Chi miigwech to the over 200 community members that showed up, and to all the speakers/leaders that were part of the Opening Ceremonies. We are grateful for all the volunteers, the activity leaders, the drum group, and the vendors who made this community event a true success.
The new name was revealed for the 4th Street Market and it is now called "Niiwin Indigenous Foods Market" which was settled on by the AICHO Board of Directors.
Special miigwech to our current funders - and all of them had representatives at the event - White Earth Investment Initiative, Northland Foundation, Entrepreneur Fund, LeBeau Development, LLC, and Duluth LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation). Also to our event supporters - American Lung Association in Minnesota, Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundationand St. Louis County.
Thanks to Stephan Witherspoon for cooking the Red Lake Nation Fishery walleye, Katie Schmitz for making the wild rice kale salad that everyone wants the recipe for, Wendy Savage for the wild rice cupcakes, and Marisa Ring for making the Indigenous teas!
Again, thanks to AICHO Staff Cheryl Stone and Scott Thompson and their restoration crew from Thunderbird/Wren Half-Way House that got the Market looking so nice!
Lastly, thanks to Executive Director Michelle LeBeau and Economic Development Director LeAnn Littlewolf for this vision for the future for our community in terms of access to healthy and Indigenous Foods. Also to Ivy Vainio for taking the lead on organizing this Open House, and all the AICHO staff members who helped back at the office and during the event. AICHO has the BEST team ever!
Photos by Ivy Vainio.