Community Calendar – October 2018


Thru Oct. 2019
Horse Nation of the Ochéthi Šakówiŋ
All My Relations Arts presents Horse Nation of the Ochéthi Šakówi, an exhibition that explores how horses shape the history, spirituality, and culture of the Dakhóta, Nakhóta, and Lakhóta (Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota) people, collectively known as the Ochéthi Šakówiŋ (Seven Council Fires). The exhibition features paintings, textiles, film, and beadwork—by nationally renowned contemporary Native American artists. On view through October 10th, 2019. Minneapolis is the final stop of this national touring exhibit and parts of Horse Nation will be on view throughout the summer at Two Rivers Gallery and Minneapolis Institute of Art. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, call 612-235-4970 or see:

Thru Nov. 9
Ties and Tethers Exhibit
Artist Lori Biwer-Stewart is a self-taught printmaker who finds inspiration in the natural world around her, as well as from her own dreams and beliefs. She enjoys incorporating symbolic images such as birds, keys, and doors to encourage thought and provoke the viewer’s own interpretation. For added texture and text, Biwer-Stewart will often incorporate monoprint and collograph to her linocut prints which have grown in both size and complexity over the years. Atrium Gallery, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN. For info, see or call 952-563-8575.

Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Hoop Dance Class
Activity is free for youth and families. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 5-6:30pm. MAIC,1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, email:

Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Ojibwe Language Intro – Novice
5-7pm. Language classes are free. MAIC,1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, email:

Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Dakota Language Intro – Conversational
5-7pm. Language classes are free. MAIC,1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, email:

Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
Ojibwe Language – Ongoing
5-7pm. Language classes are free. MAIC,1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, email:

Oct. 4
Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ
Panel presentation of curators, artists, and scholars associated with this important exhibition (Arthur Amiotte, Keith BraveHeart, Gwen Nell Westerman. and others). Exhibit is on view now at three Minneapolis arts institutions: Mia, Two Rivers Gallery, and All My Relations Gallery. Horse Nation explores how horses shape the history, spirituality, and culture of the Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota people. 7pm. Cost: $10, $5 Mia members, free to members of the Native American Art Affinity Group. Register online or call 612-870-6323.

Oct. 4-5
Oyate Network Racial Equity Retreat
Native Leaders from the East Metro will grow, connect and strategize with others to address racial equity. The cohort retreat will provide resources and professional development in a Network Approach to community leadership. At completion, participants can submit proposals for funding community projects around racial equity. Oct. 4th from 4pm to 8pm, and Oct. 5th from 9:30am to 4pm. Participants must attend both days. Limited registration available. Gibbs Farm, 2097 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul. For info, contact Deanna StandingCloud at dstandingcloud@tiwahefoundation.
org or 612-722-0587.

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
Youth Yoga
A weekly yoga class for all youth ages 8-12. Yoga offers many benefits to youth including: increased respect for self and others, greater strength and flexibility, improved concentration and focus, feelings of empowerment, better sleep, and management of stress, depression and anxiety. Classes are taught by Indigenous Lotus. Transportation may be available. 4-5pm. Free. IHB, 1315 E 24 St, Mpls. Register by calling 612-721-9800. For questions, contact Lizz at 612-721-9860 or

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
Drum and Dance Practice
Activity is free for youth and families. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 7-8:30pm. MAIC,1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, email:

Oct. 5-21
Police Abolition Art Exhibit
This exhibit aims to bring MPD150 collective’s 2017 performance review of the Minneapolis Police Department to life. “Making It Real: Our History with Police and Our Future Without Them,” is an art exhibit exploring the power and possibility of a police-free community. Featuring new work from Jacob Yeates, Sishir Bommakanti, Aja Marie Ussrey, Ali Abdirahman, and Sophea Ek. Organized into “past,” “present,” and “future” sections, the exhibit follows the narrative arc of MPD150’s 2017 report—a community-led performance review of the Minneapolis Police Department. That report found that since its inception, MPD has functioned as “the enforcement arm of the economic and political elite,” an unaccountable, uncontrollable force of disruption and violence—especially when it comes to the department’s relationship with people of color, indigenous people, and members of other marginalized groups. New Rules, 2015 Lowry Ave. N., Mpls. Opening event: Oct. 5, 6pm-10pm with performances and panel discussion. Closing event: Oct. 21, 1-5pm with community discussion and resource sharing. For info, see:, or email, or call Molly Glasgow at 651-492-6636.

Oct. 6
Indigenous Peoples Day Festival
All My Relations Gallery and NACDI are hosting an Indigenous Peoples Day Festival to raise awareness and provide education of Native American Arts. The festival’s focus is to provide the people of the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and beyond exposure to Native American Arts. The festival will provide the public with education about American Indian history, culture, and contemporary experiences through the arts. Workshops will encourage artists to interact with attendees to create a broader understanding of Native communities. Oct. 6 from 11am – 7:30pm, and  Oct. 7 from noon – 5pm. Free. American Indian Cultural Corridor on Franklin Avenue, Mpls. For info, see:

Oct. 8
Eagle and The Condor – From Standing Rock With Love
The Augsburg Native American Film Series invites you to the international opening of The Eagle and The Condor–From Standing Rock with Love. Event will include a virtual introduction from the filmmaker (Kahstosera’a Paulette Moore), broadcast globally to supporters like the Augsburg Native American Film Series, and stories from students, alumni and community members who participated in the fight against DAPL. We look forward to hearing your memories of Standing Rock as part of our conversation after the film. Reception: 6:15-6:45. Film Screening: 7-9pm. Free. Augsburg University, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave S, Mpls. For info, see:, or call Elise Marubbio at 612-330-1523.

Oct. 8
Indigenous Food Tasting
Indigenous Food Tasting will be a part of Indigenous People’s Day festivities. Featured chefs are Brian Yazzie of Yazzie The Chef, Gatherings Cafe, Howasta Means, Christina White of Native Food Perspectives, The Sioux Chef team, and the DWH Youth Leaders. 4-6pm. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For more info, call 612-871-4555 or see:

Oct. 10
Author’s Reading
Li Boyd, Sandra Sidman Larson, Mike Finley and Michael Dennis Browne will read from their works. Li Boyd is an Anishinaabe wordsmith from Misi-zaaga’igan, the Grand Lake called Mille Lacs by the French. She is co-winner of the 8th Annual Imagining Indigenous Futurisms short story contest, in a long distance relationship with the Twin Cities arts and writing communities, navigating the life of a water protector, and likes to build things with her hands. Curated by Ardie Medina and Michael Kiesow Moore. 7pm. Free. The Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st St, Mpls. For info, see:

Oct. 10
Elders Health Day at IHB
Join us for our annual event with a light meal and annual health check-ups.This event is by appointment only. Call our clinic to schedule an appointment with our providers for these health services: Wellness Check (Blood pressure and nutrition tips); Oral Health Check (Teeth exam and oral care tips); Flu Shots and Immunizations. 9:30am -12:30pm. Indian Health Board, 1315 E 24th St, Mpls. For info call 721-9800 or see:

Oct. 13
Dr. Anton Treuer
Dr. Anton Treuer is a professor, writer and lecturer who was heavily featured in the Dodging Bullets documentary film. He will lead a Truth, Healing and Reconciliation discussion (5-6:30pm) focused on historical trauma, with Wesley May (Red Lake) and Sarah Edstrom. The discussion will include a community hot dish meal and will feature: Michael Goze from the American Indian Community Development Corporation; Judge Jim Randall, retired Minnesota Court of Appeals judge; Steve Barberio, Executive Director of Bet Shalom Temple; Herman Milligan, African American managing partner of the Fulton Group; members of the Hmong community and others. The community event will continue from 5-6:30pm, with Dodging Bullets starting at 7pm. The overall event takes place from 5-10pm. Free. Squirrel Haus, 3450 Snelling Ave S, Mpls. For info, see:

Oct. 13
Dream of Wild Health Homecoming Harvest Feast
We’re hosting a Harvest Feast and 20th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration at the farm. We’re inviting all past participants, staff, Board, funders and supporters to join us as we celebrate 20 years of growing indigenous foods and youth leaders. Bring your family for a seed saving workshop at 10am, followed by a brief program during a beautiful lunch, and a u-pick event in the afternoon. Bring home a bag of delicious farm treats right from the fields. 10am-3pm. For info, email:

Oct. 15–17
NANACOA Conference
Healing for All Native People Impacted by Trauma. Indigenous Trauma and Resilience Conference will address substance, sexual, domestic abuse, self-care, and youth. Tracks include: Intergenera-tional Indigenous Trauma and Resilience; Intergenerational Impacts of Alcoholism, Addictions, and Abuse; Understanding and Healing from Intergenerational Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence; Reclaiming Healing and Self-Care; and a Youth Track. The conference features presentations and workshops by leading experts in indigenous trauma and resilience, a healing powwow, a gathering banquet, and countless opportunities to share experiences with fellow travelers on our healing journey. Speakers include: Jane Middelton-Moz, Dr. Marie Wilson, Antony Stately, Iris PrettyPaint, James Vukelich Kaagegaabaw, Joseph CrowShoe, and Michael Goze. Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Welch, MN. For info and to register, see: builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=2380285.

Oct. 16
Native American College Fair
The Native American College Fair brings post-secondary education, financial aid and career representatives to Native youth. We provide a setting that allows students to have meaningful conversation with representatives about college life, courses and admission and financial aid requirements. The college fair will be held during the school day this year to encourage schools and programs to bring their students on a field trip, with a morning session (10am – 12:00) and an afternoon session (noon – 2pm). Student will speak with education and financial aid representatives, participate in a financial literacy game and will have the opportunity to schedule a campus tour. 10am – noon. Free. Northstar Ballroom, U of MN-St. Paul Campus, 2017 Buford Ave, St Paul. For info, contact or see:

Oct. 19
MIWRC Fall Feast
Come enjoy a delicious meal with members of the community. Food available til gone. From 11am to 2pm. MIWRC, 2300 15th Ave S, Mpls. For info, call 612-728+2000
or see:

Oct. 19
MAIC Family Fun Night
Fun for the whole family: art activities, cultural and language activities, open gym, cooking demos, and more. Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments and beverages provided. Every 3rd Friday of the month, from 6-8 pm. MAIC, 1430 E Franklin, Mpls. For info, contact Cheryl Secola at 612-879-1783. Other dates include:
• Nov. 16, and Dec. 21.

Oct. 22
Foster A Child
Foster A Child: Strengthen Community by Honoring Relatives. Learn about the Foster Care System and licensing process. Learn about the expungement process and other barriers. Licensing agents will be present to start the licensing process. Win prizes. First 25 people to RSVP and attend receive a gift card. Meal and beverages provided. 5-7pm. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact: 651-227-4184, ext. 16, or

Oct. 23
City of Mpls-Public Works Information Session
The City of Minneapolis-Public Works will be at the American Indian OIC campus from 3-5pm. The Public Works Information Session will cover the following employment opportunities: Public Works Service Worker I Trainee, Public Works Service Worker, Public Works Service Worker II, Water Works Service Worker I, and Water Workers Service Worker/Trainee. For info, contact Jose Santos Jr. at 612-341-3358, ext. 119.

Oct. 25-26
MN Prevention Program Sharing Conference
The conference supports people and organizations from across Minnesota in addressing the root causes of substance abuse. The conference will help you in working with substance abuse prevention work in your community. Who should attend: community coalition leaders, prevention specialists, substance abuse and mental health professionals, parents and youth, student affairs professionals, educators, public health professionals, law enforcement, researchers, faith leaders, and those working in Dakota or Ojibwe communities. Discover action steps, skills and learning strategies to provide the building blocks, utilize the latest data and research to inform your team and community, connect with others doing prevention work to learn, partner, and form collaborations, and more. Cost: $100 individual; $80 for groups of three or more; $60 for students. (Scholarships are available to cover registration. They are awarded based on need and qualifications. Deadline to apply is Oct. 10th. Contact Esha at or 651-646-3005 for more info.) St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center, 10 4th Ave. South St. Cloud, MN. For info or to register, see:

Oct. 27
Memorial Pot Luck in Honor of Frances “Frannie” Fairbanks
We will gather in her honor and share prayer, food and visiting. Frannie loved her potlucks and the chance to get together and visit. The hope is that people will come together in her honor and share. 5pm (note we may do it earlier-not clear yet). Upper Midwest American Indian Center, 1035 W Broadway Ave, Mpls. If you would like to contribute, please contact Roxanne at 612-229-4764.

Oct. 31
Art With Impact (deadline)
Art With Impact – an organization that creates spaces for young people to learn and connect about mental wellness through art and media – is accepting proposals for students who would like to receive funding to create short films on the topic of mental health experiences within First Nations and Indigenous communities. For the past 5 years we have hosted a monthly short film competition focused on mental health and illness that awards $1,000 cash prizes to monthly winning films. These films enter our OLIVE Film Collection and are used in campus educational programs, as well as free to the general public. While the OLIVE library consists of almost 50 short films, we are excited to announce new $5,000 film production grants titled “Voices With Impact” in an effort to ensure diverse representations of mental health experiences in First Nations and Indigenous Communities. The deadline to apply to these funds is Oct. 31. For info, see:, or email:

Nov. 1
Circle of Giving Event
Celebrate 20 Years of Giving with the Tiwahe Foundation. Keynote Speaker: Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) is one of the nation’s leading photographers, based in the Pacific Northwest. Her current endeavor, Project 562, has brought Matika to over 400 tribal nations dispersed throughout 45 states. She has taken thousands of portraits, and collected hundreds of contemporary narratives from the breadth of Indian Country, all in the pursuit of one goal: To change the way we see Native America. 5-9pm. McNamara Alumni Center, 200 SE Oak St, Mpls. To reserve your table, contact Nevada Littlewolf at:
or call 612-722-0945.

Nov. 3
Gathering for Our Children/ Returning Adoptees Powwow
Adoptees/formerly fostered individuals, birth relatives, foster parents, foster youth, adoptive parents and your children – this powwow is for you. We also encourage birth mothers/fathers and relatives to be part of this celebration of life and healing. Dancers, please come dance and welcome our relatives back to our circle. Adoptees/formerly fostered individuals and birth relatives are invited to gather in the auditorium where we will meet other adoptees. We will meet 10am. Grand entry is at 1pm. The ceremony for adoptees/fostered individuals will be around 3pm. There will also be an honor song for all our foster and adoptive parents and families. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, see:

Nov. 6
Election Day
Minnesota General Election. Voter registration deadline: Online by Oct. 16, 11:59pm; US Post received by Oct. 16, 5pm. Absentee ballot deadline: Nov 6. For info, see:

Nov. 7
Urban Indian Elders Meeting
Meeting of urban Indian elders. Community and provider networking meeting. Coffee, fruit and cookies provided. 10am to noon. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, call 612-871-4555.

Nov. 8
MIGIZI Celebration
Come celebrate MIGIZI Communications’ 40th Anniversary, from 5 to 7pm. Northwest Area Foundation, 60 Plato Blvd, St. Paul. For info, call 612-721-6631.

Nov. 9
2nd Annual Nation Building Celebration
Each year, we host a Nation Building Celebration – a gathering that brings together Tribal leaders, grassroots Native leaders, local and state lawmakers, and members of the general public to network, learn, and gather resources related to leadership and nation building. This year’s Nation Building Celebration will focus on community engagement strategies for strengthening sovereignty. We’ll feature speakers from across Indian Country who will talk about how they engage their communities. Mystic Lake Center, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, MN. For info, see

Nov. 13-14
Investing for the Future Workshop
First Nations Development Institute is pleased to announce the release of the newly revised “Investing for the Future” workbook. As part of the Building Native Communities curriculum series, the workbook focuses on teaching basic investment concepts. A Train-the-Trainer workshop will be held at the Many Rivers East building in partnership with Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund. The workshop is a great opportunity for financial educators, financial coaches, CDFI staff and other financial professionals to learn more about how to teach investment concepts. Many Rivers East building, 1518 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, email:

Nov. 29
MAICC Annual Dinner
Please join us for the Minnesota American Indian Chamber Commerce’s Annual Dinner. Artist Bunky Echohawk will be joining us again for another amazing live art performance. For more info, call 612-877-2117 or email:

Nov. 30
Keep the Fire Alive Art Contest
We have a goal to increase Native youth leadership and community awareness for suicide prevention. To do this we are hosting an Art Contest to create posters and
t-shirts that let everyone know one of the following: You are not alone; There are resources to help you in tough times; The warning signs for suicide. Sources of Strength: Family, Positive Activities, Positive Friends, Culture, Generosity, Forgiveness, Mental Health Access, Caring Adults. This contest has cash prizes. Deadline is Nov. 30. Eligible participants: Native youth between 10-24 years old. Your art might be a drawing, a painting, a poem, a cartoon, a photo or something else. Winners will be contacted Dec. 1st. For info, contact the IPTF at:

Dec. 7
The Circle’s Annual Native Authors Fundraiser
This year The Circle’s fundraising event will feature Native American author Brenda Child (Red Lake Ojibwe) with her newest book “Bowwow Powwow”; and illustrator Jonathan Thunder. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with coffee, tea, and juice. Enjoy good conversation with old friends and new. Doors open at 7:30am for coffee. Event starts at 8am and end at 9am. To RSVP, call 612-203-1321. Suggested donation is $35.