MAY 2016 NEWSLETTER
Cante Waste ya Nape Ciyu zape ye (“I shake your hand with a good heart” in Lakota). It is a very exciting time for us at Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP). As we prepare for our Philanthropy Institute next week, we have also welcomed new staff in the past few months, as well as Network Weavers!
In March, Ashley Wheeler permanently joined NAP as our Executive Assistant after serving as temporary administrative support for several months. Ashley brings to our team a strong background in office management and ecumenical advocacy.
We also welcomed four Network Weavers last month! Our Network Weavers serve as our grassroots connection to non-profits, tribal philanthropy and foundations in our regional areas. Their background includes program management and development, as well as experience working with non-profits and funders.
- Network Weaver: Northern California Region- Morning Star Gali (Pit River Tribe) has been a friend of NAP since she attended our Circle of Leaders Academy in 2012-2013. Morning Star has most recently worked at Pit River Tribe’s Historic Preservation Officer and has represented NAP in several spaces through her work on culture and environmental issues. Morning Star is based in McArthur, California.
- Network Weaver: Southern California Region– Melissa Powless Chacon (Oneida) brings organizational development and fundraising experience working with non-profits and tribes in California for over a decade. Melissa is based in Aguanga, California.
- Network Weaver: Midwest Region– Jason Wilson (Ojibwe) comes to us from Canada with deep experience in bridging strong relationships with business community and Native American communities in areas of community engagement, corporate social responsibility programs and sponsorship. Jason is based in Prior Lake, Minnesota.
- Network Weaver: Southwest Region– Lucille EchoHawk (Pawnee) was a founder of NAP twenty-five years ago! Lucille’s extensive philanthropic work includes American Indian/Alaska Native child welfare and education advocacy, as well as serving as a core leader in strategically advising and developing of native non-profits. Lucille is based in Arvada, Colorado.
Please help me in welcoming Ashley, Morning Star, Melissa, Jason and Lucille to the team at Native Americans in Philanthropy. We will also continue to seek Network Weavers for other regions, please stay tuned for those job opportunities.
Lastly, our very own Jennifer Fairbanks has been promoted from Communications Associate to Communications Specialist! Jennifer has worked for NAP for almost six years and continues to expand our communications strategy to our membership. Congratulations Jennifer!
I am very grateful to have this wonderful team surrounding the rebirth of Native Americans in Philanthropy. Their broad experience philanthropy, advocacy and community partnership will support NAP in creating transformative systemic change. I look forward to creating innovative pathways celebrating native cultural wisdom in the months to come.
Philanthropy Institute Complete Agenda
Check out our full updated agenda available on our website featuring the following breakout sessions:
- What does Native-Themed Mascots and logos have to do with me?
- Making Philanthropy Work for Communities of Color
- Lost Stories – Finding the data to tell Native narratives
- Building Resources for Native Environmental Health and Justice
- Joining Forces for Impact Holistic Solutions for Native Youth
- Representation in Philanthropy: Disappointments & Opportunities in Diversifying the Pipeline
- Implementing and Sustaining programs that work in Indigenous Communities: 25 years of Project Venture
- Justice for Native Women, Hearts of Nations
- and More!
Network with us at beautiful bayside Catamaran beach, Museum of Man at Balboa Park!
We invite you to join us for an opportunity to connect with our 11th Annual Philanthropy Institute attendees in the beautiful city of San Diego. You’ll have a chance to meet our California Network Weavers, Melissa Powless Chacon for Southern California Region and Morning Star Gali for Northern California Region and Native Americans in Philanthropy’s CEO Sarah Eagle Heart!
You are invited to spend an evening with NAP members, foundation peers, and tribal philanthropic leaders to the San Diego Museum of Man featuring the Kumeyaay: Native Californians exhibit that explores traditional Kumeyaay lifeways, showcasing the art of pottery and basket making, food procurement, dress and adornment, traditional medicine, games, and ceremonies. You’ll experience one of SoCal’s hidden gems with a trip back in time. See rare displayed baskets, pottery, cradle boards and much more from the Kumeyaay. Enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a selection of California wines in the museum’s Rotunda before joining NAP members, peers, and leaders for a museum tour. Guests will experience both delicious hors d’oeuvres, freshly prepared by Chef’s from Toast Catering of San Diego, and wine tastings from Séka Hills, a tribal enterprise of the Yoche De He Wintu Nation producing estate-grown wines from the fertile soils of Capay Valley in Northern California. A special Kumeyaay cultural presentation, led by local cultural bearers from the region’s tribal communities, will provide guests with intimate knowledge and tribal stories from the original people of San Diego region, the Kumeyaay.
Watch our website for more information to come! We’ll see you May 25-27 at the Catamaran Resort and Spa in San Diego!
Meet our Regional Network Weavers!
Native Americans in Philanthropy is excited to welcome onto the staff four Regional Network Weavers who will be helping in the work we do. The Weavers will facilitate the growth and connectivity of a regional network of organizations and individuals and promote relationships among new and potential members in the region, as well as to promote NAP programs and membership benefits, and support NAP regional offerings.
Lucille A. Echohawk, Network Weaver: Southwest Region
Lucille Echohawk is a citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and resides in Arvada, Colorado. She has worked in the Indian child welfare field for more than twenty years as a volunteer and also was employed as a Strategic Advisor with Casey Family Programs for twelve years. She then served as Executive Director of the Denver Indian Family Resource Center until her retirement in 2014. She currently serves as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) with Spirit of the Sun, Inc. She has been active in the non-profit and philanthropic fields with tribal nations and urban Native communities for more than thirty years. She holds a BA degree from Brigham Young University and an M.Ed from Erikson Institute for Early Education, Loyola University of Chicago. Lucille is co-founder of Native Americans in Philanthropy, the Denver Indian Center and the Denver Indian Family Resource Center and served as board chair for the three organizations. After 14 years of service on the Child Welfare League of America’s board of directors, she has taken on the role of Senior Fellow for that organization. Recently she was appointed to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute’s board of directors and serves as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Tribes. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) she focuses on Indian child welfare cases in Denver County. For many years she has been a member of the National Support Committee for the Native American Rights Fund and is an at-large member of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs. In that capacity she was recently appointed by Colorado’s Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Commission to Study American Indian Representations in Public Schools. Contact Lucille here: lechohawk@nativephilanthropy.
Melissa Powless Chacon, Network Weaver: Southern California Region
Melissa Powless Chacon’s vision is for the potential of Native American urban, rural and reservation communities to be realized and achieved through increased funding and philanthropic giving strategies and for Native youth to become equipped to successfully navigate oppressive systems with a combination of modern-day support and knowledge and cultural confidence. Through a comprehensive network of resources and systems with Native and non-Native partners, stakeholders and communities, she has assisted Tribal Nations and Native Non-profits for over 20 years to achieve sustainable solutions with acquired grant funding, fundraising and volunteerism, influenced philanthropic giving and facilitated training and development of organizations and design of programs. She currently is working on completing a doctoral degree program with UCSD in Educational Leadership, with a research concentration on philanthropic giving for tribal education. She is an enrolled citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and Turtle Clan. She is the granddaughter of Rachel Powless, whom she takes her name in honor of matriarchal custom. She has three amazing young children, who she raises with a loving husband from the Cahuilla reservation. Melissa also produces creative portraiture and event photography for Native American families and community events. Melissa’s official website is kahawi.org. Contact Melissa here: mpowelesschacon@
Morning Star Gali, Network Weaver: Northern California Region
Morning Star Gali has been deeply involved with the cultural, political and spiritual activities of her nation and urban Indian communities in the Bay Area from a very early age. Born at the AIM for Freedom Survival School, she was immersed into the Bay Area Indian Community and spent her childhood years attending Hintil Kuu Ca, which originated as the cultural school during the Indians of All Tribes’ takeover of Alcatraz. A member of the Ajumawi band of Pit River located in Northeastern California, Gali currently works as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pit River Tribe. Prior to returning to her ancestral homelands and working for her tribe, she served as a volunteer and advocate on behalf of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Indigenous peoples in California and worked with a number of Indigenous-led grassroots organizations in the Bay Area for over a decade. Dedicated to raising awareness and visibility within the unique climate of California’s urban and rural Native communities, Gali coordinates support of Indigenous-led organizing efforts. She continues to lead large-scale actions while helping organize Native cultural, spiritual, scholarly, and political gatherings throughout the state. Notably, she has been the lead organizer for the now prominent “Thanks-taking” sunrise ceremony at Alcatraz, an annual commemoration of the 1969-1971 occupation by Native activists of the island within the ancestral territories of the Ohlone people. The sunrise ceremony, coordinated by the International Indian Treaty Council now is attended by 5,000 people each year. Morning Star works as the Special Projects coordinator for IITC working for the Sovereignty and Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights, Treaties, Traditional Cultures and Sacred Lands. Since 2008 Morning Star has been a rotating host on KPFA 94.1’s “Bay Native Circle” and is the proud mother of four children. Contact Morning Star here: mstargali@nativephilanthropy.
Jason Wilson, Network Weaver: Midwest Region
Jason is a proud Ojibwe and lives in Prior Lake, Minnesota with his fiancé and two daughters. He is originally from Rainy River First Nations, Ontario, Canada. He is blessed with a strong family circle. He has over 15 years of Intergovernmental affairs experience working in the Federal and Provincial government, First Nation communities and the private sector. He was a political advisor to Grand Chief of Treaty #3 in 2008. Jason is the current President of JAW Consultants. JAW Consultants reflects Jason’s commitment to create community engagement and networking solutions, economic and community development strategic planning and meaningful employment for First Nations and Tribal Governments respectively. He welcomes input and guidance from Community leaders, elders, youth, women and men and from that we move forward together. He will graduate with his Bachelor of Administration in July from Full Sail University, Florida. Contact Jason here: email@example.com
NAP Members: New Learning Community Series Launches in June
NAP is pleased to announce we’re offering a new four-part Learning Community Series for nonprofit members that will allow you to share your experiences and learn from others in these facilitated conversations. Explore essential topics in more depth and how they apply to your organizations. In preparation for each Learning Community facilitation, registrants receive free a Page to Practice™ book summary about the topic we’ll discuss. Save the dates:
- June 22: Building Productive Rapport with Future Partners: Discuss the ingredients of mutually beneficial meetings with new and existing collaborators and hear what’s working for your peers.
- July 20: Establishing a Sustainability Mindset: Explore the priorities and questions surrounding what makes your programs supportable while sharing strategies with your fellow members.
- August 24: Content Marketing and the Role Social Media Plays: Investigate what communication channels and social media platforms are working for your colleagues and what you might test on your own.
- September 21: Exploring the Worldview Perspective: Discover what you can adopt from the Worldview perspective process to improve your outcomes with conversations that matter.
Registration opens on Wednesday, May 25 at nativephilanthropy.org/events. Information will also be available at the annual conference.
2016 NCRP Impact Awards Reception Recap
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Native early educator honored at White House during Teacher Appreciation Week
Native Lives Matter goes beyond police brutality
Native Americans are more likely to be killed by police than any other ethnic group in the U.S., but the national dialogue about racial bias and criminal justice reform continues to exclude them. Read more here.
Philanthropic Leadership Shouldn’t Still Look Like the Country-Club Set
From Black Lives Matter and #OscarsSoWhite to Syrian refugees and giant border walls, our political and civic discourse of late has focused on who’s included and who’s excluded from key segments of society. Read more here.
OVERTIME and OVERHEAD Rules Changing Soon: Action Requested by Nonprofits with Government Grants and Contracts
Policy changes coming out of Washington, DC, this spring and summer have the potential to affect the costs and operations of nonprofit organizations that have grants and contracts to provide services on behalf of governments at all levels. The policy changes involve the expected publication of the Labor Department’s revised overtime regulations and potential revisions to the OMB Uniform Guidance affecting how nonprofits spend grant funds. This Special Edition of Nonprofit Advocacy Matters is dedicated to raising awareness about these two federal regulatory issues and seeking insights from front-line nonprofits in a National Survey designed to gather data that can be used to support better policies and solutions to potential adverse consequences of the pending two sets of policy changes. Read more and take the survey here.
Application process, eligibility announced for $38 million Keepseagle grants distribution
Fast-track registration opens May 25, applications close June 24
Class counsel in the Keepseagle v. Vilsack settlement today announced details about the Native American Agricultural Fast Track Fund (NAAFTF), a one-time distribution of $38 million in settlement funds. Awards from this fund will be made on a competitive basis to non-profit organizations, tribal programs and educational institutions which provide agricultural, business, technical or advocacy services to existing and aspiring Native American farmers and ranchers. Learn more here.
C-Suite Sessions: Colorado
Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm MDT
El Pomar Foundation
Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO, 80906. You’re invited to join senior charitable community leaders from across Colorado for an intensive one-day networking and knowledge-building program. C-Suite Sessions create a dynamic, private meeting ground where you can collaborate with peers and thought leaders around shared challenges and creative solutions.
- T. Lulani Arquette (Native Hawaiian), President and CEO, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
- Susan Jenkins (Choctaw), Retired, Founding Executive Director, Cherokee Preservation Foundation
- Diane Kaplan, President and CEO, Rasmuson Foundation
First Nations Development Institute will hold its 21st Annual First Nations L.E.A.D. Institute Conference at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, OK.
A Vision for the Urban Indian Community
Assessment of Assets and Opportunities of the King County Urban Indian Population
In June 2014, the United Way of King County published the report “A Vision for the Urban Indian Community: Assessment of Assets and Opportunities of the King County Urban Indian Population.” Download the report here.
CAUSEPLANET CORNER: where nonprofit leaders get smarter faster.
NAP Members can download this Page to Practice™ book summary for FREE thanks to NAP’s partnership with CausePlanet. Simply visit www.CausePlanet.org and sign in with your email address and “NAP” for the password. Questions? Email us at mail@CausePlanet.org.
- Tackle one of the greatest obstacles of personal success: performing under pressure.
- Explore the difference between stress and pressure and how each impacts our efforts differently.
- Understand what makes people “choke” under pressure and learn 22 specific strategies to reduce pressure.
- Adopt four attributes that can help immunize you over the long term from pressure that diminishes your success.
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