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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:
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
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
"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
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.
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
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
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:
, or 320-589-6095.
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:
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
or 218-428-0215. waterwalkersunited.com.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
, with the subject line “Ten Min Play Submission”.