indigenous peoples, women played a central, important role
in their communities. As life givers, women looked after the
well being of the community. Women addressed unmet community
needs and were viewed as the heart of indigenous societies.
The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO)
is a Duluth, Minnesota nonprofit organization
established in 1993. AICHO grew out of a collective vision
of Native American women in the Duluth community who saw a
need for having a culturally specific organization to
respond to social issues impacting American Indians, such as
violence against women, poverty, and homelessness. Today,
AICHO is the only provider of culturally specific housing
and services in Northeast Minnesota.
Since its inception, AICHO developed a range of
programming, including a
domestic violence shelter,
scattered-site supportive housing,
on-site supportive housing, advocacy, and
cultural activities. Although traditional
Native American culture and practices are incorporated in
all programs, AICHO serves all persons in need.
AICHO’s operating philosophy is that every American Indian
woman and child deserves to live in a safe, non-threatening
environment and should be treated with dignity and respect.
AICHO was featured a Minnesota Housing Partnership Agency
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