The American Indian Community Development Corporation's mission is to provide culturally unique initiatives, housing and entrepreneurial programs that will strengthen American Indian communities.
You can find out more about our recent work by visiting our programs and services page or by clicking on the recently added items below.
In 2002, former Time Magazine photographer, Al Bonanno went on a visual tour of some of the scattered homeless camps with Dr. Ken McMillan of the Kola Program. These images emerged from the tours and were created for AICDC to continue expanding homeless awareness.
AICDC, in partnership with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, developed affordable homeownership housing for the Mille Lacs urban members living in the Ventura Village neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Under the "Self-Sufficiency in Urban Indian Communities Initiative," this project is the first phase of the creation of more affordable homeownership opportunities for American Indian families living in the Ventura Village and Phillips communities.
Located on East Franklin Avenue between the Minneapolis Public Library (Franklin Branch) and the Minneapolis American Indian Center, AICDC developed 78 units of affordable housing in two new buildings. Many Rivers buildings feature three floors of housing and one story of commercial space and underground heated parking. The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has partnered with AICDC to provide affordable housing to some of its urban members though a master lease of a number of units.
Founded in 1999, KOLA's mission is to provide culturally specific supportive services to chronically inebriated homeless American Indians. KOLA provides case management, healthcare outreach, daytime activities, health screening and referral services to many of the homeless American Indians who are chronic late stage inebriates.
Characteristics of a typical KOLA Client: