INDIAN GIVER is published quarterly by First Nations to share the impact of the Native-led projects and initiatives we invest in and to celebrate the strength and future of Native communities. The phrase INDIAN GIVER entered the English language under historical circumstances that distorted its meaning within Native American culture, where it never carried the negative cargo we know it by today. The true meaning signifies a willingness to care, an expectation of sharing; and a cultural commitment to reciprocity that was not to be questioned. Indian giving was and is the future wealth of society.
Highlights from First Nations, Gratitude for You
We are happy to share the June 2023 issue of Indian Giver. In it are highlights of two of our community partners through our Green Jobs in Indian Country project: Red Cloud Renewable and Hōlani Hāna.
Also featured this quarter are a spotlight on First Nations’ ally Helen Hobart, a closer look at our Native Fundraisers Community of Practice, and the latest in our ongoing profiles of our Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellows, this time on Bernadette Demientieff.
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The June 2023 Indian Giver features:
Going Mobile with Red Cloud Renewable. Red Cloud Renewable is bringing on-the-job-training in solar-panel installation on the road with a 16-foot towable trailer. Watch the video.
Creating Green Jobs at Hōlani Hāna. Hōlani Hāna is working to increase culturally rooted revenue-generating opportunities and create green jobs for Native communities in Hawai’i by strengthening Indigenous Hawaiian architecture, construction, and masonry as viable industries. Watch the video.
Strengthening Native Communities Through the Native Fundraisers Community of Practice. First Nations’ Native Fundraiser Community of Practice Program Associate AJ Garcia explains how the community approach makes the concept and practice of fundraising easier and less daunting for Native nonprofit professionals, which ultimately increases capacity of their respective nonprofits, along with overall philanthropic giving to Native-led organizations. Watch the video.
Knowledge Makers, Knowledge Sharers – 2022 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow Bernadette Demientieff (Gwichʹyaa Zhee Gwichʹin) is helping educate and empower Gwichʹin youth on protecting their sacred homelands.
Meet First Nations’ ally Helen Hobart. This valued First Nations donor shares details of her amazing life and why she’s committed to helping Native communities.
Read the full issue here.