Empowering Urban American Indians

Division of Indian Work's mission is to empower urban American Indians through culturally-based education, counseling, advocacy and leadership development. DIW has been a key contributor to the Native community for more than 64 years by providing programs such as Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP), Strengthening Family Circles, Healing Spirit and Health Services. 

DIW has remained steadfast with our goals, including honoring our Native culture, educating youth, developing leaders, strengthening families and providing basic needs. We will continue to provide these services for our beneficiaries including American Indian youth, adults, families and elders in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota areas with the dedicated and generous support from our many friends, volunteers, partners and donors.


YLDP provides American Indian youth with a wide variety of learning opportunities and academic support, including after-school tutoring, cultural enrichment, recreation and environmental and artistic activities.  More →


Strengthening Family Circles provides American Indian teens and families with case management, home visits, anger management groups, supportive housing and family violence prevention for adult American Indian mothers, fathers and expectant parents. More →


Healing Spirit provides education and assistance for Native youth in long-term foster care and those transitioning to independent living. This program focuses on American Indian male foster teens that have a history of significant disruptions in their placement. More →


Health Services operates a culturally specific food shelf, Horizons Unlimited, while also providing assistance and advocacy for Native elders and expectant mothers. More →


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