Sustaining Culture and Livelihood in Remote Igiugig Village

Igiugig High School students plant seedlings, which will grow into food for sale.
In Igiugig, a small village of only 69 people on the Kvichak River in southwestern Alaska, resources are scarce. Food must be flown in, and strategies... More

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    The Fund for Shared Insight has awarded First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) a grant of $400,000 over two years to support a new First Nations research initiative to better understand perceptions of American Indians within the philanthropic community and … More

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FAST Blackfeet Works Fast in Assessing Food Sovereignty

The sharing of food, whether among family or friends, is communal and has the ability to create conversation, feed the body and the soul, and transcend barriers. “Food is very cultural. There is the different use of food in ceremonies … More

First Nations staffers (second and third from left) meet with representatives of Chief Dull Knife College and People’s Partners for Community Development.

Tribal Colleges Pave Way for Community Asset-Building

Tribal colleges do much more than provide affordable education in reservation communities. Many are leading the way in creating programs to help American Indian families save money and build assets. As part of First Nations Development Institute’s (First Nations) Native … More

One of the 600 tribal fishers supported by CRITFC at work on the Columbia River

CRITFC Buoys Tribal Fishers & Columbia River Salmon Culture

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, Oregon, for close to 40 years. Formed by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, … More

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