American Indian Community Housing Organization

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $15,000

Located in Duluth. Established in 1993, AICHO is a housing organization supporting previously homeless Native American families and those experiencing domestic violence. Led by Indigenous women, it is based in Indigenous values, especially the Ojibwe culture of local tribal communities.

Grant supports expansion of the Gimaajii Healthy Children’s Initiative, a youth food and gardening program for children ages 5-12 and their families, through the addition of health-based activities involving exercise and nutrition. The expansion will create additional curriculum to engage youth more deeply, based on growing and harvesting culturally based medicinal plants and food. It operates 5 days a week with a schedule of weekly gardening, maintenance activities, cooking, and academic support. This program is culturally based and guided by staff with knowledge of the Native spiritual value of food.