Our Annual Winter Market was a huge success, despite having to schedule around the winter storm of the decade! Miigwech to all who supported the over 30 artists who participated and who celebrated with us as we expanded Indigenous First Art & Gifts!
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In the United States, there are 573 distinct federally recognized tribal nations, so the communities covered by the phrase “Indian Country” are many and varied. So too are the innovations that are emerging from these communities. This webinar, recorded on November 21, 2019, shows how Native American activists are building food hubs, creating marketplaces that feature indigenous foods, and restructuring markets so that Native artisans and producers achieve far greater benefit from their labor.
Following the interview, NPQ Senior Editor Steve Dubb facilitates a panel with three expert speakers: Nick Hernandez, Lakota, Director of Makoce Agriculture Development (Pine Ridge, South Dakota); LeAnn Littlewolf, Ojibwe, Economic Development Director of the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) in Duluth, Minnesota; and Hayes Lewis, Zuni Pueblo, Executive Director of A:shiwi College and Career Readiness Center (near Gallup, New Mexico).
This webinar explores:
Martin Jennings, Northwest Area Foundation, Native CDFI program: https://www.nwaf.org/portfolio/nativecdfi-2
LeAnn Littlewolf, American Indian Community Housing Organization
(Niiwin Indigenous Food Market)
Nick Hernandez, Makoce Agriculture Development
Hayes Lewis, A:shiwi College & Career Readiness Center
Additional resource recommended by LeAnn Littlewolf:
A Guide to Tribal Co-operative Development (published by the Minnesota Indigenous Business Alliance)
Watch all the previous webinars of NPQ’s Remaking the Economy series here.
Senator Smith's staff held a listening session on Native housing issues yesterday. Miigwech to Ravyn Gibbs, Senator Smith's Native American Outreach Director, and Daryl Olson, AICHO Programming Coordinator, for organizing this session, and for the community for speaking about the real housing conditions that Native people experience.
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Round Lake Traditions Founder/CEO Herb Fineday (Fond du Lac Ojibwe tribal member) taught 5 of our Gimaajii residents and 7 Native medical students the art of making their own ribbon skirt. This year's holiday season at AICHO will be dedicated to craft and sewing activities for our program participants to make gifts in!
We are so grateful for your contributions during #GTM2019 - thanks to you, we are $2,079 closer to developing the Niiwin Indigenous Foods Market. You can continue to follow our Facebook page and the Niiwin Market page on GiveMN (link below) for updates on the progress we're making.
We launched this campaign in an effort to give the public an opportunity to participate in fundraising for the market. This project is huge and there's much work to be done, but we're excited that you all decided to take part in the journey with us.
You can still join us in fundraising by following this link or sharing it with your friends: https://www.givemn.org/story/Niiwinmarket
An Indigenous poetry reading featuring Linda LeGarde Grover, Kimberly Blaeser, Babette Sandman, and Rocky Makes Room for Them was hosted at AICHO this October, with music by Lyz Jaakola.
Organized by Duluth Poet Laureate Gary Boelhower, the event included an invitation for other Indigenous people to share a poem or two as part of the open mic portion of the event. For further information, please contact Gary Boelhower, email@example.com
The Duluth Poet Laureate Project was co-sponsored by the Friends of the Duluth Public Library, Lake Superior Writers, the English departments at UMD and CSS, and Lake Superior College. Please visit www.duluthpoetlaureate.org
Check out this video clip: https://www.facebook.com/wdse.wrpt.pbs/videos/529720714241696/
Powwow Highway is a 1989 comedy-drama road movie directed by Jonathan Wacks. Based on the novel Powwow Highway by David Seals, it features A Martinez, Gary Farmer, Joanelle Romero and Amanda Wyss. Wes Studi and Graham Greene, who were relatively unknown actors at the time, have small supporting roles. AICHO was happy to host actor Gary Farmer for a screening of the film and a meet-and-greet session with the community!
An incredible piece of activism and research was shared at our space, check out the description below of the Food Equity Timeline:
Many of us concerned with food and health disparities in our communities want to talk about the role that we can play in creating more just systems and fair outcomes for us all. We need opportunities to come together to reflect on the roles that policy, racial oppression, and social justice movements have had on our communities and our food system in a deeper context. At this training participants will walk along a physical timeline and explore how systemic inequities were created and reflect on the legacy we would like to leave for the future.
The present-day inequities in the food system are the result of hundreds of years of policy and action that favored white landowners’ interests over those of people of color and indigenous people. The brutal history of enslavement, divestment, and genocide - and the powerful stories of resistance to it - are obscured by today’s mainstream historical narratives. The Race, Policy and the U.S. Food System Timeline unearths these stories with the intention of informing present day actions to improve the food system for local communities.
For this Session, participants were invited to walk along a physical timeline and spend some time learning about how policies, decisions, and attitudes have intentionally shaped the food landscape we find ourselves in, and to understand that there has always been resistance and resiliency throughout that history. With this information we can ask ourselves “What is the legacy we’d like to leave for the future?” Knowing what we know, how can we use systems thinking and policy to create a more just, equitable, and regenerative food system? We’ll invite participants to use the supplies provided to add entries to the timeline as well as to envision what a different legacy might look like.
AICHO hosted a domestic violence awareness event this October in the Powless Center. The event included a community screenprinting sessions where folks could print MMIW designs as well as special screens created by Moira Villiard. The event featured other memorial activities.
Keep tabs on some of the exciting things happening at AICHO! Blog posts managed by volunteers as they are available.