"All Indian tribes have names for themselves. The largest Indian group in Minnesota calls itself Anishinaabe, which means, 'the original people.' Europeans named them Ojibwe. Some Europeans had trouble saying Ojibwe, pronouncing it instead as Chippewa. But both these names refer to the same people." -- History of the White Earth Reservation
At MAHUBE-OTWA we cultivate new and existing relationships with Indigenous communities with a demonstrated commitment to Ojibwe culture and alignment with our mission. MAHUBE-OTWA serves as a liaison to tribal, regional, and state Native American advisory committees. At least 1/3 of the members on the MAHUBE-OTWA Board of Directors identify as Native American. Approximately 25% of people in poverty in MAHUBE-OTWA's service area are Native American, while only 7% of the clients we help are Native.
Mikinaak Gitigaan is the Native American name for "Turtle Garden". A gazebo at the center of the garden, with plants all around its perimeter imitates the shape or image of a turtle.
Community members met in May 2023 to make plans for converting open space on the west side of the Detroit Lakes MAHUBE-OTWA office building into a community garden. The following month, volunteers and staff added raised planter boxes and planted fruit trees, bushes, and flowers, including sacred American Indian medicine plants - cedar, sweetgrass, sage, and willow/dogwood. Over the summer a gazebo was built; children's sandbox, picnic tables, benches, and a pet-friendly dog station were added as well as crushed rock walking pathways. The public can use free wifi and electrical plug-ins to re-charge devices near the garden.
Everyone is welcome to plant, weed, water, dig in the dirt, or rest, play, walk, picnic, and observe the garden. This is community space with fruits and vegetables available for people to plant, nurture, and harvest food. The space is youth-friendly for children and youth to play and learn about gardening and our natural environment. In 2023, we will add signs explaining the various items in the garden.
Questions about the garden? Contact the MAHUBE-OTWA Indigenous Outreach/Tribal Liaison at email@example.com.
Below are listed what MAHUBE-OTWA is currently doing in our communities to promote outreach, equity, and inclusion.
Please click into the numerous Native American resources below, including podcasts, videos, and websites.