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How We Make
Change

Education and outreach, community development, direct assistance: as Indigenous women, these core programs are not just our work but our lives. This is how we make change, and how we continue to build "the good life" we want for our families and for yours. 

Education & Outreach

Our workshops, small groups teachings, and resources foster understanding, creativity, and curiosity to encourage growth.

We focus on: 

  • Supporting Indigenous women, children, and families as they overcome generational trauma

  • Providing Indigenous community members with opportunities to learn about and reclaim their culture

  • Growing community awareness of important issues, both past and present

  • Building social capacity and cultural competency in workplaces and communities

  • Expanding resources, information, and historical records for access to all

CURRENT OFFERINGS

  • Indigenous Peoples 101

  • Anishinaabe 101

  • Implicit Bias Training

  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

  • Indian Boarding Schools

  • Land Acknowledgements

  • Parenting classes: Fatherhood is Sacred / Motherhood is Sacred, Linking Generations by Strengthening Relationships, Addressing Family Violence and Abuse

  • Seven Grandfather Teachings

Community Development

Our team works to build a just and sustainable community by changing underlying systems. While solving immediate problems help our community members keep their heads above water, it does not address the root cause of what is making us drown.

 

So, we are in it for the long-haul: we submit public comments at local, state, and federal meetings; we build coalitions; we write policy. By disrupting the status quo, we can put a stop to harmful policies and practices that keep us from living Mino-Bimaadiziwin.

Our focus areas include: 

  • Quality childcare and Early Childhood Education

  • Land Back and repatriation

  • Healthy families

  • Supporting Elders

  • Government acknowledgement of Indian boarding schools and inserting related curriculum into grades 8-12

  • Water protection

  • Voting rights & civic engagement of marginalized communities

PROJECTS


To learn more, click on a program to go to its page.

Direct Assistance

By providing funds, social support, and other resources to uplift community members, we provide direct assistance to people who need it most. With this initiative, our goal is to increase great opportunities for everyone in our community, especially women, BIPOC, and other disadvantaged groups. Access to the right resources can empower residents and grow their skills and confidence, creating a strong local economy and improving quality of life for all.

Our target audience includes:

  • Indigenous and marginalized community members

  • Individuals or families who need help navigating social assistance programs

  • Veterans and their families

  • Minority-owned small businesses 

  • Young adults, working parents, or others seeking to advance their education or career with apprenticeships, trade schools, degrees, or certificate programs

Due to funding constraints, our direct assistance programs are currently available only to those living or working in Emmet and Charlevoix counties. 

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Indigenous Emergency Needs Fund: 

 

Rental and utility assistance, food assistance, childcare payments, medical expenses, tuition assistance, transportation, and similar needs may qualify.
 

Open to those that self-identify as Indigenous who currently live or work in Emmet and Charlevoix counties, OR to individuals who are currently enrolled in the federally-recognized tribe of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.