May is American Indian Month in Minnesota


Join us as we celebrate American Indian Month in Minnesota. Your library has resources about Indigenous history, traditions, art, and more.

In November 2022, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners adopted a Land and Water Acknowledgement. Learn more about the acknowledgement and the Indigenous communities who have resided for centuries in the area that is now Hennepin County.

Book lists

Library events

Author Talk: Angeline Boulley in Conversation With Cherie Dimaline
Thursday, May 11, 6-8 p.m. at Minneapolis Central Library
Join us for an evening with authors Angeline Boulley and Cherie Dimaline in celebration of Boulley's new novel, "Warrior Girl Unearthed."

Star Turtle: A Musical Adventure Into the Cherokee Language
Saturday, May 13, 10:30 a.m. at Arvonne Fraser Library
Sunday, May 14, 2 p.m. at Brooklyn Park Library
Saturday, May 20, 10:30 a.m. at Augsburg Park Library
Sunday, May 21, 3:30 p.m. at Hosmer Library

Join Z Puppets Rosenschnoz for a musical adventure with a Turtle and Wabbit into the Cherokee language. Dagsi Turtle and Jisdu Wabbit are traveling through time and space on a quest to help Grandmother Turtle. This live performance by award-winning performers of Z Puppets, Chris Griffith (Cherokee Nation) and Shari Aronson, also includes a preview of their Star Turtle web series.

American Indian Month Celebration
Sunday, May 21, 2-4 p.m. at Franklin Library
Come celebrate American Indian Month at Franklin Library with giveaway books by Native authors, button making, and yard games!


  • Music video: On the Avenue – Tufawon is a local artist who has written a song about the Franklin Avenue community. You can listen to Tufawon’s albums on MNspin, the library’s free streaming music service.
  • Ojibwe language videos – Storytellers read from children's books that feature the Ojibwe language.
  • Conversations with Robert DesJarlait (Endaso-Giizhik), an Ojibwe fine artist, writer, and teacher from Miskwaagamiiwi-zaaga’igan (Red Lake Nation). He is the artist of “Red Lake,” a mural at the Franklin Library. He spoke with HCL about his artwork, career and mentoring others.

Online resources