This Week at First Nations: June 21, 2024

First Nations Community Partner Pueblo of Santa Ana Secures 60,000 Acres

Last week, over 60,000 acres of land were taken into trust by the federal government for the Pueblo of Santa Ana. The Roswell Daily Record reports that the land, known as Tamya Kwii Kee Nee Puu, was purchased by the Pueblo back in 2016. In a persisting effort to protect Tamya Kwii Kee Nee Puu long-term, Pueblo officials secured the land in federal trust to ensure these ancestral homelands will remain under their management and ownership forever. Read more about this historic moment here.

Pueblo of Santa Ana is a Stewarding Native Lands community partner through the Indigenous Partnership to Advance Native American Communities and Producers project.

Photo credit Roswell Daily Record, Santa Ana Pueblo, to Source New Mexico

What We’re Reading: Where Wolves Don’t Die

For First Nations’ next book club, we’re diving into the latest book by First Nations’ Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow Anton Treuer, an Ojibwe language professor, author of 20 books, and an international speaker. Where Wolves Don’t Die was released this week, and is described as being “both taut thriller and a raw, tender coming-of-age story, about one Ojibwe boy learning to love himself through the love of his family around him.” One reviewer said, “Anton Treuer knows how to tell a gripping story and the suspense doesn’t let up for a single page. Along the way you’ll learn about Ojibwe lifeways, languages, sharp jokes, gentle humor, and how to keep romantic love alive from youth to old age.”

We are looking forward to getting to know Ezra Cloud in this new Young Adult novel. Learn more here.

REMINDER: Office Hours Next Week for Climate Mitigation & Forest Resilience Grant Opportunity

In our role as a Community Navigator with the U.S. Forest Service, First Nations is joining the USFS and the National Indian Carbon Coalition to host informal “Office Hours” to discuss ideas and answer questions related to the Tribal Access to Emerging Private Markets for Forest Resilience or Climate Mitigation opportunity. The opportunity is designed to address Tribal-led forest resilience, climate mitigation, water quality, and carbon sequestration efforts. Up to $2 million per project is earmarked for Tribes to develop forest management plans, establish demonstration sites, and prioritize biodiversity protection. The grant deadline is August 21, 2024.

Office Hours will be held:
* June 26, 2024, at 1 pm MT: Register here.
* July 17, 2024, at 1 pm MT: Register here.

REMINDER: Apply Now for Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarships

First Nations will award 20 to 25 scholarships, from $1,000 to $1,500, to Native college/university students majoring in agriculture and food systems fields. Scholarships support Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students to better assist their communities.

The application window for scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year is now open. Apply here by July 11, 2024!

REMINDER: First Nations Hiring for Several Positions 

Join First Nations in advancing our mission to uplift and sustain the lifeways and economies of Native communities through advocacy, financial support, and knowledge sharing. We’re excited to share the following career opportunities:

* Director of Human Resources – New!
* Communications Associate – New!
* Program Officer, Stewarding Native Lands
* Development Officer (Technical)

* Lead Grants Development Officer

Learn more and apply here.

Indigenous Beader Teri Greeves Featured in New York Times

The New York Times this month shares how Native beadworker Teri Greeves, an enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, “builds on a legacy of artistry, rarely recognized by mainstream institutions, that stretches through generations of Native women.” Greeves shares how she stitches her stories into each canvas, paying homage to the artistry and power of the Native women who came before her. “Our voice was never put down,” she said. “We never lost it, it’s not something I recovered. This has been an unbroken change of expression.” Learn more about Teri and access the article here.

Pride Month Continues: Resources Available to Promote Safety and Inclusion

As part of its “Loved Here, Safe Here” campaign, the Adolescent Health Team at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) is providing health promotion materials for tribal clinics and those who engage with Native youth, including health educators, teachers, advisors, counselors, coaches, and youth recreation staffers. The campaign materials can be posted, printed, or shared with networks and are designed to support and provide an affirming environment for LGBTQ2S+ youth. Access the materials here.

NOAA Fisheries Authorizes Makah Tribe to Resume Gray Whale Hunt

In a press release last week, NOAA Fisheries announced the final rule and decision to grant the Makah Tribe in Washington state a waiver from the take prohibitions in the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). This waiver provides for a limited subsistence and ceremonial hunt of Eastern North Pacific gray whales in accordance with the Treaty of Neah Bay of 1855 and quotas established by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Janet Coit, assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries, said, “The measures adopted today honor the Makah Tribe’s treaty rights and their cultural whaling tradition that dates back well over 1,000 years, and is fundamental to their identity and heritage.” Read the release.

Photo credit NOAA Fisheries, Museum of History and Industry, Negative Number 88.33.122.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Formally Apologizes for Trauma Inflicted on Native American Communities

In a document entitled “Keeping Christ’s Sacred Promise: A Pastoral Framework for Indigenous Ministry,” the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a formal apology for the mistreatment and trauma inflicted by the Catholic Church on Native Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries, reports CNN. The document discusses the church’s role in the forced assimilation of Indigenous people through Native American boarding schools, acknowledges the generational trauma that continues today, and sets a series of new policies for ministering to Indigenous Catholics. Read more.

Photo credit CNN, Salwan Georges/The Washington Post/Getty Images