Community Calendar April

April 4
The Practice of Indian Law and the Politics of Identity
William Mitchell College of Law is hosting an Indian Law Panel Discussion and Reception. The Practice of Indian Law and the Politics of Identity is a panel discussion with Judge Robert Blaeser, Wilda Wahpepah, Joseph Halloran, and Mark Jarboe. Join us for an hour of thought-provoking discussion at 5 pm. Reception and appetizers to follow at 6 pm. William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue St. Paul, MN.Parking will be available in the William Mitchell lot. For more info, contact James Hull at:

April 4 – June 5
Art Exhibit: Original Green
The art exhibit Original Green has been expanded and will be showing thru June 5. Native artists include: Joseph Allen, Carolyn Anderson, Gordon Coons, Mona Smith and Gwen Westerman. Reception and artists talk: May 13. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. Gallery hours: M-Fri: 11 am – 6 pm. Visiting Artists: Sat.& Sun. 11 am – 3 pm. For more info, email:, or see website:

April 5-7
Crimes Against Children in Indian Country
Conference on successful approaches to combat serious issues that affect Native youth. For tribal and non-tribal service practitioners to address the challenges when working with youth in Indian Country. Conference training sessions will benefit: Law enforcement personnel, Crime victim advocates and service providers, Judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and court personnel, Employee assistance, community service providers, and social workers, School counselors, teachers, principals and superintendents, Child protection advocates and service providers, Probation/parole, correctional officers, sex offender monitors, and re-entry staff, Youth program coordinators, service organization staff, and peer counselors. Conference fee is $225: includes 2? days of training, program materials, instructional costs, and refreshment breaks. Held at Black Bear Casino Resort, 1785 Highway 210, Carlton, MN. 888-771-0777. For info/registration, see:?

April 5-May 27
Douglas K. Limon
Ojibwe artist Douglas Limon will have his work on display at the The Penny George Institute for Health & Healing. Reception on Friday, April 8, 6 -8 pm at the George Institute Clinic, 2833 Chicago Av. S., Mpls. Exhibit open for viewing at The Penny George Institute for Health & Healing. Mon -Thur from 8 am to 8 pm, and Fridays from 8 am to 4 pm. For more info, call 612-863-3333.

Thru April 15
Raffle to raise funds for the "Wiconi Wakan-Sacred Life Project of Minneapolis"
Wiconi Wakan (Sacred Life) Project is new nonprofit organization based in the Twin Cities which provide services in the area of substance abuse and mental health for children, youth and families with the traditional healing component. The project is doing a raffle to raise funds for the 501c3 certificate. The raffle will be held from March 5 – April 15. The drawing will be held at IHB at noon on April 15. We will contact you if you are a winner. The items in the raffle are: 1.) Star Quilt 2.) Women's, black, traditional dress with shells 3.) Blanket with a buffalo skull. 4.) Beaded bracelet with barrette. Cost of raffle tickets: $1/1 ticket, $5/6 tickets, $10/12 tickets, $20/24 tickets. For Raffle tickets contact Neil Dakota at 612-227-2678, Richard Wright at 612-721-9868, Dr. Darlene Wilcox at 928-245-0079, or you can email:

April 4-7
NACC's Weight Loss Challenge
Grand Prize: $500 to the participant who loses the greatest % of body weight. Winner will be announced June 30th. Duration of challenge: 3 months (April 7 -June 29). Weigh-In week: April 4th-7th. Buy-In Fee: $1.00. Money and initial weight is due by April 7. Resources available to participants: Free nutrition counseling and weight loss goal setting; NACC Walking group; Running Wolf Fitness Center (New location opening May 2011); Living in Balance Class for participants living with a chronic condition; Diabetes BASICS Class for participants with diabetes. For more info contact: Shannon Fahey at 612-872-8086, ext 112, or:

April 7-10
Native American and Hmong Indigenous Ed. Symposium
The symposium seeks to be a resource for educators and gives participants the opportunity to meet Native and Hmong elders and educators, build relationships, provide a solid resource base to learn about Native and Hmong cultures, contemporary and historical issues, sovereignty, Indigenous educational practices, identify bias, privilege and stereotypes and authenticate resources to infuse a more meaningful and inclusive curriculum within a context of critical multicultural pedagogy to address problems in education and current issues. If you have any questions regarding the conference or distribution please contact Matthew Stewart at Widening the Circle at 608-498-9903‚ or:? Or visit:

April 8
Gallery exhibit: Waabange/ Witness
The Mcknight Foundation's lobby gallery will exhibit Waabange /Witness. Curated by Heid Erdrich, the exhibition presents paintings, prints, and sculpture by six Minnesota Ojibwe artists: Frank Big Bear, Andrea Carlson, Jim Denomie, Jonathan Thunder, Star Wallowing Bull, and Laura Youngbird. Reception is on Friday, April 8, 5:00-7:00 pm. Please RSVP at The McKnight Foundation, 710 South Second Street, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call 612-333-4220 or see:?

April 9 & 23
Leech Lake General Elections
The Leech Lake General Election Board office will be open for absentee voting on Saturday, April 9, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more info, call Carol at 218-335-7223. Leech Lake General Election Board Office, 1150 6th St. NW, Cass Lake, MN.

April 9, 16, 30
MAO Free Family Flicks
The Mall of America Movie Theater offers free movies for the family every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. The entire family can enjoy select movies for FREE every Saturday. First-come, first-served as seating is limited to the theatre capacity. For more info, see:
April 9: The Karate Kid
April 16: Monster House
April 30: Open Season
May 7: Open Season 2

April 11
Lowertown Reading Jam
Anishinabe and Lakota Poets Marisa Carr, Sharon Day, and Marcie Rendon will read from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Black Dog Cafe, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul.

April 13
Native American Service Providers and Youth Training
"Working with Native American Youth and Families: A Panel of Native American Service Providers and Youth". Topics Covered: A panel of service providers and youth participants from the Native American community will provide a topical presentation on working with American Indian Youth and Families. Topics the panel will present include an urban history of American Indian peoples, staff and youth experiences within culturally specific programming, the relevance of culturally-specific programming. The panel will also discuss how service providers can strengthen their approaches to better meet the needs of the Native community. The objective of this training is to provide non-native service providers with a deeper understanding of challenges this community faces and provide the necessary tools to offer effective service approaches working with the Native community. Training Cost is $30 (limited scholarships available contact Matt Lasure 612-252-2724) Cost includes training materials, snacks and beverages. Held from 1:30 pm- 4:30 pm at Division of Indian Work, 1001 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN. Contact Tanika Cannedy to register in advance at 612 252-2735 or by e-mail at: tanika.can

April 13
American Indian Cultural House film series
The film Way of the Warrior will be shown at 6 p.m, and explores the warrior ethic among Native Americans and reveals how Native communities have traditionally viewed their warriors; and why, during the 20th century, Native men and women have signed up for military service at a rate three times higher than non-Indians. Films are at the Bell Auditorium and are free and open to the public. Light refreshments served at 5:30 p.m. For info, visit
aich/film/. For info, contact Jillian Rowan at: or 612-624-0564; or Preston Smith at: or 612-625-0552.

April 13
Augsburg Native
American Film Series
The Augsburg Native American Film Series and the American Culture & Difference Program at the University of St. Thomas Present "NDN Shorts: Native American Film Series" hosted by Elizabeth Day. This evening of films follows a nouveau comedy theme and will highlight the short films: "Smoke Break", Director Sally Kewayosh; "Cousins", Director Sally Kewayosh; "Other Halves", Director Migizi Pensoneau; and "Scared Talk", Director Migizi Pensoneau and Dallas Goldtooth. Screening will take place at John Roach Center Auditorium (JRC 126), University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul. Free admission. 6:30-8 p.m. For more info, contact Lois Dament at: or call 651-962-5649.­

April 15
High School Education
First Powwow
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Johnson High School,1349 Arcade Street, St. Paul, MN. Admission is $2. Youth under 8 and Elders are free. Feast at 5 pm. Grand Entry at 6 pm. Host: Oyate Tokeya. MC: Jerry Dearly. Arena Director: Norman Benson. Head Dancers: Trina Fasthorse and Colton Labatte. Vendors, blanket dance and donation drive for St. Paul Indian Education. First 4 registered drums paid. For info, email:

April 15
MIWRC Spring Feast
MIWRC?will hold its annual spring feast starting at 11:30 a.m. until food is gone. Free. MIWRC, 2300 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis.

April 17
Ginew/Golden Eagle Lacrosse Clinic & Health Fair
The Ginew/Golden Eagle Lacrosse Clinic & Health Fair will take place from noon to 3 p.m. It is free and open to the community. A free meal will be provided. A lacrosse clinic will be put on by Homegrown Lacrosse, and informational booths by Phillips Neighborhood Clinic & Indian Health Board. Funded by the Delta Dental Serve A Smile Grant. MAIC, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For more info, call Shane Thompson at 612-879-1778.

April 17
LaDuke will speak at Thinking for the Seventh Generation
Thinking for the Seventh Generation: Economics, Sustainable Communities, and Our Common Future. Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowed activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. She has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. LaDuke will discuss indigenous thinking and the promise of sustainable communities, addressing concepts of deconstructing empire thinking and the present realities of peak oil and climate change. LaDuke will present at both the 9 am and 11 am services at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, 328 Maple St, Mahtomedi, MN. For more info, contact Rev. Victoria Safford at 651-426-2369 or:

April 21 (deadline)
Native Chat Youth Film Festival entries
Youth film makers 7th – 12th grade are eligible. There is no entry fee. The submitted films will be an opportunity for Native youth to share their perspective on important issues: HIV/ AIDS, culture & health, and alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. To be eligible films must have been created after April 1st, 2010. Films must be between 2 and 13 minutes in length. CASH PRIZES!!! Final deadline: April 21st. For more information see: or call Native CHAT at 612-722-5670. Submit entries on-line at:

April 27
Women's Health Day Event
Are you Native American, over age 40 and need a mammogram and/or pap smear? Please join us at the Indian Health Board at 1315 E. 24th St. in Minneapolis. We will be offering free breast and cervical health education, mammogram and pap tests, food and door prizes. To schedule your appointment call Carol Hernandez at 612-721-9881.

April 28 – 29
MIWSAC Conference
The Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition's 5th Annual Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers: Returning to Our Traditions to End Sexual Violence Conference will be held from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm both days. A traditional pow-wow will be held on April 28 from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Honor Song for Survivors of domestic & sexual violence. Community Quilt to honor survivors will be created during the conference and gifted to the Fond du Lac Nation. Conference limited scholarships available. Conference fee: $50. Vendor tables: $100 (vendor Table fee includes meals, breaks, coffee). Held at Black Bear Casino, Carlton, MN. Register online: FMI: Cristine Davidson at 651-646-4800 or 1-877-995-4800 or

April 28
Celebration of American Indian Culture and Identity
MN State University, Mankato Institutional Diversity American Indian Affairs Presents; A Celebration of American Indian Culture and Identity featuring actor & activist Chaske Spencer (Twilight Saga: New Moon & Eclipse) "Shift the Power to the People". 6-9pm. In addition "Original Green" Contemporary American Indian Art Exhibit, and American Indian Dancing and Drumming. Tickets: MSU Students-$1. Available at Morris Hall, 265 or CSU 243. Non-MSU Students-$6. Available at both Mankato Cub Foods locations. General Admission Doors Open at 6:00 p.m. Chaske Spencer speaks at 7:30 p.m. MN State University,

April 29
American Indian Month Kickoff
The 2011 MN American Indian Month Kickoff Parade and Celebration begins at 9:30 am at Cedar Field, Little Earth of United Tribes, Minneapolis, MN. Please join us for the Parade of Nations and show your pride wearing regalia, ribbon shirts and shawls. Community-based organizations and groups are encouraged to carry banners, puppets, etc. and walk in the parade from Little Earth of United Tribes to the Minneapolis American Indian Center. We are still in need of community sponsors for this year's kickoff, those interested please contact Daniel Yang. All organizations, groups, eagle staff carriers, honor guards interested in participating or creating a float for the parade contact Daniel Yang, 612-235-4969 or:

April 29
Play: Coyote City
New Native Theatre presents another in its Well Red play reading series, "Coyote City" by Daniel David Moses. Lena, at home in the bush, gets a call from Johnny who asks her to come to him in the city, there's only one problem: Johnny has been dead for six months. The play is free and open to the public. Starts at 7 pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, in the Two Rivers Art Gallery, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. For more info, see:?

April 29
Native American Outreach and Pot Luck Dinner
Theme: "American Indian Spirituality". This gathering is to provide an opportunity for members of the Native community and the mainstream community to meet in an informal gathering. To help dispel some common misconceptions held by both communities toward each other, by casual conversation. To educate members of both communities about topics of shared interest. Open and free to the public. If you are able, bring some food. Held from 6 pm to 8 pm at Linden Hills Community Center, 43rd St. and Xerxes Ave. S., Mpls. For more info contact: Mike Forcia at Wolves Den or Dick Masur at 612 920 8226.

Ends May 4
Growing Hom

e: Ending Youth Homelessness Art Exhibit
Growing Home: Ending Youth Homelessness is an art exhibit about youth Homelessness in The Twin Cities. It features celebrated Minnesota photographer Wing Young Huie; Cathy Ten Broeke, a dedicated photographer who also leads Heading Home Hennepin, the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County's 10-year plan to end homelessness by 2016; and photography by teens who have experienced homelessness, created in collaboration with artists at Kulture Klub Collaborative, a nonprofit arts organization that brings together artists and homeless teens at YouthLink/Project Off-Streets, a crisis drop-in center located in downtown Minneapolis. The Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Ave S., Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call 612-879-5335 or see:

May 21 (event)
Native Youth Film
call for entries
On May 21 the Indigenous Peoples Task Force and Native CHAT are hosting a Native youth film festival. First time filmmakers are encouraged to submit an entry. There are 3 film categories: 1) HIV/AIDS; 2) Health & Culture; and 3) Alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. There will be a 2 day film making workshop in March. For more information or when the deadline is, call Leslie, Kyle, or Brenna at 612-722-5670 or e-mail:

May 31 (deadline)
The Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards
Community Spirit Awards are national fellowship awards for established artists who have demonstrated substantial contributions to their community through their careers as artists. In the spirit of giving First Peoples Fund will provide awards of $5,000 to American Indian artists who exemplify their traditional cultural values and way of life through the sharing of their creative talents and skills with others in the community. Nominations must be submitted by May 31. For info, see: