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Yurts and firewood for Nenookaasi Healing Camp

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UPDATE 12/19/23

We have reached our goal of $15,000 to support Camp Nenookaasi with yurts and firewood, so we are closing this fundraiser with gratitude for everyone's generosity. We keep us safe!

UPDATE 12/18/23

Thanks to everyone's support, 20 yurts are now up in camp! This means that 20 stoves need firewood, in addition to the ~5 other fires always burning at camp. As temperatures drop further, we're seeking to raise more funds to buy firewood and make sure people can stay warm in these structures.


UPDATE 10/22/23

We've reached our initial fundraising goal of $10,000! Thank you all so much for supporting this effort. So far, we have spent $8084.32 and have bought most of the materials for 20 yurts (we have yet to buy insulation, so this will likely take us close to the $10,000 mark). A total of 11 yurts are up in camp, and we have 9 more to finish building and set up.

Each yurt will require somewhere between 2-3 cords of firewood to make it through the coldest months ahead. In consultation with camp leadership, we're raising our fundraising goal to $15,000, and the additional $5000 will go towards purchasing firewood necessary to keep fires going through the winter.

Check out Corin Hoggard's coverage of the project here. We appreciate everyone's support so much!


We are a group of neighbors in South Minneapolis raising funds to build warm winter structures for unhoused relatives at Nenookaasi Healing Camp. Yurts make winter in Minnesota survivable. With a wood stove and used blankets as insulation, yurts can make a life or death difference in sub-zero temperatures. Below is a breakdown of what each yurt costs:

Slats for walls and roof: $135
Plyboard center circle: $30
5 2 x 4 x 8's for center supports and door: $20
Rope: $50
Hardware: $10
Barrel stove and stovepipe: $35
Large tarp and blankets for insulation: $220
TOTAL cost per yurt: $500

Our goal is to raise $10,000, which would build 20 yurts to house 150-200 people at Nenookaasi Healing Camp this winter. Everyone deserves a warm place to take shelter, most especially Indigenous neighbors facing the cruelty of being unhoused on their own homelands. If you've been blessed with the safety and security of stable housing, please consider sharing those blessings.

Follow Nenookaasi Healing Camp on Instagram and X for updates and to get involved:
Instagram: @campnenookaasi
X: @campnenookaasi


  • Mitk Ggj
    • $20 
    • 4 mos
  • Kara Snow
    • $25 
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $350 
    • 4 mos
  • Stephen Gregg
    • $25 
    • 4 mos
  • Grace Wirkkala
    • $15 
    • 4 mos


Julie Santella
Minneapolis, MN

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