Community Calendar – November 2023

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American Indian Group Prenatal
Expecting American Indian moms, come join us for a culturally focused prenatal care and education group at the Indian Health Board Administrative Office (2020 Minnehaha Ave S.) every Tuesday from 3 to 5pm. Refreshments will be provided, as well as, a gift card for every class attended. Choose from Oct 17 – Dec 28. Enrollment is open. Contact Amy at 612-644-9726 or email: amyarndtbuzzard@yahoo.com.

Waite House Middle School Programming
Join our Middle School Programming! We will be offering tutoring services and craft making workshops. We will be doing tab bracelet’s, candles, piñatas, plastic earrings and other projects. Drop-off transportation is provided within 1 mile-radius of Waite House. Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:30pm-6:30pm. For more info, email: Kaycm@pillsburyunited.org. Waite House, 2323 11th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, see: puc-mn.org/waite-house.

Thru Nov 12
For the People
For the People, a world premiere comedy by Native voices. By Ty DeFoe and Larissa Fasthorse. April Dakota has well-meaning but misguided dreams of opening a wellness center on Franklin Avenue to serve the Indigenous community in her Minneapolis hometown. She’s counting on a grant from the Franklin Avenue Task Force — a group of endearing Native elders and leaders — to make it happen. But her presentation goes sideways and her proposal is rejected, forcing her to make a decision that puts her dream, the community and her culture at risk. Thankfully, the Task Force pulls together to help April fight for the future of Franklin Avenue and the people who call it home. Created in partnership with the local Indigenous community, this new comedy examines the myriad facets of contemporary Native life with humor and joy. Guthrie Theater, McGuire Proscenium Stage, 818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis. For info: https://www.guthrietheater.org.

Nov 3 (starts)
We Are Still Here Art Show
“We Are Still Here” features Native artists from across Turtle Island, “We Are Still Here” brings to the fore the life, histories and politics of what it means to be Indigenous in the 21st Century. Artists featured in this year’s show include Jennifer Adams, Armond Antonio, Tamara Aupaumut, Racquel Banaszak, Aiyana Beaulieu, Carly Bordeau, Jamie Z Brown, Awanigiizhik Bruce, Shaun Chosa, Robert DesJarlait, Kent Estey, Gidinatiy Hartman, Madeline Hernandez, Rayshele Kamke, Chanti Manon-Ferguson, Niki Pico, Abby Sunde. Tammy Villegas, and Sam Zimmerman. “We Are Still Here” Opening Reception 6-8pm. For info, see: http://www.friedliartsgallery.com.

Thru Jan 13
Aabijijiwan Ukeyat yanalleh Exhibit
Aabijijiwan Ukeyat yanalleh is a collaborative exhibition from artists Karen Goulet (Ojibwe) and Monique Verdin (Houma). Karen and Monique are sisters of the same river, connected by the planetary lifeforce known as the Misi-ziibi (Big River, Ojibwe) near the headwaters in the north and remembered as Misha sipokni (Older than Time, Chata) in the coastal territories of the southern Delta. All My Relations Arts, 1414 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, see: https://nacdi.org/events/aabijijiwan-ukeyat-yanalleh-opening-reception.

Thru Jan 14­
In Our Hands: Native Photography, 1890 to Now
Enter into the vivid worlds of Native photography, as framed by generations of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and Native American photographers themselves. Presenting over 150 photographs of, by, and for Indigenous people, “In Our Hands” welcomes all to see through the lens held by Native photographers. Organized by a council of primarily Native artists, scholars, and knowledge sharers, in partnership with Mia curators, this sweeping exhibition traces the intersecting histories of photography and diverse Indigenous cultures from the Rio Grande to the Arctic Circle. Beautiful, complex, and surprising, these artworks celebrate the legacy of groundbreaking photographers and their influence on the medium today. General Admission $20; Contributor Member+ Free (additional tickets $16); Youth 17 and under Free. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave S, Minneapolis. For info, see: https://new.artsmia.org/exhibition/in-our-hands-native-photography-1890-to-now.

Thru March ‘24
The Lyrical Artwork of Jim Denomie
The Minneapolis Institute of Art will survey Jim Denomie’s expansive artistic career in The Lyrical Artwork of Jim Denomie. This exhibition surveys the artist’s singular vision and signature style over the second half of the artist’s career, from 2007 to 2022. Jim Denomie (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe, 1955–2022) drew inspiration from lived experiences, pop culture, Anishinaabe traditions, and American histories to tell compelling narratives that depict his experiences of being Native in America. The exhibition examines Denomie’s creative process, tracing his ability to transform inspiration into monumental artworks. Free. MIA, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis. For more info, see: https://new.artsmia.org/exhibition/the-lyrical-artwork-of-jim-denomie.

Thru Oct 2025
Reframing Our Stories
Witness the resilience and strength of Minnesota’s Native communities through stories reframed by their own words, experiences, and perspectives. From a decades-old box of photographs simply labeled “Indians,” came the idea for a powerful new exhibit. Inside the box were dozens of pictures of Native community members, organizations, activities, and events that are relevant today. Now in the hands of Indigenous community members, those photos have new meaning. As part of the Our Home: Native Minnesota exhibit, Reframing Our Stories showcases the strength and resilience of Native people and inspires audiences to learn about the past, present, and future of these communities. Native community members get in free. Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. For info, see:  https://www.mnhs.org/historycenter/activities/museum/our-home/reframing-our-stories.

Nov 3 (starts)
Dances with Words
Are you interested in writing? Learn how to express yourself. Create wonderful pieces of poetry and connect with other young indigenous artists. We are recruiting up to 15 Native young adults (ages 18-24) for paid poetry workshops exploring identity, Dakota and Lakota literature and culture. Earn a stipend for participating. Workshop every Friday starting Nov 3rd, from 11am to 2pm. Open to all who identify as Indigenous/POC. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E 23rd St, Mpls. For info, call 612-702-2640 or email janet@indigenouspeoplestf.org.

Nov 3, 17
Men’s Warrior Society
Join NACC, Red Lake, and LERA for a Men’s Warrior Society meeting where we will meet to create community level change. Food and beverages provided. We will meet every other Friday starting Nov 3. Little Earth Residence Association (LERA), 2495 18th Ave S, Minneapolis. For info, contact Vin Dion at 612-499-8262.

Nov 6 – Dec 29
Mazinibiiigewininiwag Two Woodland Artists
AICHO Galleries is honored to bring together Gordon Coons (Lac Courte Oreilles) and Steven StandingCloud (Red Lake) in the group art exhibition “Mazinibii’igewininiwag: Two Woodland Artists.” This art exhibition will explore the power of connection to nature, culture, spirituality, and Ojibwe realities (past and present) through Coons and StandingCloud’s strikingly bold and meaningful Anishinaabeg Woodland symbolic imagery. 10am – 5pm. AICHO, 212 W. 2nd St, Duluth. For info, see: https://www.aicho.org/mazinibiiigewininiwag.html.

Nov 10
Larry Amik Smallwood
Make your way to Birchbark Bizhiw for what is sure to be a night full of good laughs! Michael Mizigi Sullivan Sr. will join us to talk about the new book, Plums or Nuts: Ojibwe Stories of Anishinaabe Humor as told to him by Larry Amik Smallwood. Amik had the gift of making people laugh. Of all the teachings Amik strove to pass along to his students, he cherished most the humor of his Ojibwe people. In this bilingual collection, Amik tells of his many adventures and those of others he knew. This book also provides plentiful Ojibwe-language idioms, plays on words, and puns, showing that it really is funnier in Ojibwe. Michael Sullivan Sr., Amik’s language student and assistant, introduces the stories and presents them in Ojibwe and English with an Ojibwe-to-English glossary. Sullivan Sr. is a lifelong student of the Ojibwe language, father, husband, ceremonial drum keeper of the Ojibwe, powwow emcee, up-and-coming storyteller, and teacher of the Ojibwe language. Sullivan earned his doctorate in linguistics at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, working under the tutelage of Larry Amik Smallwood. 7pm. Birchbark Bizhiw, 1629 Hennepin Ave, #275 Minneapolis. For info, see: https://birchbarkbooks.com.

Nov 11 (starts)
Secrets from a Forest
The Bell is pleased to announce its newest original planetarium production, Secrets from a Forest, that tells an interwoven story of the relationship between nature and art through the exquisite and rare Stradivarius Violin. The story begins deep in the Paneveggio Forest in the Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy, where spruce trees grow over 200 feet tall in the crisp alpine air. During this feature-length planetarium show, audiences will explore the majestic Paneveggio Forest throughout the seasons and observe the role of smaller life forms that shape the growth of Paneveggio’s towering trees. After a spruce is harvested on the winter solstice, audiences will be transported to a violin maker’s studio, for an intimate and first-hand look at the creation of this exquisite instrument. Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul. For info, see: https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/blog/secrets-forest.

Nov 11
Free medical/dental clinic
Compassion Roseville is offering a one-day-only, free medical/dental clinic that will prioritize low income and uninsured people and families. Services provided first come, first served. No cost services will include: Dental fillings, extractions and cleaning; Medical exams for kids and adults; Vision checks and free glasses; Social services; and Physical therapy. From 9-4pm at the Aŋpétu Téča Education Center, 1910 County B Rd W, Roseville. For info, see: https://compassionconnect.com/compassion-roseville-mn-free-health-clinic

Nov 12
IHB Bingo
Honoring our wellness and health. Lets play bingo and learn about diabetes, healthy living, wellness and more. Great prizes and more. Second Tuesdays of the month. Noon. Must register at least 24 hours in advance. Indian Health Board, 2020 Minneahaha Ave, Minneapolis. Bingo will also be held on Dec 12th. For info, see: https://www.indianhealthboard.com

Nov 15
Reading and Celebration with Linda LeGarde Grover
Join us in celebrating Linda LeGarde Grover’s latest novel, A Song Over Miskwaa Rapids. In her latest novel, she weaves an intimate and complex novel of Mozhay Point and its people with A Song over Miskwaa Rapids. Margie Robineau, fighting for her family’s long-held allotment land, uncovers events connected to a long-ago escape plan,and the burial—at once figurative and painfully real—of not one crime but two. LeGarde Grover is professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. 7pm. Birchbark Bizhiw, 1629 Hennepin Ave, #275 Minneapolis. For info, see: https://birchbarkbooks.com.

Nov 16
Women’s Health Day
Pap-tests start at age 21 and should be completed every 3 to 5 years. Mammograms start at age 40 and should be completed annually. Appointments available to pre-existing patients at IHB. Call to schedule an appointment at 612-721-9800. Indian Health Board, 1315 E 24th St, Minneapolis.

Nov 16
Poetry SLAM
Watermark’s 2023 Spoken Word Series continues with another Poetry SLAM to be held LIVE at Fozzie’s BBQ. A poetry slam is a competitive art event in which poets perform spoken word poetry before a live audience and a panel of judges. Slammers can secure their spot by pre-registering with Watermark Art Center at 218-444-7570 or sign up at Fozzie’s in downtown Bemidji beginning at 6:30pm the night of the SLAM! Performances start at 7pm. There is no charge to participate. Fozzie’s BBQ, 114 3rd St NW, Bemidji, MN For info, see: https://watermarkartcenter.org.

Nov 16 – 17
DIW Fall Feast Basket Giveaway
It is time again to sign up for Fall Feast Baskets! You must sign up by Nov 15th at 12pm or until the list is full. Pickups will take place November 16th from noon to 3 pm (elders only 55 and up); and Nov 17th from noon to 3pm (ages 54 and under). How to sign up: come in person during food shelf hours or call the food shelf at 612-279-6343 to sign up (one household per call). Must have ID on pick-up day. Division of Indian Work, 1001 E Lake St, Minneapolis. For info, call Sandra Rivera 612-722-8722.

Nov 17
NativeRISE: Soaring to New Heights
NativeRISE brings together more than 250 community and business leaders, supporters and elected officials to celebrate American Indian OIC’s impact in the community. We’ll begin the evening with a social hour, followed by a welcome, prayer, honor song and dinner. The program will highlight several soaring “eagles” among us, including invited speakers: Cara Jade Myers, an actress currently appearing in Killers of the Flower Moon, a new film directed by Martin Scorsese (Wichita Tribe); Peggy Flanagan, Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor (White Earth Nation); Eddie Chuculate, author of This Indian Kid and Cheyenne Madonna, Star Tribune copy editor (Cherokee & Muscogee Nation); and Trish Cook, local comedian and the evening’s emcee (Red Lake Nation). 5:30pm – Social Hour. 6:30pm – Dinner & Program. 8:30pm – DJ & Dancing. Windows on Minnesota in the IDS Center, 50th Floor, 710 S, Marquette Ave, Minneapolis. For info, see: https://www.aioic.org/get-involved/nativerise.

Nov 20 (deadline)
Capacity Strengthening Initiative grants
The Center for Health Equity (CHE) at MDH announces Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Capacity Strengthening Grant (CSG) program, which will award $1.832 million in state general funds for smaller community- and faith-based organizations serving BIPOC communities, American Indians, LGBTQIA+ people, and people living with disabilities among metro and rural communities across Minnesota. Applicants will be asked to provide a plan that includes, but is not limited to, activities contributing to three key objectives: Strengthening organizational partnerships to improve health outcomes; Infrastructure improvement to be better equipped for success, and; Workforce development to create a positive impact. Applicants can expect to be notified about the status of their application in February 2024. For info, see: https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/equity/funding/csirfp2023/index.html.

Nov 20
MUID Family Preservation Subcommittee
Join the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID) Family Preservation Subcommittee for our annual ICWA Meet and Greet! From 11:30am to 1:30pm. The Meet and Greet will be followed by a CEU “Best Practices for Working with Native Families and Urban Native Agencies” and a CLE “ICWA/MIFPA Best Practices in Minnesota District Courts” from 2 – 3pm. Metro State University New Main, 403 Maria Avenue, St. Pau. Please RSVP here: https://ICWA-Meet-and-Greet.eventbrite.com.

Nov 29 – Dec 17
A Christmas in Ochopee by Montana Cypress
New Native Theatre presents A Christmas in Ochopee by Montana Cypress (Miccosukee), directed by Julia Rosa Sosa. Ever wanted to spend Christmas in the Everglades? Join us for this rollicking comedy this winter! Nov 29 – Dec 17, Wednesdays to Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are all pay-what-you-can and are available using QR code. Red Eye Theater, 2213 Snelling Ave, Minneapolis. For info, see www.newnativetheatre.org or boxoffice@newnativetheatre.org.

Nov 30 (dealine)
Indigenous Youth Fellowships
Indigenous Youth Fellowships supports young Indigenous leaders aged 17-28 to develop capacities in Indigenous rights, Indigenous languages, cultures, and traditional knowledge. Cultural Survival’s Indigenous Youth Fellowship Project was started to support young Indigenous leaders aged 17-28 in creating and disseminating knowledge through creative forms and critical thinking. Fellows work to represent the voices of their communities and bring awareness of local issues to global conversations through their proposed projects while strengthening their cultural identities and leadership. We highly value the participation and inclusion of women and underrepresented genders (cis women, trans women, trans men, Two-Spirits, non-binary people, and other marginalized genders). Fellowship range: $2,500 – $6,000. Deadline is Nov 30. For info, see: https://www.culturalsurvival.org/news/open-call-indigenous-youth-changemakers

Dec 3
Artist Talk: Jaida Grey Eagle
Join Jaida Grey Eagle (Oglala Lakota), co-curator of In Our Hands: Native Photography, 1890-Now, for a lecture and conversation regarding her multidisciplinary artistic practice. Grey Eagle is an internationally recognized photojournalist, producer, beadwork artist, and writer whose work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Sahan Journal, and will share her experiences in centering Indigenous voices through her work. The event will conclude in a Q&A with Grey Eagle and Casey Riley, Chair of Global Contemporary Art and Curator of Photography & New Media. All Native guests can attend the lecture for free with the code NATIVEPHOTO. 2pm. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave S, Minneapolis. For info, see: https://new.artsmia.org/event/artist-talk-jaida-grey-eagle.

Dec 11 (deadline)
Minnesota Humanities Center Funding
The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) is extending the current grant opportunities deadline to December 11 for the following grant lines: $8 million in Cultural Heritage for humanities organizations & individuals, to create programming and educational opportunities; $750,000 in Capacity building for small non-profit humanities organizations, to assist with grant writing and fundraising; $2.2 million in Children’s museums for children’s museums to provide education, outreach, and programming; and $300,000 in Civics organizations and programs to provide and conduct civics education programs to youth. For info, see: www.mnhum.org or contact MHC’s Grant Administrator, Laura Adams, at laura.adams@mnhum.org.