This Week at First Nations: August 13, 2021

Grant Opportunities

Deadline August 17: Food Pantry Initiative 

One out of 12 Native individuals is so food insecure as to be classified as hungry, and Native households with children have a food insecurity rate of 28% compared to 16% for non-Natives. With support from American Express, First Nations created the Food Pantry Initiative to sustain Native American communities, organizations, and programs focused on food insecurity.

Through this initiative, First Nations is awarding 12 Strengthening Native Programs & Feeding Families Grants averaging $10,000 each annually over four years. Learn more and apply!

Deadline August 19: Native Youth and Culture Fund 

Proposals are now being accepted for programs that focus on youth and that support the perpetuation of traditional ecological knowledge, spirituality, and the intergenerational transfer of knowledge systems. This funding is available as general operating support and can be used to build organizational/programmatic capacity, increase sustainability, or for specific youth project-focused activities. Apply here! Questions about the process? Access the recorded Q&A webinar here.


Deadline September 14: Tribal Stewardship in the Northern Great Plains Grant

Through this grant opportunity under the Stewarding Native Lands program, First Nations will award 10 grants averaging $25,000 to $30,000 each to organizations in Native communities that are growing or expanding programs that support sustainable economic opportunities and preserve native grasslands in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana. Apply here! Questions about the application process? Register for the free Q&A webinar, Tuesday, August 19.

NEW! Deadline September 30: Native Agriculture & Food Systems College Scholarships

The application period for Native Agriculture & Food Systems Scholarships opened today. First Nations will award 20 to 25 scholarships of $1,000 to $1,500 each for the 2021-2022 academic school year to Native college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields.

The program aims to encourage more Native American college students to enter these fields so that they can better assist their communities in advancing Native food sovereignty and improving overall health. Learn more and apply here!

Next Stewarding Native Lands Webinar: August 25

With the growing attention on environmental issues and the emerging opportunities presented by the Biden Administration, many Native communities are well positioned to benefit. But what major environmental areas are getting serious support? What funding sources are out there for this type of work? Where are there funding gaps, and how can philanthropy address them?

First Nations engaged experts to conduct a broad scan of the tribal land stewardship and environmental justice landscape. In this new webinar, they will share their insights, highlighting opportunities for partnership, collaboration, and funding. Learn more and register here.

First Nations’ Michael Roberts Weighs in at Diverse Green (Green 2.0)

In recognition of Monday’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, First Nations’ President & CEO Michael Roberts spoke with Green 2.0 on calling for economic policy changes to the way conservation and environmental movements are being funded. He writes, “Native knowledge has always been key to preserving land and biodiversity across the globe. Now is the time that we honor, uplift and actively support these practices that may save the planet for us all.” Read the full blog here.

Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow to Perform at “Water is Life” concert

The “Water is Life: Stop Line 3” concert kicks off August 18 in Duluth Minnesota, presenting a “full throated resistance in music and song” to the Line 3 pipeline, a new project that is expected to worsen climate change, increase risk of oil spill, and violate Indigenous and treaty rights.

Joining this year’s Honor the Earth Concert, is 2020 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow Dorene Day, who will lead a sacred water ceremony. Learn more here.

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16 Podcasts and Films Celebrating Indigenous Foodways

“Food is the art, the symbols, and the stories of how a people has a conversation with the Earth,” writes First Nations’ A-dae Romero-Briones in this article by FoodTank published in honor of Monday’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The article highlights multiple podcasts, short videos, and documentaries celebrating Indigenous foodways around the world – among them the First Nations co-produced film, GATHER.

What We’re Listening To: Exploring American Indian Education

Supported by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Understand Native Minnesota is focused on Native American narrative change in Minnesota’s schools. As part of the campaign, a powerful podcast is produced regularly to celebrate Native culture, personalities and accomplishments while helping dispel common myths and misconceptions about Indigenous peoples. The latest episode welcomes Ramona Kitto Stately for a conversation about Native American education in Minnesota. Listen to this and all Understand Native Minnesota webinars here.

Colorado Residents: Gov. Polis to Rescind Proclamation

At the Colorado State Capitol next week, Colorado Governor Polis will sign an executive order rescinding the John Evans Territory of Colorado Proclamation of August 11, 1864. This proclamation, among others at the time, called upon non-Native residents of Colorado to go in pursuit, kill, and destroy Indians on the plains. While the signing may be symbolic, Indigenous peoples of Colorado continue to feel the harmful effects of this appalling policy, organizers say. The signing will take place, Tuesday, August 17, 2021, on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol Building. Learn more.

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Free Workshops on Implementing Indigeneity

The Phoenix College Committee on American Indian Initiatives, Programs, and Projects is hosting a three-part series of virtual online workshops entitled “Implementing Indigeneity: Co-Creating Institutional Spaces for Indigenous Innovation.” Workshop #1, Understanding Indigenous Practices, will be held Friday, August 20, 2021, from 12 to 4 pm, and covers colonial thinking versus Indigenous thinking with both historical and current implications. Register here. 

Australia to Pay Reparations to Indigenous ‘Stolen Generations’

The Washington Post reports how Australia’s federal government agreed to pay about $280 million in reparations to survivors who were removed from their families in federally controlled areas, including the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory. The article explains, “Comparable to Native American boarding schools in the United States and the Canadian residential schools for Indigenous children, Australia’s program aimed to eliminate all traces of Indigenous culture from their wards.”

Photo credit Washington Post (Rohan Thomson/Bloomberg News)

Texas Criticized for Luring Tourists to Sites Where Indigenous People Were Banished

Exploring the line between tourism and exploitation in Texas, The Guardian reports, “a state agency appointed by Governor Greg Abbott is trying to make money by attracting tourists to Indigenous historical and cultural sites. The Texas Historical Commission hopes to work with Indigenous nations to expand the state’s multi-billion-dollar tourism programs – even though almost all original nations were forced out of the state or destroyed decades ago and may not benefit financially from tourism.”

Photo credit The Guardian, Katherine Frey/The Washington Post/Getty Images