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American Indian Resources

Community Organizations

Native American Community Development Institute - Twin Cities
NACDI is committed to transforming the American Indian community to effectively respond to 21st century opportunities. NACDI works to promote innovative community development strategies that strengthen the overall sustainability and well-being of American Indian people and communities.

Minneapolis American Indian Center
The Minneapolis American Indian Center is a community center in the heart of the Indian community of Minneapolis.

Tiwahe Foundation/AIFEP
The Tiwahe Foundation, replacing the American Indian Family Empowerment Program, will continue to expand its capacity to support individuals and families striving for self-determination through educational attainment, economic self-sufficiency, and connecting to their culture; and will expand its Leadership Development Program to prepare Native people with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities required to successfully lead their communities in the 21st century.

National Congress of American Indians
NCAI was established in 1944 in response to the termination and assimilation policies the US government forced upon tribal governments in contradiction of their treaty rights and status as sovereign nations. To this day, protecting these inherent and legal rights remains the primary focus of NCAI.

Reservation Information

Indian Affairs Council - State of MN
Provides an overview of the 11 American Indian Ojibwe and Dakota tribes of Minnesota.

Tribal Directory List
Contains the contact information for over 500 federally recognized Native Nations. 

Other Resources

Birchbark Books
Birchbark Books is operated by a spirited collection of people who believe in the power of good writing, the beauty of handmade art, the strength of Native culture, and the importance of small and intimate bookstores.

Minnesota Indian Gaming Association

The Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA) was established in 1987 to help member tribes exchange information, address shared concerns, and educate the public, media and elected officials on tribal gaming and other issues of importance to tribal governments.

US Department of the Interior - Indian Affairs
Indian Affairs (IA) is the oldest bureau of the United States Department of the Interior. Established in 1824, IA currently provides services (directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts) to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. There are 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives in the United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is responsible for the administration and management of 55 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface minerals estates held in trust by the United States for American Indian, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives. Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) provides education services to approximately 42,000 Indian students.

Community News

The Circle
The Circle is published monthly by The Circle Corporation, and has been publishing since 1980. The Circle is dedicated to presenting news from a Native American perspective, while granting an equal opportunity to community voices.