Department of Indian Work Recognized with Circle of Excellence Award

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has recognized Interfaith Action’s Department of Indian Work (DIW) with a Circle of Excellence Award for its efforts as a member of the American Indian Food Security Work Group.

“The challenges our communities are facing require us to rethink how we do our work to ensure people are able to meet their basic needs,” said Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead. “The organizations we’re honoring this year have partnered together and stepped up in really creative ways to ensure all Minnesotans have access to essential services.”

The American Indian Food Security Work Group members were cited for their work to create access to nutritious, stable food and resources during the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to DIW, the honorees included Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Lower Sioux Indian Community, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Prairie Island Indian Community, Red Lake Nation, Upper Sioux Indian Community, White Earth Nation, American Indian Community Housing Organization, Division of Indian Work and Northwest Indian Community Development Center.

Congratulations to the staff and volunteers of DIW!