This Week at First Nations: March 22, 2024

First Nations is offering multiple grant opportunities with more in the works. Read on for details, plus links to applications and Q&A webinar information.

Grant Support for Tribal Co-Management and Co-Stewardship 

Last month, First Nations’ Stewarding Native Lands webinar, Tribal Co-Management and Co-Stewardship: 101, provided an overview of tribal co-management and co-stewardship opportunities, along with considerations for capacity-building and pathways for effective implementation. To further this work, First Nations will be awarding five grants of $75,000 each to tribes looking to establish co-management or co-stewardship structures with federal agencies. Learn more and apply by April 18, 2024.

Questions about applying? Register here for the grant application Q&A webinar, Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at 1 pm MT.

Grant Support for Advancing Tribal Nature-Based Solutions

First Nations will distribute six Advancing Tribal Nature-Based Solutions grants of up to $200,000 each to support approaches to climate action that are based on community, culture, and nature. Learn more and apply by May 22, 2024.

Miss the grant application Q&A webinar this week? Access the recording and presentation materials here.

Grant Support for Traditional Native Arts Programs

First Nations will distribute approximately 15 two-year grants of up to $100,000 each to Native-controlled nonprofits and tribal government programs in the Upper Midwest, Southwest, and Pacific Northwest that have programs in place to support Native artists and the field of traditional Native arts. Learn more and apply by March 27, 2024.

Miss the grant application Q&A webinar this week? Access the recording and presentation materials here.

Microgrids Webinar: Join Us to Learn About Solar Energy Opportunities

Microgrids are a viable climate solution to increase community energy access. In this new Stewarding Native Lands webinar, “Microgrids: Advancing Tribal Solar Energy Opportunities,” a representative from Rocky Mountain Institute will present general information about solar and storage microgrids, and tribal representatives from Blackfeet Community College and Blue Lake Rancheria will present an overview of their completed tribally led microgrid projects, highlighting project inspiration and benefits, financing, challenges, and recommendations. The webinar is Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at 1 pm MT. Learn more and register here.

Additional Funding Awarded to Bering Sea Community Partners

First Nations continues to invest in Native communities in the Bering Sea region that are addressing the depletion of marine resources needed to sustain their communities and people. Building on the success of 2022 financial support and technical assistance received from First Nations, Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Tribal Consortium, Atux Forever: Restoring Attuans’ Freedom, and Bering Sea Elders Group have each received 2023 funding to continue their efforts to protect this diverse ecosystem from climate change and human threats. Read more about each organization.

Strengthening Resistance to Drought and Wildfire Threats in California

First Nations is honored to announce the receipt of a $100,000 grant from the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) to strengthen natural resource-based resilience and community- and family-focused responses to drought and wildfire threats.

The support will go toward the work of First Nations’ California Tribal Fund in increasing tribal control over emergency response efforts and elevating awareness of how Indigenous knowledge can improve environmental, personal, and community health. Also, with this support, First Nations will award grants on a rolling basis to California Native-led nonprofits and tribal communities to support direct emergency response efforts and strengthen land management practices.

The California Health Care Foundation is an independent, nonprofit philanthropy that works to improve the health care system so that all Californians have the care they need. Visit to learn more.

Historic Agreement to Return Tribal Land

This week, The Yurok Tribe, along with Save the Redwoods LeagueNational Park Service, and California State Parks, signed a landmark memorandum of understanding, a first step toward transferring a 125-acre ecologically and culturally important property from Save the Redwoods League back to its original steward, The Yurok Tribe. This first-ever cooperative arrangement for the National Park Service and California State Parks on tribal-owned land outlines a shared vision for long-term co-management of the site as a gateway to the adjacent Redwood National and State Parks. The partners envision creating a visitor and cultural center and trails to showcase the distinct histories and cultures of local tribes. Read the press release.

The Yurok Tribe is a long-time community partner of First Nations through our California Tribal Fund and our Nourishing Native Foods and Health program.

Photo credit National Park Service, Evan-Marie Petit, @evanmariepetit

Why a Native American Nation is Challenging the U.S. Over a 1794 Treaty

The Onondaga Nation has asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to find the United States guilty of violating a 1794 treaty that guaranteed the tribal nation 2.5 million acres of land in Central New York. As reported in The Seattle Times and The New York Times, through the petition, the Nation seeks a seat at the table on environmental decisions affecting the original territory, and an acknowledgment that the state of New York owes them the 2.5 million acres, even if only in principle. While it is believed a winning judgment would only be symbolic, it would be a step toward future healing. Read more.

Photo credit Lauren Petracca, The New York Times