This Week at First Nations: January 13, 2023

Spotlight on First Nations’ Climate Resiliency in Indian Country Community Partners

As part of First Nations’ overall Stewarding Native Lands program and our Climate Change and Environmental Justice project, in July 2022, First Nations launched our Climate Resiliency in Indian Country project to support the development or implementation of climate resiliency plans. Grantees’ projects range from climate-proofing infrastructure and services, to emergency response and preparedness. We’re excited to share updates on three of the 11 grantees, including Aina Momona, Kul Wicasa Wopasi, and Kake Tribal Heritage Foundation.

First Nations Community Partner Hosting Tours of West Maui Farms

This month, regenerative farmer Eddie Garcia is hosting free tours of two Living Earth Systems farms in West Maui that have been designed to maximize the use of land and its resources. The tours are sponsored by Paʻupena Community Development Corporation, with support through a technical assistance grant from First Nations.

The Maui nonprofit reports the grant funding is also empowering multiple efforts to expand and enhance food sovereignty, farming, and ranching work. Read more.  

Farming Our Way to Starvation: Land Stewardship and Indigenous Agriculture

At Daily Kos this week, First Nations’ lead program officer for Nourishing Native Foods and Health, Richard Elm-Hill, weighs in on regenerative agriculture practices and the critical need for governments and food producers to engage and partner with Indigenous people and nations. In the article, Richard asserts how Indigenous approaches are the key to fixing what’s broken in modern agriculture: “You can go into any Native community, and they will paint you a picture of a beautiful food system,” he shares. Read the full article here.

Committed to Transparency and Stewardship

First Nations’ Development and Communications teams came together this week to strategize about ongoing ways to best serve Native communities and keep our valued donors and supporters informed and engaged. Through exercises exploring creativity, critical thinking, work processes, and needs assessments, the teams left committed and inspired for a strong 2023.

Reminder: New First Nations Funding Opportunity for Native Artists

In support of our work to explore what justice looks like or means from the perspectives of Native artists and Native community partners, First Nations is seeking to partner with 8 to 10 artists who are actively engaged in the creation of meaningful work that depicts or reflects Native justice in their communities. Selected artists will receive a stipend of $4,000 that includes the purchase of one artistic production and supports the artist’s participation in the broader Native justice movement. Learn more and apply here by Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

Buu Nygren Sworn in as Next Navajo Nation President

This week Buu Nygren was sworn in as the next president of the Navajo Nation, after beating incumbent President Jonathon Nez by about 3,500 votes, AP reports. At the ceremony, Nygren pledged to work closely with the 24 members of the Navajo Nation Council – of which a record roughly one-third will be women. Nygren reportedly brought an energy to the presidential race that resonated with voters. Read more.

Photo credit AP/Felicia Fonseca

Indigenous Artist Featured at Super Bowl for First Time

For the first time, the work of an Indigenous artist will be featured at the Super Bowl, on game tickets, displays, and a mural in downtown Phoenix. ICT reports Phoenix-based artist Lucinda Hinojos — who is Mexican-American, Pascua Yaqui, Chiricahua Apache, White Mountain Apache, and Pima — was chosen by the NFL as the marquee artist of Super Bowl LVII. Hinojos, also known as “La Morena,” or brown-skinned woman, was among several artists the NFL contacted about submitting proposals to be the marquee artist this year. Read more.

Photo credit ICT, National Football League