May 2018 American Indian Month Calendar

Thru May 18
Leah Yellowbird Art Exhibit

Leah Yellowbird (First Nations Algonquin-Metis and Anishinaabe) returns with a new body of work on display. Yellowbird’s latest work is cross-dimensional, with 3-D painted animal busts, a 9-foot bear sculpture constituted by pom-poms, a collection of black velvet beadwork designs, and an impressive selection of her signature pointillist paintings. The exhibit is set to be an immersive experience for guests in attendance; Leah’s style has been refined more and more over the last few years, and the focus of this exhibit is the physical contexts of her work, be it through deviation from the canvas or focus on individual characteristics. For instance, having mastered her particular style on its surface, Leah has delved into new territory, adding depth to her already intriguing subject matter through a special focus on painted backgrounds. These backgrounds contrast the images on their surface in new and unexpected ways. She describes the process as having been like painting two separate pieces in one – the background and foreground as separate but merged images. Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 212 W. 2nd Street, Duluth, MN. For info, contact Moira Villiard at

May 1 – 31
Ginew/Golden Eagle After School Youth Program

We are an after school prevention program and provide transportation, a meal, culture life skills, arts and crafts and physical education activities and fieldtrips. We have a Tobacco Free Youth group promoting the sacred use of tobacco verses the abuse of commercial tobacco in our community. We also will work with youth involved in the juvenile justice system and help with advocacy and resources. No cost. Monday and Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm; Wednesdays and Thursdays 5pm to 8pm. MAIC, 1530 East Franklin Ave. Mpls. For info, call 812-879-1708, or see

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Our Children Are Sacred

Women’s Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. We do daily reflection readings, big book and open discussion.Thursday from 6 to 7pm. Free. No child care provided. Recovery Church, 253 State St, Mpls. For info, contact Betty at 612-387-4463.

May 6

The MayDay Festival in Powderhorn Park follows the MayDay Parade and features music, dancing, poetry, foods, canoe rides, and more! Parade starts at noon. Enjoy live entertainment at one of the open air stages. Buy food from a wide variety of vendors. Visit the information tables to learn about various issues, interests and causes. Tree of Life Ceremony on the hill. Free. Powderhorn Park, 15th Ave and E. 38th St, Mpls. For info, see

May 6
Genealogy Research: Finding Your Native American Ancestors

Learn how to begin researching your Native American roots and telling your family’s unique story from experienced genealogical and historical researcher Jeanne Boutang-Croud. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 1 -2pm. Free. Franklin Library, 1314 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, contact Stephanie at 612-543-5669 or


May 7, 8 and 9
ASIST, Safe Talk QPR Training

Training on suicide prevention and sign recognition. Free. 8am to 4:30pm. Northwest Indian Community Development Center, 1819 Bemidji Ave N., Bemidji, MN. For info, contact 218-759-2022.

May 7, 14, 21
Medicine Wheel

Open Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. We work Steps and Traditions according to the month. Step 5 and Tradition 5 for the month of May. Monday from 6 7pm. Free. No child care. Gitchitwaa Kateri Church, 3045 Park Ave S (use parking lot entrance), Mpls. For info, contcct Betty at 612-387-4463 or Chris at 612-824-7606.

May 8
ICWA Conference

The Indian Child Welfare Act: Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Pilot Training. It’s been 40 years since the enactment of the ICWA. Where does Minnesota stand in addressing American Indian child welfare disparities? Tribal Star out of San Diego State University is the agency responsible for ICWA training of child welfare workers in California. They will offer insights to their approach to the ICWA, and the UMD will present a pilot ICWA training being developed for DHS. Lunch provided. Minnesota Board of Social Work certified CEUs available. Free. For info and to register, see At the Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN from 8:30am – 4:30pm. 7:30am registration and breakfast. For info, contact Karen Nichols at

May 8, 15, 22, 29
On The Red Road

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Al-anon meeting, Big Book Study group, upon request women or men only meetings. Tuesdays from 7 to 9pm. May 29 at 6:30pm is the Group Conscience Meeting. Free. No child care. 1530 E Franklin Ave (use parking lot entrance), Mpls. For info, contact Gail at 651-313-3023 or Keiji at 612-751-7667.

May 9
23rd Annual American Indian Wellness Fair

The Annual American Indian Wellness Fair offers health screenings free to participants. Diabetes, heart health, HIV/AIDS, hypertension, cholesterol, and lead testing, are a few of the important screenings provided. Additional educational information presented includes: infant safe sleep, teen pregnancy prevention, early childhood screening, suicide prevention, and information on community resources. The annual free screenings have helped to identify health risks and link participants to the necessary resources.  11am – 3pm. Free to the public. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave S, Mpls. For info, contact stephanie.graves@

May 9-13
Native Woman the Musical

New Native Theatre Presents Native Woman the Musical. Native women tell stories with a musical twist in this follow-up play to our wildly successful NATIVE MAN THE MUSICAL. This multi media production featuring Native women from throughout Minnesota will dare to speak truth to the experiences lived by Native women through story, music, dance, humor and more. May 9-13 at 7:30pm and May 13 at 2pm. Park Square’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage, 20 W 7th Pl, St Paul. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can at the door or $25 online at For info: or call 612-367-7639.

May 11
IHB Open House

Join us for an afternoon of fun for the whole family. We’ll offer free health screenings and information on how IHB can best serve you and your family. 12:30 – 3pm. Indian Health Board, 1315 E 24th St, Mpls. For info, see

May 15 (deadline)
Native American Artists-in-Residence Program

The MN Historical Society’s Native American Artists-in-Residence Program helps artists advance their understanding of traditional forms of Native American art through study of MNHS collection items. Deadline is May 15. For info, see

May 15
A Fundraiser for Bdote Learning Center

Bdote Learning Center invites you to welcome Lyla June, a powerful voice for Native American identity and culture. With poetry and music, Lyla will speak about the importance of language and how it is essential in embracing culture. Lyla June is a singer, songwriter and musician. Lyla June was raised in Taos, New Mexico and is of Dine and Cheyenne lineage. This event is free and open to the public, donations are welcomed and encouraged. From 6-8pm. For info, contact Angela at 605-880-5465, angelap@; or Mary Bell at 507-951-7296 or

May 16
MAIC Open House

Join the Indian community for good food and conversation as we celebrate American Indian Month in Minnesota. 11am to 2pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, call 612-871-4555.

May 17
MIWRC Spring Feast

Join us in welcoming spring. There will be an opening prayer followed by a drum group. We will be serving buffalo, turkey, and veggie wraps, soup, salad and fruit. Beverages will include coffee, tea, and water. 11:30am until food is gone. Free and open to the community. MIWRC, 2300 15th Ave S, Mpls. For info, call 612-728-2000.

May 17
Identity in our Fashion

Identity in our Fashion: Four Native Women Artists on Creativity and Cultural Knowledge. Join us for a lively panel discussion featuring four award-winning Native artists from the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Upper Midwest. They are drawing upon their cultural heritage to push the boundaries of creative expression in art, fashion, and photography, bringing new generations of emerging artists along the way. Moderators: Jill Ahlberg Yohe, assistant curator of Native American Art, and Dakota Hoska (Oglala Lakota), research assistant in Native American Art at MIA. 5:30pm-6:30pm: Panel Discussion; 6:30-8:00pm: Meet the Artists Reception. Free, but ticketed. Reserve tickets at 612-870-6322. Minneapolis Institute of Art, Pillsbury Auditorium, 2400 Third Ave S, Mpls. For info, see:

May 17
Feast of the Water Protectors

An evening celebrating indigenous movements and culture. A feast to honor our water protectors and to support indigenous movements that protect our land, water, manoomin, and life ways. In addition, a live fashion show featuring our first line of upscaled garments designed by indigenous artists. Eat like a water protector: Join us for baked Red Lake walleye, manoomin and cremini pilaf, strawberry and kale salad, fresh-baked rolls, and hand-made apple pies, prepared by frontline water protector chef Grumble and his team. Additionally we will be presenting our first Nibi Genawendangig / Water Protector Fashion Show, which will feature upscaled garments designed by indigenous artists. 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Social Hour at 5:30pm. Dinner at 6:30pm. $35 per person, $60 per couple. First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave S, Mpls. For info, contact Emily at 218-375-3200 or Or see:

May 17
Founder’s Day at American Indian OIC

A free community event featuring a feast, career fair, entertainment, and prizes. This community event is open to everyone and typically serves 200-300 people. AIOIC hosts a meal and career fair during this event. Job seekers can network with potential employers. There will be entertainment, drawings, and prize giveaways. Free. Noon to 3pm. American Indian OIC, 1845 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact Ivy Estenson at or 612-341-3358 x125.

May 18-19
Block (Line 3) Party at the PUC
Join us for our Block (Line 3) Party on May 18-19! We’re throwing a block party of pipeline resistance in front of the Public Utilities Commission!  We’ll be encouraging our Public Utility Commissioners to #StopLine3 as they contemplate their final rulings on this pipeline, rulings that could have devastating consequences for years to come. Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 tar sands pipeline would violate treaty rights and put our climate, water, and communities at risk. A family-friendly where you’ll find community, art, learning, music, ceremony, and food. Native singer/songwriter Annie Humphrey will be performing on Friday in the evening. For details and more info, see:

May 18
Language Olympics

Join us for our Ojibwe and Dakota Indigenous Language Olympics. Participants will be put to the test through a fun and challenging series of language games followed by a finale of jeopardy. This event is free and open to all levels of learning. Prizes, appetizers and healthy beverages provided. 5pm-8pm. Study packets are available at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, where we also hold weekly Language Tables from 5-7pm, Tuesday through Thursday. For info, see:, or contact Cheryl Secola at or Maggie Thompson at

May 18
NACC Open House

Celebrating 15 Years of Service. This year’s event will be held from 12-3pm. Includes entertainment, health screenings, spiritual advisors and many other culturally centered activities. A nutritious lunch featuring traditional foods and swag bag of goodies will be provided. Food provided by YouthLink. Entertainment TBA. If you are interested in tabling or would like to donate for this community event, contact Moriah at 612-843-5928 or

May 18
The Language of Protest

The year 1968 reflected turbulent times in the United States socially, politically, musically, racially, and culturally. In 2018, 50 years later, do we see change? Join MNHS staff in exploring this question by examining 1968-themed artifacts related to the Native American community, hearing stories surrounding some of the objects, engaging in multigenerational community dialogue, and enjoying light food and refreshments. This program was created in partnership with Two Rivers Gallery. 6pm to 8pm. Free. Two Rivers Gallery, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls. For info, see

May 18
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:
• June 15, July 20, August 17, Sept 21, Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 21.

May 18
Block (Line 3) Party at the PUC

Come together to show our legislature and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) how important the denial of Line 3 is to all of us. Invite your friends and family to a weekend filled with lots of opportunities for connecting, sharing, and creating as we prepare for the PUC’s upcoming decision on Line 3. Music, food and art are just a few of the highlights you’ll experience during our time together. 2pm. Free and open to the public. For info, see: 221343581932989. For info, contact Scott at 612-203-6164.

May 19
Indian Youth Olympics

We will start out with a meal and then have races and games for youth ages 5 to 18 years old. We will have ribbons for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and participation ribbons for all who participate. We will also have Twisted Balloons doing their great work face painting and creating balloon art. There will also be some Minute to Win It games and prizes for the elders. 11:30am is registration.12pm, lunch served until gone. 12:30pm– the games begin. 4pm– wrap up and raffle. Free. East Phillips Park (24th and Cedar Ave.) In case of rain, the event will take place at MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave. For info, contact the Ginew/Golden Eagle Program at 612 879 1708, or

May 18
Dedication Ceremony for Mino Bimaadizi Waakaa’igan
The Fond du Lac Reservation and Human Services Division would like to welcome you to a dedication ceremony for Mino Bimaadizi Waakaa’igan. The newly renovated building currently houses Mashkiki Waakaaigan Pharmacy, which has been open at this location since October 2017, and the Tagwii Outpatient Program, which will be opening soon. Please join us for a light lunch and gathering to celebrate this occasion.
No cost. 12pm-3pm. Mino Bimaadizi Waakaa’igan, 2020 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis. For info, contact Kellie at 612-871-1989.
May 20
Gichitwaa Kateri Church Open House

We are planning an open house with the Sioux Chef serving signature soup, bread and drink. Guests will get a better understanding of what we do. Mass at 11am. Gichitwaa Kateri Church, 3035 Park Ave, Mpls. For more info, call 612-824-7606 or see

May 20
Anishinaabe Drumming With Gege Anishnaabeg Animkis

Learn about the meaning of drumming, dancing and song to honor the Creator. Traditional memorial songs, round dance, and other songs will be performed with dancers from the Native American community. Aaron Lightfeather will facilitate conversation about the meaning of dewe’igan (drum), Anishnaabeg (Ojibwe) spirituality, how ceremonies help us through sickness and pain, and how to move forward as a community into hope, love and creativity. 12:30 – 1:30pm. Free. Franklin Library, 1314 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, contact Stephanie at 612-543-5669 or

May 21
Family Fun Night

Northwest Indian Community Development Center Arts & Crafts for the Family. Free. 4-8pm. Northwest Indian Community Development Center, 1819 Bemidji Ave N., Bemidji, MN. For info, contact 218-759-2022.

May 21-25
6th Annual Love Water Not Oil Tour

Horse Rides Against Line 3: This May and July, we invite the public to join us for the Love Water Not Oil Tour. As the Line 3 struggle heats up this summer, we will ride horses again in two rides along the proposed pipeline route against the current of the oil while connecting with the land and spiritually celebrating the abundance of Anishinaabe Akiing. The first ride in May will be four-day show of force prior to the PUC’s decision to permit the pipeline, kicking off on May 21st at the Mississippi Headwaters, going past the Clearbrook terminal, and ending in Bemidji on May 25th. Our second ride in July will follow our annual path from East Lake in Mille Lacs to Rice Lake in White Earth over the course of ten days. We will be kicking it off with a concert in Duluth on July 22nd and attending the East Lake Powwow July 27th-29th. (All dates are subject to change.) We are looking for donations and volunteers. We are especially looking for large food donations and volunteers able to help in the kitchen to feed the riders, set-up/take-down camp, and transport people and supplies. For info, contact Charlotte at or 612-387-9768.

May 21-June 8
Ojibwe Immersion Program

Dr. Brendan Fairbanks teaches an intensive, 3-week course in Ojibwe language. The course is taught primarily in Ojibwe with some grammatical description and teaches the fundamentals of the language. This is a great course to build a foundation for or refresh your language skills. Open to everyone. Limited space. The University of Minnesota Dept. of American Indian Studies. $75 class fee. Limited financial assistance available. For info, contact Fawn Grauman-White at 612-624-5052 or

May 23
HIV Community Strategy Meeting

Community conversation to end HIV. Free. 9:30am to 3pm. Northwest Indian Community Development Center, 1819 Bemidji Ave N., Bemidji, MN. For info, contact 218-759-2022.

May 24
Anishinabe Wakiagun/Bii Gii Wiin’s Open House

Get to know the staff and residents of  Anishinabe Wakiagun and Bii Gii Wiin. Come find out about our programs while enjoying some food, games, bounce house, dunk tank, plinko, tug a war and much more. Bring the kids! This event is for all ages. Free. 11:30am-2:30pm. Bii Gii Wiin, 1600 E 19th St, Mpls. For info, contact 612-871-2883 or

May 24
Wanaisguni Hikurus Hajawi 5K Run/Walk

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 6th annual 5K Run/Walk event, and each year our number of participants grow! Each participant will receive a 5K tee shirt, finishers medallion, raffle tickets for health inspiring prizes, and a nutritious and delicious meal! ALL FREE!!! Thank you to our generous sponsors, The Ho-Chunk Nation, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and the collaborating agencies in the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative grant, as well as Hogen Adams LLC. Register Today! Share and encourage all of Indian Country to come see the beautiful Lake Phalen surrounded by hundreds of American Indians reclaiming our health. 5:30pm-8pm. Free. Phalen Regional Park, 1600 Phalen Drive, Saint Paul. For info, contact Danielle DeLong at 651-955-8072, or  Register at

May 25
Circle of Life Home Care Anishinaabe Open House

Drum group, face painting, bingo and raffle for gifts. We will also be serving a BBQ style lunch. 11am to 3pm. Circle of Life Anishinaabe, 1433 E. Franklin Ave (front parking lot), Mpls. For info, contact Molly Montana at 612-871-2474.

May 25
Standing Strong Through an Epidemic

Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center presents a day of healing for healthcare workers and service providers who have clients affected by the opioid epidemic in the Twin Cities. Registration is necessary but there is no cost. 9:30-11am: Mind-Body Medicine Presentation and Workshop, Lynda Richtsmeier-Cyr, Kathy Farah, Julie Kirkpatrick, and Donna LaChapelle. 12:15-1:45pm: Elder’s Healing Session TBA, Nelda Goodman and Maria McCoy, Elder’s Healing Session TBA, Donna LaChapelle and Ida Downwind, Elder’s Healing Session TBA, Yako Meyers. 2:15 – 4:15pm: Men’s Healing Circle, Lemoine LaPointe. Women’s Healing Circle, Nancy Bordeaux. Marriott Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown, 1500 Washington Ave S, Mpls. For info, see:

May 25
Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering

Join us for the 10th Annual Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering on the south side of the lake. Free. 9am to 2pm. Lake Calhoun Park, 3000 E Calhoun Pkwy, Mpls.

May 30
FAN Wellness Support Circle

Are you Native American and have an interest in a Chronic Illness (CI) support group or are you a Caregiver for a CI person looking for support from others? Join us for a meal and good company every last Wed. of the month, from 6-8 pm. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact Val Lafave at 612-879-1722 or

May 30
Ain Dah Yung Center’s Annual Open House and Celebration

We do it all for our families, their children and our communities. The Open House and Celebration is our favorite day to acknowledge the work we’re all doing together. Open House will include: Community Camaraderie, ADYC Shelter Tours and The ADYC Singers, Feast featuring our renowned Buffalo/Chicken Shish Kabobs, Wild Rice Dish and Fry Bread all prepared by our fabulous ADYC Chefs, Basket Door Prize Drawings, Unveiling of the name of our new Permanent Supportive Housing Center. 11am – 2pm. Ain Dah Yung Center, 1089 Portland Ave, St. Paul. For info, contact Jill Ross at 651-227-4184 ext. 31, Or see:

May 30
Everything Is A Circle

Illusion Theater, in partnership with the Ikidowin Acting Ensemble, the Indigenous People’s Task Force and the Ogitchidakwe Council, present EVERYTHING IS A CIRCLE, performed by ten Ikidowin teens and three Native grandmothers, for one public performance. Everything is a Circle is an adaptation of Illusion’s award-winning sexual abuse prevention play, Touch. Under the direction of Curtis Kirby III and Illusion staff, the youth in the Ikidowin Acting Ensemble program were trained in the issues surrounding sexual abuse, rehearsed scenes from the original play and began to create improvisations. 5pm. Illusion’s Theater, 528 Hennepin Avenue (eighth floor of the Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts), Mpls. Tickets: FREE but reservations recommended Box office:  612-339-4944 or For info, contact Contact Bonnie Morris at or 612-339-4944, x210. Or Curtis  Kirby at or 651-428-7692.

June 1, 2, & 3
Elder Housing’s Garage Sale

Bii Di Gain Dash Anwebi Elder Housing’s Annual Garage Sale. Household goods, clothing, furniture, small appliances, lots of stuff, etc. Name brand table full of stuff. All funds raised are for the elder activities/events at Bii Di Gain. Please enter from the alley. 9am – 5pm. 2400 Bloomington Ave. S, Mpls. For info, contact Diane Grooms at 612-843-2511.

June 6
U of MN Duluth Open House

The Department of American Indian Studies invites you to learn more about program offerings at our Open House. 3 to 6pm. University of Minnesota- Duluth Campus, 110 Cina Hall, Duluth, MN. For info, call 218-726-7332.

June 9
Bowwow Powwow Book Signing

A book signing for Bowwow Powwow. This playful children’s story by Brenda Child is accompanied by a retelling in Ojibwe by Gordon Jourdain, and brought to life by Jonathan Thunder’s vibrant dreamscapes. The result is a powwow tale for the ages. When Uncle and Windy Girl and Itchy Boy attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Now Uncle’s stories inspire other visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers–all with telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All attesting to the wonder of the powwow. 11am to 1pm. Birchbark Books, 2115 W. 21 St., Mpls. For info, call 612-374-4023.