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Supporting Community Intellectuals and Partnerships in Native Communities


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In 2018, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), with generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation (Luce), launched an unprecedented project to explore Native American community intellectualism in partnership with four Native-run nonprofit organizations, including: The Hopi Foundation, Leadership Institute at Santa Fe Indian School, The Piegan Institute at Cuts Wood School and Salish Kootenai College. First Nations has worked closely with all four of these organizations in the past, and thus was deeply familiar with their proven track record of engaging communities and helping them to excel. We were confident that these organizations would be able to help provide much-needed insight into the little known concept of Native American community intellectualism.