Annual Report

At Indigenous Peoples Task Force we are proud to use a culturally-based, comprehensive approach to strengthening the wellness of our community. That means that as an organization we defy categorization; we provide social services, offer arts programming, run a farm and so much more.

You might know about a few parts of our work, but do you know all of it? We hope you enjoy reading our annual report which, while only a partial snapshot, illustrates the breadth and depth of our work.

Sharon M. Day

Executive Director

22 youth performed in Ikidowin Youth Theater’s plays “Beishigo Asemma Tobacco First” and “The Water Play” on 5 different occasions in the Twin Cities and Duluth.

15 youth participated in the Marcy Elementary Water Walk and 6 youth energized the Lake Superior Water Walk community for a few days.

24 youth gained culturally based mental health and wellness skills through soccer and theater summer programming. 104 youth in total, ages 10-24, participated in IPTF programming.  

300 people gathered at the memorial event “Remember Our Loved Ones” to honor those lost to opioids or alcohol (pictured above). The 109 posters featuring the face of a loved one helped to break stigma and sent the message that this is a real health crisis that demands action. A mini “Remember Our Loved Ones” event also took place in Winona, MN.  

2 cohorts with a combined total of 21 young adults participated in the Healing Circle and Native American Internship Program. Of the interns who have completed the program, half continue to work in the Native community and others report they now work full-time and were able to move up to manager or other improvements because of their experience in the internship program.

The Indigi-Baby Food farm grew 745 pounds of Gete squash, 758 pounds Butternut squash, 245 pounds Rutabaga, and 72 pounds sweet potatoes. The first jars of Indigi-Baby Food were distributed to four different Native American community organizations including the Oklahoma young mothers program pictures above.

125 people attended the Return to First Medicines Gathering. 15 youth brought down the house with their fashion show which educated about the dangers of commercial tobacco use, vaping, and reclaiming traditional tobacco use.

Conducted 714 HIV tests; 1 newly diagnosed identified; 2 previously diagnosed,not-in-care identified.

Distributed 1,580 smudge kits, 32,000 condoms, 2,471 fentanyl test strips, and 63,726 syringes; 32,978 used syringes collected.

Made 714 referrals to housing resources and 32 referrals to treatment and care

78 overdose reversals reported from Narcan kits provided, 231 clients and community members received training in overdose prevention and response techniques.

$4 Million allocated to building Mikwanedun Audisookon Center in the State bonding bill. We have now raised over $11.7 Million, 97% of our fundraising goal.

$50,000 in matching funds will double donations for our visionary center for culture,art and wellness.