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The Little Earth Community unifies a culturally strong and healthy Little Earth Community, builds self-esteem and instills self-determination among Little Earth of United Tribes familes
Little Earth was founded in 1973 to create affordable housing in South Minneapolis. As the first urban housing complex with Native preference, Little Earth serves as a national model, at the forefront of American Indian migration into urban areas. Today, Little Earth is comprised of four organizations with a unified management structure. Each organization has a separate function, however all work cooperatively to build our community and create opportunities for Indian people to achieve self-determination.
LERA, formed in 1983 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, represents Little Earth residents on issues that affect the community and provides a voice for resident concerns. LERA also provides social, education, health and programs of opportunity to the community. LERA’s mission is "to unify a culturally strong and healthy Little Earth Community, building self esteem and instilling self determination in our residents." The association works to achieve our mission through holistic, culturally relevant programming for residents - from pre-school education to crime prevention, from teen mentorship to housing advocacy.
1. Reawaken and Strengthen Our Culture.
2. Live Respect and Accountability.
3. Inform and Empower.
4. Expect Education.
5. Create Hope in Countless Ways.
6. Grow Self-Determination.
In partnership with the Little Earth Youth Development Center and the Little Earth Boys and Girls Club of America to achieve its goals
- James Merle
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