CRITFC Buoys Tribal Fishers & Columbia River Salmon Culture

One of the 600 tribal fishers supported by CRITFC at work on the Columbia River
A resource for fishers and a respect for salmon have been at the heart of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) in Portland,... More

  • American Indian OIC Transforms Lives & Creates Economic Equity

    The American Indian OIC (AIOIC) serves the American Indian urban population in Minneapolis, Minnesota, through individualized education, training and employment services. Its approach is not only to help people in poverty, unemployment or seeking advancement to obtain a job, but … More

  • WomenSpirit Coalition Influences a Violence-Free Future

    “American Indian and Alaska Native women are raped at a rate three to 10 times greater than the national average … changing this statistic should be the number one priority of tribal governments because rape is a direct and serious … More

  • Trust and Transparency … and a 4-Star Rating!

    “The fourth consecutive year of a 4-Star rating is well-deserved. This rating is essential to me and many others when we evaluate organizations to support. I have had up-close and personal contact with First Nations and the recipients of its … More

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Join Us at the L.E.A.D. Conference!

First Nations Development Institute will hold its 21st Annual First Nations L.E.A.D. Institute Conference at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on September 27 – 29, 2016. Will you join us? For more than 30 years, First … More


Genetic Ordinance Protects Yurok Tribe’s Natural Resources

Food policies have a tremendous impact on how food is produced, processed and distributed in Native communities. Often, these policies are determined at the federal and state levels. Today, more and more tribes are exercising their sovereign rights and establishing … More

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Board Profile: First Nations Chair Thomas Vigil

Beyond the grants, past the technical assistance, and before becoming a nonprofit organization, First Nations was formed to be a voice and advocate for Indian people. “It’s why we started, and it’s what we still do,” says B. Thomas Vigil (Jicarilla … More

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