Helping Native people create the future they envision

Our work is founded on the belief that all American Indian people have a place, purpose and a future strengthened by sustainable community development.

  • NACDI initiates projects that benefit the Native community, often in partnership with other Indigenous-led organizations.
  • Our future is bright due to the resilience and vision of our ancestors
  • Founded in 2007, NACDI is approaching its second decade with a renewed commitment to the Indigenous values that helped our people persevere despite centuries of hardship.
Self Mission Statement:

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

What we do

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:

  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies

Get involved and visit them on the web at rotary.org

What’s the Word

What’s the Word Growth Acceleration Agency works with nonprofit and social enterprises, leveraging marketing, strategy, and organizational alignment to grow your organization quickly.

Our mission is served when we help a worthy cause attract more donors, volunteers, employees and sponsors to help serve their mission and grow their impact quickly and sustainably.

We’re grateful for this opportunity to work with Indigenous in Music and Arts to develop and promote indigenous artists and musicians while providing entertainment to the general public. For more about us, find us online at www.whatshtewordinc.com

Takoda Institute

Why Takoda?

“Takoda” means “all are welcome” in the Lakota Language.   Although, as a division of the American Indian OIC, we strive to help the American Indian community and incorporate Indigenous values into our programs, everyone is welcome in this building regardless of race, creed, age, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.  In 2018, in order to more clearly convey the connection between all of our programs to our participants, the Takoda Institute combined with the Adult Basic Education and Workforce Development programs under the singular banner of “Takoda”.   We believe that this will help everyone who comes into our door understand what we can do for them and that they are welcome.


The goal of Takoda Programs is to not only help people in poverty, who are un or under- employed, or seeking advancement in the workplace, but to provide an educational foundation that secures employment in positions that have opportunities for professional and financial growth. The organization achieves this by educating people from all academic levels and moving them forward to a more stable and thriving future. Most participants in our training programs have the ability to acquire hands on experience in their field by working with local businesses and nonprofits.  Visit them on the web at Takoda.org.


Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands

The Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands (ESIL) certificate is an exciting new educational opportunity at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver), where the term Indigenous includes Native American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hawaiian Native.  This first-of-its-kind program provides training, internships, and job placement opportunities for students interested in environmental issues involving tribal and non-tribal entities.

The ESIL certificate provides a unique training opportunity for students to combine a passion for protecting natural resources with a desire to communicate across diverse cultures and schools of thought.  We hope you will join us in this exciting educational opportunity! 

 Visit them on the web at clas.ucdenver.edu/esil.

Partnership with Native Americans

We call the principles that guide our work “The PWNA Way,” meaning:

PWNA works with reservation Program Partners who identify the needs in their communities that we can help them address.
We provide goods and services to our partners and work with them to plan and implement distributions and activities in their communities. This brings immediate relief, addressing basic day-to-day needs and supporting sustainability projects in tribal communities.

PWNA helps Program Partners enhance the reservation programs where they work.
By volunteering with PWNA, the partners learn how to work with outside resources, organize and advertise events, and recruit and coordinate volunteers. Their volunteers also build skills and confidence. This learning benefits reservation programs and builds community capacity for the long run.

PWNA gives preference to rural and remote communities with limited access to transportation and services.
Many who live on reservations reside in rural areas far away from health care, stores, schools, or employment opportunities. They also lack the transportation needed to get to the nearest town or facility. These are the areas PWNA prioritizes for service.

When a group is selected for service, PWNA strives to serve everyone in the group.
In addition to need, a group may be further defined by age, location, the partner’s service area or other factors. These criteria make clear who is to receive the service. Using this system helps to avoid any feeling of unfairness or partiality within the community — feelings that could undermine the effectiveness and credibility of PWNA or its Program Partners.

PWNA delivers only needed goods and services.
We work with Program Partners to understand what products are needed and in what quantities, then strive to match those needs with high-quality products. In other words, we do not “dump and run.” Dumping goods merely because they are available doesn’t guarantee a benefit. Some goods are unwanted or inappropriate, and this varies by community.

Delivering the wrong thing at the wrong time or to the wrong place can create a problem for the community. Thus, PWNA only delivers to our reservation partners and only delivers requested goods the partners say will help.  Find them on the web at nativepartnership.org

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