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September Community Calendar
Thursday, September 14 2017
 
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Thru Sept. 17
Missouri River Water Walk

On August 1st, we will begin to walk the longest tributary of the Mississippi River. Beginning at the headwaters of the Missouri River in Montana, we will carry the water the entire length of the river to St. Louis. The walk will take us through many homelands of the First People of Turtle Island including Rocky Boy, Fort Belknap, Fort Peck, Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Pine Ridge, Santee, and Omaha. Throughout our walk we listen to the people who live along the river. We will carry these stories downstream. When the walk reaches Sioux City, Iowa we hope to travel down the river by peddling a floating lodge. By the end of our journey our floating lodge will be covered in art made through community conversations. Everyone is invited to walk with us for any length of time during the first 48 days of this walk (until we reach Sioux City). Please read more about nibi walks and the walker protocols at: Nibiwalk.org.  Every step is a prayer for healing of our waterways, our land and our the air we breathe. For info, contact Sharon Day at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-721-0253.  

Thru Sept. 24
Sinew Exhibit

Female Native artists of the Twin Cities, an exhibition curated by Dyani White Hawk. The exhibition presents an eclectic selection of works by each artist that include paintings, prints, weaving, drawings, digital videos, and sculptures. The artists selected are some of the most celebrated and accomplished female Native artists currently living and working in the Twin Cities area, and include: Carolyn Anderson, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Elizabeth Day, Heid Erdrich, Louise Erdrich and Maggie Thompson. Panel Talk: Sept. 14, 6 – 8 pm, Montague Hall 80, UMD, Duluth. Exhibit is on display at the Tweed Museum of Art, 1201 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN. For more info, see: www.d.umn.edu.

Thru Oct. 14
Edgar Heap of Birds

The Bockley Gallery is will host an upcoming exhibition of Edgar Heap of Birds. The show will feature a range of Heap of Birds text-based works that spans three decades of his artistic practice, beginning in the mid-1980s. Also on view will be examples of his abstract, acrylic on canvas Neuf paintings and one commissioned public artwork that will be installed on the exterior wall of the gallery. Exhibit runs Sept. 8 through Oct. 14. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 pm. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-377-4669 or email: 
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Thru Oct. 29
We the People

For its fall exhibition, We the People, Minnesota Museum of American Art invited four guest curators—Christopher Harrison (independent curator and artist), Johnnay Leenay (Minnesota Museum of American Art), Mary Anne Quiroz (Indigenous Roots Cultural Center), and Maggie Thompson (Two Rivers Art Gallery)—to present artworks with disparate cultural points of view, reflecting on the complexities of contemporary American identities. Artists include Star Wallowing Bull, Zackary Drucker, Rico Gatson, Susan Hauptman, Nooshin Hakim Javadi, Steve Ozone, and others. The exhibition is free and open to the public. We the People is on view through October 29 at the Historic Pioneer Endicott, 141 E. 4th St., St. Paul. For info, call 651-204-0700 or see: http://mmaa.org/wethepeople.

Sept. 5
Youth Leadership Dev. Program Volunteers

The Division of Indian Work’s Youth Leadership Development Program is looking for volunteer tutors to work with Native youth grades 1st-12th to help them with their homework, become better students and have positive role models in their lives. Volunteer days are Mondays (1st-5th grade) and Tuesdays (6th-12th grade) from 5-7pm. Volunteers will have to complete an orientation and pass a background check. Volunteering will start September 5th. If interested, contact Rica Rivera at 612-232-6930 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 6 (deadline)
AIFEP Grants

The Tiwahe Foundation is accepting applications for the American Indian Family Empowerment Program. Grants range from $500 to $2,500. To be eligible to apply an applicant must be: 18 years of age; A member of a federally recognized tribe or prove tribal lineage; And a resident of the seven-county area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Scott, Ramsey & Washington counties only). Applicants who have been funded within the past 3 years will not be considered. AIFEP funds  Cultural Preservation, Educational Achievement, and Economic Self-Sufficiency. The deadline is Sept. 6th. To submit an application electronically, go to: https://tiwahefoundation.submittable.com/submit. For info, contact Deanna StandingCloud at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-722-0587.

Sept. 8
Wisdom Steps 14th Annual Golf Tournament

Get your teams together! It is time once again for the Wisdom Steps 14th Annual Golf Tournament held at Black Bear Golf Course. Registration at 9am, Shotgun start at 10am. Electric cart, gift bags, special fun contests, silent auction, 50/50 raffle. Corporate Sponsor: $600; Foursome $400; Hole Sponsor: $400; Individual Golf Entry: $100. Wisdom Steps is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit preventive health program. Elders participate year-round in healthy living activities and health screening, and are recognized at the Annual Wisdom Steps Tournament. For info, contact Carol Jenkins at 218-308-3256 or Marilyn Martin at 218-239-0030 or see: www./wisdomsteps.org.

Sept. 8
Edgar Heap of Birds Opening Reception

Opening reception for Edgar Heap of Birds exhibition. The show will feature a range of Heap of Birds text-based works that span some three decades of his artistic practice, beginning in the mid-1980s. Opening is from 5 to 8pm. Exhibit runs Sept. 8 through Oct. 14. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 pm. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-377-4669 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 8-9
Artists Sharon Louden & Wendy Red Star

The Duluth Art Institute presents a multi-tiered program this fall led by two nationally renowned artists: Sharon Louden and Wendy Red Star. The program is presented on the occasion of Louden’s book tour for her new publication, “The Artist as Cultural Producer,” which features 40 artists including Red Star. As part of the program, Red Star’s solo exhibit, “Reservation Pop,” will debut in Duluth. The two artists will present a lecture addressing harmful stereotypes about artists. Sept. 9, Louden will lead an artist professional development workshop at the Duluth Art Institute’s Lincoln Park. The workshop is free but registration is required. For info, call 218-733-7565 or see: http://duluthartinstitute.org.
• Sept. 8: Reservation Pop: Wendy Red Star reception: Fri., 5 - 7pm at DAI Morrison Gallery. Lecture and book signing with Sharon Louden and Red Star. 7-8pm. The Underground.
• Sept. 9:  Artist Professional Development Workshop with Louden. Time TBA, DAI Lincoln Center. 

Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29
4 Sister's Farmers Market

Delicious produce, Indian tacos and and live music. SNAP and EBT accepted. 3-6pm. Pow Wow Grounds, Parking lot, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact Jenn Hall at 612-235-4971 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept.9
Inaugural Healing Place Festival

Explore the Mississippi River’s vital role to the Twin Cities through a day of activities about the river as both a source of healing and a place of healing. Discover the connections between Native American’s understanding of place, the environment, water, language, the arts, and the Mississippi River. Participants will walk to different stations and events throughout the museum such as: Native cooking demonstrations; The Dakota Language Medicine Wheel Table; Mniówe - A place for getting water is the indigenized rendition of the esteemed "Water Bar"; Feast of Words, where people will cook a traditional berry pudding together and learn Dakota words; Film screenings of Keeping My Language Alive: The Perfect Imperfections; and an information table on the impact on Anishinaabe people of the proposed Enbridge Line 3 tar sands crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held 11am - 3pm at Mill City Museum, 704 S 2nd St., Minneapolis.

Sept. 9 – 30
Gordon Coons: Colors of My Inner Voice Exhibit

Exhibit of works of Ojibwe/Ottawa artist Gordon Coons includes paintings, hand-pulled prints, plus creations utilizing Duck Tape. Come back to the 60’s and view the Duck Tape expressions under black lights. Coons will be exhibiting the Ojibwe Woodland Art Style, created from the combination of Ojibwe petroglyphs and images from birch bark scrolls. The artist usually paints images with a heavy black outline and paints what is felt or perceived inside animals or people. What is painted inside the animal or person represents a kind of spirit, a source of power. Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-728-5745 or see: www.vineartscenter.org.
• Sept. 9: Opening reception. Coons will talk about his works with a guided tour. 5-9pm.
• Sept. 23: Artist led workshop to create a Woodland Art Style block print. 1-5pm.

Sept. 11 (deadline)
MRAC Organizational Development Grants

The MRAC Organizational Development program provides grants of up to $10,000 for projects designed to strengthen the management or administration of nonprofit arts groups. The projects must advance the mission of your group and have the potential for significant or long-term impact. Grants can cover board governance, resource development, financial planning/management, ADA access, communications/public relations, strategic planning, information systems, volunteer management, audience development/marketing, or community needs. Groups must be incorporated as a MN nonprofit. The applicant group’s annualized operating expenses must be less than $400,000. This program requires a cash match. Deadline: Sept. 11 by 4:30pm. Application workshops are held about a month prior to the deadline. For more info, see: http://www.mrac.org/workshops/grantapplication. Organizational Development and Capital Grant workshops will be held at the MRAC Offices, 2324 University Ave. W., # 114, St. Paul.

Sept. 11
MRAC Capital Grants

The MRAC Capital program provides grants of up to $10,000 to purchase equipment and related supplies and services, or to make capital improvements. This program requires a cash match from a source other than MRAC and/or other State funding sources. Deadline is Sept. 11 by 4:30pm. Application workshops are held about a month prior to the deadline. For more info, see: http://www.mrac.org/workshops/grantapplication. Organizational Development and Capital Grant workshops will be held at MRAC Offices, 2324 University Ave. W., # 114, St. Paul.

Sept. 11-28
Ginew/Golden Eagle Youth Program

An after school culturally specific youth program. Meets Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 8pm. Free. MAIC, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or see: www.maicnet.org.

Sept. 12–14
NICWA Training

The Minneapolis Training Institute is offering a three-day training with choice of the following courses: Understanding ICWA, Positive Indian Parenting (PIP), and Cross Cultural Skills in Indian Child Welfare. Expand your knowledge about the implications of the recent regulations in the field of Indian child welfare. Trainees will learn about the application of ICWA through case scenarios and practice, as well as advanced strategies for implementing ICWA and how to successfully integrate other state and federal policies that interface with ICWA. 8:30am -4:30pm daily. Up to 17 CEU hours accredited by the National Association of Social Workers. Cost: $595. Minneapolis Doubletree,7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis. For info, contact Sarah Wittmann at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 503-222-4044, ext. 124. Or see: www.nicwa.org/training-institutes.

Sept. 13 (deadline)
7th Annual Ojibwe Immersion Academy Weekend

The Seventh Annual Ojibwe Immersion Academy Weekend Cohort will be held at the Cloquet Forestry Center in Cloquet, MN.   The Ojibwe Immersion Academy Weekend Cohort is a rare opportunity for language-learners who are interested in a complete immersion experience to study one-on-one and in small groups with Ojibwe elders and faculty speakers. Participants meet one weekend a month for 6 months beginning November 2017 and ending April 2018. Participants should be 16 years of age or older by the start of the academy. No one younger than 16 years can be accommodated. Anyone under 18 needs a parent or guardian’s permission. Applications due by noon Sept. 13. For info, see http://ojibwemotaadidaa.weebly.com or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 14
Talking Volumes with Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is a poet, novelist, and short story writer. His young adult novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” is a modern classic. His other works include the short story collection, “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” and the screenplay to the film “Smoke Signals.” He has won the Pen/Faulkner Award, the National Book Award, and the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival. 7pm. Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul. Tickets: $23 to $50. For info, see: http://fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org/event.

Sept. 15
NACC Backpack Giveaway

Get your child scheduled for a Well Child Check-Up, and Dental Exam. When both appointments are completed by Sept. 15th they will receive a backpack with school supplies (while supplies last). Call to make your appointment at 612-872-8086. NACC, 1213 Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.

Sept. 16
14th Annual Wild Rice Festival

The Harriet Alexander Nature Center’s 14th Annual Wild Rice Festival is family-friendly celebration of wild rice, the Minnesota harvest season, and Native American cultures. Events include the Little Thunderbirds Drum & Dance Troupe, demonstrations of traditional wild ricing methods, and a replica tipi with representative artifacts of traditional Dakota life. There will also be hands-on seasonal harvest activities: a beekeeper demonstrates the honey extraction process, and volunteers operate an apple cider press. Kids can have fun with crafts projects and Village Games. The festival is presented with the assistance of Northland Visions, the Pow Wow Grounds Cafe, and Gibbs Farm. Foods at the festival will highlight wild rice products and Native American foods. Pow Wow Grounds will be selling a variety of foods, including wild rice and “4 Sisters” soups, fry bread, and Indian tacos. From 11am to 4pm, the Finer Meats & Eats food truck will be on hand, along with others. The event is free and open to the public. The festival will take place on the grounds of the nature center at 2520 N. Dale Street, Roseville, MN. For info, see: WildRiceFestival.org or call the Harriet Alexander Nature Center at 651-765-4262.

Sept. 16
"Attack on New Ulm: One Painting, Many Perspectives
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View the 1904 painting "Attack on New Ulm" by Anton Gag in the Hill House art gallery and explore what it means to people today in Minnesota and the US. Then share your thoughts about its role in Minnesota history. The painting will be on display through January 14, 2018. 10am - 4pm. Free. James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul. For info, contact 651-297-2555 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 21-24
Spirit of Eagles Conference

The Spirit of Eagles 2017 conference will focus on: “Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities: Strength Through Tradition and Science”. The event will provide a forum for community leaders and members, students, researchers, clinicians, service providers, and others to address critical cancer and other chronic health issues, along with health promotion efforts, among Native people. It will present updates on comprehensive cancer control plans in Native communities; review advances in Native cancer research to determine future research priorities and explore the science of translational research; highlight effective cancer control activities and programs in Native communities; highlight the strengths of Native traditions in promoting comprehensive cancer prevention and control; and publish selected papers presented at the conference so that this information can reach a wider audience. This event will be co-hosted by two Comprehensive Cancer Centers, the Mayo Clinic and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. And led by co-directors Judith Salmon Kaur, MD, Medical Oncology, Medical Director for Native American Programs, Mayo Clinic; and Rodney Haring, PhD, MSW, Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research, Department of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Community and student scholarships are available. Some pre-conference activities will be hosted at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. The majority of conference activities will be hosted at The Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, across the street from the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and next door to the Sheraton at the Falls. Niagara Falls, New York. For more info, see: www.nativeamericanprograms.org.

Sept. 23
AICHO Mural Unveiling Ceremony

The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) will be hosting a Mural Unveiling Ceremony at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center. There will be a program featuring talks from the mural artists, AICHO and Honor The Earth representatives, a proclamation from the Duluth Mayor’s Office, an honor song, and more. There will also be refreshments and a silent auction featuring photographic images of varying stages of the mural. People will have the opportunity to visit with the artists as well and view the mural up close. There is a $10 suggestion donation and the event is open to the public. The mural was completed earlier in August and depicts a jingle dress dancer wearing a bandana across her face. 6-9pm. AICHO, 202 W. 2nd St., Duluth, MN. For info, contact Moira Villiard at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Ivy Vainio at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or see: www.facebook.com/aichogalleries.

Sept. 23 - April 22, 2018
"Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence" Exhibition

View works by Native artists from the Upper Midwest who spent six months in residence exploring the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society. The residency program was designed to revive the study of technique, knowledge, and lifeways associated with traditional forms of Native artistry. The artists produced original beadwork, birch bark, and textile pieces that will be on display. Exhibit text will be presented in Ojibwe, Dakota, and English. The exhibit opens alongside AMVETS Post #5: Photographs by Xavier Tavera. Explore these two new exhibits on opening day and enjoy demonstrations by Native American artists and an art activity inspired by Tavera’s portraits. 10am - 5pm. Free admission to the museum is available on Sept. 23 through the Smithsonian’s “Museum Day Live” program. Exhibit will be on display Sept. 23, 2017-April 22, 2018. For info, contact 651-259-3015 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Learn more and obtain Museum Day Live passes at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

Sept.  24
Call For Visual Art Entries

Seeking artists' work for a half-day community event at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth that focuses on the earth and environmental justice. Event will take place October 22. HARMONY seeks perspectives of artists from Anishinaabe and Dakota, Hmong, Somali, and African Heritage communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The event will include a panel discussion with community spiritual leaders focused on worldview and cultural values, musical and dance performance, an exhibition of visual art, and an artists reception. Subject matter includes: understandings of human relationship to the natural world; spiritual relations among beings; all that harmony implies: resonance, humility, wholeness, and restoring disruption. The 2017 symposium, HARMONY: Environmental Justice, Community, and the Power of Art will take place at the College of St. Scholastica from 2-6pm October 22. Selected artists’ work will be part of this symposium as an exhibition and Artists’ reception in the foyer of the Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica. This is open call for all 2-D or 3-D media. We seek art that illuminates, challenges, inspires, and heals, from the perspective of the artist’s cultural and spiritual heritage/tradition. For info, contact Elyse Carter Vosen at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Entries due Sept. 24. Submit your work to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and use HARMONY as the email subject line.

Sept. 28
Tell It To The Judge Listening Session

An opportunity to hear conversations and gain awareness about the Hennepin County District Court. Meet with Family and Juvenile Court Judges in a small group discussion about Family Court. Voice your concerns and suggestions about coming to court for domestic violence and related issues. Share ideas about improving the quality of service and response to domestic violence in court. Help the Court better understand your experience. 5–7pm. Reservations appreciated, walk-ins welcome. A light dinner will be served. To RSVP, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 612-348-5025; Or Adam.Miller@ courts.state.mn.us or 612-596-1412. Division of Indian Work, Dakota Lodge, 1001 E. Lake St., Minneapolis.

Sept. 28
Native Agriculture & Food Systems College Scholarships

First Nations will award five scholarships of $1,000 each to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and related fields, including but not limited to agribusiness management, agriscience technologies, agronomy, animal husbandry, aquaponics, environmental studies, fisheries and wildlife, food production and safety, food-related policy and legislation, food science and technology, horticulture, irrigation science, nutrition education, and sustainable agriculture or food systems. To be eligible, applicants must: Be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in an agricultural-related field, or be able to demonstrate how their degree program relates to Native food systems; Be tribally-affiliated and able to provide documentation; Have a Grade Point Average of at least 2.75; And demonstrate a commitment to helping his or her Native community reclaim local food-system control. Info can be found at www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/scholarship. Applications must be submitted by 5pm Mountain Daylight Time,

Sept. 28.
Oct. 1 (deadline)

Residency Opportunties for Native American artists
Ucross Foundation announces a new initiative to support the work of contemporary Native American visual artists. Eligible disciplines include painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, performance art, installation, and ceramics. The Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists begins in spring 2018 and will provide up to a one-month residency at Ucross and a stipend of $1,000. Each Fellow will be featured in an exhibition at the Ucross Art Gallery during the year following the residency. An exhibition brochure will be produced for each exhibition. Two Ucross Fellowships for Native American Visual Artists will be awarded in 2018, one each in the spring and fall residency sessions. For the Spring 2018 Fellowship, the deadline is October 1, 2017, for a residency taking place between late February and early June, 2018. For the Fall 2018 Fellowship, the deadline is March 1, 2018, for a residency taking place between August and early December 2018. For info, see: www.ucrossfoundation.org or call 307-737-2291.

Oct. 2-5
National Food Sovereignty Summit

First Nations Development Institute and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will host the national Food Sovereignty Summit in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This is the annual forum for sharing and collaboration to build healthy food systems within our communities. This event is perfect for Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers, tribal agriculture staff, Native nonprofits working in agriculture, small producers, tribal producers and tribal leaders. Optional experiential learning sessions are scheduled, and the main Summit offers three main training tracks: Applied Agriculture, Community Outreach, and Products to Market. The planned Experiential Learning Sessions are: Tsyunhehkwa Organic Farm - Managed Grazing; Aquaponics; Environmental Restoration - "Trout Creek Headwater Tributary"; and Apple Harvesting and Distribution. Radisson Hotel, 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay, WI. For info, see: www.firstnations.org/summit.


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