Board Member Chandra Hampson: Combining Business with Heart

Chandra interacts with the “Kill the Indian, Save the Man” exhibit, in which black bars turn translucent when touched and reveal the names of U.S. Indian Boarding Schools that have been lost to history. Chandra has her hand on the boarding school Carlisle, where her great grandmother Elizabeth Bender and great uncle Charles Bender were sent.
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  • Report Shows Gaps in Funding for Native Causes

    A report released recently by First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) highlights that community foundations often fall short when it comes to philanthropic giving to Native American organizations and causes. In Community Foundation Giving to Native American Causes, First Nations … More

  • Food Sovereignty Report & Videos Highlight Exemplary Work

    First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) recently published a new report on Native food sovereignty assessment efforts, as well as four new videos dealing with food sovereignty, ranching and agricultural issues. The report, titled Food Sovereignty Assessments: A Tool to … More

  • NICC & Partners Expand Food Project’s Reach

    Coming together with partners can often help stretch valuable resources for a project, but it can also amplify and improve the outcomes of the project itself. That’s what happened in northeast Nebraska when Nebraska Indian Community College joined forces with … More

Left to right at the Power of We training are Regis Pecos of the Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute (SFIS), Bianca Mitchell of IPCC, Carnell Chosa, Chasity Salvador and Diane Reyna of SFIS, and Corrine Sanchez of Tewa Women United

‘Power of We’ Part 2: Passion Resonates at Conference

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), in July 2017, awarded 15 Supporting Native Arts grants and three professional development mini-grants to Native American tribes and organizations under First Nations’ Native Arts Initiative (NAI). Launched in early 2014, the purpose of … More

Tyla Kanteena

A Poem of Zuni Cultural Identity

A-dae Romero-Briones, First Nations’ Director of Programs for Native Agriculture and Food Systems, recently presented via the internet about agriculture in Indian Country as part of a distance learning session for Arizona State University graduate and undergraduate students. The class … More

Chow gives a practice fundraising pitch to a panel of Native American leaders

‘Power of We’ Part 1: Leilani Chow Finds Inspiration

Leilani Chow was born and raised on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. One of seven children, Chow knows how important the sustainability and resiliency of the island is to its 7,500 residents, most of whom are Native Hawaiian. At 16, … More

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