2019 #GenI Grantees

2019 #GenI Grantees

  1. AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy – Washington, DC
    Through research, scholarship and service, the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics & Policy supports tribal leaders and engages Indigenous youth to promote public awareness and develop the political tools that will help them overcome challenges within their communities. AT&T CIPP analyzes a number of politically significant issues facing Indigenous communities, including public health, adequate housing, economic security, and education.
  2. Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women – Albuquerque, NM
    Our mission is to stop violence against Native women and children by advocating for social change in our communities. The CSVANW takes ownership and responsibility for the future of Native women and children by providing support, education, and advocacy using our strengths, power, and unity to create violence-free communities.
  3. Collective Heritage Institute/Bioneers – San Francisco, CA
    Bioneers is an innovative nonprofit organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Founded in 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, by social entrepreneurs Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, we act as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.
  4. Dream of Wild Health – Minneapolis, MN
    Dream of Wild Health’s role is to protect the sacred seeds, to grow leadership, and to serve as the initiator of change as it relates to food and food access in all our community work. Decolonizing our relationship to the earth, our food, and our relatives is the primary goal. We do this by engaging youth as the seeds of their own future, and ours. With the sacred Indigenous saved seeds and our youth, we are creating Indigenous food systems that heal and grow new leaders, community health, and positive change.
  5. Friends Forever Mentoring – Ronan, MT
    Friends Forever Mentoring provides an evidence based best practice mentoring program with lifelong positive impact to elementary students in most need of a positive, consistent, role model and friend in their life. Mentees are referred into the program by teachers and school counselors and matched with a high school student that they are most compatible with. Matches meet each week by starting out with lunch, then hanging out playing board games, shooting hoops, playing catch, or crafts/arts projects together.
  6. Honor the Earth – Callaway, MN
    Our mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities.  Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard. We are the only Native organization that provides both financial support and organizing support to Native environmental initiatives. This model is based on strategic analysis of what is needed to forge change in Indian country, and it is based deep in our communities, histories, and long-term struggles to protect the earth.
  7. Indigenous Life Ways – Gallup, NM
    As an Indigenous oriented organization, we utilize traditional knowledge, ceremonies, and a deep understanding of our communities to provide education and facilitate opportunities as we work to create health, prosperity, and capacity for ourselves, our families, and communities.
  8. International Traditional Games Society – Great Falls, MT
    We are dedicated to the recovery, restoration and re-introduction of Native American Indian Games. We believe our efforts to revive and reenact traditional games give power to the life-affirming expression of “What Holds Us Together,” as we honor the unique cultural expressions of different tribes, including language, movement, and skills for shared survival. Through workshops, special events and instructor certification, we stand committed to the preservation of this core element of the first people’s culture and traditions.
  9. Native Justice Coalition – Manistee, MI
    The Native Justice Coalition was formed in 2016 with the intent of being a platform for healing, social, and racial justice for all Native American people. We seek to provide a safe and nurturing platform for Native people based in an anti-oppression framework. We seek to collaborate first and foremost with tribal governments, Native American non-profits, and other Native American led community organizations. Our goal is to bring resources, initiatives, and programming into our tribal communities that are creative, engaging, and transformative.
  10. Native Public Media – Flagstaff, AZ
    Founded in 2004, Native Public Media (NPM) provides services that encourage the expansion and strengthening of Native media through platforms that are community-based, local, and democratic. NPM, as a national center, provides leadership, centralized resources, and strategic and coordinated approaches to successfully strengthen the Native Broadcast System.  These services include broadcast licensing guidance, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) compliance, station operations guidance, legal guidance, broadcast leadership training and education, and telecommunications and communications policymaking.

  11. Native Youth Leadership Alliance – Pine Ridge, SD
    The Native Youth Leadership Alliance (NYLA) is a year long leadership society program that provides culturally based training, resources, and a community of support to help young Native leaders create positive change in their communities. NYLA  was founded in July 2009 by a core group of Tribal College students and Elders to create a Native-led organization rooted in Indigenous approaches to leadership and community building.NYLA by its very creation embodies the values of self-determination for Indigenous communities. Founding members chose to create their own space where the needs of their communities could be addressed through culturally-relevant, grassroots-driven organizing strategies.
  12. Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre – Seattle, WA
    Red Eagle Soaring (RES) is a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) serving urban Native American youth ages 10-19 with free programming integrating contemporary theatre and traditional Native performing arts. RES engages Native youth and their families in critical discussions about the issues affecting their lives and provides a cultural peer group in which to build confidence, identity, and community. Red Eagle Soaring is empowering Native youth to express themselves, take creative action on the issues that affect their lives, and sustain their cultural heritage.
  13. Sacred Pipe Resource Center – Mandan, ND
    Sacred Pipe Resource Center (SPRC) is committed to the mission of maintaining a home-away-from-home for off-reservation American Indians living in the area. We realize the need for an organization to assist Native people and families who are living away from their homelands, while respecting the sovereign nature of their individual Tribal citizenship.  SPRC seeks to enhance existing services by providing critical data, outreach and cultural brokering needs, rather than replicating or competing for existing services. Through the use of quantitative and qualitative data, SPRC addresses service gaps which may be met by partnering with organizations already providing similar services, and by seeking funding to fulfill gaps in services.
  14. Salmon Defense – Olympia, WA
    Salmon Defense is addressing the need for a 100-year vision for salmon of the Pacific Northwest. Many salmon runs have declined to the point of near extinction and all are threatened, habitat loss and degradation are the principal causes. Salmon Defense is working to unite people and communities to increase salmon runs to sustainable levels by restoring and preserving salmon habitat. Salmon Defense strongly believes our environment, our economy, and our quality of life have the potential to prosper through the unification of citizens working together to protect salmon for our common future.
  15. Selfridge Public School – Selfridge, ND
    Project Chieftain will demonstrate collaboration between Selfridge Student Government, the Missouri River Education Cooperative, and the Selfridge Community who will work together to model leadership, modeling, and activism.
  16. Spirit of the Sun – Westminster, CO
    Spirit of the Sun’s mission is to work in partnership with Native American communities in urban areas and on reservations to boost the resilience of Native people, especially youth and young adults. Our vision is that the Native youth of today become the next generation of Native leaders, entrepreneurs, and skilled professionals who will help guide their communities toward wellness, prosperity, and cultural revitalization.
  17. The Language Conservancy – Bloomington, IN
    We believe that all languages have an inherent right to exist – that they are valued and irreplaceable facets of a people’s culture and of humanity’s linguistic heritage. The Language Conservancy (TLC) is dedicated to rescuing the world’s endangered languages, restoring them to stability and health, and safeguarding them for future generations. The Language Conservancy helps prevent the extinction of languages by raising funds, by increasing the international public awareness of the language-loss crisis, creating language tools to preserve the culture, and by providing support to organizations and communities engaged in revitalizing their languages.
  18. The Portland All Nations Canoe Family – Portland, OR
  19. Wind River Native Advocacy Center – Fort Washakie, WY

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