Native American Heritage Month

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University of Minnesota Resources & News

Explore campus resources for indigenous students, staff and faculty. You can also sign up for the Native American Heritage Month email campaign (sponsored by the Center for Women in Medicine and Science) exploring Native American women in medicine through history.

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Twin Cities Indigenous Businesses & Organizations

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Restaurants and Food Resources

Owamni by The Sioux Chef

Owamni by The Sioux Chef prioritizes purchasing ingredients from Indigenous food producers and have removed colonial ingredients from their menu, including wheat flour, cane sugar and dairy. They welcome you to experience the true flavors of North America, featuring foods of Mni Sota Makoce, Land Where the Waters Reflect the Clouds. The restaurant is located at OwamniYomni, the sacred site of peace and well-being for the Dakota and Anishinaabe people.


Gatherings Cafe

Gatherings Café serves fresh, locally grown foods that are Indigenous and prepared in healthy ways. In the heart of the urban Native American community, their goal is to educate the greater community through ancestral knowledge and to promote decolonized diets to improve the health of the Native population that has been severely impacted by colonization and the resulting historical trauma.

*Gatherings Cafe will be working out of the NELC (Little Earth Neighborhood Early Learning Center) kitchen


Pow Wow Grounds

Pow Wow Grounds, located next to All My Relations Gallery, offers specialty coffee drinks, baked goods, smoothies, sandwiches and signature wild rice products.


Native Food Perspectives

Native Food Perspectives utilizes traditional and seasonal flavors and recipes to prepare dishes with fresh ingredients and an emphasis on nutrition. Indigenous Food Chef aandakii gweki-biimaadazi, aka Christina, partners with and creates opportunities to teach individuals, schools, organizations, groups and families how to develop healthy food practices through Native cooking classes and menu planning.


Indigenous Food Lab

Indigenous Food Lab is located in Midtown Global Market and operates as a professional Indigenous kitchen and training center covering everything from plant identification to outdoor cooking techniques. They work to establish a new Indigenous food system that reintegrates Native Foods and Indigenous-focused Education into tribal communities across North America. North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NĀTIFS), founded by the organization behind The Sioux Chef runs the Indigenous Food Lab and has future plans are for visitors to be able to order food at Midtown Global Market.



Birchbark Books

Owned by author Louise Erdrich, Birchbark Books is operated by a spirited collection of people who believe in the power of good writing, the beauty of handmade art, the strength of Native culture, and the importance of small and intimate bookstores.


Woodland Indian Crafts

Browse a unique selection of handmade gifts by local artists at Woodland Indian Crafts. Find beadwork of all types, jewelry, native music and DVD movies, beading supplies, t-shirts, greeting cards and more!


Northland Visions: Native American Art and Fine Gifts

What began as Northland Native American Products has grown from a home-based, mail-order business into a gallery and retail space where one can find treasures of the land. Explore original items made by Native peoples from the Woodland and Plains tribes of the upper Midwest in what is now Minnesota, the Dakotas, Wisconsin, Canada and other northern states stretching from Montana to the east coast. Find dream catchers, earthen candles, books, sculptures, dance sticks, drums and blankets among a wide array of other products.


Arts and Entertainment

All My Relations Gallery

All My Relations Arts honors and strengthens relationships between contemporary American Indian artists and the living influence of preceding generations, between artists and audiences of all ethnic backgrounds, and between art and the vitality of the Minneapolis American Indian Cultural Corridor.


Two Rivers Gallery

Two Rivers Gallery* is an active space for the community to build relationships and to collaborate strengthening Native art and artistic voices within the Twin Cities. Their mission is to expose local emerging Native artists by providing a space to exhibit work, nurture creativity and provide professional development.

*Hours are By Appointment Only

New Native Theatre

Based in the Twin Cities, New Native Theatre is a new way of looking at, thinking about, and staging Native American stories. Created in 2009 by playwright, Rhiana Yazzie, NNT produces, commissions, and devises authentic Native American stories for the stage which means NNT’s artists are intricately connected to the concerns and voices of their communities. NNT’s plays are shorthand meant to be played for its most vital audiences, Native people, because when specific stories are made for Native community itself, they become undeniably powerful for the broader community too, no translations required.

Resource Centers

Minneapolis American Indian Center

Home to the Two Rivers Gallery, Gatherings Café and Woodland Indian Crafts, the Minneapolis American Indian Center is one of the first urban American Indian Centers in the country, providing services otherwise often unavailable for urban American Indians. The Minneapolis American Indian Center was initially formed by community members and continues its roots today with majority American Indian leadership and staffing.


American Indian Cultural Corridor

The only urban Native American corridor in the country, the American Indian Cultural Corridor is located along Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, which exists in the traditional homelands of the Dakota people. This is an area that is welcoming the whole region to share in American Indian culture and commerce, as well as the other anchor businesses that are located in the Corridor.

Student Resources

American Indian Cultural Center (AICC)

American Indian Cultural Center (AISCC) is located on the second floor of the Coffman Student Union and is a great place to meet and relax between classes. It serves as a central meeting place for many American Indian student organizations including our the AISCC governing board

Circle of Indigenous Nations (COIN)

The Circle of Indigenous Nations (COIN) is a student services office that promotes cultural values that help indigenous students excel in all aspects of their journey here at the University of Minnesota.