Saturday, December 05, 2009

Kick-off for the construction of the American Indian supportive housing project

Caption: Sheery Sanchez TIbbetts, executive director of AICHO (Photo by Naomi Yaeger-Bischoff)

The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) held a construction kick-off for the Gimaajii project.

The Gimaajii will create 29 units of permanent supportive housing and an American Indian Community Center in the old YWCA building at 202 W. Second St. in downtown Duluth.

The kick-off included a self-guided tour, welcoming drum songs, a pipe ceremony by Jeffery TIbbetts, words from: Sherry Sanchez Tibbets - executive director of AICHO, Laura Kadwell - Minnesota director for Ending Long-Term Homelessness, David Danz - planner with the Grand Portage Band of Chippewa and Robert E. Powless, PhD. project funder a past chairman of the Duluth Indian Commission.