Letter of Separation

Dear Friends,

In the life of a nonprofit organization, there is often change—some good, some bad, most bittersweet.

It is with the latter in mind that we write to let you know that after a mutually beneficial partnership of 65 years, the boards of directors of both the Division of Indian Work (DIW) and the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches (GMCC) have decided to separate our organizations. 

GMCC is in the midst of making strategic changes to position itself for the future. This presents an opportune time for DIW to pursue its long-time desire to have its own tax-exempt status and truly be an American Indian-led organization. Both organizations are excited to take this next step! DIW anticipates new opportunities to strengthen and grow the services we have offered our American Indian community since 1952. 

2017 will be a year of transition and both boards will be working together to ensure the process goes smoothly and that services to our people will not be impaired. DIW has created a Frequently Asked Questions page on its website at www.diw-mn.org. We invite you to visit the page for more information.

If you have further questions, please feel free to reach out to us. We will be happy to answer other questions or address any concerns you may have.

Thank you for your support over these many years. We hope you will continue to partner with us to serve American Indian families. We welcome your company as we embark on an exciting future for the organization and our community.

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) is available here. 

With respect and warm regards,

Louise Matson
DIW Executive Director

Robert A. Blaeser
DIW Board Chair