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Events for Teens at the Franklin Library, 1314 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For more info call 952-847-2925.
Dec. 1-Feb. 23: Game On! Gaming Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. For teens in grade 6 and up. Play PS2 or Wii games at the library! Grab a friend, bring your favorite board or card game, or play ours!
Dec. 2-Feb. 24: Game On! Gaming Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. For teens in grade 6 and up. Play PS2 or Wii games at the library! Grab a friend, bring your favorite board or card game, or play ours!
Dec. 2-Feb. 24: Teen Center Reading Club. Wednesdays, (except Jan. 13), 5-6 p.m. For teens in grade 6 and up. Come get cozy! Stretch out on the couches, chairs, or floor and settle in to read aloud or just listen — books, short stories, current events, it’s up to you. No need to read anything ahead of time.
Dec. 3-Feb. 25: Design Club. Thursdays, (except Dec. 24 & 31) from 4-6 p.m. For teens in grade 6 and up. Get creative! Design and take home T-shirts, posters, jewelry, magnets and other creations. Check out the posters at Franklin Library to see what project is coming up!
Dec. 8-Jan. 5: Tronix Team. Tuesdays from 6-7:45 p.m. For teens in grade 6 and up. Learn basic circuitry as you modify a regular lunch box into a fully functional boom box with MP3 player. Learning never sounded so good!
Dec. 10, Jan. 7, 21, Feb. 4, 18: Group Games. Thursdays 6-7 p.m. For teens in grade 6 and up. No consoles needed! Learn social games designed for large groups of all ages: Charades, Wink, Mafia, Whiz Bam, Thumper, Taboo and others. Sure to make you laugh!
Dec. 10, Jan. 7, 21, Feb. 4, 18: Music Listening Club. Thursdays 7-8 p.m. For teens in grade 6 and up. Listen to the sounds of Kanye West, Mos Def, NAS and local artists such as Desdemona, Brother Ali and more! Focus will be on the lyrics, reading them as poems and listening to the way they’re recited through the songs.
Dec. 17, Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 11, 25: Movement and Dance Studio. Thursdays, ; 6-8 p.m. For teens in grade 6 and up. Time to move the furniture aside and practice dance moves, learn new ones, do yoga, create choreography and lots more!
Indigenous in Music 3rd Annual Holiday Party
The Indigenous Chamber of Commerce invites you to their 3rd Annual Holiday Party at the Fine Line Music Cafe. Staring Jackie Bird, Night Shield, Moondogs 88, and Wain McFarlane. Cover charge: $5. At the Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 First Avenue, Mpls.
MIWRC Vendor Day/Taco Sale
The MN Indian Women’s Resource Center will hold a vendors day for your holiday gift giving. Native vendors, the 2nd annual Native Blends Café Coffee and Bake sale, and an Indian Taco Sale. The Taco sale starts at 11 am till gone. $5 a Taco + .50¢ for a drink. Limited space is still available for vendors. Vendor Day will be held from 10 am to 2 pm. If your interested in setting up shop please call Linda Eagle Speaker at 612-728-2012. MIWRC, 2300 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404.
Dec. 14 (deadline)
Boise Forte Toys for Tots signup
The Bois Forte Urban Office in Minneapolis has been chosen as a recipient for the Toys for Tots program. Tribal members residing in the seven county (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington) area can contact the Urban Office for intake information, at 612-871-6618 or go to Bois Forte websites Urban Office page. Deadline to sign up is no later than December 14th at 4:30 pm.
Am. Indian Literature for Grades 6-12
The Minnesota Humanities Center will conduct a two-day workshop addressing the literary traditions and contributions of American Indians with an emphasis on Minnesota tribes and authors. This workshop will focus on three themes: history of the literary tradition; how literary traditions change based on space and place; and contributions of American Indian traditions to Minnesota and American culture. Participants will read and discuss cultural and literary texts addressing the workshop topic.
Hands-on activities will allow those in the workshop to deepen their understanding of the central role of literature in American Indian traditions. Group projects will give participants the time and support to discuss how new knowledge of American Indian literature might enhance what they already teach, how to incorporate the new material into current lessons, and how they present this information in the classroom. Participants will have access to new resources, materials, and tools to help improve student learning in the classroom. Day 1: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Day 2: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Graduate credit will be available through Hamline University for an additional fee of $119. Intended Audience: Grades 6-12 educators. Presenter: Robin Nelson and Heid Erdrich. Fee: $135; includes breakfast, lunch, and break service both days, along with materials and resources. Overnight accommodations are available on January 13 for an additional $50. You must reserve an overnight room on the registration form.
Contact Thien Nguyen August at 651-772-4254 or email:
for registration questions. Contact Mallory Wessel at 651-772-4252 or email:
for more program information.
Jan. 15 (deadline)
Support for Contemporary Native American Arts Projects
The National Museum of the American Indian’s (NMAI) Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program offers support to a wide range of arts activities with the goal of increasing the appreciation of contemporary Native American arts. Through the Exhibitions and Publications initiative, the Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program provides grants of $7,500 to $15,000 for exhibitions, installations, publications, and critical writing which interpret and present the work of contemporary Native visual artists to the public.
At least one-half of the proposed project team must be Native American or Native Hawaiian. Eligible applicants include community art centers, artist-run or nonprofit galleries, museums, arts organizations, and education-based organizations, such as college or university galleries or museums. The application deadline is January 15, 2010. Visit the NMAI website to review the application guidelines at: www.nmai.si.edu.
American Indian Heritage Night with the MN Swarm
The Minnesota Swarm Professional Lacrosse Club, invites everyone to this great event to educate Swarm fans, not only about American Indian heritage, but about the origins of the sport of lacrosse; it’s a Native American sport!
Some of these events include: Elder Jerry Dearly will bless the field before the game; Native American dancers and drum group will perform in the concourse before the game, and will be on the field during a special pre-game ceremony as well; Jerry Dearly will also be the MC; Indian Honor Guard will march in and post colors during National Anthem; Oneida and Menominee tribes in Wisconsin will send players to demonstrate a traditional lacrosse game at halftime; With all tickets sold, a portion will be going back to the MAICC to support Native American businesses.
There will also be a special ticket donation program – every organization that buys 50 tickets, the Swarm will donate an additional 25 to St. Paul/Minneapolis Public Schools so that children and families, who wouldn’t be able to otherwise, can come enjoy this great event as well. Call Tom Nemo at 651-312-3461 or Brett Miller at 651-312-3494 for additional info.
First Nations Composer Initiative (FNCI) is hosting a special concert benefiting our Common Ground program at the AVALON theatre (In the Heart of the Beast Theater). Headlining the concert is world renown Native American flutist, Carlos Nakai with cellist Dawn Avery. Opening the evening’s concert is Mitchell Walking Elk, Hok-a-hey and the Oshkii Giizhik singers!
Volunteers are needed to poster the Twin Cities (10 teams) in the upcoming weeks. Also needed are 12 volunteers for the evening of the event. Volunteer and see the concert for free and receive a SWAG BAG filled with lots of fun stuff! Inquiries can be made by emailing:
or by calling 651-251-2839 or 651-251-2825.Feb. 5 (deadline)
Call for Papers
Western Highways: Journeys through Space and Time (42nd Annual Dakota Conference on the Northern Plains) is asking for proposals. Examine paths, trails, roads, and highways that crisscross the expansive Northern Plains and their impact on the lives of indigenous and immigrant peoples. Travel by foot, horse, cart, wagon, stagecoach, bicycle, motorcycle, and automobile—”from moccasins to motorcycles”—will be considered, but also spiritual and metaphorical road journeys.
Send 1-page paper or session proposal with title, brief description, and biographical sketch, along with presenter name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. Authors of new books (since 2008) and/or recent books fitting this year’s theme should request and return an application form to be considered for invitation to the conference autograph party.
Cash awards of $150 and $100 are given for papers in academic, non-academic, student, and women’s history categories. Conference dates: April 23-24, 2010. Registration is $45 until April 16, 2010. Free to full-time undergraduate students. For further information, contact Dr. Harry F. Thompson at 605-274-4007 or email: harry.thompson@augie. March deadline
UofMN Dakota Scholarships
• The Dakota Iapi Continuing Education Student Scholarship is a financial aid program for continuing education (non-degree seeking) students at the University of Minnesota who demonstrate dedication to learning and/or teaching the Dakota language. Selection is based on evidence of commitment to learning the Dakota language and to using his/her education to the benefit of the community, with preference given to students of Dakota, Lakota, or Nakota heritage and parents of children in a Dakota language immersion program. Scholarships cover the tuition of one Dakota language (DAKO) course per semester for up to four semesters. Recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in order to keep the scholarship.
• The Wahpetunwin Dakota Iapi Full-Time Scholarship is a financial aid program for full-time U of MN degree-seeking undergraduates who demonstrate strong dedication to learning to speak and teach the Dakota language. To be eligible, students must have submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be admitted or pending admission to an undergraduate degree program in American Indian Studies at the UofMN-Twin Cities campus.
Selection is based on evidence of academic promise and commitment to learning to speak and teach the Dakota language and to using his/her education to the benefit of the community, with preference given to students of Dakota, Lakota, or Nakota heritage, those who demonstrate financial need, and parents of children in a Dakota language immersion program. Scholarship awards cover students’ tuition and fees for two years. Recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in order to keep the scholarship. For more information on these scholarship opportunities, visit http://amin.umn.edu/scholarship/ or contact Beth Brown at email:
, or by phone at 612-624-8217.
Dakota Language Table at Anishinabe Academy.
Families and students of all ages, at any language levels are welcome and encouraged to join at any time. Runs thru June 8 Monday evenings: 4:00-5:30 pm. Anishinabe Academy, Room 218, 2225 E. Lake St., Mpls. Potluck dinner. Circle Activities: For more information, contact Beth Brown at 612-624-8217 or email:
University of Minnesota. Ojibwe Language Table.
University of Minnesota Language Table meeting in the American Indian Student Cultural Center on Sundays 4-6 pm. Focuses on immersion and speaking through games. For more info, contact Amber Ruel at:
, or Lucia Bonacci at:
and 763-458-6616. American Indian Student Cultural Center, 204 Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis.
Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Language Table
Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community Office, Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30, The community office is located in Mendota on Sibley Memorial Hwy, also known as Hwy 13. Across the street from the Sibley Historical site. FMI call 651-452-4141.
Ojibwe and Dakota language classes
Bring your children, ages 3-5 years, to participate in free Ojibwe or Dakota language immersion classes five days a week. Mon.- Fri. from 10 am-11:30 am. Neighborhood Early Learning Center 2438 18th Ave. S., Mpls. FMI: 612-721-4246.
Ojibwe Language Child Care Openings
Ojibwe Language Immersion Program At Four Directions Family Center is a participating program of the Wicoie Nandagikendan Urban Pre-School Immersion Project. Children are immersed in the Ojibwe Language three hours per day. 2438 18th Avenue S., Minneapolis 55406. Call Leila at 612-722-0762 ext. 113.
Division of Indian Work Support Groups
The Division of Indian Work holds ongoing support groups.
• Women’s Anger Group
• Parenting Group
• Prenatal Group
• Father’s Group
• Women’s Domestic Support
• Men’s Anger Group
Held at the Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call 612-722-8722.
Wisdom Steps - Monthly Walking Event
For elders and families who want to walk for health. First Friday of every month at 9:00 AM. Walk as much as you want until noon. Minneapolis American Indian Center, Gymnasium. Door prizes! Opportunity to socialize! More info, call Barb at 612-872-1424 or Simon at 612-724-7641.
Life Recovery Bible Study
Overcomers Outreach Ministries Inc. sponsors a weekly “Life Recovery in Christ” Bible study and discussion group every Wednesday starting Sept. 16. Classes are targeted for individuals in Recovery or struggling through addiction and out of control living. Family members and friends welcome to attend. Topics include characters of the Bible and their life struggles, challenges and victory over adversity. 6:30 to 8:00 pm. 2020 Bloomington Avenue South. Call Bruce Olson for more info, at 612-480-7110 or email:
Women’s Support Group
Open to women. Tuesdays at 11 am at Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center. For more info, contact Aida Strom at 612-728-2028.
NACC Caregivers Circle
NACC Circle-Caregivers (parents, relatives, foster-parents, guardians) who struggle on the journey to parenting or caring for children who have been exposed to prenatal alcohol. NACC offers a monthly support circle. If you or someone you know would like to be a part of the Caregiver Circle contact Rhonda Hunt at 612-872-8086, ext. 114 for more info.
The QUITPLAN Helpline
Provides access to experienced, professional phone counselors who are waiting to help smokers quit. Free. The following organizations provide culturally specific cessation services: Wiidoowkowishin QUITPLAN Center at Fond du Lac serves the American Indian community at Fond du Lac Reservation and in Duluth; QUITPLAN Community at Pillsbury United Communities serves the Chicano Latino, African American, and other diverse communities. Call 1-888-354-7526 for a counselor. QUITPLAN Helpline: M-F: 7 am. -10 pm; Sat: 8 am. - 5 pm.; Sun: 10 am.- 4 pm.
Strong Hearts Living Life to the Fullest Women’s Support Group. Confidential, safe and supportive environment to discuss issues regarding experience with sexual and or domestic abuse, and prostitution. Tuesdays 2:00 pm-3:30 pm. Light refreshments. Walk-Ins and referrals welcome. FMI, call Aida Strom at 612-728-2028. MIWRC, Room 118, 2300 15th Ave. S, Mpls.
Women’s Support Group
For victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Meets Tues. at 11 am, MN Indian Women’s Resource Ctr, 2300 15th Ave. S, Mpls. FMI: Aida Strom, Sexual Assault Advocate, at 612-728-2028.
Battered Women’s Support Group
Especially for American Indian Women. Culturally sensitive and confidential. Wednesdays 1 - 2:30 pm. Division of Indian Works/ Family Violence Program, 612-722-8722. Ask for a family violence counselor.
Fathers Group enables Indian fathers to center their lives, develop parenting skills, and play a positive, active role in raising their children. The group explores family histories, studies the legal issues of fatherhood, and incorporates elders, spiritual leaders, and counseling. Call DIW at 612-722-8722 for more info.
Individuals and families who would like support in maintaining their sobriety through a culturally based program are invited to this support group which uses the White Bison approach to a healing journey. Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St., Mpls. Contact: Cheryl Secola at 612-722-8722 x 399, or Natosha White at 612-722-8722, x 392.
Indian Women’s AA Group
Women Standing Together: On your journey to recovery, welcome to our Talking Circle of Hope. Walking through the Healing 12 Steps of Sobriety. Held weekly on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. MIWRC, 2300 15th Ave. So., Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-728-2000.
“On the Red Road” Meeting
7:00 pm every Tuesday at the Minneapolis American Indian Center Auditorium, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls. The first Tuesday of every month includes a speaker and a pot luck dinner. Everyone welcome.
Overeaters Anonymous welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meets the third Saturday of each month from 1 to 3 pm at the Minnetonka Community Center. Call Jason at 952-942-2903
Intermedia Arts offers free multi-media classes for youth
Intermedia Arts has free after-school media classes for youth ages 11-18. Youth can; learn web and graphic design, photography, animation, create a weekly TV show, write, direct, and produce independent films.
• OUR TURN is a show made for youth, by youth (ages 11-18). Choose your own subject matter, write your own scripts, conduct interviews, operate the cameras and edit your own story segments. Our Turn airs every week on Channel 17 in Minneapolis and Channel 16 in St. Paul, and is available for viewing online. Workshops held 4-6 pm, Mon-Thurs (ongoing), at El Colegio Charter School, 4137 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis.
• MIXED VISIONS is an online gallery featuring youth-created web design, photography and creative writing. Work with local artists using animation, graphic design, web design, photography. Workshops 4-6 pm, Thursdays (ongoing) at El Colegio Charter School.
• INDY: Write, direct, and produce your own independent film! Learn to create your own short films. Training includes film history as well as technical and artistic filmmaking skills. Each semester culminates in a public screening of your work. No prior skills or experience necessary. Workshops take place 4-6:30 pm, Fridays (ongoing) at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis. Workshops are free but youth should register due to space limitation. For info, call 612-871-4444.
Two Spirit Quilting Bee
ALL GLBT folks! You are invited toa good ole' fashion quilting bee! Come on over and let's make some quilts! We'll laugh, share stories, eat cookies and other stuff! Make shawls and learn to knit too! We will meet every other Saturday
afternoon. This will be a sober event. I am also looking for donations of material. For more information, contact Kohl at 612-354-7708 or email:
Email is preferred.
Native Artists Travel Grants
The National Native Artist Exchange provides travel grants for Native artists residing in any of the 50 States. Designed to provide an opportunity for Native artists to teach, learn, and collaborate in traditional and/or contemporary Native art forms through travel. Grants up to $1,500 will be awarded based on budgets appropriate to the scope of travel. Deadline ongoing. Requests must be received no later than two months prior to the departure. For info see: www.nefa.org/grantprog/ nativearts/nativeartistexchange.html.
Reduce Risk of Diabetes for Native Youth Fitness Program
New Fitness Program at the YWCA of Minneapolis. Reduce the Risk of Diabetes for Native Youth for ages 12-17. The Strong, Fast, Fit program works with youth and their families to teach and encourage life long fitness and nutrition strategies. Families who qualify receive a household Fitness membership! FMI, call Betty Moore 612-215-4367.
Free GED preparation online
The Minnesota Department of Education‘s online program for preparing for General Educational Development Diploma GED-i is free facilitated by instructors from local adult education programs. Students work with licensed teachers from their local Adult Basic Education program in an online environment. For info, visit: www.themlc.org/ hotline.html. Or call 1-800-222-1990. For info about GED test, visit: http://mnabe.themlc.org/GED2.htm
NACC Community Health
The NACC Community Health Worker can assist you with a plan to become heart healthy. The CHW can be your personal coach to develop and exercise plan, eat healthier, lower blood pressure, manage stress and overcome the challenges between you and a healthy heart. Adrienne is available to meet a the NACC clinic, in your home or in the community. To make an appt. please contact Adrienne Voorhees at NACC 612-872-8086, ext 124.
Saint Paul Early Childhood Scholarship program
A nationally-recognized pilot project that gives families who live in Frogtown and North End information and scholarships to help them choose, pay for, and stay in high-quality child care and early education programs. The child can begin to receive a scholarship for quality early childhood education at 3-years old. Multiple children per family can enroll. For application, call Resources for Child Caring at 651-641-6604.
Pre-Kindergarten Allowance Program
Provides publicly-funded allowances for parents to purchase early care and education services that will help their children prepare for school. Those eligible for the program are children who are 3 or 4 years old or will be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1 of the current year, children whose families live in Saint Paul, and children whose families have an annual income at/or below 185% of poverty, ($39,000 for a family of four). U.S citizens or legal immigrants only. FMI call Resources for Child Caring at 651-641-6604.
YWCA Fitness for At Risk of Diabetes Native Youth 12-17
The Strong, Fast, Fit program works with youth and their families to teach and encourage life long fitness and nutrition strategies. Exercise and nutrition programming twice a week for youth; Monthly family nutrition education and classes; Fitness assessments; Quarterly field trips and athletic events for participants; training for track, swimming, soccer, triathlons and other sports. Families who qualify receive family YWCA membership! FMI: Betty Moore at 612-215-4367.
NACC Living in Balance class
A 6 week chronic disease self management course teaches individuals how to live a healthier lifestyle with their chronic disease. Open to anyone living with a chronic disease or wanting to learn how to help someone that is living with a chronic disease. Taught by cofacilitators, NACC staff and community members who have chronic conditions. Receive a certificate of completion and a 20 dollar Cub Food gift card. For start date, call Connie Norman at 612-872-8086, ext 116·
NACC Nutrition Services
Want to learn how to shop for good food within your budget? Confused about what to feed your family? Do you think you have no time to exercise? Counseling for health concerns such as high cholesterol, diabetes, weight management, high blood pressure and healthy eating for a lifetime? If you answered yes to any of these, call Shannon Fahey- Dietitian at 872-8086 ext 112.
IHB Women’s Health Sage Program
Free Mammogram and Pap Test Screenings available to most uninsured/ under insured women. Indian Health Board and the MN Department of Health is providing breast and cervical cancer prevention and screenings for eligible women. For more information and to see if you qualify, please call IHB at (612) 721-9865.
Basics of Diabetes Class
This is a class taught by Susan Hibbs (CFNP) and Kristin Kattar (Registered Dietitian). This class is open to those who want to learn more about diabetes and health. Every Thursday from 5-6 pm at the Native American Community Clinic. Finish all 5 sessions and get a 20 dollar gift certificate!! Call Connie Norman at 612-872-8086, ext 116 to register for the class. NACC, 1213 East Franklin Ave. Mpls; 612-872-8086.
NACC Full Circle
Last Thursday of the month from 9 am to 10 am at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Open to everyone who wants to learn about diabetes. Healthy diabetic friendly food and give-aways. Different diabetes topics are discussed each month. For more info, call Connie Norman at 612-872-8086, ext 116.
IHB Diabetes Prevention
Are you wondering if you may be at risk for diabetes? The Indian Health Board is providing diabetes screening to non-diabetic Native American adults. Those who qualify are invited to participate in an incentive based weight loss program to prevent diabetes. For info, call 612-721-9816.
NACC Patient Advocate
Info/help in finding insurance eligibility, education/training, employment, ICWA, housing, transportation, VA outreach, PCA programs and other needs. Call Diane Archambault at 612-872-8086, ext 118. NACC, 1213 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls.
Native American, 55 yrs +, and disabled? Get help with your house chores: laundry, dishes, sewing, escort to appointments, grocery shopping, advocating, ect. Free. Call Lynn Casper Powers for info at 612-879-1748.wise.com.
The HRC website is targeted toward providers who work with homeless people. Evidence-based practices, practical resources, and interactive learning community for researchers, providers, consumers, and government agencies. Promotes recovery-oriented and consumer-centered services for homeless people. See website at: http://homeless.samhsa.gov/Default.aspx.
Literacy Tutors needed
One in five Minnesota adults lack the literacy skills necessary to enjoy great books, help their children with homework, or understand medication labels. Tutor an adult learner, assist in an adult classroom, or teach a basic English or GED class. Locations throughout the Twin Cities area, flexible scheduling and training to help you get started. Contact Allison at
or 651-645-2277, Ext 219.
Native America: State-by-State History seeks submission
Greenwood Press invites scholars of Native American history to submit entries for its publication titled Native America: A State-by-State History. Will cover North American Indian history in the United States from the pre-colonial period to the present. Interested authors should submit a CV noting their credentials and expertise as well as the name of the state(s) on which they would like to submit chapters. Each author will receive an honorarium for their contribution, and possibly a complimentary copy of the set. Send all inquiries to:
Or mail to: Native America: A State-by-State History, Daniel S. Murphree, Associate Professor of History, University of TX at Tyler, 3900 University Blvd, Tyler, TX 75799.
Capstone Publishers in Mankato, Minnesota creates nonfiction books for struggling readers. They are looking for non-Caucasian children and adults for upcoming photo shoots. Photo shoots take typically 30 to 60 minutes. They offer payment, copies of the book, and use of the images as incentive. For more information call Marcy Morin Photo Studio at 507-385-8279 or 1-888-293-2609, ext. 279. Capstone Press, 151 Good Counsel Drive, Mankato, MN.
Anishinabe Academy Preschool classes
We are proud to offer two all-day preschool classrooms at Anishinabe Academy. Both feature Native Language Immersion programs in the afternoon; one in Ojibwe and the other in Dakota. We have space for 20 students in each classroom. Help us keep the vitality and focus of this special program by filling the classes with Native students and families who want to learn the languages. For info on enrolling your child for the 2009-2010 school year, call the Minneapolis Public Schools Student Placement at 612-668-1821.