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University of Minnesota, Ofc for Equity/Diversity
American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center (AIOIC)
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Mission & History

The mission of the American Indian OIC is to empower American Indians to pursue career opportunities by providing individualized education, training, and employment services in a culturally rich environment. The organization was founded in 1979 as a practical resource to respond to the considerable education and employment disparities faced by American Indians living in and around South Minneapolis. In the years since its founding, the AIOIC has built a workforce of over 20,000 people from the entire Twin City area and tribal nations across the country and is a nationally recognized leader in the workforce development field. Although it was founded to support people of Native descent, the American Indian OIC’s resources and programs are available to all persons regardless of race, creed, age, gender, or sexual orientation.


The goal of the American Indian OIC is to not only help people in poverty, unemployment or seeking advancement obtain a job, but to provide an educational foundation that secures employment in positions that have opportunities for professional and financial growth. The organization achieves this by educating people from all academic levels and moving them forward to a more stable and thriving future. Most participants in our training programs have the ability to acquire hands on experience in their field by working with local businesses and nonprofits while others are able to secure experience by working with our entrepreneurial programs such as Takoda Creative.


Contribute to building a stronger community and workforce by connecting with the American Indian OIC.  Support from individuals, local businesses, and foundations are critical to the success of the organization. Get involved in the following ways:


AIOIC relies on the generous support of individuals and teams to help out in a variety of ways.  Administrative support, helping clients seek employment in our opportunities center, and grounds clean up at season change are just a few. Please contact Katie Fitzpatrick to discuss available opportunities: or call 612/341-3358 ext.128


If you or your company needs a new employee, consider the graduates and skilled participants in our programs.  Each hold unique educational or professional histories that range from recent graduates to seasoned professionals that can fill entry level to higher qualified positions. Many employers also provide students with valuable hands-on work experience by hosting them for internships. Simultaneously, employers receive additional help in information technology and healthcare or administrative or social media support.  Internships can be schedule for a short project or ongoing.


All gifts, great or small, make a difference. Annual gifts allow key leaders at American Indian OIC to react to immediate priorities or to assist in accomplishing their strategic objectives. Your gift today can impact programming, outreach efforts and financial aid for students and program participants. Financial donations from individuals and companies are used to support the activities and daily operations of the organization as well as program needs such as text books, equipment, field trips, and workshops.