This Week at First Nations: March 26, 2021

A Look at the History of Indigenous Studies at Princeton University

First Nations’ A-dae Romero-Briones writes about the history of Native American scholars at Princeton, herself included, and the establishment of the university’s Indigenous Studies Endowed Chair. With this position, Romero-Briones writes, “We see the possibility of creating a pipeline for an increased number of Native American students to enroll at and graduate from Princeton. After college, these students often go back to serve their home communities, providing vital contributions that meet local needs while also benefitting Native economies.” Learn more.

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New Outreach to Funders of Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders and First Nations are teaming up to present an eye-opening look at Indigenous food and agriculture systems with the goal of addressing the barriers Native communities face in obtaining funding for their work. Through the webinar, April 14, 2021, at 12 pm Mountain, funders and donors will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of U.S. food systems and how policy, systemic racism, and inequity have shaped Indigenous agriculture and food systems both historically and today. Funders are encouraged to learn more and register.


Pursuing Racial Justice in the State of Ohio

First Nations is honored to be partnering with The Ohio State University for the Stepping Out & Stepping Up Racial Justice Project. Working together, the team seeks to address the forced exile of Native Americans during the establishment of the State of Ohio, and the dispossession of tribal lands by the U.S. government to fund the establishment of The Ohio State University. Both actions have contributed to intergenerational disadvantage and well-established economic, educational, and health disparities of Native American peoples. Learn more about the project.


What We’re Reading: Firekeeper’s Daughter

Rolling Stone reports, Firekeeper’s Daughter follows 18-year-old Daunis Fontaine, a half-native, half-white former hockey player/aspiring scientist who never feels fully settled in either her reservation or the outside world.

Barnes and Noble writes that author Angeline Boulley’s “authentic depictions of the complexities of Native communities and the trauma and strength of Native women, specifically, make this book a complete standout for YA and adult readers alike.” The book is coming to Netflex as an original series.


No New Coronavirus Deaths or Cases in the Navajo Nation

News from KOB4 this week: “The Navajo Nation on Monday reported no new COVID-19 cases and no deaths. It was the second consecutive day that the tribe has not recorded a coronavirus-related death. The death toll remains at 1,233 since the pandemic began with the number of confirmed cases at 30,007 on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.”

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Indigenous Leadership a Linchpin to Environmental Crises

A call for Indigenous leadership at The Hill: “There is no easy cure for what ails the environment. No silver bullet can restore the natural world overnight. What we know is that for our planet to remain livable over the long-term, it is going to take thousands of place-based conservation efforts, led by Indigenous peoples and local communities who oversee the most healthy, biodiverse and intact lands and waters left on Earth.”

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Best Practices for Language Revitalization and More

Registration is open for the 2021 NAFOA Virtual 39th Annual Conference, April 26 to 29, 2021. Among the presentations: A discussion about innovative approaches to language revitalization and how to allocate funding to meet the increased challenges of cultural preservation. See the full agenda for this conference of the Native American Finance Officers Association and register here.