It's National American Indian Heritage Month. AICHO asked some questions to our Giinawiind Giginitaawigi’gomin: Together We Grow Youth Program participants to share their perspectives of what it means for them to be American Indian and what they would want to share with others about their Indigenous experience. Miigwech to these youth for their leadership, bravery and knowledge in sharing their Indigenous worldview with all of us. Let's listen to their Nibwaakaawin - their wisdom.
Date: October 1, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Gichi Ode' Akiing Park on 214 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN
Dr. Robert Powless (Oneida Nation tribal member) was one of AICHO’s biggest supporters. He strongly advocated and even gave his own money to make sure Gimajii Mino Bimaadizimin would be a reality. His family is having a Celebration of Life Ceremony on Oct. 1 at noon at Gichi Ode Akiing Park.
The last two years of his life, he would sit at the table in the Gimaajii Lobby and visit with children, family members and staff a couple days week.
Our arts gallery/events center is named after him, and about 5 years ago we held an honoring ceremony for him in the Gimaajii Gym. Hundreds of people attended.
Join AICHO and our community partners Mashkawisen and St. Louis County, Minnesota Public Health for a session with Sharyl Whitehawk recovery programs with culturally based teachings, ceremonies, and curriculum help Native American struggling with addiction.
Date: October 5, 2022
Time: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CT
Virtually on Zoom
Register by Friday, September 30, 2022 at 5pm.
Registrants will receive the Zoom link on Oct. 3
Whitehawk is a Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe tribal member and is a Level III Addictions Counselor & LADC at the Khunsi Onikan Native Women’s Treatment Program at the American Indian Family Center in St. Paul, MN.
This webinar/zoom is part 1 of a 3 part Indigenous Health Series that AICHO is putting together in partnership with St. Louis County Public Health.
Free and open to the public, but know that this will center on the American Indian/First Nations experience.
Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Behavioral Health Division via our Waaseyaa Healing Grant and St. Louis County Public Health.
Flyer: Moira Villiard
Our Giinawiind and Gimaajii kids participated in the Fond du Lac Band Gitigaan’s Gitigaan Wiikondiyag Garden Feast today. We played traditional lacrosse for a couple hours, went swimming at Kiwenz Campground, then toured the Gitigaan garden and ate food from the Feast. It was a full eventful day.
Miigwech to Giinawiind and Gimaajii Youth program staff Kayla Jackson for bringing these youth to this event where they got to learn about and reconnect with culture, traditions, Indigenous food and to the land. The youth also volunteered and helped at the event as well.
Photos by Ivy Vainio
AICHO held our first Tenant Dinner last night since the pandemic started. Tenant dinners are fun gatherings for AICHO housing families and AICHO staff to join together and share a meal at the same table and socialize. We held it on the Gimaajii Mino Bimaadizimin rooftop gardens.
Miigwech to AICHO Property Management, Children’s Program staff and Case Managers for this uplifting and beautiful gathering.
Gathering funded in part by St. Louis County, Minnesota.
Photo by Ivy Vainio
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