Community Calendar September 2012


Sept. 4

Anton Treuer Reading

Seniors in Mind: "Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask" by Anton Treuer.?White/Indian relations are often characterized by guilt and anger. Ojibwe scholar, writer and cultural preservationist, Anton Treuer cuts through the emotion and gives a frank, funny and informative discussion on the topic. His interactive presentation based on his new book helps people build a foundation for understanding and positive action.10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Doesn’t include $9 senior admission. Reservations required: call 651-259-3015. MN History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul.

Sept. 5

Louise Erdrich

Join us for a great opportunity to meet Louise Erdrich. She will be at Birchbark Books to sign her two newest releases: Chickadee and The Antelope Wife. Chickadee is the much-anticipated fourth volume in The Birchbark House series and is now available for purchase. The Antelope Wife is a new and radically revised version of the classic novel. 5-8 pm. Birchbark Books, 2115 W 21st St, Minneapolis. For more info, see:? or call 612- 374-4023.

Sept. 7, 10, 14, 21, 28

Native Foster Parents Informational Meetings

Many American Indian children in the foster care system are part of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). This Act strives to ensure that Native foster children grow up in Native homes. However, there is a shortage of American Indian foster homes available to accept children. Volunteers of America (VOA MN) is looking for skilled parents to provide care for troubled youth in any one of our two foster care programs. We provide foster parents with training, 24-hour support, and a monthly stipend. The info meeting dates/times are now every Friday from 10:00-11:30 anm and the 2nd Monday (9/10)) of every month from 4:30-6:00 pm. For more info, stop by a meeting or contact Jolene Swan at 952-945-4064 or by email:

Sept. 11

Dakota Family History Class?This class on Dakota Family History will focus on how to locate and use photographs, state and national records, censuses, vital records and online databases like Participants will also get tips on getting started with their own research. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $12/$10 MHS members. Minnesota Historical Society Library, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul. 651-259-3300

Sept. 13

Mni Sota Makoce:

The Land of the Dakota

Book launch celebration! Dakota history did not begin with the US Dakota War of 1862‚ nor did it end there. Mni Sota Makoce is, more than anything, a celebration of the Dakota people through their undisputed connection to this place, Minnesota, in the past, present, and future. Join authors Gwen Westerman and Bruce White for an illuminating evening of Dakota/ Minnesota history. 7 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1917 Logan Avenue South, Minneapolis. For more info, see:? or call 612- 374-4023.

Sept. 15

Rice Festival

Wild Rice Pancake Breakfast (Adults $7, Kids under 5, $5) from 8 – 11 am. Entertainment, demonstrations, activities, and more from 9 am – 4 pm. NEW this year: FOOD TRUCKS on site. Harriet Alexander Nature Center, 2520 N. Dale St., Roseville, MN. All-day Family Fun, NO ADMISSION fee. For more info, call 651- 765-HANC, ext. 4262, or see:

Ends Sept. 16

Sacred Legacy: Edward S. Curtis

"Sacred Legacy: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian," features powerful images of North American Indians taken by photographer/ethnographer Edward S. Curtis. The exhibit, on view at Mille Lacs Indian Museum, is free and open to the public. The exhibit illustrates the broad and extraordinary diversity of North American tribes. All work included in this exhibit has been drawn from the archive of the personal collection of Christopher Cardozo.  Cardozo is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on Edward Curtis and his photography. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia. Free. Call for more information 320-532-3632 or see:

Sept. 18

Educator Open House: The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862?This is a free educators’ open house for the exhibit, "The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862" at the Minnesota History Center. Educators will have the opportunity to view the exhibit and discover additional resources to use in their classrooms. They will also receive a gift bag, a 10-percent discount in the Museum Stores and a chance to win prizes. Time: 3 to 7 p.m. Free. Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul. 651-259-3000. Reservations required, call 651-259-3402.      

Sept. 19  

Heart Beat of Recovery

5th Annual Alcohol and Drug Abuse Recovery Month Event. Light refreshments will be served. Health and Wellness vendor tables will be available. 1:30-4:30 pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN. Please call Beth for vendor table arrangements at: 612-728-2009.

Sept. 22

"Dakota 38" A

Documentary Film?In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller awoke from a dream in which 38 of his Dakota ancestors were hanged. According to Jim, at the time he knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history. Four years later, Jim and a group of riders decided to retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback across the Great Plains to arrive at the hanging site in Mankato, on the anniversary of the execution. This film is the story of their journey. Be a part of the community dialogue about the ride and the film, and the ongoing impact of history. Coffee and dessert reception will follow the program. 2 p.m. Free. Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul. 651-259-3000.

Ends Sept. 22



Featuring Artists: Gordon Coons, Sylvia Bracklin, Nicole Carley, Tim Coons, Cindy Kirk, George Perry and Carol Smith. The Ojibwa people hail from the Wisconsin area while the Lac Courte Oreilles is better known as Ottawa Lake. The artists’ paintings, based from traditional work, feature some personal writings and native legends. These stylized paintings focus on formal aspects such as line, color, and design. With strong patterns and vivid imagery of wildlife, the Ojibwa style stands out as fun, dramatic and inspiring. Dakota Discovery Museum, on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University, 1300 McGovern Avenue, Mitchell, SD. For more information call 605-996-2122, or see:

Sept. 24

Diane Wilson and

Garrison Keillor

Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past by Diane Wilson is this year’s One Minneapolis One Read selection. Buy the book from Birchark Books, read it, and then join the conversation with Garrison Keillor and Diane Wilson. At 7pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium. Tickets are $10 or $5 for seniors, students and limited income, and available at or call 612-343-3390. For more info, see:

Sept. 27

Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards

Join Comedian Charlie Hill and Jennifer Kreisberg, Git-Hoan and the Oshkii Giizhik Singers in an evening of traditional and contemporary dance, stories, traditional arts, music and comedy with First Peoples Celebrates. Native artists from Minnesota and throughout Indian country share performances and stories from the Anishinaabe, Blackfeet, Oneida, Seneca and Tsimshian tribes and traditions. And six Native artists will receive the Community Spirit Award. The reception features local, Indigenous foods from Black Sheep Chefs, a meet and greet with the honorees and VIP seating at the show and awards ceremony. Pre-Show Reception and Art Auction at 6:30 pm (premium tickets required). Show and Awards Ceremony at 8 pm. The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Minneapolis. Get tickets at 612-206-3600 or visiting

Sept. 29

8th Annual Native American Day Celebration

MCs: Joanne Whiterabbit and Justin Huenemann. Performance/Music: Jackie Bird, Exhibition Dancing. Health and Resource Fair, Raffle, Cultural Activities, Children’s Activities, Food Demos, Famous Dave’s Lunch, Win T-shirt & Farmer’s Market Bucks, Spend 5$ on EBT card & get 5$ free farmer’s market bucks. Learn about Nice Ride (Green Bikes),  Support the Division of Indian Work Food Shelf. Bring a non perishable food item and receive a raffle ticket (up to 5). 11 am – 2 pm. Midtown Farmer’s Market, Lake Street & 22nd Avenue, Minneapolis. (Across the street from the Midtown YMCA). Sponsored by the Indian Health Board SDPI Diabetes Prevention Program. For more info, call 612-721-9839 or email:?

Sept. 29

Dakota Tiospaye (Family) Day

Dakota Tiospaye (Family) Day. Visit the History Center for a Dakota family day celebration. Speakers and artists from the Dakota community will share the traditions of their rich and vibrant history. The free event features Dakota artwork, flute music, drum and dance expo, cooking demo, games and a make-it take-it craft based on a Dakota buffalo hide decoration. Highlights:  Performances by Bobby Wilson and Dallas Goldtooth; Flute music and traditional games with Brian and Will Akipa; Living healthy cooking demonstration with Jewell Arcoren; American Indian Magnet school drum and dance expo; Craft activity with Dakota artist Fern Cloud – use Dakota symbols to decorate and tell a story on a fabric buffalo hide; Dakota learning trunk curated by Elaine Beaudreau Patton on loan from the St. Paul Public Schools’ Multicultural Resource Center; Dakota stories and games about how the sky and earth are connected led by Jim Rock and Gabe Siert;  Learn Dakota words through games and songs with teachers from Dakota Wicohan. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. MN?Historical Society, 345 Kellogg Boulevard West, St. Paul. For info, call 651-259-3000 or see:

Ends Sept. 29

Commemorating Controversy: The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

Commemorating Controversy: The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. This exhibit explores the causes, voices, events and long-lasting consequences of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. It was produced by Gustavus Adolphus College students in conjunction with the Nicollet County Historical Society. The project was funded by Gustavus Adolphus College, Nicollet County Historical Society, Minnesota Historical Society and the people of Minnesota through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Free. For more info, call 612-726-1171.

Ends Sept. 29

Pilot Car Exhibit

Pilot Car presents visual and performed works by a group of artists involved in a collaboration launched by Ojibwe writer Heid E. Erdrich, who has written for and about artists whose work appears in the show: Carolyn Anderson, Frank Big Bear, Andrea Carlson, Marisa Carr, Gordon Coons, Jim Denomie, Stuart Wayne Perkins, Jr., Zoran Mojsilov, Peter Martin Morales, Jonathan Thunder and others. Erdrich comes from a family of writers and visual artists including Rita Erdrich, Lise Erdrich, Angie Erdrich, Louise Erdrich and Aza Erdrich whose work will also be exhibited. A number of events will take place during the exhibit’s run. Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is located at 6666 East River Road in Fridley. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Free admission. For info, see:

o Sept. 9: During the center’s annual festival, Art on Rice Creek, at 3:00 pm, performers R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., Heid E. Erdrich, and Marisa Carr will dramatize poetry with musical accompaniment.  

o Sept. 14: from 6:00 -9:00 pm, film collaborations between Erdrich and Jonathan Thunder, Elizabeth Day, R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., Andrea Carlson and other artists will be screened along with video of previous collaborations with Sally Rousse and other artists. The evening will end with an artists’ talk.

o Sept. 22: A free writing workshop will take place  with a public reading featuring Heid Erdrich to follow.

Sept. 29

Porcupine Quill Jewelry Workshop

Learn techniques working with porcupine quills in this two-day workshop. Participants will make earrings, necklaces and hair ties out of quills to take home. Dying, stringing and cutting off the barbed tips will be covered. A minimum of five participants is required. An adult must accompany children under 18 years. Pastries and refreshments will be provided along with a light lunch. Pre-registration required by Sept. 26. Discount hotel rooms available on Saturday night for all workshop participants at Grand Casino Mille Lacs. Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. ?Fee: $60, $55 for MHS members; $15 supply fee for all. Reservations: required; call 320-532-3632. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia.  

Oct. 2

Louise Erdrich Reading:

The Round House

Join us as we celebrate the release of Louise’s great new novel The Round House. Riveting and suspenseful; at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture. The Round House is receiving glowing praise from early readers. Louise will be signing books after the reading. We will have plenty of copies available for purchase at the event. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Louise read from her excellent new book! Doors open at 6:15 pm, Reading at  7 pm. Free! St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1917 Logan Avenue South, Minneapolis. For info, see:? or call 612- 374-4023.

Oct. 11

Dance, Dream, Discover

American Indian College Fund Flame of Hope Gala. The American Indian College Fund’s annual Flame of Hope Gala raises funds for scholarships for needy American Indian college students, helping them to earn a degree and eradicating the cycle of poverty. The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to 3,500 Native students every year, giving them a chance at a better future. Help celebrate the scholarship recipients’ successes and pave the way for more to come at this evening filled cultural event featuring Native entertainment, fine dining, and a silent auction of Native art. Entertainment includes: Headline entertainment by R. Carlos Nakai, Native Pride Arts Dancers, Northern Cree Singers, Southern California Kahweeyah Bird Singers and Dancers‚ Iron Boyz‚ Bunky Echo-Hawk‚ Hattie Kauffmann, Mistress of Ceremonies- award-winning television journalist with CBS. For tickets or sponsorship information contact Katie Johnson at or 303-426-8900. The Pavilion, at The Depot. Minneapolis.

Through 2012

Why Treaties Matter

Indian sovereignty is an ongoing continental reality. 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 info, see:


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