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This Week at First Nations: September 17, 2021

September 17, 2021

Indigenous Leaders Call for Transparency and Accountability in the Environmental Movement

“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report did not come as a shock to Indigenous peoples. We have been suffering the result of climate change for years,” shared First Nations President and CEO Michael Roberts on Wednesday’s webinar “Indigenous Leaders on Justice and Transforming the Environmental Movement” presented by First Nations and Diverse Green/Green 2.0. Presenter Niria Alicia added, “It is really important right now that the world recognizes it is time for Indigenous wisdom to lead in the issues that our generation is facing.” Miss the webinar? Watch the recording here.


Indian Country and COVID-19 Vaccinations: Webinar Recording Now Available

On September 9, 2021, First Nations’ Raymond Foxworth, Ph.D., joined panelists for a Native American Journalists Association webinar to discuss the successes and challenges of vaccination programs, sharing data from the American COVID-19 Vaccine Poll, a national survey focused on overcoming obstacles to full and equitable vaccination coverage. Learn more and watch the recording here!


New PSA Features 2021 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow

One of First Nations’ 2021 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellows, Chuck Leslie, is featured in a new PSA from The Nature Conservancy. The video, which focuses on the need for conservation work in Hawaii, asserts that “climate change” doesn’t have to be a bad word, and that we have to talk about it if we want to build resilience and have clean air, clean water, clean jobs and healthy coral reefs.  “Uncle Chuck” is one of the main narrators coming in at the .40 second mark. Watch the PSA here.


Photo credit NPQ, Los Muertos Crew from Pexels

First Nations Partners with NPQ to Explore Economic Justice in Indian Country

What does social and economic justice for Indian Country entail? What is required of policy and philanthropy? First Nations is teaming up with Nonprofit Quarterly to address these questions through a series of articles on economic justice in Indian Country and ways that philanthropy might more effectively support this work. Read the first article released this week: The “Long Awaiting” – Lifting Up Native Voices for Economic Justice, by First Nations’ Raymond Foxworth.


Save the Date for “Indigenomics” Conversation: October 6!

In this new webinar hosted by First Nations, President and CEO Michael Roberts will sit down with Carol Anne Hilton, CEO and founder of the Indigenomics Institute and author of Indigenomics: Taking a Seat at the Economic TableThe one-hour webinar, October 6 at 12 pm Mountain, will cover the emerging Indigenous economy and the call for a new model of development that advances Indigenous self-determination, collective well-being, and reconciliation. Save the date and stay tuned for more information.


FoodTank Highlights Organizations Promoting Food Literacy in Schools

First Nations is honored to be among the 29 organizations highlighted by FoodTank that are using school-based culinary and agricultural programs to promote environmental stewardship and improve student health outcomes. First Nations was noted for our Native Farm to School Resource Guide and our scholarship program for Native college students pursuing agriculture-related fields. Reminder: First Nations scholarship applications are due September 30.


Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Changes Name to Remove Racist Slur

A popular ski resort in California has changed its name from Squaw Valley to Palisades Tahoe, reports The Guardian. A statement on the resort’s website reads: “More than one year ago, we came to the conclusion that it was time to change our name. The reasons were clear — the old name was derogatory and offensive. It did not stand for who we are or what we represent. And we could not in good conscience continue to use it.”

Photo credit The Guardian Tim Dunn/AP


In Minneapolis this Weekend? Meet Native Artist Gordon Coons

First Nations’ artist friend Gordon Coons, who helped us commemorate our 40th anniversary, will be presenting September 18 and 19 at the 2021 Artists Weekend, hosted by the League of Longfellow Artists. Gordon, an Ojibwa print maker and painter who creates art from fire, duct tape and small sculpture, joins over 60 local artists throughout the greater Longfellow neighborhood in Minneapolis. Congratulations Gordon!