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Quick Metro Facts that support American Indian cultural corridor development.




Land and Housing

American Indian Cultural and Economic Corridor:

Over several generations, thousands of American Indian families and individuals have grown up and raised families in South Minneapolis. Today, dozens of American Indian organizations, businesses, clinics, and housing complexes can be found within a half-mile of Franklin Avenue(south).

Today, numerous forces are challenging this sense of American Indian place, identity and community. To preserve this sense of place, a comprehensive and collective vision must be developed that preserves and strengthens our community for the future.

To begin, NACDI is working to develop an American Indian Cultural and Economic Corridor Master Plan. This master plan will be developed around the strengths and assets of the Indian community and its surrounding area. This plan will be a vision for the future, a future that repositions the American Indian community as a self-sufficient and self-determined community.

American Indian OIC Predevelopment Agreement:

The AIOIC, located at 1845 East Franklin, adjacent to the Hiawatha Light Rail, is critical to the development of an American Indian Cultural and Economic Corridor. NACDI and AIOIC, under a recent agreement, have begun a predevelopment process. This will include title and survey work, geotechnical analysis, environmental assessment, and architectural concepts. The AIOIC will be the East gateway of the American Indian Cultural and Economic Corridor. AIOIC Arial Site Map

Regional American Indian Cultural Center:

Minneapolis boasts one of the most thriving museum communities in the country, with more than 57 museums in the Minneapolis area -- many of which rank nationally in their categories. This is great, but of course, none are dedicated to telling the stories and history of this region's American Indians.

The Minneapolis area is ready for a state-of-the-art American Indian Cultural Center that is dedicated to American Indian langauge, arts, history, music, peformance, research, education, story telling, and the list goes on.

NACDI has organized a committee to explore the creation of a Regional American Indian Cultural Center-- a place where American Indian stories and cultural life-ways will be shared for generations.

Entertainment and Media

NMTN/Fox Summer Institute:

Fox Entertainment Group began working with NMTN in 2000 when it launched the American Indian Summer Program. This one-week residential program brings up to 20 American Indian youth between the ages of 18 and 25 to Los Angeles for tutorials and experiential learning opportunities in the business aspects of the media and entertainment industry as well as in creative production. Now six years old, the American Indian Summer Institute becomes one component of a vastly expanded business partnership between NMTN and Fox.

In order to increase the talent pool of those most severely under-represented at FOX (and the industry throughout), Diversity Development designed this residential immersion program (the first of its kind) in 2002 and partnered with UCLA in its launch in that same year.

In 4 Years, 57 American Indian youth participated from 16 tribes across the United States including Alaska.

For more information, check out: NMTN/FOX Summer Institute

Native Media Pathway:

MIGIZI Communications, a NACDI partner, continues to develop methods and opportunities to strengthen capacity and interest among American Indian youth in the area of Media and Technology. Central to this work is the development of a partnership driven media training pathway that works with young people interested in careers and opportunties within media industries.


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