Indian Elder Desk

Indian Elder Desk networks to provide greater access to service

Interested in learning more about Indian Elder Desk?
Call 1-800-882-6262
TDD/TTY users please call 1-800-627-3529 and ask for the phone number listed above.

Indian elders face unique challenges.

According to the 1990 Census, approximately 36 percent of American Indian elders live in poverty. This is the highest rate among all minority or non-minority elders.

Long-term care is one of the major issues faced by Indian elders. Since Indian elders are members of a sovereign nation, their health care system is independent. In Minnesota, there is only one tribally-operated extended-care facility.

Limited financial resources coupled with limited awareness of resources mean American Indian elders face strong barriers to much needed services.

Minnesota Board on Aging has an Indian Elder Desk that serves American Indian elders on the state's 11 reservations and in the urban communities.

Wisdom Steps

The Indian Elder Desk focuses on: