Over 200 parade participants came to Little Earth United Tribes Community Center, 25th and Cedar in Minneapolis, on Friday, April 30 to kick off American Indian month.
Herb Sam, an American Indian elder and spiritual advisor to Mille Lac Band of Ojibwe, led the invocation at Cedar Field Park (also known as Little Earth United Tribes Community Center). He thanked both cities, St. Paul and Minneapolis, for designating this month as American Indian month.
“I started with one headdress but have been given three more,” said Sam. “Each feather represents a person we have helped. The feathers on my staff are for our relatives that have died and we want to remember them today during our celebration.” Sam said the ending prayer in Anishinaabe.
Mr. Sam led the parade from 25th/Cedar down 18th Avenue, to 24th Street, along 11th Avenue and turning on Franklin Avenue to the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Neighbors along the route came out of their houses to watch as Veterans, Circle of Life School, Mille Lacs Band, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Minnesota Indian Women Resources, Wicole Nandagikendan Preschool, and representatives from American Indian Movement walked the route As the parade turned onto Franklin Avenue, people from local businesses came out into the street to applaud the participants.
Along this same route on Franklin, from 11th Avenue to the Franklin light rail train station area, the Native American Community Development Institute wants to develop this area to celebrate American Indian culture and stimulate economic activity with public gathering spaces, Indian-owned businesses, restaurants, and interactive learning environments. Community members have developed an interactive website showing a vision for the future of American Indian Cultural Corridor. It can be seen at www.nacdi.org.
American Indian Month events
Ø Tuesday, May 4 – Noon Comedian Charlie Hill at MCTC Helland Center, 1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Sponsored by MCTC & UNITE Native Student Club, Free & open to the public, Please join us for lots of laughter and fun, FMI call (612) 659-6713
Ø Wednesday, May 19 – 11AM (until 2PM) MLB of Ojibwe Tribal TANF & Urban Office Community Feast, Location: 1433 E. Franklin Avenue, Ste. 25, Free & open to the public – including our clients and families, To include door prizes (need not be present to win), authentic Native food, and lots of fun, FMI contact Brenda Beaulieu at (612) 746-4800 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Wacahpi Means at (612) 746-4800 or email@example.com
Ø Wednesday, May 19 – 11:30AM (until 1:30PM) MUID Elders Circle Event, As community elders, we view this as an opportunity for intergenerational connection, Please join our Open House for a potluck style lunch, We look forward to breaking bread with you at the Minneapolis American Indian Center Auditorium – 2nd floor, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, South Minneapolis, Free & open to the public, FMI call (612) 871-4555.
Ø Thursday, May 20 – Noon (until 3PM) American Indian OIC Open House & Career Fair, Location: 1845 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, Please join us for agency information and tours, career fair featuring local employers and career training opportunities, barbeque (serving at Noon), Free & open to the public, FMI contact AIOIC at (612) 341-3358 or Website: [www.aioic.org]
Ø Thursday, May 20 – Noon (until 3PM) Division of Indian Work Open House, 1001 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis (across from Midtown Global Market), Please join us for great food, cultural activities, drumming, social dance, and prizes, Free & open to the public, FMI please contact Nigel Perrote at (612) 722-8722, ext. 375 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ø Friday, May 21 – 4:30PM (until 7:30PM) Migizi Communications Indian Month Celebration, Location: Midtown YWCA Sports Center, 2121 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis, Free & open to the public, Please join us for delicious food and fun for all ages, FMI contact Arlana at (612) 721-6631, ext. 202 or visit: www.migizi.org
Ø Friday, May 21 – 5PM (until 9PM) Indian Month Traditional Pow Wow, Sponsors: Sanford Middle School & Longfellow Park, Location: 3435 36th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Dinner: 5PM, Grand Entry: 6PM, Free & open to the public, Please join us! FMI contact Vicki Jones at (612) 668-4914 or email@example.com
Ø Fri. May 21/Sat. May 22 – 8PM Comedian Marc Yaffee (of the Pow Wow Comedy Jam) to appear a Rum Runners in St. Cloud, MN, Location: 102 – 6th Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN, Make the 45-minute drive to see & support this hilarious Native man, FMI call 1-320-654-1040.
Ø Saturday, May 22 – 1PM (until 9PM) Honor the Elders Indian Month Celebration, Traditional Pow Wow & Feast, Location: Elder’s Lodge, 1500 Magnolia Street, St. Paul, MN, Grand entries: 1 & 6PM, Feast: 4PM (until 5:45PM), MC: Jerry Dearly, Co-host Drums: Oyate & Ain Dah Yung, Drums and dancers in regalia will receive stipend, Please join us for fellowship, door prizes, and gift certificates, Note: BRING OWN CHAIRS, Sponsors: Elder’s Lodge BOD, staff, residents, and friends, FMI call (651) 778-2501
Ø Saturday, May 22 – PM MN Twins American Indian Heritage Night, Our Twins play the Milwaukee Brewers, Tickets are $27.00 and can be purchased by contacting David Marley of Group Sales at (612) 659-3578 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ø Tuesday, May 25 (thru Th. May 27) Nationa American Indian Housing Council Annual Convention & Trade Show, 2010 theme: Building Homes, Building Communities, Building Nations focusing on green initiatives for healthier, more environmentally safe homes in Indian Country, Registration fees will include admittance to plenary session, training sessions and social events, Member fees: $425, Non-member fee: $500, On-site registration: $100 additional (strictly enforced), FMI call 1 (800) 284-9165 or visit: http://www.naihc.net/conferences/index.asp?bid=3750
Ø Wednesday, May 26 – 11AM (until 2PM) Ain Dah Yung (Our Home) Center’s Open House, Please join us as we celebrate Indian Month, Location: 1089 Portland Avenue, St. Paul, MN, (From I-94 take Lexington Exit and go south to Portland), Delicious food, community recognition, music, a self-guided tour, and an ADY photo archive display, FMI call (651) 227-4184 or visit: www.aindahyung.com
Ø Thursday, May 27 New Date: Thursday, June 3 – 4PM (until 9PM) Traditional Pow Wow, Cabrini Partnership is Celebrating Community and Indian Month, Location: Van Cleve Park, 901-15th Avenue SE, Minneapolis, Grand Entry: 7PM, MC: Jerry Dearly, AD: Norman Benson, Drum: TBA, Indian taco meal at 5PM, Honorariums to dancers in regalia, Raffle, Drawings, Bring your own lawn chair, Free & open to the public, If rain: event to be held in the Van Cleve Community Center, FMI contact Julie at (612) 454-4467 or email@example.com
Ø Friday, May 28 – 7AM (until 4PM) Mde Maka Ska – 2nd Annual Canoe Nations Gathering, Location: South side of Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis, MN 7AM: Sunrise Ceremony, 7:30AM: Water Walk, 9AM: Greeting & Registration, 9:30AM: Canoe and Land Activities, 12:30PM: Sack Lunch, 1PM: Awards Ceremony, 2PM: Entertainment, 4PM: Closing, Everyone is welcome! FMI please visit the following online link: http://www.pieducators.com/node/258
Ø Friday, May 28 – 1 PM (until 3:30PM) IHB Indian Month Chili Feed, Location: 1315 E. 24th Street, South Minneapolis, Please make a point of joining us in celebration to include – delicious chili, fry bread, cake, face-painting for kids, and entertainment, Free & open to the public, FMI contact Krista at (612) 721-9843 or Shawna at (612) 721-9880 or visit www.ihb-mpls.org
Ø Friday, May 28 – 1:30PM (until 9PM) American Indian Magnet School’s Annual Pow Wow, 1075 E. Third Street, St. Paul, MN, Grand Entry: 1:30 & 6:15PM, Feast: 5PM, Please join our community pow wow to celebrate the end of the school year, and to thank our families (and community) for their continued involvement with our children, Free & open to the public, FMI contact Thomas Draskivic or Michele Fairbanks at (651) 778-3100 or visit www.aims.spps.org
Ø Monday, May 31 – Noon (until 5PM) 15th Annual Memorial Day Pow Wow, Location: Mille Lacs Indian Museum, Onamia, MN, Sponsor: Am. Vets Post 53, Please join us at this gathering to honor our Veterans past and present, Free & open to the public, Grand entry: Noon, Dance money, drum money, concession stands, and raffle tickets, FMI contact museum at (320) 532-3632.