About Us

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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.  The urbanization of American Indians has continued over the past three decades.  The 2010 U.S. Census reports that 78% of American Indians now live in urban areas and Little Earth continues its role as a central focal point for the local and national American Indian population.


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.



Little Earth Residents Association (LERA):

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.


Core Values
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.



Little Earth of United Tribes Housing Corporation (LEUTHC): 

LEUTHC, formed in 1994 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, owns and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all Little Earth properties.  LEUTHC’s mission is “to provide members of the American Indian community with the opportunity to live cooperatively in attractive and affordable homes.”   LEUTHC accomplishes its mission with a professional office and maintenance staff building relationships and communication strategies within the community and with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.


If you would like to be considered for housing in Little Earth, please download the application here: Housing Application.pdf


Little Earth Management (LEM):

LEM, formed in 2009 as a Limited Liability Corporation, operates as a subsidiary of LEUTHC.  For the first time in its history, Little Earth now self-manages and controls all of its properties through the formation of this housing management corporation. With considerable history in creating solutions to the most intractable of social and housing issues, Little Earth is well-placed to provide proven management experience to even the most difficult to manage properties.  Using culturally relevant programming and management methods, LEM now presents a progressive management alternative for all properties in need of strong, detail-oriented leadership.



Little Earth Neighborhood Early Learning Center (NELC):

The NELC, formed in 1998 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, owns and operates the NELC facility located adjacent to the Little Earth community.  The mission of the NELC is to “provide a community owned center whose leadership is committed to working with the little Earth housing community, American Indian families and the Phillips Neighborhood to maintain a neighborhood facility for culturally based early childhood education”.

The NELC creates neighborhood access to early childhood development programs managed by non-profit tenants, parenting education and family support services through the Omniciye program, in partnership with Hennepin County.  The NELC serves both Little Earth families and


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