ERIC Number: ED463909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
American Indian Capacity Building in St. Paul, Minnesota.
A 1996 research project in St. Paul, Minnesota, found high rates of poverty and unemployment in its American Indian population and a lack of connection between social service agencies and the Indian community. A follow-up project aimed to support the Indian community in identifying its own priorities for research and action. Eight focus groups were attended by 63 American Indian residents, community leaders, and program managers; all participants but one were American Indian women. Various themes emerged: (1) the need to bring together the entire St. Paul Indian community, which transcends neighborhood boundaries; (2) using American Indian gatherings as opportunities for cultural renewal and sharing of resources and information; (3) lack of services for Indian youth and the need for culturally specific youth programming to strengthen Indian values and combat substance abuse and violence; (4) the need for a multi-service community center for American Indians; (5) lack of transportation and childcare as barriers to Indian employment; and (6) lack of data on American Indians. Current initiatives include formation of an Indian Child Welfare Act group to address issues concerning out-of-home placements of Indian children, communication between county social services and Indian community leaders, and archdiocese plans to provide a community center building. Focus group recommendations and suggestions are summarized. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.
Authoring Institution: American Indian Policy Center, St. Paul, MN.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Saint Paul)