• Native American Community

    Development Institute

    Helping Native people create the future they envision.

  • Help Us Continue Our Mission



    NACDI's work is founded on the belief that all American Indian people have a place, purpose, and a future strengthened by sustainable asset-based community development. Since 2007, NACDI's work facilitates systems change through our integrated pathways of Community Engagement, Community Organizing, Community Development, and Indigenous Arts and Culture.

    NACDI utilizes these strategies to control our narrative, influence policy, and lead systems change while shifting power dynamics through shared Native values, traditions, cultures, and practices.
    Support NACDI & its signature programs All My Relations Arts, Make Voting A Tradition, and Four Sisters Farmers Market & Farm.


  • NACDI Staff

    Listen to our staff talk about NACDI and what it means to them and their community.

  • Collaborations, Development, and Programs

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

    Donate to the Jim Denomie Memorial Scholarship

    A partnership of All My Relations Arts/NACDI, Todd Bockley Gallery & Denomie/Wilson Family ​

    Throughout his highly successful career as a visual artist, Jim Denomie was committed to encouraging younger artists to believe in themselves and their talents. Jim’s heartfelt support for emerging artists helped sustain a vibrant, dynamic, and thriving arts community in the Twin Cities.


    To continue Jim’s legacy of mentoring emerging artists, we have created a Jim Denomie Memorial Scholarship fund to offer an annual award to a Native artist who best exemplifies the values Jim demonstrated in his own career: commitment to excellence; generosity of spirit; and engagement in the community.


    The first award has been given to Jonathan Thunder (Red Lake Ojibwe).


    The scholarship was created by a partnership between the Jim Denomie Trust, All My Relations Gallery/NACDI, and Bockley Gallery.


    To support please click here.


    Image Credit: © Jim Denomie Estate and Bockley Gallery.

    Friends of the Falls

    NACDI is working in partnership with The Falls, to build authentic, long-term relationships with First Nations people and shaping the future of the Upper Lock at Owámniyomni.


    Our vision is to create a place of healing and celebration that acknowledges the past and advances a more equitable and inclusive future.


    For more information about the Friends of the Falls, Native Partnership Council, and upcoming engagement meetings thefalls.org.

    American Indian Cultural Corridor

    Every year NACDI takes a leadership role in community-based projects and events like Open Streets/Franklin, Indian Month parades, and Pow Wows. As well as helping to facilitate the Indigenous-inspired photo wraps on utility boxes (pictured).


    Find out how you can volunteer for NACDI by emailing arts@nacdi.org.