This Week at First Nations: June 7, 2024

Application Opens Monday 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 opens Monday, June 10, 2024. Watch for details on our homepage.

Celebrating June with PRIDE!

Throughout June, First Nations joins in celebration of PRIDE Month, honoring the beauty and strength of our LGBTQ2S+ family and friends. We support and acknowledge members of the LGBTQ2S+ community and the continued movement for equal rights. We encourage people to learn more about how to support the LGBTQ2S+ community and explore local events celebrating the month, such as Navajo Nation Pride, June 29, 2024, in Window Rock, Arizona.

Congratulations Spokane Tribe of Indians for their USFS Community Forest Program Award

The Spokane Tribe of Indians was awarded $493,000 through the Community Forest Program (CFP) of the U.S. Forest Service to purchase a 37-acre community forest within their ancestral territory along the Little Spokane River. Tribal ownership and management of this site will strengthen ecosystem and community resilience, benefit the Redband Trout, and support the reintroduction of Chinook salmon to the region.

The CFP offers a unique opportunity for Tribes to acquire and conserve forests that provide public access and recreational opportunities, protect vital water supplies and wildlife habitat, serve as demonstration sites for private forest landowners, and provide economic benefits from timber and non-timber products. All forests conserved through the CFP are managed through a Community Forest Plan, which guides the management and use of the forest and is developed with community input.

First Nations has resources to support Tribal applications to the CFP. Learn more!

First Nations Hiring for Several Positions  Apply Today! 

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.

Stewarding Native Lands Webinar Recording Now Available

Last week, First Nations’ Stewarding Native Lands team hosted a webinar to share best practices and funding opportunities to strengthen and steward national forest lands. A recording and presentation materials for “Indigenous Stewardship on National Forest Lands: Webinar 2: East Region” can be accessed here.

100 Years Later: A Congressional Act That Didn’t Ensure Equal Justice

This week, Indian Country Today reflects on the 100-year anniversary of the Indian Citizenship Act, also known at the Snyder Act, which made Indigenous people citizens of the United States. The author, Pauly Denetclaw (Navajo Nation), shares the history of the legislation and how, while the act granted citizenship, it did not provide Native Americans the same rights of White men, including the right to vote. Denetclaw emphasizes the need for continued advocacy for Native Americans, including passing legislation that would provide voter registration and polling locations on sovereign tribal lands. Read more.

$2.8 Billion Proposed to Protect Public Lands, Support Conservation Efforts

This week, the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture announced a proposed investment of $2.8 billion in fiscal year 2025 through the Great American Outdoors Act to protect and sustain public lands and schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education. The budget proposal also includes full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, part of which will go toward helping tribes acquire lands for natural and cultural resource conservation and recreation access. Read the press release.

High Schools Students: Apply Now for Young Changemakers Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Young Changemakers Fellowship, a year-long opportunity for 15 high school students across the United States, U.S. territories, and tribal nations to make a difference for the ocean and environment. Previous experience with environmental activism is not required. Fellows will meet in Washington, D.C., next month for a kick-off summit of hands-on workshops, discussions with government officials, and opportunities to meet and spend time with other fellows in the cohort. Learn more and apply.