Community calendar November 2012


Nov. 1 – 30

Leech Lake Tribal College Native American Heritage

The Leech Lake Tribal College will be hosting a variety of events throughout November to celebrate Native American month. All are free and open to the public. For info, see:

nativeHeritageMonth2012_poster.pdf or call 218-335-4220, or email to:

o Nov. 1: OPEN MIC AFTERNOON – Come and share your talents with the college! You can do just about anything. 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.

o Nov. 5: NATIONHOOD SLIDESHOW – The Introduction to Anishinaabe Studies students will show a slideshow at Monday Drum Potluck displaying the 4 elements of nationhood for Leech Lake. 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.

o Nov. 8: LUNCH & LEARN – The Learning Center will be hosting a special Lunch & Learn presentation about topics related to NAHM. For more info, contact Stacie at 218-335-4242 or: 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.

o Nov. 13: WILD RICE COOK OFF – Impress your fellow classmates and LLTC staff by making any Wild Rice Dish you would like! The 1st place winner will receive a gift card! 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.

o Nov. 15: STEM LUNCH & LEARN – The STEM Club will be hosting a special Lunch & Learn presentation about topics related to NAHM. For info, contact Fawn at 218- 335-4219 or: 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.

o Nov. 15 & 16: SILENT AUCTION – Place you bid on fabulous arts and crafts. Items available range from jewelry to leatherwork. Sponsored by LLTC Student Senate.10 am-4 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.

o Nov. 20: BEADING/CRAFT HOUR – Bring your beadwork, arts & crafts, or any other items you would like to work on. This is your opportunity to share creative ideas with others as you work on your own projects. 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.

o Nov. 27: LEARN THE HANDGAME – Learn to play the handgame by alumni Tallie Large. One of the original games played by Native people. 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Rm 204.

o Nov. 28: INDIGENOUS FOODS – The Wellness Center will be hosting a special presentation about Traditional Indigenous Foods. For info, contact Dawn at 218- 335-4254 or: 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.

o Nov. 29 & 30: ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR – Shop for gifts at the annual Arts & Crafts Fair featuring artists from the area. If you are interested in setting up a booth ($10 per day) contact Roselynn at 218-335-4211. 9-5 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.

o Every Tuesday: WELLNESS TALKING CIRCLE – Speak what is in your heart, come to share, or just listen. For info, contact Dawn Plumer at 218-335-4254. Led by Nancy Kingbird. Every Tues. at 12-1pm, CCE-Birch Building.

o Every Friday: OJIBWE STUDY GROUP – Study, learn, and practice Ojibwemowin. For more info, contact Bob at 218-335-4200 or email Every Friday at 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.

Nov. 2 – 30

Native American Heritage Month Events

The American Indian Student Cultural Center of the University of Minnesota Presents: Native American Heritage Month! All events are free and open to the public. For more info, email: or call 612-624-0243.

o Nov. 2: Kickoff Lunch – 11:30-1 pm, AISCC – Coffman Memorial Union, 2nd Floor. Food provided.

o Nov. 8: Honoring American Indian Women Luncheon – Honorees: Ida Downwind, Pamela Standing, and Mary Smith-Lyons. 11-1 pm. Mississippi Room – Coffman Mem. Union, 3rd Floor. Food provided.

o Nov. 13: Native Americans in Literature – Author Susan Power. 6:30pm. AISCC – Coffman Memorial Union, 2nd Floor.

o Nov. 16: Frybread Friday – 5 pm. AISCC – Coffman Memorial Union, 2nd Floor. Food provided.

o Nov. 28: Native Comedy Night – 6:30 pm. President’s Room – Coffman Memorial Union, 3rd Floor. Food provided.

o Nov. 30: Fall Round Dance – 4:30 pm. Northstar Ballroom, St Paul Student Center. Emcee: Jerry Dearly. Stick man: Crow Bellecourt.

Nov. 3

Beyond 1862: INAZIN PO – Native Poets Rise Up

Equilibrium: Spoken Word at the Loft presents Beyond 1862: INAZIN PO – Native American Poets Rise Up. Featuring Tiffany Midge and Trevino Brings Plenty.  With Bobby Wilson, R. Vincent Moniz Jr., Marisa Carr, Norbert Jones Jr. and DJ Nak. Emcee: Heid Erdrich. Midge’s (Standing Rock Sioux) first poetry collection Outlaws, Renegades and Saints: Diary of Mixed-up Halfbreed won the Diane Decorah Memorial Poetry Award by the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. Her chapbook, Guiding the Stars to their Campfire, Driving the Salmon to their Beds was published by Gazoobi Tales. Brings Plenty (Cheyenne River Sioux) is a poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist for the musical ensemble Ballads of Larry Drake. He is the author of Real Indian Junk Jewelry and Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets. This event is in collaboration with One Minneapolis, One Read. 8 p.m. at the Loft, 1011 Washington Avenue S. Minneapolis. $5/$3 Loft members and students.

Nov. 3

Gathering For Our Children & Returning Adoptees Powwow

Emcee: Jerry Dearly. Arena Directors: Windy Downwind and Kirk Crow Shoe. Host Drum: Oyate Teca. Co-host Drum: Healing Spirit. Color Guard: Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Kit Fox Society. 1:00 p.m. Grand Entry. Wablenica Ceremony – The Wablenica Song (Orphan Song) will be sung for those returning adoptees and fostered individuals and their families. A ceremony will be offered to heal the grief caused by separation from family and heritage. 5:00 p.m. Feast. 6:00-7:00 p.m. Gourd Dancing, Tia-Piah Society. 7:00 p.m. Grand Entry. Special Honor song and recognition for our Young Relatives who have experience foster care. Vendors, contact Tina Knafla at 612-348-9662. Free and open to the public. This pow wow is a celebration our community’s strengths. As we continue to gather and acknowledge the strengths of our families, we heal from the intergenerational trauma within our extended family systems. As our families and communities heal we are better able to adopt and foster our Native children. Held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E.?Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For directions see:? For powwow info, contact Sandra White Hawk, First Nations Repatriation Institute, at 651-442-4872, or: Or Tina Knafla at 612-348-9662 or: Or Jacque Wilson at 612-871-6618 or:

Nov. 6

Vote NO TWICE event

Please join us for an evening of music, conversation and light refreshments to support vote NO TWICE and enjoy a great evening to listen to "Mystery Skin‚" electrifying music, fiddle/violin and guitar. Sponsored by ACLU-MN and Native Vote Alliance. We encourage you to also stay and listen to our local artists on the First Friday Coffeehouse which begins right after the music. From 5 pm to 7 pm at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji, MN. Please contact 218-444-2285 for further information.

Nov. 7

Reading: Heid Erdrich

and others

Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems is Heid E. Erdrich’s fourth collection of poem. Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She attended Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University. Heid teaches as a visiting author and scholar at colleges, universities, libraries, and arts and cultural organizations. She also works with visual artists and directs an Ojibwe language press.  Her new book is Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems. For more see Other readers include Leslie Adrienne Miller, Sharon Suzuki-Martinez, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Suzuki- Martinez. For info, call 612-374-4023 or see The Reading Series is sponsored by Birchbark Books. The reading will be at its new location: The Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st Street, Minneapolis (couple doors down from Birchbark Books).

Nov. 7 (deadline)


The NUIFC AND PEPSICO/RISE scholarship, ranging from $500.00-$1,500,  helps young Native HS seniors to have every advantage during high school while preparing for and getting into college. Who is eligible? Native High School students who: Are currently in high school and are a senior in 2012/13 school year; Intend to pursue higher education upon graduation of high school; Can document and articulate their dedication to their urban Indian community. Deadline: Nov. 7, 2012. For any questions, contact Janeen Comenote, Executive Director, NUIFC at 206-551-9933 or email:, or Joe Podlasekat:

Nov. 7-18

New Native Theatre presents, 2012: THE MUSICAL!

2012: The Musical! is a romp through the end of the world as we know it! Inspired by the hoopla of the end of the Mayan calendar, the New Native Theatre Actor Ensemble’s hilarious new play is about the year 2012 from a Native American perspective right from our own Franklin Avenue. Get ready for the return of Indian Alien ancestors who come to fix the ills of our Native people in the western hemisphere, complete with the arrival of rock star ancestors and dancing neon buffalo! Previews: Nov. 7th and 8th at 7:30 pm. Opening Night: Nov. 9 at 7:30 pm. Shows: Nov. 10, 14, 15, 16, & 17 at 7:30 pm and Nov. 11 and 18 at 3:00 pm. School and public matinees Nov. 14 and 15 at 10:00 am. At In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, 1500 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis. Tickets $15; call 612-721-7174, or go to the website:?brownpaper- Or see:

Nov. 8, 22

Akina Red Lake Walleye to be on Lifetime TV

Akina Red Lake Walleye will be featured on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television on Nov. 8th and 22nd at 6:00 am Central Time. Mark your calendars to learn how to order your fish caught in the morning, shipped in the afternoon, and arrive in time for dinner the next day. On the pristine Red Lake waters in Northern Minnesota, Akina Walleye are wild caught by Red Lake tribal anglers. Then they are carefully hand filleted by experienced members and packaged ready to be shipped to your door. For more info, see:

Nov. 9

Native Youth Visit Day at Augsburg College

For Native High School Juniors and/or Seniors (including those recently graduated from High School/earned or earning their GED). 8:30 am: Arrival of students (drop off/pick up is 715 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis). 9 am: Campus Tour. 10 am: Panel presentation from Current Native students at Augsburg. 11 am: Lunch in East Commons. 11:45 am: Charlene Teters presentation about her personal experience of college and American Indian Mascot. 1 pm: depart. Charlene Teters (Spokane), known for her activism and art, is presently a professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She is a founding Board Member of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media. Let them know if you plan to come/bring students from your school, the grade of each student and how many you will bring. For more info, contact Jennifer Simon at 612-330-1144

Nov. 9

Historical Hurts, Contemporary Responses: One Day Symposium

This symposium will utilize the Dakota War of 1862 as a context for which to build upon a community dialogue on historical hurts and trauma.  We will briefly lay the foundation for defining historical trauma, but will focus on furthering the community dialogue and developing tools and techniques participants can practice when they work with, or live in, communities that are affected by historical trauma. Dr. Antony Stately, Director of Mental Health, Chemical Health and Employee Assistance Programs at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, will lead the morning keynote and small group dialogues will be facilitated in the afternoon. Lunch Provided. CEU credits will be available, all interested individuals are welcome to engage in this dialogue. 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. Founders Hall Reception Area, Metropolitan State University, 700 East Seventh St., Saint Paul. Register for free online at Call 651-793-1367 for more details.

Nov. 9

Monthly Traditional Powwow

The American Indian Magnet School’s monthly traditional powwow. Co-Hosted by St Paul Public Schools Indian Education and Metropolitan State University. 6-10 pm. No entrance fee. NDN tacos will be for sale. For additional info, contact the Indian Education Program at 651-293-5191 or 1075 East Third Street, Saint Paul, MN  55106.

Nov. 11

LCO Vets Memorial Dedication And Powwow

The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will hold a Veteran’s Memorial dedication and honor ceremony on from 10:45 a.m. to noon at the new memorial site located at the junction of Highways E and K in Hayward. A dedication ceremony to include drums, salutes, and multiple speakers begins at 10:45 a.m. with a light lunch served at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School starting at noon. A Veterans’ Recognition Powwow is also scheduled for 1 p.m. at the school. Those interested to attend should RSVP to AMVETS Post 1998 Commander Suzanne Mills-Wemm at 715-699-1174 or via emai: For general inquires, call 715-634-8934.

Nov. 12

Sherman Alexie: Blasphemy

Sherman Alexie will be in town in early November in support of his new book Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories. Irreverent hilarity will ensue. 7 pm at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis. For more info, see:? or call 612- 374-4023.

Nov. 15


A public hearing on the Minneapolis Johnson O’Malley Program will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at East Phillips Community Center, 2307 17th Ave. S. in Minneapolis. A meal and door prizes. For info, call 612-373-9477.

Nov. 17

Dakotah! Sport and Fitness To Host Annual Turkey Trot 5K

Dakotah! Sport and Fitness will sponsor their annual Turkey Trot 5K. The 3.1 mile event will start at Dakotah! and wind through The Meadows at Mystic Lake, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s golf course. Registration is $25 through Nov. 14 or until the race fills. The 5K starts at 8:00 a.m. Awards will be given to first, second, and third place overall male and female finishers and age group winners. All registered runners will receive a t-shirt. A Kid’s Fun Run will be held at 8:45 a.m.; registration fee for the Kid’s Fun Run is $10. For info, call Renee Engeman at 952-496-6875 or visit:

Nov. 26

Mini Clinic

Provided by MN Immunization Networking Initiative & the Division of Indian Work – a licensed healthcare professional providing Free Flu Shots for ages 3+, Free Pneumonia Shots for seniors 65+ & Adults with Chronic Health Conditions. Noon- 3:00 pm. Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis. For more info, contact Adrienne Morris at 612-722-8722, ext. 373.

Nov. 26

A Forum on Wild Rice

and Mining

Manoomin miinawaa Miskwaabikokewin Maawand-wewenge: A Forum on Wild Rice and Mining. The forum will focus on issues of wild rice and mining in relation to culture, economics, legislation, and treaty rights. Presenters include experts from various fields and rice harvesters who will speak on the importance of wild rice to the Anishinaabe people and to our environment. The forum is free and open to the public. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. University of Minnesota Duluth, UMD Kirby Student Center, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth, MN. For more info email: or call 612-600-2526.

Nov. 29

Mni Sota Makoce Book Reading with Bruce White and Kate Beane

Co-Author Bruce White and contributor Kate Beane will discuss the content of their new book, "Mni Sota Makoce: Land of the Dakota". Drawing on oral history interviews, archival work, and painstaking comparisons of Dakota, French, and English sources, Mni Sota Makoce tells the detailed history of the Dakota people in their traditional homelands for at least hundreds of years prior to exile. 6 – 8 pm at Metropolitan State University, 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

Dec. 4

Native Authors Breakfast With Heid Erdrich and Brenda Child

A Native Authors Breakfast Fundraiser For The Circle. Heid E. Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) is author of four poetry collections, most recently Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems from University of Arizona Press. Heid Erdrich has four times been nominated for the Minnesota Book Award which she won in 2009 for her book National Monuments. Brenda J. Child, (Red Lake Band Ojibwe) is associate professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota and author of Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940. Her latest book, Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women And The Survival of Community, explores the role of women in sustaining Native American communities through the hardest years of the last two centuries. A Breakfast Fundraiser For The Circle. A Delicious breakfast catered by Wolves Den includes:?breakfast burritos, baby fry bread and wojapi, coffee, and juice. 8:00 – 9:00 am. Opens at 7:30 am for coffee and socializing. Starts promptly at 8:00. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 East 23rd St., Minneapolis. Suggested donation: $35.00. PLEASE R.S.V.P. by Nov. 30th to 612-722-3686.