Mission & History

To empower American Indians who wish to pursue career opportunities, we  provide individualized education, training, and human services in a culturally rich environment.

Founded in 1979 as a practical resource and response to the considerable education and employment disparities faced by American Indians living in and around South Minneapolis. In the years since its founding, the AIOIC has built a workforce of over 20,000 people from the Twin-Cities and tribal nations across the country gaining national recognition as a leader in the workforce development field. Although created to support people of Native descent, American Indian OIC’s resources and programs are available to all people regardless of race, creed, age, gender, or sexual orientation.


The goal of the American Indian OIC is to not only help people in poverty who are unemployed but to assist and service individuals seeking advancement on their current job, and provide an educational foundation that secures employment in positions that have opportunities for professional and financial growth. The organization achieves this by educating people from all academic levels and moving them forward to a more stable and thriving future.