• Our Mission


    Founded in 2007, the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) is approaching its second decade with renewed commitment to the Indigenous values that helped our people persevere despite centuries of hardship.


    Our future is bright due to the resilience and vision of our ancestors.

    NACDI acts as a catalyst to help Native people create the future they envision. Our work is founded on the belief that all American Indian people have a place, purpose and a future strengthened by sustainable community development.


    NACDI initiates projects that benefit the Native community, often in partnership with other Indigenous-led organizations.

  • At the Native American Community Development Institute we are always looking for new, innovative and indigenous-based ways to help our community achieve its dreams.

    NACDI staff as of January 2018, L to R:

    Rory Wakemup, Taylor Payer, Robert Lilligren, Cole St. Arnold, Elizabeth Day.

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