The urban American Indian community of the Twin Cities envisions a vibrant, healthy, and balanced community where there are economic opportunities for American Indian people and where American Indian cultures are celebrated, honored, and shared with the greater metropolitan community. This American Indian Community Blueprint establishes a community-development framework for asset-based, solution-oriented strategies designed to advance American Indian interests and opportunities.
This is a living document. Not every strategy here will be attempted, and the list of goals and strategies is by no means exhaustive. Rather, the Blueprint lays out a realistic, achievable set of ideas that, like the community, will grow and change over time. Success will come through a partnership of community members with organizations, businesses, friends, local residents, and other members of the greater urban community.
The urban American Indian community of the Twin Cities has developed the content of this Blueprint. It is important that their visions, ideas, and solutions be honored, valued, and implemented. Community input, engagement and ownership are essential to the implementation and success of these community-defined strategies. The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) has worked to collect and synthesize the information in this Blueprint for the benefit of the entire community.