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How To Learn More About National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding Schools

A before and after photo of “Three Lakota boys” at Carlisle Indian School, circa 1890
September 30th is National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding Schools, a day in both the United States and Canada to recognize the true history and deep generational trauma caused by Indian boarding schools.
For over a hundred years, thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their families and transported to isolated boarding schools hundreds of miles away from their communities. These schools were established with the explicit purpose of committing cultural genocide by forbidding the children from speaking their traditional languages or practicing …

There is Power in Solidarity: A Recap of the Gathering

Asian American, Pacific Islander and Native American relatives and relations in the philanthropy field gathered in Seattle, WA, June 26-29, 2022, for the Power in Solidarity conference to celebrate the leadership of our shared peoples and cultures in the sector and develop strategies to build power and increase resources in our communities. 

The event, co-hosted by Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP), celebrates more than three decades of our two organizations and peoples working to build a new vision for power in the sector. 

Attendees at the sold out, in-person event expressed their commitment to …

Jeanette Ziegler Joins Native Americans in Philanthropy as Chief Operating Officer 

Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) is excited to share that Jeanette Ziegler (Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut) has joined the organization as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Over the past several years, NAP has worked to expand its staff, programs, and relationships to promote equitable and effective philanthropy in Indigenous communities. Bringing on a COO is part of that effort and signifies an exciting time of growth for NAP. 

Jeanette’s impressive background has prepared her for this role. For the past 30 years, she has overseen various operations for the Mohegan Tribe where she managed grant revenues and loans for …

Diversify Your Feed: 6 More Indigenous Environmental Organizations You Should Follow

To celebrate last year’s Earth Day, we introduced “6 Indigenous Environmental Organizations You Should Follow”. This year, we’re excited to expand that list of remarkable Indigenous-led organizations that focus on environmental issues.

For Native communities, the environment is deeply intertwined with cultural preservation, reclamation of Indigenous food knowledge and systems, land and water rights, tribal sovereignty, and the stewardship of ancestral homelands.

In celebration of this year’s Earth Day, here are six more Indigenous environmental organizations that you should get to know better!

Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition
In July of 2015, leaders from the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe , Pueblo of Zuni, and Ute …

Philanthropy Should Follow Where Native Women in New Mexico Are Leading

Over the past two years, the media has attempted to document how the COVID-19 pandemic exposed long-standing, systemic inequalities as the virus disproportionately impacted historically marginalized Indigenous populations. However, there’s another important story in Indian Country that has been simultaneously unfolding, one deserving of increased attention from the greater philanthropic community that they should factor into future grant-making efforts.

Native women who are leading New Mexico-based foundations, community nonprofits, and organizations came together—across kitchen tables, on conference calls, in virtual meetings, and via email communications—to identify the greatest areas of need in their state and local communities. These women mobilized their …

Intersectional Indigenous Identities: Afro-Indigenous and Black Indigenous Peoples

As a national organization, Native Americans in Philanthropy represents a wide range of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and identities. We recognize the relatives in our communities that are battling against intersectional layers of oppression and underrepresentation.  
Afro-Indigenous and Black Indigenous peoples face a myriad of issues including erasure of their identities, colorism, anti-Blackness in Indigenous communities, and a complex web of historical, cultural, social, and political influences.  
To better understand Afro-Indigenous identities, we developed a list of terminology and concepts that are used to describe the identities of and issues facing our Black relatives.  
We want to emphasize that collective language concerning Indigenous people …

Native Voices Rising Grants $2 Million To Community Organizing And Advocacy Efforts Led By Indigenous Communities

Oakland, Calif. – Native Voices Rising, a community-driven partnership between Native Americans in Philanthropy and Common Counsel Foundation, is honored to announce the granting of $2 million to 88 Indigenous and Native-led advocacy and organizing groups.

Established in 2013, Native Voices Rising has granted $5.5 million to support Native-led grassroots and advocacy efforts that empower American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities across the United States. Native Voices Rising is one of the few participatory grantmaking initiatives in the country led by Native people. Through a transparent and community-driven decision-making model, Native Voices Rising uplifts and amplifies the voices …