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Restoration and Resilience

The DOI’s Announcement to Restore Lands and Waters and What this Means for Philanthropy 

Today, Friday, March 3, 2023 World Wildlife Day, Secretary Deb Haaland delivered remarks at the UN’s celebration and announced major restoration and resilience strategy that includes agency guidance and $25 million in funding to restore bison populations.

For Tribes at the forefront of this work, this means a deeper investment in restoring wild and healthy populations of American bison and the prairie grassland ecosystem, as well as other climate-impacted areas. The full announcement can be found on the Department of Interior site. 

DOI will work to restore wild …

Four Strategies for Philanthropy to Support Racial Healing

Addressing racial healing is a challenging task that requires a variety of strategies.

To move towards racial healing, it is essential to acknowledge past injustices and their ongoing effects, to develop relationships based on mutual respect, and to value the strengths and uniqueness of Native communities. 

At Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP), we offer and point to several strategies and resources to pull from to further philanthropy’s racial healing.

Investing in Research and Data to Advance Equity in Philanthropy

Matthew Brown, AP

It takes a tremendous amount of research and planning to understand the issues our communities face. 

One of the most impactful ways …

Historic Public-Private Partnership Announced at White House Tribal Nations Summit

There is a growing recognition that many public policy issues are more complex than one sector can address alone. One path towards lasting, systemic change? Public-private partnerships.
Public-private partnerships are not new – the government and the private sector often work together on a shared mission. However, there’s a long way to go in leveraging these types of collaborations to support Tribal Nations and Native-led work.
This week, Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) joined the White House and the Department of the Interior to announce a new, historic Office of Strategic Partnerships  (OSP).

What is OSP?
Simply put, the OSP is an office …

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 …

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