Tuesday, December 06 2016
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Thru Dec. 17
Frank Big Bear: Nativia Exhibit

In his 12th solo show at the Bockley Gallery, Big Bear continues to explore the complex issues in force at the intersection of Native American and American popular cultures. Running throughout this offering of new paintings, drawings and a single collage is the broader leitmotif of the human figure and, more specifically, the portrait. Also on view are a selection of Big Bear’s recent Prismacolor on paper drawings in his signature style. These mosaic-like compositions in vivid saturated hues, feature a single protagonist before a fragmented, fantastical landscapes of geological formations, abstract objects and images, indigenous signs and symbols and wayward animals. Drawn on both black and white paper, the works project different emotional and psychological states, but are classic Big Bear in their deft synthesis of mixed cultural realities. Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 5 pm. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st St., Minneapolis. For info call 612 377 4669 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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:
• 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.

Dec. 7
Community Arts Workshop for Standing Rock

Cannupa Hanska Luger, multidisciplinary artist, will lead the community in an arts workshop in solidarity with Standing Rock and the Water Protectors. Come for the food, company and to learn about Luger's Mirror Shields for Standing Rock project. By the end of the night you'll complete your very own Mirror Shield to be sent to Standing Rock! 5 - 8 pm. Free and open to the public. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 Franklin Ave. E., Mpls.

Dec. 7, 21
Smoking Cessation

The Indian Health Board of Minneapolis has walk-in appointments on Wednesday’s from 9 am to 1 pm for smoking cessation. Meet one on one with smoking cessation counselors to develop a quit plan that works for you. Call 612-721-9800 to schedule appointments. For more information, call Indi Lawrence at 612-721-9803. IHB, 1315 E 24th St, Minneapolis.

Dec. 9
The Circle’s Annaul Breakfast Fundraiser

The Circle board invites you to join us for our annual Native Authors Breakfast Fundraiser to support The Circle, the voice of Native journalism in the Twin Cities, serving the Native community and regional readers for 36 years. Join Us for Breakfast to Honor Jim Northrup. Jim Northrup (April 28, 1943 – August 1, 2016) was an Anishinabe newspaper columnist, poet, performer, and political commentator from the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation in Minnesota. His Anishinabe name was "Chibenashi" ("Big little-bird").  Northrup's regular column, the Fond du Lac Follies, was syndicated through several Native American papers and won many awards. He was a published book author with titles including: Walking the Rez Road, The Red Road Follies, Anishinabe Syndicated, Rez Salute: The Real Healer Dealer, and Dirty Copper. 8:00 - 9:00 am. Doors open at  7:30 am for coffee. $35 suggested donation. All Nations Indian Church,1515 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis. RSVP by calling 612-722-3686 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 9
AIOIC Career Fair

American Indian OIC, a community resource and employment agency, will host the AIOIC Career Fair: Networking, Interviewing, & Hidden Opportunities event to help community members, students, and graduates gain access to state and local employers with open positions. Job-seekers will have the opportunity to network with potential employers and partake in some on-site interviews. This career fair is open to anyone in the Twin Cities 7-County Metropolitan Area, and is designed to help fill workforce gaps in high demand fields. How to prepare for the event: 1) Pre-register for the fair, 2) Research registered employers, 3) Bring multiple copies of your resume, 4) Consider bringing a portfolio which should include copies of your resume, a list of references, and samples of your best work, and 5) Wear appropriate business attire; dress to be interviewed. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  For more info, call 612-341-3358 and speak with the Community Engagement Coordinator. American Indian OIC, 1845 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.

Dec. 10
2016 Winter Book

Heid Erdrich’s (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) new collection has been named 2016 Winter Book by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. “every-blest-thing-seeing-eye” features poetry and prose, and explores the complex conversations between artists and viewers. “every-blest-thing-seeing-eye” features poetry and prose by Erdrich, a poet, writer, and faculty mentor for Augsburg College Low-residency MFA. The Winter Book was produced in two editions, with illustrations by Jim Denomie, Aza Erdrich, Eric Gansworth, Dyani Whitehawk, Louise Erdrich, Adrea Carlson, and Jonathan Thunder. Artists, staff and board at MCBA will celebrate the handmade book starting at 7 pm. Readings by Heid E. Erdrich will be followed by a book signing and public reception with light refreshments. MN.  Free and open to the public. MCBA’s Studios and Gallery, 1011 Washington Ave. S. #100, Minneapolis. For info, see: or call 612-215-2520.

Dec 10
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: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 10-11
Mitten Ojibwa style making

Learn techniques of leatherworking to make a pair of Ojibwe-style mittens to take home. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. A minimum of five participants is required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The workshop runs: Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm; and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. Discount hotel rooms are available at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on Saturday night for all workshop participants. Cost: $65/$60 MNHS members, plus $25 supply fee. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, call 320-532-3632 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 14
Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting

Learn more about the ways you can help children though foster care or adoption. Free. 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Hennepin County Library - Golden Valley, 830 Winnetka Avenue North, Golden Valley, MN. For info, see: or call 612-348-5437.

Jan. 16 (deadline)
Call for artists of color

Northern 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:

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