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Language Classes

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: brow0857@umn.edu.  

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: ruel0003@umn.edu, or Lucia Bonacci at: bona0034@umn.edu 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.

Support Groups

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 Group

• 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: bolson431@msn.com.

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. 

Songidee Bimadiziwin

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

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.

Recovery Maintenance

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: Deatrick LaPointe at 612-722-8722 x 340, 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

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

Other Resources

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 to a 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: kohlm2003@yahoo.com. 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

Diabetes Breakfast

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.

Elder Services

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.

Homelessness Resource

Center Website

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 volunteer@themlc.org 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: nasbsh@gmail.com. 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.

Volunteer Recovery

Coaches Needed

The Recovery Maintenance Service is a sobriety maintenance program for Native American people who have completed chemical dependency treatment and who seek ongoing, culturally-based support. Includes cultural teachings in its weekly support and educational groups. Cultural events, healing ceremonies, and one-on-one mentorship through “Recovery Coaches” are available to RMSP participants. Looking for responsible, committed adult volunteers who have been through recovery, maintained sobriety for at least one year, and are willing to dedicate 6-10 hours per month to coaching another in their sobriety. FREE TRAINING. Attend weekly educational, cultural, support circles on Weds. from 5:30-7:30 pm. Negotiate your own availability with individual recovery participants. Division of Indian Work,1001 E. Lake St. Minneapolis. Contact: Deatrick LaPointe at 612-722-8722, x 340, or Natosha White at 612-722-8722, x 392.

Models Needed

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.