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2018 Bush Prize for Community Innovation Winners


November 14, 2018

The Bush Foundation is proud to introduce the 2018 Bush Prize for Community Innovation winners: six organizations that are extraordinary not only in what they do but in how they do it. These organizations are focused on a range of issues in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.

The 2018 Bush Prize winners are:

Capital Area Counseling Service

Pierre, SD

Mid-Dakota Education Cooperative

Minot, ND

Native American Community Board

Yankton, SD

Nexus Community Partners

Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN

Northwest Indian Community Development Center

Bemidji, MN

Springboard for the Arts

Saint Paul and Fergus Falls, MN


Amount: $500,000

Term: 24 months

Program: Bush Prize for Community Innovation

Bemidji, MN-In recognition of winning a 2018 Bush Prize for Community Innovation, this grant will advance the organization's charitable mission to provide culturally-specific, Native-led interdisciplinary services

Northwest Indian Community Development Center's (NWICDC) transformative, culture-first model challenges structural oppression, institutional racism and opportunity gaps for American Indians in the Bemidji area. Grounded in the Anishinaabe values of humility, kindness, love, respect, bravery and honesty, NWICDC advances healing and equity for American Indians and tribal nations in a region with a long history of racial tension and disparities.

NWICDC acknowledges the historical termination and trauma of Native people in all of its culturally-centered and community-driven programs. As a backbone organization in a community of Native-led organizations, and as a model for how communities can solve problems through Indigenous culture, NWICDC looks to the people it serves to own the answers, valuing collective input and the lived experience. The result is services that are personal, visionary and trusted.

NWICDC's responsive workforce development programs and innovative social enterprises not only create jobs but also promote self-actualization and choice, key elements in what NWICDC defines as a healthy life. NWICDC also partners with state agencies to advocate for equity and inclusion in funding and change policies and practices that perpetuate disparities. To accommodate significant growth in participation, NWICDC recently moved to a spacious new center in Bemidji, located centrally among the three largest Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota.

The Bush Prize for Community Innovation celebrates organizations with a track record of successful community problem solving. Bush Prize winners are extraordinary not only in what they do, but in how they do it. They work inclusively, in partnership with others, to make our region better for everyone.

Winners receive a package of recognition, including a flexible grant of 25 percent of the organization’s last fiscal year budget, up to $500,000.

Each year we award the Bush Prize in each of the three states we serve: Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, including the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.


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