These inspirational meditations, prayers, and stories were written by an Ojibwe Elder and alcohol and drug counselor to speak directly to American Indians about their everyday experience of recovery from alcoholism. A combination of Ojibwe and Twelve Step spiritual principles and practices, along with stories from Indians struggling with recovery, create an authentic experience of the challenges and rewards of living sober. People from all tribes will recognize spiritual laws like Honesty, Sharing, Kindness, and Strength, along with traditional rituals such as offering tobacco with prayers, and can apply teachings from their own culture to these messages.

The importance of reliance on the Creator, the wisdom of Elders, and sober community support inform these writings to provide strength while counteracting the harsh realities of poverty, violence, and broken relationships fueled by alcohol abuse. A meditation, seven daily prayers, and selected stories “from the rooms” of AA meetings are presented for each of the 52 weeks of the year, providing a weekly and daily source of inspiration and hope.

Family Membership
The AIFC encourages families to participate in our activities and services and in doing so can become a member of our Family Center.

The American Indian Family Center provides culturally specific, holistic services for clients and their families. Our programming is defined by the philosophy of the medicine wheel, which teaches that the four parts of each human being -- physical, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual-- are equally important. Additionally, AIFC works closely with partner agencies and community resources in order to provide the best resources possible for clients.

  • Therapeutic
  • Employment 
  • Family & Youth 
  • Education 


Written by AIFC'S very own Richard Wright, LADC! (Shown on the left)


The American Indian Family Center was initially started in 1994 under the umbrella of the Ramsey County Children's Initiative. In 1995, a location was identified and the doors opened to families for services in 1997.  Articles of Incorporation and temporary federal status as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization was achieved in 1997 with permanent status in 2001. The AIFC is now a recipient of multiple grants through private and public sources.

Where American Indian Families Thrive!

The AIFC values and adheres to the Charities Review Council’s Accountability Standards

AIFC provides American Indian Families with programs and services enriched by traditional American Indian Values and culture.