Generation Indigenous

The #GenIndigenous Regional Convenings provide philanthropy the opportunity to learn more from grassroots nonprofits who have had success in tackling gaps and disparities by building on community assets through traditional knowledge, well-being and resilience, advocacy, workforce development, environment, health, juvenile justice and leadership development.

#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. Native Americans in Philanthropy has and will continue to convene Native youth organizations and Native youth themselves to continue visioning and having the important conversations to keep Generation Indigenous moving forward while celebrating Native-led and Native-driven promising practices in an aim to spur more philanthropic commitments towards the meaningful support of Native youth.


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” at the White House in 2016. At this event Native Americans in Philanthropy 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. Through this call, and in partnership with The Minneapolis Foundation and philanthropic partners, the #GenIndigenous Response Fund was created.

2019 #GenI Grantees

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 […]

Webinar: #GenIndigenous Bringing Powerful Minds Together Supporting the Indigenous Lifecourse to Strengthen the Health and Well-being of Native Youth

Webinar Description: This was an interactive discussion examining a human development framework that considers positive, culturally grounded assets along an Indigenous Lifecourse. This framework can potentially apply to Indigenous youth, adults and communities. A new report by Native Americans in Philanthropy, “Generation Indigenous: Bringing Powerful Minds Together,” considers how actual Indigenous programs incorporate Lifecourse elements in their work. [...]

Letter from the CEO – December 2018

Dear Mitakyapi (“Relatives” in the Lakota language and is a traditional greeting),   Cante Waste ya Nape Ciyu zape ye (“I shake your hand with a good heart”). We know that for many of you, it’s been a very active and important year for social justice advocates across the country.  For NAP it’s been no […]

NAP Featured in Designer Bethany Yellowtail’s PBS Docuseries

Bethany Yellowtail is the CEO, founder, and creative director of acclaimed fashion house B.Yellowtail, that combines contemporary fashion with an authentic Native perspective. Launched in 2014, the B.Yellowtail label has attracted a huge following, including celebrities like America Ferrera, Shailene Woodley and John Legend. In episode one of a new PBS video series about Bethany, […]

Big Announcement for our National Philanthropy Institute!

Native Americans in Philanthropy is excited to announce that Native recording artist and member of the multi-platinum hip hop group, Black Eyed Peas, Taboo (Shoshone) will join us at our 2018 National Philanthropy Institute in June! The National Philanthropy Institute is our key signature event for funders, tribal leaders, and influencers held from June 13 [...]

2016 Generation Indigenous Educational Funder Tour at Standing Rock Recap

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has been fighting the nearly-complete Dakota Access Pipeline which is set to run through sacred burial sites and the water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST). The project has confronted months of legal and organized resistance by the SRST and their allies throughout the U.S. and abroad, first [...]

Northern California Funder Tour: #GenIndigenous in action

Northern California Funder Tour: #GenIndigenous in action Last month, Native Americans in Philanthropy in partnership with The California Endowment (TCE) showed Generation Indigenous (#GenIndigenous) in action in the northwestern California region of Del Norte County. The educational funder tour, spearheaded by Geneva Wiki, Program Manager for TCE, showcased TCE’s Del Norte County and adjacent tribal [...]

NAP Ally Wallace Global Fund honors Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) is excited to share that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has received the Inaugural Henry A. Wallace Award and Pledge of $1 Million in Support for Tribe's Transition to Renewable Energy and an additional $250,000 cash prize. The Wallace Global Fund first attended NAP's Standing Rock Generation Indigenous Educational Funders Tour last [...]

Northwest #GenIndigenous Regional Convening

By Tachini Pete, Northwest Regional Weaver, Native Americans in Philanthropy On April 28th, 40 people representing regional philanthropic and Native-led nonprofit organizations convened to share innovative approaches in addressing the challenges facing Native youth today. This event was held in downtown Seattle at Seattle Foundation’s new event space. NAP’s convening partners, Potlatch Fund, Philanthropy Northwest, [...]

Northern California #GenIndigenous Regional Convening

By Morning Star Gali, Northern California Regional Weaver, Native Americans in Philanthropy On Tuesday April 18th, 2017, Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) hosted a regional #GenIndigenous event, held at Northern California Grantmakers in San Francisco. It was an honor to coordinate an event that highlighted innovative Native youth organizing. An initiative launched by President Obama [...]

April 2017 CEO Message

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”). In Lakota philosophy, we believe we are all related. I also believe our solutions are also related. With that wholistic foundation, we at Native Americans in Philanthropy have engaged [...]

#GenIndigenous Response Fund awards ten grantees

Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) is excited to announce the first round of Generation Indigenous (#GenIndigenous) Response Fund grantees! The #GenIndigenous Response Fund was established in December 2016 in support of youth organizing and activism responding to current movements, such as Standing Rock, in ways that build long-term power for Native American youth. "Standing Rock [...]

White House My Brother’s Keeper Summit

As a Lakota mother of two young men, I was honored to speak on the My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Communities panel at the White House on Wednesday, December 14th. We discussed infrastructure and impact with Linda Gibbs of Bloomberg Associates, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Assemblyman Michael Blake of Bronx, NY, [...]

#IamMBK and #GenIndigenous 2016

Native Americans in Philanthropy CEO Sarah Eagle Heart spoke at The White House My Brother's Keeper Summit Native Americans in Philanthropy is pleased to announce the formal partnership with the White House's Generation Indigenous Initiative and My Brother's Keeper Initiative at the My Brother's Keeper Summit today with CEO, Sarah Eagle Heart, speaking at the [...]

December 2016 CEO Message

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”). Indigenous People across the world are celebrating this week like they haven’t celebrated in over 500 years. This is a people who have taken the brunt of the Doctrine [...]