Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Albuquerque Indian Center to Receive Money to Equip Newly Renovated Kitchen

The Albuquerque Indian Center, located at 105 Texas St in the SE Heights of Albuquerque, provides services and programs that cater to the Native American Community.

The AIC strives to empower the community by promoting wellness, healing, self-sufficiency, traditions, and to educate and inform public about the indigenous culture in Albuquerque.

The large Native American community in Albuquerque benefits from the AIC and will continue to because the Albuquerque City Council has approved $5,500 for kitchen equipment in their newly renovated kitchen.

After inviting City Councilor Rey Garduño to the center, Garduño was able to amass support from the Council to appropriate money to equip the kitchen.

The equipment and kitchen will provide a space for the center to conduct cooking classes, restaurant business trainings, and their large community meals. Their goal is to be an asset by providing not only kitchen training but business training to community members that are looking to open a small business or restaurant. Giving aspiring entrepreneurs all the tools they will need for a new business.

The AIC also hosts community meals 2-3 times a year as well as food, clothing, and jacket give-aways. The AIC’s last give-away attracted about 500 people.

The AIC is not only available to Native Americans, from the total amount of people served, 70% is Native American, 20% Hispanic, and 5% mixed.

There will be a press conference and check distribution at the Albuquerque Indian Center TODAY at 2:00 pm. The AIC staff and board will be joined by City Councilor Rey Garduño.

1 comment:

JudyW said...

I truly do not mind that the city is sending funds to the organization at 105 Texas Street, but I do mind that this place misrepresents itself as an American Indian Center. A city memo dated October 9, 2006 states that renovation and acquisition of a building across the street will house a program that assists an estimated 150 Native Americans each year. What about the rest of us??? What about collaboration with other Native American organizations? What about holding publicized community meetings (in the tradition of many of our tribes?) What about hiring more Native Americans, including having a Native American Director? If this agency can't do these things for the Indian community,it can at least take "Indian" out of its name to respect our community's reality. Thank you.