Community Calendar – August 2022

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Thru Aug 14
Gaia Art Exhibition
Gaia is an internally-lit sculpture of the Earth featuring imagery from NASA’s Visible Earth project. At 23 feet in diameter, it presents the Earth at a scale 1.8 million times smaller than its real size. The work includes a surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones. Gaia is a touring installation by UK artist Luke Jerram. Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, For info, see: https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/gaia.

Thru Sept 16
“Indigenous” Solo Art Exhibition by Shaun Chosa
Shaun Chosa, a Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa tribal citizen and painter/graphic design artist, will show 30+ large scale paintings that mostly feature new works depicting Indigenous portraits, some with his added pop culture artistic influence. $10 suggested donation at the door. Gallery viewing hours: Fridays from 4pm – 6pm between June 10 – Sept. 16. AICHO’s Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 212 W. 2nd St, Duluth, MN. For info, see: http://www.aicho.org/shaun-chosa-2022.html#. Or see Facebook page: https://fb.me/e/6kAHXoE8Z.

Thru Sept 17
Noojimo (She Heals)
Noojimo (She Heals) art exhibition celebrates the importance of Aunties in Indigenous spaces. In many Indigenous communities, the Auntie serves as an extra parental role. Noojimo is a powerful tribute to courageous women (both historically and modern) stepping into the role of Aunties; who influence, create, and strengthen bonds of obligation, trust, and solidarity both inside the home and community. Participating artists: Nedahness Rose Green, Karen Savage Blue, Tara Keanuenue Gumapac, Eve LaFountain, Tanaya Widner, Agnus Woodward, Sharon Day, Somah Haaland, April Holder, Racquel Banaszak, Dyana Dyess, Rayshele Kamke, Valaria Tatera, Deanna L Croaker, Teresa McDowell, Loriene Pearson, Rita Erdrich, Rick Kagigebi, Penny Kagigebi, Cynthia Hamilton, Melissa Widner, and Nelson White Aug 11 at 6:30pm. Closing Reception and Artists Panel: Sept. 9, from 6 – 8 pm. All My Relations Art, NACDI, 1414 E Franklin Ave #1, Minneapolis. For info, see: http://www.allmyrelationsarts.com/noojimo-she-heals.

Thru Oct 1 
AICHO Food and Art Market
The American Indian Community Housing Organization’s (AICHO) Food and Art Markets will host eight Food and Art Markets every two weeks thru October 1. Family-fun cultural hands-on activities including birch bark basket making, a fun educational activity tent on nutrition, and Indigenous music. The goal is two fold. One is food access combined with food sovereignty: to bring fresh, healthy, locally grown and produced foods and vibrant culturally creative artwork to the Hillside community and Duluth. The other is to stimulate the Indigenous and BIPOC food and art economy in Duluth. AICHO will be accepting SNAP/EBT benefits and utilizing Market Bucks at all 8 markets! Entrepreneurs will be selling items such as garden grown produce, frozen meats, smoked white fish, wild rice, fermented foods, Indigenous teas, maple syrup, jams and jellies, herbs, honey, wild rice cupcakes, salves, CBD products, as well as artwork featuring fine art, prints, apparel, beadwork, jewelry and so much more. Everyone is welcome. AICHO’s Food & Art Markets will be held at the One Roof Parking Lot, 12 E 4th St, Duluth. For info, see: https://fb.me/e/6yMSHCQzu.

Thru Oct 27th
Four Sisters Farmers Market
The Four Sisters Farmers Market is an Indigenous-focused farmers market centered on providing increased access to affordable, healthy, culturally appropriate local foods within the American Indian Cultural Corridor. The Four Sisters Farmers Market believes in a market that simultaneously builds community health and wealth for community consumers and farmer vendors. The Four Sisters Farmers Market accepts SNAP/EBT benefits, Market Bucks, and Four Sisters Farmers Market Vouchers. The Market is open on Thursdays though October 27th, from 11am – 3pm. The market will be held at 1414 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, contact Darek Delille at ddelille@nacdi.org or 218-721-7442. Or Elizabeth Day at: eday@nacdi.org or 612-235-4971.

Thru Oct
Dakota Play Project Language Classes
Language and theatre classes will be held from 6:30 -8:30pm on Zoom. These classes will take place each Tuesday through October online and are open to Dakota community members who are interested in helping create our Dakota language play with Lower Phalen Creek Project. If you are interested in taking the language class or getting involved in other ways with Dakota Play Project, please contact sara@newnativetheatre.org. Or see https://whiteearth.com/home.

Thru Nov 27
Alexandra Buffalohead: Shifting the Perspective
How do museum narratives obscure some histories in preference of telling others? In her installation, guest curator Alexandra Buffalohead (Bdewakantowan Dakhóta/Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate) examines this dynamic through the prism of Indigenous history and knowledge. Placing the James J. Hill presentation tray (Tiffany and Co., 1884) in dialogue with Native artworks, Buffalohead offers a more complex and accurate framing of the history of St. Anthony Falls and Wita Wanagi (Spirit Island), a spiritual site for Dakhóta people; the island, which remained even as the Falls became a hub for logging, milling, and transportation, was removed in 1960 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ creation of the lock and dam. In doing so, she provides a corrective lens that transcends and enriches Mia’s presentation of the past. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Avenue S, Minneapolis. For info contact: 888-642-2787 or visit@artsmia.org.

Ongoing: Mondays
Men’s Support and Smudge
Men’s Support and Smudge: Join American Indian Family Center’s Father & Men’s Outreach Specialist, Rich Antell, for a virtual men’s group Mondays from 6pm – 8pm. Don’t miss this chance to gather with other American Indian men to explore your identity, participate in culture, and support each other. Register: https://bit.ly/MenSmudge. American Indian Family Center, 579 Wells St, St Paul. For info, contact: info@aifcmn.org.

Ongoing: Tuesdays
Khunsi Onikan Well-Anon (Native American Al-Anon) 
The AIFC’s Khunsi Onikan Program will be held on Tuesdays at 7pm for a Native American culturally-based, one-hour meeting to help build healthier boundaries and relationships with your loved ones suffering from addiction. American Indian Family Center, 579 Wells St, St Paul. For info, contact: info@aifcmn.org.

Ongoing: Wednesdays
Imnizaska Family Drum
Join us Wednesdays between 6–8pm to sing and drum. This drum event has been created to bring families together to learn and share around the drum. All singers and families interested in learning and sharing are welcome. We will share a meal and practice learning songs. Imnizaska Family Drum is supported by the Men’s Programming at the American Indian Family Center. Runs through August 24th. American Indian Family Center, 579 Wells St, St Paul. For info, contact: info@aifcmn.org, or see: https://bit.ly/AIFCMNDrum.

Ongoing: Thrusdays
Wellbriety/Medicine Wheel 12 Steps Meeting
Khunsi Onikan Wellbriety/Medicine Wheel 12-step virtual meetings are every Thursday at 7pm. These meetings are designed to help you find safe, confidential healing, and support in your recovery journey and are open to anyone wanting to work on recovery from any addictions. Sponsored by the AIFC Khunsi Onikan program. American Indian Family Center, 579 Wells St, St Paul. For info, contact: info@aifcmn.org. Or see: https://bit.ly/KOWellbriety.

Ongoing
MN Offers COVID-19 Tests to Summer Youth Programming
The State of Minnesota is making at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests available for Local Health Departments, Tribal Health Organizations, and COVID Community Coordinators to distribute for summer youth programming at no cost. Organizations that serve youth can order BD Veritor At-Home tests. Organizations may order a supply of tests to meet the needs of both youth program staff, participants over the age of 2, and participants’ family members. The tests have expiration dates beginning July 23, 2022. Currently, there are no limits on orders. Test delivery should occur within two weeks of placing an order. BD Veritor At-Home tests should be administered by an adult outside of the summer programming setting. An adult will need to download an app onto a smartphone in order to use the BD Veritor test. Instructions are available in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish. Information on which phones are supported is listed on the BD Veritor At-Home website. For more info, email: health.test.help@state.mn.us.

Ongoing
Find opportunities to buy used and swap goods on Choose to Reuse
Almost every weekend, there are special events held throughout Hennepin County to buy used goods and swap out stuff you no longer need. Hennepin County’s Choose to Reuse has made these events easy to find. See a listing of upcoming events on the Choose to Reuse website, including occasional markets, clothing and goods swaps, citywide garage sales, retail store special events, community fundraising sales, and lending library events. Or sign up for Choose to Reuse news and events to get notification delivered right to your inbox. For info, see: https://www.hennepin.us/choose-to-reuse#events.

Ongoing thru summer
Indigenous Scholar Summer Program
Literacy program for Indigenous youth K thru 8th grade with a focus on cultural teachings and culturally relevant literacy to ensure our scholars excel, and believe in their ability to make a difference in their communities while also discovering a love for reading. Activities include: field trips, The Right Path Lessons (alcohol and drug prevention), Arts and crafts, Ojibwe and Dakota language, and more. Mondays through Thursdays, from 10am to 3pm. (1st – 5th graders on Monday and Wed. 6th – 8th graders on Tuesdays and Thursdays.) Transportation available for South Minneapolis residents. Light breakfast/lunch provided. For info, contact Rica Rivera at 612-279-6320 or erivera@diw-mn.org

Aug 6
Flower Power at Mounds Park
Bring flowers and gather from sunrise to sunset with Oyate Hotanin’s 6th Annual Flower Power event at Indian Burial Mounds Park in Saint Paul—an effort to build a community of a billion good relatives to stand with all life, to decolonize our systems, create gun sanity, and seek climate rescue. Sunrise (6am) to sunset (8pm). For more information, visit https://oyatehotanin.org.

Aug 7
Women of Color Affinity Group
A space where women of color can come together and share their experiences, WOC Affinity group seeks to foster a sense of belonging and encourage meaningful conversations. We will work together to share resources, discuss our ideas for community engagement, and create plans for future gatherings. Women of color include: Black, Latina, Asian, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, & mixed-race women. 3pm to 4pm. Hosmer Library, 347 East 36th St, Minneapolis. For info, see: https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/events/62aba5b3a627452f00438d30.

Aug 11
Welcome to Indian Country
Welcome to Indian Country is an evening length celebration of Native culture through music and storytelling. A five-piece musical ensemble is joined by storyteller, Washington State Poet Laureate, Rena Priest, as they weave new compositions and songs with witty wise and poignant poetry and satire to honor the elders and ancestors. All My Relations Arts, The Cedar, and Hennepin Theatre Trust are combining their efforts for a mini-residency with community programs all leading up to the final performance. This is a seated show with general admission, first-come-first-served seating. General Admission tickets are available online. Doors open at 7pm. Show begins at 7:30pm. $15 Advance, $20 Day of Show. Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis. For info, see: https://www.thecedar.org/listing-2/2022/8/11/welcome-to-indian-country.

Aug 12 – 14
Grand Portage Rendezvous Days Celebration Powwow
Over 350 dancers participated in 2019’s Grand Portage Powwow. Mid-day Grand Entry Saturday and Sunday are particularly inspirational and colorful as U.S. and Canadian flags are raised to honor military veterans from Grand Portage. For info, see: https://www.visitcookcounty.com/event/rendezvous-days-celebration-pow-wow.

Aug 13 – 14
Pine Point Traditional Powwow
MC: Vince Beyl. AD: Lucas Hisgun. Host Drums: Smokey Hills and Smoke Stack. Friday: Demolition Derby – TBD. Saturday: Jow Bush Memorial 5 K walk/run 8:30am. Flag Raising 10am. Grand Entry 1pm & 7pm. Feast 5pm. Sunday: Rez Car Parade 10:30am. Grand Entry 1pm. Bag lunches provided. Drums must have 5 registered singers. 1/2 mile W. of Pine Point School, Ponsford, MN. For info, contact Nikki Norcross at 218-401-3895.

Aug 16 – 18
Mni Ki Wakan
Mni Ki Wakan seeks to connect the Indigenous water map, amplify Indigenous voices on water, and build an MKW Ecosystem that brings together the critical water work of Indigenous Peoples and youth—increasing and opening access to meaningful connections, approaches, knowledge, and creation of opportunities for the future of water. Topics: Water & Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous Water Justice, Indigenous Water Governance, Water Infrastructure, Indigenous Water Innovations and Water colonialism. The Mni Ki Wakan Summit will be held at the Monument Center, Rapid City, SD. For info, see: https://mnikiwakan.org.

Aug 19 – 21
SMSC Wacipi (Contest Powwow)
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s annual Wacipi brings together people from all over the country for three days of cultural celebration. It is a time for preserving a rich heritage, while reconnecting with old friends and making new friends. Free admission the entire weekend. Grand Entries: Friday 7pm; Saturday 1pm & 7pm; and Sunday 1pm. Dancer registration begins Friday at 3pm and closes Saturday at 12:30pm. Point system will begin Friday at Grand Entry. MCs: Redwing Thomas, Vince Beyl, and Whitney Rencountre. ADs: Calvin Campbell and Yahsti Perkinskiller. Host drums: Mandaree, and Wakinyan Luta. Invited drums: Bad Nation, Blackstone, Charging Horse, Fort Peck Sioux, Pipestone, War Scout, Young Bear, Thunder Hill, Wild Band of Comanches, and White Tail Boyz. (Invited drums only.) SMSC Wacipi Grounds, 3212 Dakotah Parkway, Shakopee. For info, see: https://www.smscwacipi.org/experience/2022-wacipi.

Aug 20
Healing Circles
Held as small group workshops, healing circles provide a vessel for participants to name, hold, and release intense emotions around climate change, from grief to joy in this present moment about our broken world. Through cycles of music and poetry, participants engage in an outdoor, moving journey that engages the senses and prompts a path to our individual and collective healing, unlocking the potential to shift the stories we tell and reimagine the future we are building. For info, see: https://oyatehotanin.org.

Aug 26
Colt Ford
Country-rap mogul Colt Ford is ready to put on an unforgettable show at Shooting Star. Hear him blast hits like The High Life, and Back. Show starts 8pm. Tickets: Star $36, Select $26, General $18. For info, see: https://www.starcasino.com.

Aug 29 – 1 Sept
National Tribal & Indigenous Climate Conference
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) will host the second Biennial National Tribal and Indigenous Climate Conference which will be offered as a hybrid event to ensure that our relatives from across turtle island can join us whether in-person or virtually. The conference is open to all US Tribal nations and Indigenous Peoples, respective partners and interested people from throughout the world, with an emphasis on including our Elders and Youth. This conference will convene experts on climate change which will include a balance of Western Science and Traditional Indigenous Knowledges. InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront, Saint Paul. For info, contact info@nau.edu. Or see: https://sites.google.com/view/nticc-itep/home.

Sept 1 (Deadline)
USArtists International
USArtists International supports in-person and virtual performances by American artists at engagements at international festivals and global presenting arts marketplaces outside of the U.S. USArtists International is designed to encourage the presence of U.S. performing artists on international stages and in the global arts community; to support engagements that develop and expand both the careers and artistic goals of U.S. performers by providing connections with presenters, curators, and fellow artists; and to promote justice in the arts community by elevating the diverse voices contributing to the vibrant array of creative expression in the United States. Grants of up to $18,000 toward eligible expenses. The application deadlines for USArtists International 2022 – 2023 are: September 1 for projects taking place between December 15, 2022 and December 14, 2023. Other deadlines take place throughout the year. For info, see: https://www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/grants-for-artists/#usartists-international.

Sept 4
Water Is Life Festival
Honor The Earth and The Current present Water Is Life Festival, hosted by Winona LaDuke. Featuring Ani DiFranco, The Indigo Girls, Allison Russell, Tia Wood, LOW, Dessa, Joe Rainey Sr, Annie Humphrey, David Huckfelt, Keith Secola, Corey Medina, Gaelynn Lea and emcee Thomas X. This year’s festival theme centers, elevates, and supports women and Indigenous people as the first line of resistance and resilience in the face of an all-out assault in the U.S. against Mother Earth and the rights of women everywhere. Festival proceeds go to Honor the Earth to fight new challenges to Indigenous lands & people. Get your tickets now! Use the password “WATERPROTECTOR” for a special discount. All ages welcome.1pm, doors open at Noon,. Door Price: Starting from: $50.00. Bayfront Festival Park, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN. For info, see: https://www.waterislifefestival.org.

Sept 9
Red Dress Fundraising Gala
The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center presents the INAUGURAL RED DRESS GALA 2022. Silent Auction & Social Hour 5:30pm. Dinner & Program 6:30pm. Intercontinental Hotel Saint Paul- Riverfront, 11 Kellogg Blvd E, St. Paul, MN. For info, see: https://miwrc.salsalabs.org/inauguralreddressgalafundraisingevent2022

Sept 18-20
Mahkato Annual Traditional Powwow
Honoring the 38 Dakota. Every September Native Americans from a number of tribes gather in Mankato’s Land of Memories Park, where the Dakota people held many ceremonies and gatherings before the US-Dakota War of 1862. The conflict resulted in the execution of 38 Dakota warriors in Mankato on December 26, 1862. In keeping with the theme of reconciliation visitors and participants, native and non-native alike, are welcome to attend. The three-day event includes the beautiful regalia of the dancers, traditional music, delicious foods and beautiful crafts. Land of Memories Park, 100 Amos Owen Lane, Mankato. For info, see: https://www.mahkatowacipi.org.

Oct 10
Indigenous People’s Day
Join Tiwahe Foundation’s Circle of Generosity to celebrate and support Indigenous leadership and our sustained years of community impact in the urban Native Communtiy in the TC and across Minnesota. 5pm to 8pm. Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W kellog Blvd, St. Paul. For info, see https://www.facebook.com/tiwahefoundation.