This Week at First Nations: May 13, 2022

First Nations ‘GATHER’ Film Nominated for James Beard Award

First Nations is honored to announce that “GATHER” has been nominated for a 2022 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award. The full-length documentary resulted from collaboration between First Nations and award-winning director Sanjay Rawal and features First Nations’ Community Partners as they work to build sustainable foodways. The film was recognized for excellence in a food-related documentary production. Congratulations to all the nominees! See the full list of nominees here.


Register Now for Financial Skills for Families Workshop

First Nations joins Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition in hosting a summer Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families Virtual Train-the-Trainer Workshop, June 7, 8, and 9, 2022. Sponsored by FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the Wells Fargo Foundation, this free three-day financial education certification workshop features in-depth instruction on the 5th Edition Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families curriculum with an emphasis on strategies and solutions for both virtual and in-person settings. Space is limited! Register here.


Reminder: Apply Now for Climate Resiliency Grants 

To help Native communities bolster their resources and infrastructure to protect the climate, First Nations is introducing two new grant opportunities for Native-led organizations working in line with the Justice40 initiative to promote climate resiliency in Native communities. These are separate grants, but tribes and organizations are encouraged to apply for one or both opportunities. Both applications are due June 1, 2022.

Climate Resiliency in Indian Country Grant. Apply here.

Regional Dialogues on Climate Resiliency Grant. Apply here.

Miss the Q&A Application Webinar this week? Access the presentation materials here.


Reminder: Apply Now for Protecting Bering Sea Marine Resources Grant

First Nations is now accepting grant applications for Native communities that are working to protect marine resources in the Bering Sea ecoregion. First Nations expects to award approximately 10 grants of $50,000 each to eligible organizations. Learn more and apply by May 25, 2022.

Questions about applying? Access the recording of the Q&A Application Webinar.


Reminder: Apply for 2023 Cohort of Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship

The grant application process for the 2023 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship is open. In this fourth year of the program, First Nations will award 10 fellowships of $75,000 each to outstanding Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers engaged in meaningful work that benefits Indigenous people and communities in either reservation or urban settings.

Apply here by May 26, 2022. Access recordings of the Q&A Application webinars here.


Next Friday is the First-Ever Native Nonprofit Day 

The inaugural event on May 20 ― and the entire month of May ― is being dedicated to educating and raising awareness about the importance of supporting the giving initiatives of systemically underfunded Native-led nonprofits.

First Nations encourages everyone to spread the word and give to Native-controlled nonprofits, and we invite Community Partners to sign up here to receive campaign materials and download resources. Let’s bring attention to the important work being done by Native nonprofits every day throughout Indian Country.


Advancing Philanthropy in Colorado

First Nations’ Vice President of Grantmaking, Development, and Communications Raymond Foxworth, Ph.D., has been named one of eight new trustees added to the board of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. The trustees work in partnership with the foundation to help guide the organization and ensure sustainability to meet the current and emerging needs of Colorado women. Ray is also a member of the foundation’s Equity and Inclusion Committee, and he will co-chair the Direct-Service Grantmaking Committee in 2022.


Lloyd Sing and Hawaiian Basketry Featured Throughout Hawaii Skies

Cultural Specialist Harold Lloyd Kumulā‘au Sing, a member of the inaugural cohort of First Nations’ Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship, and his wife, Haunani Balino-Sing, share their story of reviving the lost art of ‘ie‘ie weaving. In the latest issue of Hana Hou!, the magazine of Hawaiian Airlines, Lloyd tells of the significance of passing down this artform. “Everybody has a lineage of basketry, because all cultures have basketry. We all have an innate skill—we’re born with that DNA. That’s what we try to do: to help people find that within themselves.” Read their full story here.


“Road to Healing” Starts for Federal Indian Boarding School Survivors and Families

This week, the U.S. Department of the Interior released Volume 1 of its investigative report of the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative. According to a DOI press release, the report is a significant step by the federal government to address the facts and consequences of its federal Indian boarding school policies that resulted in cultural assimilation and territorial dispossession of Indigenous peoples through the forced removal and relocation of their children.

In response to recommendations from the report, the release further announced the launch of “The Road to Healing,” a year-long tour across the country to hear from American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian survivors of the federal Indian boarding school system and give them an opportunity to share their stories.

Read the press release here.


Tribal Council Charts New Path for Bears Ears

Last fall, the Biden Administration restored protections to Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah. Mongabay shares how the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, made up of the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, and Ute Indian Tribe, is developing a land management plan representing each tribe’s interests and place-based conservation strategies in an effort to keep the land intact for future generations.

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Climate Change is Leaving Its Mark on Indigenous-Owned Food Businesses

Indigenous-owned food businesses hold the key to how to address the climate crisis through land stewardship, food sovereignty, and tribal sovereignty; yet, the resilience and creativity of Native stewardship is often disregarded by Western science. Daily Kos explores this issue and how Native food producers and tribal governments are advocating for policy changes that support traditional ecological knowledge.

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