The University of Minnesota Extension American Indian Task Force (AITF) was
established by the Dean of Extension in 2006 to improve representation and
access of American Indian communities to the University. The
interdisciplinary task force listened to and learned from community members
by visiting and building relationships on five northern MN tribal nations.
As a result, four tribal representatives joined the task force. Staff
development for task force members and University staff was provided,
leading to community-university partnerships coupling community interests
with university expertise and resources. Six educators were hired to work
with Tribes in northern Minnesota, providing culturally-specific programs,
pursuing interdisciplinary work, and fostering sustainable
community-university partnerships. Extension’s $10,000 annual commitment to
the AITF operating fund for three years helped leverage over $460,000 in
The poster was selected through a peer review process for presentation at
the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health 11th Conference in Portland,
Oregon May 12-15, 2010.
Martenson, Diana; Newman, Dawn; Zak, Deborah.
Listening, Learning and Responding: Community-University Partnerships in Minnesota Indian Country.
University of Minnesota Extension.
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