Monthly Archives: March 2016

22 March 2016

The K-12 system didn’t fail the American Indians.

The K-12 system didn’t fail the American Indians. Its methods have followed its own design to the letter… Formalized education in the United States was not designed to empower us. It was designed to pacify us, while it extinguished our culture. The relationship between the American Indian people and formalized education within this nation is   Read more…

American Indian Leaders Testify for Legislative Group on Economic Disparities

“We’re not here looking for you to save us. We’re looking for you to collaborate with us as we continue to work towards empowering our own.” AIOIC president Joe Hobot and Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center executive director Patina Park testify in front of legislators on the disparities that affect the American Indian community.  

11 March 2016

ABE Program Featured on MPR

Excerpts and images from Minnesota Public Radio. Brandt Williams, Reporting Caroline Yang, Photographs High school dropouts try to get back in the game For many, GED certificates are the ticket into the workforce or higher education that they didn’t punch in high school. …Minnesota ranks near the bottom of states when it comes to the   Read more…

8 March 2016

An Open Letter to Decision Makers

Leaders of the State of Minnesota: The purpose of this message is to call your immediate attention to the ongoing needs of the American Indian community in Minnesota, as well as to the powerful capabilities that we currently possess. It appears to us that our people have once again been forgotten, or relegated to a   Read more…

2 March 2016

The Investment of Time

The extraordinarily high unemployment (13.1%) and jobless rates (40%) for Minnesota’s American Indian residents have resulted in significant economic disparities for the community. There are many factors that contribute to these problems including limited education, access to health care, lack of affordable housing, and limited chemical dependency treatment options. In a recent issue of the   Read more…