Events: Almighty Voice and his Wife (A Play); Films on Racism and Law Enforcement from a Native Perspective; and More

The Turtle Theater Collective is performing the U.S. premier of the play: Almighty Voice and his Wife this weekend at the Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave.

According to promotion materials, the play is based on a foundational text of the Native American canon. Almighty Voice and his Wife “tells the story of a Cree man arrested for killing a cow. Under threat of hanging, he escapes — unleashing a year-long manhunt that gives rise to his status as a martyr and a legend. The playwright re-imagines this true story within two wildly different acts, moving from a sweeping Western romance to an outlandish white-faced minstrel show.”

The show times are: Friday March 9th 7:30p.m., Saturday March 10th 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. , and Sunday March 11th at 2 p.m.  The play runs about 85 minutes. General admission is $20 in advance or $24 at the door; students and seniors: $12.
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Should Obama Intervene in DAPL? A Word of Caution

sign-2-daplThe pressure is ramping up on President Obama to intervene in the Dakota Access Pipeline. For example, I recently received an email from urging me to call the President: “President Obama has the power to stop the pipeline and deny the Army Corps of Engineers’ easement on our land. He must take action immediately. Will you call President Obama now?” the email asked.

But at this point in the process, does the President have that power? What is the President’s appropriate role? It’s more complicated than it seems on the surface. Continue reading

Opportunities to Immerse Yourself in Local Native History and Culture

Here are upcoming events to experience Native American history and culture:

Thursday, July 28: Survival Schools: Education, Resilience, Resistance

The AIM Interpretive Center is hosting an Open House to listen to the experiences of Native American students, parents, and teachers who were on the leading edge of reclaiming Native culture and language in their education.

The event will be Thursday July 28th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the AIM Interpretive Center in the Ancient Traders Market, 1113 E. Franklin Ave. Suite 105. (Refreshments will be served, and music played, beginning at 6 p.m.)

The Open House will have a flexible program of speakers — parents, students and staff of the Heart of the Earth Survival School and the Red School House. AIM created both schools, Heart of the Earth Survival School in Minneapolis and the Red School House in St. Paul.

The two schools opened in 1972 after Congress passed Title IV of the Indian Education Act. It  reversed previous federal boarding school policies and allowed Native Americans to have more control over educating their children.

The Open House will have an open mic. The event is open to all. Alumni and former staff are especially invited to speak and share.

This Open House is part of the AIM Interpretive Center’s ongoing photographic exhibit “Survival Schools: Education, Resilience, Resistance.” Materials from the Interpretive Center’s archives will be on display.
Email inquires to, call the center at 612-886-2107 and/or check out the Facebook Event!

Friday July 29: Well Red Series

The New Native Theater will be hosting a play reading Friday, July 29, at All My Relations Gallery, 1414 East Franklin Avenue, starting at 7:30 p.m. It is part of the Well Red Series, which features new and classic plays from the Native American canon. The series typically is held the last Friday of the month at All My Relations Gallery.

August 5-7: Upper Sioux Pow Wow in Granite Falls

The Pezihutazizi Oyate Traditional Wacipi (Upper Sioux Community Pow Wow) will be held August 5-7 in Granite Falls. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free. Here is the flyer.