OCTOBER-NOVEMBER community calendar


ct. 3 thru Dec. 31

Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations

Experience a traveling exhibit, videos, and resources about treaties between Dakota and Ojibwe Nations and the U.S. to better understand the true circumstances surrounding this land, its use, and even the treatment of the land’s indigenous peoples today. 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. Learn, through a 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: www.minnesotahumanities.org/treaties. This exhibit runs through 2012 throughout sites in Minnesota, but only 2011 dates are listed for now:

Oct 3-31: Becker County Historical Society, Detroit Lakes, MN.

Oct 23-Nov 23: Riverland Community College, Austin, MN.

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

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

Dec 3-31: Red Lake Nation, Red Lake, MN.

Oct 7, 18, 25

Hennepin offers immunization clinics

The flu season is coming, 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. For more information, call 612-348-2884 or go to www.hennepin.us/vaccines. Donations are requested but not required for the immunizations. The clinic and times are listed below:

Oct. 18 – Bloomington Clinic: Bloomington Division of Health, 1900 W. Old Shakopee Road, 3 pm to 5:30 pm.

Oct. 25 – Brooklyn Center Clinic: Hennepin County’s Brookdale Service Center, 6125 Shingle Creek Road, 9 am to 11 am.

Oct. 7 – Downtown Minneapolis Clinic: Hennepin Health Services Building, 525 Portland Ave. S.,  8:30 am to 11 am.

Oct. 06

IHB Diabetes Day

Please the Indian Health Board for their kickoff of Diabetes Day! Breakfast at 9 am or stop in anytime during the day which includes: Food, Speakers, Walk Away Diabetes, Long Sleeve-Shirts, Giveaways and More. Schedule your diabetes appointments for the same day! See the Doctor, Have your feet thoroughly examined, be screened for diabetic Retinopathy (call to see if you are eligible), get a dental cxam. Pre-schedule appointments/RSVP at 612-721-9846.

Oct. 6

Potluck and Talking Circle

First Nations Repatriation Institute (formerly First Nations Orphan Association) invites adoptees/fostered individuals and their families to a potluck and talking circle. From 6-9 pm. Pot luck meal from 6-7 pm with Talking Circle from 7-9 pm. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 East 23rd St., Minneapolis, MN.  For more information call Sandra White Hawk at 651-442-4872 or email:?sandywhitehawk@gmail.com.  www.wearecominghome.com.

Oct. 6-7

White Earth Urban Office ID/Hunting Permits and more

The White Earth Urban Office will hold  Tribal ID and Hunting Permit days. Tribal IDs, Hunting permits available. Wild rice, new design tee shirts & jackets will be on sale! Hours are:?October 6: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.October 7: 9:00 am to 12:OO pm. The White Earth Urban Community Council will also be selling breakfast as a fundraiser on Thursday only, from 8:00 am to 11:30 am. More W.E. services will also be available on-site. White Earth Urban Office, 1308 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. For hours and more info call 612-872-8388.

Oct. 8

Makde Makwa Memorial 5k Run/Walk

The Fourth Annual George Spears SR  Makde Makwa Memorial 5k Run/Walk (One-Mile children’s run) will be held at Thomas Beach/Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. Registration begins at 9:00 am. Race starts at 10:00 am. One-Mile children’s run starts 30 minutes after the 5k starts. Prizes for age categories. Overall Winner – $50.00 cash. For more information, email Chester Spears at: firstnationsunited1979@gmail.

com. Or call 612-910-1670.

Oct. 8

Gracias Choir from Korea

Traveling all the way from Korea, the Gracias Choir sings of thankfulness from their hearts about the love they’ve received through Christ, The choir is made up of 70 members including an orchestra. They will be bring their Christmas Cantata Music Concert to Red Lake Nation College at the Humanities Center in Red Lake, MN. Starts at 6 pm. Free and open to the public. For info see: www.redlakenationcollege.org.

Oct. 9, 16, Nov. 7

Rebuilding a Nation

Westminster Presbyterian Church   will feature a series on American Indians titled "Rebuilding a Nation" and will host local and international spokespersons discussing various topics including the arts, economic development, fair trade, renewable energy and sustainability. Free and open to the public.

Oct. 9: Bernie Melter (Lakota Sioux) is a retired Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs under Gov. Arne Carlson, and has received numerous awards for his work with veterans. He was named one of the "Ten Outstanding Vietnam Veterans" by Gov. Al Quie. Audience members will experience first-hand the challenges of the region’s Native Americans. In particular, he will highlight the work that must be done to assist American Indians living on reservations. Pine Ridge in South Dakota has a per capita of less than $4,000 a year and an unemployment rate of 80%.

Oct. 16: David Cournoyer, (Rosebud Sioux) is the president of Plain Depth Consulting, which works on issues of communications, facilitation, leadership and organizational development. His clients include local and national nonprofits, philanthropic, tribal and state government entities. He has worked with the American Indian College Fund, a national organization that supports tribal colleges and universities. Currently, he serves on the boards of the First Peoples Fund, Native Youth Leadership Alliance, St. Paul Public Schools Indian Education Parent Committee and the St. Paul Area Council of Churches. Prior to his nonprofit work, David worked in television journalism for nearly a decade, serving as the Denver correspondent for the Fox News Channel, CBS News and KARE11-TV in Minneapolis.

Nov. 7: Winona LaDuke, internationally renowned activist will speak at Plymouth Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, 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 this forum.

Oct. 10, 17, 24

Eyes Wide Open: A Conversation about Racism

These four sessionswill offer facts about racism and feature diverse panelists who will share their stories of pain and marginalization as well as stories of awakening, healing, and engagement. The panel discussions will be followed by dialogue and personal sharing in small groups. By learning how to better see one another, we will embrace concrete actions that effect substantive change in ourselves and in our communities. Each session begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 9:15 p.m. We request that participants arrive by 6:45 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. We invite everyone to consider bringing non-perishable food or children’s toys to any of our evening sessions! For more info, see: http://spinterfaith.org/annual-fall-dialogue-series.html

Oct. 10 – Invisible Wounds: Experiencing Everyday Dehumanization. Martin Luther King Center, 270 N. Kent St. (one block east of Dale and Iglehart, just south of I-94) in Saint Paul

Oct. 17 – Religion: Building Walls, Building Bridges. American Indian Magnet School, 1075 E 3rd St at Earl (exit I-94 east at Mounds Blvd and go to 3rd & turn right) in St. Paul.

Oct. 24 – New Possibilities: Creating Something Better. American Indian Magnet School, 1075 E 3rd St at Earl (exit I-94 east at Mounds Blvd and go to 3rd & turn right) in St. Paul.

Oct. 13

Circle of Courage: Culture in the Classroom

Eni-gikendaasoyang – Center for Indigenous Knowledge Revitalization Presents: Circle of Courage: Culture in the Classroom. Featuring: Dr. Martin Brokenleg. In this workshop, Dr. Brokenleg defines culture, summarizes research on problems in education, which are culture related, and suggests multicultural strategies for responding to the problems. Dr. Brokenleg consults worldwide and serves as a Vice President of Reclaiming Youth International, providing training for individuals who work with youth at risk. He holds a doctorate in psychology and is a graduate of the Episcopal Divinity School. He is an Emeritus Professor and was most recently Director of Native Ministries and Professor of First Nations Theology and Ministry at the Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia. For thirty years, Dr. Brokenleg was professor of Native American studies at Augustana College of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has also been a director of The Neighborhood Youth Corps, chaplain in a correctional setting, and has extensive experience as an alcohol counselor. Dr. Brokenleg has consulted and led training programs throughout North America, New Zealand, and South Africa. He is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. Grand Casino Convention Center, Ballroom 4 & 5 Hinckley, MN. Program Cost: $100.00 (includes lunch). Rooms are available Oct. 12 & 13 at the Grand Casino Hotel. For reservations call 800-468-3517, ext. 2. Download a registration form at: www.d.umn.edu/enigikendaasoyang. For more information, please contact Cindy Gustafson at 218-726-8378 or email: cagustaf@d.umn.edu.

Oct. 13-14

New Native Theatre Open auditions

Auditions for the New Native Theatre’s new play, BUT BABY I LOVE YOU by Sandy White Hawk and George McCauley will be held from 3-7pm. Looking for Native American male actors ages 40-60, and 20-40. Native American female actors age 40-60. Paid acting roles for November tour. Come anytime during the open audition times or schedule an appointment ahead of time by emailing: info@newnativetheatre.org or call 612-367-7639. Auditions had at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Mpls.

Oct. 14

The ICWA Law Center Fall Feast

The Indian Child Welfare Act Law Center invites community members, clients, community service providers, Tribal representatives, and all others to join us for a feast celebrating the change in seasons and the excitement of new beginnings. 11 am to 2:00 pm at 1730 Clifton Place, Suite 104, Minneapolis. For more information contact: Carly Bad Heart Bull at the ICWA Law Center at 612-879-9165.

Oct. 14 – 16

Dakota Language Camp

The Dakota Language Intergenerational Family Immersion Camp will hold its first language learning opportunity of the year. N accepting registration for Ptanyetu Oeti (Fall Camp), held at The Forest-Marine on St. Croix, just north of Stillwater, Minnesota. The immersion camps are offered for families and individuals interested in speaking the Dakota language. Participants will have the chance to experience the language through: games, traditional arts, storytelling, harvesting food, cooking and eating and songs. To register by phone or email, call 1-800-222-4750, ext. 4718, or email:?clv@cord.edu, and ask for space in the Dakota Language Program. Online forms may be found at: www.concordialanguagevillages.org/newsite/Programs/Families/Weekends/dakota.php.

Oct. 20, 22

Metro State U Fall Preview Days

The Metropolitan State University will be holding its Undergraduate Admissions Fall Preview Days on Oct. 20, Thursday, from 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. And on Oct 22, Saturday, from 8:30 a.m.- noon. Learn how Metropolitan State University can help students succeed in their career and life. Save $20 off admissions application. Register at: metrostate.edu. For more information call 651-793-1302.

Oct. 25

Living in Balance Workshop

Join the NACC Co-facilitators at the next 6-week Living in Balance Workshop which starts on Tuesday, October 25th, from 5 to 7 pm. This 6 week interactive workshop is a fun and easy way to learn about ways to manage your chronic health conditions and problem lifestyle issues. This workshop helps participants to identify small steps to reach personal health goals! Space is limited for each class, so call early to sign up! If you have questions or want to register for this workshop please call Connie Norman at 612-872-8086, ext 116.

Oct. 28

Play: She Was The Daught Of Our Village

New Native Theatre presents Well Red play reading of "She Was The Daugher Of Our Village" by Juanita Espinosa. A mother and a village tell the story of a young woman’s life and the way she completed her short but impactful journey by touching the hearts and minds of an entire village. Friday, October 28,  7pm. Free admission. At the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For more info, see: www.newnativetheatre.org.

Nov. 1

History Lounge: Beloved Child, A Dakota Way of Life

Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul. Author and Mdewakanton descendant Diane Wilson will discuss her new book, "Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life" (MHS Press, Fall 2011), which explores how Dakota families, sustained by rich traditions, ceremonies, advocacy and education, are transforming the historical legacy of colonization and assimilation into a better way of life for their children. Diane Wilson, director of Dream of Wild Health Farm, is the author of "Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past," which won a Minnesota Book Award. She is a Mdewakanton descendant; her mother was enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation. Time: 7 p.m.  Free and open to the public. For more info, see: www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/lounge or call 651-259-3000.  

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: www.aises.org/nationalconference. Or call toll free: 866-476-1052.

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. $400 for artwork selected for the 2012 Resistance Poster and t-shirt. $100 will be awarded to runners-up. 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: anpaoduta@riseup.net by November 15.

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.