Philanthropic Mission

Our Philanthropic Mission

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

Who We Are

First Nations Development Institute is the largest American Indian economic rights organization based in the United States.

For more than 35 years, First Nations Development Institute has educated and supported hundreds of Native communities by providing the training tools, program models and financial resources required for creating, strengthening and retaining community-based Native nonprofit and tribal organizations.

What We Believe

At First Nations, we believe that only solutions provided by Native peoples, for Native people, and defined within their own development strategies and cultural values, will succeed. In harmony with this philosophy, we work with Native communities where we are welcomed and invited – ensuring that our assistance will help projects move forward and be implemented in accordance with Native community values and priorities.

To learn more about our organization and why we are invested in strengthening Native economies, visit our About Us page.

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