Culture, Language, Arts Network (CLAN)

Culture, Language Arts Network (CLAN)


Culture, Language Arts Network (CLAN) utilizes American Indian culture as a prevention tool. American Indian youth, adults and families participate in cultural activities allowing them to learn and practice and learn our cultural traditions and language. 

Our activities are infused with Ojibwe/Dakota language and rooted in traditional teachings. If you’re interested in collaboration or partnership opportunities, don’t hesitate to reach out to CLAN at

Please note that all our events maintain a strict zero tolerance policy for tobacco, alcohol, and other substance abuse. Furthermore, all our events and activities are free and open to the public, and we extend a warm welcome to everyone.

What does CLAN offer?

Program Descriptions

Language Classes

We offer a variety of language classes for adults and youth yo learn Ojibwe and Dakota.

Adult Intro Ojibwe:  Monday’s 5-7 pm CST
Intermediate Ojibwe: Tuesday’s 5-7 pm CST
Youth Intro Ojibwe: Thursday’s starting January 2023
Intermediate Ojibwe: Begins 2024 – 2025
Adult Intro Dakota: TBD
Intermediate Dakota: TBD
Youth Intro Dakota: Thursday’s starting January 2023
Intermediate Dakota: Begins 2024 – 2025

Youth Ojibwe and Dakota Language, Technology and Cultural Projects

CLAN hosts two Family Fun Nights and a Powwow each quarter.

Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night is a themed Ojibwe and Dakota language-infused monthly event. It is held each month except for the month of the quarter that we have a powwow.

Offered virtually and in-person and consists of an Ojibwe and Dakota language wordlist, art supplies and meal kits.
Family Fun Night is promoted on social media via Facebook event page.

Each event consists of the following segments:
  • Primary focus revolves around cultural and traditional teachings.
  • Indigenous Food Demo
  • Cultural Art Activity
  • Physical Activity
  • Language Infused


Powwows are quarterly and details are posted on social media.

Drum and Dance

Weekly on Wednesday from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Current location until further notice:
Bdote Learning Center
3216 E 29th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

CLAN Drum and Dance provides:

  • Drum Instruction
  • Dance Instructors

Dance categories include: Hoop Dance, Woman’s Fancy, Women’s Jingle, and Grass Dance
A great time to practice, learn and prepare for the powwow season.

Sponsored by the Department of Human Services Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Division.


CLAN offers educational videos featuring guidance from esteemed community elders and respected adults on the expected roles and behaviors of young women and young men. These videos cover topics related to traditional views on alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use.

Hosts: Jonathan Buehlmann and Lumhe “Micco” Sampson, Miiskogihmiiwan Poupart-Chapman

Film and Art Festival

The festival is an annual event that showcases youth language infused technology projects pertaining to language and culture. Get involved in our family friendly Dakota and Ojibwe Cultural and Language Services. We are located in Minneapolis MN, at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Online and in-person activities, year round!


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Cheryl Secola

Program Director
(612) 879-1783

David “Memegwesi” Sutherland

Language Instructor
(612) 879-1743

Jonathan Buehlmann

Prevention Coordinator
(612) 879-1732

Miiskogihmiiwan Poupart-Chapman

Program and Tech Assistant

Open position

Dakota Language Instructor

Open position

Technology Assistant