Boozhoo! Welcome to Abiinooji Aki, Inc.
Maryellen Baker, Founder of Abiinooji Aki, Inc. worked in the field of AODA as a counselor and program director. Through her work with the Tribal AODA program, Maryellen saw the gap for Native Americans in the recovery process. In all of the trainings and conferences that she attended for professional development and her own growth, there was something missing. She was able to identify what was missing, in all that was provided, there was no Native American beliefs or traditional practices being provided or acknowledged as a method to assisting Native Americans in long term recovery. Maryellen designed a conference that introduced Native American beliefs and practices to Counselors, treatment center directors and staff, offered to Natives and non-natives working in the field of AODA. 1982 the Anishinaabe Way Conference on alcohol and drug abuse was formed. As The Anishinaabe Way Conference grew in need and gained attention, Maryellen had a vision for a place on her ancestral family land. Through this vision, Abiinooji Aki, Inc. Cultural Healing Center was formed.
Abiinooji-Aki Inc. (A.A.I.) was founded in 1992 and received its Tax Exempt status in 1999 as a Charitable Organization. A.A.I. was founded to assist in the tribe’s efforts to combat the high rate of alcohol and drug abuse. Abiinooji-Aki is located on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation near Hayward, WI. For over 26 years, Abiinooji-Aki accomplished many goals in the areas of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA), mental health, women issues and spiritual growth.
Abiinooji-Aki, its staff and supporters believes the value of the culture, ceremonies and rituals are essential, and also crucial to the growth of body, mind and spirit. With that in mind, we are combining our efforts along with many grassroots people to bring women together to empower them with Spiritual knowledge and self-determination that will inspire them to stand up for Clean Water. It is vital for ALL women to ensure life continues for Mother Earth, and for all of our generations to come.
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Maryellen Baker, Founder/Director
Abiinooji-Aki Inc. Board of Directors
Maryellen Baker, President, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe
Dianne Sullivan, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe
Gary Quaderer, Sr., Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe
Denise King, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe
Karen Donahoe, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe