A nonprofit organization

MIGIZI was founded in 1977 as Migizi Communications, Inc. with a goal of countering the misrepresentations and inaccuracies about Native people in the media. MIGIZI's first weekly radio production, The Native American Program, set the stage for First Person Radio and its nationally distributed programming and was spearheaded by American Indian university students and journalists, with special mention to MIGIZI's first president and cofounder, Laura Waterman Wittstock. 

The journalist and student group chose the name “MIGIZI,” bald eagle in the Ojibwe language, for the organization because the bird signifies communication as well as guardianship and high standards. These elements were what the group wanted for the organization to aspire to – excellence of communication, guardianship of the public trust and high standards for reporting and ethics.

Since then, we at MIGIZI have expanded our services and offerings as innovators in emerging industries. By providing skills in these industries to our young Native people, we hope to not only provide an engaging endeavor to enjoy, but to foster a professional career, social and emotional well-being, and cultural identity. 

MIGIZI acts as a circle of support that nurtures the development of Native American youth in order to unleash their creativity and dreams – to benefit themselves, their families and community. MIGIZI puts youth first, supporting youth-driven activities that fully engage youth in a self-directed path to holistic wellness and to success in education and employment.  


MIGIZI provides a strong circle of support that nurtures the educational, social, economic and cultural development of American Indian youth.


For our youth

American Indian youth are acknowledged and honored for their sacred gifts and boundless potential, which they share—as leaders—with their communities and nations.

For our organization

MIGIZI's circle of relationships is part of a broader movement that advances success, well-being and social justice.

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Arts & Culture Education Children & Family

BIPOC community

BIPOC led, BIPOC serving

Significantly impacted by pandemic

Significantly impacted by pandemic


3017 27th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406



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