Community Calendar April 2012


Through June 30

Mni Sota: Reflections of

Time and Place

"Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place" features works by 17 Native American artists from the Minnesota region. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Sites and dates are:

o Thru March 15: Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.

o April 1-May 18: Mille Lacs Indian Museum, Onamia, MN.

o May 28-June 30: Tweed Museum, Duluth, MN.

Through 2012

Why Treaties Matter:

Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations

The Why Treaties Matter project helps establish American Indian sovereignty as an ongoing continental reality and provides a vehicle for Minnesotans to learn new and innovative ways to create community.    Video presentation and 20 banners featuring text and images, how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements between nations still matter today. For more dates, see:


o March 23-April 22:  School District 196 Native American Parent Advisory Committee, Rosemount.

o May 1-30: Fort Snelling, St Paul.    

o May 28-June 25: Fond du Lac Cultural Center/Museum, Cloquet

o June 8-July 7: Goodhue County Historical Society, Red Wing

o July 1-31: MN Valley History Center & Dakota Wicohan, Morton

o July 16-Aug 15: Mayo Clinic, Rochester

o Aug. 23-Sept 22: Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul

o Oct. 1-31: Winona County Historical Society, Winona

o Nov.­ 8-Dec. 15: Carlton County

Thru April 30

Older Than American Exhibit

Taking its title from Native writer, director and producer Georgina Lightning’s 2008 contemporary drama shot in Cloquet, Minnesota, Older Than America highlights the work of two emerging Native visual artists: Carolyn Lee Anderson and Bobby Wilson. On view through April, the exhibit will also feature a community screening of Lighning’s haunting thriller. On view through April at The Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Avenue, Minneapolis. 612-879-5335 or Free and open to the public.

April 1 (deadline)

Visions and Viewpoints, Artists of the Dakota

and Ojibwe People

Call for artists for Visions and Viewpoints, Artists of the Dakota and Ojibwe People Gallery show: May 5 – June 24. Open to all professional and emerging artists who are 18 years of age or older and are members of either the Dakota or Ojibwe tribes. Ten artists from a variety of art media will be selected. Each artist will receive a $500 stipend plus up to $200 mileage for participating. Selected artwork should include/invoke some aspect of cultural relevance. Submission deadline April 1. PDF images may be emailed to: Artists are asked to attend the reception. For info, see the website:

April 3, May 1, 3

Veterans Service Information

Native American vets can meet with Tribal Veteran Officer Todd Dionne of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Services. Veterans Service Information meeting will be held at 1308 E. Franklin Avenue (rear entrance) Minneapolis. For more info, contact Todd Dionne at 612-970-5765, 651-231-5064, or email:? Website:

o April 3: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

o May 1: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

o May 3: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

April 3, 6, 17, 24

Low-cost Immunization Clinics

Hennepin County Public Health is offering low-cost immunizations to people who don’t have health insurance or their insurance does not cover immunizations. A vaccine is your best defense against many illnesses, including the flu. All are walk-in clinics, so no appointments are needed. Donations are requested but not required for the immunizations. For more information, call 612-348-2884 or go to: Clinic dates:

oApril 3 and 17: Bloomington Clinic, Bloomington Division of Health, 1900 W. Old Shakopee Road, 3 – 5:30 pm.

o April 24: Brooklyn Center Clinic, Hennepin County’s Brookdale Service Center, 6125 Shingle Creek Road, 9 to 11 am.

o April 6: Downtown Minneapolis Clinic, Hennepin Health Services Building, 525 Portland Ave., Minneapolis. 8:30 to 11 am.

April 4

Mammogram Day

Are you Native American? Do you need a Mammogram or Pap Smear? We Can Help! We will Provide: A Great Lunch; Incentives for Getting your Mammogram/Pap Smear; Educational Speakers; and Bingo for Prizes. Call Diane Archambault at 612-721-9881 to schedule your mammogram or pap smear. 9:00 am.-4:00 pm. At the Indian Health Board, 1315 E 24th St, Minneapolis.

April 4

Bunky Echo-Hawk

A live art performance by nationally recognized Native American artist Bunky Echo-Hawk. Free! From 6 pm to 9 pm at the CSU Ballroom, MSU-Mankato, Mankato, MN.

April 5

Gathering of Sacred Voices

The 7th Generation Ogichidaakwe/ Akicita Winyan host Gathering of Sacred Voices will be held at MIGIZI Communications, 3123 East Lake Street, Minneapolis. The purpose of the event is to empower, educate and mobilize Native youth to promote a healthy community. Youth will learn and utilize leadership skills and develop action steps focused on social change and positive cultural practices. Native Youth Futures, In the Footsteps of Our Grandmothers and New Media Pathways will facilitate circles in the following areas: Spoken Word, Media, Entrepreneurship, Culture, and Youth Leadership Development. We ask agencies that work with youth to bring in students for the all day workshop and gathering. We do have bus tokens we can give them for return trip.   Lunch & Door Prizes.10:30 am -4:30 pm. For more info, call 612- 721-6631.

April 6

Native Home Craft Sale

Native American Home Crafters, buyers wanted! Stop and shop for unique and handcrafted items made by local Native American home crafters! We are located next to the Franklin Library. The craft sale will be in the front community room right off Franklin Avenue. Vendors: space is limited, first come first served.10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Bldg., Front Street Meeting Room, 1308 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. FMI: Contact Carl at 872-8388 or Marcy at 612-872-4636.

April 6

MN Chippewa Tribe Luncheon for Donations

Donate for life, love, & hope… The Minnesota Chippewa tribe Building Programs will also offer a luncheon. The donations received will go to the American Indian Cancer Foundation Hope for Life campaign. Please join us for the luncheon and donate whatever you can for this important effort. 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Entrance at the rear of the bldg. Minnesota Chippewa tribe Building, 1308 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. For info, call 612-872-8388.

April 10

Actor/musician Gary Farmer

Actor and musician Gary Farmer, member of the Cayuga Nation in Canada, will be on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus from 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm. Farmer will present on the Haudensaunee culture and perspective, and indigenous cinema. Gary Farmer has appeared in over 100 films and television shows. Free and open to the public. Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers, (Gary’s blues band) will perform at UW-Superior’s Yellowjacket Union Shippar Atrium at 7:00 pm Concert is free and open to the public.  

April 11-13

Sexual Assault Awareness Conference

The First Annual Sexual Assault Awareness Conference, a two and a half day event, will be held at Seven Clans Casino and Events Center at Red Lake. The conference is being sponsored by Equay Wiigamig (Women’s Shelter) of Red Lake. The theme of the conference is "Ganawenindizon da-gina’amaagemagak maji-doodawind bemaadizid" (Protect your spirit, stand against sexual violence.) Invited speakers include Vednita Carter and Joy Friedman of Breaking Free, and Robin Charboneau. The conference is free to all, both on and off reservation, who work with or are interested in this important subject matter. To register or for more info,  call Equay Wiigamig – Red Lake Women’s Shelter at 218-679-2500 or 888-679-2501.

April 12

Native American Mentoring Initiative Advisory Council

In order to help address the shortage of Native American male mentors, the Native American Mentoring Initiative Advisory Council and Big Brothers Big Sisters are hosting the NAMI Mentoring Open House. Adults will have the opportunity to learn more about what it takes to mentor a young person and the resources available. 6:00-7:30 p.m., Division of Indian Work, 1001 East Lake Street, Minneapolis. Space is limited, so please register early. Email: or call 651-485-0175.

April 13

MIWRC?Spring Feast

The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center’s Spring Feast will be held starting at 11:00 am until food is gone. Free. MIWRC, 2300 – 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-728-2000.

April 13

American Indian Family Center Powwow/Fair

Feast and fair at 5 pm, Grand Entry at 6 pm. For further info, please call 651-793-3803. Sponsored by MOFAS. Harding High School, 1540 E. 6th St., St. Paul.

April 15

Solidarity Concert for Mother Earth

A music event with the intent to create public awareness of the global destruction of the earth. With the currentproposed Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, Wisconsin Iron Mining, global warming, depletion of our natural resources, sacred site desecration and the loss of species at an alarming rate…we need to intensify and direct more attention to this plight with the support of concerned humans. Contemporary Indigenous musicians, Indigenous elders and environmental activists including Gary Farmer, Bluedog, Highway 49 Blues Band, Chicago comedian Josie Dykas, and others. 2 pm at the Mpls American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin?Ave., Mpls.

April 17

History Lounge: Dakota Women’s Work

Professor Colette Hyman, author of the new book "Dakota Women’s Work: Creativity, Culture and Exile," will talk about how Dakota women continued the traditions of their people, even in the face of exile and attempts at extermination. "Dakota Women’s Work" (MHS Press 2012) examines how the decorative work of Dakota women and the changes in that work embodies the culture, spirit, and history of the Dakota people. 7 pm. Free Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul. Call 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773‚ or see:

April 19  

MPS Indian Education Public Hearing

Share your ideas about Indian Education in Minneapolis! Receive info about the agreement with MPS School Board (MOA). Find out what Indian Education has been up to this year! Meet  Indian Education Parent Committee. 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Anishinabe Academy’s Middle School Media Center. For more info, contact Deanna StandingCloud, Parent Engagement Coordinator for MPS Indian Education at 612-668-0612 or: deanna.standingcloud@

April 21

DIW Baby Shower

Food, games, prizes and fun! For past and present DIW clients who are expecting or who have delivered in the last year. Presented by Women of Traditional Birthing, a program of the Division of Indian Work. Noon – 3 p.m. Dakotah Lodge, Division of Indian Work, 1001 East Lake Street, Minneapolis. For more info  and to R.S.V.P., contact Fawn Edberg at 612-279-6312 or

April 23-28

NHCC’s Third Annual Earth Week

North Hennepin Community College will celebrate its third annual Earth Week with events and speakers to educate the campus and wider community about "Indigenous Peoples and the Land", this year’s theme which honors the sesquicentennial of the 1862 US-Dakota war. Some of the events include: Why Treaties Matter, Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations A Traveling Exhibit; Mni Sota: Telling the Land from a Dakota Perspective.  Ramona Kitto Stately weaves a personal story of the exile of her family from Minnesota while exploring the importance of land from a Dakota perspective; Earth Week Opening & Welcome – President John O’Brien, Annamarie Hill Kleinhans, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and other; Diane Wilson – A Reading. Wilson is a creative nonfiction writer. Her essays and memoir use personal experience to illustrate broader social and historical context; Dr Anton Treuer: Indigenous Language, Culture and the Land: – Making the Connection. Treuer will discuss the interconnections between indigenous languages, culture and the land, with a focus on the Indigenous Peoples of Minnesota; Terry Janis – Why Treaties Matter. Janis, of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation, will explore the fundamental relationship between American Indian nations, the US government and state governments; Chase Manhattan –  Live performance from NAMMY winning Minneapolis Native Hip Hop Rap artist; The Politics of Wild Rice – An American Indian Perspective; Osseo 17th Annual Wacipi and Indian Education Day; and many other events. To find out dates, times and locations see their website at: or call Ana Davis at 763-424-0961 or Don Wendel at 763-488-0265.

April 26 – 27

Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers

The Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition’s annual conference: 6th Annual Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers: Strengthening Our Circle to End Sexual Violence.  Evening Activities, Traditional Pow-wow, Honoring survivors.  Who should attend: Advocates, Law enforcement, Medical professionals, Chemical dependency programs, Mental health providers, Community members, elders, and others working on ending violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and children. Held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Suites, Three Appletree Square Bloomington, MN. For more info, call Cristine Davidson at 651-646-4800 or

April 26-27

MN Tribal Summit on HIV/AIDS/STDs

The Minnesota Tribal Summit on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases will b­e held at the Shooting Star Casino on the White Earth Reservation, MN. Tribal Leaders and  Health Providers – what you need to know about HIV/AIDS in Indian Country; Preventing HIV/AIDS: Testing, Counseling and Referral to Treatment; Resources available for treatment, and more. Hosted by MN Department of Human Services’ HH Program. Keynote: Ending the AIDS epidemic in Indian Country: The Promise and Challenges Ahead (Dr. Tony Stately). Contact Denise at: by April 19 to register for the Tribal Summit.  

April 27

Native C.H.A.T. Film Festival

The Indigenous Peoples Task Force presents the 2nd Annual Native C.H.A.T. Film Festival. The Native C.H.A.T. Film Festival is a one day event where films created by Native youth will be screened. The submitted films will be an opportunity for Native youth to share their perspectives on these important issues: HIV/AIDS; Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drugs (ATOD); Phobia’s & Ism’s (racism, sexism, coloinalism, homophobia, bullying, etc.). MC: Chase Manhattan. 1 pm – 8 pm. The Film Festival will be a tool of social justice broadcasting the voices and visions of Indian Country’s future. The Film Festival is free and open to the public. At the Shooting Star Casino, 777 Casino Road, White Earth Reservation.

April 28

Pow-wow 4 Hope

New event will honor cancer survivors, raise awareness of cancer risks, and increase resources to ease the burdens of cancer. The Powwow is a celebratory way to help fight one of the most debilitating diseases Minnesota American Indian families encounter. For Powwow participants, there will be a feast but there will not be cash supports for the day. Individuals and groups are being recruited to form teams to fundraise before and during the event. If you would like more information about forming a team contact Julia 612-584-0428 or email All teams will have the opportunity to have a booth at the event to raise money by selling food, crafts, and/or activities. For info see: Held at the Midtown YWCA in Mpls from 10 am-10 pm. Hosted by the American Indian Cancer Foundation.

April 28-29

Sweetgrass Basket Workshop

Learn the art of making a coil sweetgrass basket in this two-day workshop. Sweetgrass is a fragrant sacred herb used in ceremonies and artwork by the Ojibwe. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments and a light lunch provided on both days. Reservations and prepayment required by April 25. Discount hotel rooms are available at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on Saturday night for all workshop participants. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. Time: Noon to 4 pm on Saturday. 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday. Cost: $60, $55 for MHS members; $15 supply fee. Reservations required, call 320-532-3632.

April 30 (deadline)

Young Native Writers Essay Contest

The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation welcomes entries for the Young Native Writers Essay Contest, which it organizes each year in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. Winners of the annual contest will receive college scholarships and an opportunity to participate in a Scholars Week in Washington, D.C. Deadline is April 30. This contest is for high school students. Essays should address the following: crucial issue confronting your tribal community today and you hope to help your tribal community respond to this challenge and improve its future. The contest is open to Native American high school students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 only. All students participating in the contest should have a significant and current relationship with a Native American tribal community. Five first-place winners will each receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., the week of July 8-14, 2012, to visit the National Museum of the American Indian and other prominent sites. They will be accompanied by the teachers who inspired their entries into the contest. The winners also will receive a scholarship of $2,500 each. To learn more on how to apply, see:  

May 1

The 2012 MN American Indian Month Kickoff

Come celebrate community and the start of MN American Indian Month at the Parade of Nations and Celebration, beginning at 9:30 am at Cedar Field, Little Earth of United Tribes, Minneapolis, MN. Join in the Parade of Nations and show your pride wearing regalia, ribbon shirts and shawls. Organizations and groups are encouraged to carry banners, puppets, etc. All organizations/groups/eagle staff carriers/ honor guards interested in participating or creating a float for the parade, contact Daniel Yang at 612-235-4969 or: No registration fees.

May 1

17th Annual American Indian Wellness Fair

The 17th Annual American Indian Wellness Fair, in partnership with the MN American Indian Month Kickoff, will be held from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center in Minneapolis. Registration materials for assessment tables, contact Tish Rivera – Cree at 612-721-9839 or see:

May 10

MAIC Open House

The Minneapolis American Indian Center will be holding their annual Open House  from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. Stop by to meet the staff and learn more about the programs offered within the center. Lunch will be served at 12:00 pm. MAIC, 1530 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis. For info, call 12-879-1795 or see:

May 11 (deadline)

Folk/Traditional Arts Grant

Minnesota State Arts Board Folk and Traditional Arts Grant deadline. Folk and Traditional Arts supports the artistic traditions and customs practiced within community and/or cultural groups by identifying, documenting, preserving, presenting, and honoring Minnesota’s folk arts and traditions. Project may be a single event or activity, or a series or combination of multiple events or activities. May include field research and documentation of folk and traditional art forms. May include passing on folk and traditional arts through mentorships or apprenticeships. Projects must have a public component such as a concert, exhibition, documentary, workshop, work in the classroom, or other activity that engages members of the public in the work of Minnesota’s folk and traditional artists. Any Minnesota folk or traditional artist; Any Minnesota arts producing organization that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3); Any Minnesota public agency such as a unit of local, state, or tribal government. Grant range $5,000-$75,000. Applications are available at: Applications must be received by May 11 by 4:30 pm.  Information can also be found on the community liaison Facebook page, MN-State-Arts-Board-Community-Liaisons. Native community members with questions about the grant can call the MSAB office at (800) 866-2787 or contact the Native American Community Liaison:

May 17

16th Annual AIOIC Open House/Feast

Employers & Job Training Programs will be in attendance. American Indian OIC Programs. Join us for lunch and a tour! Noon to 3:00 pm. Tours at -12:30 pm & 1:00 pm. American Indian OIC, 1845 East Franklin Ave Minneapolis. For info call 612-341-3358.

May 25

Performance Arts, Dance, and Theatre

Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant for Performance, Arts, Dance, and Theatre deadline.  Applications are available at: Native community members with questions about the grant can call the MSAB office at (800) 866-2787 or they can email the Native American Community Liaison at : Applications must be received by 4:30 pm. Information can also be found on the community liaison Facebook page, MN-State-Arts-Board-Community-Liaisons.

May 25 (deadline)

Minnesota Indigenous Youth Freedom Project Camps

The MN?Indigenous Youth Freedome Project Residential Camps and Workshops will be held at the University of Minnesota-Duluth on these dates: June 24 – 29 (Young Men);?July 8 – 13 (Young Women);?July 15 – 20 (Young Women);?August 5 – 10 (Young Men). The MIYFP was established to create leadership initiatives for American Indian youth (aged 13-17) living on and near Minnesota Reservation communities. Leadership training for youth includes training camps and community-based experiences. Goals of the project include: Increase leadership skills and abilities; Increase opportunities for youth to demonstrate and build their leadership skills; and Collaborate with existing, community-based, culturally relevant youth programs that strengthen self-efficacy. This program is free of charge for the week-long camp. The participants will be provided with food, lodging and activities that?include rock-climbing, swimming, Twister Alpine coaster, and much more! Registration forms must be handed in by May 25. For more info, contact: Jamie Walt at 218-726-7073 or:?

May 30

ICWA Law Center Spring Feast

The ICWA Law Center will be holding our Annual Spring Feast on May 30, 2012.  The ICWA Law Center welcomes all community members to join us for a luncheon celebration! 11:30-1:30. ICWA?Law Center, 1730 Clifton Place, Suite 104, Minneapolis, MN . For more info, call Tammy Esposito at 612 879 9165.

June 22 (deadline)

Nat’l JOM?Art Contest

The National Johnson-O’Malley Association’s Art Contest. The theme is "JOM an Everlasting Educational Gift". This contest is open to all. Artwork must be no larger than 81/2 x 11". The artist should include an interpretation of their artwork. Don’t include any text in the artwork. Please include your name, age and address with your artwork so than we can contact the winning entries! Mail of deliver artwork to: Navajo Nation JOM Program, P.O. Box 1950, Window Rock, AZ 86515. All entries must be received by June 22. The winners will receive cash prizes. 1st Place $300, 2nd Place $200, Honorable $100. For more information, contact: Clayton Long at 435-678-1251,; or Eleanor Thomas at 928-871-7461,