Four Native Leaders Receive Bush Fellowships, Including Sioux Chef Sean Sherman and New Native Theater Founder Rhiana Yazzie

The Bush Foundation just announced its 2018 Bush Fellows, and among them are: Sean Sherman, the Sioux Chef’; Rhiana Yazzie (Navajo), film maker, playwright and founder of the New Native Theater; and Nick Tilsen and Erik Bringswhite of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Tilsen is working on increasing the financial well being of his community. Bringswhite wants to improve supports for Native children. The official announcements follow.

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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.