American Indians are the single largest minority group in Duluth. It was decided that there should be a special advisory commission established to help, among other things, facilitate communication between citizens of American Indian descent and the City. The Duluth American Indian Commission (DAIC) was formally established in October 2002 to serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council and City Administration. The Commission’s primary goal is to assist in the development of policy, planning, and services, so as to ensure the American Indian community is incorporated in the decision making, future planning and stewardship of the City of Duluth. The Commission attempts to achieve its objective through three different methods: 1) increasing public understanding and acceptance of the American Indian community and culture, 2) developing process to institutionalize dialogue with the City Council, Mayor’s office and City departments, and 3) creating American Indian community involvement in other aspects of City and community affairs.
There are eleven seats on the Commission; the intent is that they reflect the American Indian diversity in the area. Membership on the Commission is by appointment of the Mayor, with confirmation by the City Council. City residency is not required for all members, as long as a simple majority of the members resides within city limits.
In addition to monthly meetings, DAIC has been holding annual Feast and Forums at different locations across the City since 2007. The Feast and Forums are gatherings that serve free food to visitors, followed with an open and informal public forum. This allows Commission members to listen to comments and opinions of citizens. The intent is to hear directly from residents, especially those who would not normally attend official public hearings.
Meeting Time and Place:
3rd Monday of each month at 5:00 pm, unless that Monday falls on a Holiday observed by the City then the meeting will be resceduled and identified below.
City Hall Room 303. Visitors and guests are always welcome to sit in the audience and attend the meetings. For further information, contact the staff at the Community Development Office at 218-730-5480.