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Division of Indian Work

The Division of Indian Work (DIW) has been a key contributor to the Native community for more than 64 years. Our mission is to empower urban American Indians through culturally-based education, counseling, advocacy and leadership development. 



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New! Donate with Amazon Smile! 

If you use Amazon you can now donate .5% of eligible purchases to DIW! The process is simple: if you are a first time user of Amazon Smile, simply go to smile.amazon.com and you will be prompted to select an organization to receive donations. Type in "Division of Indian Work" and you're done! Now, whenever you make purchases on Amazon Smile (works on web browsers, not the mobile app), .5% will be donated to DIW. If you have used Amazon Smile before, you can change your preferred organization in your Amazon Smile settings and information page. Thanks!

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Minnesota Monthly

May 1, 2017 - On February 27, the Division of Indian Work hosted the second annual LEAP benefit at the Metropolitan Club in Golden Valley. The Division empowers urban American Indians through education, counseling, advocacy, and leadership development. 

LEAP 2017 Recap 

February 27, 2017 - The Division of Indian Work (DIW)  is basking in the glow of a wonderful evening of giving and sharing at our LEAP benefit on February 27.  Over three hundred people enjoyed the food and drink, visited with old friends...and made new connections... while enjoying the beautiful ambiance at the Metropolitan. More →


20th AnNual Elders Picnic 

Sept. 22, 2016 - Today's Elders Picnic at Minnehaha Park was a huge success! A big thanks to Thrivent Financial's Action Team for providing us with gift bags for elders in support of our Health Services. Highlights included a Wisdom Steps Walk, music, free lunch, door prizes, raffle, activities, memorial honoring and more! Thank you everyone! More →


Aug. 29, 2016 - We threw a garden party to celebrate the 675 lbs of produce we've harvested from the Woju Wakan garden this summer in partnership with Minnesota FoodShare and volunteers! The free farmers market has featured everything from watermelons and raspberries to sage, squash, tomatoes, and fresh mint. More →


Aug. 25, 2016 - On behalf of DIW and it's board members, we extend a VERY big thank you to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) for their challenge grant of $65,000 which includes the installation of solar panels. Through partnerships and collaborations such as this, environmental stewardship activities, and charitable giving, SMSC seeks to embody Dakota values each day. More →

American Indian Freedom School 

American Indian Freedom Schools is wrapping up our 2nd Freedom School summer today.  In partnership with Children's Defense Fund-MN, DIW hosts the nation's first American Indian-focused school during the months of June and July. More →

Horizons Unlimited Farmers Market

Division of Indian Work's Horizons Unlimited food shelf and Minnesota FoodShare are joining forces this summer to offer FREE farmers markets every Wednesday from 12:30pm - 2:30pm as an extension of the DIW food shelf Horizons Unlimited. Horizons Unlimited (HU) addresses hunger by providing the only culturally-sensitive food shelf in the west metro serving the urban American Indian population. More →