The Minneapolis American Indian Center is a community center in the heart of the Indian community of Minneapolis. It is one of the oldest Indian centers in the country, founded in 1975. The MAIC provides educational and social services to more than 10,000 members of the community annually. It preserves and supports American Indian cultural traditions through the arts, youth and intergenerational programs.
MISSION: Provide excellent services that help meet the needs of the American Indian community within a foundation of cultural values.
Incorporated as nonprofit in 1974, the Minneapolis American Indian Center has a rich history as one of the first urban American Indian Centers in the country providing services otherwise often unavailable for urban American Indians. The Minneapolis American Indian Center was initially formed by community members, and continues its roots today with majority American Indian leadership and staffing.
The Minneapolis American Indian Center is focused on serving a large and tribally diverse urban American Indian population, numbering well over 35,000 in the eleven County Minneapolis-St. Paul metro areas. Our mission is lived through programs that are guided by strong Native values that include preserving and supporting cultural traditions through the arts, and intergeneration programs promoting healthy lifestyles.
Identifying and celebrating our history, traditions and cultural strengths
Respecting the wisdom of our elders
Following the spiritual principles of our people
Fostering the belief that life can be better for all generations
Collaborating with all facets of our community and others
Respecting our differences and working to do what is right for our people