This Week at First Nations: August 6, 2021

Get a Mid-Year Market Update to Reach Your Financial Goals

There’s still time to register for Monday’s webinar, “Mid-Year Market Update.” Learn from First Nations’ Programs Consultant Shawn Spruce, August 9 at 1 pm Mountain, in this thought-provoking webinar on investing and personal finance. Shawn will provide a thorough analysis of current economic trends and what they mean for your money and financial goals. Register here!

Join us for Tribal Stewardship in the Northern Great Plains – Part 2!

The two-part series on models, best practices, and strategies that generate Tribal opportunities through ecological stewardship continues next week! In Part 2, Thursday, August 12, 2021, the Nakoda Aaniiih Community Economic Development Corporation will present on their tribal tourism initiatives and eco-tourism packages. And, the Chippewa Cree Tribe’s Natural Resources Department will discuss their efforts to establish a tribal GIS department to map and manage natural resources on the reservation. Learn more and register here.

Miss Part 1 of the series? Access the recording here.

Response and Recovery Support Continues for Native Communities

In July, First Nations awarded two more rounds of support through the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. Twenty-two more Native nations and organizations received grants, bringing the total of funds awarded to $4,189,608.28. These grants can be used to support ongoing response and recovery efforts, build critical services and infrastructure, invest in communications and technology, and meet overall operating costs. Native nations and organizations that continue to experience the impact of COVID-19 are encouraged to contact First Nations at grantmaking@fir​​

New Grant Opportunity for Tribal Stewardship Work in the Northern Great Plains

As part of First Nations’ Stewarding Native Lands program, applications are now being accepted for the Tribal Stewardship in the Northern Great Plains Grant. Through this opportunity, 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 preserving native grasslands in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana. Apply here by September 14, 2021.

Questions about the application process? Attend the free Q&A webinar, Thursday, August 19, at 11 am Mountain. Register here!

Investing for the Future Train-the-Trainer Workshop

First Nations, with support from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, is pleased to announce a virtual Investing for the Future Train-the-Trainer Workshop, Wednesday, August 23 to 25, 2021, 10 am to 2 pm Mountain. Back by popular demand, this three-day investor education certification is a cutting-edge approach for introducing Native communities to concepts like stocks and bonds, planning for retirement, and using caution when considering risky trends.

Space is limited so reserve your spot nowFor more information please contact Shawn Spruce at or 505-917-0709.

Advancing Indigenous Food Sovereignty Through Thought Leadership

This week, as part of the Nourishing Native Foods & Health Matching Gift Campaign, First Nations was honored to share this list of recommended reading, listening, and viewing curated by First Nations’ food policy expert A-dae Romero-Briones. Check out her Q&A, as well as other resources highlighting this important program and the grassroots efforts underway to restore Native food systems.  

What We’re Watching: Reservation Dogs

Reservation Dogs is a groundbreaking comedy in which every writer, director, and main actor is Indigenous. Debuting August 9 on FX, Reservation Dogs follows the exploits of four Indigenous teenagers in rural Oklahoma who steal, rob and save in order to get to the exotic, mysterious and faraway land of California. Deadline reports how co-creators Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi say the show is part of putting a new, refreshing spin on media portrayals of Indigenous communities. Learn more through these interviews at Deadline and at Entertainment Weekly and tune in Monday!

Photo credit Deadline, FX

New Stamp Features Alaska Native Raven Design

Eighteen million US postage stamps featuring the “Raven Story” by Lingít artist Rico Lanáat’ Worl have been released. Last Friday, 2020 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow X̱uneii Lance Twitchell emceed a ceremony celebrating this first stamp ever designed by a Lingít artist and the importance of the design and its story to the people who live in Lingít Aaní today. Read more.

Photo credit Alaska Public Radio, Rashah McChesney/KTOO

Reckoning with the Theft of Native American Children

Vox reports Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland will lead a national investigation into the more than 365 American Indian boarding schools that forced Native children to “assimilate” to American culture. Here, Jacki Thompson Rand, a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, shares: “What Haaland finds will be a history lesson for people who don’t know it yet. … What I’m really all about right now is changing the national narrative to one that helps us understand the United States in a fuller way.

Photo credit Vox, Corbis via Getty Images

Driven from their Land in 1877, Nez Perce Tribe is Home Again 

“Exiled from beloved lands in its original territory in the 1877 Nez Perce War, the Nez Perce Tribe arrived in triumphal return Thursday at a traditional village site purchased in Joseph, Oregon, for its people,” reports the Seattle Times. The article quotes Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee chairman Shannon Wheeler: “A hundred and forty four years ago, there would have been a lot of tears and we can still feel their hurt. But today there are tears of joy. We are coming home today. This is where we come from. This is who we are.”

Photo credit Seattle Times, August Frank / Lewiston Tribune via AP