The groundbreaking Reclaiming Native Truth: A Project to Dispel America’s Myths and Misconceptions effort has been gaining steam … along with new financial sponsors.
First Nations Development Institute is co-leading the project with Echo Hawk Consulting. This initiative will consolidate and build upon previous research efforts in order to create a long-term, Native-led movement that will positively transform the popular image of and narrative about Native Americans. Between 2016 and 2018, the partners will work with an advisory committee of Native leaders, stakeholders, and racial equity experts and advocates to understand the underlying reasons for society’s negative and inaccurate perceptions of Native Americans. Based on this improved understanding, the project team will have the tools necessary to build consensus around tackling this long-standing problem.
The effort was made possible initially through a $2.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Since then, additional sponsors have come on board. In the last issue of Indian Giver, we announced support from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Minnesota (see story here). They have now been joined by these additional supporters:
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
- Comcast Foundation
- Northwest Area Foundation
- MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
- MAHADH Fund of HRK Foundation