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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 …

Native American Heritage Month: A Roundup Of Educational Resources About Indigenous Peoples

November is Native American Heritage Month and this year Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) is going to dedicate the following month to “Celebrate Indigenous Leadership.”

NAP wishes to highlight Indigenous leadership because we want to give thanks to those that have led us to (and are continuing to lead us through) this moment in time where Indigenous peoples find themselves at various points of their actualization but are united in the knowledge that our wisdom and teachings are key to the fulfillment of our communities and our world at large.   As Indigenous people, we recognize that sometimes a little agreed-upon context is necessary before we can dive into more nuanced conversations. With that in mind, we’ve …

The Philanthropic Sector Must Fully Support Indigenous Peoples in Work to Solve the Global Climate Crisis

Last week marked the completion of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, and I now reflect on the powerful shift in narrative that occurred at this year’s meeting. For the first time in the history of this gathering, Indigenous Peoples received widespread recognition of their inherent rights, as well as appreciation for the ground-level research, analysis, and data they possess for creating solutions to our global climate crisis.  

World leaders must now navigate the way forward by grounding their policy solutions in the work already being done by Indigenous Peoples who have proved themselves, time and time again, as innovative problem solvers with the specific understanding, expertise, and technology to turbo charge the changes necessary to protect our planet for generations to come.  

The Christensen Fund has joined a major philanthropic and …