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December 2017 Calendar
Wednesday, December 06 2017
 
Written by The Circle,
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Thru Dec. 23
Exhibit: Julie Buffalohead

Bockley Gallery presents new mixed media drawings by Julie Buffalohead. Since her last gallery show in 2014, the Twin Cities-based artist has realigned her finely honed craft of storytelling by trading her personal, intimate tales of motherhood and domestic life for more public and universal narratives. These potent new works explore the complex relationships between Native American and mainstream American culture, humans and animals, humans and the environment, and current cultural events. Exhibit ends December 23. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st St (west of Lake of the Isles, near Franklin), Minneapolis. For more info, see: www.bockleygallery.com/exhibitions.html , or call 612-377-4669.  

Thru April 22, 2018
Renewing What They Gave Us

“Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence,” is an exhibit of original beadwork, birch bark and textile artwork by five contemporary American Indian artists on display alongside the MNHS artifacts that inspired them. The artists include Jessica Gokey, Pat Kruse, Denise Lajimodiere, Gwen Westerman and Holly Young. For info, see: www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/exhibits/renewing-what-they-gave-us .

Dec. 2, 9, 16
Almost Winter Art Market

A assortment of quilts, jelly and jam, jewelry, prints and gifts will be available for purchase. Three opportunities to shop. For info, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Dec. 2: 10am-4pm, Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis.
• Dec. 9: 10am-4pm, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Bldg. 1404 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis.
• Dec. 16: 10am-4pm, Interfaith Action, 1671 Summit Ave, St Paul.

Dec. 4, 5, 7, 8 ,12, 14
Hang up on fraud!

The Minnesota Commerce Department is convening a series of free public forums to provide information for older Minnesotans and their family caregivers on how to protect themselves and their money from common scams and fraud. The events are in conjunction with the launch this month of the Commerce Department’s Hang Up on Fraud! initiative. Older adults are often targeted for financial exploitation. It is estimated that one out of every five persons over the age of 65 has been victimized by a financial swindle, with older Americans defrauded out of nearly $3 billion each year. The threat of senior financial fraud is expected to grow as the senior population itself grows. A free copy of the Commerce Department’s financial fraud prevention toolkit can be requested by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 800-657-3602. It is also available at mn.gov/commerce . Senior Fraud Prevention Event dates:
• Dec. 4: 11am at Hennepin County Library-Edina, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina.
• Dec. 5: 9:30am at Cora McCorvey Center: Heritage Park, 1015 N. 4th St., Minneapolis.
• Dec. 7: 12:30pm at Rochester Public Library, 101 2nd St. SE, Rochester.
• Dec. 8: 11am at Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Dr., St. Cloud.
• Dec. 12: 11am at Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior, Duluth.
• Dec. 14: 2pm at Realife Cooperative of Phalen Village, 1355 Phalen Blvd., St. Paul.

Dec. 5, 12, 19
Dakota and Ojibwe Language Tables

Dakota and Ojibwe Language Tables in December will be held on the dates below. All classes are free and held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E  Franklin Minneapolis. For more info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Intro to Dakota Language, for youth, taught by Dawi / Huha Maza 5pm – 7pm
• Intro to Ojibwe Language, for youth, taught by Memegwesi 5pm – 7pm.

Dec. 6, 7, 8
Motivational Interviewing

The Learning Center of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center will be holding Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: A Counseling Approach that Fits with Native Values. Motivational Interviewing, developed by William Miller, Ph.D. and Stephen Rollnick. Ph.D. in the 1980s, is an Evidence-Based Practice that holds a key to unlocking our clients' own unique intrinsic motivations to make significant changes in their lives. It has been shown to be an effective approach to treatment in many fields including substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, diabetes management and other healthcare areas, juvenile justice, corrections and workforce counseling. Focus will be on meaningful connections and uses of MI in a way that appreciates and supports the Native cultural value system; and will examine the basic concepts and uses of MI, practice using MI tools, and learn the steps in mastery of this valuable tool for our counseling toolboxes. Betty Poitra, LSW, MA (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) is a Motivational Interviewer trainer and has over 30+ years’ experience working in child welfare, extensive experience in mental health and chemical health programs working with tribal and urban communities. Jane Nakken, Ed. D is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and has been a substance abuse prevention and treatment professional since 1974. Cambria Suites, Maple Grove, 9655 Grove Circle North Maple Grove, MN. For info, see: www.miwrc.org/events/MI_December2017.php

Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27
Dakota and Ojibwe Language Tables

Dakota and Ojibwe Language Tables in December will be held on the dates below. All classes are free and held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E  Franklin Minneapolis. For more info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Intro Dakota Language, open to community taught by Cante Maza 5:30pm  – 7pm
• Intermediate Ojibwe Language, open to community, taught by Memegwesi 5pm  – 7pm.

Dec. 7
AIOIC’s Community Career Fair

The American Indian OIC will host the “AIOIC Career Fair: Networking, Interviewing, and Hidden Opportunities” to help the community gain access to state and local employers with open positions. Job seekers will have the opportunity to network with potential employers and participate in interviews. This career fair is open to anyone in the Twin Cities 7-County Metro Area and is designed to help fill workforce gaps in high-demand fields. Noon to 4pm. American Indian OIC, 1845 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact Latisha Cannon at 612-341-3358, ext.133 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 7, 12
A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Bandolier Bag

Marcia G. Anderson, author of A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Bandolier Bag will be at two upcoming book signings for her new book.
• Dec. 7: 12 to 1pm at the Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W, St. Paul.
• Dec.12: 12 to 1pm at the Textile Center, 300 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis.

Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28
Dakota and Ojibwe Language Tables

Dakota and Ojibwe Language Tables in December will be held on the dates below. All classes are free and held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E  Franklin Minneapolis. For more info, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Intermediate Dakota Language, open to community, taught by Dawi/Huha Maza, 5pm – 7pm
• Intro Ojibwe Language, open to Community, taught by Memegwesi, 5pm – 7pm.

Dec. 8
An Evening of Aadizookaanan

AICHO Presents An Evening of Aadizookaanan: Traditional Anishinaabe Stories with Michael ‘Migizi’ Sullivan. Sullivan is an Anishinaabe linguist from the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe. He is currently the linguist for the Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion School at LCO where he contributes to language arts instruction, curriculum design, language proficiency assessment, and immersion teacher training. Any level language speakers are invited – even if you don’t know one Anishinaabe word. All ages and families invited. A small feast will be provided. Event is free and open to the public. 6pm in the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 212 W. 2nd St, Duluth, MN.

Dec. 9
PowHERful Young Women’s Conference

The PowHERful Foundation invites young women to attend our FREE Enrichment Conference in Minneapolis. The conference is a free, daylong empowerment summit for young women ages 14 to 23 years old. We give high school and college-age girls a chance to explore different career options, receive useful guidance and advice, and interact with successful professionals. We feature industry experts who present curriculum in areas such as STEM, college readiness, interning and more. Morning and afternoon keynotes are moderated by PowHERful co-founder Soledad O'Brien. 8am to 4pm. Minneapolis Marriott City Center, 30 S 7th St, Minneapolis. For info, see: http://powherful.org/msp2017 .

Dec. 9, 12
The Sioux Chef Book Signing

Authors Chef Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley will sign copies of The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen. Here is real food—our indigenous American fruits and vegetables, the wild and foraged ingredients, game and fish. Locally sourced, seasonal, “clean” ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking are nothing new to Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef. In his breakout book, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, Sherman shares his approach to creating boldly seasoned foods that are vibrant, healthful, at once elegant and easy.
•Dec. 9: 12-2pm, Common Good Books, 38 Snelling Ave S, St Paul.
•Dec. 16: Holiday book signing, 12-2pm. Magers & Quinn Bookseller, 3038 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis.

Dec. 12, 13, 19, 20
Native Santa To Visit IHB

Naughty or nice... all are welcome! Join Native Santa for a free photo shoot with the family! Visit Native Santa, 1st-come-1st-served, in his workshop at IHB. Elves will take family photos and print a free copy for each person in the photo. Guests may take photos on their own camera, too. Indian Health Board, 1315 East 24th St, Minneapolis. For info, contact 612-721-9800 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or see: indianhealthboard.com .
Dec. 12 & 19: 3-5pm
Dec. 13 & 20: 10am-12pm

Dec. 15
Native Authors 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 37 years. Join us for breakfast with Mark Anthony Rolo and Guests. Mark Anthony Rolo (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) is a journalist, filmmaker, and playwright, He has been a correspondent for Indian Country Today, Executive Director of the Native American Journalists Association, and an editor of The Circle newspaper. His books include; My Mother is Now Earth, The Wonder Bull, and What's an Indian Woman to Do? And Other Plays. 8:00 am to 9:00 am. Doors open at 7:30 am for coffee and mingling. Breakfast catered by Gatherings Cafe. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis. RSVP to The Circle at 612-722-3686 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it $35 suggested donation.

Dec. 16
Birch Bark Ornament Workshop

Create miniature ornaments from birch bark to decorate for the holidays or give as gifts. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A minimum of five participants is required. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. 11am - 3pm. $25/$20 MNHS and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, plus $15 supply fee. Registration required by phone or email. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632.

Dec. 18
Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting

Learn more about the ways you can help children though foster care or adoption. No registration needed. Free. 6 to 8pm. Hennepin County Library – Southdale, 7001 York Avenue S, Edina. For info, contact 612-348-5437 or see: www.hennepin.us/fostercare .

Dec. 20
Elder Holiday Party

Native American Elders - 60 years and up, you are invited to our Elder Holiday Part. Enjoy food, door prizes and bingo. Food prepared by Chef Nate. 5-8pm. Division of Indian Work (Dakota Lodge), 1001 E Lake St, Minneapolis. For info, contact Sandra Rivera at 612-279-6379.

Dec. 20 (deadline)
Honor the Earth Grants

Honor the Earth is accepting grant proposals from indigenous-led organizations. Grant focus is on the protection and revitalization of sacred ways, rivers, and places. For info, see www.honorearth.org/ grants_app. For questions, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 218-375-3200.  

Dec. 21
Manidoo-Giizisoons Gala (Feast of the Little Spirit Moon)

Honor the Earth is extending an open invitation to the public to its annual Manidoo-Giizisoons Gala (Feast of the Little Spirit Moon) at the Sacred Heart Music Center. The Manoomin (wild rice) and Nibi (water) are under threatened by foreign industry. Many, including local businesses, community leaders, and citizen groups, have made a stance to protect these shared resources. The celebration is being hosted in honor of the Water Protectors, to recognize and present awards to them for their courageous leadership. The gala will feature a sumptuous dinner prepared by renowned indigenous chef, Sean Sherman “"The Sioux Chef", with music by Native musician Annie Humphrey from the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, and a silent auction with local art. For info and tickets, see: www.honorearth.org/ duluth_gala2017 .

Dec. 29 (deadline)
Hennepin County 2018 Citizen Advisory Boards

Volunteer!! Members of the public and local officials can be appointed to serve on more than 15 various county advisory boards, task forces and committees. Appointed members advise county commissioners on issues and programs, help set policy, and deal with a variety of topics of concern to the county. Boards include: Adult Mental Health Local Advisory Council (LAC), Capital Budgeting Task Force, City Planning Commission (Minneapolis), County Extension Committee (University of Minnesota Extension), Human Resources Board, Library Board, Lower Minnesota Watershed District Board, Mental Commitment Attorney Panel Advisory Board, Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Board. Each board position has eligibility requirements that applicants must meet. Application deadline is Dec. 29th. If you don’t have access to apply online, call 612-348-3081 to have the Clerk of the County Board assist you in filling out the application. For more information and to apply online, see: www.hennepin.us/advisoryboards .


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