11 April 2016

Takoda Prep Student Amongst 6 Honored with “Beat the Odds” Scholarship

Text Taken from the Star Tribune article “6 Twin Cities students honored with “Beat the Odds” Scholarship” by James Walsh. It’s telling, really, when young people who have struggled through poverty and hardship for most of their lives look to turn their lives over to helping others. For Shamaria Jordan and Christopher Oquist, two of   Read more…

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…

21 January 2016

Joe Hobot Honored as ’40 Under 40′

Congratulations to American Indian OIC president and CEO, Joe Hobot, who was named a Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal ’40 Under 40′ honoree. Each year the publication honors 40 leaders under the age of 40 who have “already accomplished much in their professional lives while also taking a leading role in the Twin Cities community.” Joe   Read more…

13 January 2016

Legislative Alert

A critical meeting is taking place on Friday which will help determine how the Minnesota legislature addresses the disparities faced by communities of color in our state. This meeting is an important first step toward resolving damaging community issues and American Indian OIC is encouraged by this action. We are hopeful that a path to   Read more…