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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 (NACDI) and All My Relations Arts (AMRA) announces the departure of Dyani White Hawk Polk from the organization as Gallery Director/Curator on March 17th, 2015. Mrs. White Hawk Polk has chosen to pursue a career as a full-time artist based in St. Paul, MN. During her 4-year tenure, she has curated over 10 beautiful exhibits showcasing American Indian fine artists locally, nationally and internationally. She has built an impressive network connecting All My Relations to both artists and art-based institutions throughout the country and has raised the profile of our community.

On behalf of the organization and gallery, I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for her years of tireless work in promoting and building the local arts scene on a national scale. Her work has seamlessly dovetailed into our dream of building the American Indian Cultural Corridor as a regional destination and source of pride. As a small team and family, her presence will be missed but we are excited to support her new career decision and wish her all the best.

Dyani can be contacted via her website at: www.dyaniwhitehawk.com. During this transition please feel free to contact either myself at: jbadheartbull@nacdi.org, or Assistant Curator, Graci Horne at ghorne@nacdi.org.

With Gratitude,

jay bad heart bull

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For Immediate Release:
Native American Community Development Institute AWARDED 2014 BUSH PRIZE FOR COMMUNITY INNOVATION

Minneapolis, Minnesota 12/02/14 – The Native American Community Development Institute has won a 2014 Bush Prize for Community Innovation. The prize is awarded to organizations that have demonstrated a strong commitment to creative, innovative problem-solving.

“The Native American Community Development Institute is excited and proud to offer asset-based ideas and projects that improve the quality of life for our beautiful American Indian community. We are honored to be awarded the Bush Prize for Community Innovation and look forward to building a bright and prosperous future for our region.” –NACDI President/CEO-jay thomas bad heart bull.

The Bush Prize honors and supports organizations with a proven record of creating innovative solutions to address community challenges and opportunities. Winners are chosen for innovations that have been developed through inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets, and that are more effective, equitable or sustainable than existing approaches.

“As a whole, Bush Prize winners are deeply invested in new ideas, new ways of approaching problems and new ways of involving the community,” said Mandy Ellerton, Bush Foundation Community Innovation Manager. “The Native American Community Development Institute’s track record speaks volumes, and we look forward to seeing what this organization’s continued creativity and leadership can mean for the future of its community.”


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Join us on Monday, October 13th from 4:00pm - 7:00pm at the Minneapolis American Indian Center (1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN) to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day! This past April, Minneapolis became the first city in Minnesota to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.

There will be a community meal with indigenous foods from throughout North and South America provided by Native chefs Sean Sherman and Cheo Smith, a film screening of "Women Are Sacred," by bfreshproductions, community speakers and cultural performances.

The first 500 people will receive Indigenous Peoples Day t-shirts and the first 250 people will receive a limited edition silk screened poster.

This event is free and open to the public. Please invite your colleagues, family and friends! We look forward to honoring and celebrating the decades of hard work to achieve this historic community victory.

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

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