This Week at First Nations: May 14, 2021

More Grants Awarded through COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

As the nation moves toward reopening, the effects of COVID-19 linger in many Native communities. In response, First Nations continues to raise funds and deliver financial support to Native nations and organizations so that they can stay resilient and focused on their missions. This week, First Nations issued another round of funding, bringing the total amount of grants awarded to $3,626,108, all made possible thanks to First Nations donors and supporters. Learn more about First Nations’ COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund and how to donate here.

First Nations’ Staff Hit the Trails to Raise Awareness of MMIWG

In honor of last week’s National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, First Nations’ staff participated in a Virtual Run hosted by Native Women Running. They ran in solidarity and support of the families and individuals on the frontlines of this crisis.

Catherine Bryan (Navajo), Kendall Tallmadge (Ho-Chunk), and Rana LaPine (Mohawk) (and dog Argos) joined forces representing First Nations’ Longmont office, and Leiloni Begaye (Diné) ran with them virtually, representing the Albuquerque office. Great job, ladies!

Miss One Planet, One Health? Watch it Here!

A few weeks ago, we shared that First Nations’ Director of Native Agriculture & Food Systems, A-dae Romero-Briones, would join speakers for the virtual event, One Planet. One Health: Building Solutions for More Sustainable Local Food Systems, presented by FoodTank and Danone Institute. Here, A-dae urged listeners to think of food in terms of community. “What does your community look like, what kind of community are you part of? If you’re not part of one, find one. Because the only way we’re going to change the American food system is to recognize that it’s not dependent on individual market behaviors — it’s dependent on community empathy, responsibility, and response.” Miss the webinar? Watch it here!

What We’re Watching: Rutherford Falls

Rutherford Falls premiered recently on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, and it “is one of only a few shows ever created to have a Native lead and, behind the scenes, a bevy of brilliant Native minds to whip up the dialogue and build the story arc,” reports NBC News’ Think Opinion, Analysis, Essays. Further, “The actors, writers, producers and directors are the real deal — which has been rare in Hollywood. Native talent is no longer being relegated to the supporting cast or some background characters.”

“The show depicts modern Native people as they are, and not as inaccurate stereotypes that have been continually created and perpetuated by non-Native people,” says First Nations’ VP Raymond Foxworth. “On top of that, it’s funny.

Photo credit Colleen Hayes/Peacock

Native Youth: Attend the Youth Forage Summit

In partnership with the Native American Agriculture Fund, Flower Hill Institute is proud to host a free virtual Youth Forage Summit this summer for Native American students in grades 7 to 12. Participating youth will learn all about food sovereignty initiatives and ways to forage traditional foods, and Native American agricultural experts will lead sessions on foraging practices found across the nation. The summit will culminate in a video competition in which attendees can tell their own foraging and traditional food stories for the chance to win cash rewards and prizes. Learn more and apply by May 23, 2021.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Kicks off Next Week

The 2021 Human Rights Watch Film Festival will stream across the United States from May 19 to May 27, presenting 10 compelling new films and live captioned Q&As with filmmakers, film participants and human rights leaders. This year’s event features a Centering Indigenous Stories program, which includes: Daughter of a Lost Bird, A Once and Future Peace, and Bajo Fuego. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Colorado Book Awards Celebrates Indigenous Voices

Colorado Humanities shares that two Indigenous authors are finalists for the 2021 Colorado Book Awards, and each will present a live reading with Q&As next week. On Wednesday, May 19, at 7 pm Mountain, poet Linda Hogan (Chickasaw) will read from her book, A History of Kindness, at the Literary Fiction and Poetry finalists reading, and on Wednesday, May 26, at 7 pm Mountain, novelist David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Sicangu Lakota) will read from his book, Winter Counts: A Novel, at the Mystery and Thriller finalists reading. Register for free here.

Reminder: $10,000 Grants for Indigenous Communities Fellows

Solve’s Indigenous Communities Fellowship seeks solutions by Native innovators that consider both technology and traditional knowledge to support and scale positive impact. A $10,000 grant will be provided to each selected Fellow. Native American entrepreneurs are encouraged to learn more and apply by June 1, 2021.