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Muckleshoot “Rethink Your Drink” Effort Aims for a Healthy Tribe

Healthy beverage posters intended for display in classrooms and throughout tribal communities to promote ancestral beverage consumption.
In 2016, under one of its programs, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) awarded 15 grants totaling $422,500. These grants were funded... More

  • Agenda Finalized for Food Sovereignty Summit, Oct. 2-5, 2017

    The Food Sovereignty Summit is THE national forum for sharing and collaboration to build healthy food systems within our communities, and it’s scheduled for October 2-5, 2017, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. As always, it is co-hosted by First Nations Development … More

  • New “Nourishing Native Children: Feeding Our Future” Grantees

    First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) recently announced its new grantees under its Nourishing Native Children: Feeding Our Future Project that is generously supported by funding from the Walmart Foundation. The 10 grants, of $15,000 each, total $150,000. The effort … More

  • NEH Pledges $2.1 Million to Revitalize Endangered Languages

    The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has entered a three-year partnership with First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) to foster the revitalization of Native American languages through language-immersion education programs within tribal communities. There are currently approximately 150 Native … More

(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.

Better Health Possible through FDPIR-Based Education

Due to a variety of issues including inadequate funding, many of the USDA’s Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) outlets cannot provide nutrition education to their local communities or to the families who receive food packages, even though such … More

Marguerite with First Nations President & CEO Michael Roberts at the organization's 35th Anniversary celebration in 2015

Board Vice Chair Marguerite Smith: Values & Respect

At an early age, First Nations Development Institute Board Vice Chair Marguerite Smith learned the importance of the natural world. As part of her “life’s training” before her formal training, she grew up knowing that this natural world extends to … More

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TCEMP’s Stwyer: Business-Bound Cultural Ambassador

Aurolyn Stwyer grew up on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs reservation in Warm Springs, Oregon. Whatever she has done over her life and career has been for the benefit of her tribe and other Native American communities. She served … More

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