May 2012 calendar


Thru May 26

Artist Exhibit:?Wendy Red Star

The Bockley Gallery presents two recent print publications: The Four Seasons series, 2006 comprised of four prints, Fall, Winter, Spring, and Indian Summer and the Thunder Up Above series, 2011 comprised of 6 prints, Hoop in the Cloud, Medicine Rock Child, Sits with the Stars, Stirs Up the Dust, and Walks in the Dark. Wendy Red Star’s work explores the intersection between life on the Crow Indian reservation and the world outside of that environment. Gallery Hours: Wed. through Sat., noon to 5 pm. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Minneapolis.

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 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 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

Nov.­ 8-Dec. 15: Carlton County

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 May 1: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

o May 3: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

May 2-15

Sisid, Ecuador: Through the Eyes of its Children Exhibit

An art exhibit of children’s drawings from the community of Sisid, the province of Ca?ar, Ecuador. The exhibit will also include photos of the community, culture, and art by other artists from Ecuador. Exhibit runs May 2nd to 15th. Reception is May 4 from 6-9 pm. Artist Talk will be on May 8th, at 7 pm. Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN.

May 3

Anton Treuer Book Launch

Birchbark Books and the Minnesota Historical Society Press welcome Anton Treuer in celebrating the launch of his new book Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask. Anton Treuer is the author of Birchbark favorites The Assassination of Hole in the Day and Ojibwe in Minnesota. He is Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University. 7 pm at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1917 Logan Avenue South, Minneapolis.

May 3

Red Lake Nation Open House

The Red Lake Nation Embassy Urban office will hold their Open House from 5 pm to 7 pm. Meet Tribal Council members. Food, raffles, music. (They will also be doing Tribal IDs on this day only, from 10 am to 7 pm.) For more info, call 612-874-9588.

May 3-4

White Earth Urban Office

The White Earth MVD will be at the MN Chippewa Tribe Building for tribal id cards and enrollment information. The Tribal Vetneran’s Officer Tod Dionne will also be available for veteran service information. May 3 from 10 am – 6 pm, and May 4 from 9 am-12 pm. 1308 E. Franklin Ave., Suite 210. Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call 612-872-8388 or 888-862-8388.

May 5

Memorial Dinner/Give Away

We would like you to join us in remembering our Dad Melvin Boswell (Strong Thunder Coming), Grandpa, Great- Grandpa, Husband, Uncle, and Friend "Mashkowiibiitang". 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm at D.I.W 1001 East Lake St., Minneapolis. FMI: Jennifer Boswell  651-288-0579.

May 5  

Cultural and Legal Perspectives on Treaty Making,"

Howard Vogel, recently retired professor at Hamline University and Martin Case, Director of the Indian Treaty Signers Project for "Cultural and Legal Perspectives on Treaty Making," will discuss the treaty process, how treaties are made and whether or not they reflect the desires of the American Indian treaty signers. 1 p.m at the Historic Fort Snelling. At the junction of Minnesota Highways 5 and 55, one mile east of the Twin Cities International Airport.

May 6

May Day Hip Hop And Art Festival

Outdoor Celebration for all ages. BBQ & Indian Taco Sale. Hip Hop music and art festival. Tables available for organizations and artists. Starts at 3 pm. Suggested Donation at the Door. For more info, call Charlie Thayer at 612-224-4271 First Nations Recovery Center, 2020 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis.

May 7

Bicycling/walking on Franklin Avenue Meeting

The public is invited to a community meeting about improving conditions for bicycling and walking on Franklin Avenue between Minnehaha and Hennepin Avenues. On Franklin Avenue, nearly a third of the cyclists are riding on sidewalks. Better accommodation for bicycling will give cyclists a safer place to ride and also will improve conditions for pedestrians. This project also hopes to identify potential treatments to improve pedestrian safety and comfort crossing Franklin Avenue. 7:30  – 9:00 pm, at the Phillips Community Center, 2323 11th Ave S in Minneapolis. To follow progress on design work for Franklin Avenue in particular, visit:

May 9

Hepatitis C Virus Tribal Summit

Open to all tribal health staff, providers and community members who are concerned about the impact of Hepatitis C in Native American communities. Held at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, MN. Topics include harm reduction, HCV basics, enhanced risk assessment, prescription drug abuse, coalition development and HCV treatment options. In addition, a networking breakfast will be held on May 10th where speakers will be available for discussion. Registration is free and can be done online:  Sponsored by White Earth HIV and HCV Harm Reduction Coalition, Minnesota Department of Health, and Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center.

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 10

15th Annual Young Native Pride Performance

The 15th Annual Young Native Pride Performance. SMSC youth will celebrate Dakota culture, traditions, and spirituality with a free dance exhibition and art show. The evening performance, open to the general public, begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Prior Lake High School auditorium. An earlier, afternoon performance will be presented for students. An art show of original works in various media created by Community children and youth will also be held in conjunction with the event.  A narrator will describe the various dance styles. Audience members are invited to participate in a round dance to conclude the event. Refreshments will be served following the performance. 7 pm – 9 pm at ­Prior Lake High School, 7575 150th Street West, Savage, MN.

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. Native community members with questions can call the MSAB office at (800) 866-2787 or contact the Native American Community Liaison:

May 11

MIWRC Vendor Day  

Native Arts and Crafts Market, Native Blends Caf?, complimentary cookies, prize drawings, vendor arts and crafts sales from 10 am – 2 pm.Vendors & entrepreneurs will have their works on display and for sale in our community room. Indian Taco Sales (1 am – till gone). Vendor space still available! Call 612-728-2022, ask for Karen. No fee required – but we do appreciate a small donation to put towards our door prizes. MIWRC, 2300 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. FMI: 612-728-2000 or

May 12

Art is Medicine: Native Artists Community Gathering

Art is Medicine: Native Artists Community Gathering is an open and informal convergence of Native Artists. This unique opportunity will be hosted by Intermedia Arts and Independent Indigenous Film & Media and is designed specifically for artists who identify as Native American and will provide a space to share their experiences, ideas and dreams in a welcoming, supportive and neutral environment. This community led forum will explore topics such as: Ways to build community through mutual understanding, positive communication and trust for one another; Ways to grow a stronger Native arts community; Healing through the arts for our selves, for our people; Passing on the traditional values and teachings of art; Physical and spiritual well being and ways to incorporate them into the arts; Moving forward together in a good way: partnerships and collaborations. 12:00 – 5:00 pm at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN. To RSVP (requested but not required) contact Missy Whiteman at 612-597-6115 or:?

May 12

Phillips Community Center Grand Re-opening

Celebrating the Grand re-opening of the Phillips Community Center and all of its tenants.10 am – 3 pm. Tours of the building will be provided, as well as music, food, health screenings. Phillips Community Center parking lot, 2323 11th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more information, call 612-370-4946 or

May 12

Spring Art Market

Blankets, jewelry, purses and other hand crafts gifts will be availalbe for purchase. 10am – 4pm at All Nations Church, 1515 E 23rd Street, MN.

May 14

Kris Bigalk, Heid Erdrich, and Elizabeth Austen @ The Loft

Poets Kris Bigalk, Heid Erdrich, and Elizabeth Austen will read from their recently released books. Kris Bigalk is the author of the poetry collection Repeat the Flesh in Numbers. Elizabeth Austen is the author of Every Dress a Decision and two chapbooks, The Girl Who Goes Alone and Where Currents Meet. Heid E. Erdrich is the author of four books of poems and is a winner of a Minnesota Book Award in poetry for National Monuments. Receive a FREE Art-Poem (signed by Heid) with purchase of Cell Traffic from Birchbark Books. 7pm at The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave S #200  Minneapolis, MN. 612- 215-2575

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 17

Metro State Indigenous Dance Exhibition

Join the Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli Aztec Dancers and the Native Pride Dancers to learn about and celebrate the traditional dances of the Indigenous North and Central Americas. 11am – 1pm at the Metropolitan State University, New Main Courtyard, St. Paul Campus.

May 18

Church of Gichitwaa Kateri Open House

The Church of Gichitwaa Kateri’s Open House. Come join us from 11 am -1:00 pm for food, fun and door prizes. 3045 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN.

May 18

1st Annual Native Youth Entrepreneurship Fair

MIGIZI Communications Presents 1st Annual Native Youth Entrepreneurship Fair. American Indian entrepreneurism students will come together for the Native Youth Futures Entrepreneurship Fair and Business Plan competition. A panel of business and entrepreneurism experts will evaluate presentations and select three winners from the business plans created by the students. These three winners will each receive a $1,000 award from MicroGrants. This will be the seed money used to launch their micro-enterprises. In 2011, MIGIZI Communications launched the Native Youth Futures program, a three-year project designed to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty that threatens the potential and promise of our youth in the Minneapolis American Indian Community. 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the East Phillips Park and Cultural Center, in Minneapolis. For more information, contact Graham Hartley, Director of Programs, 612-721-6631 x208 or

May 19

Treaty Rights and Their Implications

Bruce White, award-winning historian and anthropologist, and Frank Bibeau, Tribal Attorney Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, will present "Treaty Rights and Their Implications," a program focusing on Dakota and Objibwe treaties that contain reserved rights for hunting, fishing and occupation. Programs are free and reservations are not required. Historic Fort Snelling. 1 p.m. At the junction of Minnesota Highways 5 and 55, one mile east of the Twin Cities International Airport.

MAY 19

Native American Cultural Education Celebration

Drum and dancer performances, artist demostrations, craft vendors, Native foods. 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Free admission. Open to the public. Coon Rapids Middle School, 11600 Raven St. NW, Coon Rapids, MN. For info, call A-H ISD #11, Indian Ed. Program at 763-506-1280.

May 24

NACC Open House

The Native American Community Clinic will hold an open house from 11am – 2pm. Lunch, entertainment, health screenings, and giveaways. In front of NACC, at 1213 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-872-8086.

May 25

IHB Indian Month Celebration

5th Annual Indian Month celebration. Food and prizes. Buffalo Burgers, picnic style foods, popcorn and sno-cones. Live Music by the Houle Brothers. Free T-shirts (while they last). Free Health Education and Screenings. Raffle to win bikes at 2:30 pm. IHB Wear and other fun prizes (must be present to win). 12:30 – 3:00. Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, 1315 East 24th Street  Minneapolis, MN. 612-721-9800.

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.  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 29

Leech Lake Reservation Candidate Forum  

6:00 – 9:00 pm at the MN Indian Women’s Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave. S., Mpls. For more info, call  Faron Jackson, Sr. at 612-390-2865.

May 30

ICWA Law Center Spring Feast

The ICWA Law Center’s Annual Spring Feast on May 30. All community members welcome 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.

May 30

DIW Native Provider Fair

The Division of Indian Work will be hosting a Native Provider Fair in the Dakotah Lodge. If you’re interested in participating, please sign up with Nigel Perrote at: by Wednesday, May 23rd.  

May 30

Healthy Homes Healthy Kids Celebration

The Healthy Homes Healthy Kids Project’s American Indian Month Celebration and Feast will be held from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Share a delicious meal and meet with a few of the Minneapolis City Council members. Tentative Agenda: 11:30 am – Welcome and Prayer; 11:45 am – Overview of project and successes; 12:00 pm –  Peggy Flanagan will share advocacy skills; 12:30  pm – Arrival of invited Council Members and Feast. Little Earth NELC Community Room, 2438 18th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more info, call Lynn Brave Heart at 763-843-1744 or, or see:

May 30-June 3

2012: The Musical, The Music

2012: The Musical, The Music by the New Native Theatre Actor Ensemble in the Bedlam Theatre Ten Minute Play Festival 2012: The Musical is a romp through the hoopla over the turn of the Mayan Calendar and projected end of the world through a funny Native lens where Indian Alien ancestors arrive to set things straight. Featuring music by Marisa Carr and Raphael Szykowski. First 100 tickets are FREE with a reservation, call 612-338-6131, all other tickets are $15.  Showtimes: Wed 5/30, 7:30 pm; Thu 5/31, 7:30 pm; Fri 6/1, 7:30 pm; Sat 6/2, 3:00 pm  and 7:30 pm;  Sun 6/3, 3:00 pm. Runs May 30-June 3 at the Mixed Blood Theater, 1501 South 4th Street, Minneapolis. More info at or

May 30

Dakota Uprising Impact Request

How has the Dakota Uprising of 1862 impacted your life? Send your answer to: and your response will be published in Northfield Historical Society’s exhibit running August through November. For more information about NHS, go to Submit responses by May 30th.

May 31

ADYC Open House

Ain Day Yung’s open house will be serving traditional food and songs along with chances to win gifts. From 11:30 am to 2 pm. 1089 Portland Ave, St. Paul. For more info, call 651-227-4184.