This Week at First Nations: June 3, 2022

Deadline Extended for Regional Dialogues on Climate Resiliency Grants

First Nations has introduced two grant opportunities for Native-led organizations working in line with the Justice40 initiative to promote climate resiliency in Native communities. While the deadline for the first grant has passed, there is still time to apply for one of 10 Regional Dialogues on Climate Resiliency Grants averaging $50,000 to plan and host state- or regional-focused climate resiliency conversations. Learn more and apply here before the new extended deadline: Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 5 pm MT. 


Registration Now Open for Conservation and Range Management Field Day

Native agricultural farmers, ranchers, and producers are invited to a special 1.5-day convening, August 19 and 20, 2022, to explore the latest practices and trends in conservation strategies in the Southwest. Hosted by First Nations, in collaboration with Padres Mesa Demonstration Ranch, this unique field day of learning covers multiple aspects of implementation and sustainability plans. A limited number of travel stipends are available. To apply, be sure to register here by July 15, 2022, at 4 pm MT. 


First Nations Staff Get Moving on Memorial Day!

A Colorado tradition is the BOLDERBoulder, an annual 10k race to celebrate Memorial Day and run together in remembrance of all those who died in military service, including Native Americans who have served in every U.S. military encounter since the Revolutionary War. Sarayl Shunkamolah, Marisa Page, Amy Jakober, Jacque Demko, and Thalia Mack were happy to represent First Nations at this powerful event. It was a great day!


Indigenous Trans and Queer Artists Profiled in NBC Out

June is Pride Month, and in celebration, First Nations shares these NBC features of three Native artists and newsmakers: Charlie Amáyá Scott (Navajo Nation); Devery Jacobs (Kahnawake Mohawk Territory); and Sherenté Mishitashin Harris (Narragansett Indian Tribe). Scott is a transgender social media influencer and scholar working toward a Ph.D. Jacobs is an award-winning, queer Indigenous actor and filmmaker who starred in “Reservation Dogs.” And, Harris is a Two Spirit youth leader, traditional dancer, and queer activist. More Indigenous artists are highlighted in Scott’s blog, Diné Aesthetic(S).

Watch for more insights on PRIDE Month in First Nations’ blog post next week!


Health Disparities Behind New Ute Grocery Store, Workforce Center

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is raising $12 million to build a 28,000-square-foot grocery store to provide better access to healthy food for 347 households in its capital of Towaoc, Colorado. As reported in The Colorado Sun, the obesity rate for tribal members is 70% and the closest place to buy fresh food is 15 miles away. Tribal leaders believe the proposed grocery store and adjacent workforce center will improve the overall health of the tribe and lower the 52% unemployment rate.

Photo credit Dean Krakel, Special to The Colorado Sun


More Fed Money Allocated for Tribes in 2022, but Not Enough Consultation

According to Tribal Business News, Native American tribes are slated to receive more federal money (“crosscut”) this year to help with tribal programs ― $28.8 billion, a third higher than last year’s budget. However, the Government Accountability Office reports that three of five federal agencies ignored tribal sovereignty by not consulting with tribes on budget issues. Tribal stakeholders have expressed concerns about transparency. Read more.

Illustration credit Tribal Business News, Kaylee VanTuinen


Suzan Shown Harjo Battles the Braves

The Atlanta Braves are teaming up with 7G Foundation to host a “Native American All-Star Baseball Showcase” this summer, but Native advocate Suzan Shown Harjo warns people “not to be fooled,” reports Indigenous Wire. “This ‘ball camp’ for Native players sounds like a good deal for the players, but it also has the whiff of a turncoat operation, using players against Native advocates for an end of ‘Native’ slurs and iconographic theft,” she said. Read more.

Photo credit MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images