Minneapolis American Indian Month highlights

The Minneapolis American Indian Month kicked off on May 2 with the Parade of Nations, which started at Little Earth and ended at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. It was a beautiful afternoon that concluded with a feast at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. DIW staff and clients proudly marched alongside other Twin Cities agencies in celebration of our shared culture and history.

Photo by Division of Indian Work

Photo by Division of Indian Work

The DIW Two-Steppers team once again triumphed as the top agency fundraiser in this year’s Powwow for Hope, raising about $2,100 for the American Indian Cancer Foundation. DIW staff and family joined in on the dancing and celebration.

Photo by Division of Indian Work

Photo by Division of Indian Work

A celebration event on May 4 at East Phillips Park honored Minneapolis American Indian students with school attendance of 95% or better. Parents, teachers and staff from various American Indian agencies joined in the festivities by sharing a meal, catching up with friends and cramming into the the photo booth.

Photo by Division of Indian Work

Photo by Division of Indian Work

The 21st annual Native Youth Olympics were held on Saturday, May 21 at East Phillips Park. Youth ages 5-18 competed in various games and races while friends and family cheered them on.
The Mde Maka Ska gathering of canoe nations on May 27 brought people together for canoeing, storytelling, lacrosse, fishing art project and other activities. The event, which takes place annually on the shores of Mde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun), is a time to honor and thank the water and sky for giving us good health in mind, body and spirit.