MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — There are Native American drummers, fry bread cooks and dancers in the Minneapolis schools for the district’s annual celebration of American Indian culture.

The district says Thursday is Native American Family Involvement Day, which aims to build connections to the American Indian community with hopes that it will help Native American students do better in school.

The first Native American family day was in 2006, following an agreement between the Minneapolis school board and leaders of the local Native American community.

The school has events scheduled in more than a dozen schools, including drummers at Ramsey Arts, a performing arts magnet school; Indian fry bread during lunch at Longfellow elementary and a smudging ceremony at Andersen United elementary school.

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Comments (7)
  1. Miller says:

    More white wine, please!

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Do you think that’s funny?

      It isn’t. Grow up.

  2. Pk says:

    Do they have an annual celebration for all the kids of Norwegian, Swedish, or German descent?!

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Who are you referring to with the pronoun “they” in your comment?

      If you mean the Native Americans, then I doubt they would do that. That wouldn’t make sense.

      What was the point of your comment?

    2. Matt Larkey says:

      Do you mean aside from every other day? Yes in fact. Once a week the students sit in a circle and don’t share their feelings. “CCO came last year but the footage was not exactly great television. Skol.

  3. jackactionhero says:


    And really – not funny either.

    What made you decide to post this comment?

  4. Mark says:

    Just forget the ignorant few…Most of us (lived 53 years in Minn) respect and cherish the Native American Culture. Thanks to all who support this celebration.

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