The Native Community Development Institute supports and strengthens the capacity of Native communities to reach their community development goals through collaborative, self-styled trainings, peer-to-peer workshops, and customized assistance.

With the guidance of MHP, participating Native communities build teams that convene leaders from across sectors to identify and tackle a project that addresses a pressing need in their community. Over 18 months, these teams participate in MHP-facilitated trainings and meet regularly to create a project plan — and receive individualized guidance from an MHP staff member throughout the process. Past projects include building a supportive housing complex, creating a center for workforce development, and updating a land use plan.  

Lodging and food costs provided!

Key Components of the Native Community Development Institute:

Contact: Barbara Dolan, Community Development Manager, at 651.925.5549 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Our Work in Action

Tribal teams collaborate on food sovereignty, affordable housing and more

Hosted by the White Earth Band of Ojibwe at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, the Native Community Development Institute (NCDI) met in May for its second two-day workshop. Similar to the Housing Institute, sponsored by MHP and the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, the NCDI is an opportunity to build capacity and foster regional collaboration among Tribal departments from three tribes in Northwest Minnesota. The White Earth, Leech Lake, and Red Lake teams have expressed interest in a wide range of issues, from land use planning to food sovereignty to increasing community engagement. Read the full story.


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