Board Profile: Michael E. Roberts & Creating the “And”

Michael E. Roberts
If you know Mike Roberts, you’ve probably heard him talk about the “and” – how a Native American can be Indian and something else. “Being... More

  • Nooksack Tribe’s Garden Helps Feed Elders and Youth

    In 2015, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) launched its “Seeds of Native Health” grant program with the generous support of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, which conceived and created the overarching Seeds of Native Health campaign. The purpose of … More

  • REDCO is Reclaiming Food Systems on Rosebud Reservation

    The Rosebud Indian Reservation, located in south-central South Dakota, is home to the Sicangu Lakota Oyate (“Burnt Thigh Nation”). In 1999, the tribe established the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO), a chartered corporation managed by an independent board of directors, … More

  • Sacred Pipe Artists Unite to Connect, Empower & Return Value

    When Shawna Fricke (Paiute/Taos Pueblo, from Big Pine, California) arrived in North Dakota from California, she didn’t find much representation for the artist community. Used to galleries, workshops and an artist scene, she says she found the environment shocking and … More

Native Youth and Culture Fund

$400,000 Awarded to Support 21 Native Youth Programs

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) recently announced the selection of 21 American Indian organizations and tribes, in 15 states from Hawaii to Massachusetts, to receive grants through its Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) for the 2018-19 funding cycle. … More

We Need to Change How We Think

New Reports Explore Both Philanthropy and Native Food Systems

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) recently issued additional reports in its series that examines philanthropy and the underfunding of Native American causes, as well as two new reports that look at Native American food systems. Philanthropy and Native Causes … More

Monica Nuvamsa

Board Profile: Monica Nuvamsa and Her Hopi Community

When Monica Nuvamsa first ventured away from her home in northeastern Arizona at age 17, she had her sights on new worlds to explore. As her path led her to Tucson, to Flagstaff and, ultimately, to Washington, D.C., she discovered … More

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