2014 Bush Prize Winner

Native American Community Development Institute Case Study

Through a partnership with Pollen Midwest, we created a case study to learn how NACDI developed a vibrant, resilient community that celebrates Native identity.

FROM POLLEN MIDWEST

EXCERPT FROM NACDI CASE STUDY

The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) grew out of research that showed outcomes for American Indians in Hennepin County had not improved substantially in the past 40 years. NACDI spent three years asking Native people what they wanted for their future, as opposed to what they needed to meet their basic needs. The gatherings resulted in a rich and bold vision for a vibrant, resilient community that celebrates Native identity.

RECOGNIZING TALENT IN COMMUNITIES

To transform Franklin Avenue from an overlooked street into a bustling hub known as the American Indian Cultural Corridor, NACDI led with an assets-based approach that emphasized individual contact to win over skepticism and develop a vision for the area founded in Native input.

PROSPERITY BUILT THROUGH LISTENING

The success of NACDI’s work hinges on keeping the American Indian community involved. NACDI celebrates Indigenous identity and culture, and continually creates opportunities for residents to give feedback on what’s working and what needs improvement.

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