Mark Your Calendars! Indigenous Games, Native Films, Pow Wows, Language Tables, and More!

Northern Indigenous Games April 16-17

The inaugural event of the Northern Indigenous Games will be held this year on Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, at South High, 3131 19th Ave. S., in Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public, either to participate or be a spectator.

Events include: Lacrosse, running, shinny, Inuit games, double ball and arrows. There are participant categories for all ages: elementary school, middle school, high school and adult. The event needs donation and volunteers, too. For all the details, check out the HonorEarth website.

KFAI Launches “Indigeneity Now” Program

Check out the new show on KFAI Community Radio called “Indigeneity Now,” with “Contemporary Conversation on Indigenous, Aboriginal and Native Reality, Experience and Identity,” hosted by Roy Taylor. It will air Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Locally you can tune in at 90.3 FM in Minneapolis, 106.7 FM in St. Paul, and streaming everywhere at

The inaugural show featured an interview with Mark Trahant, a national print and broadcast journalist, journalism professor, and former news executive. He spoke on: “Super Tuesday: Primaries and Caucuses in Indian Country.” It is available online here.

Dakota and Ojibwe Language Tables

The Minneapolis Division of Indian Work is offering Dakota and Ojibwe language tables weekly through April. All are welcome, even those with no background or experience. It is an opportunity to learn and honor the traditions of the first languages of Minnesota.

The language tables are from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Division, 1001 East Lake Street, Minneapolis. If you have questions, call Nation Wright at 612-247-6079.

For those who want to come in with a little background, resources are available online. For instance, the website has a guide to the Dakota language, and the Minnesota Historical Society has a web page on beginning Dakota. The website Anishinaabemowin has an introduction to Ojibwe.

Pidamaya and Miigwetch (thank you).

Pow Wow Season is Coming

Here are two upcoming local pow wows that people can attend to learn more about Native culture and traditions.

  • Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20: The Ain Dah Yung Center’s 18th Cherish the Children Traditional Pow Wow will be held at Central High School, 275 Lexington Ave., St. Paul, starting at 1 p.m. both days. Here is the Facebook posting.
  • Saturday, April 30: The American Indian Student Cultural Center at the University of Minnesota will hold its Spring Pow Wow  at the University of Minnesota Field House, 1800 University Ave. SE, from 1-11 p.m. Here is the Facebook posting.

Support the Department of Indian Work March Food Drive

Join the fight against hunger, participate in the Generous Spirit Food Drive today. This food drive will raise money and food for the Department of Indian Work food shelf. Any donation made during March feeds even more hungry people, thanks to incentive grants from Minnesota FoodShare. There are several ways to help.

  • Give through the Interfaith Action website
  • Mail a donation to Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, 1671 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105. Make checks payable to Interfaith Action, with Food Drive in the memo line.
  • Organize a food drive at your congregation or community organization. Collect donations through March 25 and bring them to Interfaith Action on March 29-31. Click here for more information and promotional materials.

‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog’ Author to Speak

Kent Nerburn, the author of “Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder” will be speaking about his work on Tuesday, March 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at South High, 3131 19th Ave. S. in Minneapolis. A book signing will follow the discussion. The event is hosted by Minneapolis Community Education. It is free and open to the public, but a good will offering is appreciated. For more information contact, Heather Borgman, 612.668.4326 or

Anishinabe Film Series at Augsburg

Come and enjoy the next installment of the Augsburg Native American Film Series as Elizabeth Day and Heid E. Erdrich host an evening of short films by Anishinabe film makers. (BTW, Mazinaateseg is Anishinabe for “It’s a movie.”)

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held Wednesday, March 9, at Sateren Auditorim on the Augsburg Campus, 715 22nd Ave South, Minneapolis. A talk with students begins at 5 p.m., followed by a reception from 6:15-6:45 p.m.

Short and animated films will start at 7 p.m.: “Advice To Myself 2: Resistance,” by Elizabeth Day and Heid E. Erdrich; “Gaa-ondinang Dakwaanowed Makwa” (How the bear got a short tail) by Elizabeth Day and Jonathan Thunder; and “The Path Without End,” by Elizabeth LaPensée.

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