Category Archives: From the President’s Desk

24 January 2017

A New Era Is Now Here – Part I

By: Joe Hobot, ED.D. President and CEO, American Indian OIC 2017 is now upon us, and it is so much more than just the beginning of another calendar year . .. In fact, there is strong evidence to suggest that we have collectively entered into the next phase of a suddenly accelerating period of civic   Read more…

30 August 2016

Letter to the Minneapolis City Council from the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors

To the Members of the Minneapolis City Council – This letter has been written on behalf of the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors Group with full unanimity to achieve the following purposes: 1) To formally announce our collective opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in order to protect our natural fresh water   Read more…

19 August 2016

We Stand with Standing Rock

American Indian OIC stands in solidarity with the Lakota Nation of Standing Rock as they refuse the incursion of the Dakota Access Pipeline from being constructed near vital waterways – including the Missouri River – directly adjacent to their tribal lands and natural water supplies. This pipeline represents a direct and lethal threat to both   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…

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…

Dream Catcher

19 November 2015

1 in 2 American Indians Living in Minnesota are Jobless

In September of 2015, a federal report was released examining the median household income for various racial groups in Minnesota – essentially establishing an average baseline of how much money families are earning. The report indicated that the median household income for African-Americans in Minnesota had contracted – or shrunk – nearly 3% from 2013   Read more…

13 March 2015

Marking Progress & Affirming Goals

Although the world just moved into 2015, it is mid business year for the American Indian OIC. With the first half of the calendar over, AIOIC has already accomplished a number of initiatives. As we finished out 2014, our education and training programs saw 871 people. In addition, the jobs gained from our employment programs   Read more…

1 December 2014

AIOIC Year-In-Review

As the full force of winter begins to manifest, I would like to take just a moment to reflect on all of the proud accomplishments obtained here at the American Indian OIC during the previous year – a year marked by change. To begin, our organization transitioned into a new era upon the retirement of   Read more…

19 September 2014

A Return to School, Not the Past

 “He [my son]is the man he is today as a result of the caring yet firm teaching mechanisms in place at Takoda Prep of AIOIC. They integrate state standards with traditional Native teaching methods and I truly believe this is what is needed for our youth of today. Growing up in the city is hard,   Read more…

20 June 2014

Your Future : Your GED

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela For many of our students within the AIOIC Takoda Institute ABE/GED Program, the primary obstacle that stood between them and their return to the classroom was fear. Fear that they have been removed from a classroom for to   Read more…