Power to Our People! Board Chair Benny Shendo, Jr.

Shendo, right, with one of the presenters during the tour.
To new First Nations Development Institute Board Chairman Benny Shendo, Jr., the work of First Nations speaks for itself. “It’s not about us.... More

  • Val Johnson: A “Valiant Warrior” for Native America

    Susan Jenkins (Choctaw) is a Board Member of First Nations Development Institute and a good friend of Valorie (Val) Johnson (Seneca-Cayuga-Eastern Cherokee), the recently retired program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation – and Val – … More

  • First Nations Honored With Chamber’s “Legacy Award”

    First Nations Development Institute was recently honored by the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce (RMICC) at the 13th Annual American Indian Achievement Awards Gala at the Marriott Denver Tech Center in Denver, Colorado. The event took place November 5, … More

This is a portrait of reading list curator Dr. Debbie Reese. The artist, Julie Flett, is also the author of "Wild Berries," one of the books contained in the First Nations reading list.

Still Time to Enjoy #NativeReads for Heritage Month!

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) partnered with literature expert Debbie Reese, Ph.D. (Nambé Pueblo) to create a very special way of observing Native American Heritage Month 2016, which has been taking place during November. It was the issuance of … More

Igiugig High School students plant seedlings, which will grow into food for sale.

Sustaining Culture and Livelihood in Remote Igiugig Village

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 to keep the village – and the culture of the Yup’ik Eskimos, Aleuts, and … More

Teens in the Tribal Youth Ambassadors program learn about business and culture, helping their heritage live on.

California Native Youth Share Legacy, Build Knowledge

In Santa Rosa, California, Indian culture is being cultivated and shared, thanks to the business savvy of a new generation, and a project with the motto “Selling education and creating opportunity.” Teens at the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center … More

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