Partner Message: This Week at First Nations Development Institute

 

Thank You “Native Voices Rising” for Supporting Native-led Advocacy

First Nations is honored to be among the 88 Indigenous and Native-led advocacy and organizing groups to receive support from Native Voices Rising, a community-driven partnership between Native Americans in Philanthropy and Common Counsel Foundation. Since 2013, the organization has granted $5.5 million to partners dedicated to an array of critical issues, including the promotion of Indigenous worldview, Native sovereignty, climate and water justice, economic development, language preservation, and voting rights. Thank you, Native Voices Rising, for including First Nations with your 2021 grant partners.


Reminder: New California Grant Opportunity Deadline Approaching

The application deadline for First Nations’ Access to Ancestral Lands in California grant opportunity is Monday, January 31, 2022. First Nations will award 12 to 15 grants averaging $35,000 to California-based tribes or tribally-controlled non-profit organizations to strengthen California-based Indigenous stewardship and protect ancestral lands.

The next Q&A application webinar is Monday, January 24. Interested grantees are encouraged to attend! Register here.


Beyond Equity: Targeted Universalism and the Closing of the Racial Wealth Gap

The new series by NPQ and Prosperity Now continues this week with an installment by John A. Powell, director of the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley.

Here, Powell breaks down the virtues of Targeted Universalism, what it means and how it moves past an “equity” approach that focuses on what people want to end (disparities), and instead focuses on what we want to achieve (universal thriving). Learn more about the “TU” approach to the call for equity and transformational reform.


Save the Date: February 9 is the first Protein Supply Chain Webinar

First Nations will be hosting a series of informational webinars to help Native communities strengthen their protein supply chains and start or grow micro- to mid-sized meat processing facilities to increase access to locally produced, sustainably managed meat.

The first installment, Getting to the Meat of It: Advancing Tribal Food Sovereignty by Strengthening Protein Processing in Indian Country, will be Wednesday, February 9, at 1 pm MT. Register here.


Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellows Learn Art of Native Fishing Culture

This month, the 2021 cohort of Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellows gathered for the latest in an extra series of informal gatherings to share knowledge and celebrate Native culture.

2021 Fellow Charles Kealoha Leslie, who is one of the last traditional Native Hawaiian net-makers, hosted a virtual workshop on net-making for cohort members. The opportunity allowed participants to further network with each other, learn weaving skills, and share an appreciation for this rare and amazing artform that is restoring Native fishing culture in Hawaii. Thank you, Uncle Chuck!


Spotlight on Food Sovereignty for the Blackfeet Tribe

First Nations Community Partner Blackfeet Tribe in Browning, Montana, is starting 2022 strong with bolstered efforts to promote food sovereignty and the health and wellbeing of their community. The Blackfeet Food Access and Sustainability Team (FAST), with the support of First Nations, has created a mobile food pantry to address the impact of COVID-19, along with long-term food sovereignty programs, including nutrition education and increased access to traditional foods. Read more!


Now Hiring: Multiple Positions at First Nations

Join the team at First Nations and help strengthen Native communities and economies. We are currently seeking talented professionals for multiple positions, including a Program Officer for our Nourishing Native Foods & Health program, and Program Associates for projects and initiatives throughout the organization.

Learn more about open positions as well as the benefits and perks of working for First Nations.


New System Would Help Locate Missing Indigenous Women

New legislation and an ensuing program in Washington State would sound an alert specifically for missing Indigenous people, reports The Guardian. The alert system would be a first in the US, and it would help not only locate individuals and improve communication between law enforcement agencies and local jurisdictions, but also increase awareness about the crisis of missing Indigenous people, particularly women and girls, who in Washington go missing at a rate more than four times higher than the state’s white residents. Read more.

Photo credit The Guardian, Keiko Hiromi/AFLO/Rex/Shutterstock


Career Opportunity to Strengthen Colorado Food and Agriculture

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is recruiting for a dynamic leader and strategic innovator to serve as the Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture. The department is looking for “excellent, skilled, and dedicated candidates” who are excited to help build economic resilience, advance voluntary stewardship, and support the next generation with a commitment to equity throughout. Read about the position here.

 


First Native Woman Named as a Smithsonian Director

Cynthia Chavez Lamar, Ph.D., has been named director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The Smithsonian reports she is the first Native woman to be named as a Smithsonian museum director. Dr. Chavez Lamar is an accomplished curator, author, and scholar whose research interests are focused on Southwest Native art and the methodologies and practices involved in collaborating with Indigenous communities. Learn more here!

 

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