Community Calendar – September 2022

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Thru Sept 16
“Indigenous” Solo Art Exhibition by Shaun Chosa
Shaun Chosa, a Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa tribal citizen and painter/graphic design artist, will show 30+ large scale paintings that mostly feature new works depicting Indigenous portraits, some with his added pop culture artistic influence. $10 suggested donation at the door. Gallery viewing hours: Fridays from 4pm – 6pm between June 10 – Sept. 16. AICHO’s Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 212 W. 2nd St, Duluth, MN. For info, see: http://www.aicho.org /shaun-chosa-2022.html#. Or see Facebook page: https://fb.me/e/6kAHXoE8Z.

Thru Sept 17
Noojimo (She Heals)
Noojimo (She Heals) art exhibition celebrates the importance of Aunties in Indigenous spaces. In many Indigenous communities, the Auntie serves as an extra parental role. Noojimo is a powerful tribute to courageous women (both historically and modern) stepping into the role of Aunties; who influence, create, and strengthen bonds of obligation, trust, and solidarity both inside the home and community. Participating artists: Nedahness Rose Green, Karen Savage Blue, Tara Keanuenue Gumapac, Eve LaFountain, Tanaya Widner, Agnus Woodward, Sharon Day, Somah Haaland, April Holder, Racquel Banaszak, Dyana Dyess, Rayshele Kamke, Valaria Tatera, Deanna L Croaker, Teresa McDowell, Loriene Pearson, Rita Erdrich, Rick Kagigebi, Penny Kagigebi, Cynthia Hamilton, Melissa Widner, and Nelson White Closing Reception and Artists Panel: Sept. 9, from 6 – 8 pm. All My Relations Art, NACDI, 1414 E Franklin Ave #1, Minneapolis. For info, see: http://www.allmyrelationsarts.com/noojimo-she-heals.

Thru Oct 1 
AICHO Food and Art Market
The American Indian Community Housing Organization’s (AICHO) Food and Art Markets will host eight Food and Art Markets every two weeks thru October 1. Family-fun cultural hands-on activities including birch bark basket making, a fun educational activity tent on nutrition, and Indigenous music. The goal is two fold. One is food access combined with food sovereignty: to bring fresh, healthy, locally grown and produced foods and vibrant culturally creative artwork to the Hillside community and Duluth. The other is to stimulate the Indigenous and BIPOC food and art economy in Duluth. AICHO will be accepting SNAP/EBT benefits and utilizing Market Bucks at all 8 markets! Entrepreneurs will be selling items such as garden grown produce, frozen meats, smoked white fish, wild rice, fermented foods, Indigenous teas, maple syrup, jams and jellies, herbs, honey, wild rice cupcakes, salves, CBD products, as well as artwork featuring fine art, prints, apparel, beadwork, jewelry and so much more. Everyone is welcome. AICHO’s Food & Art Markets will be held at the One Roof Parking Lot, 12 E 4th St, Duluth. For info, see: https://fb.me/e/6yMSHCQzu.

Thru Oct 27th
Four Sisters Farmers Market
The Four Sisters Farmers Market is an Indigenous-focused farmers market centered on providing increased access to affordable, healthy, culturally appropriate local foods within the American Indian Cultural Corridor. The Four Sisters Farmers Market believes in a market that simultaneously builds community health and wealth for community consumers and farmer vendors. The Four Sisters Farmers Market accepts SNAP/EBT benefits, Market Bucks, and Four Sisters Farmers Market Vouchers. The Market is open on Thursdays though October 27th, from 11am – 3pm. The market will be held at 1414 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, contact Darek Delille at ddelille@nacdi.org or 218-721-7442. Or Elizabeth Day at: eday@nacdi.org or 612-235-4971.

Thru Oct
Dakota Play Project Language Classes
Language and theatre classes will be held from 6:30 -8:30pm on Zoom. These classes will take place each Tuesday through October online and are open to Dakota community members who are interested in helping create our Dakota language play with Lower Phalen Creek Project. If you are interested in taking the language class or getting involved in other ways with Dakota Play Project, please contact sara@newnativetheatre.org. https://whiteearth.com/home.

Thru Nov 27
Alexandra Buffalohead: Shifting the Perspective
How do museum narratives obscure some histories in preference of telling others? In her installation, guest curator Alexandra Buffalohead (Bdewakantowan Dakhóta/Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate) examines this dynamic through the prism of Indigenous history and knowledge. Placing the James J. Hill presentation tray (Tiffany and Co., 1884) in dialogue with Native artworks, Buffalohead offers a more complex and accurate framing of the history of St. Anthony Falls and Wita Wanagi (Spirit Island), a spiritual site for Dakhóta people; the island, which remained even as the Falls became a hub for logging, milling, and transportation, was removed in 1960 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ creation of the lock and dam. In doing so, she provides a corrective lens that transcends and enriches Mia’s presentation of the past. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Avenue S, Minneapolis. For info contact: 888-642-2787 or visit@artsmia.org.

Ongoing: Mondays
Men’s Support and Smudge
Men’s Support and Smudge: Join American Indian Family Center’s Father & Men’s Outreach Specialist, Rich Antell, for a virtual men’s group Mondays from 6pm – 8pm. Don’t miss this chance to gather with other American Indian men to explore your identity, participate in culture, and support each other. Register: https://bit.ly/MenSmudge. American Indian Family Center, 579 Wells St, St Paul. For info, contact: info@aifcmn.org.

Ongoing: Tuesdays
Khunsi Onikan Well-Anon (Native American Al-Anon) 
The AIFC’s Khunsi Onikan Program will be held on Tuesdays at 7pm for a Native American culturally-based, one-hour meeting to help build healthier boundaries and relationships with your loved ones suffering from addiction. American Indian Family Center, 579 Wells St, St Paul. For info, contact: info@aifcmn.org.

Ongoing: Wednesdays
Imnizaska Family Drum
Join us Wednesdays between 6–8pm to sing and drum. This drum event has been created to bring families together to learn and share around the drum. All singers and families interested in learning and sharing are welcome. We will share a meal and practice learning songs. Imnizaska Family Drum is supported by the Men’s Programming at the American Indian Family Center. Runs through August 24th. American Indian Family Center, 579 Wells St, St Paul. For info, contact: info@aifcmn.org, or see: https://bit.ly/AIFCMNDrum.

Ongoing: Thrusdays
Wellbriety/Medicine Wheel 12 Steps Meeting
Khunsi Onikan Wellbriety/Medicine Wheel 12-step virtual meetings are every Thursday at 7pm. These meetings are designed to help you find safe, confidential healing, and support in your recovery journey and are open to anyone wanting to work on recovery from any addictions. Sponsored by the AIFC Khunsi Onikan program. American Indian Family Center, 579 Wells St, St Paul. For info, contact: info@aifcmn.org. Or see: https://bit.ly/KOWellbriety.

Ongoing
Find opportunities to buy used and swap goods on Choose to Reuse
Almost every weekend, there are special events held throughout Hennepin County to buy used goods and swap out stuff you no longer need. Hennepin County’s Choose to Reuse has made these events easy to find. See a listing of upcoming events on the Choose to Reuse website, including occasional markets, clothing and goods swaps, citywide garage sales, retail store special events, community fundraising sales, and lending library events. Or sign up for Choose to Reuse news and events to get notification delivered right to your inbox. For info, see: https://www.hennepin.us/choose-to-reuse#events.

Ongoing thru summer
Indigenous Scholar Summer Program
Literacy program for Indigenous youth K thru 8th grade with a focus on cultural teachings and culturally relevant literacy to ensure our scholars excel, and believe in their ability to make a difference in their communities while also discovering a love for reading. Activities include: field trips, The Right Path Lessons (alcohol and drug prevention), Arts and crafts, Ojibwe and Dakota language, and more. Mondays through Thursdays, from 10am to 3pm. (1st – 5th graders on Monday and Wed. 6th – 8th graders on Tuesdays and Thrusdays.) Transportation available for South Minneapolis residents. Light breakfast/lunch provided. For info, contact Rica Rivera at 612-279-6320 or erivera@diw-mn.org

Sept 1 – Nov 18
Leonard Peltier’s Walk to Justice
Leonard Peltier’s Walk to Justice is a spiritual walk to seek Leonard Peltier’s release from the U.S. Prison System. Beginning on September 1, the AIMGGC will lead a prayerful walk from Minneapolis, MN to Washington, D.C. to advocate and meet with government officials to see the release of Leonard Peltier from the U.S. Federal Prison System. All relatives, supporters, and allies are invited to help carry this prayer for Elder Leonard Peltier to the system who continues to imprison a piece of all American Indian peoples and demand accountability from an unjust justice system. We are seeking support along the route of the walk. There are many ways to support the walk including sharing posts to raise awareness, volunteering at events, hosting feasts for the walkers, offering safe places to stay along the route, committing to walking any distance or time, donating supplies, and monetary donations. For info, see Facebook page “Leonard Peltier’s Walk to Justice” or email the organizers at leonardpeltierwalktojustice@gmail.com.

Sept 4
Water Is Life Festival
Honor The Earth and The Current present Water Is Life Festival, hosted by Winona LaDuke. Featuring Ani DiFranco, The Indigo Girls, Allison Russell, Tia Wood, LOW, Dessa, Joe Rainey Sr, Annie Humphrey, David Huckfelt, Keith Secola, Corey Medina, Gaelynn Lea and emcee Thomas X. This year’s festival theme centers, elevates, and supports women and Indigenous people as the first line of resistance and resilience in the face of an all-out assault in the U.S. against Mother Earth and the rights of women everywhere. Festival proceeds go to Honor the Earth to fight new challenges to Indigenous lands & people. Get your tickets now! Use the password “WATERPROTECTOR” for a special discount. All ages welcome.1pm, doors open at Noon,. Door Price: Starting from: $50.00. Bayfront Festival Park, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN. For info, see: https://www.waterislifefestival.org.

Sept 7
Seed Bombs
Join us for a community gathering and seed bomb activity from 4 – 7 pm. Folks are welcome to bring their own seeds to make into seed “bombs.” Some wildflowers and another seed mix will be also provided. Seed Bombs are little clay-covered mounds of seeds and soil used to help reseed natural plants. You can gift a seed bomb, or plant them yourself before a rainfall. Wildflowers are important for our bee relatives and ecosystem. The Four Sisters Farm is operated by NACDI, and provides access to fresh healthy foods and serves as a learning environment for Indigenous farming, medicine, and lifeways. 2839 17th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN.

Sept 9
Noojimo (She Heals) Artist Panel & Closing Reception
Join All My Relations Arts and NACDI for the closing reception of Noojimo (She Heals) from 6 – 8 p.m. For the closing reception, curator Hillary Kempenich will moderate a conversation between two selected artists from the exhibit, Sharon Day and Penny Kagigebi. Learn more about the featured artists, their backgrounds, art mediums, and how the role of “Indigenous Auntie” has impacted their lives. Light refreshments and food will be provided by Pow Wow Grounds. Noojimo (She Heals) is a powerful tribute to courageous women (both historically and modern) stepping into the role of Aunties; who influence, create, and strengthen bonds of obligation, trust, and solidarity both inside the home and community. On View until Sept. 17 at the AMR gallery at NACDI.

Sept 9
Red Dress Fundraising Gala
The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center presents the INAUGURAL RED DRESS GALA 2022. Silent Auction & Social Hour 5:30pm. Dinner & Program 6:30pm. Intercontinental Hotel Saint Paul- Riverfront, 11 Kellogg Blvd E, St. Paul, MN. For info, see: https://miwrc.salsalabs.org/inauguralreddressgalafundraisingevent2022

Sept 11 (deadline)
Ozhigin Fellowship 2022
Ozhigin is an intensive business fellowship that will explore the significance of strategic business planning by guiding growth through peer mentorships and network building. In this fellowship, you’ll deep dive into exploring the expansion of your existing business, while gaining more business knowledge, growing your professional network that’s rooted in strategic planning and visioning, establishing partnerships and being paired with Oyate mentors in the fall of 2023. Completion of the fellowship recipients will receive: $10,000 towards their business operating capital; 6 months of professional and guided bookkeeping support and trainings with an accountant; Graphic Design Support; Peer Mentorship – Dedicated and experienced mentor that’s relevant to your business industry; and Oyate Leadership Network (OLN) access and participation in seasonal leadership retreats. Space is limited and the application process will be by essay and application submission review. Applicant’s business MUST BE American Indian owned and operated. For info, see: https://mnisotafund.org/class/ozhigin-fellowship-2022.

Sept 13, Oct 11, Dec 13
Buffalo Show
Buffalo Show is a regular, creative adventure featuring Buffalo Weavers’ Dakota elder poet and storyteller Strong Buffalo and musical bike-riding singer-songwriter Ben Weaver. The duo takes over the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater to weave guest artists with live musical performances and storytelling by Change Narrative, to awaken the world to climate change and its impact, and celebrate our ability to move to solutions (and have fun along the way!). Additional events and details will be announced in the coming weeks. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater. Tickets will be available at bryantlakebowl.com. For more information, visit oyatehotanin.org.

Sept 15
Dr. Ibram X Kendi
Join Birchbark Books at 7pm for an evening with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi discussing his new children’s book, Magnolia Flower. Magnolia Flower is a story of a transformative and radical devotion between generations of Indigenous and Black people in America. With breathtaking illustrations by Loveis Wise, this picture book reminds us that there is no force strong enough to stop love. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, who was recently named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow, gained prominence with the releases of Stamped from the Beginning (a National Book Award winner) and How to be an Antiracist. Both bestselling, critically acclaimed works were named fundamental texts for discussing contemporary race in America. Admission to this live event is $25 per person. Please note that while all ages are welcome, the discussion will be geared toward an older audience. Each admission includes a signed copy of Magnolia Flower, which will be handed out at the event. Masks are strongly encouraged. 2115 W 21st St, Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-374-4023 or see: https://birchbarkbooks.com/

Sept 15 (opens)
Kindred Spirits
“Kindred Spirits: Three Indigenous Artists Who Speak Through Beads” to show at Gordon Parks Gallery. In observance of Indigenous Peoples month in October, three highly skilled and diverse Native artists will be featured in this group exhibit at Metro State University’s Gordon Parks Gallery. Predating the arrival of Europeans to North America, Indigenous peoples skillfully decorated garments and objects with natural media, like stones, shells, quills, and bones. Featured artwork includes traditional garments by Walter Super LaBatte (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), paintings by Sarah McRae (Red Lake Nation) and wall art and wearables by Douglas Limón (Oneida Nation). The opening reception, 5–7:30pm on Sept. 15, also features a talk by the artists at 7pm. Gallery hours are 1–7 p.m., Monday to Thursday, Sept.19 to Oct 20. The gallery is located at the university’s Saint Paul Campus on the third floor of the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street. For info, contact Erica Rasmussen at 651-999-5942 or erica.rasmussen@metrostate.edu.

Sept 19 (deadline)
MN DNR seeks advisors
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking advisors! We are recruiting new members to serve on key advisory groups related to Minnesota’s natural heritage, the Game and Fish Fund, and wildlife and fisheries management. We have openings on the: Fisheries Oversight and Wildlife Oversight committees, Deer Advisory Committee, Minnesota R3 Council (hunter and angler recruitment, retention and reactivation), Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee, Fisheries work groups (bass, catfish, northern pike & muskellunge, panfish, and walleye), and Natural Heritage Advisory Committee. People of all backgrounds and geographies are encouraged to apply through Sept. 19, with the exception that people can apply for the Natural Heritage Advisory Committee through Oct. 17. Participation is voluntary, without compensation. For questions contact: Jan Shaw Wolff, ecosystem management and protection section manager, 651-259-5106; Game and Fish Fund – Beth Carlson, planning director, 651-259-5531; Fish and Wildlife advisory groups – Kelly Wilder, policy planning supervisor, 651-259-5182.

Sept 18-20
Mahkato Annual Traditional Powwow
Honoring the 38 Dakota. Every September Native Americans from a number of tribes gather in Mankato’s Land of Memories Park, where the Dakota people held many ceremonies and gatherings before the US-Dakota War of 1862. The conflict resulted in the execution of 38 Dakota warriors in Mankato on December 26, 1862. In keeping with the theme of reconciliation visitors and participants, native and non-native alike, are welcome to attend. The three-day event includes the beautiful regalia of the dancers, traditional music, delicious foods and beautiful crafts. Land of Memories Park, 100 Amos Owen Lane, Mankato. For info, see: https://www.mahkatowacipi.org.

Sept 30 (deadline)
Native American Artist-in-Residence Program
The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is seeking applicants for its community engaging, Native American Artist-in-Residence (NAAIR) program. NAAIR artists study MNHS collections in order to better understand their respective art forms and then share their knowledge with the community. Native American Artists in Residence receive $25,000 for collections study and development of community programs as well as extensive support and training from MNHS staff, interns and consultants. Artists develop a community-based project inspired by their research in order to disseminate new knowledge of the art form in the artist’s home community. Deadline is Sept. 30. For info, see: https://www.mnhs.org/ residencies/naair.

Sept 30 (deadline)
Minneapolis boards and commissions wanted
Thirty-three City boards and commissions have openings for appointments this fall. The City seeks applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences representing the demographics of Minneapolis to strengthen the work of the City. Translation and interpreting are available so all residents can participate. City boards and commissions have brought forward recommendations that resulted in renter protections, wage protections, and a ban on hazardous chemicals in dry cleaning. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis help shape key policy decisions, give community-based input into the City’s administration of services and supply valuable insights. The deadline for applications is Sept. 30. For info, see: https://www.minneapolismn.gov/government/boards-and-commissions/current-openings or call 612-673-2216.

Oct 10
Indigenous People’s Day
Join Tiwahe Foundation’s Circle of Generosity to celebrate and support Indigenous leadership and our sustained years of community impact in the urban Native Communtiy in the TC and across Minnesota. 5pm to 8pm. Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W kellog Blvd, St. Paul. For info, see https://www.facebook.com
/tiwahefoundation.