This Week at First Nations: March 5, 2021

Support Continues for Native Communities Hit by COVID-19

This week, First Nations distributed more funding to Native communities for response and recovery efforts surrounding COVID-19, bringing the total value of grants awarded to $3,194,000. Support from First Nations’ COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund continues with grants focused on these critical areas: Pandemic Response and Recovery, Critical Services and Infrastructure, Communications and Technology, and Financial Bridge Services. Learn more about the latest rounds of funding or make a donation here.


Returning Forests to Tribal Leadership

Save the Date: March 24, 2021, 12 pm Mountain. Join representatives of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians to learn about their efforts to reacquire ancestral lands to protect tribal values and cultural resources, promote forest resilience, and provide opportunities for public education and recreation. In this latest webinar in First Nations’ Community Forest Webinar Series, speakers share strategies on how to restore healthy forests and promote tribal stewardship. Register here.


Honoring Indigenous Women in America’s Food System

In honor of Women’s History Month, First Nations has worked with the James Beard Foundation in curating a special story telling panel. Join First Nations’ A-dae Romero-Briones as she leads a discussion to celebrate Indigenous women and their invaluable work in American food spaces. The webinar will be held Tuesday, March 9, at 12 pm Mountain. Learn more about the panelists and register here.


Sharing Our Story on Charity Talks

Charity Talks is a podcast designed by high school junior Brooke Dunefsky to help people learn about great local, national and international charities through interviews with their leaders. In the February 25, 2021, episode, First Nations President and CEO Michael Roberts shed light on the topic of philanthropy and funding for Native American organizations and causes. Thank you, Brooke, for sharing information about First Nations with your listeners! Listen to the podcast here.


Native Farm to School Webinars Series – On Demand!

Have an existing model for a Native Farm to School initiative or an interest in starting one? Find best practices and resources in First Nations’ Native Farm to School Webinar Series. The seven-part series covers topics including healthy soils, planting strategies, funding sources, seed saving, and more. Recordings and presentation materials for all webinars can be accessed here.

Upcoming Consultations on Tribal Consultations

A new memorandum by President Biden directs tribal agencies to submit “a detailed plan of actions the agency will take to implement the policies and directives of Executive Order 13175.” All plans are to be submitted to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by April 26, 2021. The National Congress of American Indians reports on several key dates and deadlines for tribes submitting reports. Learn more here.


Rep. Deb Haaland Needed to Restore Trust

“We need an Interior secretary who will listen to Native voices, truly consult with Tribal governments, conserve our public lands, fight for environmental justice, and who knows how to work with people from both parties — and that’s Rep. Deb Haaland,” writes Rep. Sharice Davids in an opinion piece at USA Today. Read the full story here.

Photo credit: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images


Update on Oak Flat

“The U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn the final environmental impact statement for a huge copper mine near Superior, temporarily halting a land swap that would have given the mine’s owners title to a parcel deemed sacred by many Apaches and other Southwestern tribes,” reports AZCentral. 

Photo credit Michael Schennum/The Republic

Celebrating Native Voices

Another favorite book at First Nations is There, There by Tommy Orange. We were happy to hear that this award-winning novelist will receive the Tulsa City-County Library’s Festival of Words Writers Award. Watch the livestreamed ceremony at 9:30 am Mountain, in which Orange will be interviewed by Joy Harjo. Learn more here.