Community Calendar April 2018


Thru April 20
Bring Her Home: Daughters of Turtle Island
The exhibition “Bring Her Home: Daughters of Turtle Island” will be on view at the All My Relations Gallery. Featuring original work by 18 indigenous artists from across the United States and many tribal nations, Bring Her Home highlights the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. Featured artists include Shan Goshorn, Luzene Hill, Laura Youngbird, Kayeri Akweks, Hillary Kempenich, Chholing Taha, Cara Romero, and more. Free and open to public. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, see:

Thru April 22
Renewing What They Gave Us
“Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence,” is an exhibit of original beadwork, birch bark and textile artwork by five Indian artists with the MNHS artifacts that inspired them. The artists include Jessica Gokey, Pat Kruse, Denise Lajimodiere, Gwen Westerman and Holly Young. For info, see:

Thru April 26
Keeping Our Children Sacred
Bringing together individuals and families that are caring for the children of others through kinship or foster care placement. Borrowing from the teachings of Gifts of the Sacred Circle and Gete-Anishinabe Miikana, this group embraces the traditions of preserving family and cultural ties and supporting caregivers. Meetings are every Thursday for 12 weeks. 4:30pm is smudge and snack, 5-7 pm is the lesson. MIWRC, 2300 15th Ave S (Rm 118), Mpls. For info, contact Gary at 612-276-1503 or email gsmith@

Thru April 27
The REDress and Monumental Quilt Projects
The Monumental Quilt is a project by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. These quilts are an on-going collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse, where stories are written, stitched and painted onto red fabric and are displayed in city and town centers to create and demand public space to heal. The REDress Project was started by Metis artist Jamie Black and serves as a reminder of the missing murdered Indigenous Women (#MMIW), and has become a community driven movement where people are encouraged to interpret and hang Red Dresses in public spaces. Two Rivers Gallery will be accepting Red Dress and fabric donations throughout the duration of the exhibit in hopes to build each of the projects and to make the Red Dresses available for future exhibitions. Exhibit reception: April 6, 6-8pm For info, contact Maggie at cthompson@ or Linda at

April 3-30
Ginew/Golden Eagle After School Youth Program
The Minneapolis American Indian Center’s Ginew/Golden Eagle After School Youth Program is an after school prevention program. We provide transportation, a meal, culture life skills, arts and crafts and physical education activities and fieldtrips. We have a Tobacco Free Youth group promoting the sacred use of tobacco verses the abuse of commercial tobacco in our community. We also will work with youth involved in the juvenile justice system and help with advocacy and resources. Monday and Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm. Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm. Free. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, call 612-879-1708 or see

April 5-26
Language Tables
All our language tables are free and open to the community. Intro to Ojibwe Language: Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 5pm – 7pm. Intro to Dakota Language: Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 5 – 7pm. Intermediate Ojibwe Language: Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 5 – 7pm. Intro to Dakota Language: Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 5 – 7pm. Intro to Ojibwe Language: Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 5 – 7pm. Dakota Language: Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 5 – 7pm. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact: or

April 5, 12, 26
Our Children Are Sacred
Women only AA Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Open to any format, participants choose Big Book readings, Daily Meditations, or open discussion. 6-7pm. Free. No child care available. Recovery Church, 253 State St, St Paul. For info, contact Betty Moore at 612-387-4463.

April 6
Natives Against Violence: The Experience
Native Against Violence: The Experience is a community gathering hosted by the BUILD Youth Leaders of the American Indian OIC. We are hosting this event to bring further awareness to how violence has and is affecting our community, as well as to promote access to resources that enable healthier lifestyles,and lifestyle choices. 1-4pm. Free. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact Samantha Fairbanks at 612-341-3358, ext. 112 or Samanthaf

April 7 – May 3
Mayday Workshops
Help build the puppets for the MayDay Parade. Community workshops to build MayDay parade puppets will be held in April. MayDay Build Workshops are held: Every Tuesday from 7-9pm; Every Thursday from 7-9pm; and Every Saturday from 9-11am and 1-3pm. Workshops are funded by free will donations and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring recycled items to the build (if you can). Check out our Materials Wish List for specific needs. In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, The Avalon Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Mpls. For info, see

April 9
ADY Foster Care Recruitment Session
Ain Dah Yung Center in partnership with Ramsey County is holding their next foster care recruitment session April 9th from 5:30-7pm. This is an opportunity for anyone who is interested but is overwhelmed on where to start. We will have someone from Ramsey County who can answer questions about the licensing process. An Ain Dah Yung Center’s Nokomis Circle Liaison who has been through the process as a foster youth and can share her experiences and the importance of having a culturally relevant home will be there. We welcome everyone to join us and ask questions regarding the process and can refer you in the right direction as you pursue your next steps into the foster parent world. Ain Dah Yung Center, 1089 Portland Ave, St. Paul. For info, contact Jasmine Grika at 651-227-4184, ext. 16 or jasmine.grika@

April 9 (deadline)
Parent Committee Members Needed
Are you, or do you know, someone who would be an incredible parent committee member? Nominations are being accepted. Nominees must: Be a parent or legal guardian of an MPS student; Be an MPS high school student in good academic standing or; Be an MPS employee. Send nominations to Christine Wilson at Christine.Wilson@ For info, call 612-668-0108.

April 9, 16, 23, 30
Medicine Wheel AA Meeting
This is a one hour open AA meeting. We follow the 12 steps and 12 tradition teachings from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. We follow the months January Step 1 and Tradition 1. Mondays from 6-7pm. Free. No child care available. Gitchitwaa Kateri, 3045 Park Ave S, Mpls. For info, contact Betty Moore at 612-387-4463 or Chris at 612-874-7606.

April 11
Augsburg Native American Film Series
Celebrating Native Voices: Short fiction and documentary films by Native American filmmakers. We will be screening a short films ranging from silent mystery to poetic documentary, all of which are family and youth friendly. Join us for films and conversations with the filmmakers/producers–Kalvin Hartwig (Anishinaabe) and his creative, international Indigenous team: Marie-Celine Einish, Janene Yazzi (Dine), Andrea Landry (Anishinaabe), Manuel Ibanez (Quechua), Pamela J. Peters, Sarah Del Seronde, and Isaac Trimble and Team RedFawn. 3:30-5:30pm. Free and open to the public. University of St. Thomas, O’Shaughnessy, Educational Center Auditorium (located on Cleveland Ave and Portland Ave), 2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul. For info, see:

April 11
MAICC Networking Event
Join the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce for a fun evening of networking. The MAICC has elected new Board members and Officers. Come meet, greet and mingle. We hope you can join us for food and fun.  5 – 7pm. Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce, 1308 E Franklin Ave, Suite 203, Mpls. For info, call 612-877-2117.

April 11
A Conversation with Brad Kahlhamer
New York-based artist Brad Kahlhamer will be joined by the M ‘s Curator Christopher Atkins for a conversation about Kahlhamer’s work – from painting to sculpture and his ongoing series of sketchbooks. Get a glimpse of his varied body of work, and hear more about this genre-defying artist’s take on the complicated mix of ancestral cultural narratives, personal affinities, and professional experiences that have fueled his creative vision. 7-8:30pm. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st St, Mpls. For info, contact 612-377-4669 or

April 11-17, 21
Phillips Aquatics Center Opening
The Phillips Aquatics Center opens to the public on April 21st, with an Open House Week from April 11th -17th. Open House Week offers everyone a chance to tour the facility, which is the first of its kind in the Minneapolis park system. Located inside the Phillips Community Center, the pool offers year-round indoor swimming and a range of programs that serve everyone from seasoned swimmers to people of all ages who are brand-new to pools. Program highlights include water aerobics, open swim for families, water fitness for seniors, dedicated swim times for a range of groups and more. Facility features include: Welcome desk; New and updated locker rooms; Renovated six-lane pool that can accommodate swim competitions and features a spectator area; New four-lane pool geared to swim instruction, with four lanes and zero-depth accessibility; and Community meeting room. Open House Week will offer: tour of the pools; Talks with MPRB staff about swim instruction, lap swim, family swim and more; register for programs that fit your needs; Admission options and monthly and seasonal passes; New meeting room, fitness center and teen center. Phillips Community Center, 2323 11th Ave S, Mpls. For info, see:, or call 612-370-4946.
• April 11-13: Tour, 4:30 – 7:30pm
• April 14: Tour, 1 – 4pm
• April 16-17: Tour, 4:30 – 7:30pm
• April 21: Grand Opening Celebration – 11:30am. A ceremonial community splash officially opens the pool at 1pm.

April 13, 28
Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian
This documentary follows Kate Beane (Dakota) as she examines the extraordinary life of her celebrated relative, Ohiyesa/Charles Eastman. Biography and journey come together as Kate traces Eastman’s path—from a traditional Dakota boyhood through education at Dartmouth College, and in later roles as physician, author, lecturer and Native American advocate. Part of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St NE, Mpls. For info, see: ttp://
• April 13: 4:20pm
• April 28: 1:30pm

April 13
Short Film: Mud
Ruby faces the inescapable remnants of alcoholism, family, and culture. Short film, part of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. 7pm. St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St NE, Mpls. For info, see: ttp://

April 14
Hiawatha Academy Resource Fair
Hiawatha Academies will host two resource fairs. Organizations providing services in child care, language classes, food support, and health care will be there to share their services. Enjoy delicious food, arts and crafts activities, and connect with organizations. The fair will be held from 11am to 1pm. 1611 E.16th St, Mpls. For info, call 650-576-9970.

April 14
March for Science
Join us at the state capitol as we come together to demand accountability from policymakers and look toward making a difference for science in the coming election. We will be hosting a rally, holding activities to engage families, educate the public, and raise awareness of our needs to lawmakers. Learn about our initiatives, meet with lawmakers, meet our partners, meet your neighbors who care about science, learn what you can do, and help us gather support for the policy changes we need to sustain a healthy public and a healthy world. 12 – 4pm. State Capitol, 75 MLK Jr. Dr, St Paul. For info, see

April 16, 19
Dodging Bullets Film Showing
“Dodging Bullets: Stories of Survival from Historical Trauma” is the first to chronicle the impact of historical trauma on the lives of Native peoples today, giving voice to their stories of survival and resilience in the face of multigenerational pain and grief. Co-directed by a set of Native and non-Native filmmakers, the documentary makes clear that the trauma of colonization remains deeply embedded in Native communities. Part of healing this trauma is dependent upon non-Native people recognizing not only past brutality, but also understanding the ongoing racism and disenfranchisement faced by Native communities. For info, see or
• April 16: St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main St, Mpls. 7pm
• April 19: Film Space, Founders Hall, Metro State University, 400 Maria Ave, St Paul. 6:45pm.

April 17
Spring Resource Fair
This free event is expected to draw a large number of children and their families. We want to provide healthy youth development opportunities this summer. The objectives of the Fair includes: To promote healthy summer activities for our students and their families; To increase participation of our communities on healthy youth development programs; And, to motivate students to practice new activities. The event will be held from 4:30 – 6:00pm. Little Earth (Gym), 2495 18th Ave S, Mpls. For info, contact Maurissa Bigjohn at 612-455-2809 or

April 17, 19, 26
Indian Ed Pulbic Hearing & Parent Committee Elections
Public hearing, Indian Ed. updates, Title VI Parent committee info, and community feedback. Three dates and locations to choose from. For info, contact Christine Wilson at 612-668-0108 or see
• April 17: 6-8pm, 2955 Hayes St. NE, Mpls.
• April 19: 4-7pm, 3100 E 28th St, Mpls.
• April 26: 3-6pm, 3611 20th Ave S, Mpls.

April 17, 25
Indian Horse
From Richard Wagamese’s novel, Indian Horse is set in 1950s Ontario. Eight-year old Anishinaabe Saul Indian Horse is pulled from his community and sent to one of Canada’s Catholic Residential schools. He is told not to use his native language or express his culture, a move that could prove devastating. But Saul persists, finding a place of belonging and freedom within the state of oppression — the game of hockey. The story of Indian Horse is one of a child’s determination to free himself from confines and reconcile the scars of the past with the hope of the future. Part of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St NE, Mpls. For info, see: ttp://
• April 17: 7pm
• April 25: 4:40pm

April 18
Takoda Healthcare Career Fair
Join dozens of job seekers, employers, and training providers at Takoda’s Healthcare Career Fair. Job Seekers – Whether you are curious about training options or job opportunities – this career fair will point you in the right direction and give you insights to make your next career move. Employers – Meet with qualified candidates who are eager to advance their career. Join as a guest or RSVP to set up a table. Training Providers – Meet prospective students and make valuable connections with local employers. Join as a guest or RSVP to set up a table. Activities: Healthcare Employment Panel Discussion; Access to Healthcare Training; Learn about Healthcare Apprenticeships; Connect with Healthcare Employers. Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day. From 10am to 4pm. Takoda Institute of Higher Education (AIOIC),  1845 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For more info, see:

April 20
MAIC Family Fun Night
Fun for the whole family: art activities, cultural and language activities, open gym, cooking demos, and more. Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments and beverages provided. Every 3rd Friday of the month, from 6-8 pm. MAIC, 1430 E Franklin, Mpls. For info, contact Cheryl Secola at 612-879-1783. Other dates include:
• May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, Sept 21, Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 21.

April 20
Inuit Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Walker Art Center Co-Present Inuit Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq. Tagaq employs exquisite, unnerving vocal improvisations that bridge traditional roots with contemporary culture. Hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of today’s most electric, transfixing performers in any genre,” the Arctic-born artist will perform at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30pm. The performance will feature a community choir composed of local indigenous people directed by vocal chameleon Christine Duncan, music director of the Toronto-based Element Choir, “the world’s leading structured-improvisation choral group” (Musicworks). They will be joined on stage by Tagaq’s regular collaborators drummer Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot in an exploration of tone, timbre, and texture. Tickets start at $27 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 651-224-4222 or in person at the Ordway ticket office. For info, visit
•April 18: Community meet-and-greet. 7-9pm, Two Rivers Gallery, 1530 E. Franklin Ave, Mpls.

April 21
Grandslam 2018
Midwest All-Star Wrestling, Pro Wrestling 4 Cause, and Women of Nations presents: Grandslam 2018. In April of 1993, GrandSlam ’93 took place at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, a show which helped several local wrestlers gain national prominence, including Sean “X-Pac” Waltman who debuted with WWF just 2 weeks later. Pro Wrestling 4 Causes is paying homage and tribute to this event, as a fundraiser for Women of Nations – a nonprofit that works with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Ticket sales and other proceeds will be donated to Women of Nations to support the emergency shelter and associated programs. VIP seating (Row1-3), $20. Floor seating, $15. Bleacher seating, $10. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. Tickets available at: For info, contact Eli McCausland at 507-649-9055 or

April 22, 23, 28
The Blessing
The Blessing follows a Navajo coal miner raising his daughter as a single father, struggling with his part in the irreversible destruction of their sacred mountain at the hands of the world’s largest coal producer. Captured over the course of five years, the filmmakers join a Navajo family for some of the most deeply personal and important moments in their lives. Part of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St NE, Mpls. For info, see: ttp://
• April 22: 5:15pm
• April 23: 7:10pm
• April 28: 9:10pm

April 24
Leech Lake Local Indian Council Meeting
Leech Lake Twin Cities Local Indian Council meets monthly on the last Tuesday of each month. We will spend time reviewing the needs, opportunities and services for band members here in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Reservation Tribal Council often visits the Local Indian Council to share news and answer questions. 6-8 pm. Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Building, 1308 E. Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact Shannon Nordby at 612-229-1986.

April 25
FAN Wellness Support Circle
Are you Native American and have an interest in a Chronic Illness (CI) support group or are you a Caregiver for a CI person looking for support from others? Join us, for a meal and good company every last Wed. of the month from 6-8pm. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact Val Lafave at 612-879-1722 or

April 27-28
Oyáte Iápi Akíčhiyapi – 4th Annual Oyate Language Bowl
The Oyate Language Bowl is an event to bring people together to use Dakota language to strengthen ourselves, our families and our communities. Friday, 6pm-8pm. Saturday, 9am – 4pm. Harding High School, 1540 E. Sixth St, St Paul. For info, see

April 30 (deadline)
Native Youth Poetry
Write a poem that includes one or more of these topics: health, tradition, community, or spirituality. What it means to you and how it fits into your life. Write from your heart, no rhyming necessary. Native Youth,12-25 years old, please submit your poem by April 30. First Prize-$100; 2nd Prize $50, 3rd prize $25. Send poem and registration form to: or Dr. Lydia Caros, 2038 Ford Parkway, #353, St Paul, MN 55116.

May 2
Urban Indian Elder’s
Meeting of urban Indian elders. Community and Provider networking meeting. Coffee, fruit and cookies provided. 10am to noon. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, call 612-871-4555. Other meeting dates are:
• July 11
• Sept 5
• Nov 7

May 2-3
Rummage Sale & Fundraiser
Anishinabe Wakiagun/Bii Gii Wiin will be hosting a Rummage Sale, 50/50 Raffle and Prairie Dog Lunch Special for the American Indian Month Kick-Off Event. Rummage Sale will run both days. Prairie Dog lunch fundraiser will be held on May 2nd only and includes Prairie Dog, chips and water for $5. Raffle tickets $1 each or 6 for $5. 9am – 3pm (drawing will be held May 2nd at 2pm.) 1600 E 19th St, Mpls. For info, contact Kassia Jourdain at 612-871-2883.

May 3-4
White Earth Nation Tribal IDs
White Earth picture IDs will be available to enrolled members. The cost is $12.00 for members 54 and younger; Elders 55 and older are free. Members should bring proof of identification. May 3rd from 9am to 4:30pm. May 4th from 9am to noon. Event will be held at 1730 Clifton Place, Room #111, Mpls. For info call, 612-872-8208, ext. 6637.

May 3-5
Dakhota Gathering: Bringing Back Our Ways
The event will begin with prayer and includes a day of traditional game workshops, language teaching activities (May 4th), and free guided canoe rides at Bdote (May 5th). Lunch will be served. All are welcome. Ft. Snelling at Bdote, St. Paul, MN. For info, see:

May 6
The MayDay Festival in Powderhorn Park follows the MayDay Parade and features music, dancing, poetry, foods, canoe rides, and more! Parade starts at noon. Enjoy live entertainment at one of the open air stages. Buy food from a wide variety of vendors. Visit the information tables to learn about various issues, interests and causes. Tree of Life Ceremony on the hill. Free. Powderhorn Park, 15th Ave and E. 38th St, Mpls. For info, see

May 6 (deadline)
American Indian Family Empowerment Program
Tiwahe Foundation is currently accepting applications for the American Indian Family Empowerment Program (AIFEP). Grants range from $500 to $2,500. To be eligible to apply an applicant must be: 18 years of age; A member of a Federally Recognized tribe or prove tribal lineage; A resident of the seven-county area; Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Scott, Ramsey and Washington counties only. Applicants who have been funded within the past 3 years will not be considered for funding. Tiwahe AIFEP Funds in three areas: Cultural Preservation (Learning Native languages, learning traditional/cultural practices, developing kinship ties); Educational Achievement (Expenses related to college degrees, certificates, vocational training, GED, etc.); Economic Self-Sufficiency (Employment, business, entrepreneurial opportunities, home ownership, etc.) To submit your application electronically go to: Emailed submissions will not be accepted. For info, contact Deanna StandingCloud at 612-722-0587 or dstandingcloud@

May 8
ICWA Conference
The Indian Child Welfare Act: Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Pilot Training. It’s been 40 years since the enactment of the ICWA. Where does Minnesota stand in addressing American Indian child welfare disparities? Tribal Star out of San Diego State University is the agency responsible for ICWA training of child welfare workers in California. They will offer insights to their approach to the ICWA, and the UMD will present a pilot ICWA training being developed for DHS. Lunch provided. Minnesota Board of Social Work certified CEUs available. Free. For info and to register, see At the Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN from 8:30am – 4:30pm. 7:30 am registration and breakfast. For info, contact Karen Nichols at

May 9
23rd Annual American Indian Wellness Fair
The Annual American Indian Wellness Fair offers health screenings free to participants. Diabetes, heart health, HIV/AIDS, hypertension, cholesterol, and lead testing, are a few of the important screenings provided. Additional educational information presented includes: infant safe sleep, teen pregnancy prevention, early childhood screening, suicide prevention, and information on community resources. The annual free screenings have helped to identify health risks and link participants to the necessary resources.  11am – 3pm. Free to the public. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave S, Mpls. For info, contact stephanie.graves@

May 11
IHB Open House
Join us for an afternoon of fun for the whole family. We’ll offer free health screenings and information on how IHB can best serve you and your family. 12:30 – 3pm. Indian Health Board, 1315 E 24th St, Mpls. For info, see

May 15 (deadline)
Native American Artists-in-Residence Program
The MN Historical Society’s Native American Artists-in-Residence Program helps artists advance their understanding of traditional forms of Native American art through study of MNHS collection items. Deadline is May 15. For info, see