Tuesday, March 12 2013
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Native Foster Parents Needed!
Volunteers of America-MN is looking for skilled parents who appreciate the difficulties of childhood! Youth ages 12-17 need a stable home. Volunteers of America-MN provides quality foster parents with training, 24-hour support, and monthly stipend. Call 952-945-4064 to learn more or attend an information meeting. Foster Parent Info Meetings held every Friday: 10:00-11:30 am (or by appointment) 7625 Metro Blvd., Edina, MN.  

March 4 (Deadline)
Ojibwe Immersion Academy
Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang's third annual Ojibwe Immersion Academy to be held June 16 - July 6 at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, MN. A three week residential Ojibwe immersion program for intermediate to advanced adult (over 16 years of age) language learners. Participants will study with fluent elders and faculty instructors for Ojibwe teachings, small group learning, and one-on-one tutoring sessions. For information and/or to request an application email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it All applications are due March 4.

March 4 (deadline)
Title VII Parent Committee Nominations
Now accepting nominations for membership to serve on the Title VII Parent Committee. Nominees must: Be a parent or legal guardian of an MPS student; Be an MPS high school student in good academic standing; Be an MPS teacher. For info see: Or contact Deanna StandingCloud at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-668-0612. Or fax nominations forms to 612-668-0615. Minneapolis Public Schools, 1250 West Broadway Avenue, Mpls.

March 4-7
10th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference
The Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference returns for its 10th year! In Callaway, MN, hosted by the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Topics include; soil reclamation, greenhouses, renewable energy, aquaculture, compost systems, beekeeping, plant breeding, sustainable food production, community food systems design, direct market training, tribal food policy, environmental justice, farm to school programs, salve making, native agriculture and more. Rowen White from Native Seed SEARCH, will teach seed saving techniques. Frank Kutka, a S.A.R.E. coordinator in North Dakota and Phd. in plant breeding, will talk about his research with heirloom corn, beans and other open-pollinated varieties. Representatives from the Bad River Band, Oneida Nation, Standing Rock Sioux, and Tesuque Pueblo will share their knowledge with communities of the Great Lakes area. For information, see: or   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or call 218-375-2600. Conference lodging available at Maplelag Resort: 1-800-654-7711 or

March 6, 19, 27
MAIC Revitalization Meetings
The Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC) will work with the University of Minnesota's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, Center for Sustainable Building Research at the College of Design, and the Native American Community Development Institute to develop a vision for MAIC aimed at revitalizing the Center by creating opportunities for social, cultural and economic development. The approach will involve an interactive process of engaging the American Indian community and extended community to develop a vision and time frame that will guide future development of the Center.
o Mar 6: Community Meeting,
3:00 - 5:00 pm
o Mar 19: Community Meeting, 3:00 -5:00 pm      
o Mar 27: Community Meeting (NACDI), 8:00 - 9:15 am
o Apr 19: Community Meeting, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
o May 16: Community Meeting (MAIC Open House), 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

March 7, 14, 21, 28
Beading Circle
Join us for community, learning and laughter. Bring a project you are working on or start a new one. All levels of experience are welcome! Supplies are provided. Instructors: Charles Stately and Deanna Beaulieu. Thursdays in March from 6 pm to 8 pm. Metropolitan State University, Founders Hall Reception Area, 700 East Seventh Street, St. Paul, MN. This program is free and open to the public and sponsored by American Indian Student Services at Metropolitan State University and the MnSCU Office of Equity and Diversity. For more info or to RSVP: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-793-1367.

March 8 (deadline)
JOM Assoc. 2013 Student
Art Contest
Open to all students. Artwork must be no larger than 8 x 11. The artist should include an interpretation of 2013 Conference Theme in the artwork: "JOM....A RIVER OF MANY NATIONS." 1st Place $300; 2nd Place $200; Honorable Mention $100. Deadline:?March 8. For info, email James Monchamp at:? This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Clayton Long at:? This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 435-678-1251.  

March 9
Slow Food Feast
Slow Food Feast to benefit the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Come eat real food & drink, and enjoy an evening of good entertainment. On the Menu: Red Lake Walleye, seasoned purple potatoes, squash bisque, frybread and blueberry wojapi.Slow Food: an International movement which strives to provide traditional and regional cuisine, encourages farming of plants, seeds, and livestock characteristic of the local eco-system. Everything that fast food is not. 6 pm at the Historic Holmes Theater Ballroom, 806 Summit Avenue, Detroit Lakes, MN. Suggested donation $25 for single or $40 for couple. Buy tickets at 218-844-7469.

March 12
Metro State Open House
Metro State is having their open house on Tuesday, March 12th! If you, or someone you know, is thinking about starting or finishing college, come check out this event. You will have a chance to check out the campus, learn about programs, talk to an admissions counselor, and apply for FREE. For info, call Maggie Lorenz at 651-793-1367.

March 14
Leech Lake TC?Elders Paint &?Potluck
The Leech Lake Twin Cities Elder Program is holding a stress-relieving event at the Leech Lake Twin Cities Office. The office has a native nativity scene that needs to be painted. We are inviting elders to join staff to paint and enjoy a potluck lunch. Feel free to bring a nick-nack from home to paint if you wish. Bring a dish to share if you wish. 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Leech Lake Twin Cities Office (Conference Room), 1113 East Franklin Avenue, Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN.

March 15 (deadline)
Beginning Ojibwe/Dakota Scholarships
The U of M is accepting applications for Ojibwe and Dakota language class scholarships. Scholarships pay for one language course. If you apply for the Ojibwe scholarship you must indicate weather you want the scholarship for summer or for fall semester. The deadline is March 15. For more information on the Ojibwe classes and scholarship contact Andrea Fairbanks at 612) 626-5759 or: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it For more information on the Dakota classes and scholarship contact John Reynolds at 612-624-5052 or: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 16
Spirit of Our Music Concert
A benefit concert for FNCI. Jazz Musician & Poet Joy Harjo, Wade Fernandez, Leanne Goose, and Ringing Shield. Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College, 731 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis. Tickets: $37.50 - General Admission; $20 - Student Admission; $10 - Elder Admission (65 and over); $65 - VIP, includes reception with the artists at 6 pm. Tickets can be purchased at: Woodland Indian Crafts at 612-874-7766; Birchbark Books at 612-374-4023; Northland Visions at 612-872-0390; or at:

March 22
Environmental and Treaty Rights Symposium: Land Water Air
An environmental panel will discuss tribal sovereignty and treaty rights: fracking, drilling, mining, tar sands, the tar sands blockade and how these environmental threats impact the land water air. Jess Gordon, founder of Idle No More with Grand Elder Raymond Robinson, Cree Territory, Pimicikamk (Cross Lake) Cree Nation, Manitoba. Chairman Mike Wiggins Jr. Bad River; Phoebe Kebec, Bad River Legal Counsel; Robert DesJarlait, Protect our Manoomin; Gillette West of North Star Energy; Marty Cobenais, Indigenous Environmental Network; Kathryn Hoffman, Staff Attorney, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy; Terry Janis, Indian Land Tenure Foundation; Tar Sands Blockade; GLIFWC; Water Legacy; Reyna Crow, Northwoods Wolf Alliance. 9:00 am, Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave., Mpls.

March 22
MIWRC?Spring Feast
The MIWRC's annual Spring Feast will be held from 11:00 am  until gone. Free. Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN.

March 26
MayDay Parade Meetings
Planning has begun for the 2013 MayDay Parade & Festival and we need your input! Everyone is invited to one or both of our open brainstorming meetings. Bring your ideas, concerns, hopes and dreams about building a sustainable future. Tell your friends and neighbors! 7pm-9 pm. At 1500 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis.

March 27
Native American Cancer Support Group
Native American Cancer Support Group for Patients & Survivors at East Phillips Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave. S, Minneapolis. From 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Support Groups will be held last Wednesday of each month. For more information, contact: Joy Rivera 612 202-0588 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 30
U of MN Spring Powwow
The American Indian Student Cultural Center presents the U of MN Spring Powwow. Emcee: Justin Huenemann. Arena Director: Larry Yazzie. Host Drum: Meskwaki Nation. Invited Drums: Hoka Hey and Thunderclaw. First 3 registered drums receive honorariums. Head Woman Dancer: Jessica Harjo. Head Man Dancer: Russell Harj. Grand Entries: 1 pm & 7 pm. Feast: 5 pm. U of M Spring Powwow, The Great Hall, Coffman Union, U?of MN. Contact and vendor info: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-624-0243.

April 14-16
2013 National Johnson-O'Malley Conference
The National Johnson-O'Malley Association Conference is a great opportunity to share ideas for program strategies, increase professional knowledge and skills, and to promote the highest level of educational expectations for Native American students and tribal communities. It will be held at the Airport Bloomington Marriot Hotel, in Minneapolis, MN. See website information: 2013_Conference.html 

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