“Takoda” means “all are welcome” in the Lakota Language. Although, as a division of the American Indian OIC, we strive to help the American Indian community and incorporate Indigenous values into our programs, everyone is welcome in this building regardless of race, creed, age, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. In 2018, in order to more clearly convey the connection between all of our programs to our participants, the Takoda Institute combined with the Adult Basic Education and Workforce Development programs under the singular banner of “Takoda”. We believe that this will help everyone who comes into our door understand what we can do for them and that they are welcome.
The goal of the Takoda Programs is to not only help people in poverty, unemployment or seeking advancement obtain a job, but to provide an educational foundation that secures employment in positions that have opportunities for professional and financial growth. The organization achieves this by educating people from all academic levels and moving them forward to a more stable and thriving future. Most participants in our training programs have the ability to acquire hands on experience in their field by working with local businesses and nonprofits.
Mission and History
American Indian OIC
Our parent organization, the American Indian OIC, was founded in 1979 as a practical resource to respond to the considerable education and employment disparities faced by American Indians living in and around South Minneapolis. In the years since its founding, the AIOIC has built a workforce of over 20,000 people from the entire Twin City area and tribal nations across the country and is a nationally recognized leader in the workforce development field. The mission of the American Indian OIC is to empower American Indians to pursue career opportunities by providing individualized education, training, and employment services in a culturally rich environment.
Although it was founded to support people of Native descent, the American Indian OIC’s resources and programs are available to all persons regardless of race, creed, age, gender, or sexual orientation.