Mary LaGarde

Mary LaGarde is the executive director of the Minneapolis American Indian Center and has 25 years of nonprofit experience in program services, including management and development. In 1994, she established a therapeutic preschool for American Indian children at the Little Earth of United Tribes Housing Development in Minneapolis. In 1999 she managed the opening of the Little Earth Neighborhood Early Learning Center, and has developed numerous programs for the American Indian community in Minneapolis. In 2008, Mary received the DreamMaker Award from the Ann Bancroft Foundation and in 2014 was recognized at the University of Minnesota’s American Indian Student Cultural Center’s Honoring American Indian Women Luncheon. In 2016, Mary was named a Local Public Health Hero by the City of Minneapolis’ Health

She has a B.A. in Sociology/American Racial and Multicultural Studies from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) and is a member of the White Earth Nation.

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