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We Are, All of Us Together
Building a Good Life

A case study of culture in
community development

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A great interview with Jonathan
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Henry Banks interviews American Indian Community Housing Organization leaders Moira Villiard, LeAnn Littlewolf, and Daryl Olson.

2015 Annual Report
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Ann Dunn's new book, Fire in the Village: New and Selected Stories featured on MPR
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In the News
New Center in Duluth Offers Housing for Natives Hoping to Start New Lives

Leslie "Les" Gibbs 2014 Community Diversity Award Winner

First Nations Development Institute Awards $165,000 in Grants to Six Native American Organizations and Tribes

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless:
A Youth Art Exhibit Educates Minnesota State Agencies on Culture and Community.


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Coming Up:

Phenomenal - Art Exhibition and Awards Ceremony
5:30 - 7:30 pm
The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) is excited to announce that they will be hosting an open call art exhibit honoring phenomenal women of color. The exhibit will open with a reception on Saturday, March 10th at 5:30 p.m. in the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center and will remain on view through April 9th. There will be a $10 suggested donation at the door of opening night, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Alongside the art show, AICHO will be honoring 10 women in what will be our first annual AICHO Phenomenal Woman Awards, including Karen Diver, Marlene Diver, Victoria Ybanez, Mary Ann Walt, Laurel Sanders, Wendy Savage, Karen Savage, Tawny Smith Savage, Sarah Curtiss, and Jara McLarren. These women are being recognized for their consistent support of and involvement at AICHO, as well as their efforts to address various barriers in the community.

The art show will feature artists who identify both as women and individuals who are Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and/or Asian. Artwork will reflect imagery inspired by women of color, representations of womanhood as related to their culture, and/or equity in feminism within communities of color.    View the poster


SKIN(S) Rosy Simas Dance Performance
Skin(s) shares the beauty and diversity of how Native people identify and examines the contradictions, pride, joy, pain, and sorrow that arise out of our many dimensions of identity.  the dance explores what we hold, reveal, and perceive through our skin.   View the poster

Let's See What You See
Call for Cell Phone Photos
Resilience in the face of Climate Change:  For it's next "Let's See What You See" phone photography exhibit, AICHO is seeking photos illustrating the effects of climate change, traditional/cultural approaches protecting the environment, or that aim to spread awareness about problems/solutions related to environmental issues.  Click here to see the requirements.

Winter Good Life Biiboon Bimaadizimin
Local Arts and Crafts Market
3PM - 6PM
10AM - 5PM
Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 212 W 2nd Street, Duluth, MN. 
Food will be available for purchase.  Handmade holiday gifts, beadwork, spirit lake native products, textile goods, art prints, books, regalia, original artwork, pottery and more!  View the poster

Funding confirmed for our Solar Array Project

  • The Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation awarded AICHO $10,000.00

  • The Ordean Foundation awarded $20,000.00

  • The Red Lake Nation awarded $2,500.00

  • LHB, Inc. for donating $500.00

Funding confirmed related to healthy families:

  • The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) awarded $10,000.00 Healthy Eating Communication Success Stories award for our Reclaiming Indigenous Food Systems program.

  • Essentia Health awarded $10,000.00 for our Healthy Families Initiative program. The monies will support program activities, Urban Garden supplies, and other items that will help achieve health and vitality within our community!

A Chi miigwech (Big thank you) from all of us at AICHO for your gracious donations to our programs that will help us serve others in our community.

In the News:

'Ganawenjiige Onigam': A New Symbol of Resilience in Duluth, Minnesota, Rewire 9/21/17

Mural Honoring Native  Women to be Unveiled in Minnesota, Forecast Public Art Review, 2018 Special Edition

The Duluth News Tribune featured an article in last Saturday’s newspaper about the AICHO Urban Garden with Katie Hanson, Children’s Activities Coordinator, and Gimaajii youth.  The article also touched on the Climate and Cultural Resiliency Grant programming that is currently happening and about upcoming programs and events focused on these issues.  Read the article here

Native statement: Mural nearing completion in downtown Duluth an image of protest

A Flurry of New Twin Ports Murals: Signs of the Times?

Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center of Duluth wears new mural with pride

New Mural Bringing Awareness to Issues Facing American Indians

Coffee shop, gallery planned in Lincoln Park

Store among AICHO's new additions

Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center ribbon cutting ceremony

Cultural Center Focuses on Native American Heritage, Art

A Night for Natives | Heavy Metal: Interviews with Ramona Mar, Moira Villiard and Vern Northrup on Henry Banks' People of Color - 91.3 FM KUWS 

May 25 NPR - Art Hounds Podcast

Interview with Moira Villiard, following Native American NHL legend Henry Boucha on Henry Banks' People of Color - 91.3 FM KUWS

American Indian Youth Digital Art Exhibit Featured at the Department of Human Services, AICHO youth take to the Capitol at MCH’s Homeless Day on the Hill and AICHO’s In-district meeting with Representative Liz Olson

KUMD: "Journey to Wellness in Indian Country"

Ann Dunn's new book, Fire in the Village: New and Selected Stories featured on MPR Listen here

Lake Time Magazine Article
Page 1  | Page 2  |  Page 3

AICHO Receives Awards

Men as Peacemakers

Take Action MN

Layers of Meaning: Anishinaabe artist adds personal stories, modern touch to traditional look.  
- Duluth News Tribune

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless - Tribal Organization Update: Spotlight on AICHO
A large part of Tribal Organizing at the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless (MCH) is centered in building strong relationships with American Indian Communities and to learn more deeply about effective and creative solutions... [Read More]



First Daughter and the Black Snake
Film Screening Event | Sat. June 3
Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center,
202 W 2nd Street, Duluth, MN
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On the Cutting Edge
Papercut Art Exhibit by Ellen Sandbeck
Opens June 7 | M-F 9AM-5PM
Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center,
212 W 2nd Street, Duluth, MN
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Learn to Make Moccasins
with Wendy Savage

June 10| 10:00AM - 5:30PM
Two day class hosted at AICHO Galleries
202 W. 2nd Street, Duluth, MN.  Follow-up Class Wednesday, June 14th at 5:30PM  View the flyer

Ceremonial Pregnancy
Art Opening | Friday, Feb 24
Trepanier Hall, 202 W 2nd Street, Duluth, MN
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Original Artworks by Steveboyyi Makubuya, Kampala, Uganda
March 4 | 6:30PM
Trepanier Hall, 202 W 2nd Street, Duluth, MN
Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome!
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Paint Night with Leah Yellowbird
March 17 | 5:30 - 8:30PM
A hands on painting event with instruction by Leah Yellowbird.  Materials will be provided. $40 fee paid at the door.  View the flyer

Saturday, October 15, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Lincoln Park Gallery Open House!
We'll have prints, original artwork, cd's, books, beadwork, wild rice, maple syrup and other products sourced from our local indigenous and artistic communities!  We also plan to have live art demonstrations.  (This event will be at our Lincoln Park location, 2301 W. Superior Street in Duluth.)

Saturday, October 15, 8:30 p.m.
Full Moon Ceremony
Traditionally, women wear long skirts or traditional clothes and partake in the main ceremony, followed by a feast, while men tend the fire.  Contact us if you have questions!
Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m
Extraordinary Native Vote in 2016
with nationally known journalist and speaker, Mark Trahant.

Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Life House Variety Show

AA and NA Meetings with Frank Goodwin are scheduled every Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Sept 15 | 5:30-7:30PM
Book Release: Making Waves

Come celebrate the release of Making Waves: Grassroots Feminism in Duluth and Superior.  Talk and book signing by Beth Bartlett.  Music by the Oshki Giizhik Singers and Wild by Nature. Refreshments Provided.
 Trepanier Hall: 202 W. 2nd Street

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July 15 | 6PM
Let's See What You See
Opening Reception

A juried cellphone photography exhibit.
Exhibit runs from July 15 - August 5 in the Aicho Galleries. 202 West Second Street, Duluth, MN 55802

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June 17 | 5:30-7:30PM
Art Opening -
Laura Youngbird & Leah Yellowbird

Art Opening is open to the publich with music by Jake Vainio.  Laura Youngbird featured in Gimaajii Gallery 202 W. 2nd Street, and Leah Yellowbird featured in Trepanier Hall: 212 W. 2nd Street

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April 29 | 5:30-7:00
Opening Reception

Hosted by Karen Savage-Blue.  Exhibit runs through May 12th in the Gimaajii Gallery. 202 West Second Street, Duluth, MN 55802

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April 29 | 7:00-10:00PM
Open Mic Night

Trepanier Hall
Omaa Oniigamiinsing dazhigin and Life House Spring Variety Show. Hosted by Gabe Mayfield and Oshki Giizhik Singers.

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May 13 | 5:00-7:00PM
Re-Exhibition Reception

A celebration of art and research that portrays collective, ongoing wellbeing.   Exhibit runs through June 3rd in the Trepanier Hall. 212 West Second Street, Duluth, MN 55802

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March 21 - April 18
Gordon Coons, Ojibwe/Ottawa

Opening March 21 though April 18, from 9am - 5pm.  Artist Reception, April 8th at 5:30PM. Event open to the public.  Gimaajii Gallery. Click image to view larger.
202 W. Second Street, Duluth, MN 55802

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March 4 | 5PM
What's Left
Lives Touched by Suicide

Opening reception and community event.
Includes speakers, live music, food, and a chance to meet the featured artists.
American Indian Community Housing Organization,
202 W. Second Street, Duluth, MN 55802

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March 4 | 5PM - 7PM
Dawn of Redemption
Exclusive Youth concert
Album release project
Gimaajii Building (AICHO)
202 W 2nd St.
Ages 8-18

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Through Jan 22
SAMI: Walking with Reindeer
Photographs by Erika Larsen
Exhibit Opening Reception
Trepanier Hall - 202 W. 2nd Street, Duluth
Exhibit Dec 18-Jan22
A stunning collection of photos taken by National Geographic photographer Erika Larsen during her stays with reindeer herding Sami of Norway and Sweden 2007-2011

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Jan 8 | 6PM, Concert 7-9PM
Annie Humphrey
CD Release and Art Show
Trepanier Hall - 212 W. 2nd Street, Duluth
Art Show Opening: 6PM
Concert: 7-9PM
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Nov 13 | 5:30-7:30PM
Slats Fairbanks
Opening Reception
202 W. Second Street
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Nov 20 | 5:30-7:30PM
Asemaa "The Vessel of Creation"
Art show food and door prizes. Featured artists included: Carl Gawboy, Karen Savage Blue, Wendy Savage, Vern Northrup, Jonathon Thunder, Charles Nahgahnub, Joyce LaPorte, Robin Bellanger, and Larissa Greensky.  Download this flyer for details.

Nov 27-28 | 10AM-5PM
Biiboon Bimaadizimin
3rd Annal Art & Craft Sale .  30 Vendors, food and music in Trepanier Hall.
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Oct 30 | 11AM-1PM
Halloween Chili Cook & Job Fair
202 W 2nd Street
Sample delicious chili flavors, ranging from Tradition to Wild Rice, Squash, Pork and Green Chili.  $5 suggested donation, all proceeds go to gifts for families in need at AICHO.  We will also have delicious Fry Bread made as well.  All are welcome to attend.   Download this flyer for details.

Nov 6 | 5:30-7:30PM
Leah Yellowbird's Magical Journey
Opening Reception
212 W. Second Street - Trepanier Hall
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Sept 22 | 7PM
Twin and #theIndianheadband
Trepanier Hall 212 W 2nd Street 
As part of the Mississippi River Music Armada tour... Come listen to Hypno-folk duo, TWIN deliver timely gooves and fresh musical commentary on American life as observed from their canoe journeys... Lyz Jaakola's latest project, #theindianheadband opens featuring the growing extended family playing songs by, for and about American Indians but in fresh arrangements.  Download this flyer for details.

Sept 24 | 6PM-9PM
Feast and Forum
Trepanier Hall 202 W 2nd Street 
Th City of Duluth's Indigenous Commission invites you to the annual Feast and Forum.  This yearly celebration will be open to the public.  We will be discussing findings from Ethnographic study from Dr. Bruce White.  All community members are welcome.  Dinner will be potluck so bring a dish to share.  Download this flyer for details.

Sept 14 | 5PM-9PM
World Cafe Conversation
Trepanier Hall 212 W 2nd Street 
The Minnesota Indian Business Alliance is please to invite you to be our guest at a World Cafe conversation to get a the heart of how we can increase and sustain American Indian owned business both in and outside our tribal communities.  A family style meal will be served at 5PM.  Attendance is limited to 36 entrepreneurs.  Registration is required.  Download this flyer for details.

Aug 5 | 7PM-8PM
Life House Rising Stars Variety Show
Trepanier Hall 202 W 2nd Street 
$5 suggested donation
Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, Classical, Poetry!

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Aug 6 | 5PM-7PM
Plains Art Museum: Creativity Among Native American Artists Initiative
Gimaajii American Indian Center
202 W 2nd Street 
Please join us for an informational meeting:
A new initiative to increase visibility of Native artists in the region of MN, WI, ND and SD through expanded exhibition, professional development and programming opportunities.  Presented by Laura Youngbird, Native American Arts Program Director.

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May 22 | 6PM - 8PM
Leah Yellowbird Art Show
Opening Reception: Friday, May 22nd
from 6-8PM Gimaajii-Mino-Bimaadizimin Gallery. 
202 W. 2nd Street.

Free and Open to the public

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May 15 | 6PM - 8:30PM
Into the Peripheral
A Group Exhibit at Trepanier Hall
Artists include: Karen Savage, Wendy Savage, Moira Villiard, Vern Northrup, Ivy Vainio, Leah Yellowbird, Steve Premo, Robin Bellanger, Johathan Thunder and more!

Free and Open to the public

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Feb 14 | 5:30PN-7:30PM
(In the Midst of the Season in Sawyer)
Apiitok Oma Gwaaba'iganing
Trepanier Hall - 212 W. Second Street, Duluth
A gallery captured and compiled by Vern Northrup.  Hosted by AICHO
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Dec 3| 11-1PM
Chili Cook-Off
Fundraiser for the Gimaajii Holiday Party 
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Nov 21 | 5-8PM
Steven Premo - Opening Reception
Trepanier Hall - 212 W. Second Street, Duluth
Music and Refreshments
Free and open to the public, the artist will be present.  
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Oct 15 | 10AM-2PM
Project Homeless Connect
Gimaajii Building 202 W. 2nd St
Free Services - Free Lunch
Housing and Employment, Bicycle Maintenance, Hepatitis C Testing, Blood Pressure Screening, Haircuts, Foot Care, Flu Shots, Youth Services and much more.  1PM listening session with elected officials.
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July 25 | 5:30-7:30PM
Northern Women - Below Zero Windchill Creations
A gathering of women creators of art exhibition at Gimaajii Mino Bimaadizimin.  FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Refreshments will be served.
Featured Artists: Wendy Savage, Karen Savage-Blue, Joyce LaPorte, Roberta Marie, Ellen Sandbeck, Laurel Sanders, Carolyn Olson.
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April 4th | 5-7PM
Landscapes of Northern Minnesota Art Show by Karen Savage-Blue
Join us for music, door prizes, food and refreshments during the art show reception on April 4th in the Gimaajii Gallery.
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March 29th| 7-9:30PM
Music by Jim Hall!
Join us for this fun music event. Admission is $5
Trepanier Hall - 202 W. 2nd Street, Duluth, MN
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March 20th | 1-5:30PM
National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Presentations, testing, food, information, prizes and pregnancy prevention play at 5:00PM
Trepanier Hall - 202 W. 2nd Street, Duluth, MN
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