Job Opportunities

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Little Earth is looking to fill 3 positions

Corporate Accountant Housing

Corporate Accountant Non-Housing

Development Coordinator

POSITIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL FILLED, with first review of materials to begin JANUARY 3, 2017.

Interested Applicants should submit a completed Employment Application Employment Application, cover letter and résumé to: or to Little Earth Human Resource Director at 2495 – 18th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

Job Opportunity: YDC Academic Enrichment Coordinator PT

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POSITION:  Little Earth (LE) Academic Enrichment Coordinator

    HOURS PER YEAR:  1040    Non Exempt After-school Hours/Evenings/Weekends



        • Assist in the design and implementation of educational programming for Little Earth youth in grades K-12, in cooperation with parents, Little Earth program staff, youth and schools that will result in increased academic success for Little Earth
        • Assist with research, design and implementation of curricula that are specific to the learning styles of American Indian children
        • Provide academic tutoring for Little Earth youth
        • Assist in health and wellness related activities for Little Earth youth
        • Assist with record-keeping, including but not limited to daily attendance and documentation
        • Assist with Little Earth special events
        • Assist with general operation of YDC
        • Attend meetings as requested
        • Other duties as assigned


        • Experience working with American Indian children in an educational setting
        • Some experience with Service Learning or Experiential Education is preferred
        • Knowledge of the American Indian and Little Earth communities
        • Good communication, facilitation and organization skills
        • Some knowledge of computer skills including knowledge of educational programs
        • A calm and positive attitude and demonstrated ability to be a constructive team player
        • Demonstrated experience in taking initiative to engage with youth in age and culture- appropriate activities
        • Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds
        • Dependable and accountable

        Successful candidates must pass background check.

        Application Deadline:  12/30/16 or until filled

        Interested Applicants should submit a completed Employment Application (click to download), cover letter and résumé to: or to Little Earth Human Resource Director at 2495 – 18th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN  55404.

Marty Good Bear Saves the Little Earth Christmas Present Program with Generosity

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Every year, the Little Earth Christmas Present Program is one of the organization’s most popular programs. It allows Little Earth parents to have presents to give their children on Christmas. This past Christmas however, the event did not receive an essential source of funding and was in danger of not happening. However, due to a generous gift from Marty Good Bear, a member of the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, the Christmas Present Program was stronger than ever!

Marty is the youngest of his family of many siblings. He cares deeply about his culture and people. A champion hoop dancer, he has two adult children and his son is serving in the US Army.

Little Earth board member Jean Howard remembers, “One day, a month before Christmas I was visiting Marty and he was telling me how he remembered Christmas as a young boy living on the Fort Berthold Reservation. Marty remembers he didn’t have much on Christmas. At the time it didn’t bother him, as his family did all they could to have a nice Christmas. But as a man he remembered and wanted to do something special for the Native children at Little Earth.” Marty told Jean, “I would love to help the children of Little Earth who have little for Christmas. This would mean a lot to me. I want to donate for this cause!’ Jean told him she was a Board Member of Little Earth and that she could set this up. He smiled and replied “set it up”!

Little Earth of United Tribes thanks Marty Good Bear for his generosity in supporting our community.


A Great Video About Global Poverty

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Meet the new Little Earth Employment Director Tiffany Hand

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I am so happy to be Little Earth’s new Employment Director!


I have lived, worked, and attended school in the neighborhood most of my life.  I spent the last 14 years in my 108 year-old house just a few blocks down the street.  I have a son, 16, who attends South H.S. and a daughter who turns 28 this month.

When I was a young teen parent, close to graduating, I had no idea what I was going to do after high school.  I couldn’t imagine that I would ever find a job that would allow me to live on my own.  The alternative high school I attended offered a program to help their teen parents obtain meaningful employment.  I was placed in a temporary job at a law firm.  The law firm ended up hiring me full time. This position opened many doors for me.

I am part of the Little Earth employment team that will be implementing new programs for the community.  In the near future we will have our own Little Earth based construction trade program for teens and young adults who want on the job training while they are finishing high school or working toward their GED.  We will also offer programs for all ages that include onsite and offsite paid apprenticeships.  Both employment programs will include small group training, one-on-one training, and support services to help with anything that makes it hard to get to the worksite, for example child care and transportation needs.

Even though all of our new employment programs are not yet in place, I hope that you will contact me if you have any questions about employment, a job search, interviewing, resume writing, or career planning.

I have spent the majority of my career in employment related positions.  Now, I have an opportunity to help create programs that will help people obtain meaningful employment.   No matter what your age, or job experience, I want to be of assistance to you.  I look forward to getting to know you.


Tiffany Hand

Little Earth Director of Employment



North Heights Lutheran Church Sponsors Little Earth Red Bears Basketball

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red bears jerseysNorth Heights Lutheran Church has generously agreed to sponsor the Little Earth Red Bears youth basketball program. Their logo will appear on the new basketball uniforms which were designed by local artist Damien Pettiford. Damien, who created the uniforms as a volunteer, will also coach this season.

The entire Little Earth sports program changed its name to the Red Bears to honor Trinidad Flores whose Indian name, Mihkosew Muskwa Inepoweek means Red Bear Standing.

The Little Earth 16 and under team is the defending Minneapolis City Champion and will return some of its most important players including Justin Brown, Emilio Reyes, Edward Roberts, Nate Boswell, and Kyle Martin. According to head coach Muck-wa Roberts, the team could be even better than it was last season. In a recent scrimmage against the team from East Phillips, Little Earth won 81-43. The Red Bears were ahead 29-0 at one point.

In addition the 11 and under team is shaping up to be a powerhouse this season. Led by the “Three Amigos” Jose, Ernesto, and Victor Rodriguez, the team will play a run and gun style that is sure to be entertaining.

For more information contact Nathan Ratner at 612-455-2813 or come by his office at LERA

Schedules will be posted around Little Earth so come out and support the youth. Go Red Bears!

Little Earth recieves $15,000 grant from Comast Foundation

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St. Paul, Minn. – Nov. 13, 2013 – The Little Earth Boys and Girls Club Extension has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation to support its Skill Tech program.  The digital arts program re-introduces culture to participants through technology and provides relevant, fundamental skills and a creative outlet for youth.

“The Skill Tech program provides youth with computer literacy skills, gang diversion programming and teaches the value of education as a pathway out of poverty. With financial support from the Comcast Foundation, we can continue to offer holistic, after-school educational opportunities for Little Earth students that include computers, cultural and social activities in a safe and nurturing environment,” said Bill Ziegler, President and CEO, Little Earth.

Little Earth will use the funding to purchase supplies for its digital arts training program, including computers, digital cameras, video equipment and robotics kits.  The materials will be used in weekly photography, video and robotics classes and labs.

“Comcast is proud to support Little Earth’s Youth Development programs that provide culturally relevant assignments and outreach.  By combining technology and the arts through interactive tutorials and hands on experience, Little Earth youth are exposed to new, creative uses for technology,” said Mary Beth Schubert, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Comcast Twin Cities.

Since Comcast started supporting the Little Earth Boys and Girls Club Extension in 2012, the company has awarded $30,000 of grant money to the Skill Tech program. Comcast also supported Little Earth’s attendance at the 2013 Boys & Girls Club Indian Country Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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.

About the Comcast Foundation:

The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—promoting service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $123 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at

About Comcast Corporation:

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal.  Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses.  NBCUniversal operates 30 news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts.  Visit for more information.


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Video: Wild Ricing 2013

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Check out this amazing video about our wild ricing experience!


Remembering Trinidad Flores

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Shortly before 9 a.m. on April 12, Cassandra Flores got the call she’d been waiting for: The University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital had a donor heart for her 16-year-old son, Trinidad.


“We were really excited and we were crying,” said his mother, who raced to South High School to bring “Trini” to the hospital. He had suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy for two years. This was going to be the start of a new life.


The 14-hour surgery went well. A room was set up for tribe elders and family to hold vigil. But a couple of hours later, “he crashed and his blood pressure dropped out,” said Cassandra. He had a massive stroke.


Word spread around Little Earth, a poor housing development in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis where the gregarious Trini had become a leader and mentor to other teens. Perhaps 200 of them filled his hospital room and flowed into the hallways. There were so many friends, some had to stay downstairs and come in shifts.


After all, Trini was the one with the quick smile and kind word, the first one to volunteer for an event and the last one to leave. He was the kid who raised the most money for the Indian Cancer Foundation and who brought food to elders.


If Little Earth had a program, Trini was in it, and usually led it. In a neighborhood where many kids don’t graduate from high school, he had diligently put money in a college fund. Not long ago, he was looking for a promise ring for his girlfriend, Danielle Pineiro.


“That’s the girl I’m going to marry,” he told everyone.

Their relationship “gave new meaning to the term ‘first true love,’ ” said his grandmother, Leona Flores.


The teen who still wrote his mother lovely letters, called her “mommy,” and dragged her everywhere, was so thoughtful that when he was 6 he said: “Mommy, I want to be an owner.”

“A what?”asked his mother.

“You know, when you die and give your organs to someone else.”

Trini recently got his driver’s license and made sure his status as an organ donor was on it.


Trini died at 12:55 Wednesday, but he was kept on life support so he could fulfill his childhood wish.


It is Indian tradition to start a bonfire when someone dies, to provide light for the spirit on its way to heaven.

So Trini’s friends gathered wood Thursday and started a fire that will burn for four days. As they worked, a heavy snow began to fall.


“That’s Trini,” said his aunt, Jolene Jones. “He loved cold weather and snow.”


Allicia Waukau knew Trini from Migizi Communications, a program that preaches success for American Indians. He was so proud of his heritage that when they were going to drop an Ojibwe language class he was taking, Trini started a petition and saved it.

“I don’t mean to idolize him, but he reminded me of a very spiritual person like a Mother Teresa,” said Waukau. “In two minutes he could console you, make you laugh and totally change your day.”


Trini was a skilled artist and he had recently begun to produce music. He kept score for Little Earth’s first basketball team in decades, which won the league championship.


“He was very thoughtful,” said his mother. “Everybody he met, he touched.”


Trini recently found the baby book his mother had started when he was born. He decided to write something back to her in it.


“Being your son is the best thing in the world,” he wrote to her.


Friday evening, friends and family gathered for Trini’s wake. Several people tended the fire in the courtyard of the American Indian Center. Inside, elders burned sage as the family gathered around Trini’s casket. Four people thumped a drum nearby.


Trini’s nurse, Jim Lynch, was one of the visitors. He had known the teen for more than two years, when Trini was implanted with a device to assist his heart.


“He was almost like a son,” said Lynch. “He had this facade [of being tough], but he had a big heart. Even with his condition, he was never sad or depressed. He was the class clown.”


“Things can be very hard here,” said Waukau. “But he was someone who could lift up the whole community.”