February Band Briefs


All-Native Basketball Tourney March 30 – April 1: The new Hinckley Community Center will play host to a basketball tournament from March 30 to April 1 sponsored by the Mille Lacs Band Niigaan Program and the Onamia Indian Ed Program. All proceeds sponsor Mille Lacs area youth initiatives. For more information or to register your team, contact Byron Ninham at 320-362-1023.

District III Program Fair February 14: Come to the Aazhoomog Community Center February 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about programs, services, and jobs, fill out job and service applications, and meet with representatives from Band programs.

Construct Tomorrow February 22: Construct Tomorrow, a hands-on opportunity for area high school students to learn about careers in the construction industry, will be held February 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grand Casino Hinckley Events Center. Throughout the day, attendees will be able to explore the trades through hands-on activities, learn about apprenticeship programs, and meet potential employers. Construct Tomorrow in Hinckley is hosted by
the Mille Lacs Band in partnership with Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc., a nonprofit employment and training agency and partner in the Minnesota Workforce Center System, and Construct Tomorrow, a collective
of apprenticeship instructors, prime and sub- contractors, government representatives from labor and workforce development, and youth educators. Learn more at http://bit.ly/1nyQJ2l. For more information call TERO Director Craig Hansen at 320-532-4778 or 320-630-2617 or email craig.hansen@millelacsband.com.

New Wellbriety Group in District III: Monica Haglund is starting a new Wellbriety group on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Hinckley Corporate Building. For more information, contact Monica at 320-384-0149.

Band Member Featured at Cedar Cultural Center February 10: The Cedar Cultural Center presents the seventh annual Cedar Commissions on February 9 and 10, featuring new works by City Counselor (Nicky Steves), Julia Hobart, Shawn Mouacheupao, Leah Lemm, Julian Manzara, and Ashantiva (Elizabeth Ashantiva). The Cedar Commissions is a flagship program for emerging artists made possible with a grant from the Jerome Foundation, and has showcased new work by nearly 40 local emerging composers and musicians since its inception. Leah Lemm, who will perform on Saturday, February 10, is a singer/songwriter and member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Leah's RUINS travels through the course of moments, the times between waking and dreaming, and across a land that has intelligence and emotion — at the cusp of deterioration and rebuilding. The work is vocally and lyrically driven with piano as a loyal sidekick, and the rhythm section as companion characters. Leah weaves Morse code and sirens into the composition, calling on poetic sounds to add to the cinematic, post-apocalyptic landscape.