February Calendar of Events


Thru July 2016

Why Treaties Matter traveling exhibit

This exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. government in Minnesota. Learn how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements still matter today. For info, see: http://mnhum.org/treaties .

• Feb. 1 – 21: Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, Winona.

• Feb. 29 – March 23: Alexandria Technical and Community College, Alexandria.

• March 30 – April 17: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis.

• April 25 – May 15: Metro State University, St. Paul.

• June 27 – July 17: Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes.

Thru Feb. 21

Arriving at Fresh Water: Contemporary Native Artists from Our Great Lakes

What is Native art today? It’s witty and warm, colorful and critical. It celebrates the past while challenging expectations. And some of the best art is being made right here and now in the Great Lakes area. This exhibition presents 14 of the region’s most visionary artists. They’re boldly tackling the biggest, most universal issues of the day, exploring truth and justice, community and self. They’re chronicling their own histories and the sweep of societal change. They’re pushing past assumptions into the realm of revelation—the promise of beauty to change the way we see. Free admission. Runs thru Feb. 21 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gallery 255, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis. For more info, see http://new.artsmia.org .

Thru Feb. 21

Mazinaakizige: Am. Indian Teen Photography Project -What Brings Us Together

Two Rivers Gallery and the Minnesota Historical Society present the Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography Project exhibition. "What Brings Us Together”. A culmination of six American Indian youth artists. The artists show a selection of photographs that they have taken through a ten-week program utilizing the skills they learned. Artists: Esmarie Cariaga, Wihinape Hunt, Ivan Mckeithan, Lupe Thornhill, and Austin Verley. Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members. The History Center in the "Strib" Gallery, 3rd Floor, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul. For more info, call 651-259-3000.

Thru March 4

Re-riding History: From the Southern Plains/Matanzas Bay

Artists respond to the historical journey of the Fort Marion prisoners through the creation of one original work on paper. Featuring work from dozens of artists including, Norman Akers, Edgar Heap of Birds, Georgia Deal, Jim Denomie, Shan Goshorn, Dyani White Hawk, Tom Jones, America Meredith, Hoka Skenadore, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and many more. Emily Arthur, Marwin Begaye and John Hitchcock present a curatorial project which metaphorically retraces the history of seventy-two American Indian peoples who were forcibly taken from their homes in Salt Fork, OK, and transported by train to St. Augustine, Florida. The United States war department imprisoned Cheyenne, Kiowa, Comanche, Arapaho, and Caddo leaders under Lieutenant Richard Henry Pratt from 1875-1878. The curators asked seventy-two artists to respond to the experience of imprisonment by creating an individual work on paper. The artists selected include Native American, non-Native and descendants from both periods of imprisonment. Free and open to the public. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-235-4970, or see: www.allmyrelationsarts.com .

Feb. 5-6

Free Dental Care for Children

Dentists at over 150 dental offices and clinics will be providing free dental care during the Minnesota Dental Association’s 14th annual Give Kids a Smile event. Nearly 2,500 volunteers are donating their time for this unique, charitable event. Patients seeking appointments should be 18 years or younger and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. People interested in scheduling an appointment can find a list of clinics with open appointments at: mndental.org/gkas or call United Way 211 (just dial 2-1-1) or 800-543-7709.

Feb. 8

Your Living Legacy Gathering

Join LeMoine LaPointe in a powerful community-based gathering to cultivate a shared vision for building a healthy and sustainable Native community. Through on-going conversations, participants will harvest community gifts to design a map for a transformational foundation of trust and confidence that incorporates Native traditions and positive innovation that will be supported and uplifted by community action. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St E. St. Paul. For more info, see: http://nativephilanthropy.org/programs/your-living-legacy .

Feb. 11 (deadline)

Seeds of Native Health  Grants

First Nations Development Institute Accepting Applications for 2016 “Seeds of Native Health” Grants Under Its Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative. The purpose of the Seeds of Native Health campaign is to support Native tribes and organizations working to eliminate food insecurity, promote access to fresh and healthy foods, and provide increased access to nutritional programs aimed at improving the overall nutrition and health of Native people and communities. Proposals due by 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Feb.11. For info, visit: www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2016SONH .

Feb. 11

Augsburg Fairview Academy Open House

Augsburg Fairview Academy is hosting an Open House from 4:00 – 8:00. Tour the school, meet staff and students, and listen to a student panel. Light refreshments, activities for children and applications will be available. Augsburg Fairview Academy is committed to providing the Native youth of the Twin Cities with a school that will meet their unique educational and culturally related academic needs, while preparing them to attend post-secondary education and become our future leaders. As a part of our Indian Education Program we offer: Ojibwe Studies, a Native American Presenter Series, a Native American Family Involvement Day, and a Native American College Fair. Our Recruitment Coordinator is available to meet with prospective students & families who would like to schedule a tour or enrollment meeting, and can be contacted at: liz.saunby@afa.tc or call 612-294-1016. 2504 Columbus Ave, Minneapolis.


Sobriety Friday

Monthly Celebration Dinner: An evening featuring special speakers, testimonials of sobriety, great food, gospel music and door prizes. Sponsored by Overcomers Ministries. This is a monthly event on the 2nd Friday of each month. 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. MAIC, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls.

Feb. 12

Elders Valentine Day Dance

American Indian elders 55 years and older are invited to attend. Band: Johnny Smith and Friends. Talent Show: 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. Door prizes, and dinner provided. 6 pm to 9 pm. (No children allowed.) At the Mpls. American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-874-9588.

Feb. 12 – April 1

Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities

Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities, a multidisciplinary group exhibition curated by Dyani White Hawk Polk, will be exhibited in the Inez Greenberg Gallery at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. It features works by Carolyn Anderson, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Maggie Thompson, and the creative team of Heid Erdrich, Louise Erdrich, and Elizabeth Day. Sinew will open with a reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. February 12. A panel discussion with participating artists will be held March 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. The exhibition and all related activities are free of charge. Presented in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover, a multi-week event through March that will engage more than 20 regional arts and cultural organizations in illuminating gender and racial inequalities. Inez Greenberg Gallery, Bloomington Center, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN. For more info, see: www.artistrymn.org .

Feb. 12


TechLoop Career Fair: learn about various career training opportunities in technology and speak with current students and organization representatives about their experiences. There will be hands-on activities available for people to try out some coding, take apart some hardware, and more. From 3-6 pm. Waite House Neighborhood Center, 24th & 13th ave., Mpls. For more info, see: www.puc-mn.org/waite-house .

Feb. 15

Augsburg Native American Film Series

The Augsburg Native American Film Series will host a special screening with Dr. Warne of the special PBS film “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making us Sick?” Join Donald Warne, (Oglala Lakota), MD, MPH Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, in a discussion and screening of Bad Sugar, a section of the PBS series that focuses on Native American communities. Reception in Sverdrup Hall, Main Lobby from 5:00-6:00 pm. Screening begins at 6:00 in Science Hall 123. Discussion with Dr. Warne follows. Free to the public. Augsburg College. For info, see: www.augsburg.edu .


Raving Native Date Night

Award-winning folk singer Annie Humphrey will perform new songs. Hosts include Wrong Burgundy (Tom LaBlanc), Vanna Brown (Simone Rendon), Joe Erhler (hand drum/love songs) and EM (DJ). Suggested donation $10 ($5 elders or with EBT card). Date Night with a Raving Native features Minnesota Native artists in a cabaret setting – food, drinks and fun. Future dates include March 17, April 21, and May 19. Sponsored by Oyate Hotanin. Las Mojarras, 1507 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis.

Feb. 18 (deadline)

Ojibwe Immersion Fellowships

The first Ojibwe Immersion Fellowship Program aims to raise the bar for language learning and language revitalization by assisting three fellows to achieve advanced levels of fluency. Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang will offer a comprehensive learning experience at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College for 14 months of full-time language study and immersion participation. Fellows will be selected for their level of fluency, linguistic aptitude, and commitment to Ojibwe language revitalization. Half of their time, the fellows will apprentice with elders, develop audio curriculum, study with faculty, and assist with teaching. The other half, they will gain experience in language revitalization through multiple venues including the Ojibwemotaadidaa immersion program, elementary immersion classrooms. Fellows will study and work full-time from May, 2016, through June 30, 2017. Fellow will receive $1800 per month stipend and $500 per month housing allowance for the 14-month period. Deadline is before noon on Feb. 18. See info: ojibwemotaadidaa@gmail.com.

Feb. 19

“Bring the Children Home” Play

Written by Marcie Rendon. This play presents a story about a young child searching for meaning and identity in a world gone crazy. Oday journeys to find his/her identity by breaking free of the pull toward Western society and relies on the spirits and elders. A story that blends physical and spiritual realities about the power of healing. Marcie R. Rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Anishinabe Nation. Free. 7:00-8:00 pm. Centennial Middle School Auditorium, 399 Elm St., Lino Lakes, MN.

Feb. 20

An Evening with Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is an American Indian poet, writer, and filmmaker. Much of his writing draws on his experiences as a Native American with ancestry of several tribes, growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Some of his  works are The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, and Smoke Signals. Hisyoung adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian won the 2007 U.S. National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. War Dances won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. 7:30 pm at the Carlson Family Stage. Cost: $5. For info, see: www.northrop.umn.edu/events/evening-sherman-alexie or call 612-624-2345. University of MN Northrup Auditorium, Carlson Family Stage, 84 Church Street SE, Minneapolis.

Feb. 23

Leech Lake Members Meeting

The Leech Lake Twin Cities Local Indian Council will hold its next monthly meeting in February 23 at the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The meeting is for Leech Lake members and will provide food and door prizes. Meet in the gym at MIWRC, 2300 25th Ave. S., Minneapolis. Fo info, email Logan at: loganallen188@yahoo.com, or logan@afa.tc.

Feb. 29- March 4

40- Hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Training

Hosted by the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition. Topics include: 40 Hours of training will include:, Fundamentals of Sexual Assault Advocacy, Sexual Violence in Indian Country, Sex Offenders- What Advocates Need to Know, Core Skills of Advocacy, Social Change Advocacy, SARTS-Sexual Assault Response Teams, Advocacy Self Care and Burnout, Medical Response, Law Enforcement Response, Prosecution of Sexual Assault, Mental Health- Basic Info for Advocates, Sexual Assault Victimization, Impact of Sexual Assault, Advocacy for LGBTQ/Two Spirits, Elder Abuse, Adolescent and Child Sexual Abuse, Prostitution and Trafficking, and more. Hours: 9am-5pm each day. Training will be at the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis. Register with Cristine Davidson at: cdavidson@miwsac.org or 651-646-4800.

Feb. 29 (deadline)

ILTF Summer Iinternship

ILTF is looking to hire two current undergraduate or graduate students as an interns for the summer of 2016 in the areas of research and education. The Research Intern will conduct outreach and general research to update Foundation records to improve relationships and the understanding of tribal land offices. Must have knowledge of database technology (Microsoft Access preferred). Edit curriculum lessons, develop and implement online education surveys, create a summer education outreach plan, and revise teacher training materials. Knowledge of federal and educational state standards desired. Experience with Drupal content manager a plus. Application deadline is Feb. 29. For more info see: www.iltf.org/news/announcements/2016-summer-internship-indian-land-tenure-foundation .

March 1

Making Space To Rise: Native Men and Boys

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition’s “Challenging Sexual Violence” movie premiere and community discussion. Four video vignettes have been created by Native men, for Native men; to provide examples of making safe space for healthy conversations about sexual violence with your son, your family, your community, your fellow menfolk, and especially within your own spirit. A free viewing hosted by Comanche Fairbanks and Jeremy Nevilles Sorrell. Light snacks and refreshments served. 7 pm. Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis. For info, call 612-813-5300.

March 3-6

13th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference

13th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference: The Power to Heal will be held at Maplelag Resort in Callaway, MN. For more information, see http://welrp.org/13th-annual-indigenous-farming-conference or email: weseedlibrary@gmail.com.

March 4 (deadline)

Tulsa Artist Fellowship

Stipends, free housing and free workspace included. Open to local and national artists in the disciplines of writing and visual arts. All fellowships are merit-based grants, and fellows will be expected to integrate into the local community. For each discipline category (visual artists and writers) up to 15 fellowships will be awarded based on the quality of entries. Visual Artists: Fellows will be awarded a $20,000 unrestricted stipend with free downtown housing and workspace during Year One. Year Two is optional and will include a stipend of $7,500 plus free housing and workspace. The program will reserve some of the fellowship positions for Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian artists. Writers: Fellows will be awarded a $20,000 unrestricted stipend with free downtown housing for Year One of the two-year fellowship. During Year Two, fellows will receive a $12,500 unrestricted stipend and continued free private housing. Writers will focus on creative nonfiction, fiction, graphic novel, young-adult fiction, poetry and play/screen writing. Applications are due on March 4. The fellowship begin on January 9, 2017. To learn more see: www.TulsaArtistFellowship.org .

March 18 (deadline)

Native American Multimedia Internships

Vision Maker Media is offering Public Media Internships to undergraduate or graduate students. The purpose of the paid internships is to increase the opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in Public Broadcasting. Interns can be located at Vision Maker Media’s offices at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska, or at a Public Television station in the United States. Vision Maker Media will contact Public Television stations that are requested by interns to determine placement options. Requirements: Multimedia and/or transmedia experience in journalism, writing, video, audio, editing, public relations/marketing and/or websites; Experience with social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, blogs, etc.); Be enrolled in a journalism, communications, or Native studies graduate or undergraduate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA.; and Eligible applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States. For more info, call 402-472-3522 or email: visionmaker@unl.edu.

March 19—20

18th Annual Cherish the Children Traditional Powwow

Doors Open at 11:00am. Registration at 11:00am. Grand Entries: Saturday 1:00 & 7:00pm, Feast: 5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm. Co -Emcees: Jerry Dearly and Reuben Crowfeather. Host Drum: Tomahawk Circle. Invited Drum: Oyate Teca. First 10 registered drums with a minimum of 5 singers will receive an honorarium. $5 Entry fee for ages 7+ Free entry for Elders & Veterans. Free entry per person with our Roy Roberts “Family in Need” Drive – donate a household/ family item. Youth Dance Specials—youth 17 years and under—(cash prizes). All Ages 2 Step Special—(1st-2nd-3rd place prizes). Junior Hand Drum Contest—(1st-2nd-3rd place prizes). 5th Annual Ain Dah Yung Center Ambassador Contest. For info contact holly.henning@adycenter.org. Central High School, 275 Lexington Ave. St. Paul, MN.

March 19-20

Cherish the Children Powwow Royalty Contest

Contestants must: Be in full regalia, Be drug and alcohol free, Be enrolled in school (Elem.—H.S.), Be able to give an introduction and speech on why you would like to be ADYC Royalty. (Bonus points for saying your introduction in a Native language). To register contact Holly Henning at: holly.henning@adycenter.org or call 651-632-8923, or see: www.adycenter.org .

March 31 (deadline)

Artistry Opens Call for Artists

Emerging and established artists and artist groups residing in MN, N.D., S.D., IA, and WI, 18 years or older, are invited to submit a proposal for the 2018 Exhibition Program at Artistry. Individuals or groups working in any medium, with the exception of film or video, are eligible. Artists/artist groups based upon the quality of the artwork, creativity and originality, technical skill, and the overall quality of the proposal. Artists may be combined for a small group show or chosen for a solo exhibition. All proposals must be received online by March 31. Artistry curates approximately fourteen exhibitions per year in the Inez Greenberg Gallery and Atrium Gallery, both located in the Bloomington Center for the Arts. A $10 non-refundable application fee is required. For more info, see: artistrymn.org/visual_arts/apply/exhibit , or contact Rachel Daly at 952-563-8570.