• Native American Community

    Development Institute

    Helping Native people create the future they envision.

  • Support NACDI

    Your financial support provides the resources we need to staff and manage this important and diverse work. Through high-capacity staff with wide skill sets, we are able to make progress on multiple fronts to benefit the community and build equity.

  • Indigenous Development, Partnerships

    and Collaborations

    The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) plays a diverse role in the Indigenous Community.


    Here is a sampling of some of the things we've co-produced,

    participated in, or sponsored in recent years:

    Support the Franklin Hiawatha Camp


    All Cash and Non-Cash Donations information can be found on the Franklin Hiawatha Camp website: https://www.franklinhiawathacamp.org/.

    Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration 2018

    Indigenous Peoples Day (October 8th, 2018) is a celebratory gathering that continues to honor the perseverance, culture, and presence of Indigenous people. The Native American Community Development Institute's role for Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration is to act as a fiscal agent, and to co-facilitate, community organized activities on Indigenous Peoples Day October 8th, 2018.


    For more information and scheduling details: Click Here


    Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors: Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Metro Urban Indian Directors, Hennipen County Library, White Earth Nation, Dream of Wild Health, and the Native American Film Series (Augsburg University).

    American Indian Cultural Corridor development and events

    Every year NACDI takes a leadership role in community-based projects and events like Open Streets/Franklin, Indian Month parades, and pow wows, and helping to facilitate the indigenous-inspired photo wraps on utility boxes (pictured). Learn more about the Cultural Corridor by visiting www.aiccorridor.com. Find out how you can volunteer for NACDI by emailing arts@nacdi.org.

    Indigenous Peoples Day Round Dance & Rally

    October, 2017

    A gathering held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day after Minneapolis became the first city in Minnesota to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. The event included 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.

    Make Voting a Tradition Voter Registration Drive

    October, 2017

    NACDI recruited volunteers to go door to door registering voters in the Native community, a partnership with the City of Minneapolis. Understanding the importance of our vote will help the Indigenous community shape policy in the years to come.


    November, 2016

    A gathering and festival in support of the water protectors at Standing Rock. All proceeds from this event benefited the Oceti Sakowin encampment. NACDI and All My Relations Gallery partnered with PowWow Grounds, Boise Forte and White Earth Urban Offices, Minneapolis American Indian Center, American Indian Movement Interpretive Center, Native Lives Matter, Two Rivers Gallery, Aaron Lightfeather, and Friday Family Traditional Ojibwe Song and Dance Workshop to create this community-based fundraising event.