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Northwest Indian Community Development Center Case Study

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Through a partnership with Pollen Midwest, we created a case study to learn how Northwest Indian Community Development Center is building an ecosystem of support and healing from a shared Indigenous framework, alongside social enterprises that provide innovative solutions and diverse sources of revenue.

Excerpt from the Case Study

In response to a drop in funding in 2011, Northwest Indian Community Development Center (NWICDC) shifted to a cultural model of operation, with respectful community engagement, listening and learning at the center. NWICDC draws on spiritual leaders, community members and staff to shape a model rooted in protecting the values by which the Ojibwe and the Dakota lived before the age of Western oppression.

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Embracing the teachings

A meeting with community elders led to an organizational shift to an Anishinaabe cultural value system — one based on listening and deep collaboration between programs, agencies and external program partners.

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Living the practice

NWICDC’s Aazhoomon Collaborative — Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming, the Miikanan Gallery, the Anokiiwin program and the Ombishkwe program — all serve different segments of the community but share a common vision.

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A shared direction

NWICDC builds partnerships with non-Anishinaabe agencies, promoting growth and health across all communities. This coordinated approach has improved the fortunes of many Native nonprofits in the region.


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