This Week at First Nations: October 1, 2021

Support Available to Preserve and Protect Native Languages

Native cultures and languages are, collectively, key assets for all Native communities. To support the revitalization and perpetuation of these valuable assets, First Nations is again awarding funding through our Native Language Immersion Initiative with grants ranging from $45,000 to $75,000 to build the capacity of Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs actively supporting Native language immersion programs. Learn more and apply here by November 10, 2021. Questions about applying? Tune in for the Q&A webinars October 12 and 28.


Scholarship Deadline Extended to October 7! Apply Now!

Through the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship program, First Nations is awarding 20 to 25 $1,000 to $1,500 scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic school year to Native college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields.

Spread the word to encourage more Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian college students to enter agriculture and food systems fields so that they can better assist their communities with their food systems efforts. The deadline is now Thursday, October 7, at 5 pm Mountain, which means there’s still time to apply. Learn more here.


We Value Your Input on Health & Well-Being

We are conducting a brief online survey of our community partners on behalf of a national nonprofit foundation that focuses on factors, other than health care, that impact health and well-being. Please take 10 minutes to let us know your thoughts here by Monday, October 4, 2021. Your responses will be merged with hundreds of other respondents from four different organizations for analysis and will not be associated with personal identifying information. We look forward to hearing from you! Thank you!


COVID-19, Delta Variant Support Continues for Native Communities

As Native communities continue to respond to the effects of the pandemic and the ongoing threat of the delta variant, there is still support from First Nations. In September, we awarded two more rounds of COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund grants. Twenty-six more Native nations and organizations received grants, bringing the total of funds awarded to $4,634,608.28. These grants can be used to support ongoing response and recovery efforts, build critical services and infrastructure, invest in communications and technology, and meet overall operating costs.


Important Work of Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellows Goes On

First Nations is happy to share that Hanna Sholl, a 2020 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow has been named a virtual artist-in-residence at the Anchorage Museum. Hanna is featured in this museum blog post, and she shared her artistic process on a Facebook Live demonstration and Q&A last week. Watch the demo here.

In more good news, 2020 Luce Fellow Corine Pearce has launched a new KZYX show called “Good Ancestors and Local Treasures.” The podcast airs the first Monday of every month and features Pomo Arts and Culture. Congrats, Corine! Stream the first episode here.


Join Us Next Week for the Truth About Land-Grab Universities

As part of First Nations’ partnership with The Ohio State University for the Stepping Out & Stepping Up Racial Justice Project, First Nations’ Michael Roberts will join with others in presenting “Land-Grab Universities: Owning the Truth and Sharing the Path to Making Amends.” In the webinar, October 6, at 10 am Mountain, Mike will speak on connecting universities with leaders of tribes whose land was taken and sold to fund land-grant institutions. Learn more and register here.


What We’re Listening To: Divided Together

We are happy to share this first episode of California State Parks’ podcast “Divided Together,” which was introduced last week on California Native American Day. Here, Ana Gloria “Martha” Rodriguez talks about the impact of the US-Mexico border dividing the Kumeyaay lands and people. Martha and her husband, Dr. Stan Rodriguez, are leaders in preserving and protecting Kumeyaay language and culture. Listen to the episode here, and stay tuned for the next episode, Indigenous Land Use Practices,” which will air October 8.


In Case You Missed It: Third NPQ Article Released This Week

In this installment, Heather Fleming (Navajo) asserts that Native communities—and Native entrepreneurs in particular—offer solutions for where we need to go. Yet, “Being a Native entrepreneur comes with a unique set of challenges—ones that too often stifle the promise and potential of business solutions by and for tribal communities.” To address these challenges, Fleming offers three ideas for how to start, or expand, support for Native businesses and their communities. Learn what’s needed here!


Remaking the Economy: Economic Justice in Indian Country

As part of the Remaking the Economy series, First Nations and NPQ are bringing together series authors Heather Fleming (Navajo), Vanessa Roanhorse (Navajo), and Lakota Vogel (Cheyenne River Sioux), on Thursday, October 14, at 12 pm Mountain, to discuss their work and the challenges they face. One question they’ll address: How do Native economic values differ from those typically espoused in U.S. discourse? Register here.


Reminder: Join Us Next Week to Talk Indigenomics

What’s needed to create a new model of economic development, one that advances Indigenous self-determination, collective well-being, and reconciliation? On Wednesday, October 6, at 12 pm Mountain, Carol Anne Hilton will tackle these questions in a special conversation with First Nations President & CEO Michael Roberts. Carol Anne is the founder of The Indigenomics Institute and the Global Center of Indigenomics and the author of Indigenomics: Taking a Seat at the Economic Table. Don’t miss this informative webinar. Register here.


Calling on Indigenous Knowledge to Track Climate Change in California

A new report from California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment shares insights from eight tribes in the state on their own indicators of climate change in their ancestral lands, reports CapRadio. The article describes how tribal members know from their elders “what the land used to look like and, therefore, can track through non-academic evidence how it’s changed.” Researchers say these perspectives are integral to understanding climate change but have for too long been disregarded because of the “extremely academic-based” approach of Western science. Read more.

Photo credit CapRadio L’eaux Stewart


Indigenous Children Set to Receive Billions

“A federal court in Canada has paved the way for billions in compensation to First Nations children who suffered discrimination in the welfare system, after a judge dismissed a pair of legal challenges by the government,” reports The Guardian. This week, a federal judge weighed in that the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s requirement for the federal government to pay compensation worth C$40,000 to each child removed from his or her home is not unreasonable. Read the story here.

Photo credit The Guardian, Blair Gable/Reuters