May-June Events Calendar


May thru June 5
Art Exhibit: Original Green

The art exhibit Original Green has been expanded and will be showing thru June 5. Native artists include: Joseph Allen, Carolyn Anderson, Gordon Coons, Mona Smith and Gwen Westerman. Reception and artists talk: May 13. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. Gallery hours: M-Fri: 11 am – 6 pm. Visiting Artists: Sat.& Sun. 11 am – 3 pm. VISITING ARTISTS weekends at All My Relations Gallery. Please stop in and meet the artists 11-3 Sat. and Sunday.
o May 1: Cat Whipple (artist and photographer).
o May 7 & 8: Carolyn Anderson (artwork on exhibit in Original Green).
o May14 & 15: Gordon Coons (artwork on exhibit in Original Green).
o May 21 & 22: Dee Sweet (Poet Laureate Emeritus of Wisconsin).
See website for more artist visits: or email:

May 5
Live It! Program Men's Support/Education sessions

In Celebration of American Indian Month the Live It! Program is offering Support and Education for young men ages 13-17. Culturally Specific Topics include: Roles & Responsibilities-Stages of Life, Decision Making-The Whole Me, Relationships-Communication, Health-Puberty, and Anatomy & Risk Factors. Dinner, transportation and stipend available. The six-week session begins May 5 and takes place on Thursdays, from 5:00-7:00 pm. Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN. For further information or to RSVP contact Adrienne Morris at 612-722-8722, ext. 373.

May 6
Franklin Avenue Indian Idol

New Native Theater and the Wolves Den are holding their 2nd Annual Franklin Avenue Indian Idol Karaoke Contest. Wolves Den owner, Mike Forcia is providing a Walleye dinner for a suggested donation. Dinner and Theatre Karaoke! Contestants: Sign up at 6 pm, the fun begins at 7 pm. Cash prizes for winners. Held from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. FREE. Suggested donation for Walleye dinner.

May 6
MIWRC Vendor Day and Indian Taco Sale

An Arts and Crafts vendors day and Taco Sale starts at 11am and goes until 3 pm. Shop, eat, visit and browse. MN Indian Women's Resource Center, 2300 15th Avenue S., Minneapolis.

May 9-June 23
Ojibwe Cultural and Language

Ojibwe Cultural and Language at Metropolitan State University. Summer Session I takes place May 9 through June 23: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dr. Brendan Fairbanks is the instructor. For more info, contact Renee Beaulieu-Banks at 651-793-1560 or e-mail:

May 10
Augsburg AISA Community Gathering

The Augsburg Indigenous Student Association and American Indian Student Services at Augsburg College's Community Gathering, Ceremony and Feast from 4:30-6:30 pm. Event will take place in Murphy Park, Augsburg College campus (801 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis). For more info, contact Jennifer Simon, American Indian Student Services at 612-330-1144.

May 10
Living in Balance Workshop

The NACC's Living in Balance Workshop is a six-week interactive workshop to help people learn how to manage their chronic conditions and problem lifestyle issues. This workshop helps participants to identify small steps in a supportive group weekly to reach personal health goals. There is a stipend to complete the workshop and a meal is offered each week. Call early to reserve your space. Call Connie Norman at 612-872-8086, ext 116 to register.

May 10
American Indian Month Business Builders Luncheon

The Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce is celebrating over 25 years of promoting and supporting American Indian Businesses in Minnesota with an American Indian Month Business Builders Luncheon with Governor Dayton. Cost: Members $25, Non-members: $35. Event takes place from 11 am to 1 pm. University Club of St. Paul, 420 Summit Avenue Saint Paul. RSVP to by May 3. For more info, see:?

May 11-15
2012: The Musical!

New Native Theatre presents an insane comedy about alien Indian ancestors who return in 2012 to repopulate the earth with Indians and the Buffalo! Written and performed by the New Native Theatre Actors Ensemble. Performing in the Bedlam Theatre Ten Minute Play Festival, at the Capri Theatre, 2027 West Broadway Avenue, (Set A), Minneapolis.
o May 11: at 7 pm.
o May 12: at 9 pm.
o May 14: at 7 pm.
o May 15: at 5 pm.
Tickets $15, students $10. For more info see: or

May 12
14th Annual?Young Native Pride Performance

SMSC and area 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. This year the performance will honor Peta [pet-ah], the Dakota word for fire, in stage design and with a special dance. Prior Lake High School is located at 7575 150th Street West in Savage. Refreshments will be served following the 7:00 p.m. performance.

May 12
Ghost Stories: Writers Read Works on Historical Trauma

African- American, Hmong, Japanese-American, Jewish and White Earth Anishinabe writers explore how the stories of their parents, grandparents and historical communities impact the writers's own lives. From the ridiculous to the tragic, the writers examine the legacies of the Holocaust, war, racism and genocide. A facilitated discussion will follow. The Readers are: Carolyn Holbrook, Mai Neng Moua, Margie Newman, Marcie Rendon, and Joan Maeda Trygg. Admission: Five dollars suggested donation includes a chapbook containing work by the five writers. Refresh-ments will be served. 7 pm at the American Indian Center, 1539 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis For more info, contact Margie Newman at 612-532-7238, or:

May 13
MAIC Open House
The Minneapolis Ameri
can Indian Center Open House will be from 11 am to 2 pm. Lunch and Raffle. Craft vendors are welcome to set up tables in the lower gallery from 10 am to 2 pm (free of charge). MAIC, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis.

May 13
Workshop and Artists' Reception

Workshop and Artists' Reception, at All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, 55404. From 4-6 p.m: An all-ages workshop presented by Kinship of Rivers ( Decorate flags to be flown on the Mississippi and Yangtze rivers. From 6-7 p.m: Reading and presentation by contributors to the Kinship of Rivers website. And from 7-9 p.m: Reception for the artists of Original Green, showing now through June 11. Refreshments served. Free and open to the public. For more info, email:

May 13 (deadline)
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commissioner

Applications are being accepted to serve on the City of Minneapolis' Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC). This commission was created to work with the Neighborhood and Community Relations department to provide overall direction on the City's community engagement efforts. Through the input and work of the NCEC, residents, community and neighborhood organizations will play a key role in enhancing and shaping how the City engages its residents. Applicants with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies are strongly encouraged to apply. The application deadline has been extended to May 13. To apply, see:


May 14
Exhibit: George Morrison New York School?Opening Reception: Friday, May 13, 6 to 9 pm
. On view paintings and drawings from the 40's, 50's, and 60's. Exhibit runs through June 11 Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 5 pm. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st Street (west of Lake of the Isles, near Franklin), Minneapolis.

May 14
Feast and Mini Powwow

A new organization, Mitakuye Owasin, will be hosting an Honoring Feast and Mini Powwow. They will honor their lead Lakota teacher, Louie Foote. 4:00-8:00. All Saints Church, 3044 Longfellow Ave South, basement, enter on the 31st St.. For more info, contact Anita at 612-419-5033, or Velma 612-310-5630, or:

May 16
AIFACS Open House

Save the Date for American Indian Family and Children's Services (AIFACS) Open House in celebration of American Indian Month! Join us for coffee and cake and learn more about the services we provide to American Indian children and families.10 am to Noon at AIFACS Metro Office, 25 Empire Drive, Saint Paul, MN. All are welcome. Call 651-223-8526 for directions.

May 19
DIW Open House
The event will include: Community BBQ Feast, Building Tours & Program Info, Drumming, and Raffle. Noon to 3 p.m. For more information, contact George Spears at 612-722-8722 x376, or email: Division of Indian Work, 1001 East Lake Street, Minneapolis.

MAY 19
American Indian OIC Open House, and Feast

The 15th Annual American Indian OIC Open House, Career Fair and Feast will be held from noon to 3:00 pm. Employers & Job Training Programs will be in attendance. Join us for lunch and a tour! Tours at 11:00 am, 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. AIOIC, 1845 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. FMI: call 612-341-3358 or email:

May 19
Elders Circle Traditional Feast

The Gitchiaayuag Cangleska (Elders Circle) 2nd Annual Traditional Feast will be held from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at the MAIC Auditorium. Come learn about foods that are traditional to our communities and healthy for our people. Learn how our elders prepare food and some of the traditions that go along with these dishes. For more information, contact: Jim Clairmont at 651-274-8017 or Or Lynn Brave Heart at 763-843-1744 or

May 19
Minneapolis American Indian Community Meeting!

HHHK is a children's environmental health project that started in 2009, funded by a three year grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota. The project is a collaborative partnership between Preventing Harm Minnesota, a 501 (c)(3) environmental non-profit organization of St. Paul; the University of Minnesota
School of Public Health; the Sustainable Resources Center of Minneapolis; and the Minneapolis tenant community with a shared vision; Creating Safer Housing for Healthier Kids. We extend an
invitation to Minneapolis Americand Indian residents, Community Advocates and anyone interested in learning about our research, progress and direction for the future. Incentives Include: Bus tokens, dinner and drawings for ten $10 Cub Food gift cards. 5:30 pm to 7:30
pm at Little Earth NELC, Building 2438 18th Avenue S, Minneapolis. Please RSVP! For more information contact: Lynn Brave Heart, Community Organizer. Phone: 763-843-1744 Email:

May 20
Play: Firebird Tattoo

New Native Theatre Well Red (in collaboration with Native Punx arts of Wisconsin) presents a play reading series by Thirza DeFoe (Ojibwe/Oneida). A girl trying to get away from her co-dependant mother to experience city life runs into some strange characters, a standup comedian, a tattoo artist, and learns about her Two-Spirit understanding of the world. Free admission. 7 pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, Two Rivers Gallery, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis.

May 20
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Indian Month celebration event start at 11:00 am and go till 2:00 pm. Please RSVP by May 6th to 612-746-4824. MIlle Lacs Dept of Labor, 1404 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.

May 20
Migizi Indian Month Celebration

Face painting, program info, door prizes, live music, youth fair, bouse house, food. Free. 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Migizi Communications, 3123 E Lake St Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-721-6631 or see:

May 21
Short Films

New Native Theatre and Nativepunx present an afternoon of short films hosted by Grammy Award winning performer Thirza DeFoe, co-creator of Native Punx arts of Wisconsin. Free admisson. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. More info, see: or

MAY 21
Native American Cultural Celebration

Anoka Hennepin Indian Education's Native American Cultural Celebration will take place from 10 am to 5 pm. Event includes:?exhibition dancing, artisian demos, vendor and native food. For more info, call A-H ISD #11, Indian Ed Program at 763-506-1280.

May 21
TGIFriday Native Poetry Reading

Local Native writers group will hold its first reading. Works include poems, stories, and other creative writing. Writers scheduled to read include: Colleen Casey, Ruth Denny, Klara Droessler, Mary Harrold, Richard Johnson, Nick Metcalf, Lois Mineau, Vince Moniz, Simone Reiss, Rebecca Roepke, Patricia VanErt, Sandy White Hawk, Diane Wilson, Marne Zafar, Ardie Medina, and others. Held from from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Avenue, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, contact Ardie Medina at:

May 21
Native CHAT

The Indigenous Peoples Task Force and Native CHAT are hosting a Native youth film festival. Native youth will share their views on HIV, AIDS, drugs, and other issues that affect them. The All-Day event takes place from 10 am to 9 pm at Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave. S. in Minneapolis. For more information call Leslie, Kyle, or Brenna at 612-722-5670 or e-mail:

May 21
Spirit of Our Music Festival

Musicians include Flutist Kevin Locke, Classical Guitarist Gabriel Ayala, Oneida Soprano Soloist Jennifer M. Stevens, and singer Georgia Wettlin-Larsen. Master of Ceremonies David Cournoyer. The festival will benefit Common Grounds. Opens at 7 pm, Curtain at 9 pm. VIP Reception to follow. MacPhail Center for Music, 501 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-321-0100. Sponsored by First Nations Composer Initiative. Tickets: $100 for VIP Tickets and $35 for General Admission. For more info and tickets call Lisa Yankton at 651-251-2825, or Jewell Arcorena at 651-251-2839. Tickets can also be purchased at Woodland Indian Crafts, Northland Native Visions, or Birchbark Books, all in Minneapolis.

May 21
Minwaajimo (She/he is Telling a Good Story)

The Loft Literary Center's Open Group TGIFrybread Native Writers' Group for Minwaajimo, its first public reading will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening's program includes 15 Native writers reading their stories, poems, and other writings. An intermission with food and beverages provided, and a Q&A session. Free and open to the public. At the Loft in the Target Performance Hall located on the second floor of Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S. in Minneapolis. For more info, contact Ardie Medina at 612-215-2582.

MAY 22, 28, 29, June 4
Dakota Music Tour

Maestro Ken Freed conducts Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Maza Kute Singers (Santee Dakota), Trumpeter Manny Laureano (Minnesota Orchestra), M. Cochise Ander

son (Chickasaw/Choctaw) and Award-Winning Composer Brent Michael Davids (Stockbridge Mohican) on tour through Dakota country with 4 concerts merging American Indian and Western classical music. There will be a series of panel discussions after each concert with the conductor, Brent, the composer, and some of the performers on the panel. Some of the topics will be Mankato's history, Dakota and Native American music, and the Powwow.
o MAY 22: Mankato, MN. Mankato West H.S. Auditorium at 3 pm.
o MAY 28: Morton, MN, Lower Sioux Community Center at 1 pm.
o MAY 29: Granite Falls, MN, Prairie Edge Casino at 1 pm.
o JUNE 4: Winona, MN, 8th Annual Great American Gathering & Homecoming, Unity Park at 12 Noon.

May 25
Ain Dah Yung Center's Open House

­Join us for a luncheon/mid-day celebration of our culture with some great traditional foods and music. In addition, you will be able to take a look at some of our work in helping to ensure our youth and families have a safe place for healing and to build upon their strengths. Plus we will be hosting a raffle where you can win some great prizes and gifts! From 11:00 – 2:00 pm. For more info, email Deb Foster at

May 26
Red Art Speaks

Red Art Speaks: a six-part conversation series. Red Art Speaks is a program of DREAM LODGE, A Native American Arts Incubator. We foster Native American artists by offering resources, rehearsal/performance space, business development, a supportive community and exposure. The goal is to turn artistic passions into viable careers. Join our new hosts and moderators: Deanna StandingCloud, Andrea Fairbanks, Bobby Wilson and Chase Manhattan. 5:00-5:30 pm: light refreshment, networking & entertainment. 5:30-6:45 pm: interviews. To volunteer or to sponsor this event or for more information contact, Kristopher Kohl Miner at 612-354-7708. The Guthrie Theater, 6th Floor Learning Center, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis.

May 27
IHB Feast

The Indian Health Board of Minneapolis's annual Indian Month Event will take place from 12:30 to 3 pm. Food: 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 at 2:30 pm. Raffle prizes: bikes, George Foreman grills, IHB Wear and other fun stuff. Must be present to win. For more info, call Krista at 612-721-9843 or Shawna at 612-721-9880.

May 27
Mde Maka Ska

The 3rd Annual Canoe Nations Gathering begins at 9:00 a.m. on the south side of Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis, MN. There will be storytelling, canoeing, lacrosse, scavenger hunt, druming, cultural arts, frest water biology, and interative initiatives an exercices. Tentative schedule: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Water Walk; 8:00-9:00 a.m. Workers and Vendors check in; 9:00 Opening Ceremony. South side of Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis. For more info, see:

Ends May 27
Douglas K. Limon
Ojibwe artist Douglas Limon will have his work on display at the The Penny George Institute for Health & Healing. Reception on Friday, April 8, 6 -8 pm at the George Institute Clinic, 2833 Chicago Av. S., Mpls. Exhibit open for viewing at The Penny George Institute for Health & Healing. Mon -Thur from 8 am to 8 pm, and Fridays from 8 am to 4 pm. For more info, call 612-863-3333.

May 31 (deadline)
The Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards

Community Spirit Awards are national fellowship awards for established artists who have demonstrated substantial contributions to their community through their careers as artists. In the spirit of giving First Peoples Fund will provide awards of $5,000 to American Indian artists who exemplify their traditional cultural values and way of life through the sharing of their creative talents and skills with others in the community. Nominations must be submitted by May 31. For info, see:

June 11-12
The Twin Cities American Indian Arts Festival

An outdoor festival that celebrates American Indian arts and cultures and stimulates economic opportunity along historic Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis. This free and open event celebrates the rich history and place of American Indian people. Interact with American Indian contemporary fine artists, dancers, singers and exhibitors in the outdoor All My Relations Arts Plaza. Cultural demonstrations, a fine arts plaza, hands-on activities, vendors, and food that showcase American Indian cultures and traditions. And an art show with credentialed artists representing a diversity of styles, and mediums. Live music: Bluedog Band, Jackie Bird, Los Nativos, Mitch Walking Elk, Native Pride Dancers, Chase Manhattan and Pamyua. And Comedian "Tito" Ybarra. Festival Location: 16th St. and Franklin Ave. For info, see:

June 23- 26
Nagaajiwanaang Ojibwe Language Camp

The 3rd Annual Nagaajiwanaang (Fond du Lac's) Ojibwe Language Camp will be held at the Kiwenz Campground in Sawyer, MN. Free and open to the public. This four day language immersion camp is for anyone who is interested in perserving the Ojibwe language. It is for any level of speaker and even non-Ojibwe speakers who want to learn more. There will be daily traditional activities such as: Birch bark basket making with Jim Northrup, Drumming and Drum Stick Making along with singing lessons with Randy Gresczyk, Making Cedar Ricing Knockers and Ricing Poles with Charlie "Tuna" Nahgahnub, Flute Making with Frank Montano, Making Bannock on a stick with Nancy Jones, Moccasin Making, Quill Art and much more. Confirmed Fluent Speakers include: Dan Jones, Gordon Jourdain, Rick Gresczyk, Nancy Jones and others. Each day there will be meals provided. We ask that you will bring your own non-disposable dinnerware. If your family would like to co-sponsor one of these meals please contact Jim or Pat Northrup at 218-878-0245. Feel free to bring food to share. This camp is free and open to all people of all backgrounds and speaking levels. If you have questions regarding this camp or would like to make a monetary donation, contact Jim or Pat Northrup at 218-878-0245 or Rick Gresczyk at 952-215-1973.

June 30 (deadline)
Native graduate student fellowships

The Christopher B. Duro Fellowship is a merit and need based fellowship for Native students pursuing graduate study to help the advancement of Native communities. Students chosen will be eligible for up to $25,000 per year, based on need and will be required to perform community service hours with the Southern California Tribal Education Institute and publish a scholarly article. Preference given to first-generation Native graduate students. Deadline is June 30. Notification of Awards is Aug. 2011. For info, see:, or contact Christopher B. Duro at: