November 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”). Native Americans in Philanthropy honors Native American Heritage Month by amplifying issues affecting Indigenous peoples and in this election month, we call attention to the fact that many of our issues are pre-election issues and post-election issues. We call upon philanthropy not to forget the most vulnerable communities. So this month, and always, we provide a platform to share our Native American cultures, traditions, and perspectives with the philanthropic sector. The ongoing struggles that Native people have faced in terms of sovereignty, sacred sites protection, and environmental rights seem to continually be a subject the general public remains largely uninformed about. And now after the recent election, fears around tribal support of sovereignty and tribal rights loom large for the tribal communities and as well as for many of our partners working around women’s and LGBTQ issues, while Standing Rock still stands in a vulnerable state and remains the catalyzer for Native youth. Already, we’re hearing about increased hate incidents affecting our people post-election.
So as we Stand with Standing Rock, we cannot ignore how the aftermath of the 2016 election has left many people within our communities afraid. We know that Natives Americans have endured a long history of racism and colonialism that has led to multi-generational, community historical trauma and this election has shown the escalation of racism and violence against our communities. We are collecting stories of these incidents so we can create supportive circles and begin to hold our elected officials accountable for all people, including the first peoples of this country. Please share this Post-Election Storytelling Circle with your networks, and especially any youth.
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The Indigenous Lifecourse: Strengthening the health and well-being of Native youth
Standing Rock: Generation Indigenous Educational Funder Tour
Native Americans in Philanthropy’s Art of Reciprocity (AoR) training and curriculum examines the history of philanthropy and compares the traditional nature of Native American giving in the context of philanthropy today. The training engages participants in carefully examine how to leverage existing resources, partnerships and funding opportunities within the philanthropic sector and provides useful planning tools to increase marketing and fundraising strategies for the community and organization. Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) provided this training opportunity at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation during the recent Standing Rock Funders Tour during the week of October 17-21, 2016. Read the full recap of AoR here.
2016 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards Recap
Our hearts are still full with deep gratitude following the 2016 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards. Relive our favorite moments here.
Vision Maker Media: Five Films to Watch in November on PBS
Just in time for Native American Heritage Month in November, Vision Maker Media presents five new films that celebrate the accomplishments of Native peoples in the areas of medicine, math and energy empowerment. View the list here.
Why Grant Makers Must Do More to Aid American Indians
The protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline are getting ever more attention, but most of us in philanthropy haven’t had a chance to get a firsthand understanding of what is at stake. Read the full article here.
Digital marketing giant to contract Navajo coders
Starting Monday, Navajo Nation graduates of New Mexico’s Cultivating Coders program will begin constructing web sites for one of the world’s largest digital marketing agencies. Read more here.
Johnson Scholarship Foundations Honors Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month and we will use this space to reflect on the Foundation’s mission to Indigenous Peoples. The Foundation will publish pieces from Sherry Salway-Black, who has been a member of their Board since 2006, and from Rick Williams, Foundation Consultant on programs serving Indigenous Peoples. Learn more here.
The Wealth Gap in Philanthropy
The rise of a new, fast-growing class of charities known as donor-advised funds represents a momentous shakeup in charitable giving in the U.S. Read the full article here.
The Power of Ideas to Fight Racism and Xenophobia
As America’s first black president prepares to leave office, it is time to double down on support for a new generation of leaders of color. At the Open Society Foundations, we are launching a new initiative to do just that and more. Read more here.
Indigenous Lifecourse Report: Overview
November 30, 2016 | 1PM EST
Our researchers will share an overview, findings and teachings from our new report, The Indigenous Lifecourse: Strengthening the health and well-being of Native youth.
National Funder Briefing: Native Voices Rising!
December 8, 2016 | 2PM EST
This webinar will highlight the critical need to strengthen support for indigenous community organizing and leadership development.
NACF announces call for entries for new Mentor Fellowship program
NACF’s new Mentor Fellowship program will award accomplished American Indian and Alaska Native artists to mentor emerging artist apprentices in the Traditional Arts or Contemporary Visual Arts categories. Learn more.
Champions of Change
The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) is now accepting applications for the 2017 class of Champions for Change! Champions for Change are young Native Americans (ages 14 to 22) who demonstrate leadership and service within tribal and urban Indian communities, schools,and/or programs. Apply here.
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