Women who are interested can call our front desk at 612-721-9807 for more information.


Drumming

Meal served, participants are welcomed to bring a dish to share. 4:30 to 7 p.m., Northwest Indian OIC, 520 Fourth Street, Bemidji, MN. For more information, call 218-759-2022 or visit www.nwoic.org.

Thursdays


Thursdays

Women's Grief and Loss Support Group

11 a.m.-noon, Native American Community Clinic, 1213 East Frankline Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-872-8086 or visit www.nacc-healthcare.org.


DSMMA Class

7 to 9 p.m. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Vaughn Buffalo Bull Lodge at 612-913-2619.


First Saturday

Parent Resource Group Meets in Minneapolis
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota provides support groups for families of children with mental illness. The support groups will help parents discover resources to meet the challenges of raising a child with mental illness, learn coping skills and develop problem-solving skills. Parent resource groups are facilitated by a parent who has a child with a mental illness and who has been trained to lead support groups. This group also offers bilingual support for Spanish-speakers. 2:15-3:45 p.m., Lake Nokomis Recreation Center, Arts and Crafts Room, 4955 West Lake Nokomis Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Susan at 612-424-1823.


1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month

Ojibwe Language Table

Everyone is welcome. Potluck dinner, feel free to bring a dish to share, drinks can be purchased at the coffee shop. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Pow Wow Grounds, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404. For more information, call 612-545-5598.


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