This Week at First Nations: March 12, 2021

New Resource for Improving Native Food Economies

To share emerging models, lessons learned, and best practices for investing in Native Food Systems, First Nations published a new report based on outcomes of a recent three-year project involving three Native tribes. It is knowledge that is imperative based on the fact that the way foods are produced, distributed, and consumed has a significant impact on Native communities’ development, economy, health, and culture. Learn more.


Shedding Light on Philanthropy in Indian Country

The basic tenet of philanthropy is to address poverty and inequality. This means addressing the prolonged invisibility of Native American communities and causes, and actively seeking authentic Native American engagement.

Through research reports, community perspectives, and funder perspectives, First Nations and NonProfit Quarterly explore the current state of philanthropy in Indian Country and challenge philanthropic leaders to evaluate and improve their giving practices. Learn more.

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How Can We Reacquire Ancestral Lands?

By returning forests to tribal stewardship, we can ensure their health, increase access to culturally important plants, and create opportunities to educate the public about traditional knowledge. But what does it take to make this happen? Learn from representatives of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians in this latest webinar in First Nations’ Community Forest Webinar Series. Join us March 24, 2021, 12 pm Mountain. Register here.


Bardia, Nepal – March 14, 2014: Tharu woman working in crop in Nepal. In Terai, woman used to work hard by hand in fields

27 Women Honored on International Women’s Day

FoodTank has honored International Women’s Day by celebrating 27 women who are working to close the gender gap and empower women in the food system – women who are farmers, innovators, and decision makers. Among those featured: First Nations’ A-dae Romero-Briones, Director of Native Agriculture & Food Systems. Thank you FoodTank!


Confronting and Correcting Historical Power Imbalances

The Trust-Based Philanthropy Project, Philanthropy California, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations have launched a five-part webinar series: The Ethos of Being Trust-Based. Join First Nations’ Raymond Foxworth, PhD, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 11 am Mountain, when he and fellow panelists will review some of the salient historical and systemic factors that have contributed to inequity in philanthropy. Register here.


What We’re Listening To: Native America Calling

Native America Calling is a live call-in program linking public radio stations, the Internet, and listeners together in a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities. Each program engages noted guests and experts with callers throughout the United States and is designed to improve the quality of life for Native Americans. Join First Nations in tuning in live, Monday through Friday, 1 to 2 pm Eastern. Learn more.


Calling for Better Philanthropy for Native Enterprises

“If you want to be effective, what you should really be collecting is data that Native communities want and need to advance their work. . . . You should be listening and partnering with them to find out which data will help them.” First Nations’ Raymond Foxworth weighs in at The Counter on the interactions and relationships between philanthropy and Native communities and the importance of bringing an Indigenous voice to the conversation.

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Questioning Questioned in Haaland Hearing

“When Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso snapped at Deb Haaland during her confirmation hearing, many in Indian Country were incensed. The exchange, coupled with descriptions of the Interior secretary nominee as “radical” — by other white, male Republicans — left some feeling Haaland is being treated differently because she is a Native American woman,” reports AP. “Civil rights activists say Haaland’s treatment fits a pattern of minority nominees encountering more political resistance than white counterparts.”

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New COVID-19 Cases Dropping on Navajo Nation

Monday was the 22nd consecutive day with less than 50 new Covid-19 infections reported on the Navajo Nation, according to Native News Online, which quotes Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez: “Some states are lifting all restrictions, but we will continue to take a conservative approach as we move forward while prioritizing the health and well-being of our people.”


Nez Perce Fisheries Champion Bolsters Native American Presence

“Appointments by the Biden administration now in the works would put American Indian and Alaska Native people very much at the table, including posts where Native people have never before served, with enormous influence over lands and waters and environmental policy across the U.S,” reports The Seattle Times. Among the appointments: Jaime Pinkham, a Nez Perce tribal member, to a top post at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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