Generation Indigenous Initiative
Native Americans in Philanthropy was honored to partner with the White House on the Generation Indigenous (#GenIndigenous) philanthropic event, “Generation Indigenous: Raising Impact with Innovation and Proven Strategies” on August 26, 2016, at the White House. This event called upon the philanthropic community to take action to elevate key issues and address the pressing needs of Native youth with culturally comprehensive approaches to ensure all Native youth reach their full potential.
Native people have endured a long history of racism and colonialism which has led to multi-generational, community historical trauma. Despite the diversity in language, location, and economic distinctions, there is structural and systematic discrimination that affect all Native communities. Annual grant funding has remained below 0.5%, yet Native Americans are 1.7% (5.4 million) of the total US population. This event helped to highlight impact driven solutions and opportunities for partnership with philanthropy.
Recent statistics show that 81% of Native men and 84% of Native women experience violence in their lifetime. Suicide is the second highest cause of death of Native youth between the ages 15 and 24 — who make up over 40% of the total Native population — and at a rate that is 2.5 times the national average. Native youth are placed in the criminal justice system at a rate up to 5 times that of whites, receive disproportionately harsh treatment, and are more likely to be killed by police than any other racial group. Additionally, Native Americans are often categorized in data and reports as “statically insignificant” or “other,” erasing their existence and unique circumstances; as a result, services and policies inherently leave Native people behind in social and economic advancement.
#GenIndigenous seeks to improve the lives of Native youth by promoting a national dialogue, policies, and programs to mobilize and cultivate the next generation of Native leaders. Generation Indigenous: Raising Impact with Innovation and Proven Strategies celebrated Native-led and Native-driven promising practices in an aim to spur more philanthropic commitments towards the meaningful support of Native youth. The event featured presentations by twelve storytellers of innovation and success selected by a panel of youth judges and key philanthropy partners. The story-based presentations were assessed by the following criteria: exemplify innovative approaches; address gaps and disparities; champion community assets; implement cultural competency; the leadership reflect the community served; and impact on Native youth.
- True North;
- NERDS: Native Education Raising Dedicated Students;
- We R Native;
- Cultivating Coders;
- Bioneers Indigeneity Program;
- Potlatch Fund;
- Phoenix Indian Center;
- GWU Native American Political Leadership Program & INDSPIRE Initiative;
- Arrowhead Youth Entrepreneurship Program;
- United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. and
- Oyáte Wóokiye.
Key philanthropy partners included Casey Family Programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Philanthropy Northwest, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, and CHANGE Philanthropy. Participants had the opportunity to engage with the twelve Native changemakers and leaders who are making a difference with Native youth. Beyond the event, NAP continues to seek grantmakers to heed the Call to Action to partner regionally with Native youth and communities, support and develop Native leadership, and invest in the kinds of innovative and promising solutions presented by the storytellers. The Call to Action can be found here.
About Generation Indigenous
President Obama launched the Gen-I Initiative at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference to focus on improving the lives of Native youth by removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed. Through new investments and increased engagement, this initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential.
Generation Indigenous at Standing Rock
We want to honor the activism and leadership of Generation Indigenous (Native youth) at the center of this protest by engaging philanthropy with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) and their priorities as well as the needs of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) activist camps. A two-day funder tour was framed through our Indigenous Lifespan framework recently developed as part of our Generation Indigenous partnership with the White House. Funders met with SRST community leaders and others at the pipeline sites and on the SRST reservation to engage, firsthand, on the issues driving the calls for change and discuss concrete ways in which to support the community in the short and long-term. Read about this tour here.
Standing Rock Resource Bank for Philanthropy
For those who are iinterested in helping or getting involved through philanthropy with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) and their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), NAP and the SRST have put together a Resource Bank compiled of information for you to utilize when looking for funding opportunities. Please enter in the information below to view the download link.