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In 1980, First Nations Financial Project was founded in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Funded by a $25,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, the project – renamed First Nations Development Institute in 1991 – became the first nonprofit social enterprise exclusively committed to Native control of tribal assets. In 2020, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of First Nations and the progress made through this initial project that has grown into a leading Native-led nonprofit in service of strengthening Native economies and communities.
With the theme of our anniversary, Honoring Indigenous Knowledge, our 2020 Annual Report looks back at the successes of our community partners, and looks ahead with optimism for all they are achieving for Native culture, youth, land, and assets.
In addition to messages from First Nations’ President and CEO Michael Roberts and Board Chair Benny Shendo, Jr., the long-awaited report features:
- Artwork by First Nations artist friend Gordon Coons
- Highlights of 40 years of Honoring Indigenous Knowledge
- First Nations’ COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
- A showcase of how resilience, relationships, and adaptability go on at First Nations and throughout Indian Country.