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July Calendar
Monday, July 03 2017
 
Written by Catherine,
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July 4, 11, 18, 25

Earth Guardians Meetings
I am humbly seeking support to start-up a Native-based grass-roots program in the Franklin Avenue neighborhood. I am seeking adventurous allies who know how to play and blaze new paths to form a small, professional Advisory Board, focusing on creating – Earth Guardians Twin Cities to “umbrella” Peace project, youth enterprise, and several new, social change initiatives. Earth Guardians, based in Boulder, Colorado, is driven by Indigenous youth, spreading across the country with art, music and more. You can find me at Pow Wow Grounds, 1414 E. Franklin Avenue in Mpls on Tuesdays from 2-3:30pm. You will find me wearing a white cap.  Or email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 5  -31
Ginew/Golden Eagle Youth Program

Golden Eagle is an after school and summer prevention program for 5-18 yr olds that offers life skills, Native culture, physical activities, fieldtrips and much more. Free. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, contact Julie at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or see: www.maicnet.org .

July 6 - Sept. 21
Indigenous Women’s Life Net

Indigenous Women’s Life Net support group is for Native American survivors of sexual assault. The 12-week group accepting new participants now. Registration required. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, contact Jessica at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-879-1784.

July 9, 14, 16
5th Annual Love Water Not Oil Tour

The 5th Annual Love Water Not Oil Tour will feature live music from Nahko, Annie Humphrey, Gingger Shankar, and other musicians. The event will help raise funds and awareness about a new Canadian pipeline proposed for Minnesota and Wisconsin. Events will take place in three different cities.The kick-off date for the tour will be on July 9th in Madison, Wisconsin with a concert at the Majestic Theater featuring Nahko, Annie Humphrey, Gingger Shankar, Maria Isa & Corey Medina. On July 14th we will celebrate with a concert at Tom’s Burned Down Cafe on Madeline Island and we will celebrate July 16th at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, MN to wrap up the July portion of the Love Water Not Oil tour. All ages welcome. For overall info about the Tour, see www.honorearth.org.
• July 9: The kick-off date for the tour will be on July 9th in Madison, Wisconsin with a concert featuring Nahko, Annie Humphrey, Gingger Shankar & special guests.v Majestic Theatre, 115 King St., Madison, WI. 7 pm. Doors open 6 pm. All tickets are general admission. See: www.majesticmadison.com for more info.
• July 14: Celebrate with a concert at Tom’s Burned Down Cafe on Madeline Island, 274 Chebomnicon Rd, La Pointe, WI.
• July 16: Bayfront Festival Park, 350 Harbor Drive in Duluth, MN to wrap up the July portion of the Love Water Not Oil tour. See: bayfrontfestivalpark.com for more info. 3 to 10 pm (doors open at 2pm). $30 at the door. Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, MN.

July 10, 17, 24, 31
Karma Market

Harvest your own produce with a free-will-offering held at the Mashkiikii Gitgan site . 4:30-6 p.m.  For info, contact Miel Dragun, Farm Coordinator, at 612-440-2712. Across the street from the Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Mpls.

July 11
Red Road AA Meeting

On the Red Road AA meeting includes speakers and pot luck. 7-9 pm. If you do not bring food, please donate $1-$5. to help cover the cost of food and plates. Minneapolis American Indian Center Auditorium, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 12
Cancer Awareness: Treatment/Testing/Prevention

Part of the GROW YOUR OWN Class Series. Wednesday nights 5:30-7:30pm at the Mashkiikii Gitigan Urban Farm & Community. Light refreshments and garden salad provided. A garden-related activity will be offered to match the topic. Across the street from the Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Mpls. For info, contact Miel Dragun at 612-440-2712.

July 13, 20, 27  
Yoga in the Garden

Yoga at Mashkiikii Gitigan Urban Farm with instructor Isabeth Schulz (Isa). Try out a form of exercise good for the spine, stretching muscles, and relaxing the mind. 5:45-7 pm. This is a free Beginner's Level Class. Bring a water bottle, mat or blanket. All are welcome! For info, contact Miel Dragun, Farm Coordinator, at 612-440-2712. Across the street from the Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Mpls.

July 14 (deadline)
Dougherty Family College

The Dougherty Family College Associate of Arts Degree is designed to help ensure the success of students who may be the first in their family to attend college, or those who have limited support or financial assistance to pursue a four-year degree. Students will need a 2.5 or higher grade-point average and must have a high level of financial need (e.g., meeting the eligibility requirements for federal Pell Grants and/or state grants). The Dougherty Family College plans to admit 150 students to its 2017-2018 inaugural college class. Classes will be held four days a week. The two-year college will be located on the University of St. Thomas campus in Minneapolis. The annual tuition will be offset by state and local grants, scholarships and corporate support, bringing final tuition costs to just $1,000 a year for the most under-resourced students. Scholarships, along with free laptops, meals and bus transportation will be provided. For more info or to arrange an interview contact Dr. Buffy Smith at 651-962-6404 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Applications are now open at www.stthomas.edu/dfc/applytoday .

July 15
Birch Bark Basket Workshop

Learn how to store and work with birch bark in this one-day workshop. Participants will make a large basket to take home. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Noon - 4 pm. $25/$20 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, plus $15 supply fee. Registration required. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 15
Urban Pollinator Festival

Learn about what pollinator­­­­s are, why they are so important to our environment and to our future. Enjoy a day that celebrates and supports pollinators. Fun activites include: art, pllant projects and more. Live music by Maloost. Puerto Rican food for sale. The idea is to learn how to bring back this knowledge to our own community. Free and open to all ages. 11 am to 2 pm. Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary/Wakan Tipi Sacred space, 4th Street East & Commercial Dr., St. Paul, MN. For more info, contact Tammey Skinaway at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-810-3065. 

July 15-23
MCBA Book Art Biennial

Minnesota Center for Book Arts’s 5th Book Art Biennial include workshops, lectures, and 7 exhibitions. Enjoy two-day Pre-Biennial workshops hosted by visiting national and international artists, from July 15-21, including: Alternative Printmaking with Rubber Stamps with Stephen Fowler; Papermaking in the Islamic World with Radha Pandey; Innovative Books from Head to Tail: Ideas-Content-Making with Angie Butler; and Approachable Metalworking for Book Artists with Shanna Leino. Many speakers and a round table discussion are also scheduled. There will also be seven exhibitions, including one by Native American author Heid Erdrich who gathers Native American voices in (About that) Water is Life. Minnesota Center For Book Arts at Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Suite 100, Minneapolis. For more info, see: www.mnbookarts.org.

July 17 - 18
Summer Youth Lacrosse Camp

Gaa-waabaabiganikaag baaga’adowewag (they are playing lacrosse at White Earth). Free and open to all boys and girls ages 7 to 17. Contact lacrosse and gear will be provided if needed. Instructors include: Freeman “Boss” Bucktooth (Onondaga), Head Coach of U19 Iroquois Nationals; Dave Bray (Seneca), Two-time All American defenseman at Cornell University on back to back NCAA DI National Championship teams in 1976 and 1977; and Dan Ninham (Oneida), Director of Northern Indigenous Lacrosse, Bemidji Lacrosse and North Central Lacrosse. Individual pre-registration procedure: text or email your name, age, gender, city, club team if you have one, date or dates you are coming, if you need gear and if you plan to play in the end of day game play session and which day/s. Circle of Life Academy, 35233 Mission Rd., White Earth, MN. Pre-register by July 16 (noon) by contacting Dan Ninham at 218-368-6430 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 18 - Aug. 26
"Survivance" Traveling Photography Exhibit Opening

View this traveling photography exhibit profiling Native American artists and performers by photographer John Ratzloff. The exhibit includes photographic portraits of Aza Erdrich, Palas Erdrich, Maggie Thompson, Rory Wakemup, Isabella LaBlanc and Carolyn Anderson. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 19
Family Picnic​ Learning About​ Lead Prevention

Led by Chelsea Moyle & Hillary Wilde of the Indian Health Board. Recipes available to reduce lead accumulation in toddlers and infants. Take seeds home to plant. Part of the GROW YOUR OWN Class Series. Wednesday nights 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mashkiikii Gitigan Urban Farm & Community. Light refreshments and garden salad provided. Bring a healthy treat to share. A garden-related activity will be offered to match the topic. For info, contact Miel Dragun, Farm Coordinator, at 612-440-2712. Across the street from the Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Mpls.

July 26
Eat Well

Learn about Nutrition with Takayla Lightfield, Community Nutrition Educator, and get credit! Nutrition basics covered in a 3-part class series (once a month this summer). Attend all 3 and you can earn: a graduation certificate and items to add to your kitchen; cutting boards, measuring cups, etc. Part of the GROW YOUR OWN Class Series. Wednesday nights 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mashkiikii Gitigan Urban Farm & Community. Light refreshments and garden salad provided. Bring a healthy treat to share. A garden-related activity will be offered to match the topic.  For info, contact Miel Dragun, Farm Coordinator, at 612-440-2712. Across the street from the Indian Health Board, 1315 E. 24th St., Mpls.

July 26
Climate & Health 101 Webinar

From extreme heat to ecosystem threats, real changes in our climate are impacting the health of Minnesotans. Join us for a presentation about the climate changes Minnesota is experiencing, the impact those changes have on health, and how you can take action to reduce and prevent negative health outcomes associated with climate change. Climate & Health 101 is the first webinar in a new six-part series focused on climate and health issues in Minnesota. Each one-hour webinar will be offered as a live broadcast and materials will be available on the Minnesota Climate and Health website for future reference. Join us as we kick-off the series. 12-1 pm. Presenter: Chris Kimber, MS, RD, PAPHS, Climate and Health Planner, Minnesota Department of Health. For more info, see: website at www.health.mn.gov/climatechange . Upcoming webinars:
• Aug. 16: Extreme Heat
• Sept. 20: Agriculture
• Oct. 11: Water
• Nov. 22: Air
• Dec. 13: Wellbeing

July 29
Marcie R. Rendon Reading

Author Marcie R. Rendon, White Earth Anishinaabe, will talk about her new novel, "Murder on the Red River," and sign copies of the book. Rendon is a playwright, poet, performance artist and author. She has published four plays, two nonfiction children’s books, and poems and short stories in numerous anthologies. 1 - 2: pm.  Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 29
Owámni Festival

The Owámni Festival celebrates Minnesota's Indigenous cultures through art, music, and language. Art demonstrations by local artists. Musical performances by Keith Secola, Bluedog, and Frank Waln. Free family event. 1-5pm. Father Hennepin Park, 420 Main St., Mpls. For more info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 30
Wild Rice Feast with The Sioux Chef

A traditional Indigenous feast by The Sioux Chef in honor and celebration of the wild rice harvest and clean water from Minnesota’s bountiful lakes. 6 - 9 pm. Tickets are $40 each. The Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Dr., Baxter, MN. For more info, contact Kylie Lemley at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 218-616-2952.

July 38-Aug 2
Mde Maka Ska: Four Sacred Directions Water Walk (and Decade of Water Summit)

Indigenous peoples and youth, broader community, and the world community are invited to participate in the Mde Maka Ska:
Four Sacred Directions Water Walk from 7 AM to 9 AM on July 31st.
This is a collective ceremonious prayer walk around Mde Maka Ska  (formerly Lake Calhoun) that will call on the four sacred directions and  a transformative, and ecologically sustainable future in the spirit of Mni Ki Wakan: Water is Sacred. The indigenous peoples and youth-led prayer walk will be followed by the Mni Ki Wakan: Water is Sacred Canoe Paddle upon Mde Maka Ska that will help place the broader community back in relation with the sacredness of water as 25 indigenous and non-indigenous peoples set out by canoe upon the  sacred Mde Maka Ska, starting at 9 AM through 3 PM. Both the Mde Maka Ska: Four Sacred Directions Water Walk and Mni Ki Wakan Canoe Paddle upon Mde Maka Ska will help to make sacred and inaugurate the indigenous oriented and centered, youth-led Mni Ki Wakan (Water is Sacred): World Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Summit, August 1st and 2nd. This intergenerational gathering will convene indigenous peoples and youth, water defenders  and protectors, and allies from the world community to collectively  generate a transformative indigenous-designed agenda and map  towards a vibrant world future which respectfully honors the sacred voices of Mni Ki Wakan and Unci Maka: Grandmother Earth. This two- day event will take place at First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont  Avenue, Minneapolis. For more information and event registration,  see mnikiwakan.org. For questions, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aug. 24-26
Indian Horse Relay Racing & Indian Market

Indian Relay racing will take place in between live horse racing. Indian Horse Relay is America’s first sport. Its history dates back over 400 years when the horse returned to the continent and became part of the culture of the Indian nations and plains. Each team consists of three horses and four warriors. Riders in full regalia will race bareback on the track and exchange horses at top speeds in front of the grandstand. The horse was an important part of the Native American culture, spiritually and way of life. On many reservations this connection continues today through Relay. Begins at 6:30 pm all three days. INDIAN MARKET: A unique variety of Native American arts and crafts will be on display and for sale in the Expo Center. 3 pm to 10 pm all 3 days. Canterbury Downs, 1100 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee, MN. For more info, see:  www.canterburypark.com/racing-promotions/indian-horse-relay-and-market .



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