We sell quality gifts and goods with a mission of advancing, promoting, and investing in Indigenous and diverse artists and entrepreneurs.
OPEN ONLY FOR CURBSIDE PICKUP
The Creation Story By Karen Savage Blue
Turtle Island By Brian Dow
We carry Indigenous foods such as herbal teas, naturally harvested wild rice, maple syrup, maple sugar, honey, hominy, hazelnut flour, wild rice pancake mix, and white corn flour. We source our food from various local and regional Indigenous food producers. Our goal is to promote organic healthy foods in our local Duluth community
Indigenous First Sales
This year Indigenous First Art and Gift Shop has a few deals going on! We have 9 WEEKS OF FRESH HARVESTED GROCERIES ON SALE farmed by Native Wise LLC for $319.75, we are accepting online transactions and snap benefit snap benefit transactions for this CSA! You can also save $15 off your total purchase when buying an Indigenous or Intertribal Food Box! We are located at 202 W. 2nd St., Duluth MN. Our hours are M-F 10 AM – 5 PM for CURBSIDE PICKUP!
From the “Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men” study published by the National Institute of Justice in 2016, "84 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime, and more than half have endured this violence at the hands of an intimate partner. More than two-thirds of the women, or 66 percent, say they have been the victims of psychological aggression by a partner. Roughly 35 percent of women and 28 percent of men in the general population of the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.”
AICHO’s philosophy is that every American Indian person deserves to live in non-violent and non-threatening environment and has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
Dabinoo’Igan continues to serve victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. We continue to bring awareness on the issues that our community still faces: the impact of violence, housing and economic inequity, historical trauma, and racism.
Please consider purchasing our Honoring Resilience Shirt in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit Movement. Tomorrow (10/21/21) is #PurpleThursday, which is a national day of action each October during Domestic Violence Awareness month. It is an opportunity to raise awareness about domestic violence and an easy way for people to show their commitment to promoting healthy relationships.
The net proceeds of the Honoring Resilience Shirt will go to 50% Dabinoo’Igan Domestic Violence Shelter and 50% Giniw Collective!!!
We would like to acknowledge and give our gratitude to NSRGNTS for allowing us to use their design for our shirts & Moira Villiard for the graphic design of our shirt
September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation aka. Orange Shirt Day for both Canada and the United States. This day honors and brings awareness about the Indigenous children who survived and those who died at Indian Residential Boarding schools.
Did you know that Minnesota operated 16 Indian Boarding Schools? The United States had 350 government funded boarding schools from 1860 – 1990s where more than 150,000 American Indian children were taken from their families. Over 6,500 unmarked children’s graves have been unearthed at various boarding schools so far this year across Canada and the US. In June, the U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced a comprehensive review/investigation called the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative looking into the harsh injustices that occurred at boarding schools across the US.
Recently, AICHO was approached by Fond du Lac Ojibwe tribal member and elder Joyce LaPorte who asked us if we would make orange shirts to honor the children impacted by the boarding schools. We listened. We commissioned artist Larissa Greensky, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa in Michigan tribal member, who created the beautiful artistic design which Moira Villiard, Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe direct descendant, created a file to be used on t-shirts. The t-shirts were printed by Duluth Screen Print.
Summer 2021 Farmers Market Photos
Photo Credit: Ivy Vainio
AICHO honors the resiliency of Native American people by strengthening communities and centering Indigenous values in all aspects of our work; we provide housing and supportive services while also managing arts, cultural, and food sovereignty initiatives in Duluth, Minnesota.