Beating the Clock to Keep the Yuchi Language Alive

94-year-old Maxine and 3-year-old Chaské Turning Heart represent the oldest and the youngest Yuchi speakers.
In Sapulpa, Oklahoma, over 20 years ago, the Yuchi language was disappearing. With the Yuchi people withstanding generations of trauma and... More

  • Protecting Inherent Powers, Keeping Wisdom for the Sicangu Lakota

    Every day throughout Indian Country, encroachment of Native rights is happening. For most tribes, this means a perpetual uphill battle involving government, public education and legislation. Protecting those rights in South Dakota for the Sicangu Lakota people is the Sicangu … More

  • Three Grantees Selected for Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign

    The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the American Heart Association and First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) recently announced nearly $250,000 in grants through the collaborative Policy Innovation Fund. These grants are part of the Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign, a $1.6 … More

  • Apply Now for Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowships

    The application period is open until September 13, 2019, for the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship program. First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and The Henry Luce Foundation (Luce) partnered to launch this fellowship, which is a 12-month, self-directed enrichment program … More

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Grant Helps Promote Native Youth Entrepreneurship

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) recently received a $250,000 grant from the 11th Hour Project of the Schmidt Family Foundation in order to boost Native American youth-led entrepreneurship activities, which in turn and over time will significantly benefit tribal … More

All programming at the Penobscot Boys & Girls Club is vetted by its cultural department to align with Micmac culture.

Penobscot Club Provides Safe Haven for Micmac Youth

Through the Penobscot Boys & Girls Club (PBGC) in Maine, kids have a place to belong, where positive influences, role models and activities keep them on track for a bright future. “We’re fun-based but we’re prevention-based,” says PBGC Program Coordinator … More

As part of efforts to pass down artistry through intergenerational learning, staff and youth meet with artist James Star Comes Out at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Growing Artists and Sustaining the Dakota Way of Life

When Dakota Wicohan began, it was a small grassroots organization dedicated to revitalizing Dakota language. Today, it has evolved into a multi-program resource preserving and sustaining not only Dakota language but all Dakota culture through art, education and outreach. Now, … More

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