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Retired Professor Knows His Stuff When It Comes to Supporting First Nations

Stephen M. Sachs of Albuquerque, New Mexico, definitely knows his stuff. A regular donor to First Nations Development Institute since 2008, he knows exactly what he is supporting and why.

Stephen is professor emeritus of political science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Although he’s known officially as a political scientist, he much prefers to identify himself an applied philosopher. Stephen has long taught tribal politics and written about American Indian and international Indigenous affairs.

He firmly believes that when Native people have the primary say about their own economic development, it works much better than the traditional Western model. He knows this from personally examining the history of Nations and the economic efforts involving them.

“I support First Nations because it’s an excellent example of Native people assisting their own development,” he says.


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Our mission is to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities.

We invite you to build a legacy by investing in Native people and vital initiatives that will strengthen American Indian economies.  You can expand and meet your philanthropic goals by supporting Native communities.

Like you, we believe that every human being has a right to economic security. At First Nations Development Institute, we have been striving for Native Americans’ economic justice to retain and rebuild the economies of American Indian tribes and communities.

We have 37 years of a proven track record of economic development in Indian Country.  We are committed to being terrific stewards of funding for Native communities and an engaged grantmaker. By working together with you, we will ensure that projects are successfully carried forward.

We invite you to join us today in ensuring Native American economic security.  

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