“This area has a lot of spiritual significance to our people.”
AICHO grew out of a collective vision of Native American women in the Duluth community, who believed that every American Indian woman and child deserves to live in a safe, non-threatening environment and should be treated with dignity and respect. AICHO is now the only provider of culturally specific housing and services in Northeast Minnesota.
Recently, AICHO started building out programs focused on how cultural resilience strengthens the health of our natural environments. The organization wanted to use the rooftop of the cultural center for sustainability practices – a rooftop garden, solar panels, a rainwater collection system, a rooftop kitchen and more.
When Ecolibrium3, a Duluth nonprofit, received a Solar Market Pathways grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, they reached out to AICHO.