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LGBTQIA+ History on Hennepin

Robert Lilligren

Robert Lilligren in a checked suit and striped shirt in front of a colorful mural on a brick wall.

Robert Lilligren, President/CEO, Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI). Circa 2015 – 2022.
Photos courtesy of Robert Lilligren.

Robert Lilligren is president and CEO of the Native American Community Development Institute and previously served as the Little Earth United Tribes CEO. Robert has experience in local government, specifically in housing, transportation, community development and community engagement.

Robert was the first Indigenous tribal member to serve on the Minneapolis City Council. Robert served on the Minneapolis City Council from 2001 to 2014, including as council vice president for 12 years and as a leader on several city commissions’ collaborative groups. In addition, Robert was one of two openly gay city council members.

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