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This Week at First Nations: July 16, 2021

ZYEP Almost to Goal – Invest in the Final Push for Summer Camp

Last month, we shared how First Nations’ community partner Zuni Youth Enrichment Program launched ZYEP’s Summer Camp Fund to serve this summer’s campers and sustain the program well into the future. We’re happy to learn that ZYEP has almost reached their goal of $20,000. There’s still time to get involved. Learn more about this amazing program and the difference it’s making for Zuni youth and the community.

First Nations Receives Bank of America’s National Neighborhood Builders® Award

This week, First Nations announced we have been named one of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders®. As a recipient of the award, First Nations received $200,000 in flexible funding, a year of leadership development for a First Nations emerging leader and senior leader, access to a nationwide network of peer organizations, and the opportunity to access capital to expand its impact. Read the press release here!

Native Business Plan Competition Kicks Off!

RES 2021, “The Summit,” begins next week and, starting tomorrow, students in the Native Youth Business Plan Competition will be arriving in Las Vegas for a series of workshops in preparation for the onstage presentations and judging on Monday. First Nations is honored to assist in sponsoring travel stipends and prize awards for participating teams. Learn more here, and stay tuned to First Nations’ social media next week for updates on the week’s activities!

Registration Links Open for August Webinars

Details of the new webinars featuring the Stewarding Native Lands “Mapping Ecological Stewardship Opportunities” (MESO) project have been released. Join participants August 4 and August 12 to hear from First Nations’ community partners The Center Pole, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Nakoda Aaniiih Community Economic Development Corporation, and the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy. Learn more here.

Apply Now for a First Nations’ Native Youth and Culture Fund Grant

The window for submitting proposals for the Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) is now open. First Nations expects to award approximately 30 grants between $5,000 and $25,000 for general operating support for programs that focus on youth and support the perpetuation of traditional ecological knowledge, spirituality and the intergenerational transfer of knowledge systems. Learn more and apply here.

Questions about the NYCF and proposal process? Tune in to the optional Q&A webinar, Tuesday, July 27, at 1 pm Mountain Time. Register here.

Investing in Indian Country: Mid-Year Market Update Webinar

As we pass the midway point of 2021, the nation is experiencing double-digit stock market gains, millions of Americans back to work, and the highest personal savings rate in years. But what happens next? In this new webinar, First Nations’ Programs Consultant Shawn Spruce provides a thorough analysis of current economic trends and what they mean to financial goals. Register for either or both of these upcoming sessions:

Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 1 pm, MOUNTAIN
Monday, August 9, 2021, 1 pm, MOUNTAIN

Attention Native Writers & Allies: OLWS Retreat in August

First Nations is honored to be a sponsor of the Oak Lake Writers’ Society (OLWS) Tribal Writing Retreat, a virtual event for Native students and allies to learn more about culture-based writing and how to use literature to empower Tribal nations and communities. Before the retreat, Native high school and college students will meet with OLWS writing mentor Joseph Marshall III (Sicangu Lakota) to discuss culture-based writing and publishing. Tune in Thursday, August 5, 2021, from 5 to 6 pm CENTRAL. Register here.

Paradigm Shift: California Tribe Now Owner of Power Grid

An investment by Morongo Transmission, owned by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, is what is making it possible for Southern California Edison to build a $740 million project across tribal lands, reports Indian Country Today. “There are lots of wins here,” the article cites: The tribe has ownership of the power lines that cross the reservation. Southern California has three times the access to clean power sources, and Southern California Edison says the project was completed five months early and well under budget.

Photo credit Indian Country Today, David Prasad, Creative Commons

AIGC Seeks Director of Marketing & Communications

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a national nonprofit headquartered in Albuquerque, is seeking a Director of Marketing & Communications to serve as a strategic leader in support of Native Indians and Alaska Natives in pursuit of higher education. The Director of Marketing & Communications will be responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of AIGC’s external communications and public relations. Learn more and apply.

Restoring Protections for Tongass National Forest in Alaska

The New York Times reports, “The Biden administration is moving to restore full environmental protections for Tongass National Forest in Alaska, reversing an attempt by former President Donald J. Trump to introduce logging and mining in pristine sections of one of the world’s largest intact temperate rain forests.” Further, the Biden Tongass strategy also includes ending large-scale logging of old growth timber across the forest’s entire 16 million acres. Read more.

Photo credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times