Welcome To NACDI

We will see more changes in the next 25 years than we have experienced over the past 100. To thrive in the midst of this global change, the American Indian community must be unified and agile, work in partnership, eliminate deficit-driven methods, and invest in comprehensive asset-based strategies.
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.

Recent News


 The Native American Community Development Institute announces the departure of Andy Hestness from the organization. Andy has worked at NACDI for over six years in a variety of roles including Community Development Specialist, Interim President & CEO, and Vice President.

"I believe deeply in the work of NACDI and the team of dedicated staff. The opportunity to work at this organization and with the Native community has been an incredible and humbling experience. I am grateful for the leadership of both Justin Huenemann and Jay Bad Heart Bull during my time at NACDI. I see great things in the future for NACDI and wish everyone the best." - Andy Hestness

"We'll all miss Andy and his contributions to both the organization and our community. He is a shining example of dedication, passion, and creativity and he has taught me a lot. I'm eternally grateful for his work in building this award-winning organization" - jay bad heart bull, NACDI President & CEO

Please contact jay bad heart bull at 612.235.4971 with any questions.

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Join All My Relations Arts, Native American Community Development Institute and the MN Two-Spirit Society on Friday, June 12th from 5-8 pm at All My Relations Gallery to celebrate and honor our Two-Spirit Family.

The night will feature:

The World Through Our Eyes show opening guest curated by Orlando Avery and featuring many Two-Spirit Artists from around the country

Artists Talks at 5:30

Music from DJ Shelei aka Michelle Be

Entertainment by Indigenous Drag Queen Georgie Lyoun

Fashion Show featuring pieces by Jolonzo Goldtooth, Diné fashion designer

Food from Cafe Racer Food Truck

Exhibition Information

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Join us Tuesday, May 12 at 5 PM for a community build night for Mini_polis, a new public art piece that will be installed for the summer of 2015 at the Minneapolis Convention Center plaza as the winner of the Creative City Challenge. The project is a part real, part imagined version of Minneapolis that will allow visitors to move through and experience the City in a new way. A significant part of the project will be collecting and sharing community stories. NACDI is partnering with the project team to host an evening of construction of elements of the project. All project materials and tools will be provided to build structures out of wood that will be included in the installation. Please visit the website at: http://www.minipolis.org/ for more information on the project. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
5:00 - 7:30 PM
All My Relations Gallery
1414 E. Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

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1414 East Franklin Avenue (new address)
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 235-4976

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