COMMUNITY CALENDAR March 2013
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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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
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:
All applications are due March 4.
March 4 (deadline)
Title VII Parent Committee Nominations
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: www.mpls.k12.mn.us. Or contact Deanna
Or fax nominations forms to 612-668-0615. Minneapolis Public Schools,
1250 West Broadway Avenue, Mpls.
10th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference
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: www.welrp.org
Or call 218-375-2600. Conference lodging available
at Maplelag Resort: 1-800-654-7711 or www.maplelag.com.
March 6, 19, 27
MAIC Revitalization Meetings
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
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:
March 8 (deadline)
JOM Assoc. 2013 Student
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
, or Clayton Long at:?
Slow Food Feast
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.
Metro State Open House
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.
Leech Lake TC?Elders Paint &?Potluck
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
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:
information on the Dakota classes and scholarship contact John Reynolds
at 612-624-5052 or:
Spirit of Our Music Concert
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: www.fnci.org.
Environmental and Treaty Rights Symposium: Land Water Air
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.
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.,
MayDay Parade Meetings
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.
Native American Cancer Support Group
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
U of MN Spring Powwow
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:
2013 National Johnson-O'Malley Conference
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: www.njoma.com/NJOMA_ 2013_Conference.html