First Nations originally launched the MESO project in early 2015 with the aim of helping tribes achieve a balance between ecological stewardship and economic development. In particular, it aims to help tribes explore and inform ecological stewardship practices in the Great Plains of South Dakota and Montana by facilitating the dialogue around and active implementation of strategies that catalyze tribal-controlled ecological stewardship initiatives that are compatible with community tribal values and contribute to tribal economic and community development opportunities. Funding for this project was provided by the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.
New 2021 Grant Opportunity
As part of this project, and with the support of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies and the Chicago Community Foundation, First Nations is awarding 2021 Tribal Stewardship in the Northern Great Plains Grants, averaging $25,000 to $30,000 each, to organizations in Native communities that are growing and/or expanding programs that support sustainable economic opportunities and preserve native grasslands in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana.
Scroll down to learn about grantees of the overall Tribal Stewardship in the Northern Great Plains project.