Community Calendar – May 2019 American Indian Month


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. 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:

May 2
Dakhóta Omníčiye: Thokátakiya máni pi Dakhóta
This year’s Dakhóta Gathering will be about thokátakiya máni pi (keep moving forward). On May 4, 1863, Dakhóta people who had been imprisoned at a concentration camp below Fort Snelling at Bdóte were taken by steamboat and exiled from Mnísota Makhóčhe. To mark our return and assert our continued presence on this sacred land where the rivers meet, we invite all Očhéthi Šakówi Oyáte to return home, unify in peace, and share community knowledge, teachings, and stories with one another. 8am to 5pm. Fort Snelling at Bdóte, 200 Tower Ave, St. Paul. For info, see:

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Our Children Are Sacred
Women’s Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. We do daily reflection readings, big book and open discussion. 6-7pm. Free. No child care provided. Recovery Church, 253 State St, St Paul. For info, contact Betty at 612-387-4463.

May 4
Wanaisguni Hikurus Hajawi 5K Run/Walk 2019
Come out and join us! Wanaisguni Hikurus Hajawi is a Hoocak term meaning ‘Take back our health’. This event is intended for American Indians who want to take an active stance on preventing diabetes, childhood obesity and recognizing that being healthy is a Native tradition. This is our 8th annual 5K Run/Walk event, and each year our number of participants grows. Each participant will receive a 5K tee-shirt, finisher’s medallion, raffle tickets for health inspiring prizes, and a nutritious and delicious meal. Event is free. Share and encourage all of Indian Country to come to see the beautiful Lake Phalen surrounded by hundreds of American Indians reclaiming our health. 4pm – 7:30pm. Phalen Regional Park, 1600 Phalen Dr (Main Pavilion), St Paul. For info, see:

May 4
Movie & a Meal: First Daughter and The Black Snake
The evening begins with a screening of First Daughter and The Black Snake, the documentary which follows the efforts of Winona LaDuke, Native American environmentalist and executive director of Honor the Earth, in the battle to stop development of several oil pipelines that would cut across Indian reservations in northern Minnesota, jeopardizing food and water sources for the Ojibwe tribes who live there, and for everyone who lives downstream. Following the movie, enjoy a buffet catered by Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef. Movie screening at 4:30pm, buffet dinner at 6:30pm, Interview and conversation with filmmaker Keri Pickett and Winona LaDuke at 7pm. Hennepin Avenue UMC, 511 Groveland Ave, Mpls. For info, see:

May 4
Powwow for Hope
Powwow for Hope is a community healing event and fundraiser. Powwow for Hope is a nationwide fundraiser for American Indian Cancer Foundation that leads to a community event held in Minneapolis, MN, where thousands come together to honor loved ones who have faced or are currently facing cancer by creating a space for healing. Proceeds benefit the Foundation’s mission to eliminate cancer burdens on American Indian and Alaska Native people through improved access to prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivor support. For info, see:

May 4-5
Storytelling Workshop
Stories From The Drum – Join theater artists Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota), Ty DeFoe (Haudenosaunee, Six Nations/Anishinaabe Nation) and Marisa Carr (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe), and filmmaker Jaida Grey Eagle (Oglala Lakota) for an interactive, multi-generational storytelling and performance workshop for the Native community. 12–4pm both days. This is the last of three weekends of workshops, leading to an optional paid performance opportunity for participants at the Guthrie in June. No previous experience needed. Lunch will be served. This workshop is open to all ages from youth to elder, but participants should be old enough read and write. May 4 will focus on generating content, and May 5 will focus on performance. Registration is available for Saturday only, Sunday only, or both days. Childcare and transportation assistance available upon request. Division of Indian Work, 1001 E Lake St (enter on 11th), Mpls. To register, see:

May 5
MayDay Parade and Festival
The MayDay Parade is a time to celebrate the coming warmth with hand-built puppets and masks (some over 10 feet tall), music, and performance in the street. But the essence of the parade is rooted in the local community and contemporary issues, concerns, and visions for a better world. MayDay Parade Route: assemble at 11am, starts at noon. For info, see:

May 7, 14, 21, 28
On The Red Road
Open Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, narcotics anonymous meeting, 12 Step, Al-anon, Big Book. Women- or men-only meeting upon request. Tuesdays from 7- 9pm. Free. No child care provided. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. (Use parking lot entrance. Auditorium 2nd floor.) For info, contact Betty at 612-387-4463.

May 8
24th Annual American Indian Wellness Fair
The American Indian Wellness Fair continues the goal of increasing awareness of current health issues facing American Indian people by providing access to a variety of health screenings, education, information and community resources. Free. 11am – 3pm. For info, contact Stephanie Graves at 612-673-3735 or email:

May 8
Annual South of The River Powwow 
Grand Entries at 1pm and 7pm. Free feast at 5pm. The powwow is open to the public. Attendees will experience a day of dance, food, and fellowship through a Native perspective. MC: Jerry Dearly. Arena Director: Chaske LeBlanc. Drums: Ringing Shield Singers, Street Chiefs, Red Lake Singers, and Ghost Nation. Burnsville High School, 600 E. Highway 13, Burnsville, MN. For info, contact:

May 8
Protecting Our Children
A discussion on human trafficking in our communities. Presenters include: Bonnie Clairmont, Chad Pattison and Sgt. Eric Blesener. A look at activities happening within our communities, what traffickers look for when grooming victims and how the community can protect our youth. Information presented will be focused toward parents, caregivers, employers, and youth leaders. Meshakwad Community Center, 38042 Hinckley Rd, Hinckley. Doors open at 5:30pm. Presentation 6pm to 8pm. For info, see:

May 8, 9, 14, 15
Bois Forte Land Buy-Back Program Kick-off
We are hosting these events for landowners who own on the Bois Forte Reservation to learn more about summer 2019 Buy-Back Program activities. For more info, contact OST Minnesota Agency at 218-751-4338, or BIA MN Agency at 218-751-2011. Or see: Dates include:
• May 8: Mpls Urban Office meeting, 5 – 7:30pm, Minneapolis Urban Office, 1308 E Franklin Ave, Mpls
• May 9: Duluth Urban Office meeting, 5 – 7:30pm, Duluth Urban Office, 206 W 4th St, #204, Duluth
• May 14: Land Ownership Pres, 5 – 8pm, Duluth Urban Office, 206 W 4th St, #204, Duluth
• May 15: Land Ownership Pres, 5 – 8pm, Mpls Urban Office, 1308 E Franklin Ave, Mpls.

May 9
Laughing Matters: Blood Quantum Physics: A Podcast Workshop
Anishinabe Academy Auditorium Laughing Matters: Blood Quantum Physics: A Podcast Workshop. Join actors from New Native Theatre and learn behind-the-scenes podcast production. Activities may include voice acting and creating sound effects. Participants may be chosen to perform in Blood Quantum Physics, the live show that follows on May 11. Best for adults and teens. All are welcome. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Anishinabe Academy, 3100 E 28th St, Mpls. For info, see:

May 10
May Reading Series: Heid E. Erdrich
Join us for our May Reading Series featuring Heid E. Erdrich and Heidi Czerwiec. Erdrich is a poet, writer and interdisciplinary artist. Heid edited the recent anthology New Poets of Native Nations, Graywolf Press, 2018. She is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media and a non-fiction work Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest. She is a faculty mentor for Augsburg University’s Low-residency MFA. Heid is Ojibwe, enrolled at Turtle Mountain. Essayist and poet Heidi Czerwiec is the author of the recently-released lyric essay collection Fluid States and is the editor of North Dakota Is Everywhere: An Anthology of Contemporary North Dakota Poets. The reading begins at 7:30pm, with time for questions to follow. 6666 E River Rd, Fridley, MN. For info, see: 2019/04/may-reading-series-3.

May 10
Little Earth Mothers Day Powwow
The Little Earth Mothers Day Powwow celebrates the Spirit of our community and is a free event that is open to the public. This is a family-friendly, rain or shine event. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket for seating. Powwow Schedule: Noon to 9pm. Grand entries at 1pm and 7pm, feast at 5pm. Hand Drum Contest for groups of 3 or more at 5pm (winners announced at 9pm). Cedar Field Park, 2495 18th Ave S, Mpls. For info, call James at 651-329-9389.

May 10
MIWRC Spring Feast
Please join us for our Spring Feast. Free and open to the community. 11am to 2pm or until food is gone. 2300 15th Ave S, Mpls. For info, call 612-728-2000 or see:

May 10
Red Lake Nation Embassy Open House
Red Lake members, meet with staff and eat some good food. Get your Tribal ID ($15, free for elders 60+). 9 am to 4pm. Red Lake Nation Embassy, 2929 Bloomington Ave S, Mpls. For info, call 612-874-9588.

May 11
Columbia Heights Indian Education Powwow
Columbia Heights Powwow celebrating graduating American Indian Seniors. MC: Shawnee Hunt. AD: Asa Ochoa. Free and open to the public. Free raffle for all attendees. Inviting all dancers in regalia. Noon – 4pm. Feast at 4pm. Hylander Center, 1400 49th Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN. For info, call Valerie Larsen at 763-528-4629.

May 11
Indigenous Woman’s March
This is a march intended to bring Indigenous Women together in strength and unity. Creating a community led by Women in a safe environment for all and creating a Mothers Day weekend tradition. Speakers will talk about Unity, Community and the rights of Indigenous Women. Everyone is welcome to attend and support our Indigenous Women. There will be transportation for elders. Gather at MIWRC at 9:30am. March begins at 10:30am. March to the Indian Center, then up to the Mothers Day Powwow at Little Earth in time for Grand Entry. Free. MIWRC, 2300 S 15th Ave, Mpls. For info, contact Jase Roe at or 612-479-8744.

May 11
Slam the Stigma
Women of Nations and Midwest All-Star Wrestling have teamed up once again to host a wrestling fundraiser for the Eagles Nest Shelter. This year’s theme is “Slam the Stigma” in honor of Mental Health Month in May and our work with Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault victims/survivors. 5pm doors open; 5:15 meet and greet; 6:30pm MN Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees; 7pm Showtime. Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave, Mendota Heights. Buy tickets at: or For info, contact: damitrano@

May 12
Mia Family Day
Get inspired by the great outdoors through art-making in the studios and nature-oriented adventures in the galleries. 11am–5pm. Free. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave S, Mpls. For info, see: or call 612-870-3000.

May 15
MAIC open house
Join us for lunch during our annual open house. Prizes, games, raffle and food. Noon to 2pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC), 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, see:

May 16
Mille Lacs Band Urban Office & AanjiBimaadizing Dept. of Labor Open House
In the spirit of celebrating Indian Month please join us for food, information, and prizes. Food includes wildrice brat on bun, potato salad, chips, strawberry shortcake and drinks. Learn about the programs and services we have available for the community. 11am to 2pm. Mille Lacs Band Urban Office, 1404 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, see:

May 16
ISD 833 Am. Indian Ed. Senior Recognition Night
This is a night to honor all ISD 883 American Indian Education graduating seniors. There will be a cultural gathering before the ceremony. We will have a guest speaker, Ruth Buffalo, First Native American women Member of the North Dakota House of Representatives. Our elder Henry Boucha and Parent Committee will be in attendance as well. We will have dinner, and a couple of other guests will join us to help celebrate. Carver Lake Park and Beach, 3175 Century Ave S, Woodbury. For info, see:

May 17
Native Elders Game Day
Play awesome games like Horseshoes, PickleBall, Badmitten, Archery, Free Throws and more. We will also have fun events for those who have walkers and canes such as Weeble Balloon Relay/Race, Weeble Walk, Weeble Bean Bag and Kickball for Accuracy. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, call Diane at 612-843-2511.

May 18
South of the River Powwow
Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will join other south metro school districts in hosting our powwow to celebrate the community’s graduating American Indian students. The powwow is open to the public. Attendees will experience a day of dance, food, and fellowship through a Native perspective. Schedule: Grand Entries at 1pm and 7pm. Feast at 5pm. Burnsville High School, 600 State Hwy 13, Burnsville. For info, see:

May 18
Two Rivers Powwow
The Two Rivers Powwow is open to the public with no admission fee. It will be a short traditional powwow with honorarium for registered dancers. There will be food, dancing, and an opportunity to connect with local artists/crafters. Attendees will also have the chance to participate in some hands on cultural activity demonstrations. Red Bone will be the host drum and there will be a special hoop dance performance by The Sampson Bros., Lumhe and Samsoche Sampson, as well as an honoring of the community’s graduating seniors. The doors open at 11am, with the Grand Entry at 1pm and a free feast at 4pm. Handke Center, 1170 Main St, Elk River. For info, see: or

May 18
Home Ownership Workshop
Bii Gii Wiin CDLF has certified trainers that teach “Home Stretch” from the Minnesota Home Ownership Center. The workshop teaches about the home buying process and the benefits of home ownership. Things you will learn through this workshop will include: What are the steps to becoming a homeowner; How you can prepare financially for home ownership; What price can you afford to pay for a home; And more. Our homebuyer workshops are offered every other month. No matter where you’re at in the process, we’re able to help you game plan for success. FREE for American Indian Month! Registration is required. 9am to 5pm Lunch provided. No childcare. Bii Gii Wiin, 1508 E Franklin Ave, Suite 100, Mpls. For info, contact Andrea Reese at 612-354-2249 ext. 102, or Or see:

May 18-19
2nd Annual Chaske Powwow
A celebration of Native American culture. Everyone is welcome to come, enjoy and participate. Grand Entries: Saturday at 1pm and 7pm. Sunday at 1pm. MC: Terry Good Sky. Host Drum: Oyate Teca. AD: Scottie Brown Eyes. Chaska Middle School West, 140 Engler Blvd, Chaska. For info, contact: Kate at

May 21
Celebrate Justice
A night of entertainers and artists with singer songwriter Mitch Walking Elk, comedian and DJ Sam Wells, Spoken Word artist Angela Richards and blues and poetry Dean Dakota Peters and Strong Buffalo. We will also feature videos and live performances by artists from Flower Power, our weekend long cut flower installation at Mounds Park August 2, to make visible the impact of mass incarceration in our lives. Co-presented by Oyate Hotanin and Pangea World Theater Indigenous Voices Series. Refreshments by Native Food Perspectives. Free event. Donations accepted. 7pm. Pangea, 711 W Lake St, Mpls. For info, contact

May 21
Mino Biimadizi Waakaa’igan
Mashkiki Waakaa’igan and Tagwii Open House. Tours, light refreshments and gift bags. 11am – 1pm. Mino Biimadizi Waakaa’igan, 2020 Bloomington Ave S, Mpls. For info, contact:

May 22
ADY Open House
The Ain Dah Yung Open House and Celebration is our favorite day to acknowledge the work we’re all doing together as we honor the great ventures that are being put forth to pave paths of safety and health for our people and the partnerships that are helping to make it all happen. Honoring Herb Sam, local leaders coming together, basket drawings, and more. 11am—2pm. Ain Dah Yung Center, 1089 Portland Ave, St Paul, MN. For info, call 651-227-4184 or email: Or see:

May 23
Founder’s Day at American Indian OIC
Join us as we celebrate 40 years of service. Bring your family, friends and children to play games, eat great food, drum, dance and meet over 20 Twin-Cities employers who are hiring. 12pm – 3pm American Indian OIC, 1845 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact Ivy Estenson at 612-341-3358, ext 125.

May 23
Art Team application (deadline)
Art Team is a group of teen staff members who help create and host public events at the Mpls Institute of Arts (Mia). Art Team’s work revolves around making the museum more accessible to teens, through engaging with artwork, artists, and art-making. We are engaged in professional development opportunities that expand our career horizons and promote artistic and cultural literacy. Art Team is a year-round commitment and a paid position. Develop leadership skills, including goal-setting, critical thinking, self-confidence, and positive communication. Hours per month: The second Sunday of each month for 7.5 hrs from 10:30am–6pm. Every Thursday, 4:30–7pm for 10 hrs. Requirements: ages 14 to 18, excited to learn about art, community engagement, and art museums, interested in being with people, available at the times listed above. Submit application and register for an info session by May 23. Mandatory info sessions will take place in June and July. To apply, see: For info, contact 612-870-6309 or

May 23
White Earth Urban Programs Open House
Join us for food, information, games, activites, and door prizes. White Earth Urban Program, 1730 Clifton Place, Mpls. For info, call 612-813-1581.

May 26
Ziibaaska’ iganagooday: The Jingle Dress at 100 Reception
Help us celebrate the new Jingle Dress exhibit, enjoy a jingle dress dance exhibition and stay for a picnic style dinner. Guest curator Brenda Child will talk about the exhibit. Jingle dress dancers are invited to come in regalia and help “dance-in” the dresses on exhibit. Everyone is invited to stay for buffalo burgers and wild rice brats afterward. Free and open to the public. 4pm to 6pm. Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr, Onamia. For info, see:

May 27
Memorial Day Powwow
Bring the family and join museum staff and community members in this social gathering honoring veterans past and present. Experience firsthand the excitement and joy of a contemporary powwow. Free, museum admission not included. Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr, Onamia. For info, see:

May 27, 28-31, June 1-2
Mpls Youth Media Training – Healing Voices Stories
Join the NABS and Independent​ ​Indigenous​ ​Film​ ​and​ ​Media​ for a free week-long video production workshop. The Healing Voices story collection is about highlighting stories of healing, resiliency, and hope while connecting youth to the elders in their community around their boarding school experiences. NABS and IIFM will host a free seven-day video production workshop on the following dates: May 27 from 10am to 3pm; May 28-31 from 4:30pm to 7pm; and June 1 – 2 from 10am to 3pm. Youth will learn about media/film production, editing, and boarding school history and impacts. Youth will create and film their own healing stories about boarding schools and intergenerational trauma, edit the video(s), and be able to screen (view) the video(s) at the end of the training. All youth who successfully complete videos will receive a $50 Visa gift card. Only 20 youth will be selected to participate. For info, see:

May 28
The Buffalo Show
Featuring Scotti Clifford and Spirits Cry, Oglala Lakota, sonically rooted in blues and indie rock; opening by Jada Brown. 7pm. $10. Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St, Mpls. For info, contact:

May 29
American Indian Month Trivia
Test your knowledge at this American Indian Month-themed trivia night hosted by Native Governance Center (a Native American-led nonprofit). Winning teams will receive fabulous prizes! Food and beverages will be available for purchase at Moon Palace’s Geek Love Cafe during the event. Space is limited, so make sure to arrive early. Free and open to everyone. Doors open at 5pm. Trivia contest: 6pm to 8pm. Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave, Mpls. For info, contact or call 651-571-0826.

May 30 (deadline)
Native American Language-Immersion Grants
First Nations Development Institute will award about 12 grants of up to $90,000 each to build the capacity of and directly support Native language-immersion programs. The grant period for this RFP will run from July 15, 2019, to July 14, 2020. First Nations is seeking to build a dialogue and community of practice, through the grantee cohorts, around Native language immersion programs, and momentum for supporting Native language programs. Eligibility is limited to U.S.-based tribal government programs, tribal 7871 entities, Native-controlled nonprofit organizations, and Native-controlled community organizations with a fiscal sponsor. The full RFP can be found at:

May 30
AIFC Open House
The American Indian Family Center invites you to our open house. Join us for food, crafts, a photo booth, and more. 2pm to 4pm. AIFC, 579 Wells St, St Paul. For info, call 651-793-3803.

May 31
Native American Community Clinic’s Open House
Come for an afternoon featuring traditional foods, karaoke, raffles, face painting, community resources as well as drumming and singing. 12pm to 3pm. 1213 E. Franklin Ave, Mpls. If interested in donating or tabling at our event, contact Chenoa, Moriah, or Ashlee at or by phone at 612-872-8086.

May 31 (deadline)
Native American Artist-in-Residence Program
The Native American Artist-in-Residence program will expose Native American artists working within traditional art forms to Minnesota Historical Society collections in order to: advance their understanding of the traditional form of art and; bring this advanced understanding to their communities in a way designed by the artist. NAAIR is open to artists practicing in all forms of (material culture) traditional art. For info, see:

May 31
IHB Open House
We are opening our doors as we do every May to give back to our community and celebrate American Indian Month. Traditional drum demos, giveaways, food health screenings, drumming and singing, and information on how our clinic can best serve you and your family. Raffles, selfie booth, lunch, giveaways, frozen yogurt truck. 12:30pm to 3pm. Indian Health Board, 1315 E 24th St, Mpls. For info, call 612-721-9800 or see

May 31
Bdote Learning Center’s Powwow
Join us and celebrate the 5 year anniversary of Bdote Learning Center, the only school in the Twin Cities teaching Dakota and Ojibwe immersion for Kindergarten through 7th grade. This year’s powwow will feature: $300 Teens Traditional Special, $300 Hand Drum Contest, $300 Women’s Old Style Jingle Special. Spot Dances. Registration begins at 5pm. Food served at 5:30pm. Grand Entry at 6:00pm. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact Laura or Tony at 612-729-9266.

May 31
27th Annual AIMS (American Indian Magnet School) Powwow
Join is as we sing and dance to celebrate another awesome school year completed. There will be specials and giveaways. Outdoors, weather permitting. Grand entries at 1pm and 6pm. Free. 1075 3rd St. E, Mpls. For info, contact Michele Fairbanks or Thomas Draskovic at 651-778-3100.

June 1
Hearts of Our People: The Legacy, Relationships & Power of Native Women Artists
A symposium will inaugurate the exhibition “Hearts of Our People: The Legacy, Relationships & Power of Native Women Artists” and will feature three panels of artists and scholars who are each exploring themes of the exhibition. Legacy, with Jolene Rickard, Janet Catherine Berlo, DY Begay, and Jill Ahlberg Yohe as moderator, will reveal how the transmission of techniques, iconography, and historical narratives, and an understanding of the artist’s role as culture bearer link contemporary artists with their ancestors. Relationships, with Anita Fields, Carla Hemlock, Ruth Phillips, and Dakota Hoska as moderator, will discuss the Native concept of “kincentricity,” which envisions an interconnection among people, animals, plants, and the elements in a world view that prompts greater accountability for all beings. Power, with Heather Ahtone, America Meredith, Katie Bunn Marcuse, and Teri Greeves as moderator, will explore how Native art frequently references the specific agency exercised by women in their communities, not only as diplomats, but also as artists, mothers, and culture bearers. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave S, Mpls. To register, call 612-870-6323 or reserve online at

June 1
Wooden Stick Lacrosse Demo
Join Twin Cities Native Lacrosse to play wooden stick lacrosse and learn about the significance of this sport, which has been played by many Native American tribes for centuries. The afternoon will include various demonstrations, including basic skills practice and game play.  All ages and abilities welcome. Equipment will be provided. Free. 1pm to 3pm. Minnesota History Center, 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul. For info, call 651-259-3015.

June 2 – 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 8
New Public Art at Bde Maka Ska Celebration
Join us in celebrating the completion of a new gathering place and new public artworks that honor Maḣpiya Wicạ ṡṭa and Ḣeyata Ọtunwe by Mona Smith, Sandy Spieler and Angela Two Stars. Festivities include music, comments from descendants and the artists, refreshments and activities for the whole family. Event will take place rain or shine. 10:30 am. Bde Maka Ske, Richfield Rd, Mpls. For info, contact

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.

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. $20 Early Bird Tickets available now through Memorial Day. After that, $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: