SEPTEMBER community calendar


Sept. 2

New Native Theatre

Well Red play reading series: BUT BABY I LOVE YOU by Sandy White Hawk and George McCauley, directed by Rhiana Yazzie. Meet Wolfie and Cecilia. Witness as they love each other, hate each other, heal each other. Join us for this first look at Sandy and George’s new play written about dealing with the complexities of loving and being Native. There’s sure to be lots of NDN humor too. FREE. Starts at 7 pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.

Sept. 2, 6, 20, 27

Hennepin Ctybback-to-school immunization clinics

If your child still has not had back-to-school immunizations, it’s not too late. Hennepin County Public Health offers low-cost immunizations to those without adequate health insurance. All are walk-in clinics so no appointments are needed. All school-required immunizations will be available. Parents are asked to bring each child’s immunization records with them. The clinics will be held on these dates:

o Sept. 6th and 20th: Bloomington Clinic: Bloomington Division of Health, 1900 W. Old Shakopee Road, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

o Sept. 27th: Brooklyn Center Clinic: Hennepin County’s Brookdale Service Center, 6125 Shingle Creek Road, from 9 to 11 a.m.

o Sept. 2th: Downtown Minneapolis Clinic: Hennepin Health Services Building, 525 Portland Ave. S., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. For more information about these clinics, call 612-348-2884 or go to

Sept. 8

Circle of Indigenous Nations Open House

The University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity is having an open house in honor of the Circle of Indigenous Nations (COIN) office transition to a new space in 322 Appleby Hall (on the U’s East Bank campus). The community-wide open house is scheduled from 11:30 am – 1 pm. There will be a prayer at 11:30, and a blessing of the space at noon. Lunch will be served. For more information, please contact Jillian Rowan at 612-624-0564, 1-800-752-1000 or at: Or see:

Sept. 9

Wiidookodaadig (Helping Each Other) Workshop

Victim Services in Indian Country: Contemporary Best Practices. Topics include: Human Trafficking – Opiates; Mending the Rainbow: GLBTQ/Two-Spirit; What you need to know: Emerging; Victim Issues in Indian Country; Culture, Tradition & Spirituality as a Best Practice. Registration required. For more information, call Dan at 612-722-8722, (ext. 340) or Nigel (ext. 375). Division of Indian Work, Minneapolis.

Sept. 9

Beloved Child: A Dakota

Way of Life

Birchbark Books welcomes Diane Wilson, author of "Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past", to celebrate the release of her new book "Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life". Sustained by rich traditions, ceremonies, advocacy, and education, Dakota families are transforming the legacy of colonization and assimilation into a better way of life for their children. Diane will share her book and honor the people profiled in Beloved Child who will also be in attendance: Clifford Canku, Harley and Sue Eagle, Gabrielle Tateyuskanskan, Alameda Rocha and Delores Brunelle. Starts at 7 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1917 Logan Ave S, Minneapolis. More about Diane and the event can be found at: http://birchbarkbooks


Sept. 14-15

Northern Minnesota Tribal Economic Development Summit & Trade Show

The Shooting Star Casino will host the 2011 Northern Minnesota Tribal Economic Development Summit & Trade Show at the Event Center in Mahnomen, MN. The theme this year is "Building Business Through Partnerships." The goal of the Summit is to enhance business opportunities and foster economic growth. The event will feature opening remarks from all three tribal chairs as well as messages from Senators Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken and Congressman Collin Peterson. Keynote speakers will be Gabriel Galanda, of Galanda Broadman PLLC, Lance Morgan of Ho-Chunk Inc., and Jack Stevens from the U.S. Department of Interior. Evening entertainment provided by the comedy duo Williams and Ree. Individuals and vendors can register for the conference at or contact Kori Busho at 218-855-8139 or

Sept. 15

Pregnancy Gathering

Resources, food, games, prizes and fun at an American Indian community resource fair for expecting mothers and fathers. Noon – 3 p.m. at the Dakotah Lodge, Division of Indian Work, 1001 East Lake Street, Minneapolis. Please R.S.V.P. to Fawn Edberg at 612-722-8722, x312 or email:?

Sept. 16

Wisdom Steps 8th Annual Golf Tournament

Electric Cart, Casino Dollars, Gift Bags, Prizes, Fun Contests, Silent Auction and Raffle. Corporate Sponsor: $600, 4 person team, hole sign, & GPS Ad. Foursome: $400, 4 person Team. Hole Sponsor: $400, Hole sign. Individual Golf Entry: $100. Dinner Only: $ 25. To register contact: Shauna FourStar, Elderly Programs Assistant at 218-335-8585, Toll-Free: 888-231-7886. Black Bear Golf Course, 9:00 a.m. Registration. 10:00 a.m. Shot Gun start. At Highways I-35 and 210 Carlton, Minnesota. Black Bear Pro Shop: 218/ 722-8633. For more info, e-mail:

Sept. 17

Emily Johnson/Catalyst Preview Party and Book Launch Benefit!

Support the new dance, Niicugni (Listen) and celebrate the release of the THIS IS DISPLACEMENT exhibition catalogue! Niicugni will be a dance housed within a light/sound installation of hand-made, functional fish-skin lanterns. It  will premiere in the 2012/2013 season. Come get a sneak peak! Two years in the making, the multi-lingual catalogue published by Carolyn Lee Anderson and Emily Johnson celebrates the artists and artwork featured in the acclaimed visual art exhibit. Enjoy live music, poetry, and dance performances in the theater,  h’ordeuvres and cocktails in the lobby, a crafted silent auction, and DJ Jen Downham’s Groove Garden. 7-10 pm at the Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Sept. 17

Woodland Pottery Workshop

On the first day participants will learn how to dig clay, harvest the tempering agents and construct their clay vessel. On the second day participants will finish their surface details and temper their clay vessel in a firing pit. Registration is required by September 14. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. A minimum of 5 participants required to host workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Held at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in Onamia, MN. Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Fee: $60, $55 for MHS members. Reservations: required, call 320-532-3632.

Sept. 17

Wild Rice Festival  

The Friends of Roseville’s Harriet Alexander Nature Center will hold the 8th Annual Wild Rice Festival. This family celebration of wild rice, Native American culture, and Minnesota’s fall season will be held, free of admission charge, on the grounds of the nature center at 2520 N. Dale Street, Roseville, Minnesota. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. with a fundraising pancake breakfast featuring wild rice sausages, wild rice pancakes and real maple syrup. Informative exhibits will open at 9:00 a.m. with the free entertainment, demonstrations and activities beginning by 10:00 a.m.; all activities continue until the event closes at 4:00 p.m. Entertainment includes a group of Native American dancers from the University of Minnesota Council of Nations. Demonstrations include a bee-expert harvesting honey from the HANC hives, honey which you can purchase; cider press machine and and games for kids. Silent auction and the FORHANC Store. Proceeds support the nature center. More information can be found at or by calling the Harriet Alexander Nature Center at 651-765-HANC.

Sept. 20

UROC Community Day

Celebrate the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center’s programs and partnerships! Open house -12 noon to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Meet university and community partners and tour the building – check out UROC’s demonstration kitchen or sit in on mini-computer classes in the B-Tech Center. Learn about research collaborations focusing on community-identified priorities in education, health and economic development. Get a sneak peek at the University/TPT documentary telling some of the stories of the rich history of North Minnesota. Meet new University President Eric Kaler who is visiting UROC during his inaugural week. Short program and reception beginning at 1 pm. University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, 2001 Plymouth Avenue N., Minneapolis, MN 612-626-UROC (8762).

Sept. 20

Two Chairs Telling

The Fall Series of Two Chairs Telling presents a unique (and some might say unlikely) pairing of Native American storytellers. Kohl Miner, a Ho-Chunk playwright and performance artist joins author, storyteller and Oklahoma Choctaw, Tim Tingle for an evening of new, old and newly interpreted tales. Miner was a company member or has performed with The New York City Hysterical Society, In the Heart of the Beast, The Ark Improv, The Blood & Milk Poets and American Indians in the Arts. Tingle is an accomplished author, and storyteller, who delivers lively historical and traditional stories, accompanying himself on the Native American flute and singing Choctaw songs to the rhythms of a whaleskin drum. 7:30 pm at the Black Forest Festaal Room, (located next to the patio) at Black Forest Restaurant, 24th Street and Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis. $10 for the first ticket, $5 for the second ticket. For more information, contact Loren Niemi at 651-271-6349 or email:

Sept. 20 & 21

Minnesota Tribal Employment & Training Conference

10th Annual Conference Minnesota Tribal Employment & Training Conference. Counties and tribal agencies are invited to the 10th Annual Employment Conference to be held at Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen MN. This year the conference will be presented by "Native Wellness" with the main focus as "Growing Together". Some of the topics to be included in this years’ workshop will be Healthy Communication, Wellness in the Workplace, Team Building, Motivating the Unmotivated and Living the Warrior Spirit. The conference will be a day and a half, to allow participants’ travel time on September 21. Deadline for registration is September 9. Call the Shooting Star Casino at 1-800-453-7827 for hotel rooms. There will be a block of hotel rooms reserved under Employment and Training Conference, with the rate being $45.00 + $5.34 tax. All room reservation must be made by September 9th. For more info, contact Teri Malbraaten at 218-335-8586.

Sept. 23-25

Madeline Island Anishinaabeg Gathering

Come to Share stories, honor the Island, feast and dance. 2011 Theme: "Ways the Anishinaabeg can maintain their relationship with Madeline Island into the Future". Free and open to everyone. Schedule of events:

o Sept. 23: Youth Day, Ojibwe Memorial Park. 10 am: Nick Hockings, storytelling. Eagle from the National Eagle Center, all day. 1 pm: Youth Leadership Presentation, Brian Mcinnes. Elder teachings, Josephine Mandamin. Environmental displays and education, birch bark crafts, etc. 3:30 pm: closing. School groups welcome, ages 6 to 18. Buses need reservations with the Ferry Line.

o Sept. 24: Ojibwe Memorial Park. 9am: Morning Ceremony. 10 am: Speakers – Mike Wiggins, Brian Mcinnes, Renee Dillard, Winona LaDuke, Josephine Mandamin and others. Music – Oshkii Giizhick Singers, Niizhoo Sullivan and others. 12 pm: lunch. 4:30: Traditional Feast. 5:30: Celebrational Dance. Larry ‘Amik’ Smallwood. M.C. Spiritual Advisor (honorariums for the first 100 dancers) Six invited drums. 8:30 pm: closing.

o Sept. 25: 10 am: Madeline Island Museum Open House. 2 pm: Films – "Mikwendaagoziwag- They Are Remembered" and "Sandy Lake Tragedy." Artist demonstrations by Rita Vanderventer and Kurt Buffalo. 11 am – 1pm: Oshkii Giizhick Singers, Eagle from the National Eagle Center (all day). 4:30 pm: Reception for Anishinaabeg Artists. 5 pm: closing Limited parking on Madeline Island. Parking available in Bayfield and Red Cliff with shuttle buses transporting regularly to the ferry and on the island to the event, watch for signs. Camping available on Madeline Island at Big Bay Town Park, Big Bay State Park, and elsewhere on the Island on a first come first serve basis. Ferry discounts for all Anishinaabeg Band Members with cards. Regalia welcome. Bring lawn chairs, water bottles, and rain gear. Limited groceries, and gas available on the Island. For more information email: or call 218-879-2288.

Sept. 24

IHB Native American Day Celebration

The Minneapolis Indian Health Board’s Health and Resource Fair. Exhibition dancing, Children’s activities, music, food, and more. Midtown Farmers Market, Minneapolis.

Sept. 29 – Oct. 1

Dakota Nation-wide "We Are One"?Conference

The conference is about the returning of the Dakota people to Minnesota. Topics include, getting Dakota language into schools, protection of sacred sites, the future of Dakota people, and the commeration of Dakota history. Main conferene will be at MN History Center in St. Paul. For more info call Lisa Yankton at 651-251-2825.

Sept. 30

Stolen Generation

New Native Theatre Well Red Play Reading Series presents Stolen Generation by Ardie Medina. Two sisters taken away from their Ojibwe parents as children come to terms with their forced adoption and the damaging effect it’s had on their family and their lives. 7 pm. Free and open to the public.  Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.

Sept. 30

Minneapolis Boards and Commissions Openings  

Volunteers on City of Mpls boards and commissions provide insights, help shape policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. Applications are being accepted for over 80 positions on 16 boards and commissions that the City Council and Mayor will appoint this fall. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds to strengthen the work of the City. Applications reviewed beginning Sept. 30; the positions are open until filled. For a full list of position descriptions as well as additional information visit the boards and commissions website at