• October 6 & 7, 2018

  • About

    Indigenous Peoples Day is a celebratory gathering that continues to honor the perseverance and culture of Indigenous people. In 2014, the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) worked with the Native American Urban community to campaign and won to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day in Minneapolis using community development, engagement, and organizing.


    All My Relations Gallery (AMRA), and NACDI is hosting an Indigenous Peoples Day Festival to raise awareness, and provide education of Native American Arts.


    The festival’s focus is to provide the people of the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and beyond consistently high-quality exposure to Native American Arts. The festival will provide the public with education about American Indian history, culture, and contemporary experiences through the arts. Workshops will encourage artists to interact with attendees to create a broader understanding of Native communities.


    Saturday, October 6th: 11:00am - 7:30pm.

    Sunday, October 7th: 12:00pm - 5:00pm.


    The festival will take place in the American Indian Cultural Corridor on Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404.


    Expose Minnesotans, from diverse backgrounds to high-quality Native American art and culture through a meaningful art experience, while developing Native artists in building their professional careers with audience engagement skills with new festival audiences.

    Performance Schedule


    Sat, Oct, 6th:





    Tall Paul


    Annie Humphrey


    Rob Fairbanks


    Jackie Bird




    Sun, Oct 7th









  • Performances

    Schedule of Performances TBA


    As a member of the “Apsaalooke Nation”, Supaman makes his home on the Crow reservation in Montana. “Supaman” Is Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a Native American dancer and innovative hip-hop artist who has dedicated his life to empowering and spreading a message of hope, pride, and resilience through his original art form.


    Recipient of the 2017 MTV VMA award for “Best Fight Against the System”! He is also a Nammy “Native American Music Award” winner, “North American Indigenous Image Award winner, and 7 “Tunney Award winner. He was awarded The Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award in Canada for best video and was voted MTV’s new Artist of the Week! His 2018 nominations brought him home awards for Best Hip Hop Album and Best Producer for the Indigenous Music Awards.




    Tall Paul

    Tall Paul (Anishinaabe), raised in south Minneapolis, graduated from South High, with ties to the Leech Lake reservation. Tutors kids at the Anishinaabe Academy through the American Indian Math Project.


    “My big thing is being able to express myself. Everyone should be able to do that if they want, and however they want."






    Annie Humphrey

    Growing up on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Northern Minnesota, Annie lived in a home filled with voices made of thunder and nothing could stop it. Her parents were brilliant people individually. Her father, a singer, and musician and her mother an artist and poet. Together they made sadness. Each of her parents taught Annie the beautiful things they knew. They showed her that she carried their gifts in her hands too. This is how creating art and music came about for her. This is what saved her. This is how she lives now.


    Things my dad taught me:

    skin a deer, set net, clean fish, make maple syrup, harvest wild rice, play basketball, ride a motorcycle, go without if you can't afford it, play guitar


    Things my mom taught me:

    draw, paint, sew, write, laugh, wonder, forgive


    Annie has 4 children and 2 grandsons. She has a handsome, Indian, horseman husband. They inspire her spirit and her art.



    Rob Fairbanks (AKA Rez Reporter)

    Born in Minneapolis, proud Leech Lake member, Rob Fairbanks was exclusively known as “The Rez Reporter” currently residing in Cass Lake, Minnesota, started doing “Rez Reports” via Facebook page, “Rez Reporter” and through the YouTube channel, “Rob Fairbanks Channel” (2013).

    2014 The Rez Reporter began his stand-up comedy career. He has worked and opened with a number of other successful Native American comedians such as; Williams and Ree, JR Redwater, Tatanka Means, Ryan McMahon, Jim Ruel, Tonia Jo Hall, Stuart Perkins, Jon Roberts, Tito Ybarra and even Dennis Gaxiola of BET. Also, in 2014 The Rez Reporter and Tito Ybarra hosted a Public Access Channel TV show called "The Rob & Tito Show" on the Upstream Channel.

    Rob exploded on to the comedy scene with his rezzy style of reporting in his Rez Reporter Weather Reports. After catching the attention of Indian Country Today and Tens of Thousands of dedicated fans Rob has kept himself busy traveling the country and performing comedy and filling every seat in the house. In his “How to be a Rez Reporter” presentation Rob shares a personal story of triumph over peer pressure and temptations in his journey to becoming The Rez Reporter we all enjoy.



    Jackie Bird

    (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) Singer, hoop dance performer, inspirational speaker, fancy shawl dancer, designer, and artist.


    Jackie Bird was born in St. Paul, MN to Gordon and JoAnne Bird. Gordon Bird, her father, is a musician who was inducted into the South Dakota Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. JoAnne Bird, her mother, is an Artist was also inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame for “Artist of the Year.” Being that her parents were successful in the arts, it’s no wonder that Jackie followed in their footsteps. She spent most of her childhood in Pipestone, MN where she attended elementary and middle school. She graduated in 1985 from Flandreau Indian School.

    In all of her performances, Jackie has been praised for her ability to get her audience involved with her contemporary and traditional music, songs and dances. Woven throughout Jackie’s performance are the intricacies and belief of her Native American culture.

    With the aid of her puppet “Wild Flower”, Jackie is able to tell stories and sing songs from her culture.




    Pretendians is a Native rock band based in Minneapolis. Many of our songs have societal/political influence and views from a modern Indigenous perspective.




    Sam Mitchell, Rosy Simas Danse

    Sam Aros Mitchell’s research focuses on the transformative work of First Nations and Native American dance and theatre artists, who continue to break boundaries, connect land to ​body, and bring Native communities to a place of healing. Sam is an enrolled member with the Texas Band of Yaqui Indians. He is currently in his fourth year of a PhD program at UC San Diego. Sam has an MFA in Dance Theatre from UC San Diego, and a BFA in dance from UC Santa Barbara. Sam has danced in contemporary dance companies, and has toured nationally and internationally for 25 years. He continues to work, teach and learn, within his Yaqui community, with Native American and First Nation communities and within the contemporary dance community.

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  • Read About Volunteer Positions:

    Deadline to sign-up is September 15!

    Click here to sign-up!


    Set Up: Assist with putting up tents, tables, chairs and performance stages. Able to lift about 20-30 lbs


    Tear Down: Assist with breaking down tents, tables, chairs and performance stages. Able to lift 20-30 lbs


    Information Booth: Share maps, schedules, restroom locations, first aid kit location. Generally, provide festival information to the public! Position can be seated or standing.


    Survey: Ask individual participants questions about their experience and record them. Position requires standing, walking and being comfortable with confronting strangers.


    Art Market: Assist artists with artwork display set-up and transitional periods. Position requires some standing but can be seated for the majority.


    Interactive Art Activity: Set up art materials and help Artist with community participation/ engagement. Position requires standing and walking.


    Food: Assist in food preparation at the Volunteer food tent. Possibly serving plates, wiping down area, or cutting/ cooking food. Requires standing.


    Water: Make sure designated areas are always full of water/ cups for volunteers and the public. Position requires walking throughout the festival area.


    Deadline to sign-up is September 15!

    Click here to sign-up!

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