Halloween at Gimaajii! Cute and scary costumes, painting pumpkins, and trick or treating in the AICHO and Mending The Sacred Hoop offices. There were healthier options but, of course, candy. Miigwech to the tenants who helped decorate the haunted Gimaajii gardens and inside the building, especially Gerry, Eric, Mila, and others. Miigwech to the staff who helped with the day's activities! It was a great and thrilling experience!
Photos by Ivy Vainio
It was HARVEST day in the Gimaajii Gardens on Sunday, Sept. 28! Families helped harvest the vegetables, herbs, sage, tobacco, and melons. Each family got to bring some items home and the rest went to the Gimaajii kitchen. Everyone, from kids to elders, had fun. One parent said she wants to be in the garden more next year as she learned so much. One resident gave an offering of tobacco and spoke Ojibwe as she thanked the sage plants before she harvested them. It was a great day! Miigwech to AICHO staff Katie Schmitz, and Deb Smith, for their gardening and harvesting knowledge.
Photos by Ivy Vainio and Katie Schmitz
The American Indian Community Housing Organization is overjoyed to announce that we have been selected as a member of the Bush Foundation's Community Creativity Cohort 2.
AICHO is one of 40 organizations from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and the 23 Native nations that share the geography selected by the Foundation for its commitment to making art and culture central to problem solving. All participating organizations are either led by and serving people of color or Indigenous people, and/or are led by and serving people from rural communities or non-metropolitan cities or towns with populations of less than 50,000 people.
Each member of the cohort will receive a general operating support grant of $100,000 over a three-year period and access to other funds to help them improve their work and strengthen their organizations. Cohort members were selected from a pool of over 100 applicants from across the region. The program will officially kick off in Nov. 2018 in the Twin Cities at the first annual convening of the Cohort. More information on the Community Creativity Cohort 2 and its members can be found here.
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