Community Calendar


April 3 & 17, May 1 & 15

Breakfast of Champions –

Elders Fundraiser

Eggs, sausage or bacon, oatmeal, toast and beverage – all for $5. Children: $2.50. This is a Leech Lake Elder Fundraiser with proceeds helping elders attend this year’s annual Wisdom Steps Conference in June. 50/50 raffle tickets available. All Nations Indian Church, 7:30 am to 10:30 am. For more info, call 612-729-0554 or 612-597-0267. Or email: Dates:

Friday, April 3, Friday, April 17, Friday, May 1, Friday, May 15.

April 7 – May 19

DIW Family Education Diabetes Series

The Saint Paul Area Council of Churches Diabetes Program Announces Spring Session Speakers. The speakers scheduled for the spring Family Education Diabetes Series will cover a broad array of the latest topics of interest to those with diabetes and their family members. Schedule includes:

  • April 7: U of M first year Med Student, Its All About Diabetes!
  • April 21: Dan Halverson, PhD, Being Physically Fit With Diabetes.
  • May 5: Donna La Chappelle, Hands On Holistic Healing And Massages.
  • May 19: Dr. Harold Katz, What your Doctor Knows About Diabetes.

Meets at DIW Sheila White Eagle Hall two Tuesday evenings a month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Includes screening for diabetes from 5:30-6:00 p.m., meal prepared by a professional chef. Lectures run from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call Mitzi Beliveau at 651-789-3862 for more information.

April 3 – May 1

Little Earth Powwow –

Indian Taco Fundraiser

Indian Taco Sale Fundraisers: 11:00 am. – 5:00 pm.  Big Indian Taco w/pop: $5.00. Prairie Dogs: $2.50.  Fry Bread: $2.00. Pop: $.75. Free delivery when you order 4 or more tacos. Call Lori for delivery service at 612-721-2174. 2501 Cedar Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55404. Dates: Friday April 3, Friday April 10, Friday April 17, Friday April 24, Fri. May 1.

April 6 (deadline)

Rooted: Hip-Hop Choreographers’ Evening

An evening dedicated to Hip-Hop dance and its’ roots! Calling artists in the following styles: African, Breaking, Chicago House, Krumping, Locking, New Skool, Old Skool, Popping, Step, and Tap. High School and College students welcome!! Submissions: Due April 6, via DVD or written description. Callbacks: Week of April 19. Show: June 19 and 20 at 8 pm @ Patrick’s Cabaret For more info, contact Maia Maiden at 612-419-2836.

April 6-11

National Public Health

Week Film Festival

5th Annual National Public Health Week Film; Festival. 5:30 p.m. nightly.

Monday, April 6: Short Films Night: Multicultural Health Storytelling Project. Storytelling events were completed and videotaped in the following communities: African American, American Indian, Caucasian, Hmong, Latino, Somali & Vietnamese. The primary focus of the events was to tell us about a time when families/communities were healthy. The results of this work support the overarching need to shift traditional health paradigms focused on individuals and needs towards FAMILIES and CULTURAL ASSETS in order to eliminate health disparities. Mayo Memorial Auditorium, 425 Delaware St. SE, University of Minnesota, East Bank Campus. Free and open to the public. For full line up see website at:

April 7-9

Crimes Against Children in Indian Country Training Conf.

Native youth are vulnerable to threats from: internet predators, school violence, discrimination, physical and emotional abuse, substance abuse, suicide and depression. Native youth are impacted by these threats many times higher than non-Natives. This training conference for tribal and non-tribal service practitioners addresses the challenges and opportunities presented when working with youth in Indian Country. Training provided by practitioners experienced in working with Native youth. Participants representing tribal and non-tribal communities encouraged to attend. Conference fee is $175 before March 16. and $195 after. Fee includes 2 and 1/2 days of training, program materials, refreshment breaks, and one dinner. Scholarships available based on financial need. Grand Casino Hinckley, 777 Lady Luck Drive, Hinckley, MN. Attendees making reservations before March 16 receive a special rate of $39 for a double queen (reference the Conf). For registration info, contact Nancy Ruddy at 888-370-1752.

April 9

Depopulation in Indian Country: 21st Century Style

Since the early 1990s there has been a surge of banishments and disenrollments in Indian Country. This talk explores why these Native “depopulations” are taking place with greater frequency, discusses the rationales being used by tribal governments to justify such expulsions, and examines how such proceedings compare or contrast with traditional ways Native Nations exiled individuals. Professor David Eugene Wilkins (Lumbee) is McKnight Presidential Professor in American Indian Studies, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Law, and American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Griggs Center, University of Minnesota Duluth. Feast at 5 pm, lecture at 6 pm. For more info, call Heidi Stark at 218-726-7844.

April 9-10

4th Annual Connecting Our Lifeways: Traditional Tobacco Use and Contemporary Abuse

Presented by the Minnesota Native American Council on Tobacco (MNACT). This conference will provide skill-based workshops, motivational, and real life examples of successful tobacco initiatives enacted in Indian country. Goal is to increase participants capacity to affect change in local tribal communities. Learn about: Skill based workshop on creating policy; Youth workshop on building leadership skills and creating policy change; Elders speaking about tobacco in Indian Country; Exploring cessation curricula within Native communities; Patterns of American Indian smoking and quitting; Exploitation of the Tobacco Industry within communities of color. Keynote: Dr. Harry Lando & Dr. Patricia Nez-Henderson. Special Entertainment: Ogitchidag Theater Group. Registration Fee $40. Scholarships available based on eligibility. Held at Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, MN. Download application at: Or contact Suzanne Nash at 612-722-6248, or email her at:

April 13

MAICC Networking Event   

The Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce invites Chamber members and area business people to join in for our monthly networking event. These monthly networking sessions will be held every second Monday of the Month. The upcoming networking session will be held from 4:30-6:30p.m. at Black Bear Crossings, Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 North Lexington Parkway, St. Paul, MN. Cost is free and open to all who are interested in meeting MAICC members. Don’t forget your business cards! Sponsored by Xcel Energy, Inc. For more info, call MAICC at 651-789-6533.

April 13

NACDI Entertainment & Media Symposium

The purpose of the symposium is to understand the future and driving forces of the entertainment sector. Topics include: future media trends and challenges, media jobs, business opportunities, training models, media production processes, media and community development, American Indian Cultural Corridor. Students, professionals, teachers, practitioners, and individuals interested in media and entertainment sector, training, entrepreneurship and jobs should attend. Held at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, 6125 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley, MN. 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information contact NACDI at 612-872-4700.

April 14 & 18

First Time Homebuyers Presentation

A first time homebuyers presentation on the topic of the Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program. Cindy Koonce,VP, of Woodlands National Bank and Kathy Samson, IBR Realtor will present.  12:00 p.m. at Woodland National Bank’s new facility at 1113 E. Franklin Ave, Suite 108, Minneapolis. Kathy has a few more slots open to spend one-on-one time with each person who attends, so please call Kathy to register at 952-212-3244 or email Free.

  • April 14: 1:45 pm 
  • April 18: 12:00 p.m

April 17 (deadline)

Patty Iron Cloud Nat’l Native American Youth Initiative

The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) is accepting applications for the 12th Annual Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative held in Washington D.C., June 20 – 28. American Indian/Alaska Native high school students, ages 16- 18, interested in health careers and/or biomedical research encouraged to apply. Scholarship pays for travel, lodging, and most meal. Prepares students for admission to college and professional schools, and for careers in health and biomedical research. AAIP is also accepting applications for counselors, age 21 and older, to serve as role models and chaperones. AI/AN medical and health professional students are encouraged to apply. AAIP will cover travel, lodging, meals, and  stipend upon completion of the program. Deadline for student application April 17. Deadline is March 6. For info and application, see:

April 18

American Indian Night: MN Swarm vs. N.Y. Titans

The American Indian night will actually begin in the afternoon with a player clinic on the field for Native youth. Travis Hill, defenseman and crowd favorite, will be on hand to inspire the next generation of Native lacrosse stars. Hall of Famer Duane Jacobs, coach of the Swarm and Native of the Six Nations Reserve in Canada, will join Hill for the clinic and a private question-and-answer session after the game. Special lower-level tickets for the 7 p.m. game start at $10. Youth-player clinic begins at 3 p.m. Xcel Center, St. Paul. Lower-level tickets start at $10. For more information contact: Brett Miller at 651-312-3494 or email:

April 18 – May 7

Foreclosure Information Workshops

Hennepin County Taxpayer Services in partnership with Minnesota  Home Ownership Center will be offering five more foreclosure workshops at Hennepin libraries. Questions about what happens during foreclosure, homeowner and renters rights, and other options, will be answered by local nonprofit foreclosure counselors. Free, confidential advice will be also provided.

  • April 18, 11 am., Augsburg

    Park Library 

  • April 20, 6:30 p.m., Rockford Road Library
  • May 7, 6:30 p.m., Pierre

Bottineau Library. 

For more information, visit website at:

April 20

HIRE MN Rally at the Capitol

Rally for Equity, the Economy, and the Environment. Our legislators are making big decisions about how to stimulate the economy. Tell them our communities need green jobs and infrastructure hiring and training opportunities. We need your help to produce real change for our economy and our environment! Please join H.I.R.E from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. for at the capital in St. Paul. For more info, see:

April 22

Hamline U. International Indigenous Forum

4:30-8:00 pm, Hamline University  School of Law, Graduate Education Event. Room 103, 1536 Hewitt Ave, St. Paul, MN.

April 22

Red Ink: Play and Fundraiser for The Circle 

Red Ink: Seven indigenous writers from nine North American First Nations explore gaming, sports mascots, sovereignty and other issues in this “play-within-a-powwow.” With music, dance, storytelling and Indian humor, Red Ink creates a powerful portrait of a Native America that few (except Indians) know. Native playwrights include: Tomson Highway, Diane Glancy, Yvette Nolan, Arigon Starr, Darren Renville, Drew Hayden Taylor and Rhiana Yazzie. Directed by Sarah Rasmusse. This Special event is a fundraiser for The Circle and will include a Silent Auction, Red Ink Performance, and Reception with food and drink. Tickets: $30. All proceeds go to The Circle. General Admission seating. Mixed Blood theater, 1501 S. Fourth St., Mpls. For tickets, go to: (Do not order tickets from the Mixed Blood website) rr call 612-722-3686.

April 24 (deadline)

Inroads program for Native American writers 

The Loft Literary Center invites emerging writers of Native American descent to apply to the 2009 Loft Inroads Program. This program offers writers the chance to engage in ongoing craft seminars, individual conferences, and public readings, all with established writer Gwen Westerman Griffin (Dakota). Her essays and poems have appeared in journals and books, and she has a forthcoming collection of poetry in Dakota and English, Follow the Blackbirds. Eight participants will be selected and will participate in weekly creative writing seminars; have one individual conference with Gwen; read their work publicly with Gwen in the Loft’s performance hall; receive a $200 stipend; and have the unique opportunity to learn more about their writing with other writers who share their heritage. Participants must be available for weekly meetings to be scheduled throughout May, June, and July of 2009. Schedule will be TBA. Application deadline is April 24. (This is not a postmark deadline; submissions must be in the Loft offices by 5 pm.) Eligibility: The program is open to writers of Native American descent who write in any genre. You must be a resident of Minnesota or Wisconsin. Students enrolled in full or part time degree programs are eligible. You must not have published a book. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact program coordinator Bao Phi at 612-215-2585 or email: For more info, see:

April 24-25

2nd Annual Traditional Powwow

Gustavus Adolphus College and MN State University-Mankato present the 2nd Annual Traditional Powwow at Gustavus Adolphus cCollege, Lund Center Arena, St. Peter, MN. Grand entry: Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free to all participants. Honorarium for dancers and singers. For info, call Karen Larson at 507-327-6649.

April 28

Mammogram Van

Th e Mammogram Van mobile medical unit will visit NACC every quarter to provide FREE mammograms to our patients!! Mammograms screen patients for signs of breast cancer. They are recommended for women over 40 years of age, or over 35 if there is a family history of breast cancer. Starting at 10:00 am. in the  Native American Community Clinic Parking Lot, 1213 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis, MN. Call the NACC front desk at 612-872-8086 to reserve your 20 minute appointment. If you have insurance, please bring your card. If you do not have insurance, please call the clinic before your appointment to sign up for the SAGE program. Sponsored by The Native American Community Clinic & The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

April 29

14th Annual American

Indian Wellness Fair

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Table registrations will be mailed in February to participants from past events. Minneapolis Sports Center of the Midtown YWCA, 2121 East Lake Street. Please contact Sandra Rivera at 612-625-4441 for more info.

April 30 (deadline)

Young Native Writers

Essay Contest

Native American students wishing to enter the contest must write about cultural, historical, and current events that are related to tribal life. The top five essay contest winners will receive college scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $1,000, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington DC to visit the National Museum of the American Indian. The teachers of all five winning essayists will receive a sponsored trip to accompany their students, and share in a week of touring NMAI and archives, visiting with Native  American authors, and participating in various special events. Contest info can be found at:        Questions may be addressed to Angela Vlachos Ruth at: or 813-227-6331. All essays are due by midnight April 30.

April 30, May 1-3

Festival of Nations

Celebrating cultural diversity with food, music, and dance. The Festival of Nations brings Americans of all backgrounds together to share the ties with our past and take pride in the richness of diverse cultures in our community. 90 different ethnic groups from around the world will share their foods, crafts and traditions that form the mosaic of American culture. International Bazaar, Ethnic Demonstrations, Folk artisans, Ethnic Cafés, Entertainment, and Cultural Exhibits. Enjoy one of the nation’s largest and longest-running multi-cultural events and discover that there is so much more to who we are. St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd., Downtown St. Paul, MN. For more info, see:

May 1

American Indian Month Kickoff

Community Walk and Feast. Arrive at City Hall Rotaunda (north side of building) at 9:15 am. Listen to speakers and drum until 10:30 am. Celebration walk to Mpls. American Indian Center 10:45-11:30. Program and feast at MAIC from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Eagle Staff, tribal flags and organizational banners welcome. Elders will have transporation available to and from City Hall. Everyone is welcome. For more info call Bill at 612-673-3028.  

May 1-24 (Reception May 1)

Native American Student Art Competition

Opening of the new exhibit featuring artwork by Native youth from across the U.S., and a celebration of 10 years of art at the Ancient Traders Gallery. Winners of the National Native American Student Art Competition, along with local youth artists, will be displayed. Opening reception and celebration held from 3-8 p.m, with birthday cake and refreshments served until 6 p.m. All ages welcome! Door prizes! Exhibit runs from May 1 to May 24. Hours: Friday, 11am – 7pm; Sat. & Sun, 11am – 3pm.  Special hours for school and group tours. Please call to arrange at 612-870-6115 or email: at Ancient Traders Gallery are a cultural collaboration of Great Neighborhoods! Development Corporation. 1113 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55405 

May 8

American Indian Future Leaders Day

American Indian youth speak about what motivated them to achieve and excel. Community leaders speak out on why leadership from within is an essential component for growth in the American Indian community. Drum group, art exhibition, and speakers. Free and open to the public. Starts at 10 am at the Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda, 350 South Fifth St., Mpls. For more info, email Ashley Fairbanks at:

May 8

2009 Paint-A-Thon (deadline)

Low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities can have their homes painted at no cost. The annual Paint-A-Thon is now accepting applictions from homeowners over 60 or with disabilities who meet the low-income guidelines. For more information, call 612-721-8687, ext. 321, or see website at:

Thru May 10

Eastman Johnson Exhibit 

The Minnesota Historical Society presents “Eastman Johnson: Paintings and Drawings of the Lake Superior Ojibwe”. Eastman Johnson was one of America’s finest portrait, figure and genre scene painters. During 1856-57 he traveled along the western and northern region of Lake Superior creating numerous drawings and paintings of Superior and Grand Portage’s Ojibwe residents. This modest exhibit features 40 oils, charcoals and pastel works of Ojibwe people and life. The Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul. Admission $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, and $5 children ages 6-17. Free for children 5 and under and MHS members. For more info, call 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773 or see: The exhibit ends May 10.


Language Classes

Dakota Language Table

at Anishinabe Academy

New and Improved for Spring 2009. Learning Dakota through Stories and Songs. Free, informal language class for everyone! Families and students of all ages, at any and all language levels, from beginners to advanced speakers, are welcome and encouraged to join at any time. Runs thru June 8  (no class Feb. 16, April 6, May 4, and May 25). Monday evenings: 4:00-5:30 pm. Anishinabe Academy, Room 218, 2225 E. Lake St., Mpls. Potluck dinner: bring a dish if you are able – no one will be turned away for lack of food! Circle Activities: Group activities for both adults and children together. Children and adults split into two groups for age-specific lessons. For more information, contact Beth Brown at 612-624-8217 or email: Sponsored by Dakota Iapi Okodakciyapi (Dakota Language Society) and the Wicoie Nandagikendan Urban Language Immersion Program, Anishinabe Academy and U of MN Dept. of American Indian Studies. 

Ojibwe Language Table Potluck

Starting January 26. Every Monday night from 5 – 7 pm at Nawayee Center School, 2421 Bloomington Ave S., Mpls, Instructors will include Pebaamibines (Dennis Jones), Gwayakagaabow (Rick Gresczyk), and Ozaawaagwaneyaash (Randy Gresczyk). Free and open to the public. For info, call Randy Gresczyk at 612-721-1655, ext 18 or email:  

University of Minnesota

Ojibwe Language Table

University of Minnesota Language Table meeting in the American Indian Student Cultural Center on Sundays 4-6 pm. Focuses on immersion and speaking through games. For more info, contact Amber Ruel at:, or Lucia Bonacci at: and 763-458-6616. American Indian Student Cultural Center, 204 Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis.

Monday Night Ojibwemowin

Ojibwe Language Table every Monday  6-8 pm at the DIW, 1671 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Everyone welcome! Brendan Fairbanks helps learners to speak conversational Ojibwemowin. Bring a dish to share if you can. (If not, come anyway!) For more info call 763-442-6838.

Ojibwe Table Talk and Potluck

Every Wednesday, 6 – 8pm, The Bemidji Indian Community provides an evening of Ojibwe speaking, learning, and socializing along with a potluck. “At The Warehouse,” 303 Railroad Street, Bemidji, MN.

Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Language Table

Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community Office, Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30, The community office is located in Mendota on Sibley Memorial Hwy, also known as Hwy 13. Across the street from the Sibley Historical site. FMI call 651-452-4141.

Ojibwe and Dakota

language classes

Bring your children, ages 3-5 years, to participate in free Ojibwe or Dakota language immersion classes five days a week. Mondays through Fridays from 10 am-11:30 am. Neighborhood Early Learning Center (at the Little Earth community), 2438 18th Ave. S., Mpls. Space is limited. FMI: 612-721-4246.

Ojibwe Language Child

Care Openings

Ojibwe Language Immersion Program At Four Directions Family Center is a participating program of the Wicoie Nandagikendan Urban Pre-School Immersion Project.  Children are immersed in the Ojibwe Language three hours per day. 2438 18th Avenue S., Minneapolis 55406. Call Leila at 612-722-0762 ext. 113.

Support Groups

Division of Indian Work Support Groups

The Division of Indian Work holds ongoing support groups.

  • Women’s Anger Group: Tuesdays from 10 am till 11:30 am.
  • Parenting Group: Starting August 5, Tuesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
  • Prenatal Group: Tuesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
  • Father’s Group: Tuesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Women’s Domestic Support Group: Wednesdays from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Men’s Anger Group: Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. And Thursdays from 1 pm to 2:30 pm.

Held at the Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call 612-722-8722.

Wisdom Steps – Monthly Walking Event

For elders and families who want to walk for health. First Friday of every month at 9:00 AM. Walk as much as you want until noon. Minneapolis American Indian Center, Gymnasium. Door prizes! Opportunity to socialize! More info, call Barb at 612-872-1424 or Simon at 612-724-7641.

The QUITPLAN Helpline

Provides access to experienced, professional phone counselors who are waiting to help smokers quit. Services are free. The following organizations provide culturally specific cessation services: Wiidoowkowishin QUITPLAN Center at Fond du Lac serves the American Indian community at Fond du Lac Reservation and in Duluth; QUITPLAN Community at Pillsbury United Communities serves the Chicano Latino, African American, and other diverse communities. Call 1-888-354-7526 for a counselor. QUITPLAN Helpline: M-F: 7 am. -10 pm; Sat: 8 am. – 5 pm.; Sun: 10 am.- 4 pm.

Songidee Bimadiziwin

Strong Hearts Living Life to the Fullest Women’s Support Group. Please join us in a confidential, safe and supportive environment where you can feel free to discuss issues regarding your experience with sexual and or domestic abuse, and issues surrounding prostitution. Our program is designed to assist with the process of healing from childhood and current trauma and uses a curriculum that focuses on helping Indian women return to a healthier way of life, the way we once were. Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm. Light refreshments will be available. Walk-Ins and Referrals welcome. For more info, contact Aida Strom at 612-728-2028. MIWRC, Room 118, 2300 15th Ave. S, Mpls.

Women’s Support Group

For victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Meets Tues. at 11 am, MN Indian Women’s Resource Ctr, 2300 15th Ave. S, Mpls. FMI: Aida Strom, Sexual Assault Advocate, at 612-728-2028.

Battered Women’s

Support Group

Especially for American Indian Women. Culturally sensitive and confidential. Wednesdays 1 – 2:30 pm. Division of Indian Works/ Family Violence Program, 612-722-8722. Ask for a family violence counselor.

Fathers Group

Fathers Group enables Indian fathers to center their lives, develop parenting skills, and play a positive, active role in raising their children. The group explores family histories, studies the legal issues of fatherhood, and incorporates elders, spiritual leaders, and counseling. Call DIW at 612-722-8722 for more info.

American Indian Women’s

AA Group

Women Standing Together: On your journey to recovery, welcome to our Talking Circle of Hope. Together we grow in peaceful serenity, courage, & wisdom. Walking through the Healing 12 Steps of Sobriety. Held weekly on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave. So.,  Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call 612-728-2000.

“On the Red Road” Meeting

7:15 pm every Tuesday at the Minneapolis American Indian Center Auditorium, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls. The first Tuesday of every month includes a speaker and a pot luck dinner. Everyone welcome.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meets the third Saturday of each month from 1 to 3 pm at the Minnetonka Community Center. Call Jason at 952-942-2903

Other Resources

Two Spirit Quilting Bee

ALL GLBT folks! You are invited to

a good ole’ fashion quilting bee! Come on over and let’s make some quilts! We’ll laugh, share stories,

eat cookies and other stuff! Make shawls and learn to knit too! We will meet every other Saturday

afternoon. This will be a sober event. I am also looking for donations of material. For more information, contact Kohl at 612-354-7708 or email: Email is preferred.

Travel Grants for Native Artists

The National Native Artist Exchange, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, provides travel grants for Native artists residing in any of the 50 States. This fund is designed to assist American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian artists, and provides an opportunity for Native artists to teach, learn, and collaborate in traditional and/or contemporary Native art forms through travel from one region to another across the nation. Travel grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded based on budgets appropriate to the scope of travel. Deadline ongoing – requests must be received no later than two calendar months prior to the departure date of the proposed trip. For more info and application, see: 

Reduce Risk of Diabetes for Native Youth Fitness Program

New Fitness Program at the YWCA of Minneapolis. Reduce the Risk of Diabetes for Native Youth for ages 12-17. Over half of Native American children born in 2000 are likely to develop type II diabetes unless their lifestyles emphasize eating less and exercising more. The Strong, Fast, Fit program works with youth and their families to teach and encourage life long fitness and nutrition strategies. Families who qualify receive a household YWCA fitness membership! For more info, call Betty Moore at 612-215-4367. 

Free classes

Free classes start in February. Learn special skills, create spaces to build communities, do projects. Everyone can teach or take classes and all classes are free. Help build a common infrastructure for communities and movements to self educate themselves, transform existing educational institutions and have tons of fun. EXCO is the Experimental College where all classes are free and they are always looking for interested faciliators. For more info, see:

Free GED preparation online

The Minnesota Department of Education‘s online instructional program for Minnesotans who are preparing for their General Educational Development Diploma (GED). GED-i, a nationally-recognized and teacher-facilitated service, is free to Minnesotans. GED-i learning is facilitated by instructors from local adult education programs. Registered students will work with a licensed teacher from their local Adult Basic Education program in an online environment. For location information about your closest ABE and GED-i pro-vider, visit: Or call the Minnesota Adult Literacy Hotline at 1-800-222-1990. For info about the GED test itself, visit:

NACC Community Health Worker

The NACC Community Health Worker can assist you with a plan to become heart healthy. The CHW can be your personal coach to develop and exercise plan, eat healthier, lower blood pressure, manage stress and overcome the challenges between you and a healthy heart. Adrienne is available to meet a the NACC clinic, in your home or in the community. To make an appt. please contact Adrienne Voorhees at NACC 612-872-8086, ext 124.

Saint Paul Early Childhood Scholarship program

The City of Saint Paul has launched the Saint Paul Early Childhood Scholarship Program, a nationally-recognized pilot project that gives families who live in Frogtown and North End information and scholarships to help them choose, pay for, and stay in high-quality child care and early education programs. Families will also receive home visits from parent mentors who will inform them of early childhood education programs and processes. The child can begin to receive a scholarship for quality early childhood education at 3-years old. Multiple children per family can enroll in the program. To receive an application, call Resources for Child Caring at 651-641-6604.

Pre-Kindergarten Allowance Program

This project provides publicly-funded allowances for parents to purchase early care and education services that will help their children prepare for school. Those eligible for the program are children who are 3 or 4 years old or will be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1 of the current year, children whose families live in Saint Paul, and children whose families have an annual income at/or below 185% of poverty, ($39,000 for a family of four). The children also need to be U.S citizens or legal immigrants. To receive an application, call Resources for Child Caring at 651-641-6604.

Call for Native Writers

The Sequoyah Research Center announces its second series of Tribal Writers Chapbooks. The focus is on new Native writers, those who have not published a significant body of work, either as individual pieces or in book or anthology formats. We are attempting to give exposure to new (not necessarily young) writers. The major difference between the first and second series is that in addition to publishing in hard-copy the new works will appear in digital format in the Tribal Writers Digital Library.  You may view the first volumes at Payment to authors will be in the form of copies of their chapbook. The SRC will print 250 copies that will be furnished to the author upon completion of the press run. No funds are required from the author; no funds will be disbursed to the author. Copyright will remain with the author. Submissions are accepted at any time during the year. Native writers should submit manuscripts that are no longer than 36 pages to fit the print format. Further information or submissions sent to James W. Parins, Sequoyah Research Center, Suite 500 University Plaza, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR 72204, or e-mailed to

YWCA Fitness for At Risk of Diabetes Native Youth 12-17

The Strong, Fast, Fit program works with youth and their families to teach and encourage life long fitness and nutrition strategies. Program highlights include: Exercise and nutrition programming twice a week for youth; Monthly family nutrition education and classes; Fitness assessments to ensure youth are progressing toward their fitness goals; Quarterly field trips and athletic events for participants; Free training for track, swimming, soccer, triathlons and other sports. BONUS: Families who qualify receive a household YWCA membership! FMI: Betty Moore at 612-215-4367.

NACC Living in Balance class

A 6 week chronic disease self management course teaches individuals how to live a healthier lifestyle with their chronic disease. Open to anyone living with a chronic disease or wanting to learn how to help someone that is living with a chronic disease. Taught by cofacilitators, NACC staff and community members who have chronic conditions. Receive a certificate of completion and a 20 dollar Cub Food gift card. For start date, call Connie Norman at 612-872-8086, ext 116· 

Harvard free tuition for low income, honor students

Harvard University announced that  undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University  wants to pay the tuition. To find out more, see website at:, or call the school’s financial aid office at 617-495-1581.

Indian Uprising Radio Show

A one-hour public and cultural affairs program concerned with meaningful issues by, for and about Indigenous people. Program producer and host is Chris Spotted Eagle. Program airs on KFAI Sundays from 7-8 pm. Station dial for is 90.3 FM. For more info, see:

NACC Nutrition Services

Want to learn how to shop for good food within your budget? Confused about what to feed your family? Do you think you have no time to exercise? Counseling for health concerns such as high cholesterol, diabetes, weight management, high blood pressure and healthy eating for a lifetime? If you answered yes to any of these, call Shannon Fahey- Dietitian at 872-8086 ext 112.

Women’s Support Group

Open to women. Tuesdays at 11 am at Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center. For more info, contact Aida Strom at 612-728-2028.

NACC Caregivers Circle

NACC Circle-Caregivers (parents, relatives, foster-parents, guardians) who struggle on the journey to parenting or caring for children who have been exposed to prenatal alcohol. NACC offers a monthly support circle. If you or someone you know would like to be a part of the Caregiver Circle contact Rhonda Hunt at 612-872-8086, ext. 114 for more info.

IHB Women’s Health Sage Program

Free Mammogram and Pap Test Screenings available to most uninsured/ under insured women. Indian Health Board and the MN Department of Health is providing breast and cervical cancer prevention and screenings for eligible women. For more information and to see if you qualify, please call IHB at (612) 721-9865.

Basics of Diabetes Class

This is a class taught by Susan Hibbs (CFNP) and Kristin Kattar (Registered Dietitian). This class is open to those who want to learn more about diabetes and health. Every Thursday from 5-6 pm at the Native American Community Clinic. Finish all 5 sessions and get a 20 dollar gift certificate!! Call Connie Norman at 612-872-8086, ext 116 to register for the class. NACC, 1213 East Franklin Ave. Mpls; 612-872-8086.

NACC Full Circle

Diabetes Breakfast

Last Thursday of the month from 9 am to 10 am at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Open to everyone who wants to learn about diabetes. Healthy diabetic friendly food and give-aways. Different diabetes topics are discussed each month. For more info, call Connie Norman at 612-872-8086, ext 116.

IHB Diabetes

Prevention Program

Are you wondering if you may be at risk for diabetes? The Indian Health Board is providing diabetes screening to non-diabetic Native American adults. Those who qualify are invited to participate in an incentive based weight loss program to prevent diabetes. For info, call  612-721-9816.

NACC Patient Advocate

Info/help in finding insurance eligibility, education/training, employment, ICWA, housing, transportation, VA outreach, PCA programs and other needs. Call Diane Archambault at 612-872-8086, ext 118. NACC, 1213 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls.

Elder Services

Native American, 55 yrs +, and disabled? Get help with your house chores: laundry, dishes, sewing, escort to appointments, grocery shopping, advocating, ect. Free. Call Lynn Casper Powers for info at

Homelessness Resource

Center Website

The HRC website is targeted toward providers who work with homeless people. Evidence-based practices, practical resources, and interactive learning community for researchers, providers, consumers, and government agencies. Promotes recovery-oriented and consumer-centered services for homeless people. See website at:

Literacy Tutors needed

One in five Minnesota adults lack the literacy skills necessary to enjoy great books, help their children with homework, or understand medication labels. Tutor an adult learner, assist in an adult classroom, or teach a basic English or GED class. Locations throughout the Twin Cities area, flexible scheduling and training to help you get started. Contact Allison at or 651-645-2277, Ext 219.

Native America: State-by-State History seeks submission

Greenwood Press invites scholars of Native American history to submit entries for its forthcoming publication titled Native America: A State-by-State History. This 3-volume set will cover North American Indian history in the United States from the pre-colonial period to the present. Intended for high school and college audiences, each chapter will be organized alphabetically by state.  Interested authors should submit a CV noting their credentials and expertise as well as the name of the state(s) on which they would like to submit chapters. Established scholars and advanced graduate students are encouraged to contribute. Each author will receive an honorarium for t