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First Nations Reaches Northernmost Alaska by way of Iḷisaġvik College

Preparing caribou kabobs at the day cooking camp program
Barrow, Alaska is a very long way from Longmont, Colorado, where First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is headquartered. Nonetheless,... More

  • First Nations Nabs Top 4-Star Rating for Sixth Straight Year

    First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has once again received the highest rating of four stars from charity watchdog agency Charity Navigator, making it the sixth year in a row that First Nations has achieved this distinction. Only 5 percent … More

  • Leech Lake Kids Getting to Know Their Foods

    In 2015, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) awarded 15 grants totaling $523,000 under the Seeds of Native Health campaign. Seeds of Native Health was created and funded by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), and is a major philanthropic … More

  • Please Join Us for #GivingTuesday or Colorado Gives Day!

    First Nations Development Institute is participating in two separate giving campaigns in the next couple of weeks. We would be delighted if you would join us by making a donation to First Nations during the nationwide #GivingTuesday campaign on November … More

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Foundations Aim to Help Revitalize Languages

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) earlier this month acknowledged three additional underwriters for its recently-announced project to revitalize Native American languages. In August, First Nations announced a three-year project that will support language immersion education programs in tribal communities. This … More

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Aetna Foundation Grant Helps Cultivate Health

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has received a $100,000 grant through the Aetna Foundation’s Cultivating Healthy Communities program to conduct a new project titled “Bridging Native Producers to Retail Outlets in Native Communities.” The project aims to increase availability … More

Healthy beverage posters intended for display in classrooms and throughout tribal communities to promote ancestral beverage consumption.

Muckleshoot “Rethink Your Drink” Effort Aims for a Healthy Tribe

In 2016, under one of its programs, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) awarded 15 grants totaling $422,500. These grants were funded by the Seeds of Native Health campaign created by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) to improve the … More

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