Helping Native people create the future they envision.

  • Our History

    The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) was founded in 2007 to address the growing challenges and opportunities facing the urban Indigenous community. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, NACDI celebrated 10 years of service in 2017.


    Poised to grow as NACDI begins its second decade, we know we will see more changes in the next 25 years than we have experienced over the past 100. To thrive in the midst of 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.



  • indigenous development, partnerships and collaborations

    The Native American Community Development Institute 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.


    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.

    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.

    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 tpayer@nacdi.org.