This Week at First Nations: May 28, 2021

Remembering our Native American Veterans

This Memorial Day, First Nations remembers and honors the Native Americans who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Native Americans serve in the Armed Forces at a higher rate than any other group, and have served in all the nation’s wars since the Revolutionary War. This weekend, join us in reflecting on their sacrifice, and learn more from these perspectives about Native Americans and the Memorial Day tradition.

 Photo credit Indian Country Today

COVID-19, Marginalization, and Native Nations

In 2020, Native communities saw great rates of infection, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. To advance knowledge regarding racial inequity and its effects on Native infrastructures, First Nations’ Raymond Foxworth, PhD, joined a collaboration of researchers in co-authoring “I Hope to Hell Nothing Goes Back to The Way It Was Before”: COVID-19, Marginalization, and Native Nations,” (published in Perspectives on Politics). The new report shows how continued political marginalization of Native Americans has compounded longstanding inequalities and endangered the lives of Native peoples, especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Understanding U.S. Census Data: A Summit Webinar for Tribal Communities

How can your tribal community access, navigate, and optimize data from the U.S. Census to best seek Tribal funding opportunities? Get answers in this free virtual webinar, hosted by the U.S. Census Bureau and First Nations titled, The Summit on “Tribal Communications and Organizations for Grant Writing.” Learn about online tools and resources, plus the census data available related to tribal lands and urban Indian communities. Join us Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 10 am Mountain. Register here!

Join First Nations’ Team!

A reminder that First Nations is hiring for multiple positions, including Grants Development Officer, Resource Development Coordinator, Project Coordinator and Communications Manager. First Nations offers health benefits, a flexible spending plan, paid time off, and holidays! Check out all the job postings here.

What We’re Listing To: The Big Food Question

Heritage Radio Network explores the question: “Is Philanthropy Doing Enough to Support Native Food Sovereignty?” In this podcast, Marilyn Noble discusses her report in The Counter, sharing insights — including from First Nations’ Raymond Foxworth — on how philanthropies support tribal communities and what they could be doing better. “If you want to be effective, what you should really be collecting is data that Native communities want and need to advance their work,” said Foxworth. “You should be listening and partnering with them to find out which data will help them.”

What We’ll Be Watching: Inhabitants

The new film, Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective, follows five Native American Tribes across deserts, coastlines, forests, and prairies as they restore their traditional land management practices, including, Civil Eats reports, intentional burning among the Karuk Tribe of California; sustainable agricultural practices on Hopi land in Arizona and the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin; the return of buffalo on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana; and the renaissance of Native Hawaiian food forests.

The film will be publicly available in mid-November, and a series of free screenings kicks off June 1. Read the full Civil Eats article to learn more.

Food Successes Highlighted

In addition to making strides in Indigenous education, housing security, and the health and wellbeing of the Rosebud Lakota community, First Nations’ Community Partner Sicangu Community Development Corporation is leading efforts toward Native food sovereignty. Their work, including the winning of a food vision award from the Rockefeller Foundation, was recently featured in the Quad-City Times. And, their Wolakota Buffalo Range project to bring buffalo back in five years’ time was featured in Feast and Field. Congratulations!

Film Project Explores Environmental Justice, Inspires Leaders

First Nations Community Partner American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) has launched three new films, in which AICHO Youth from Gimaajii-Mino-Bimaadizimin, Patience and Carmen, ask questions and get answers on environmental justice, renewable energy, solar power, and youth leadership. Produced in partnership with Outside the Box, which works to provide middle-school students with activities and opportunities to introduce them to the fields of design, construction, and environmental sustainability, these videos were specifically designed to inspire and empower the next generation! Check them out here.