Community Calendar – June 2019


Thru June 21
Bring Her Home 2019
Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island exhibit will highlight the ongoing epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The exhibit will feature selected Native artists of Turtle Island, and features works from established Indigenous artists Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Karen Goulet, and Angela Babby, alongside emerging artist. The exhibit shares visual stories of the impacted women and families affected by the ongoing epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, see:

Thru Aug 18
Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists
The Minneapolis Institute of Art will present the first major thematic exhibition to explore the artistic achievements of Native women. The exhibition, which will travel nationally, includes more than 115 works dating from ancient times to the present and made in a variety of media, including sculpture, video and digital arts, photography, textiles, and decorative arts. Drawn from Mia’s permanent collection and loans from more than 30 institutions and private collections. Visitors will gain an appreciation of the various ways in which contemporary Native women artists honor Native women artists of the past and respond to their predecessors’ work. For example, a Pueblo ceramic olla (rounded pot) from the 1940s by the renowned artist Maria Martinez (San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1887–1980) will be presented alongside a 1985 Chevy El Camino, titled Maria (2014), customized in the black-on-black painting style of Martinez by the contemporary artist Rose B. Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo, b. 1983). The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, a compilation of essays, personal reflections, and poems by 20 members of the Exhibition Advisory Board and other scholars and artists in the field. Available for purchase from The Store at Mia. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave S, Mpls. For info, call 888-642-2787 or see: press/mia-to-present-first-major-museum-exhibition-exploring-the-achievements-of-native-women-artists-2.

June 3, 10, 17, 24
Medicine Wheel
Open Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. We work Steps and Traditions according to the month. Free. No childcare provided. 6pm to 7pm. Gichitwaa Kateri Church, 3045 Park Ave S, Mpls. Use parking lot entrance. For info, call Betty at 612-387-4463, or Shawn at 612-824-7606.

June 4, 11, 18, 25
On The Red Road
Open Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, open narcotics anonymous meeting, 12 Step, Al-anon, Big Book, Women- or men-only meeting upon request. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. (Use parking lot entrance, Auditorium 2nd floor.) For info, call Betty at 612-387-4463.

June 6, 13, 20, 27
Our Children Are Sacred
Women’s Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. We do daily reflection readings, big book and open discussion. Free. No childcare provided. 6pm to 7pm. Recovery Church, 253 State St, St Paul. For info, call Betty at 612-387-4463.

June 8
Celebrate new public art: Bde Maka Ska
The City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) are pleased to announce the dedication of a new gathering space and public artwork at Bde Maka Ska at 10:30am. Festivities will include music, comments from descendants and artists, refreshments provided by The Sioux Chef and activities for the whole family. The artwork includes a website, decorative railing and pavement stamps by artists Mona Smith, Sandy Spieler and Angela Two Stars honoring Maḣpiya Wicaṡṭa (Cloud Man) and Ḣeyata Ọtuŋwe (Village to the side), the Dakota leader and community that inhabited this area in the 1830s. The three artists collaborated on the entire design. 10:30am. The event will take place rain or shine along the southeast shore of Bde Maka Ska, just south of the parking lot at W 36th St and Richfield Rd. For info, see:

June 8
“The Process of Remembering”
The Process of Remembering” is an immersive art experience created by Alexis Saenz, an indigenous artist, environmentalist and activist. Focusing on body, mind, spirit connection, this event will share the original film, “The Process of Remembering”, showcase unique live performances that stem from this work, and provide a photo series accompanying the film. Along with this work there will be a portion of the workshop ‘Mi Vida Su Vida’, which will break the norm from traditional workshops into an artistic, educational experience and help attendees gain a deeper knowledge about themselves and what their healing process might look like for them through the art of self-love. 8pm. $10 online, $15 at the door. IRoots Cultural Center, 788 E 7th St, St Paul. For info, contact Jackie at 505-903-4356 or

June 10
Indian Child Welfare Education Day
Please join us as we share the strengths and wisdom within our community. Event Sponsors: Indian Child Welfare Law Office, Indian Health Board, First Nations and the Repatriation Institute. CEU’s will be provided. There is no cost to attend this event, and lunch is provided. Please bring a sweater as the room is chilly. Registration at 8pm. – Program begins 8:30am to 4pm. Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Ave, St Paul. For info, contact Sandy White Hawk at or 651-442-4872.

June 13
First Daughter and the Black Snake
As part of Minneapolis Parks’ Movies in the Parks series, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts will show a series of movies about and by Native women. Films screen at sundown. “First Daughter and the Black Snake,” a documentary about environmentalist Winona LaDuke will be shown. LaDuke and Director Keri Pickett will be present. Washburn Fair Oaks Park. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave S, Mpls. For info, call 888-642-2787 or see: Other films in this series include:
• July 30: “Blood Memory,” a documentary about Sandy White Hawk. Father Hennepin Park.
• August 4: “Rumble,” a documentary on how Native Americans have influenced popular music. East Phillips Park.

June 14 – 16
Grand Casino Celebration Contest Powwow
The 28th Annual Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Grand Celebration Powwow draws dancers and drum groups from around the nation and Canada who compete for substantial prize money in a variety of categories. Grand Casino Hinckley Powwow Grounds (south of the casino on County Road 15), Hinckley, MN. For info, call 800-384-4475, ex 4574.

June 14 – 16
Waa Wi Ye Gaa Maag Traditional Powwow
MC: Murphy Thomas. AD: Doug Furhman. Host Drums: Nut Hill, White Earth Nation. Free. Warm ups are Friday. Community Feast on Friday. Two Grand Entries on Saturday w/Walk Run. One Grand Entry on Sunday. Deer River, MN. 52156 State Highway 46, Squaw Lake MN. (Located next to the Eagleview Elementary School.) For info, contact Gary Charwood Sr. at 218-760-7955.

June 20
2nd Annual Badges and Blues for Youth
ADYC will be once again be partnering with the Saint Paul Police Department and Chief Todd Axtell. Award winning Blues artists, Blue Dog will provide the music. All proceeds go to support the opening of the – Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung (Good New Home-Ojibwe) Permanent Supportive Housing Project, opening the Fall 2019. Ain Dah Yung Center, 1089 Portland Ave, St Paul. For info, contact Jill Ross at 651-227-4184, ext. 31.

June 21 – 23
Lake Vermilion Traditional Powwow
MC: Terry Goodsky. AD: Lance Kingbird. Host Drums: Lake Vermilion Singers and Burntside Lake Singers. Friday: warm ups. Saturday: Grand entry 1pm and 7 pm. Sunday: Grand Entry at 1pm. Camping available. Powwow Grounds, Tower, MN. For info, contact Muriel Deegan at 218-750-7772 or Tracey Dagen at 218-780-1478.

June 27
Artist talk: Julie Buffalohead
Gallery talk with artist Julie Buffalohead (Ponca), known for her narrative works on paper that use allegory and archetype to create dreamscapes with a rich cast of characters, including trickster coyotes and rabbits, as well as turtles, deer, birds, and rodents. Part of the Mia exhibit Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists exhibit, For info, call 888-642-2787 or see:

June 28-30
Leech Lake Days Traditional Powwow
Traditional powwow with Dance Specials: Old Style Jingle and Men’s Grass Dance. Adult: $300, $200, $100. Teens and Jr: $100, $75, $50. Veterans Memorial Grounds (next to Palace Casino), 16599 69th Ave N, Cass Lake, MN. For info, contact Rodney Northbird at 218-308-3120; Anita Cloud at 218-398-2009 or; Linda Bryan at 218-308-3163 or

July 8, 11, 12
Hearts of Our People: Portraits of our Grandmothers
Artist Graci Horne (Dakhóta) will lead “Hearts of Our People: Portraits of our Grandmothers,” an intergenerational workshop at Franklin Library. Part of the Mia exhibit Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists exhibit, For info, call 888-642-2787 or see:

July 12 – 14
Tinta Wita Contest Wacipi
MCs: Vince Beyl and Pat Badhand. ADs: Chico Her Many Horses and Chaske LaBlanc. Host Drum: Prairie Island. Grand entries: Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 1pm and 7pm, Sunday at 1pm. Free. Prairie Island Indian Community, 5636 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, MN. For info, call 651-267-4020.

July 14
“Hearts of Our People” Family Day
“Hearts of Our People” Family Day with demo and talk by artist Kelly Church (Odawa and Pottawatami), known for her baskets, which feature birchbark biting, an ancient technique for decorating baskets. Part of the Mia exhibit Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists exhibit, For info, call 888-642-2787 or see:

July 19-21
Mii Gwitch Mahnomen Days 57th Annual Traditional Pow Wow
Friday: Warm ups. Saturday: Open Fire Frybread Contest at 11am; Registration is noon to 2pm and 6pm-8pm; Grand Entries at 1pm and 7pm. Sunday: 8:30am Walk/Run Registration; Walk/Run at 9am. Flag Raising at 10am; Rez Car Contest and Parade at 11am; Registration 12-2pm and 6pm-8pm; Grand Entry at 1pm and 7pm. 6 mi. W of Deer River MN on US 2, Ball Club, MN. For info, see:

July 21
Water Is Life Festival 
This year at the Water Is Life Festival we celebrate with music from Native musicians Keith Secola, Corey Medina and other special guests. The day will include the Procession of the Species parade; an all-day native-led market with a local and diverse selection of unique artist wares; delicious food; and information and activities from allied groups and organizations. This is a family friendly festival with free entry for children under 10. 11am – 9pm. Tickets: $25 PreSale General Admission; $30 GA at the door. Bayfront Festival Park, 350 Harbor Dr, Duluth. For info, contact or 218-375-3200, or see:

July 26
Roots & Kinship
A community gathering to revitalize our relationships with Mother Earth and each other. Featuring Lyla June, musician, public speaker and performance poet of Diné, Cheyenne, and Scandinavian lineages. 6:30pm. Free. Please bring a blanket for sitting on the ground or your own chair. In the case of rain, we will meet inside the Lake Nokomis Community Center. Lake Nokomis Community Center, Picnic Shelter, 2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy, Mpls. For info, see:

August 1
Artist talk: Mary Anne Barkhouse
Gallery talk with artist Mary Anne Barkhouse (Nimpkish band of the Kwakiutl First Nation), whose work examines ecological concerns and intersections of culture through the use of animal imagery. Part of the Mia exhibit Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists exhibit, For info, call 888-642-2787 or 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. A preview of this eventful weekend will take place on August 15 at the SMSC’s Wacipi Exhibition, at the Mall of America. SMSC Wacipi Grounds, 3212 Dakotah Parkway, Shakopee, MN. (Southwest of the Twin Cities.) For info, see: