NativeRISE event brings together native community and supporters

On Thursday, January 31st. AIOIC and 14 partner organizations brought together over 150 Native leaders, elected officials, and stakeholders for NativeRISE: A Night of Indigenous Advocacy. 

The purpose of the gathering was to ignite, energize, and unify the Native community’s voice during the beginning of the 2019 legislative session. With temperatures downright balmy (-3F), everyone was eager to get out and about after the week’s Polar Vortex.  

The evening began with a networking hour and opportunity for guests to learn about the Native organizations highlighted for their work in the community. Organizations like Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Migizi Communications, and American Indian Community Development Corporation shared information about their work as guests mingled and networked. 

The program began with a drum ceremony by Imnizaska and prayer by AIOIC’s founder, Clyde Bellecourt. Comedian Tonia Jo Hall energized guests with hilarious reflections on Native life (with a special appearance by her alter ego, Auntie Beachress). Patrice Kunesh, the Assistant Vice President and Director of the Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis spoke about the issues affecting both rural and urban Indian communities. Finally, the evening culminated in an address from Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, who spoke about the importance of including Native voices in government. 

The evening was a unique opportunity to bring together the people and organizations putting in the hard work to better our community, celebrate successes, and plan for the year ahead.  

Miigwech and pilamaya yelo to the Bush Foundation for sponsoring this event, as well as Ain Dah Yung CenterDivision of Indian WorkMinnesota Indian Women’s Resource CenterAmerican Indian Community Development CorporationNorthwest Indian Community Development CenterCenter SchoolMinneapolis American Indian CenterLittle Earth Residents AssociationMigiziAmerican Indian MovementBii Gii WiinNative American Community Development Institute, and Native American Community Clinic for their partnership. 

American Indian OIC Receives Generous Gift from Thrivent

Wopila tanka & miigwech to Thrivent for its generous $10,000 contribution to American Indian OIC’s response to the Franklin-Hiawatha encampment. 

“It is with tremendous humility and immense appreciation that our organization has received this news,” says AIOIC’s President & CEO Dr. Joe Hobot. “The challenges of working on behalf of our relatives living at the encampment have been manifold, not only with regards to the obstacles present within the current situation, but also with regards to our amazing staff and their ongoing dedication that has caused them to go well above and beyond their regular duties.” 

AIOIC has welcomed and served encampment residents through its workforce development division, Takoda . Staff have helped residents attain their GED, find employment, and access supportive resources. 

With the newly opened Navigation Center adjacent to AIOIC’s campus, the organization plans to use these funds to provide career training and employment placement services for the center’s residents and make building and equipment updates as new students enroll in Takoda Institute for Winter quarter.

AIOIC President Named Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow

Congratulations to the American Indian OIC’s President & CEO, Joe Hobot, Ed.D. who has been named one of the Aspen Institute’s Ascend Fellows for the class of 2018-19.

This prestigious opportunity has been awarded to 21 visionary and entrepreneurial leaders across the United States with bold ideas that can move the needle on health and well-being and offer concrete economic and social mobility pathways for children and their families. The Fellowship provides leaders the space and support to bring their ideas to life and scale.

Regarding the nomination, Hobot says, “I am deeply humbled and greatly honored to have been nominated by my peers and selected by The Aspen Institute to participate within this fellowship! I am thrilled at being able to work with such brilliant and inspiring people as who are a part of this incredible cohort. There is no question that this experience will inform and enhance my work on behalf of both the AIOIC and the wider community that we serve. Wopila Tanka Aspen Institute for this incredible opportunity!”

The 2018 Class consists of 21 Fellows who reflect the diversity and talent of America, across gender, race and ethnicity, geography, and sector:

  • 57% people of color, 12 women, 9 men
  • From 13 states and the District of Columbia (Alabama, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington)
  • Are state leaders in human services, Medicaid, and early care and education; national leaders in higher education, philanthropy, faith, and business; and innovative researchers and practitioners.

The Ascend Fellowship is an 18-month journey of thought-provoking reflection, inspiration, and action based on the Aspen Institute’s 50-year history of leadership development. With leaders from different disciplines and sectors, Ascend Fellows expand and interrogate their ideas and ultimately strengthen them to fuel a new cycle of opportunity for children and families.

Ascend at the Aspen Institute is the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success, economic security, and health and well-being. Ascend takes a two-generation approach to our work – focusing on children and their parents together, bringing a gender and a racial equity lens to its analysis.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners.

Learn more about the Ascend Fellowship here.