Community Calendar – March 2019


Thru April 6
Jim Denomie: Standing Rock Paintings
Bockley Gallery’s exhibition of Jim Denomie: Standing Rock Paintings, comprises of three large-scale, oil on canvas paintings and a series of smaller, but related, portraits. Denomie has cast his discriminating eye onto real- world events, specifically the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) controversy and protest that erupted in August 2016, near the North Dakota Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Denomie’s recent paintings supply enough information to frame an event, but ask the viewer to weigh fact vs. fiction, and to construct his or her own narrative conclusion. To decipher Denomie’s hierarchy of depicted events – and identify the truth – is the viewer’s task and responsibility. Denomie will give a talk at the Bockley Gallery from 6 – 7:30pm on March 7. Bockley Gallery, 2123 West 21st St., Mpls. For info, call 612-377-4669 or see:

Thru May 10
Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography
Two Rivers Gallery and the Minnesota Historical Society present the Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography exhibition. “Connection” is the culmination of bringing together five American Indian Youth artists to develop their digital photography skills. The artists will show a selection of photographs that they have taken through a twelve-week program utilizing the skills they have learned. This exhibition will travel across the state of Minnesota throughout 2019. Artists include: Grace Baker, Sita Baker, Sanje Handley, Lilia Torchia-Stately and Leila Verley. Two Rivers Gallery, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, call 612-879-1780 or see:

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:

March 5, 12, 19, 26
Hoop Tuesday
Activity is free for youth and families and children must be accompanied by an adult. 5- 6:30pm. MAIC,1530 E Franklin Ave Mpls. For info, contact:

March 5, 12, 19, 26
Ojibwe language Intro/Novice
Language classes are free. 5–7pm. MAIC,1530 E Franklin Ave Mpls. For info, contact:

March 5, 12, 19, 26
Dakota language Intro
to Conversational Language classes are free. 5–7pm. MAIC,1530 E Franklin Ave Mpls. For info, contact:

March 6, 13, 20, 27
Ojibwe language Ongoing
Language classes are free. 5–7pm. MAIC,1530 E Franklin Ave Mpls. For info, contact:

March 6, 13, 20, 27
Dakota language Ongoing
Language classes are free. 5–7pm. MAIC,1530 E Franklin Ave Mpls. For info, contact:

March 6-24
Wounspe Wanktya – A college Education
A full-length play following the story of Tashina and Tiffany as they go through the good, the bad, the funny, and the spiritual – as they to figure out how to get through four years of college. The play is by Alex Hesbrook (Cheyenne River). Hours: Wed-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm. Dreamland Arts, 677 Hamline Ave N, St Paul. Tickets available at Dreamland Arts at 651-645-5506 or More info at

March 7
Sundance Institute FREE Filmmaking 
Presented by Hud Oberly (Comanche, Osage, Caddo), Sundance Institute, and guest curator Missy Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo Nations), Sundance NativeLab Fellow. For 25 years, the Sundance Institute has maintained an investment and commitment to Native American filmmakers and their stories. This year’s touring shorts program includes six recent works by Shaandiin Tome (Diné); Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. (Bad River Band of Ojibwe); Michelle Latimer (Métis/Algonquin); Adam Khalil and Zach Khalil (Ojibwe)/Jackson Polys (Tlingit); Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga); and Billy Luther (Navajo, Hopi/Laguna Pueblo). A conversation about our region’s Indigenous filmmaking talent and resources follows the screening. Featured shorts: Mud (Hashtł’ishnii) by Shaandiin Tome; Shinaab by Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.; Nucca by Michelle Latimer; The Violence of a Civilization without Secrets by Adam Khalil, Zach Khalil and Jackson Polys; Jáaji Approx by Sky Hopinka; alter-Native by Billy Luther. 7pm. Free. Walker Cinema, 725 Vineland Pl, Mpls. For info, see:

March 7, 14, 21, 28
Drum and Dance Practice
Thursdays from 7– 8:30pm. Activity is free for youth and families and children must be accompanied by an adult. MAIC,1530 E Franklin Ave Mpls. For info, contact:

March 8
Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer: Empty Metal
Directed By Adam Khalil (Ojibway) and Bayley Sweitzer. A punk band is coerced into a dangerous assassination plot by a family of militant Native Americans, aided by a Rastafarian computer hacker. Empty Metal reveals a political fantasy—an alternative reality in which a group of radical misfits teeters on the edge of contemporary American politics, refusing to fall right or left. Instead, they lash out from under the radar, in an attempt to achieve what their mainstream predecessors have yet to accomplish. Featuring directors Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer in person. 7pm. Walker Cinema, 725 Vineland Pl, Mpls. $10 ($8 Walker members, seniors, and students). For info, see:

March 9
Chris Eyre: Smoke Signals and Filmmaker in Conversation
Join celebrated director Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) for a screening of his 1998 breakthrough Smoke Signals. A landmark of Native filmmaking, it was the first feature produced, written, directed, and acted by Native talents. After the film, Eyre will discuss the impact of Smoke Signals 20 years later, his ongoing body of work, and independent Indigenous filmmaking past, present, and future. Hosted by guest curator Missy Whiteman. 7pm. Free. Walker Cinema, 725 Vineland Pl, Mpls. $10 ($8 Walker members, seniors, and students). A free shuttle service will be available from Little Earth and Pow Wow Grounds to the Walker Art Center for this screening. The shuttle will pick passengers up at Little Earth at 5:30 pm and Pow Wow Grounds at 6:15 pm. Return service will be offered after the event. For info, see:

May 10
MIWRC Spring Feast
Share food and conversation with the community and celebrate the arrival of spring. 11am to 2pm, or until food is gone. Free and open to the community. Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Community Room, 2300 15th Ave S, Mpls. For info, contact Hannah at 612-728-2011 or

March 11 (deadline)
Sundance Filmmaking Workshop
The Sundance Institute Indigenous Program’s Experimental Nonfiction Filmmaking Workshop. Led by artist and filmmaker Sky Hopinka, this free workshop will be offered to a group of select Indigenous nonfiction filmmakers in the St. Paul area who have projects in the development phase. Participants will be introduced to experimental forms of nonfiction filmmaking, receive expert guidance, and build relationships with a supportive creative community. Deadline to apply is March 11. For more info, contact: Apply at:

March 15
Family Fun Night
6–8pm. MAIC,1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact: csecola@

March 16
The Ethnomathematics
Theme: Empowering Strategies To Integrate Ethnomathematics Into All Classrooms. The workshop encourages the development of strategies and programs that integrate ethnomathematics into the elementary, middle school and high school curriculum. Ethnomathematics is real-world problem solving that is culturally relevant through the integration of indigenous wisdom and contemporary learning. Aligned with standards, the program will develop teachers to discover multiple ways to connect classrooms with project-based and place-based experiences. The audience includes all who have a professional interest in the math-specific academic development of all students but not limited to elementary to high school core and allied arts and STEAM teachers, administrators and principals, curriculum specialists and directors of instruction, education directors, and college and university students and faculty. The pre-registration deadline is March 13. The pre-registration fee is $99. The on day of registration fee is $115. The college student rate is $66 and pre-registered only. Bemidi High School, Lumderjack Room, 2900 Division St W, Bemidji MN. For more info, contact Dan at 218-368-6430 or

March 16
NW Health Sciences U Discovery Day
Study chiropractic and build on your foundation of natural healing. Learn more at Discovery Day: Learn about your program of interest from faculty, staff and current students; See live demonstrations of techniques you’ll be learning; Check out the must-see spots on campus; Find out about clinical experiences and internship opportunities, and more. 8:30am to 1:30pm. For info, see: or call 952-885-5409.

March 22
Mni Ki Wakan World Water Day
Mni Ki Wakan is hosting a special pre-summit event on World Water Day dedicated to honoring, recognizing the importance of water. Join indigenous peoples, youth, and allies from 5:30pm to -9pm, at 3400 DuPont Ave, Mpls. For info, contact or see:

March 22- April 30
MN Zoo Farm Babies
Cuteness abounds with baby chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids, and bunnies. Check out the special “egg” treats for the animals. This fun form of enrichment will include colored Jell-O eggs, piñatas, and hard-boiled eggs. Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley. For info, see: or call 952-431-9200.

March 23
North Housing Fair
Renters will have an opportunity to meet with an expert lawyer in housing related issues from Legal Aide. Take advantage of workshops offered around Renters Rights related to Security Deposits, Repairs, Leases and Notice to Vacate. Several organizations providing resources and advice for renters will be tabling at the event. Aspiring Homeowners will have lots of resources to choose from like meeting face-to-face with Realtors and Lenders, and will be able to attend workshops that will cover things like; Budgeting and Credit, How to Get a Mortgage, How to Find a Lender, and the Benefits of Homeownership. The first 30 attendees will automatically qualify for a free First Time Home Buyer Class (registering with Cleveland Neighborhood Association upon entering is required). Current Homeowners will be connected with resources such as fix-up loans (through CPED, Northside Homes and Neighborhood Organizations), home energy savings through Xcel Energy and Center for Energy and Environment, basic repairs and more. Workshops on Do-It-Yourself plumbing, basic electrical and more, homeowners of every type will want to come out to this event. 10am to 3pm. Lucy Craft Laney School, 3333 Penn Ave N, Mpls. For info, see:

March 25-26
Climate Generation
Climate Generation is holding a two-day conference at the American Indian Community Housing Organization in Duluth; scholarships are available with preference to indigenous people and people of color. Understanding that rich conversations on climate change cannot occur without a diverse representation of communities taking part, we are committed to making the Talk Climate Institute inclusive and accessible for all participants, and are offering a sliding scale for registration fees. Registration: $75-$100. American Indian Community Housing Organization, 202 W 2nd St, Duluth, MN. For more info: see: Full and partial scholarships available to people of color and Indigenous people, at:

March 28
The Indian System
The Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities presents the Native Artist Talk Series, followed by a conversation with the producer Sheldon Wolfchild. Doors open 5:30pm. Film starts at 6:00pm. Free and open to the public. Ralph Rapson Hall, Room 100, 89 Church St SE, Mpls. For info, contact Fawn at: or 612-624-5052.

March 29
Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock
Augsburg Native American Film Series and Myron Dewey present Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock. The film captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. Myron Dewey (Newe-Numah/Paiute-Shoshonee) is a filmmaker, professor, historical trauma trainer and journalist. He will present the film, which he worked on, and talk about what has happened to the water protectors and other Indigenous activists. Reception 6:15-6:45pm. Screening begins at 7pm. Discussion to follow. Free. Augsburg University, Sateren Auditorium, 2200 Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave S, Mpls. For info, see:

April 1
Drunktown’s Finest
On a beautifully desolate Navajo reservation in New Mexico, three young people, a college-bound, devout Christian woman; a rebellious and angry father-to-be; and a promiscuous but gorgeous transsexual woman, search for love and acceptance. As the three find their lives becoming more complicated and their troubles growing, their paths begin to intersect. 5:30pm. UofMN, Jones Hall, 27 Pleasant Street SE, Mpls. For info, see:

April 1 (deadline)
Continuing Education scholarship program
The Department of American Indian Studies is accepting applications to the Wahpehtunwin Dakota Iapi and Ojibwemodaa Eta. Continuing Education scholarship programs for the 2019-20 Academic year. The Wahpehtunwin Dakota Iapi and Ojibwemodaa Eta Continuing Education Scholarship Programs are financial aid programs for individuals who want to take courses in the Dakota and Ojibwe language programs as continuing education (non-degree) seeking students at the University of Minnesota. Applicants must demonstrate dedication to learning and/or sharing the Dakota and/or Ojibwe language. Applications are due April 1. For info, see: or

April 1 (deadline)
2019 American Indian Summer Institute
The Department of American Indian Studies’ American Indian Summer
Institute aims to get indigenous students acquainted with UofMN-Twin Cities campus, facilities, students, faculty, and staff. We want to foster an early sense of ease and familiarity on college campuses that will make the transition into higher education easier for students. Students will stay in a residential hall on U of M campus and spend 6 days attending classes and workshops on college prep, admissions, financial aid, professional development, ACT prep, cultural knowledge, and various academic areas. AISI is open to all high school students who will enter grades 8-11 in the 2019-20 academic year. Tentatively TBD: July 28 – August 03 and/or August 04 – August 10. AISI is a free program. Housing and meals are provided. The deadline is on April 1, although we will accept applications on a rolling basis until May 13 where we will then send out final notifications For info, contact:

April 2-3
Cancer Outcomes across American Indian Communities Conference
The “Spring Screening: Strengthening Partnerships to Maximize Cancer Outcomes across American Indian Communities” is intended to provide an opportunity for community, clinic, urban, and tribal members to discuss and share strategies relating to cancer disparities among American Indian communities in the Northern Plains.  American Indians from the Northern Plains have a higher cancer incidence and mortality rates and are more likely to be diagnosed at later stages. The conference will bring together national and local experts, survivors and educators to promote national guidelines for colorectal cancer screening services among American Indian populations. The conference will engage participants to implement evidence-based strategies to promote and improve cancer screening via promising practices. Working with partners is critical to improving cancer screening rates in American Indian Communities. This conference is free to all attendees. Black Bear Casino Resort, Carlton, MN. For info, see:

April 8, 13
A documentary about cultural survival and stolen children. For over 100 years, the US government has systematically removed American Indian children from their homes and communities to be raised by white families. Recently, the first government-sanctioned child welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was formed in Maine. DAWNLAND documents Maine’s TRC journey, as it begins to address the devastating impact child welfare practices have had on the Wabanaki Confederacy, and searches for justice and healing. See for more information. Appetizers and beverages will be served. April 8th from 5 to 8pm, and April 13th from 11:30am to 2:30pm. U of M St Paul Student Center Theatre, 2017 Buford Avenue, St Paul. Sandy Whitehawk (Sicangu Lakota) will facilitate a discussion following the film. Sandy played an integral part of the TRC work in Maine and continues to support reconciliation efforts around the country, including Minnesota. Register for tickets at:

April 12
Minneapolis College’s 2nd Annual Spring Graduation Powwow
MC: Jerry Dearly. Arena Directors: Miziway Desjarlait and Randy Gresczyk. Host Drum: Oyate Teca. Head Dancers: Athena Cloud and Zach Red Bear. Drum honorariums for invited drums only. Honorariums for all dancers – Dancers must be registered and dance for grand entry. Specials: Men’s Grass Special, Women’s Jingle Special, Potato Dance and Two-Step Contest. Feast at 5pm in T-Plaza. Grand Entry at 6:30pm in Bowman Hall Gym, Minneapolis College, 1501 Hennepin Ave., MPls. For info, contact Randy Gresczyk at 612-659-6713.

April 15
Indigenous Public Art Commission
The Walker Art Center announces the launch of an Indigenous Public Art Commission, a project inviting artists’ proposals for a new public artwork for placement in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden or a location on the Walker campus planned for the fall of 2020. This initiative evolved from a series of commitments the Walker Art Center made with Dakota elders in a mediation process in 2017 connected to the removal of artist Sam Durant’s work Scaffold from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Proposals for public art projects will be reviewed by the Walker along with an Indigenous Public Art Selection Committee, a group of Native curators, knowledge keepers, artists, and arts professionals—including individuals of Dakota descent and enrollment—based in Minnesota and nationally. The group is working collaboratively with the Walker Art Center to shape the commission process, review applications, and select the final proposal. Artists interested in submitting original proposals for this public art project are encouraged to consider working in a range of materials. Projects may be proposed by individual artists or collectives. Artists with in-depth knowledge and understanding of Dakota culture and language are encouraged to apply. Full eligibility information and other details are listed on the Walker’s website at Application process opens April 15 with deadline for submission June 17. Semifinalists notified September 16. Selected artist announced Fall 2020.

May 1 (deadline)
Cora’s Kids and Garden Warriors
2019 Cora’s Kids and Garden Warriors applications are now live. For all Native youth who are interested in gaining a deeper knowledge of how to grow traditional, healthy indigenous foods. Please fill out either an online application or mail in a hard copy of our application form. This year, we will be holding two sessions of Cora’s Kids and two sessions of Garden Warriors. Dates are: Cora’s Kids Session I (for Native youth ages 8-12), June 10th-13th. Cora’s Kids Session II (for Native youth ages 8-12), June 24th-27th. Garden Warriors I (for Native youth ages 13-18 who are to program), July 8th-25th. Garden Warriors II (for Native youth ages 13-18 who are returning to program), August 5th-22nd. For info and application, contact Phoebe Young at

May 4
Powwow for Hope
Powwow for Hope is a community healing event and fundraiser. Fundraisers and Teams are forming now! Fundraisers and Teams are a critical part of Powwow for Hope and the work of the Foundation. The funds that are raised help support the availability of community education, screening, outreach, survivor support and opportunities within the community. Fundraisers can join forces and create a Team. Creating a team is an easy and fun way to join together to help loved ones who are experiencing cancer. Fundraisers and Teams do NOT need to be present at the Powwow for Hope event. You can participate from anywhere by creating a fundraiser and forming a team or joining an existing team. Register your team and raise $20 per person by April 19 for a T-shirt at the event. Base Camp Facility, 6202 Bloomington Road, St.Paul. If your team is interested in having a table, contact For info, see: