• Mission

    Helping 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.
    • Our future is bright due to the resilience and vision of our ancestors
    • Founded in 2007, NACDI is approaching its second decade with a renewed commitment to the Indigenous values that helped our people persevere despite centuries of hardship.






  • 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 July 2019, L to R:

    Alexandra Buffalohead, Elizabeth Day, Robert Lilligren, Angela Two Stars, Ed Minnema.

  • 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.