OCTOBER 2016 NEWSLETTER
Dear Mitakuyapi (“Relatives” is a traditional greeting in the Lakota language),
Cante Waste ya Nape Ciyu zape ye (“I shake your hand with a good heart”). Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day! The advocacy work around Indigenous Peoples Day and the Doctrine of Discovery is work I know well, due to my previous position on the staff of the Presiding Bishop at The Episcopal Church. It is work I hold close to my heart and while we celebrate Indigenous People, we also must understand the history that brought us here.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day, also known as Native American Day, is a counter-holiday to Columbus Day promoting native culture and history. The advocacy for Indigenous Peoples’ Day began in 1992 with protests in Berkeley, California and Denver, Colorado led by non-profit International Indian Treaty Council. Indigenous people called for an accurate portrayal of Columbus’ 1492 arrival. In fact, the first settlers carried with them the belief of the Doctrine of Discovery, which relied on a fifteenth-century document by the pope (called a Papal Bull), gave Christian explorers the right to claim lands they “discovered” for their Christian monarchs. Land not inhabited by Christians was available to be “discovered” and claimed. If the “pagan” inhabitants could be converted, their lives might be spared.
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Generation Indigenous National White House Philanthropy Call
Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at 1:00pm EST, we’ll be hosting a national call in support of Generation Indigenous for philanthropy and nonprofits with Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer for the United States. Register here.
NAP Learning Community Series: Session 4
Worldview Intelligence: Transforming differences into progress through meaningful conversations October 12, 2016 at 11:00am CST. NAP Members can register here.
Generation Indigenous Funder Tour at Standing Rock
Join NAP for our first regional gathering and funders tour at the Standing Rock Reservation October 19-21, 2016. Learn from Native youth and community leaders addressing the immediate- and long-term issues of tribal sovereignty, community and economic development, health and the environment at the center of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest. Register here.
The Community Foundation: Celebrating 75 Years
In honor of The Community Foundation’s 75th Anniversary, our Southern California Regional Network Weaver, Melissa Powless Chacon, caught up for an interview with Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba, President and CEO.
Building Resilience: Restoring our Human Capacity to Heal
The George Family Foundation invited Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) to attend their Building Resilience event at the St Paul River Centre September 27, 2016. The event focused on the foundation’s 2015 Catalyst Initiative in partnership with Marnita’s Table in response to the need for conversation around using whole person practices to heal from trauma. The goal of Building Resilience was to provided tools and techniques for uncovering culturally meaningful integrative practices that may help both individuals and communities recover and rise above historic, secondary and other types of trauma. Read the full blog post here.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Program expanded to Navajo Nation to support stronger maternal and child health care among Native Americans. Read more here.
On Race and Inequality, Philanthropy, has to “Get Woke’
By Robert Ross, President of the California Endowment.
As president of the California Endowment, I have an advisory group of 14 young people of color that provides me with an opportunity to hear directly from youths whose families reside in underserved and economically distressed neighborhoods across our state. Read the full post here.
Investing in Our Native Youth
By David Biemesderfer, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
Whenever I find myself having doubts about the future of our country, I’ll meet some young people who give me hope. That was the case when I participated in a recent Philanthropic Native Youth Summit held by the White House in partnership with Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP). Read the full blog here.
The Story Behind Standing Rock
By Erik Stegman, Center for Native American Youth
This summer, a group of Native American youth took off running from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Two thousand miles later, they delivered a petition in Washington, D.C. that would help spark the largest gathering of Native nations in over a hundred years – to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Full blog here.
Helping Native Youth Succeed With Culturally Responsive Education
By Cheryl Crazy Bull, American Indian College Fund
Living conditions on American Indian reservations and in Alaska Native villages are often compared to those in third world countries. Read more here.
World Conservation Congress Approves Historic Measure To Protect Indigenous Sacred Lands
In a landmark move that adds wind to the sails of indigenous struggles to protect sacred lands everywhere, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has passed a resolution declaring that all protected areas and the sacred lands of Indigenous Peoples should be ‘No-Go Areas’ for destructive industrial activities like mining, dam-building and logging. Learn more here.
The Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F), which seeks to reduce obesity and Type 2 diabetes among Native American children, partnered with Indigenous Methods, LLC to develop an evaluation plan for Native Strong, its grantmaking program that provides tribal communities with the tools and information they need to improve children’s health. Read more here.
NAP Members Learning Community Session 4
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 11:00am CST
Worldview Intelligence: Transforming differences into progress through meaningful conversations.
First Peoples Fund Community Spirit Awards
Saturday, October 8, 2016 | Rapid City, SD
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Native American Women Saw the Largest Declines in Wages over the Last Decade among All Women
Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) analysis of data from the American Community Survey finds that between 2004 and 2014, Native American women’s real median annual earnings for full-time, year-round work declined by 5.8 percent-more than three times as much as women’s earnings overall. Find the report here.
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