The Minneapolis American Indian Center is a community center in the heart of the American Indian community of Minneapolis. It is one of the oldest Indian centers in the country, founded in 1975. We provide educational and social services to more than 10,000 members of the community annually. We preserve and support American Indian cultural traditions through art, youth and inter-generational programs.


Mary LaGarde – White Earth Nation
Executive Director
(612) 879-1750

Jack Auginash – White Earth Nation
Associate Director
(612) 879-1706

Linda Harris
Development/Evaluation Coordinator
(763) 670-7512

Sherri Villebrun 
Front Desk
(612) 879-1700

Chuck Stately – Red Lake Nation
Maintenance Engineer
(612) 879-1756

Finance Dept. Contact:
(612) 879-1707

Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act

Brian Joyce – White Earth Nation
Program Director
(612) 879-1770

Vicky Reyes – Leech Lake
Career Counselor
Main Line: (612) 879-1727  
Work Cell: (612) 554-2359

Valerie LaFave – Red Lake Nation
Employment Counselor
Main Line: (612) 879-1710 
Work Cell: (612) 590-9369

Native Culture Language Arts Network

Cheryl Secola – Bois Forte
Program Director
(612) 879-1783

David “Memegwesi” Sutherland – Oji-Cree Band of Constance Lake First Nations
Language Instructor
(612) 879-1743

Lumhe “Micco” Sampson – Seneca/Mvskoke
Program Assistant

Native Fitness & Nutrition

Colette Lawrence – Leech Lake
Native Elders FAN Coordinator
(612) 879-1703

Andrew Newton
NEST Online Program Coordinator
(612) 879-1731

Ginew/Golden Eagle

Main Line: (612) 879-1708
GE Cell: (612) 308-6314 

Yeeleng “G” Vue
Tobacco Prevention Coordinator
(612) 879-1772

Ashley Cook
Ginew/Golden Eagles Youth Coordinator
(612) 879-1766

Indian Child Welfare Act Program

Laura Newton – Lac Courte Orielles
Program Director
(612) 879-1714

Kelly Morgan – Red Lake Nation
Tribal Liaison
Main Line: (612) 879-1725 
Work Cell: (612) 419-1244

Mikayla Maxwell
Tribal Liaison
Main Line: (612) 879-1724  
Work Cell: (612) 554-2359

Renay Tolbert – White Earth Nation
Family Stability Advocate
(612) 879-1735

Jessy Beaulieu – Red Lake Nation
ICWA/Bright Beginnings Case Manager
Main Line: (612) 879-1705  
Work Cell: (612) 616-2352

Indigenous Women’s Life Net

Rachel LaRose – Fond Du Lac
IWLN Program Coordinator/Case Manager
Main Line: (612) 879-1784  
Work Cell: (763) 290-2353

Congregate Dining

Provided by Presbyterian Homes & Services

Two Rivers Art Gallery

Woodland Indian Crafts
Gift Shop

Charlie Stately – Red Lake Nation
(612) 874-7766

Gatherings Cafe

Brian Yazzie – Dine/Navajo
Executive Chef
(612) 879-1753

Board of Directors

Sam Olbekson – White Earth Nation
Principal, Director of Native American Design
Cuningham Group

Eileen Briggs – Red Lake Nation/ White Earth Nation
Vice President
Bush Foundation

Kit Fordham
Executive Director
Bii Gii Wiin CDFI

Dawn Paro – Leech Lake Ojibwe
Case Manager
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

David Cournoyer – Rosebud Sioux
Board Member
Plain Depth Consulting

Cheyenne Erickson – Leech Lake
Board Member
Neighborhood and Community Relations

Ex Officio Members

Representative Karen Clark
Minnesota State Representative

Frances Fairbanks – Red Lake
Retired Executive Director
Minneapolis American Indian Center