Better Tribal Health Possible through FDPIR-Based Nutrition Education

(Left to right) Robin Green, Angie Longie, Pam Rainbow, Marcella Green, Eunice Green and her daughter Jazmyn show off new bakeware and cookware they received after completing the Nutrition Mission Lessons as part of the Spirit Lake Nutrition Passport program.
Due to a variety of issues including inadequate funding, many of the USDA’s Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) outlets... More

  • Southwest Tour Provides a Deep, Personal Experience

    First Nations Development Institute’s (First Nations) recent multi-day Southwest Tour gave some of the organization’s supporters the chance to personally witness the tremendous impact their investments are having on Native American communities, as told through the eyes of First Nations’ … More

  • Meskwaki’s Pinnacle Bank a Key Part of New Network

    What do Iowa, baseball and banking have in common? The classic sports film Field of Dreams tells the fictional story of an Iowa farmer who is divinely inspired to build a baseball diamond in a cornfield. In 2009 the Meskwaki Nation … More

  • Tribe or Nonprofit? We Have Resources for You

    One of First Nations Development Institute’s focus areas is strengthening tribal and community institutions. As such, we provide direct grants, training and technical assistance to our grantees under various programs, plus we offer numerous other free resources on our website … More

  • Partnership Positively Impacts 6,000+ in Native Communities

    First Nations Development Institute recently published a new report – Growing Food Sovereignty in Native Communities: Impact Report 2015-2016 – that illustrates the significantly positive impact its work has had on Native American communities under First Nations’ participation in the Shakopee … More

Filmer Kewanyama with his winning artwork

Hopi Artist Wins National Veterans Art Contest

Filmer Kewanyama is a humble person who enjoys drawing and painting about his life as a Hopi. Kewanyama, who lives in Prescott, Arizona, also spends his time hiking with his good friend James Heuerman. Heuerman, a generous supporter of First … More

Boys with Braids Rosebud members (left to right) DJ, Cayden, Mason and Yamni, with Mike Prate, go over list of ingredients for smoothies.

Boys With Braids & REDCO Make a Healthy Foods Connection

One of First Nations Development Institute’s grantees under its recent “Nutrition Education for Native American Communities” grant program is the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO), a tribally-chartered corporation of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. REDCO’s Community Food Sovereignty … More

First Nations Board Member Susan Jenkins

First Nations Board Profile: Susan Jenkins

When it comes to serving communities and driving change, First Nations Board Member Susan Jenkins is inspired by a quote she learned from her tribe, the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma: “You must listen to understand rather than listen to respond.” … More

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