NOVEMBER community calendar


Through Nov. 19

Jim Denomie: Works on Paper  

Bockley Gallery’s new exhibit: works on paper by Minnesota-based artist Jim Denomie. Bright and playful, these works open unexpected dimensions and point to new directions while they continue Denomie’s characteristic humor and serious social commentary. Bockley Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 5 pm. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st Street (west of Lake of the Isles, near Franklin), Minneapolis.

Through Nov.

Native American Month

The Leech Lake Tribal College celebrates Gashkadino-giizis with numerous activities. For more info: 218-335-4220,

Nov. 7-11: DECOLONIZING OUR DIETS – Enjoy "Traditional" pre-contact foods. Room 204. 12-1 pm.

Nov. 8, 10: BEADING/CRAFTS HOUR – Bring your bead work, arts & crafts, to work on. Room 204. 12-1 pm.

Nov. 15: "OPEN MIC" AFTERNOON – Share poetry, sing, dance, perform. Room 204. 12-1 pm.

Nov. 17: LUNCH & LEARN –  "Lunch & Learn".Stacie Lyon at 218-335-4242. Rm 203/205. 12-1 pm.

Nov. 17 & 18: SILENT AUCTION – Native arts/crafts. Rm 204. 10-4 pm.

Nov. 22: "THE NEW WORLD" – This tells the tale of Pocahontas and John Smith. Rm 204. 12-1 pm.

Nov. 29: THE STICK GAME – This was one of the original games of the Native people. Rm 204. 12-1 pm.

OJIBWE LANGUAGE TABLE: Every Thursday evening from 6-8 pm. Potluck dinner. For info, call Nicole Beaulieu at 218-335-4200. Rm 204.

Nov. 3 – Dec. 31

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 all Minnesotans to learn new and innovative ways to create community. This is a partnership of the Minnesota Humanities Center, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the National Museum of the American Indian. 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 info, see: Runs through 2012 throughout sites in Minnesota, but only 2011 dates are listed for now:

Nov 3-17: Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN.

Nov 17-30: Beltrami County Government Center, Bemidji, MN.

Dec 3-31: Red Lake, MN.

Nov. 4


The Women of Nations’ 2011 fall feast will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at St. Mathews Catholic Church, Social Hall, 490 Hall Ave, Saint Paul, MN. For more info, call Jennie Lightfoot at 651-251-1606.

Nov. 4 – Dec. 16

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. An opening reception takes place Friday, November 4, from 5-8 p.m. This traveling exhibit showcases the innovation and beauty of Native American artists whose ingenuity promotes cultural continuity. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Featured Artists: Greg Bellanger,  Todd Bordeaux, Carol Charging Thunder, Pat Kruse, Denise Lajimodiere, Orvilla Longfox, Melvin Losh, Cheryl Minnema, Wanesia Spry Misquadace, Sandra Panachyse,  Joe Savage, Chholing Taha, Cecile Taylor, Gwen Westerman, Delina White, Bobby Wilson, and Francis Yellow. This exhibit explores and continues to expand the idea of "traditional" Native American art. Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place will travel to five locations throughout Minnesota. The exhibit’s other sites and dates are:

Jan. 3 – Feb. 3, 2012:  Southern Minnesota venue, TBA.

Feb. 14 – March 15, 2012: Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.

April 1-May 18, 2012: Mille Lacs Indian Museum, Onamia, MN.

May 28-June 30, 2012: Tweed Museum, Duluth, MN.

Nov. 4, 15, 22

Flu Shots

The flu season is here, and Hennepin County Public Health is offering low-cost immunizations to people who don’t have health insurance or their insurance doesn’t cover immunizations. All are walk-in clinics so no appointments are needed. Donations are requested but not required for the immunizations. For more information, call 612-348-2884 or go to  

Nov. 4: Downtown Minneapolis Clinic: Hennepin Health Services Building, 525 Portland Ave. S.,  8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Nov. 15: Bloomington Clinic: Bloomington Division of Health, 1900 W. Old Shakopee Road. 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 22: Brooklyn Center Clinic: Hennepin County’s Brookdale Service Center, 6125 Shingle Creek Road, 9 a.m to 11 a.m.

Nov. 7

Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke, internationally renowned activist will speak at Plymouth Church beginning at 7 p.m. The two-time presidential candidate with Ralph Nader will talk on eco-justice. Winona lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non-profit organizations in the country. A reception follows the forum. Plymouth Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis.

Nov. 9

Traditional Healing Ceremony

Traditional Healing Ceremony with Jim Clairmont. Praying for our families and community. Everyone is welcome to attend. Dinner will be served. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. 1035 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN. For info, call 612 522-4436.

Nov. 10

Defeating Voter Suppression Efforts in Minnesota

"Defeating Voter Suppression Efforts in Minnesota-What We all Need to Know." Join the Minnesota Voting Rights Coalition, Minnesota Secretary of State Office, Citizens for Election Integrity, Minnesota and the American Civil Liberties Union-Minnesota for this important panel. Proposed legislation and a constitutional amendment would prevent already-registered voters from voting unless they provide a government-issued photo ID with a current address. This proposed requirement would disproportionately disenfranchise registered voters who don’t have a photo ID, such as seniors, the disabled, persons of color, students, and persons of poverty. Researched-based studies show that up to 11% of already-registered Minnesota voters would be turned away at the polling place because they do not have a current/valid photo ID. Learn how to communicate effectively with constituents and members about it and spread the word. From 6-8 pm, at the American Indian Resource Center, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN. For info, call the ACLU-MN, Bemidji office at 218-444-2285.

Nov. 10-12

AISES 33rd annual National Conference

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s 33rd annual National Conference will be held in Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This three-day event serves Native Americans – high school juniors and senior, college and grad students, educators, and professionals in science and technology with the largest career fair in Indian Country, as well as opportunities for professional development and cultural gathering. Limited exhibit booths also still available. For more info, or to volunteer, visit: Or call toll free: 866-476-1052.

Nov. 12

Sexual exploitation

community discussion

We need your help to determine what can be done in our community to strengthen existing resource and to create new responses for Native The discussion will take place from the perspective of Colonization, it’s impact within our communities today and what our knowledge leads us to create for our Native sisters. Discussion co-facilitated by: Lorraine White, Guadalupe Lopez, and Eileen Hudon. Refreshments provided. From 1 – 3 pm, at the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center. For more info, call Guadalupe Lopez at 651-646-4800 or

Nov. 14

Elder Housing Ground Breaking

Bi Di Gain Dash Anwebi (Come In. Rest) Elder Housing Ground Breaking. Celebrate the start of construction of the new 47-unit Bi Di Gain Dash Anwebi Elder housing. Funding and support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines and Woodlands National Bank, The City of Minneapolis, East Philips and Midtown Philips Neighborhood Associations and American Indian Elders. Come be part of a great new addition to the neighborhood. 10:00 am. For more info, call Michael Goze at 612-813-1610.

Nov. 15 (deadline)

Calling Dakota Artists

Anpao Duta is sponsoring a contest for 2012 Resistance Artwork. 2012 will mark the rebirth of Dakota resistance and the reclamation of Dakota inheritance. Looking for Dakota artists who can capture the spirit of Dakota resistance in a piece of original artwork. Selected artwork and artists will be featured in the winter issue of the Anpao Duta newspaper. Submit original artwork (original art submissions will not be returned) and contact information to: Anpao Duta, 1915 10th Avenue So, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Or send digitally to: by November 15.

Nov. 15

New Native Theatre Play

New Native Theatre’s Well Red series presents BUT BABY I LOVE YOU, by Sandy Whitehawk and George McCauley. A final dress rehearsal the day before this play is presented in Bemidji. See how the play has evolved since it was first read in September. The play is about Wolfie and Cecilia, a 50-something Indian couple trying to make it. Witness as they love each other, hate each other, and heal each other. 7-8 pm. FREE and open to the public. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Mpls. For more info, see:?, or email:?

Nov. 17-20

Indigenous Voices Series: Calling All Polar Bears

What would a polar bear say if he could talk? How does a small Indigenous Community fight a large multi-national corporation that is intending to exploit its natural resources? "Calling All Polar Bears" is a one-woman show by Inupiaq Eskimo Inter-Disciplinary Artist. Allison takes on the characters of animals, and of people in her village, as they bring to light the complexity surrounding climate change in the Arctic and the push to extract resources from the Arctic regions. Post-show discussions to follow Friday and Saturday evening performances! 7:30 p.m. TICKETS: Thursday is Pay-What-You-Can. Friday and Sunday – $12 students, seniors; $15. Purchase tickets online, or call (612) 871-4444. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis

Nov. 19

Sweetgrass Basket Workshop

Learn the art of making a coil sweetgrass basket in this two-day workshop. Sweetgrass is a fragrant sacred herb used in ceremonies and artwork by the Ojibwe. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments and a light lunch provided on both days. Reservations and prepayment required by November 16. Discount hotel rooms are available at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on Saturday night for all workshop participants. A minimum of five participants required to host workshop. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia. Phone: 320-532-3632 Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Fee: $60, $55 for MHS members; $15 supply fee. Reservations required. To register: 320-532-3632.

Nov. 19

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 golf course. Registration is $25 through raceday or until the race fills, and can be done online at:, by downloading the brochure at, or picking up a brochure at Dakotah!. Mail-in registration will not be accepted after November 10, while online registration will not be accepted after November 17. Race day registration is 7:00 in the DSF lobby, and the 5K starts at 8:00 a.m. The awards ceremony will follow in the gym.  Awards will be given to first, second, and third place overall male and female finishers. For more information call Dakotah! Sport and Fitness Race Director Renee Engeman at 952-496-6875 or visit the website at͍

Nov. 19-20

American Indian Go Run in Minnesota

The first ever Go Run specifically for American Indian women, led by a team of American Indian trainers who will provide the tools to conduct a successful campaign. This specialized training prepares Indian women in Northern MN for upcoming local, and tribal elections with the goal of increasing the number of American Indian women running for public office, working on campaigns, and advancing their leadership in the public sector. Deep Portage Learning Center, Hackensack, MN.?Cost: $75. For more information, see:

Nov. 22

MCTC?Night of Music and Poetry

Mato Nanji (lead singer and guitarist of Indigenous)?will perform. Bobby Wilson, local spoken word artist, will also perform. Master of  Ceremonies: Johnny Smith. Catering by:  Pow Wow Grounds. 6 pm – 8 pm. Whitney Fine Arts Center, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, 500 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call Janice Denny at 612?659?6713. Sponsored by UNITE American Indian Student Organization.

Nov. 23

Thanksgiving HipHop

Featured national Hip Hop Native artists Rebel Diaz and Quese IMC. From 9:00 pm to 1:00 am. Doors open at 8:30 pm. Suggested cost $5, but no one turned away. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave., Mpls, MN. For more info, call Mike Forcia at 612-437-0075 or Valarie Martinez at 612-483-8434.


Nov. 24-26

Minneapolis Thanksgiving Feast/Powwow

A Thanksgiving feast will be held at noon, with Karoake to follow. Grand entries are scheduled for Thrusday at 6 pm, Friday at 1 pm and 6 pm, and Saturday at 1 pm. A.D: Shawnee Hunt. MC:?Dave Larsen and Jim Clairmont. Royalty competitions for Little Miss Minneapolis, Miss Minneapolis, and Brave Minneapolis on Friday night. First ten drums registered and all registered dancers will be paid. Additional drums will recieve honorariums. Several vendors will offer demonstrations of traditional crafts. Free admission, everyone welcome. Vendors call Vonda Cluck at 952-285-2884.  To provide a safer enviroment the powwow will provide added security this year. MIWRC is sponsoring the event.

Dec. 8

Breakfast With Diane Wilson & Jim Northrup

Breakfast and reading by award winning Native American authors Diane Wilson and Jim Northrup. This is a Breakfast Fundraiser For The Circle. Diane Wilson’s memoir, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past won a 2006 Minnesota Book Award. Her most recent book of creative nonfiction, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life, was released in September, 2011. Jim Northrup is the author of several books, including Walking the Rez Road, which won the Minnesota Book Award and the Northeast Minnesota Book Award. The Rez Road Follies: Canoes, Casinos, Computers, and Birch Bark Baskets  was nomintated for a Minnesota Book Award in the Creative Non-fiction catergory. His newest book Anishinaabe Syndicated: A View from the Rez was released in Jan. 2011. He also writes the syndicated column, Fond du Lac Follies. He was named Writer of the Year in syndicated columns for 2001 by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writer’s and Storytellers, and has won awards from NAJA for his column. 8:00 am – 9:00 am. Suggestion donation: $35.00. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 East 23rd Street, Minneapolis. For more information or to R.S.V.P. call 612-722-3686.