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American Indian Magnet School
Steven Couture, Principal
1075 3rd Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55106-5750
Phone: 651.778.3100
aims.spps.org

At the American Indian Magnet School students study the rich history, culture and language area tribes including Ojibwe and D/Lakota. A strong sense of community is built through an emphasis on core values including respect, love, courage, wisdom, honesty, humility, and truth. Ojibwe and D/Lakota specialists also provide language and cultural opportunities for the students and staff.


Anishinabe Academy
Laura Sullivan, Principal
3100 East 28th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Phone: 612.668.0880 | Fax: 612.668.0890
anishinabe.mpls.k12.mn.us

Dedicated to serving American Indians students in grades K through 8 and their families through educational success with emphasize on American Indian culture.


MIGIZI Communications
Elaine Salinas, President
3123 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Phone: 612.721.6631 | Fax: 612.721.3936
www.migizi.org

MIGIZI Communication’s mission is to effect and contribute to social justice and positive change by committing resources to telecommunications, education, health & wellness, and other areas that contribute to capacity-building within the American Indian Community. MIGIZI’s goals include: increasing the graduation rate and postsecondary enrollment rate of Indian students, and strengthening American Indian families through culture-based programming. MIGIZI celebrated its 30th year of service to the Indian community in 2007.

Programs:
Native Academy
First Person Productions
Youth Development
Seasonal Cultural Camps


National Runaway Switchboard
Maureen Blaha, Executive Director
3080 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: 1.800.RUNAWAY | Administrative Office: 773.880.9860
www.1800runaway.org

Keeping America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.

Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year.

Call 1.800.RUNAWAY if you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home.

Call 1.800.RUNAWAY if you care about a youth and want information on how you can help someone who may be at risk of running from home.

Call 1.800.RUNAWAY if you are a teacher looking for information to pass along to your students about youth homelessness or the reality of life on the streets.

Our 24-hour crisis line has an experienced front-line team member ready to help you now. It’s anonymous, confidential and free. 1.800.RUNAWAY.


Nawayee Center School
Joe Rice, Executive Director
2421 Bloomington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.721.1655 | Fax: 612.721.5346
www.centerschool.org

Center School is a Phillip’s neighborhood alternative junior and senior high school for at-risk American Indian youth. The goal is to provide quality culturally-based education in an interdisciplinary learning environment for junior high students and to enhance the post-secondary readiness and employability of the senior high students. NA-WAY-EE is an Ojibwe term that means ‘the center’.


Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative
www.rccmhc.org

The Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative (RCCMHC) is a partnership of 35+ members including parents, private and county mental health providers, juvenile corrections and local school districts. We are committed to maintaining and improving mental health/behavioral health needs of children within the context of their family.


Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Services and Children’s Crises Response
http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/hs/ChildrenMentalHealth.htm

CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH CASE MANAGEMENT
Contact Information: To access this service, call 651.266.4500. For information on intake criteria, call 651.266.4492.

Program Description: Case Management is designed to serve families with children who have severe emotional and behavioral disturbances. In a culturally sensitive manner, case managers help families:

  • Develop a treatment plan and a crisis plan
  • Provide information about and referral to community resources
  • Create a supportive team of family, professionals, and community members
  • Assist parents in advocating for their child’s mental health needs
  • Access respite care and other supports

Eligibility: In order to receive case management services:

  • A child must have a current SED diagnosis
  • The child must reside in Ramsey County
  • The child’s family must request or consent to services

CHILDREN’S CRISIS RESPONSE
Contact Information: 651.774.7000

Program Description: Children’s Crisis response offers on-site response to children in homes, schools, or institutions. Services are available 24 hours per day, every day in Ramsey County.

  • Services include de-escalation and crisis intervention; a thorough mental health assessment to determine any mental health issues; and development of an initial crisis plan
  • Follow-up short term care of up to two weeks following the crisis, including transition to ongoing treatment, and crisis recurrence reduction strategies
  • Over 90% of home-based crisis calls have been stabilized with the child remaining at home
    Spanish and Hmong language supports are available
  • Services are provided by licensed mental health professionals or mental health practitioners under the supervision of a mental health professional
  • Ramsey County is partnering with St. Paul Youth Service Bureau to provide the Children’s Crisis Response team

Eligibility: All crisis services are available to anyone regardless of ability to pay or insurance type.


St. Paul Public Schools Indian Education
Rosemary White Shield, Supervisor
Phone: 651.774.4011
indianeducation.spps.org

The American Indian Education Programs offered through the Saint Paul Public School District 625 is in existence to preserve and present the unique political, sovereign, cultural, traditional, and spiritual values of American Indian nations through education.


YouthLink
Dr. Heather Huseby, Executive Director
41 North 12th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.252.1200 | Fax: 612.252.1201
www.youthlinkmn.org

Youth and Family Case Management. Case managers develop individualized program plans with each youth, assessing his/ her needs, strengths and skills. Outreach visits occur in homes, neighborhoods and schools. Most referrals are from schools, court diversion and county workers. The Truancy Intervention MY Academy Alternative School is an on-site school for 9th and 10th grade students. Please call for further information or to set up an appointment.

Programs:
Project Offstreets
New Path Partner
Intervention Program


For Families

American Indian Community Development Corporation
Michael A. Goze, Chief Executive Officer
1508 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis MN 55404
Phone: 612.813.1610
www.aicdc-mn.org

AICDC is here to develop and provide culturally creative programs, support and educational services designed to strengthen American Indian communities by offering opportunities for a better quality of life.

Our goals and objectives:

  • Provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing within a primarily American Indian community to homeless persons and provide permanent affordable housing for low and moderate income persons.
  • Provide training and technical assistance to persons within a primarily American Indian community in the areas of housing, rehabilitation, upkeep and maintenance, and management of residential housing units.
  • Conduct research, and gather data to be analyzed to formulate policy in the area of housing. Serve as an information clearing house by providing quality technical assistance and advice to other organizations and persons with similar goals.
  • Engage in demonstration projects which will develop experimental and creative approaches to provide housing within a primarily American Indian community for homeless and low and moderate income per sons with special needs such as chemical dependency, mental health problems, HIV/AIDS-afflicted, and other debilitating conditions.
  • Combat community deterioration in an area primarily populated by American Indian persons by rehabilitating poorly-maintained residential housing units occupied by low- and moderate-income persons.
  • Provide information and advice to homeless, low- and moderate-income persons as to their rights and responsibilities under applicable housing law.
  • Work in cooperation with American Indian tribal governments in social, educational and housing projects which are designed to inform homeless and low- and moderate-income persons about the availability of such programs on or off Indian reservations.

American Indian Children and Family Services
Foster Care Licensing Program
Sally Higgins, Executive Director/Licensor
25 Empire Dr.
St. Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 651.223.8526 | Fax: 651.223.8529
www.aifacs.org

American Indian Family and Children’s Services (AIFACS) has been licensing, training and supervising American Indian foster homes for 25 years. Our foster parents provide a culturally appropriate home for American Indian children. They often open their homes and hearts to children so that they can live among other American Indian people and are able to keep their traditions alive.


American Indian Family Center
579 Wells St.
St. Paul, MN 55130-4134
Phone: 651.793.3803 | Fax: 651.793.3809
www.aifc.net

The American Indian Family Center was initially started as an idea in 1994 under the umbrealla of the Ramsey County Children’s Initiative. In 1995, a location was identified and the doors opened to families for services in 1997.

Programming Philosophy
In all programming, the AIFC views each program participant holistically, in the philosophy of the medicine wheel, which teaches that the four parts of each human being – physical, sprititual, emotional and intellectual are equally important. Thus interventions for any one area must include an assessment of the other areas. All AIFC programming focuses on bringing traditional values to bear on the challenges facing our families today. We are finding success in connecting with these values to fulfill our mission of healthier families. With all of our programming, the AIFC promotes building relationships and seeks genuine participation from the community. The AIFC pulls together partner agencies and community resources that serve the American Indian community so that access to services is increased. In most of our programs and services, we rely on some or all of the American Indian serving agencies in St Paul. Many of these partners are able to provide access to community members, resources to supplement our program activities, and support to our parents and staff as they work with the community.

Services
Over the years, the growth experienced by the AIFC has provided an opportunity to better understand the varying needs of our community. The services provided by the AIFC are now structured under two program areas, Family Support Services and Employment Support Services. The Family Support Services include mental health services, prevention and recovery services, prevention and intervention of child neglect and abuse, parenting support and youth work. The Employment Support services include one on one employment counseling, development of job readiness skills and job club support.

Programs:
Father’s Circle
Mother’s Circle
Mental Health Services
Our Children are Sacred Program
Community Doula Program
Twin Cities Healthy Start Program
Medicine Wheel Collaborative
Women’s Health Program
Youth Programming
First Nations Sports Initiative
Enable Project
Girls Best Initiative
Multi-Generational Learning Project


American Indian Family Empowerment Program – Tiwahe Foundation
LaVon Lee, Program Officer
1315 Red Fox Road, Suite 100
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Phone: 763.277.3436 or 651.209.8010 | Fax: 763.277.3444
www.grottofoundation.org

AIFEP’s mission is to support and encourage American Indian families and individuals in the Twin Cities area to be of service to their community, connected to their culture and to have their own potential realized.


Baby’s Space
Debbie Lund
Little Earth NELC
2438 18th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.729.5171 | Fax: 612.729.5228
www.babyspace.org/tatanka.htm

Provides integrated infant and toddler childcare with family support for Native American families.


Community-University Health Care Center
2001 Bloomington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-638-0700
www.cuhcc.umn.edu

CUHCC provides medical, dental, mental health, advocacy, and legal services to children and low income families in South Minneapolis. CUHCC strives to provide culturally competent care to a diverse population, with on-site interpreters in many languages.


Circle of Indigenous Nations
Percilla Garrigan
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
106 Pleasant Street SE, Frasier Hall Ste 125
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612.624.2555 | Fax: 612.626.7840
www.umn.edu

The American Indian Learning Resource Center provides family centered services that ensure quality student experiences through utilization of Indigenous thoughts and values. The center promotes academic excellence through personal contact, advocacy, technology, and program development. The center fosters an Indigenous environment that allows students to feel a sense of community on campus. The center contributes to the strengthening and development of all students through culturally specific services.


City of Minneapolis – American Indian Community Advocate
350 South 5th Street, Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612.673.3028 | Fax: 612.673.3737
www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us

Two-way advocacy between the local American Indian community and City leadership, helps American Indians navigate City departments/services, information and referral, disseminates events calendar during May – Minnesota’s American Indian month.


City of Minneapolis – Minneapolis Housing Service
Diana Buckanaga
250 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612.673.3003 | Fax: 612.673.3866
Diane.Buckanaga@ci.minneapolis.mn.us

A City of Minneapolis agency which provides rental rights information, advice on tenant landlord problems, and court advocacy to residential property owners and tenants.


Civil Society
Linda Miller, Executive Director
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota St, Suite E-1436
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651.291.0713 | Fax: 651.291.2588
civilsocietyhelps.org/test/html

Civil Society instituted its best practice model for legal support and advocacy for systemic change specifically to reach diverse populations.

The organization has a proven record of achieving its objectives through its partnerships with other organizations serving disadvantaged communities, including, Lao Family, Frogtown Employment and Resource Center, Pillsbury United Communities, Korean Service Center, Vietnamese Social Services, Vietnamese Minnesota Association, Asian American Family Wellness, and Somali Educational & Advocacy Center.


Community Initiatives for Children
Estelene Bell, Executive Director
2314 Elliot Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.871.0662 | Fax: 612.870.0456
www.community-initiatives.org

Assist families in job search, food, shelter, clothing, furniture and medical assistance.

Programs:
HIPPY Program (Home Instruction Program Preschool Youngsters)
Family Support Program
Reading is Fundamental Program


Division of Indian Work
Noya Woodrich, Executive Director
1001 East Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407-0509
Phone: 612.722.8722 | Fax: 612.722.8669
diw.gmcc.org

Since 1952, the Division of Indian Work (DIW) has empowered American Indian people through culturally based advocacy, education, counseling and leadership development.

DIW operates:

  • An Indian parenting program
  • Reduced-rent apartments for young parents who cannot find affordable housing
  • A family violence counseling program
  • A food shelf that also offers nutrition classes
  • A youth mentoring and tutoring program with a teen pregnancy prevention component
  • A loving home for American Indian foster children
  • A recovery program to help American Indians who have completed chemical dependency treatment but who need help maintaining their sobriety

To rise above poverty, American Indian families living in Minneapolis need a connection often forgotten by today’s society. It is critical that Indian adults and children be linked to their sacred cultural past. It is that link, combined with education, mentoring, and family counseling, that will empower them to proudly claim their place in this world. The Division of Indian Work establishes that link with powerful results.


Greater Twin Cities United Way
404 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404-1084
Phone: 612.340.7400
If you are in need of community resources, contact our information and referral line, United Way 2-1-1, by dialing 2-1-1 from a land line or 651.291.0211 from a cell phone.
www.unitedwaytwincities.org

Greater Twin Cities United Way creates a better life for us all by focusing on three key areas: Basic Needs, Education and Health.

We attack poverty on multiple, interconnected fronts to achieve lasting change. We LIVE UNITED by collaborating with partner agencies, corporations, community leaders and people like you.

United Way serves people living in or near poverty in nine counties: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott and western Washington.


Indian Health Board
Dr. Patrick Rock, CEO
1315 East 24th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.721.9843
www.ihb-mpls.org

The Indian Health Board (IHB) of Minneapolis was incorporated in 1971 to provide for the health needs of the American Indian community living in Minneapolis. IHB provides medical and dental care and counseling services to more than 7,000 patients each year in its offices at 1315 East 24th Street in the heart of Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood.

First, IHB provides high-quality medical, counseling and dental services through fully trained providers with advanced medical and health management education. Many are involved in community service and outreach programs that work to strengthen the futures of American Indians.

Second, through special funding sources, quality health care services and programs are available to all patients with or without health insurance. To ensure services are accessible to all, a sliding fee scale is offered to private pay patients based on their income level. A drug discount program also is available to qualifying IHB patients with discounts up to 50 percent.

IHB provides medical, counseling, and dental services through fully trained providers. Medical services include primary, adult, OB/GYN and pediatric care with emphasis on family planning, diabetes care, and health wellness and education.

Mental health services include individual and family counseling, psychological assessment, consultation with schools and other community agencies as well as social work services and support groups. Dental services include adult and child dentistry, emergency treatment, specialist referral, and preventive care and education.


Legal Assistance – Non-Indian
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
Administrative Offices
1000 Alliance Bank Center
55 E 5th St
St. Paul, MN 55101
Administrative Office: 651.228.9823

St. Paul Telephone Intake : 651.222.4731
(Ramsey, Washington, Dakota, Carver and Scott Counties)

St. Paul Seniors Intake : 651.224.7301
(includes Ramsey, Washington, Dakota, Carver and Scott Counties)

Rural Counties Toll Free Telephone Intake: 1.888.575.2954 (or 1.507.377.7401)
(includes: Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Jackson, Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Pipestone, Redwood, Rice, Rock, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, and Winona Counties)

www.smrls.org

To provide a full range of high quality legal services to low income persons and eligible client groups in civil matters, in a respectful manner which enables clients to:

  • enforce their legal rights;
  • obtain effective access to the courts, administrative agencies and forums which constitute our system of justice;
  • maintain freedom from hunger, homelessness, sickness and abuse;
  • empower persons and assure equal opportunity, thus, helping people to help themselves and become economically self-reliant, to the extent their individual abilities and circumstances permit.

SMRLS, through a diverse, respectful and fair working environment, and legal assistance and community education activities, shall promote and respect the dignity of low-income persons and shall seek new and effective solutions to the critical and common legal problems of low-income persons which arise in a broad community context.


Minneapolis American Indian Center
Mary LaGarde, Executive Director
1530 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.879.1750 | Fax: 612.879.1795
www.maicnet.org

The Minneapolis American Indian Center is a community center in the heart of the Indian community of Minneapolis. It is one of the oldest Indian centers in the country, founded in 1975. The MAIC provides educational and social services to more than 10,000 members of the community annually. It preserves and supports American Indian cultural traditions through the arts, youth and intergenerational programs.


MN Indian Women’s Resource Center
2300 15th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.728.2000
www.miwrc.org

The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) is a non-profit social and educational services organization committed to the holistic growth and development of American Indian women and their families. Founded in 1984, MIWRC provides a broad range of programs designed to educate and empower American Indian women and their families, and to inform and assist those who work providing services to the community.

MIWRC is located in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, which has the third largest urban American Indian population in the United States. MIWRC is the only organization addressing the gender and culturally specific needs of our community.

Programs are developed to reflect the needs of our families, and are tailored to address issues that significantly affect their well-being; such as family services, child advocacy, child care services, legal services, affordable housing, parenting skills, chemical dependency, mental health care, cultural resilience, historical trauma and many other family and community issues.


Neighborhood Justice Center
Carolina Lamas, Executive Director/Attorney
500 Laurel Ave
St. Paul, MN 55102-2020
Phone: 651.222.4703 | Fax: 651.925.0112
www.njcinc.org

A community law office dedicated to providing comprehensive criminal defense services for low income persons, emphasizing outreach to communities of color.

The agency focuses its work in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the surrounding East Metro area.


Ombudsperson for American Indian Families for the State of Minnesota
Dawn Blanchard, Ombudsperson for American Indian Families
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 106
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
Phone: 651.643.2523
www.ombudsfamilies.state.mn.us

The Ombudsperson for Families was created to ensure that agency decisions, acts, rules, programs, procedures and any other form of policy and decision making processes are in compliance with the laws that protect the children of color in Minnesota. Specifically for American Indian families, this means compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA).


Women of Nations, Eagles Nest Shelter
Battered Women’s Shelter
Della Plume, Executive Director
Phone: 651.251.1601 | Fax: 651.222.1207
www.women-of-nations.org

Rooted in American Indian culture, Women of Nations welcomes and honors “All Our Relations” as together we inspire hope and healing to embrace a vision of peace and justice.

Family and Community Advocates work tirelessly to support battered women and their children. Women of Nations partners with a variety of public and private agencies to leverage resources and ensure effective, culturally appropriate services. Current programs include:

  • Family and Native Youth Crisis Line and Crisis Intervention, responding to nearly 700 calls annually
  • Eagles Nest Shelter, providing safe sanctuary, support and case management to over 600 women and children each year
  • Community Advocacy Program, providing advocacy and support to over 1,100 individuals yearly

For Adults

American Indian Family Center
579 Wells St.
St. Paul, MN 55130
Phone: 651.793.3803 | Fax: 651.793.3809
www.aifc.net

The American Indian Family Center was initially started as an idea in 1994 under the umbrealla of the Ramsey County Children’s Initiative. In 1995, a location was identified and the doors opened to families for services in 1997.

Programming Philosophy
In all programming, the AIFC views each program participant holistically, in the philosophy of the medicine wheel, which teaches that the four parts of each human being – physical, sprititual, emotional and intellectual are equally important. Thus interventions for any one area must include an assessment of the other areas. All AIFC programming focuses on bringing traditional values to bear on the challenges facing our families today. We are finding success in connecting with these values to fulfill our mission of healthier families. With all of our programming, the AIFC promotes building relationships and seeks genuine participation from the community. The AIFC pulls together partner agencies and community resources that serve the American Indian community so that access to services is increased. In most of our programs and services, we rely on some or all of the American Indian serving agencies in St Paul. Many of these partners are able to provide access to community members, resources to supplement our program activities, and support to our parents and staff as they work with the community.

Services
Over the years, the growth experienced by the AIFC has provided an opportunity to better understand the varying needs of our community. The services provided by the AIFC are now structured under two program areas, Family Support Services and Employment Support Services. The Family Support Services include mental health services, prevention and recovery services, prevention and intervention of child neglect and abuse, parenting support and youth work. The Employment Support services include one on one employment counseling, development of job readiness skills and job club support.

Programs:
Father’s Circle
Mother’s Circle
Mental Health Services
Our Children are Sacred Program
Community Doula Program
Twin Cities Healthy Start Program
Medicine Wheel Collaborative
Women’s Health Program
Youth Programming
First Nations Sports Initiative
Enable Project
Girls Best Initiative
Multi-Generational Learning Project


American Indian OIC
Dr. Lee Antell, President and Chief Executive Officer
1845 East Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.341.3358 | Fax: 612.341.3766
www.aioic.org

American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center (AIOIC) is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower American Indians to pursue career opportunities by providing individualized education, training, and employment services in a culturally rich environment.

We are passionate about bringing positive change in the lives of the people we meet. This passion has driven us to provide opportunities for people to become independent, self-sufficient, and productive. Our programs give them access to a stable and meaningful future.


American Indian Services
Joe BigBear, Executive Director
2200 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.813.1155 | Fax: 612.813.1177

A.I.S. provides services primarily to chemically dependent American Indian adult men and women in transition from primary treatment. The program goal is to assist all clients in maintaining their recovery by offering, through the American Indian Services program, offering proven concepts found in both American Indian cultural teaching values, the clinical aspects of chemical dependency treatment and aftercare that have assisted other American Indians in their recovery. AA meeting on Fridays at 7:00 p.m. Sweat lodges weekly. Ceremonies first Saturday of the month.


American Indian Student Cultural Center
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
126 Coffman Memorial Union, Rm. 204
300 Washington Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612.624.0243
www.sua.umn.edu/groups

The mission of AISCC is to promote cultural diversity; develop leadership in American Indian students at the U of M; assist in building an understanding of American Indian people, issues, history and culture, by bringing in native scholars and hosting events open to the entire university campus.


American Indian Studies Department
Jean O’Brien, Chair
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
2 Scott Hall-72 Pleasant Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612.624.1338 | Fax: 612.626.7904
www.amin.umn.edu

Established in June of 1969, the Department of American Indian Studies is the oldest program of its kind in the U.S. with departmental status. Established amidst the civil rights struggles of the sixties and early seventies, the program has long been committed to the development of theories and methodologies that reflect American Indian perspectives and embraces knowledge which stands in contrast to the linear analytic Euro-American studies typically found in colleges and universities.


American Indians in Unity
Georgia Lickness, President
831 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 651.209.2987 | Fax: 651.209.2988
www.aiiu.org

American Indians in Unity is focused on building unity through housing. We envision a community where American Indian people live in stable, safe, affordable and culturally-meaningful housing. We believe that stable housing is the basis for success in many other areas, empowering our people to live healthy and happy lives with a sense of community and pride.


American Indian Student Services
Jennifer Simon, Director
Augsburg College Campus Box 307
2211 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: 612.330.1144 | Fax: 612.330.1695
www.augsburg.edu/aissp

The American Indian Student Services program was started in 1978 to help recruit and retain American Indian students. The program is designed to assist students through their higher education by assisting in the admissions and registration process, assisting with financial aid and other financial resources, offering support and advocacy for students and assisting in educating the campus community about the culture and traditions of our many nations. Augsburg College has approximately forty-five American Indian students enrolled each year.


Adult Education Program, Ronald M. Hubbs Center
Wanda Weyaus, Counselor Assistant
Phone: 651.290.4710
hubbs.spps.org

The Ronald M. Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning (Adult Basic Education) is a program of the Saint Paul Public Schools’ Community Education Department. Educational services are available to adults who want to improve their basic skills, earn a GED, prepare for employment or post-secondary education, or learn English.
The Hubbs Center is also a partner in the Saint Paul Community Literacy Consortium, a collaboration of agencies throughout Saint Paul that provide literacy services to adults in our community.


Anoka Hennepin Indian Education
11299 Hanson Boulevard NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Phone: 763.506.1152 | Fax: 763.506.1003
www.anoka.k12.mn.us/education/dept/dept.php

It is the purpose of the Anoka-Hennepin Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee and Indian Education Program to encourage and inspire academic achievement, social and emotional development, and cultural awareness of our American Indian Students. We serve as a resource to review and recommend accurate curriculum and to promote cultural diversity between community, staff and students.


Department of Indian Work
Kathy Denman-Wilke, Director
1671 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
Phone: 651.789.3854 | Fax: 651.646.6866
www.spacc.org

The Department of Indian Work (DIW) addresses needs and issues in the American Indian community, respecting the cultural and spiritual diversity of the people it serves. DIW develops and coordinates programs which empower American Indian people toward self-determination.


Domestic Abuse Project
Carol Arthur, Executive Director
204 West Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.874.7063 | Toll Free: 1.800.793.5975
Fax: 612.874.8445
www.domesticabuseproject.org
24-hour Domestic Violence Crisis Line – 1.866.223.1111
24-hour line for men – 612.379.6367 (the Men’s Line)

Programs:
Advocacy
Evaluation and Research
Therapy Program
Training and Community Education


The Early Childhood Training and Resource Center
Sameerah Bilal-Roby, Executive Director
4048 28th Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406
Phone: 612.721.0112 | Fax: 612.721.0435
www.ecrc1.org

ECRTC partners all agree that we need to address the overwhelming concerns of our children in the educational system where the disparities are profoundly present. Programs-Home Visiting Coaching Program: Provides coaching with parents and providers who are home bound. Using the “Creative Curriculum” coaches target children Birth – 2.5 years. ECRTC and All Nations Indian Church partnership – School Readiness Project: This is a 3 days/ week program working with children and parents from 2 1/2 to 5 years. Impact Entry Level – 7 weeks and CDA/College courses offer nine (9) months of course work.


Elder’s Lodge
Senior Housing
1500 Magnolia Ave E
St. Paul, MN 55106
Phone: 651.778.2501

The Elders Lodge is viewed as a center of wisdom, warmth and strength in the Native American community. Traditionally, Elders maintain a special position in the tribe. To be a Native American Elder is to be respected, revered and to be honored. The roles of these special people were to teach, to carry on the ways of the people, to pass on oral tradition, to be a consultant on the ways of spirituality, philosophy, medicine, healing, peace, war and survival. The Lodge is nestled in a natural setting within a circle of trees as in the circle of life in which one lives. The landscape emphasizes the four seasons. These ideas are carried into the community ceremonial room and to the apartments for the Elders. The Elders Lodge will have 42 one bedroom apartments in a three story brick building. The Lodge will provide congregate dining in the community room, a full service kitchen, areas for fitness, health screening, crafts, sewing, meetings, library resources and laundry. The community room will serve as a center for ceremonies and activities centered around the Elders, their knowledge and desire to pass on cultural traditions and values to their children and grandchildren. The Elders Lodge will be marketed to Native American Elders but will be open to all seniors. The Lodge will operate under HUD Section 202 with Section 8 Rent subsidy.


Eden II’s Women’s Program
Lucy Versalles, Director
1025 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.338.0723 | Fax: 612.338.3653
www.rseden.org

Women’s Residential and Non-residential programs, Eden Family program and Inhalant Abuse program.


Energy Assistance – Community Action of Minneapolis
Bill Davis, CEO
2104 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.348.8858 | Fax: 612.335.5975
www.campls.org

Energy Assistance helps low-income households in Minneapolis with payment of heating bills. Both homeowners and renters may qualify. The Energy Assistance Program also refers high energy consuming households to services that can help them reduce energy use through weatherization and changes in energy use.


Fairview Chemical Dependency Treatment Services
Jeff Powers, Director
2312 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: 612.672.2736 | Fax: 612.672.6657
www.fairview.org

Referrals can be made to Forest Lake-Residential Facility, 651.982.2069. FCDTS has cultural support services that include specific cultural programming addressing the needs of Native American and African American clients including: culturally relevant patient education, ongoing community-based support, client advocacy, and cultural support groups. Financial arrangements: most health insurance plans will cover all or part of treatment. Referrals can be made by family members or professionals from medical, school, court or social agencies. Primary treatment for clients age 12 to 18, and extended services for clients ages 12 to 24.


FATHER Project
Ira Dixon
1600 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.724.3539
http://www.goodwilleasterseals.org/fatherproject

The FATHER Project helps with: Paternity establishment, Child Support assistance, GED, Parentintg & Support groups, Job Search, assistance with visitation and custody and one-on-one advocacy and case management.


Fathers’ Resource Center
Arnie Engleby, Director
Human Services Building, Suite 224
1201 89th Avenue NE
Blaine, Minnesota 55434
Phone: 763.783.4938 | Fax: 763.783.4900
www.resourcesforfathers.org

Fathers’ support groups, parenting classes, family law clinics, transitional housing, father-to-father, shared parenting, educational workshops, speakers’ bureau, dealing with anger. The Fathers’ Resource Center serves 5 locations, Minneapolis: 430 Oak Grove, Mpls, Phone: 612.874.1509

St. Paul: 1030 University Avenue West, Suite 160, St. Paul, Phone: 763.783.4938


First Nations Recovery Center
Sheila Thayer, Program Manager
2020 Bloomington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.871.1208
www.overcomerministries.org

A Native American, outpatient, intensive 26 week treatment program providing mental and chemical health services, gender specific group, living skills development, emotional/relational development, family education counseling, and optional spiritual and Christian groups. Clients have the opportunity to participate in unique activities such as sobriety feasts, cultural activities: maple sugaring, wild rice harvesting, and educational day trips to reservations in Minnesota and Wisconsin First Nations Recovery Center is a Native safe and respectful environment where clients can find the direction for their lives. Both day and evening treatment programs are available depending on client’s family and job commitments.


Juel Fairbanks
Chemical Health
Jan Lindstrom, Director
Phone: 651.644.6204
www.juelfairbanks.org

Juel Fairbanks, located on a residential campus in St. Paul, Minn., has 14 full-time and 6 part-time staff members, including licensed Alcoholic and Drug Counselors who deliver direct services to clients. Residents enjoy meals prepared by a full-time certified Food Manager in our Residential Program and a part-time certified cook. A full-time Case Manager staffs our Group Residential Housing for Women with CD/MH. The Group Residential Housing Program provides housing and services for 13 American Indian women and other underserved populations in Ramsey County: The Ed LaFrombois Residence provides 8 beds and the Blair House provides 5 beds.


Ramsey County Adult Mental Health Services
Crisis – 651.266.7900
Information and Referral – 651.266.7890
Case Management & Mental Health Center Intake – 651.266.7890
http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/hs/mhc/AdultMentalHealth.htm

Whom Does Ramsey County Serve?
The individuals served by Ramsey County Community Human Services, Mental Health are amongst those with the most severe forms of mental illness. Many of the individuals experience a host of factors, such as medical conditions, chemical addictions, criminal histories and poverty, which complicates their care. Most individuals served receive publicly funded health care or are uninsured.

What Services Are Available in Ramsey County?
Ramsey County’s mental health service delivery system includes both direct and purchased services. Ramsey County uses the mission and the framework prescribed by the Minnesota Comprehensive Mental Health Act to develop and enhance services. Ramsey County Community Human Services’ vision is to establish a comprehensive mental health service system that will enable consumers to live as independent as possible in the community.


For Businesses

American Indian Economic Development Fund
David Glass, Executive Director
831 Como Ave
St. Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 651.917.0819 | Fax: 651.917.0804
www.aiedfloans.org

Our mission at AIEDF is to assist American Indians by being a catalyst for the development of entrepreneurial activities – excluding gaming.

The Fund strives to bring together borrowers and local lenders in a way that makes projects happen. As a “gap” financer, the Fund is not the main lender for projects; rather, we provide necessary guidance, linkages and technical assistance.

Indianpreneur©

There is a pervasive view shared by many – both Indian and non-Indian – that prior to colonization, Indian people survived in very primitive and simple hunter gatherer societies. This narrow and mistaken notion was another tool to justify the oppression of our peoples.
In reality, however, Indian people had an advanced and extensive trading economy – an economy in which one Indian Nation commonly traded with another.

It is now time for Indians to reject the falsehoods of colonization and reclaim our proud heritage of being entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur is defined as one who starts and manages a business. With this spirit in mind, we believe one word better defines the American Indian entrepreneur and suggest using Indianpreneur© instead.

An Indianpreneur© is a modern-day warrior. A warrior, of course, owes a high duty to community, family and self. To be in business today can be as difficult as being in a battle. At the American Indian Economic Development Fund (AIEDF), we’re prepared to help small businesses address the many challenges and issues they may face.


American Indian Policy Center
John Poupart, President
1463 Hewitt Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104
Phone: 651.644.1728
www.americanindianpolicycenter.org

The American Indian Policy Center (AIPC) was founded in 1992, as a non-profit serving the Midwest Indian community. It was born out of a decade’s worth of discussions among the founding group of American Indian professionals. What was needed, in the view of the founders, was a forum for American Indians and the wider community to discuss the challenges of contemporary Indian life–a place for diverse and divergent voices and perspectives.
Today the Center focuses on research, policy development and education on critical Indian issues. We sponsor two annual forums on significant issues of public policy, from primary education to preservation of treaty rights. We also work to expand research on Indian issues using a unique model of Reality-Based Research.


Indian Affairs Council
Saint Paul Office • 161 Saint Anthony Ave • Suite 919 • Saint Paul, MN 55103
Bemidji Office • 3801 Bemidji Avenue NW • Suite 5 • Bemidji, MN 56601
www.indianaffairs.state.mn.us

The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) was established in 1963 MN Statutes Chapter 888, Sec. 2 (3:922). MIAC is the official liaison between the State of Minnesota and the 11 tribal Governments within the state. The Council provides a forum for and advises state government on issues of concern to urban Indian communities. The Council administers three programs designed to enhance economic opportunities and protect cultural resources for the state’s American Indian constituencies.

The primary duties of the council are to:
(1) analyze and make recommendations to tribal elected leaders and to members of the legislature and the governor on legislation and information on programs, proposals, and projects of importance to tribal governments and nontribal Indian organizations;

(2) assist in establishing Indian advisory councils in cooperation with state agencies that deliver services to the federally recognized tribes in Minnesota and the urban Indian communities;

(3) assist state agencies in defining what groups, organizations, committees, councils, or individuals are eligible for delivery of their respective services;

(4) assist in ensuring the provision of resources and the delivery of services to the federally recognized tribes in Minnesota and the urban Indian communities;

(5) recommend to tribal governments and the state government the means to enhance the delivery of services to the members of federally recognized tribes in Minnesota by local, state, and national units of government;

(6) assist state agencies in implementing and updating studies of services delivered to the federally recognized tribes in Minnesota and urban Indian communities;

(7) provide, for the benefit of all levels of state government, a continuing liaison between state governmental bodies and elected tribal leaders;

(8) interact with private organizations involved with Indian people that develop and implement programs to assist Indian people, when such programs may affect state agencies and departments;

(9) develop educational programs, community organization programs, leadership development programs, motivational programs, and business development programs for Indian persons who have been, are, or may be subject to prejudice and discrimination;

(10) review data provided by the commissioner of human services under section 260C.215 WELFARE OF CHILDREN, subdivision 5, and present recommendations to elected tribal leaders on the out-of-home placement of Indian children; and

(11) prepare a proposed agenda for the annual summit of elected tribal leaders, legislative leaders, and the governor.

The MIAC plays a central role in the development of state legislation. They monitor programs that affect the state’s American Indian population and tribal governments. Minnesota was the first state in the nation to establish an Indian Affairs agency and provided a model for other states to follow. The Indian Affairs Board is made up of the 11 Tribal Chairs or their designees, a member of the Governor’s official staff, the Commissioner of Education, Human Services, Natural Resources, Human Rights, Employment and Economic Development, Corrections, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Iron Range resource and rehabilitations, Health, Transportation, Veterans Affairs, and Administration, or their designees.

The Indian Affairs Council’s vision is to strive for the social, economic and political justice for all American Indian people living in the State of Minnesota, while embracing our traditional cultural and spiritual values.


Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce
Monica Potter, Office Manager
1821 University Avenue West, Suite N180
St. Paul, MN 55104
Phone: 651.789.6534 | Fax: 651.789.6534
www.maicc.org

The MAICC supports and promotes Native American professionalism and excellence in business.
The Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce provides services for Chamber members in education, networking, and technical assistance. Some of the services the MAICC provides are: a bi-monthly Hot Sheet that gives important events and announcements to members, a Bid Sheet for contractors that provides a summary of current projects and other bidding information, a Resource Directory that lists members businesses and their services, and MAICC Business Builders luncheons that present marketing and networking opportunities.


Native American Community Development Institute
Justin Huenemann, President and CEO
1414 East Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.235.4976 | Fax: 612-392-0064
www.nacdi.org

The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI), an American Indian community development intermediary organization – the first of its kind in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The organization is configured as an alliance of the major Indian nonprofits and several Indian businesses in the metropolitan area committed to community-building through sector economic development and large-scale development. Foremost in our transformation plan to develop a new community infrastructure is to build community capacity and assets within high growth economic sectors.

Currently, no alignment and capacity-building structure exists in the American Indian community for social or economic change. To begin to develop a community-based strategy for social and economic change, NACDI will first work with American Indian nonprofits to rebuild their community-driven structure that responds to the demands and opportunities of the economy. Specifically, we will work with American Indian nonprofits on sector strategy development in Land and Housing, Entertainment and Media and Health and Wellness. These three “sectors” share the characteristics of high job growth potential; opportunities for asset development; and sustainability as a part of longer-term American and global industry growth.


Pow Wow Grounds
1414 E. Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.545.5598
Hours: Mon – Sat: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sun: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pow-Wow-Grounds/139618872765472

We are a Cafe in All My Relations Art Gallery. Offering specialty coffee drinks, baked goods, smoothies, sandwiches and signature wild rice products!

Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Sarah Deer, Staff Attorney
1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 305
St. Paul, MN 55104
Phone: 651.644.1125 | Fax: 651.644.1157
www.tribal-institute.org

TLPI is organized to design and deliver education, research, training and technical assistance programs; which promote the improvement of justice in Indian Country and the health, well-being and culture of Native peoples.


Upper Midwest American Indian Center
Gertrude Buckanaga, Executive Director
1035 West Broadway Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Phone: 612.522.4436 | Fax: 612.522.8855

Upper Midwest American Indian Center is a multi-service non-profit agency serving the community for over 30 years.

Programs:
American Indian Adoption Program
Foster Care “Come Back Home” Program
Little Steps Early Head Start Program
Mental Health Support Program


Wolves Den
Mike Forcia, Owner
1530 East Franklin Avenue (inside the Minneapolis American Indian Center)
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.871.6373
Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm

Wolves Den is an American Indian restaurant and catering business located in the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Breakfast and Lunch served.


Woodland Indian Crafts
Charles Stately, Owner
1530 East Franklin Avenue (inside the Minneapolis American Indian Center)
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.874.7766 | Fax: 612.879.1795

Handmade gifts by local artist; beadwork, jewelry, native music, bead supplies, posters, T-shirts, greeting cards, etc.


Woodlands National Bank
Joanne Whiterabbit, Branch Manager
1113 East Franklin Avenue, Suite 108
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.230.6960 | Fax: 612.230.6970
Lobby Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 9:00 – 4:30, Fri. 9:00 – 6:00
www.woodlandsnationalbank.com

Woodlands National Bank is a full service bank with knowledgeable professionals ready to assist you with your banking and financial needs. No matter where you are in life, or what your banking needs may be, we have a solution for you.

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