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September 2022

Highlights from First Nations, Gratitude for You

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the latest edition of Indian Giver, First Nations’ quarterly newsletter. As fall surrounds us with beauty and color, our Community Partners continue to make important, positive impacts in Indian Country, and we are excited to share some of their amazing stories here.

This issue features a profile on one of our 2021 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellows, as well as highlights from Community Partners Oneida Nation and YAKANAL, a New Mexico-based program reconnecting Indigenous people to traditional agriculture. And in our Donor Spotlight, we introduce you to Dr. Norbert Goldfield, a board-certified internist who is passionate about bringing peace and improved health to the world.

Thank you for reading, and we hope you enjoy this issue.


The September 2022 Indian Giver features:

How the Oneida Nation is Fighting Hunger on the Rez ─ The Oneida Emergency Food Pantry opened its doors in 2017 and served 12 people daily. Today, the pantry serves more than 700 clients a month and receives around 200,000 pounds of food donations a year. It also collaborates with the 10 other federally recognized tribes in Wisconsin to feed elders.

YAKANAL: A Journey to Reignite Native Agriculture in the Pueblos ─ YAKANAL, a New Mexico-based international program, is helping to create food sovereignty for the Pueblo of Laguna by restoring traditional agricultural practices to the community, such as farm-to-table programs, beekeeping, and building outdoor ovens called hornos.

Oneida Nation Butcher Certification Training ─ The Oneida Nation recently held a butcher training ― with a blended online and in-person curriculum ― to help support two beef-processing operations on its commercial and organic farms. Students, who will eventually become butcher apprentices, learned how to safely and respectfully process meat to feed the Oneida community.


Knowledge Makers, Knowledge Sharers2021 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, “Kumu Hina,” is a Native Hawaiian transgender woman born and raised in the Nu’uanu District of O’ahu. She is a teacher, cultural practitioner, community leader, and accomplished filmmaker who uses digital media to tell the ancient stories of Hawaii.

Healing Across the Divides (HATD): Donor SpotlightDr. Norbert Goldfield, a board-certified internist, has spent more than 30 years helping the “poorest of the poor” in Springfield, Massachusetts, and working to measurably improve the health of marginalized people in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.


Read the full issue here.