Community Calendar September 2018


Thru Oct. 2019
Horse Nation of the Ochéthi Šakówiŋ
All My Relations Arts presents Horse Nation of the Ochéthi Šakówi, an exhibition that explores how horses shape the history, spirituality, and culture of the Dakhóta, Nakhóta, and Lakhóta (Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota) people, collectively known as the Ochéthi Šakówiŋ (Seven Council Fires). The exhibition features paintings, textiles, film, and beadwork—by nationally renowned contemporary Native American artists. On view through October 10th, 2019. Minneapolis is the final stop of this national touring exhibit and parts of Horse Nation will be on view throughout the summer at Two Rivers Gallery and Minneapolis Institute of Art. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, call 612-235-4970 or see:

Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24
Drum and Dance Practice
Wakinyan Luta Dance Society’s Drum and Dance Practice. Come sing with the Wakinyan Luta singers and dance with champion dancers Tawny Hale and Dennis Gilbert. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. This is a grassroots, community organized event. 6-8 pm. Free. Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, 788 E 7th St, St Paul. For info, see:

Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24
Medicine Wheel
Open Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. We work Steps and Traditions according to the month. Step 9 and Tradition 9 for the month of September. Mondays from 6 to 7pm. Free. No child care provided. Gitchitwaa Kateri Church, 3045 Park Ave S (use parking lot entrance), Mpls. For info, call Betty at 612-387-4463 or Chris at 612-824-7606.

Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25
On The Red Road
Tuesday from 7 to 7pm. Open Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. 12 Step, Al-anon, Big Book, Women or Men only meetings. No child care provided. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave (use parking lot entrance Auditorium), Mpls. For info, call Keiji 612-751-7667

Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25
Native Drum, Native Dance Practice, Hoop Dance Classes
Tuesdays from 5-6:30pm. Free. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, call 612-879-1783 or email:

Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25
Ojibwe/Dakota Language
Ojibwe language Intro/Novice and Dakota language Intro/conversational lessons. Tuesdays from 5 – 7pm. Free. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact or call 612-879-1783.

Sept. 5
Urban Indian Elder’s Meeting
Meeting of urban Indian elders. Community and provider networking meeting. Coffee, fruit and cookies provided. 10am to noon. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, call 612-871-4555. Other meeting dates are: Nov. 7.

Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26
Ojibwe/Dakota Language – Ongoing
Ojibwe language-Ongoing and Dakota language-Ongoing. Wednesdays from 5-7pm. Free. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact or call 612-879-1783.

Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
Ojibwe language
12 Week Course.  Thrusdays from 5 – 7pm. Must register. Free. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact or call 612-879-1783.

Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
Our Children Are Sacred. Women’s Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. We do daily refection readings, big book and open discussion. Thursdays from 6 to 7pm. Free. No child care provided. Recovery Church, 253 State St, Mpls. For info, call Betty at 612-387-4463.

Sept. 7-9
Mendota’s Traditional Wacipi Powwow
Traditional powwow. $20 to each adult dancer for each grand entry they participate in. Friday: Lighting Sacred Fire followed by potluck dinner and musical performances by Red Ponie Band, Larry Long and Jada Brown, it all starts at 5pm. Saturday: Grand entries at 1pm and 7pm, Aztec Dancers at 5:45pm. Sunday: Grand entry at 1pm, Feast at 5:30pm. Admission: $5 entry button donation, no one turned away. St Peter’s Church Grounds, 1405 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota Heights, MN. For info, call 651-452-4141 or email

Sept. 8
Run Like a Wrestler/ Zaniya Iyankapi 5k
Join the American Indian Family Center and the East Side Wrestling Club for our joint 5k fundraising event, including a fun run/walk, endurance exercises, and an indigenous sports demo! Go to and register under the organization you wish to benefit. 9am-12pm. Free to attend, $25 early registration, $35 day of registration. Phalen Regional Park, 1600 Phalen Dr, Saint Paul. For info, contact Anna Kaiser at 651-793-3803, or Or see:

Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29
Dakota language
12 Week Course. Saturdays from 10am to Noon. Free. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact or call 612-879-1783.

Sept. 10-12
Native Men’s Summit
The Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition and Northwest Indian Community Development Center will co-host a holistic gathering for Native men of all ages. Speakers, Round Dance, Ojibwe Moccasin Game Tournament, and Corey Medina Concert. Free to participate. Limited scholarships to help with lodging and mileage. Free to attend. Travel scholarships available. Sanford Center, 1111 Event Center Dr NE, Bemidji, MN. For info, contact Cristine Davidson at cdavidson@ or 651-646-4800.For info, see:

Sept. 10-14
Metro State U Native Circle
Metropolitan State University is planing an opening ceremony for their newly dedicated space on the Saint Paul Campus for Native Circle. We are inviting the community to come and be part of this Opening. If you have questions about this event, Call David Isham at 651-793-1509.

Sept. 10, 24
The First Gift
Adults and teens come together to make a pair of baby moccasins for the American Indian families at the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis. This group is intended for Native community members and meets every other week at the Two Rivers Gallery in the Community Art Space and is open to any skill level of creators. 4 to 8pm. Two Rivers Gallery, MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, call 612-871-4555.

Sept. 12-15
Body & Earth Conference 2018
Freedom Lodge presents Body & Earth, The Future of Native Wellness, a Native American conference. Body & Earth brings leading Native Educators, Health Care Providers, Cultural Ecologists and Mother Earth Protectors together for a rare and powerful conversation. This forum takes an in-depth look at cultural concerns, health disparities, impacts of global warming, historical trauma, recovery innovations and collaborative projects designed to address and cultivate lasting Native Wellness. The event features dynamic presentations by Judge Abby Abinanti, Dr. Chip Thomas, Winona LaDuke, Arvol Looking Horse, Brad Marsden, Beverly Warne, RN, Dr. Donald Warne, Nina Simons, Ramona Emerson, Lyla June and Sunny Dooley. Everyone is welcome. Join the conversation. Help address the multifaceted issues that affect Native America. General Admission, $400. Tribal Member, $345. Mystic Lake Hotel & Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW, Prior Lake, MN. For info, call 800-350-9694 or email: Or see:

Sept. 13
Author event with Martin Case
Martin Case speaks about his new book, The Relentless Business of Treaties, with scholar Dr. David Wilkins (University of Minnesota, American Indian Studies). The two will have a dialogue about how indigenous land became property in the US system and why the relationships and connections between treaty signers led to structures and systems still in place today. Book signing and reception to follow. 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Free, registration required. Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, St. Paul. For info, see:

Sept. 13
Sky Hopinka
Milwaukee-based filmmaker Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) focuses on the interconnections between his indigenous homeland, language, and identity, weaving family traditions together with a new generation’s perspective. Often ethnographic in tone, Hopinka’s rigorously composed and thickly layered films create maps of dreams and memories, pushing against personal boundaries and making cultural connections. 7pm. (Free tickets available from 6pm at the Main Lobby Desk.) Following a screening, Hopinka will discuss his practice and recent Artist Op-ed. Post-Screening reception (9–10pm) at Bockley Gallery, where there is a three-channel installation of his work Fainting Spells. Walker Cinema, 725 Vineland Pl, Mpls. For info, see:

Sept. 13, 27, Oct. 16, 25
Native American Digital Storytelling Workshop
Learn how to make your own digital story at the Native American Digital Storytelling Workshop. Digital stories are videos made with a voice-over-recording of you reading your story, your pictures, text, and music. We have four workshops in the fall that will be held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. We also have two workshops in October that will be held at Gimaajii in Duluth on October 4th and October 18th. The workshops are free. You’ll be reimbursed $20 for completing a questionnaire before the workshop, and an additional $20 for completing the actual workshop. Lunch will be provided. Complete an online form if you’re interested in attending: For info, contact Jill Fish at 716-715-4550 or fishx174@

Sept. 14 (deadline)
Native Nations Rebuilders Program
The Native Nation Rebuilders Program is a cohort-based leadership program that equips participants with governance knowledge and organizing/advocacy tools to mobilize their fellow Tribal citizens and improve their communities. For eligibility and how to apply, see: application, or contact Jayme Davis at or 651-419-2057.

Sept. 14-15
Positive Youth Development In Indian Country Workshop
Theme: Promising Interventions to Improve the Success of Native American Children. The workshop encourages the development of strategies and programs that reduce risks and strengthen protective factors of multi-ethnic children with a focus on Native American children. For early childhood to high school educators, administrators and principals, curriculum specialists and directors of instruction, school counselors, home school coordinators, tribal education directors and staff, social service providers, health directors and staff, community recreation specialists, coaches, and college and university students, faculty and staff. Limited seating per session day. Hamline University, West Hall 101, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul. For info, contact Dan Ninham at 218-368-6430 or coach.danninham@

Sept. 14, 28
Takoda Institute IT Exploration Workshop
This 4 hour workshop is designed to give you more information on networks, hardware, software and computer security all while learning more about Takoda’s Computer Support Specialist 9 month training program. Free. AIOIC, 1845 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info or to RSVP, contact Steph Nick at or 612-341-3358, ext 126.

Sept. 15
NACC Back to School Supplies
Get your child scheduled for a Well Child Checkup and Dental Exam. When both appointments are completed by Sept 15th you will receive a backpack with school supplies (while supplies last). Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, call 612-872-8086.

Sept. 15
15th Annual Wild Rice Festival
This family-friendly celebration of wild rice, the Minnesota harvest season, and Native American cultures is an all-day event presented with the assistance of event partners Prairie Island Indian Community, Northland Visions, the Pow Wow Grounds Cafe, and Gibbs Farm. Free entertainment, exhibits and activities run from 10am-4pm, and a special performance of the critically acclaimed local Native American blues band, Bluedog. Playing from 4:30-6pm, their music is “influenced by life experiences of Native people. . . [and] celebrates life, the good and bad.” Food concessions will be available all day. Presentations include the Little Thunderbirds Drum & Dance Troupe and music, stories and more by flute make, Jeff Chapman and Friends. Watch demonstrations of traditional wild rice harvesting methods, and wild rice cooking by Native Food Perspectives. Gibbs Farm will share stories of Dakota life in their replica tipi. The festival features hands-on seasonal harvest activities like honey extraction and apple cider with apples donated by Pine Tree Apple Farm. Activities for kids include crafts projects and Village Games. Takes place on the grounds of the nature center at 2520 N. Dale St, Roseville, MN. For info, see: or call(651-765-4262.

Sept. 15
Wild Rice Processing
Head to the lakeshore to watch museum staff process wild rice, including how to dry, parch, thresh, and winnow the rice. See the entire process from raw to finished product during 20-minute demonstrations offered on the hour. The program begins at noon, 1, 2, and 3 pm. In the event of bad weather, this event will move indoors. Free, museum admission not included. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr, Onamia. For info, call 320-532-3632 or see: event/

Sept. 15
Local Native blues band, Bluedog will perform at the Annual Wild Rice Festival. Playing from 4:30-6pm, their music is “influenced by life experiences of Native people. . . [and] celebrates life, the good and bad.” Takes place on the grounds of the Nature Center at 2520 N Dale St, Roseville, MN. For info, see: or call 651-765-4262.

Sept. 17 (deadline)
MRAC Capitol Grant
The Capital program provides grants of up to $10,000 to purchase equipment and related supplies and services, or to make capital improvements. Groups must be arts nonprofits or fiscally-sponsored groups with at least 2 years of programming history. All applicants must be registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State as a nonprofit, even if fiscally sponsored. For info, see:, or contact Bethany Whitehead at 651-523-6388 or

Sept. 17-18
Coming Home/Facing Re-Entry
This 2-Day workshop is open to all Native American peoples from any Federally Recognized Tribe who are currently transitioning from a period of incarceration to those who hold a criminal background and experiencing core reentry challenges. The workshop will discuss overcoming three core reentry challenges (housing, employment and relapse prevention) for Native Americans with focus on cultural engagement and resources available through the many Native American organizations in the Twin Cities area and throughout the State of Minnesota. Throughout the workshop we will hear from those who have successfully made it through the barriers of re-entry, utilized the resources available and are now living a healthy and self-sufficient lifestyle. Free. Lunch will be provided. Sept. 17 from 9am to 3:30pm, and Sept. 18 from 9am to 2:30pm. Limited to 75 participants. Takoda Institute, Division of American Indian OIC, 1845 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info or to RSVP, contact Gerry Jamieson at 320-364-9666 or

Sept. 21
MAIC Family Fun Night
Fun for the whole family: art activities, cultural and language activities, open gym, cooking demos, and more. Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments and beverages provided. Every 3rd Friday of the month, from 6-8 pm. MAIC, 1430 E Franklin, Mpls. For info, contact Cheryl Secola at 612-879-1783. Other dates include:
• Oct. 19, Nov. 16, and Dec. 21.

Sept. 21-30
10 Day Free From Violence
Twin Cities Nonviolent is coordinating “10 Days Free From Violence” in September (Sept. 21 is International Peace Day). Join us to participate in nonviolent activities all around the Twin Cities by many different groups, organization and churches. Participate in 60 events by 40 local organizations, including art exhibits, lectures, and other events. All events are free and open to all ages unless otherwise noted. For a full list of events, see:

Sept. 21
Minneapolis Public Schools 2nd Annual Welcome Back Powwow
Grand Entries at 4pm and 6pm (it’s a school day so we want to give folks who show up later a chance to join a second grand entry after the meal). Meal served 5pm. North High School Football Field, 1801 Freemont Ave N, Mpls. Free and open to the public. For info, call Christine at 612-668-0108.

Sept. 22
Gathering of Nations for Peace and Unity Circle
The Gathering of Nations for Peace and Unity Circle Dedication Bde Maka Ska. Ojibway Healer/Elder Linda Lucero will coordinate with a Dakota Healer to conduct a Circle of Healing from Violence using the 7 Grandfather’s Teachings: Wisdom, Bravery, Integrity, Love, Humble, Courage and Honor. Part of the “10 Days Free From Violence”. 10am at Bde Maka Ska. For info, see
Bde Maka Ska event, or

Sept. 22-25
Immerse in artistic workshops with visionary artists and learn new approaches to cultural equity and community benefits. REMAP begins with two days of participatory workshop intensives, September 23-24, led by stellar artists who are innovating methodologies at the nexus of art making and social change. Participants will include artists, organizers, educators, change makers and all who would like to add more creative methods to their work. REMAP will culminate in a forum, Sept. 25, on equitable, sustainable arts-driven change, featuring a roundtable and small group conversations based on ArtChangeUS Cultural Community Benefits. Attendance to the Sept. 25 afternoon session is free but registration is required at For info, see:

Sept. 23 – Oct. 7
“Maḱaċheġa” (Pottery) by Lower Sioux Artists Exhibit
View an exhibit of maḱaċheġa, or pottery, made by Lower Sioux artists and apprentices, the first exhibit of its kind in nearly two decades. Visitors can view present-day pieces while learning about this traditional technique and its important role to the Lower Sioux community. On Sundays master artists will be on site to discuss their pottery pieces and artistic journey, and guests of all ages can visit an activity station to create works of their own. Noon – 5 pm. Included with $4-6 site admission. MNHS members get in free. Lower Sioux Agency, 32469 Redwood County, Hwy 2, Morton, MN. For info, call 507-697-6321 or email:

Sept. 26
Gerald Vizenor: Native Tributes
Birchbark Books welcomes Native American author Gerald Vizenor for a reading from his new historical novel Native Tributes. In this sequel to Blue Ravens, Vizenor maintains his masterly perception of oral stories, creating a dynamic literary tribute to Native American veterans and visionary artists in the Great Depression. Book signing at Birchbark Books to follow the reading. 7pm at the Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st St, Mpls. For info, call 612-377-4669.

Sept. 26
FAN Wellness Support Circle
Are you Native American and have an interest in a Chronic Illness (CI) support group or are you a Caregiver for a CI person looking for support from others? Join us for a meal and good company every last Wed. of the month. 6-8 pm. MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, contact Val Lafave at 612-879-1722 or

Sept. 27
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: Loaded
Scholar, human rights activist, and author Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will speak about “The White Supremacist Roots of the Second Amendment” in support of her new book “Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment”. There will be a reception with a light supper by the Sioux Chef and a chance to meet Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz starting at 5:30pm. Birchbark Books will have books available for purchase at the event. Presented by First Unitarian Society, Northland Sustainable Solutions, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Birchbark Books. Free and open to the public. 5:30pm is the reception with the lecture at 7pm. First Unitarian Society, 900 Mount Curve Ave, Mpls. For info, see:

Sept. 27 – Nov. 9
Ties and Tethers Exhibit
Artist Lori Biwer-Stewart is a self-taught printmaker who finds inspiration in the natural world around her, as well as from her own dreams and beliefs. She enjoys incorporating symbolic images such as birds, keys, and doors to encourage thought and provoke the viewer’s own interpretation. For added texture and text, Biwer-Stewart will often incorporate monoprint and collograph to her linocut prints which have grown in both size and complexity over the years. Atrium Gallery, 1800 W Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN. For info, see or call 952-563-8575.

Sept. 30 (deadline)
SAIGE Carol Jorgensen Scholarship
SAIGE will award two $1,000 scholarships to full time students pursuing undergraduate degrees in an environmental stewardship discipline, including environmental studies, natural resource management, the natural sciences, public administration, public policy, and related disciplines. Application must be received by 6pm on Sept. 30, For info, see:

Oct. 3
Metro Tagwii Recover Center Open House
Come see what we are all about and enjoy some snacks at our Open House, from 11 am to 2pm. Metro Tagwii Recover Center, 2020 Bloomington Ave, Mpls. For info, call 612-977-3424.

Oct. 4
Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ
Join us at Mia for a panel presentation of curators, artists, and scholars associated with this important exhibition (Arthur Amiotte, Keith BraveHeart, Gwen Nell Westerman. and others). Exhibit is on view now at three Minneapolis arts institutions: Mia, Two Rivers Gallery, and All My Relations Gallery. Horse Nation explores how horses shape the history, spirituality, and culture of the Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota people, collectively known as the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Seven Council Fires). 7pm. Cost: $10, $5 Mia members, free to members of the Native American Art Affinity Group. Register online or call 612-870-6323.

Oct. 4-5
Oyate Network Racial Equity Retreat
Native Leaders from the East Metro will grow, connect and strategize with others to address racial equity. The cohort retreat will provide resources and professional development in a Network Approach to community leadership. At completion, participants can submit proposals for funding community projects around racial equity. Oct. 4 from 4pm to 8pm, and Oct. 5th from 9:30am to 4pm. Participants must attend both days. Limited registration available. Gibbs Farm, 2097 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul. For info, contact Deanna StandingCloud at or 612-722-0587.

Oct. 6-7
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration 2018
A celebratory gathering that continues to honor the perseverance, culture, and presence of Indigenous people. The festival will provide the public with education about American Indian history, culture, and contemporary experiences through the arts. Workshops will encourage artists to interact with attendees to create a broader understanding of Native communities. All My Relations Gallery and NACDI is hosting the festival to raise awareness, and provide education of Native American Arts. Hours are Oct. 6th from 11am to 7:30pm; and Oct. 7th from noon to 5pm. The festival will take place on the American Indian Corridor on Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, call 612-235-4976 or see:

Oct. 8
Eagle and The Condor–From Standing Rock With Love
The Augsburg Native American Film Series invites you to the international opening of The Eagle and The Condor–From Standing Rock with Love. Event will include a virtual introduction from the filmmaker (Kahstosera’a Paulette Moore), broadcast globally to supporters like the Augsburg Native American Film Series, and stories from students, alumni and community members who participated in the fight against DAPL. We look forward to hearing your memories of Standing Rock as part of our conversation after the film. Reception: 6:15-6:45. Film Screening: 7-9pm. Free. Augsburg University, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave S, Mpls. For info, see: or call Elise Marubbio at 612-330-1523.

Oct. 16
Native American College Fair
The Native American College Fair brings post-secondary education, financial aid and career representatives to Native youth. We provide a setting that allows students to have meaningful conversation with representatives about college life, courses and admission and financial aid requirements. The college fair will be held during the school day this year encourage schools and programs to bring their students on a field trip, with a morning session (10am – 12:00) and an afternoon session (noon – 2pm). Student will speak with education and financial aid representatives, participate in a financial literacy game and will have the opportunity to schedule a campus tour. 10am – noon. Free. Northstar Ballroom, U of MN St. Paul Campus, 2017 Buford Ave, St Paul. For info, contact or see: