Community Calendar – August 2019


Thru Aug 17
Brad Kahlhamer’s Bowery Nation+Hawk+Eagle Exhibit
Bockley Gallery announces its first exhibition of works by multimedia artist Brad Kahlhamer titled Bowery Nation+Hawk+Eagle. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st St (west of Lake of the Isles, near Franklin), Mpls. For info, contact 612-377-4669 or information@

Thru Aug 18
Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists
The Minneapolis Institute of Art presents the first major thematic exhibition to explore the artistic achievements of Native women. It will include over 115 works dating from ancient times to the present in a variety of medias. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave S, Mpls. For info, call 888-642-2787 or see:

Thru Aug 25
Brad Kahlhamer: A Nation of One
Native American artist Brad Kahlhamer’s solo exhibition includes large-scale paintings, drawing, sculpture, and video. Together, these varied works map the sprawling complexities and contradictions of American life and identity, with influences ranging from Abstract Expressionism to the artist’s personal Native American, but “tribally ambiguous” heritage. Free. Minnesota Museum of American Art, 350 Robert St N, St. Paul. For info, see:

Thru Sept 6
Reemergence: Returning to the Circle
Robert DesJarlait exhibits his new series, “Reemergence,” in a solo exhibition features 17 new works in mixed watercolor media. This is DesJarlait’s first solo exhibition since 1990. In subsequent years, he established a career as an illustrator for Native American organizations and school programs and as a muralist. “Reemergence” marks his return to fine art. DesJarlait is Red Lake Ojlbwe. Two Rivers Gallery (MAIC), 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, see:

Aug 7
FDL Pre-offer Land Buy Back event
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Cobell Land Buy-Back program is holding a Pre-offer outreach event. This event is to help individual landowners of the Fond du Lac Reservation address the problems of fractionation. The event assists willing sellers to sell their land which will be restored back to Fond du Lac Reservation. 2pm to 6pm. AICHO, 202 W 2nd St, Duluth, MN. For info, call 218-878-2604 or 218-409-4725.

Aug 8
Action Day: Game On For School
Volunteer to pack backpacks full of school supplies to help local kids at this free, family friendly event. Xcel Energy Center, St Paul. Great Twin Cities United Way. Register at

Aug 8
Girls’ Native Lacrosse clinic
Practice “modern” lacrosse skills and “traditional” lacrosse skills. Open ages 8 – 18 years old. All levels of experience are encouraged to attend. Equipment provided if you don’t have your own. Registration also includes practice jersey with custom Native design. 6pm to 8pm. Hamline University, Klas Stadium, St. Paul. For info or to register, see: or email:

Aug 9 – 11
Grand Portage Rendezvous Days/Powwow
The Annual Grand Portage Rendezvous Days Celebration/ Powwow is an American Indian cultural gathering focusing on dance, song and family celebration. It is held adjacent to the Grand Portage National Monument the same weekend as the Grand Portage Rendezvous Days. Friday: Warm ups at 7pm. Saturday: Grand entries at 1pm and 7pm. Sunday: Grand entry at 1pm. Free event, donations welcome. Grand Portage Monument Heritage Center, 170 Mile Creek Rd, Grand Portage, MN. For info,
contact 218-475-2800 or

Aug 10
Soberfest: FDL Land Buy Back Event
There will be a Soberfest event at Fond du Lac Reservation – Tribal Center field. Food, games, prizes and the first 200 participants will receive a shirt and a raffle ticket. The Cobell team will be attending to help individual landowners of the Fond du Lac Reservation address the problems of fractionation. The event assists willing sellers to sell their land which will be restored back to Fond du Lac Reservation. 10am to 4pm. Tribal Center Field, 1720 Big Lake Rd, Cloquet. For info, call 218-878-2604 or 218-409-4725.

Aug 10 – 11
Pine Point Powwow
Three Grand Entry Celebrations – 1pm and 7pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday. Demolition Derby & Rez Car Parade. Princess & Brave Contest. Pine Point Powwow Grounds, Pow Wow Highway, Ponsford. For info, call Mike Swan at 218-573-2154 or 218-255-1738 or

Aug 11, 18
Red Lake Nation Constitution Draft
This is your final opportunity to make your voice heard on the Red Lake Constitution draft. Community engagement meeting collecting comments on the Constitution Draft from the Citizens of the Red Lake Nation. August 11: 11am – 5pm at Little Earth of United Tribes, 2495 18th Ave S, Mpls. August 18: You will have the opportunity to review the draft at the Minneapolis and the Red Lake sites. 11am – 5pm at the Red Lake Constitution Draft Review Meeting, Red Lake Nation College, 15480 Migizi Dr, Red Lake. For info: Red Lake contact/Tharen at 218-679-1501 or Minneapolis contact/Pamela at 760-333-3176.

Aug 12-14
Indigenous Comic Book Workshops
For Native youth 12 and up to learn about superheroes and make their own. The event will teach youth about how Native Americans are represented in comic books, how comics have been used to talk about difficult issues, real life heroes, how to create your own heroes, how to create your own villains, putting together a storyline, and creating artwork. Free workshop. 2pm to 5pm. MIWRC, 2300 S 15th Ave, Mpls. For info, contact Allison Waukau at 651-336-8799 or
• Aug 16: Family Fun Night: all are welcome to attend. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls.

Aug 13
Native American Healthy Aging Gathering
Enjoy interactive sessions on brain health, arthritis care and funeral planning. Hand massages, lunch catered by Chef Brian Yazzie, swag bags, door prizes and more. Transportation available, register at 877-926-8300. Free event. 11am to 3:30pm. Neighborhood House, 179 Robie St E, St. Paul.
For info see:

Aug 13
Indian Youth Olympics
Native youth will compete for prizes and more. 4pm to 7pm. Food will be provided by Safe Summer Nights at 5pm. Cedar Field (Little Earth), 2500 Cedar Ave, Mpls. (If it rains, the Olympics will be held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center). To volunteer or for info, call Ginew/Golden Eagle at 612-879-1708.

Aug 13 – 15
Mni Ki Wakan
Join indigenous peoples, youth, and allies as they journey to the Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water. Featuring indigenous international and regional keynotes, presenters, and panelists; engage in collective and interactive dialogue designing innovations dedicated to the future of water; build critical connections. The Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water Summit is an indigenous-led initiative that is dedicated to elevating indigenous voices on water and human rights. Each year, it will convene indigenous peoples, youth, global actors, and allies from the international community at the host site designated by indigenous peoples. Ramkota Best Western Inn Conference & Events Center, 2111 N LaCrosse St, Rapid City, S.D. For info, see:

Aug 14
Police Dept Annual BBQ: FDL Land Buy Back Event
The Fond du Lac Police Department holds an annual BBQ that has free food and drawings for bicycles and gift cards. Everyone is welcome. The Cobell team will be attending to help individual landowners of the Fond du Lac Reservation address the problems of fractionation. The event assists willing sellers to sell their land which will be restored back to Fond du Lac Reservation. 4pm to 7pm. Brookston Center, 8200 Belich Rd, Cloquet. For info, call 218-878-2604 or 218-409-4725.

Aug 14 – Sept 1
The Rez Sisters
New Native Theatre Presents The Rez Sisters by Tomson Highway. Join us as we continue to celebrate our 10th Anniversary Season with the Twin Cities Premiere of the play that began the Native theatrical renaissance. Don’t pass up your chance to see this classic and ground breaking story about seven Native women and their journey to the World’s Biggest Bingo. Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm. Twin Cities Premiere on Sundays at 2pm. Tickets available in person are Pay-What-You-Can. Gremlin Theatre, Annex Building, 550 Vandalia St, St Paul. Advance ticket sales are $25 online at Discount group tickets are available by calling 612-367-7639. For info, see:

Aug 16 – 18
SMSC Wacipi
Wacipi—or Powwow—is a traditional Native American gathering, a celebration of life, pride, and honor. $10 admission entire weekend. Free admission for 10 years and under and people 60+ years. Host drum: Northern Cree, The Boyz. Dakota Host Drum: Battling Horse. Invited drums: Bear Creek, Black Bear, Bull Horn, High Noon, War Paint, Wakinyan Luta, Walking Buffalo, Cozad, MoTown, and Southern Style. Grand Entries: Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 1pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 1pm. Fireworks on Saturday at 10pm. Dancer registration: Friday starting at 12:30pm. Must have button to register. Point system will begin Friday at Grand Entry. Registration closes Saturday at 12:30pm. SMSC Wacipi Grounds, 3212 Dakotah Parkway, Shakopee, MN. (Southwest of the Twin Cities.) For info, see: A preview of this eventful weekend will take place on
• August 15 at the SMSC’s Wacipi Exhibition, at the Mall of America.

Aug 16 – 18
Mille Lacs Traditional Powwow
The 53rd Annual Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Traditional Powwow is free and open to the public. Grand entry times: Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 1pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 1pm. Princess and brave contests, food, crafts, horseshoe tournament, and a parade and float contest. Raffle drawings for prizes. Drums must have a minimum of 5 singers. All singers must personally register. At least 5 registered singers must be present at the drum during each roll call in order to be paid for that session. Free admission, camping, showers and firewood (off-site firewood prohibited). Iskigamizigan Powwow Grounds (located two miles north of Grand Casino Mille Lacs). Fireworks display on Saturday night. Old Style Jingle Dress Contest: 1st Place $1150. Princess and Brave Contest. For info, contact Tony Pike at 320-980-5367 or Carla Big Bear at 320-362-0862.

Aug 22 – 24
Indian Horse Relay
The Indian Horse Relay brings together the best Indian relay racers from across the country. An Indian Horse Relay team is made up of four members: a rider, a mugger, two holders, and three horses. Riders mount their first horses bareback at the stall while the holders restrain the other two horses. After rounding the track, the rider hops off of the first horse—nearly at full speed—and mounts the second horse. It is the mugger’s job to catch the first horse. After repeating the process once more, the third and final lap ends at the finish line in front of the grandstand. Thursday at 6pm, Friday at 6pm, and Saturday at 5pm. Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee. For info, see:

Aug 24 – 25
The Great Dakota Gathering
The 16th Annual Great Dakota Gathering is an annual event for families of indigenous and local populations and around the region. This year, we join in celebration of the 60th birthday of Winona LaDuke, who will be celebrating in Winona during this weekend, as well. A special social/jingle dress dance will occur on Sunday morning. Unity Park (located at east end of Lake Park), 860 Parks Ave, Winona. For info, contact 507-494-8849 or

Aug 28
Sobriety Feast: FDL Land Buy Back Event
Monthly feast on the Fond du Lac Reservation to celebrate sobriety. It’s free and everyone is welcome. The Cobell team will be attending to help individual landowners of the Fond du Lac Reservation address the problems of fractionation. The event assists willing sellers to sell their land which will be restored back to Fond du Lac Reservations. 4pm to 8pm. Tribal Center Gym, 1720 Big Lake Rd, Cloquet. For info, call 218-878-2604 or 218-409-4725.

Aug 30
Traditional Men’s Gathering /Dinner
Urban White Earth Substance Abuse Program Traditional Men’s Gathering /Dinner. Open to males 12+ with adult. Dinner is at 5pm, 6pm program begins, with keynote speaker at 7pm. Door prizes. (This event happens very last Friday each month.) 212 W Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact David Goodman 612-813-1586 or

Aug 30 – Sept 1
Leech Lake Labor Day Powwow
The Annual Leech Lake Labor Day Powwow. Events start on Saturday and Sunday with flag-raising at 10am. Grand entries at 7pm Friday, 1pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday, and 1pm on Sunday. There will be dance categories for adult men and women ages 18 to 34 and ages 35 to 54 in categories of traditional, fancy, grass and chicken dance for men; and traditional, fancy shawl and jingle dress for women. There is also an age 55 and older category for men and women that combines the categories for each gender. Junior dancers, boys and girls ages 6 to 12 and teen boys and girls 13 to 17, will be dancing in the same categories as adults. Leech Lake Veterans Grounds (next to the Palace Casino on Palace Drive) Cass Lake, MN. For info, contact Vicky Goggleye at 218-335-8395 or 218-839-9129 or

Aug 30 – Sept 2
Ponemah Labor Day Powwow
The 46th Annual Ponemah Labor Day Powwow. During the four days of the Ponemah Labor Day Pow Wow, six dance sessions will take place from Friday to Monday. These are scheduled at 1pm and 7pm each day. Grand Entry of the dancers will begin each dance session, followed by intertribal dancers, dance specials, contests and give-aways. A parade will take place at 2pm on Saturday, with line up at 11am. Ponemah Powwow Grounds, Ponemah, MN. For info, contact Wayne Johnson at 218-556-8329, Bonnie Cloud at 218-554-7590, or LuAnn Fairbanks at 218-679-1879 or 218-554-7653.

Sept 1 (deadline)
Call for Native Visual Artists
Applications are now open for the Spring 2020 Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists. The Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists is again open to all visual arts including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, performance art, installation, and ceramics. The Fellowship will provide up to a one-month residency at Ucross during our Spring 2020 residency session (March to early June 2020) and a stipend of $2,000. Each Fellow will be featured in an exhibition at the Ucross Art Gallery during the year following the residency. There is no application fee. While only one Fellowship winner will be selected, all applicants will have the option of being considered for a regular Ucross residency. Applications are due Sept. 1 and can be submitted online. For info, see:

Sept 1 (deadline)
We Are Still Here – Call to Native Artists
Schmidt Artist Lofts and the Saint Paul Art Crawl are seeking entries for We Are Still Here. This is a call for Indigenous artists in any medium. The art should share your story about still being here, whether your art is traditional or contemporary. All artwork submitted are curated through a blind jury process. Open to Indigenous or Native American artists. Limit of 3 entries per artist. Artist application for juried exhibition, $10 per entry. Exhibit runs Sept. 27th thru Oct. 13th. Landmark Gallery, Schmidt Artist Lofts, 13 W Exchange St, St Paul. For info, see:

Sept 12
Migizi Grand Opening
Our new space would not exist without the support of our community, board, staff, foundations and donors. We want to give thanks and appreciation as we open our doors for our open house. Let’s kick off the start of our new chapter at MIGIZI with a bang! Come join us to celebrate! 4pm to 8pm. Migizi, 3017 27th Ave S, Mpls. For info, see:

Sept 19
Elder Picnic
23rd Annual Urban American Indian Elder Picnic Wellness Expo & Healthy Feast will be held from 10 am to 2pm. Ages 55+ only. No children please. Minnehaha Falls, Mpls. For info, call Val at 612-879-1722 or Colette at 612-879-1703.

Sept 20 – 22
Mahkato 47th Traditional Wacipi
Grand Entries: Friday at 7pm. Saturday at 1pm and 7pm. Sunday at 1pm. MCs: Jerry Dearly and Danny Seaboy. AD: Londel Seaboy. Host Drum: Mazakute Singers. General Admission is $7 for the entire weekend. For info, contact Dave Brave Heart at 507-514-5088.

Sept 23 – 26
Food Sovereignty Summit
First Nations Development Institute and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin again are co-hosting the national Food Sovereignty Summit. In addition to the numerous learning workshops, general sessions, traditional food tastings and networking opportunities, conference participants have the option of also attending an Experiential Learning Session at one of Oneida’s integrated food system sites. Radisson Hotel, 2040 Airport Dr, Green Bay, WI. For info, see: events/food-sovereignty-summit-2019/event-summary-5beb5fb17af246cfabed9e7cee759aa5.aspx.