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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



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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On Thursday, September 18th, 2014 NACDI President & CEO, Jay Bad Heart was announced as a fellow in the 2014 Cohort of BALLE (Business Alliance for Living Local Economies) Local Economy Fellows.

In a press release announcing the cohort, BALLE states:

"Individually, each 2014 BALLE Local Economy Fellow is a proven leader and innovative local economy connector - someone who represents, convenes, and influences whole communities of local businesses from Boston to New Orleans to Minneapolis. Combined, they are a diverse group of leaders who represent the cutting edge of social entrepreneurship incubation, community capital cultivation, and social justice.

'These challenging times require a different type of leader who can create the conditions for a new economy to emerge. Developing this type of leader is the purpose of the BALLE Local Economy Fellowship,” said Michelle Long, executive director of BALLE. “With the transformational leadership development, skills and tools, and connections these leaders will receive as part of the fellowship, BALLE Local Economy Fellows will be poised to democratize opportunity, ownership and the economy, and bring real prosperity to more people; fundamentally fixing our global economy from the ground up.'"

We are excited for Jay's opportunity to develop skills and a stronger network with leaders from across the country.

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