Reconnect: AICHO Youth field trip to Indigenous farm to learn traditional medicines and foods
To learn about medicinal properties of various Indigenous plant infusions, Anishinaabe food and traditions, AICHO youth visited the Native Wise LLC farm on the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe Reservation on June 30, 2022
David and Patra Wise fo Native Wise LLC guided youth from both the Giinawiind Giginitaawigi’gomin: Together We Grow Youth Program and Gimaajii Mino Bimaadizimin Children’s Program came together in making a salve. Youth chose two Indigenous plant infusions to make into salves.
David took the group on a nature walk and introduced numerous Indigenous plants they walked past and explained the traditional uses of the plants.
After the walk, the group ate smoked moose sausage with jalepeño and cheese, all made on the farm, wild rice hotdish made with moose meat and home processed beef burger.
Such a wonderful time for everyone, especially our youth who were connected to Anishinaabeg cultural foods, plants, traditions, stories, and wisdom. We are grateful.
Miigwech to Giinawiind Giginitaawigi’gomin program coordinator Kayla Jackson and AICHO staff Ivy Vainio for organizing the field trip, and miigwech to Gimaajii Mino Bimaadizimin Children’s Program coordinators Mia Menendez and Cheryl Stone and intern Ellie Waring for assisting. Photo by Channing Powers, 10 year-old Giinawiind Giginitaawigi’gomin program participant.
Programs are funded in part by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association of Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Human Services Behavioral Health Division, Northland Foundation, United Way, Sheltering Arms Child Development and Family Support, and Statewide Health Improvement Partnership.
Native Wise LLC CSA Boxes 2022
AICHO's Indigenous First is once again partnering with Native Wise to bring farm fresh organic CSA produce boxes to Duluth and Superior.
The boxes will be featuring mixed greens, radish, kale, zucchini, cucumber, squash, bell pepper, tomatoes, corn, potatoes, onion, string beans, broccoli, carrots, herbs, melons, CBD teas, maple syrup, eggs, hand-harvested and parched wild rice, honey, smoked fish. Produce may change due to weather and season. Substitutions may be made.
CSA food box subscriptions can be ordered at Indigenous First's website for $325. CSA food boxes will be distributed weekly starting July 14 through September 1. at the Niiwin Market at 102 E 4th St on Thursdays between 3 p.m. t0 5:30 p.m. Customers will receive one CSA box with fall produce on October 6.
For SNAP Benefit reservations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hosted by Michael Migizi Sullivan & Preston Manidood Sullivan
Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Time: 6:30 p.m. CST
Free virtual event via Zoom. Registration is required.
Register by Friday, February 4
Registrants will receive the Zoom Link on Tuesday, February 8 - a day BEFORE the session. Make sure you in put your correct email and know that sometimes the zoom link info email will go to your junk or spam email folder.
Michael Sullivan Sr. and his 14-year-old son Preston will share traditional stories about Wenabozho, a historical and spiritual icon of the Ojibwe-Anishinaabeg. Both will share a story and each story will be translated into English. The Sullivans come from the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation in Northern Wisconsin. No recording will be allowed.
Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Behavioral Health Division via our Waaseyaa Healing Grant and the McKnight Foundation.
Wilder Buffalo Duluth: Beargrease Edition
Date: Friday, January 28, 2022
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Event will be outdoors. When you register for the event, you will be immediately sent an email with the concert location pin
Free. This is a sober event. Registration is required. Group ride option available.
About the Event
More information on Wilder Buffalo - Buffalo and Ben
Wilder Buffalo is a monthly concert / conversation event which takes place on the land. A collaboration between Oyate Hotanin, Strong Buffalo and Ben Weaver it began back in 2018 in the Twin Cities. They created Wilder Buffalo because they saw that people needed more opportunities to connect with each other outside. To witness, share, and build trust. To support each other in actively establishing imaginative ways to heal and build anti-racist, anti-extractive culture. After all, this is the role of the imagination and art, to heal and create.
How does a Wilder Buffalo event work?:
Wilder Buffalo events are always free and held outside in public space. There is an Eventbrite page where you can register. Once you register you will immediately be emailed a pin location for where the concert will be held. You are then invited to join one of the group bike rides to the concert location or to navigate yourself to the event location however you feel most comfortable.
How is Wilder Buffalo Connected to the Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon?:
Since 2019 a group has been riding the marathon on fat tire bicycles. They stop at the Sawbill check point and volunteer to help the mushers as they come through. They do this to build community around winter and to celebrate the stories of the people, plants, water and animals, who have and continue to live here.
Alexandra Houchin, Lyz Jaakola, and Rob Fairbanks.
*AICHO encourages people to wear face masks and keep social distance even though this is an outdoor event.*
Free Group Ride Options
Where to join the group ride:
Continental Ski and Bike, 1305 E 1st St, Duluth, MN 55805. Sharp 6PM Roll out.
The Back Alley, 2409 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806. Sharp 6:45PM Roll out.
Where and how to get there:
There are several options for getting to the concert location. 1. There will be two group bike rides you can join. A seven mile ride will leave from Conrtinenal Ski and Bike at 6PM. A three mile ride will leave The Back Alley at 6:45 PM. 2. When you register for the event you will be immediately sent an email with the concert location pin. With the pin you are invited to find your own way to the location by bicycle, foot, ect.
How far is the group ride:
The ride from Contiental Ski and Bike will be roughly seven miles, and the ride form The Back Alley will be approximately three miles. Both rides will be inclusive to all bikes and all riders.
What to Bring:
Please consider that these events will be running into dusk /after dark and in winter conditions. Please bring adequate lights for your ride and warm clothes as it gets chilly when we are off bikes. Wilder Buffalo is a sober event so please do not bring any alcohol to the concert.
The nature of these rides is to build stronger community through trust and communication. Please feel free to ask your ride leaders any questions or express any concerns you may have along the way for how to improve the experience for next time.
Group rides will be led by Continental Ski and Bike and Cedaero.
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Virtually via Zoom
If so, you can speak with an attorney and advocates who will listen and help you resolve your warrant. This is a safe space. Start the new year out with peace of mind.
Can join via zoom or phone call on Jan. 27 at 10-2pm.
Meeting ID for Zoom: 161 260 0847 with passcode 12345.
Questions: contact the numbers found toward the bottom of flyer.
Birch Bark Rattle Making Workshop
Date: January 13, 2022
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST
Location: Virtually via Zoom
FREE, registration due January 7, 2022
Laban Smith, Wolpole Island First Nation (Bkejwenong Territory) tribal member and birch bark artist, will teach about the cultural and spiritual significance of traditional birch bark rattles as he demonstrates how to make one. This session will aid attendees/viewers in revitalizing and reinforcing traditional practices through language, stories/teachings and utilitarian art.
No supplies will be given for this workshop.
Supplies you will need to follow along:
Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Behavioral Health Division and the McKnight Foundation.
The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council’s Language Revitalization Working Group, partnering with the Minnesota Humanities Center, is hosting a Dakota and Ojibwe Languages Symposium. The goal of the symposium is to bring people working in Dakota and Ojibwe languages revitalization together. We will celebrate successes, highlight what is currently going on in the field, help shape future language revitalization efforts, and elevate the visibility of Indigenous languages throughout the state of Minnesota. By bringing people together, we hope this symposium serves as an opportunity for individuals to network with other Dakota and Ojibwe language professionals.
Dakota and Ojibwe Languages Revitalization Symposium - Minnesota Humanities Center (mnhum.org)
We Were Never Homeless Before 1492
“The past is more than a memory.” -John Trudell
The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) has advocated for housing for American Indian people since 1993. AICHO operates the only culturally-specific domestic violence emergency shelter in Northeast Minnesota, offering safety and advocacy. AICHO created transitional housing and permanent supportive housing in response to the need for safe, affordable housing. Over the course of nearly three decades, the need for housing has only increased and become more complicated. But the root of American Indian homelessness goes back much further.
The truth is the land we all live on is originally Indigenous land. Tribal communities have thrived here and had ample resources, including homes for all Tribal citizens. With colonization and conquest, Indigenous communities endured great losses and survived intentional, massive actions to eliminate their communities, their people, and their cultural ways. Much of this history has been erased and the harm has not yet fully been acknowledged. This includes land theft, systemic violence, and policies that robbed Tribal Nations of economic power, cultural rights, and community integrity.
The question we must ask ourselves is this: how can American Indian people be homeless in their original homelands?
Say Her Name... Don't Forget Her Name
Photo courtesy of LAMAR Advertising
The American Indian Community Housing Organization is calling on advocates, city – county – state – national and tribal leaders, community members, and service providers to rise up in support of the movement to prevent and end MMIW AND domestic violence, which disproportionately affects millions of American Indians and Alaska Natives each year.
AICHO would like to say miigwech to artist Weshoyot (Tongva Nation from the Los Angeles Basin) who we commissioned for sharing her illustrated artwork piece for our billboard project and for bringing attention to the issue of MMIW. She is a comic book artist and illustrator and was born in the Santa Monica Mountains on the property of Satwiwa, a cultural center started by her father Art Alvitre. She grew up close to the land and raised with traditional knowledge that inspires the work she does today. (Info taken from her artist bio).
To find more about her, go to: https://www.weshoyot.com/ and find her on social media. Billboard was designed by Moira Villiard, Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe Direct Descendant & artist, utilizing Weshoyot’s artwork with artist permission. Billboard will be on display starting this week for up to 4 weeks in Onigaaminsing (Duluth, MN).
Download the published report by the Minnesota Task Force for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Congratulations also to Ivy Vainio of First Nations Community Partner American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), who was one of 12 Indigenous people to receive a Maada’ookiing Grassroots Grant coordinated through the Northland Foundation.
The grant was awarded for Ivy’s project to create a billboard banner and companion poster to inspire Indigenous (and diverse) girls and youth to strive for more within their education and seek their potential. The billboard and poster feature Shoshone-Bannock tribal citizen and Red Lake Nation descendant Jennie Murillo who is in her third year of medical school at the University of Minnesota. Niigaanii in the Ojibwe language means “S/he leads.” The billboard banner will be installed on Life House, Duluth’s youth transitional housing complex in downtown Duluth for up to a year.- First Nations Development Institute
Click the file below to download a Niigaanii flyer.
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