Elaine M. Statley

The Elaine M. Statley
2300 Cedar Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Phone: (612) 724-3129

A Place Where You Are Always Welcome
Open evenings, weekends, holidays and during school breaks

The Peacemakers Center was founded by Clyde H. Bellecourt to bring and maintain peace in the neighborhoods where American Indian families live. By responding to the cultural, spiritual and educational needs of young Native American, the Peacemakers Center reaffirms the values and traditions that have made Indian people strong. The center is committed to instilling these values among all youth.

Deep thanks to The Mcknight Foundation, the General Mills Foundation, the State of Minnesota, the City of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and our many individual donors and supporters.


The best ways of serving the needs of Indian Youths and their families in the community include the old ways. Our link to the past in the Indian neighborhoods has never been more needed than now as alcohol and drugs and the violence of gangs are robbing us of our young people....The Peacemakers Center is a partnership of MIGIZI Communications, The Legal Rights Center, and AIM Patrol. It is a place for youth who need help and freedom from drugs and violence. It is a process for community-based conflict resolution that recognizes the need for cohesiveness in the affairs of all who live in the neighborhoods. It is a true alternative fro young people and their families who can put their trust in the wisdom of elders to help resolve problems. In 1988 and in 19889, community meetings were held to ask residents, agencies, and individuals what should be done about the increasing violence, gang activity, and use of drugs and substances by younger and younger children. Everyone agreed that keeping the peace was of the utmost importance. Two things were very clear: the community needs to take control of finding answers and the community must take responsibility for helping young people toward healthy and productive lives. Since that time many organizations have joined the effort and are working toward finding solutions and bringing more resources to help fight the problem. Now that the dream has found a home, the beginning of the really hard work has to begin, and i t cannot be done alone. The Peacemakers Center needs partners of all backgrounds and abilities. We need donations of equipment that youth can use. We need the time of skilled people to help tutor and coach. And we need the funds to keep the momentum going. You are urged to give what you can to this community effort.

AIM Patrol is an organization built on the dedication of volunteers to keeping the Indian community safe. The Patrollers are out every weekend and are available at any time to provide special services to elders, women, youth and families. The Patrol is part of the Community Crime Watch program, and sponsors in partnership with other Indian organizations, the annual American Indian Movement Traditional Pow Wow, Concert and Youth Olympics each Labor Day weekend. The Patrol also sponsors with partners, On the Red Road New Years Traditional Pow Wow, feast, alcothon, and concert. And, it sponsors youth dances and birthday celebrations throughout the year. Beginning in1991, there were the beginning s of annual recognition feast for volunteers and helpers and the presentations of the Elaine M. Stately Peacemaker awards. The awards recognize outstanding work done during the year. AIM Patrol is working to find more ways to address the needs of the Indian community by developing collaboratives and partnerships and by helping to keep the neighborhoods free of violence to assure all residents, businesses and organizations that citizens can work with public representatives to develop and maintain a peaceful community. The Patrol assists the families of crime victims, has volunteers who are CPR trained, and is on call 24 hours, seven days a week.

“We don't have a choice about paying attention to the needs of our young people. They are our tomorrow--today we have a responsibility to give them what each and every one of them deserves, a good life, a strong body, and understanding of what it really means to be Indian” --Clyde H. Bellecourt

Services are available too all youth and their families.


You can choose from a wide range of creative activities or you can participate in traditional cultural events. Lots of helping hands are needed and welcome!

* Sweat Lodge. Pipe Ceremonies, Sundance, Traditional Pow Wows, other activities for American Indian Youth and their families.

*Drum and Dance Group
*Beading and Hand Crafts
*Maple Sugar Camp and Wild Rice Camp


*Counseling and Referrals
*Court Advocacy
*Alternative Placement
*Medication and Conflict Resolution
*Youth Gang Interventions

“This center is a place where you can get away from your family and problems. For other kids, its going to really help keep them off the streets.”---Roxanne Heinonen, 14

Athletic & Fitness Program

Healthy Lifestyles, Classes with exercise, Balanced Diet, and Body Toning and Building
*Boxing: All Nations Boxing Club


*Table Tennis
*Audio/Visual Entertainment Center
*Special Activities: Youth Dances and Field Trips


Skilled Tutors are at the Center to help in Math and English and to help with homework. Elementary and secondary tutoring schedules are posted n the center.

“As long as I have been with the Patrol, I have felt much better about myself--Maria White age 17....

I don’t have to look to alcohol to run away from my problems, I’ll just come here..and have fun in a good way.” ---Bernadette Eagle, age 15

You can help keep this dream alive make a donation to :

Phone: (612) 724-3129

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