About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities. We invest in and create innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities.

With the support of individuals, foundations, corporate and tribal donors, First Nations Development Institute improves economic conditions for Native Americans through technical assistance & training, advocacy & policy, and direct financial grants in five key areas:

  • Achieving Native Financial Empowerment
  • Investing in Native Youth
  • Strengthening Tribal & Community Institutions
  • Advancing Household & Community Asset-Building Strategies
  • Nourishing Native Foods & Health

 

Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through year-end 2016, we have successfully managed 1,238 grants totaling more than $27 million to Native American projects and organizations in 39 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territory American Samoa.

 

Read about the first 35 years of First Nations' history here.

Follow a timeline of our evolution here.

Our Guiding Principle

We believe that when armed with the appropriate resources, Native peoples hold the capacity and ingenuity to ensure the sustainable, economic, spiritual and cultural well-being of their communities.

 

First Nations is a Native-run nonprofit that strengthens Native American communities and economies.
Our board consists of a diverse representation of Indian Country.
Read First Nations Chairman Thomas Vigil's letter from the 2015 annual report.
Our mailing address and general contact information.

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