What's New In the Community: December 2013


Anpetu Was’te Cultural Arts Market Set

to open next summer

By Rebekah Peterson

TC Daily Planet

Next summer, a new marketplace will

open on Franklin Avenue and will bring art, food, and music to a very

unlikely location – the median between Cedar Avenue and South 17th


The project is the result of a

$435,000 ArtPlace grant and the work of the Native American Community

Development Institute. NACDI Vice President Andy Hestness explained

at a recent project unveiling that the Anpetu Was’te Cultural Arts

Market is designed to bring the Ventura Village and Seward

neighborhoods together and create a pedestrian-friendly roadway,

something that the presence of a light rail station has not been able

to do on its own. “People originally thought that plopping the

light rail here would create a new paradigm. We’ve been waiting for

years for this to happen, and it never did. We finally decided that

we were going to do it ourselves, since no one was going to do it for


Jay Bad Heart Bull, NACDI president,

explained that for the light rail to be strong and successful, there

needs to be a strong pedestrian presence. He noted, “[The

Marketplace] will bring life to the street. It’s really going to

change the face of the avenue and bring life to the station.”

The Marketplace will feature a stage

for performances and theater and a space for vendor tents and food


Throughout the Market, the work of

Native American artists and writers will be represented, and, as

local poet Jim Oliver Smith said, “It will bring the Native

presence to the street.”

Poetry by four local writers and

four nationally-known writers will be featured throughout the space.

The work of artist Francis Yellow will welcome visitors from Seward

as they go under the underpass. Yellow explained at the project

unveiling that his artwork for this project was heavily influenced by

his ancestry. He said, “The Lakota welcomed the Ojibwe to this

land. My inspiration is the generosity of my ancestors, the friendly

people.” One of his pieces depicts trading in keel boats. Another

piece shares a Lakota saying, “Welcome all to the land of the

friendly people.”

Construction has begun on the median

in preparation for the Marketplace, and NACDI is planning on opening

the space in mid-July. However, this open date is dependent on the

ability to complete construction this spring.

More information on the project is

available in a previous article, New Cultural Arts Market Planned for




Little Earth Receives Grant for Skill

Tech Youth Development Program

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Little Earth

Boys and Girls Club Extension was awarded a $15,000 grant from the

Comcast Foundation to support its Skill Tech program. The digital

arts program re-introduces culture to participants through technology

and provides relevant, fundamental skills and a creative outlet for


Little Earth will use the funding to purchase supplies for

its digital arts training program, including computers, digital

cameras, video equipment and robotics kits. The materials will be

used in weekly photography, video and robotics classes and


Since Comcast started supporting the Little Earth Boys and

Girls Club Extension in 2012, the company awarded $30,000 of grant

money to the Skill Tech program. Comcast also supported Little

Earth’s attendance at the 2013 Boys & Girls Club Indian Country

Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Northwest Indian OIC Unveils New

Cultural Training

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Northwest Indian OIC

is announces Anishinaabe World View, a newly-accredited training in

Cultural Competency. The training is a result of many gatherings of

elders, teachers, critical thinkers and traditional Anishinaabe and

the voices of our members, who share their experiences and their

recommendations to make our communities, Native and non-Native,

healthier, safer and culturally-enriched places.

This course will give a general

understanding of the Anishinaabe. It will give learners a historical

framework from which to understand and articulate the Native

experience today. The outcome will be a sense of identity in the

Native learner and increased understanding for the non-Native


Participants can receive Continuing

Education Units (CEU) or three college credits from Northwest

Technical College and Bemidji State University, as well as a

certificate of completion. Registration fees for this training, as

with all our trainings, are used to support the ongoing services of

Northwest Indian OIC, a Native American-controlled community based

nonprofit organization. www.nwioic.org.