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August 2012 COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Friday, August 24 2012
 
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Aug. 3
Benefit for Frannie Fairbanks
Frannie was hospitalized with a stroke on May 5 and is currently in rehabilitation. She has been the Executive Director of the Minneapolis American Indian Center for 37 years. From noon to 3 pm the Minneapolis American Indian Center will serve Red Lake Wallye. $10 meal ticket or $5.00 without meal. Raffle drawings and music provided by Kenny D and The Taildragers. For info, call Mary at 612-879-1750.

Aug. 3 - Sept. 28
DED U?K'U?PI-WE ARE HERE
Featured Artists: Joe Allen, Angela Babby, Karen Beaver, Todd Bordeaux, Julie Buffalohead, Avis Charley, Gordon Coons, Jim Denomie, Michael Elizondo Jr., Evans Flammond, Charles Her Many Horses, Dakota Hoska, Henry Payer, Charles Rencountre, James Star Comes Out, Maggie Thompson, Jodi Webster, Gwen Westerman, Dwayne Wilcox, Bobby Wilson. The opening reception will take place on August 3 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served. Free and open to the public. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 East Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN. Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11-6, Sat. 11-3.
August 2012 POWWOW CALENDAR:
Friday, August 24 2012
 
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Aug. 4 - 5
34th Annual Honoring Sobriety Powwow
Mash Ka Wisen Treament Center, Sawyer, MN. Traditional Powwow. FMI: 218-879-6731

Aug. 17 - 19
SMSC Wacip
SMSC Powwow Grounds, Dakotah Parkway, Shakopee, MN. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Wacipi is a competit≠ion powwow drawing the best dancers from all over the country. Held outdoors in a traditional dance arena, the Powwow will feature Native American vendors with arts, crafts, beadwork, jewelry, quillwork, and Native American foods for sale, including frybread, wojapi (berry pudding), wild rice, hominy soup, buffalo burgers, Indian tacos, and much more. Grand Entries will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Competition powwow with thousands in price money. Moccasin games, Feast. Fireworks. FMI: www.shakopeedakota.org or facebook.com/shakopeepowwow
It ainít easy being indian
Friday, August 24 2012
 
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While I was driving to the Risky Raccoon Kasino, being ever hopeful (read: easy to fleece) for a benevolent slot machine, I noticed I was being followed by the Fuzz.† A city squad car kept pace right behind me being all Darth Vader-y menacing.
I knew I hadnít committed any traffic violations so by the time the cop pulled me over I was sure he was racial-profiling. I squiggled out of my car; Iím still wearing a brace on my broken arm, and in high dudgeon approached the offending officer who was sitting in his squad. I got hollered at for not staying in my car and quickly re-inserted myself into my vehicle for fear of getting cuffed up.
So the policeman stuck his big ole head in my window. He scared me! But I didnít let on and took the offensive by asking him why he stopped me? Of course, I assumed it was cuz I drive an older model car with Rez plates that say ďRiceyĒ. First the copper berated me for not staying inside the car. Huh? I didnít know that was procedure, and said, ďWell, Iíve never been stopped before! ď
I have a perfect driving record and I told him that too. He told me in a stern, authoritative tone that I was pulled over for a broken windshield, a pair of fuzzy stuffed pink dice hanging from the rear view mirror and not wearing a seatbelt. Yikes! I repeated that I had never been stopped ever, ever, ever! This I said in a very soft, hurt, bewildered voice and I struggled to arrange my features to be as puzzled puppy-like innocent as I could muster. It wasnít easy.

Sam English's Big Dream
Monday, July 30 2012
 
Written by story by Jamie Keith o Photos by William hart,
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covers_story_sam_english_1.jpgSam English (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa), a renowned Native American painter and activist based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is at the forefront of a movement to create the National Native American Healing Center Through the Performing Arts. English envisions the Center providing spaces for art workshops and studios in areas such as writing, dancing, sculpting, and wood-carving. He also sees the Center as the potential drop-in facility for people on the path to sobriety, a coffee shop and restaurant, and a green house.
In a concept paper for the Center written by Elizabeth Belcourt, a social work professional, the center is described as "an organization that will promote healing with integrity and [a] culture based approach utilizing the art form of Native American people." This goal will be realized by using art to "identify who we are as Indian people and address the historical trauma that has taken place throughout the centuries, and is current in our daily lives."
"Nothing's excluded from this movement," said English. "We need to have some choices about living life like everyone else has."
The Center was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2002, but securing funding and identifying a location are still in the early planning stages. Ideally, English would like to see the Center based in Albuquerque or somewhere in the Midwest. Kathy Samson (Manitoba Metis Federation/Ojibwe/Opasquiak Cree), is English's artist agent and foresees the Center eventually growing to encompass multiple sites nationwide. In order to fund the site initially, English plans on selling 65 original paintings he created for Native American programs and conferences in the thirty-some years he has been a practicing artist. English as donated the use of many of his images to Native organizations over the years, including local organizations like Mending the Sacred Hoop Technical Assistance Project in Duluth; Minnesota Department of Health's Leech Lake Youth Division in Leech Lake; and the Great Lake Inter-tribal Council in Lac du Flambeau, WI.
NACDI will lead design/construction of Anpetu Was'te Cultural Arts Market
Monday, July 30 2012
 
Written by Jamie Keith,
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The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) was one of four Twin Cities organizations that was awarded an ArtPlace grant for "creative place-making" initiatives in early June. NACDI will receive $435,000 to lead the design and construction of Anpetu Was'te Cultural Arts Market, a plaza surrounding the Franklin Avenue Light Rail Station that will include permanent art installations and spaces for local vendors.
"The grant is really promoting the idea of creativity, innovation, and catalyzing change," said Andrew Hestness, Interim President and CEO of NACDI, who has been the lead on the Anpetu Was'te Cultural Arts Market project.
The inspiration behind the Anpetu Was'te (which means "Good Day" or "Welcome" in Lakota/Dakota) Cultural Arts Market came from NACDI's participation on an urban planning advisory board with the City of Minneapolis. The board looked at possible city planning improvements along the light rail and the American Indian Cultural Corridor on Franklin Avenue. Although some enhancements were made to the pedestrian environment along the Corridor, NACDI employees didn't think the changes were as significant as they needed to be.
"Frankly, when that process came out, we just didn't feel like what they were doing was enough," said Hestness. "It gave us a lot of energy around trying to identify what's the next step for that area and how we could move that forward."
Whats new in the community
Monday, July 30 2012
 
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whats_new_adam_beach_at_powwow.jpgMeeting Actor Adam Beach
(By Rachel Peirce) In June actor Adam Beach (Aboriginal Saulteaux tribe of Canada) made an impromptu appearance at the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe's 21st Annual Hinckley Competition Powwow. The contest powwow was held from June 15 through June 17 at the Grand Casino Hinckley powwow grounds.
On Friday evening people excitely gathered around the arrival of Beach, who has appeared in Smoke Signals, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Ladies began to scream and the audience cheered loudly until Beach borrowed the microphone from the M.C. to tell his fans that regrettably he was not single and had brought his girlfriend with him (actress Leah Gibson).
I was lucky to get a moment of Beach's time. I had my almost two-year old baby, daughter in my arms. I was honored that Beach made a cameo appearance at Hinckley, and hundreds of other American Indian women that day were too.
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