First Nations believes that Native youth represent the future of Native communities, and that their health and well-being determines the future health and well-being of a community overall. By investing in youth and giving them a sense of place and tradition in the community, a community ensures that it will have bright and capable future leaders. First Nations invests in Native youth and their families through many programs, but the cornerstone of our youth efforts is the Native Youth and Culture Fund, which annually provides grant support to numerous youth-related projects. We also have a range of financial education programs that are geared toward Native youth, including the Crazy Cash City reality fair and the $pending Frenzy workshop. The goal is to provide programs that meet youth where they are, support them in accomplishing their goals and dreams, and prepare them for an empowered adulthood guided by their cultures, families and traditions.
With an investment of $1,600,000 over two years from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), First Nations is supporting Native-led,…Learn More
First Nations launched the Native Youth and Culture Fund in 2002 with generous support from Kalliopeia Foundation and…Learn More
Language is a vital asset for Native people and communities. It defines who we are, where we come from, and…Learn More
Many farmers, ranchers, herders, and others are retiring without qualified replacements trained to take their place. According to the USDA,…Learn More
If you’re a Lakota child born in South Dakota, you can now find a place to belong, where your culture and language are fostered, creating a Lakota identity that will help you thrive. This is possible thanks to the Lakota Waldorf School, formed over 26 years ago at a time when Lakota children never had such an option.Read Full Story