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Oct. 4 - Nov. 8
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. To better help families in our community understand the importance of healthy eating and getting regular physical activity. Dinner will be provided for all participants. Program runs every Tuesday from October 4 to November 8, from 6:00-7:30 pm. Held at the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, 1315 E. 24th St., Minneapolis (3rd Floor Assembly Rooms). For more info, call Chelsea Moyle at 612-721-9860.
Nov. 2 - 28
LLTC Native American Heritage Events
Leech Lake Tribal College will hold events throughout November in honor of Native American Heritage Month. All events are open to the community. Held in Room 204, 6945 Little Wolf Rd NW, Cass Lake, MN. For info, contact 218-335-4220 or
Nov. 2:LEARN THE HAND GAME, 12-1 pm (light refreshments). Learn to play the hand game by LLTC Student Brandon Bowstring. Similar to the moccasin and stick game, this was one of the original games played by the Native people.
Nov. 9: LUNCH & LEARN - NATIVES IN THE MILITARY, 12-1 pm. Listen to local veterans’ share their stories in honor of Veteran’s Day.
Nov. 14: ANISHINAABE MOVIE NIGHT, 5-7 pm (light refreshments).
Nov. 15: ROCK YOUR MOCS, wear a pair of your favorite moccasins all day.
Nov. 17: OJIBWEMOWIN SPEAKERS GATHERING, 4:30-7 pm (dinner). Opportunity for learners of all levels to talk and learn from our first language speakers.
Nov. 18: ARTS/CRAFTS FAIR & FOOD SALE, 10 am-4 pm. Students, student senate, and local artist selling arts & crafts before the holidays.
Nov. 23: WILD RICE COOK-OFF, 12-1 pm. Students and staff challenged to make any Wild Rice Dish. Winner take all.
Nov. 28: OPEN MIC NIGHT, 5-7pm (light refreshments).
Nov. 3, 12, 17
Catalyst for a Community Quilting Bee
We are creating a series of 84 hand sewn quilts. When completed, the quilts will be laid outdoors for an all night performance filled with dance, storytelling and stargazing! We provide all materials as well as beverages and snacks. We will be holding Saturday morning Quilting Bees at Two Rivers Gallery and Thursday evening Quilting Bees at Studio 207 at The Ivy Building. Quilting Bees at Two Rivers Gallery (1530 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis) from 10 am - 2 pm on Saturdays: Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. Quilting Bees at The Ivy Arts Building (2637 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, Studio #207) from 6-8 pm on Thursdays. Nov. 3 & 17 and Dec. 1 & 15. Contact
with any questions. For more information on the project please visit www.catalystdance.com/then-a-cunning-voice.
Nov. 4 - 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.
• Nov. 4: Opening reception: from 6 - 8 pm. Featuring a local JD, Powwo Grounds catering, and a chance to meet the artists.
• Dec. 7: Seed Bomb Community Arts Workshop: from 5 - 8 pm. With hands-on and all-ages activities led by Cannupa Hanska Luger and other artists.
• 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 Nov. 5
The Skin(s) exhibit, on view at Intermedia Arts, is a showcase of artworks by Minnesotans who express multi-dimensional identities from Dakota, Ojibwe, Ponca, Lakota, Navajo, and other indigenous nations. Featuring the work of Hilary Abe, Carolyn Lee Anderson, James Autio, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Elizabeth Day, Aza Erdrich, Marlena Myles, Jonathan Thunder, Maggie Thompson, Rory Wakemup, Dyani White Hawk and Marne Zafar. Curated by Heid E. Erdrich, these paintings, prints, sculptures, and films reveal the power and diversity of urban Native artists. Opening reception will be held October 21st at 6:30 pm. Exhibit cost: Sliding scale; $3-10 per person suggested. All proceeds support visual arts programming at Intermedia Arts. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, see: www.intermediaarts.org.
MNSure Enrollment Event
Meet with a certified MNsure navigator for assistance with MNsure and enrollment questions. A light snack will be provided. 9 am to 4 pm. Walk-ins also welcome. Native American Community Clinic, 1213 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. To set up an appointment call 612-872-8086, Option 1.
NDNZ in the City
NDNZ in the City: Multi-media narratives of American Indian culture in the heart of Los Angeles, CA. Join us for an evening of talk, short films, photographs, and personal stories from Indigenous multimedia documentarian, Pamela Peters (Navajo). The event will showcase Peter’s newest film “Legacy of Exiled NDNZ” and multimedia presentation “Real NDNZ re-take Hollywood.” Reception 6:15 - 6:45 pm. Screening begins at 7 pm. Discussion with filmmakers follows. Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave. S., Mpls. This event is free to the public. For info, see: www.augsburg.edu/filmseries/2016/08/30/pamela-peters-presents-legacy-exiled-ndnz.
Nov. 2 (deadline)
Rural Initiative Grant
The Laura Jane Musser Fund will be accepting proposals for their Rural Initiative grant round. Program planning grants up to $5,000 and Program implementation grants up to $25,000 will be considered. Organizations must be from communities with populations under 10,000. Organizations from CO, HI, WY, MI, and MN may apply. Applications will be accepted online through the Fund’s website from October 2 – November 2. For additional info, see www.musserfund.org.
ABC’s of Economic Dev. in Indian Country
The American Indian Business Alliance (AIBA) comprised of the North Dakota Indian Business Alliance (NDIBA); Minnesota Indian Business Alliance (MNIBA); Montana Indian Business Alliance (MIBA); South Dakota Indian Business Alliance (SDIBA); and Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance (WIBA) announces the 2016 American Indian Business Conference, “ABC’s of Economic Development in Indian Country.” To be heldin Bismarck, North Dakota, at the Downtown Radisson. This American Indian Business Alliance 4th Annual conference has attracted Native-Owned businesses, tribal leaders, business development experts, community based organizations, policy makers, and financial institutions. Sessions will highlight successful models and strategies that foster the development of private Indian businesses, both on and off reservations, and to develop policy ideas and strategies to address the challenges that Native business owners face. Our goal is for attendees to leave the conference with specific tools and strategies to strengthen the economy. For more information visit the North Dakota Indian Business Alliance’s website at www.ndiba.com.
Gathering For Our Children/ Returning Adoptees Powwow
10am – 1pm: Adoptees/formerly fostered individuals and birth relatives are invited to gather in the auditorium on the 2nd floor of the Indian Center for a meet and visit with other adoptees. 1pm: Grand Entry. 3pm: Wablenica Ceremony - The Wablenica Song (Orphan Song) will be sung for those returning adoptee and fostered individuals and their families. A ceremony will be offered to heal the grief caused by separation from family and heritage. 5:30 pm: Feast. 7 pm: Grand Entry. 8 pm: Honor Song for foster and adoptive parents. 9 pm: Honor Song and recognition for our Young Relatives who have turned 21 in foster care. We will be collecting coats of all sizes to donate to the Sacred Stone Camp. Look for a table in vending area to drop off your donation. Dancers, please come dance and welcome our relatives back to our circle. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave. Minneapolis.
Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28
Bison Moon AA Meeting
AA meeting meets every Tuesday from 4-5 pm. Co-ed group. No childcare provided. Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Mpls., MN. For info, email:
Register to vote by October 18 to save time on Election Day. Absentee voting: vote by mail or in person Sept. 23 through Nov. 7. For more info, see: www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting.
Birchbark Books Reading
Gwen Westerman, Naomi Cohn, Donte Collins and William Reichard will read from their works. Gwen Westerman is a Dakota author. Her books include: Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota, and Follow the Blackbirds. The reading will be at The Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st Street, Minneapolis (couple doors down from Birchbark Books). For info, see www.bockleygallery.com or email
Nov. 15, 29
Family Education Diabetes Series (FEDS)
FEDS is a culture-centered and community-driven education program for American Indian families on preventing and managing Type 2 Diabetes. Program includes free health checks (blood glucose, blood pressure, feet, height, and weight), refreshments and a healthy meal featuring traditional foods (prepared by chef Austin Bartold). Also included are presentations on a variety of health topics with group-led discussions, fun physical activities, raffle prizes, and education for youths of all ages. All are welcome to attend. (Held every other Tuesday through May 2017). 5:30-8pm. 1671 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN. For info, contact Yeoun-Jee Pine at 651-789-3862, or
Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting
Learn more about the ways you can help children though foster care or adoption. 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Hennepin County Library/Edina, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN. For info, call 612-348-5437, or see: www.hennepin.us/fostercare.
Wild rice soup, fry bread, wojapi, garden salad and cedar tea will be served starting at 11:30 am. MIWRC, 2300 15th Ave. S., Mpls, MN. For more info, call 612-728-2000.
Bearing Witness Retreat
A three-day retreat is being offered to bear witness to the continuing genocide and historical trauma suffered by the Native Peoples of Minnesota and their ongoing resilience. It is open to all, and Native Americans can attend at no cost. The retreat will be held at Cherokee Park United Church, and it includes time at Mni Sni (Coldwater Springs), Fort Snelling State Park, and Oheyawahi (Pilot Knob Hill). Organizers hope to have roughly equal numbers of Native and non-Native peoples. Co-sponsors include: Healing Place, Cherokee Park United, Saint Paul Interfaith Network, Healing Minnesota Stories, and the Zen Peacemakers Order. Free to Native American participants. For more, contact Laura Kennedy at
, or Jewell Arcoren, at
Honoring Native American Veterans Dinner
Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm. All Native American Veterans and their guests are welcome. Door prizes, and raffle with a queen size star quilt. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For info, contact Lyle Iron Moccasin at 952-703-3104.
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. Minimum of five participants required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. $60/$55 MNHS members, plus $25 supply fee. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. Reservations required, call 320-532-3632.
All the Real Indians Died Off
Birchbark Books is delighted to welcome Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States) and Dina Gilio-Whitaker for an event in celebration of their new book "All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths about Native Americans. Tackling a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations, the authors trace how these ideas evolved, disrupting enduring myths and challenging readers to rethink what they have been taught. Q & A and book signing to follow the reading. 7 pm at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, 2020 W Lake of the Isles Parkway, Mpls (near Birchbark Books). For info, call (612) 374-4023 or see: http://birchbarkbooks.com.
Native American Heritage Night with Timber Wolves
See Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Boston Celtics for Native American Heritage Night! The Prairie Island Indian Community will perform traditional drum and dance at halftime along with the Flag Song prior to the start of the game. Afterwards, an exclusive post-game activity will take place. Starts at 7 pm. For info, contact Jennica Astleford at 612-673-8434 or
Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting
Learn more about the ways you can help children though foster care or adoption. 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Hennepin County Library - Brookdale, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Room C, Brooklyn Center, MN. For info, call 612-348-5437 or see: www.hennepin.us/fostercare.
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. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls, MN. For info, contact Val Lafave at 612-879-1722 or
Tiwahe Foundation fundraiser with Billy Mills. Celebrate the work of Tiwahe Grantees and the importance of language, culture, education and giving in our community. Billy Mills is the only American to ever win a gold medal in the 10K Olympic event. He is the founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth and a nationally known speaker on youth, giving back to community and living a healthy life. 6 - 9 pm. Tickets $100.00. McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 SE Oak Street, Minneapolis. Buy tickets online at: tiwahefoundation.org/tiwahe-events.
NoDAPL Fundraiser Art Requests (deadline)
The American Indian Community Housing Organization will be hosting a benefit titled Standing Strong for Our Precious Water on Friday, Dec. 9. We are looking for visual artists to submit work in any medium for display. We encourage artists to contribute a portion of their profit to the Standing Rock cause, but are not mandating it. Submit art to
- from there, you will be notified if your work has been selected. Artwork must relate back to the NoDAPL Movement, Standing Rock, or the sacredness of water. Deadline is Dec. 1. For info, email
or call Wendy at 607-760-8235, or Moira at 218-722-7225.
29th Annual MAICC Awards Dinner
Join us at Mystic Lake Casino to celebrate the accomplishments of American Indian Businesses in Minnesota. Dinner, awards presentation, networking, and entertainment. Reception at 4:30 pm. Awards Dinner begins at 6:00 pm. Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, MN. For info, contact Joanne Whiterabbit at 612-877-2117 or
MIWRC Vendors Day is Dec. 2 starting at 11:30 am. Vendors please reserve your spot by Nov. 18th by calling Amanda at 612-728-2020. MIWRC, 2300 15th Ave. S., Mpls, MN.
American Indian Family Day
Enjoy a family day featuring speakers and artists from American Indian communities. Learn about the Dakota and Ojibwe languages and about Indigenous place names throughout the state. Discover traditional music, dancing, games, birch bark art demonstrations, museum collections, art projects, winter storytelling and more. Visitors are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to Horizons Unlimited Food Shelf, which serves the American Indian population in the west metro. Noon - 4:00 pm. Free. Gridiron Glory admission sold separately. Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN. For info, call 651-259-3015 or email: