Native Voices Rising Fall 2015 Grantees
Aloha ʻĀina Project • Honolulu, HI
The Aloha ʻĀina Project works to mobilize Kanaka Hawaii (Native Hawaiians) and supporters to stand for the protection of precious land and natural resources and to affect policy that impacts land and natural resource management through voter engagement and registration efforts.
American Indian Center – Chicago • Chicago, IL
The American Indian Center works to advance the general welfare of American Indians in the Chicago metropolitan area; foster the economic advancement of Indian people; sustain cultural, artistic, and avocational pursuits; and perpetuate Indian cultural values.
California Indian Environmental Alliance • Oakland , CA
California Indian Environmental Alliance works to protect and restore California Indian Peoples cultural traditions, ancestral territories, means of subsistence and environmental health.
Chief Seattle Club • Seattle, WA
Chief Seattle Club works to provide a sacred space to nurture, affirm, and renew the spirit of Urban Native Peoples.
Four Directions Inc. • Mission, SD
Four Directions Inc. works to empower Native American tribes and their members through voter education, voter protection, get out the vote, and policy advocacy efforts.
Indian Peoples Action • Butte, MT
The mission of Indian People’s Action (IPA) is to work in Montana’s urban areas – with special emphasis on border towns of the seven Indian reservations – to reach out and empower urban Indians to address the social, economic, racial inequities and environmental injustices that shape their lives. NVR funding will support voter engagement as well as organizing campaigns to address racial profiling/criminal justice and the environment.
MANA (Movement for Aloha no ka ‘Āina) • Honolulu, HI
Movement for Aloha no ka ‘Āina (MANA) is a Native Hawaiian community organization that engages in organizing, advocacy and community leadership development to advance Native Hawaiian Sovereignty.
Native American Community Board • Lake Andes, SD
The Native American Community Board (NACB) works to protect the health and human rights of Indigenous Peoples pertinent to our communities through cultural preservation, education, coalition building, community organizing, reproductive justice, environmental justice, and natural resource protection while working toward safe communities for women and children at the local, national, and international level.
Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) • Minneapolis, MN
NACDI is an American Indian community development organization created by and for American Indians. NACDI is committed to transforming the American Indian community to effectively respond to 21st century opportunities and challenges.
Native American Voters Alliance Education Project • Albuquerque , NM
Native American Voters Alliance Education Project engages in organizing, leadership development and civic engagement activities to improve the quality of life for Native American families in New Mexico.
Native Generational Change • Missoula, MT
Native Generational Change works to advance the well-being of Native American communities in Montana through youth leadership development, civic engagement and policy advocacy.
Native Public Media, Inc • Flagstaff, AZ
Native Public Media promotes healthy, engaged, independent Native communities through media access, control and ownership.
Native Youth Leadership Alliance • Pine Ridge, SD
Native Youth Leadership Alliance works to provide culturally-based training, resources, and a build a community of support to help young Natives develop their leadership skills to create positive change in their communities.
NAWDIM (Native American Women’s Dialog on Infant Mortality) • Seattle, WA
The mission of NAWDIM is to nurture the opportunity for American Indian/Alaska Native infants to thrive, because they are the future of our communities. We seek to improve American Indian/Alaska Native infant survival in Washington State through cultural traditions, advocacy for mothers and families, and strengthening community networks.
Rapid City Community Conversations • Rapid City, SD
Rapid City Community Conversations (RCCC) is a native-led, grassroots organization working to reverse the long history of racism and discrimination against Native communities.
Red Lodge Transition Services • Portland, OR
Red Lodge Transition Services works to prevent incarceration and reduce recidivism primarily among Native American women and men. The organization also works to provide assistance for individuals released from jails and prisons, who are working on creating a better life for themselves, their children, and communities.
Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples • Santa Monica, CA
The mission of Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples is to build the capacity of Tribal Nations and Indigenous Peoples to protect sacred lands, waters, and cultures.
Western Native Voice • Billings, MT
Western Native Voice is a Native American community organizing nonprofit that works to strengthen Native American communities. The organization registers voters, mobilizes voters, and watches the polls to ensure fair elections for all citizens.
Native Voices Rising Grantees 2013 – 2015
American Indian Artists, Inc (AMERINDA) – New York, NY
American Indian Artists Inc. works to empower Native Americans, break down barriers, and foster intercultural understanding and appreciation for Native culture.
Barbarbeno Chumash Council – Lakewood, CA
The Barbareno Chumash Council is a tribal organization representing Chumash descendents whose ancestral villages were located in what is now the general Santa Barbara area. The Council is active in bringing Chumash people back to their maritime culture and revitalizing the Barbareno Chumash language. Along with other Chumash tribal organizations, the Council works to protect sacred sites, protect the environment and marine animals, and maintain the traditions and songs passed on to us from our ancestors.
Black Mesa Water Coalition – Flagstaff, AZ
Black Mesa Water Coalition is dedicated to preserving and protecting Mother Earth and the integrity of Indigenous Peoples’ cultures, with the vision of building sustainable and healthy communities. BMWC was formed in 2001 by a group of young inter-tribal, inter-ethnic people dedicated to addressing issues of water depletion, natural resource exploitation, and health promotion within Navajo and Hopi communities. We continue to be strongly led by young adults while relying on an inter-generational support network. We hold at our foundation the concept of empowering our people and working in collaboration with surrounding communities and organizations to address the problems we collectively face.
California Indian Environmental Alliance – Oakland, CA
The mission of the California Indian Environmental Alliance is to protect and restore California Indian Peoples’ cultural traditions, ancestral territories, means of subsistence and environmental health.
Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative – Evanston, IL
CAICC is a network of sixteen Native American organizations and programs that joined together to collectively work on improving conditions for Native Americans in the Chicago area. It’s inception was stirred by an overwhelming recognition that the community lacked cohesion, was virtually invisible in the City, and needed to develop a shared, comprehensive vision for improvement.
Emerging Indigenous Leaders Institute – Nixon, NV
The Emerging Indigenous Leaders Institute (EILI) is a program designed to cultivate a new generation of leadership committed to the protection and perpetuation of the rights, culture, and lifeways of Indigenous peoples.
Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians – San Fernando, CA
The goal of the Tataviam Community Advocates Project is to empower tribal citizens of the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians by giving them the tools and skills necessary to become community advocates.
First Environment Collaborative – Akwesasne, NY
First Environment Collaborative (FEC) is a community and culture-based environmental reproductive health network led by Native American women. Our mission is to advance processes of healthcare, both clinical and socio-cultural, that support Native women and girls in developing self-efficacy and control of their reproductive power — not just the reproduction of Indigenous bodies, but also the re-creation of culture, knowledge and development of women’s voices.
First Nations Development Institute – Longmont, CO
Our mission is to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities. We invest in and create innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities.
First Peoples Fund – Rapid City, SD
First Peoples Fund’s mission is to honor and support the Collective Spirit® of First Peoples artists and culture bearers. Our vision is to communicate to the world the roots and philosophy of Indigenous artistic expression and its relationship to the collective spirit of First Peoples. We will strive to provide support and voice to the creative Indigenous artists who share their inspiration, wisdom, knowledge and gifts with their communities.
GEDAKINA, Inc – Amherst, MA
Gedakina is a multigenerational endeavor to strengthen and revitalize the cultural knowledge and identity of Native American youth and families from across New England, and to conserve our traditional homelands and places of historical, ecological and spiritual significance.
Gwich’in Steering Committee – Fairbanks, AK
The Gwich’in Steering Committee (GSC) was formed by elders and chiefs of the Gwich’in Nation with the mission to protect the Porcupine Caribou Herd and its essential habitats. The primary goal of GSC has and continues to be permanent protection for the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development.
Honor the Earth – Callaway, MN
Honor the Earth is a twenty year old Native led foundation focusing on opposition to extreme extraction of fossil fuels, and climate change resilience for tribal communities. NVR funding supported front line organizing and media support in the Northern Plains, Southwest, and Great Lake region.
Indian Peoples Action – Butte, MT
The mission of IPA is to work in urban areas to reach out and empower Indians to address the social, economic and racial inequities that shape their lives.
International Indian Treaty Council – San Francisco, CA
The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) is an organization of Indigenous Peoples from North, Central, South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific working for the Sovereignty and Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights, Treaties, Traditional Cultures and Sacred Lands.
Lenapeowsi Foundation – Dewey, OK
Lenapeowsi Foundation is organized to preserve, sustain and perpetuate language, culture and society of the Delaware Tribes/Nation. Our vision is to empower each tribal and community member with cultural knowledge and confidence to improve their quality of life.
Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Envioronment – Albuquerque, NM
MASE is rooted in the experiences of uranium-impacted communities of the southwestern U.S. We are communities working to restore and protect the natural and cultural environment through respectfully promoting intercultural engagement among communities and institutions for the benefit of all life and future generations. The groups represent a cross-section of the different cultures and ethnicities of northwestern New Mexico, including Laguna Pueblo, Acoma Pueblo, the Navajo Nation, and Anglo ranching communities.
Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) – Minneapolis, MN
NACDI is an American Indian community development intermediary created by and for American Indians in the Minneapolis metropolitan area. NACDI is committed to developing a community-based strategy for social and economic change in order to transform the American Indian community to effectively respond to 21st century opportunities and challenges.
Native American Voters Alliance Education Project – Albuquerque, NM
The mission of the NAVA Education Project is to unite community stakeholders to actively improve the quality of life for Native American communities and protect the continuity of Native American cultures. We promote awareness and action on issues facing Native American communities through community organizing, education and civic engagement strategies. We are committed to social, economic and environmental justice principles that advance healthy and sustainable communities for Native families living in New Mexico.
Native Public Media, Inc – Flagstaff, AZ
Native Public Media works to empower Native people across the United States to participate actively in all forms of media and to do it on our own terms. Media has a vital role to play in supporting tribal economic and community development and is tied directly to the Nation building efforts of sovereign Tribes.
Native Youth Leadership Alliance – Pine Ridge, SD
The Native Youth Leadership Alliance (NYLA) invests in young Native American leaders to create culturally based community change.
Nizhoni Media – Gallup, NM
Nizhoni Media is a youth collective in Gallup, New Mexico that focuses on creating healthy mediums and venues for young people in Gallup. The organization established a licensed community radio station that is operated through young people’s volunteer hours. Young people learn skills and leadership through their work with the radio station and the station offers a platform where youth can address issues impacting their lives, such as violence or substance abuse.
Ohlone Profiles Project – San Francisco, CA
The Ohlone Profiles Project was created in 2008 to support Ohlone culture in the city of San Francisco. The Ohlone are the indigenous people of the San Francisco Bay, south of the main channel. The largest Ohlone group descends from Ohlone who left San Francisco when Mission Dolores closed in 1834. Ohlone culture has revived during the last thirty years, but rarely in San Francisco. The Ohlone Profiles Project recognized an opportunity to work with cultural leaders to host a cycle of ceremonies in San Francisco. We are currently in the 3rd year of a 4 year cycle of ceremonies that have succeeded in providing a space for Ohlone to publicly return to San Francisco and showcase their rich cultural history.
ONABEN – Portland, OR
ONABEN was established in 1991 by four Oregon tribes and serves the Native community throughout the United States. Our organization is driven by its mission to strengthen Indigenous communities and individuals by increasing opportunities for economic growth through culturally innovative business solutions.
Peta Wakan Tipi – Dream of Wild Health – Minneapolis, MN
The mission of Dream of Wild Health is to restore health and well-being in the Native community by recovering knowledge of and access to healthy Indigenous foods, medicines and lifeways. We are committed to sharing our knowledge, resources and skills with others in an effort to reduce poverty, improve health and nutrition, and reconnect people and plants in a reciprocal relationship. We partner with dozens of urban and tribal organizations on programs that work to restore the mental, physical, and emotional health of our community.
Red Eagle Soaring – Seattle, WA
Red Eagle Soaring (RES) exists to empower American Indian and Alaska Native youth to express themselves with confidence and clarity through traditional and contemporary performing arts.
Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples – Santa Monica, CA
Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples works to build the capacity of Tribal Nations and Indigenous Peoples to protect sacred lands, waters, and cultures.
Seventh Generation Fund – Arcata, CA
Seventh Generation Fund is an intermediary foundation and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness of Native Peoples and our nations.
Tewa Women United – Santa Cruz, NM
The mission of Tewa Women United is to provide safe spaces for Indigenous women to uncover their power, strength and skills they possess to become positive forces for social change in their families and communities.
Tonatierra Community Development Institute – Phoenix, AZ
Tonatierra is a grassroots community based organization of Indigenous Peoples that serves as an instrument in exercise of the Right of Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples.
White Buffalo Calf Woman Society – Mission, SD
White Buffalo Calf Woman Society supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 1980 WBCWS established the first women’s shelter on an Indian reservation in the United States and has grown to serve as a broader resource of information for our community.
White Earth Land Recovery Project – Callaway, MN
The White Earth Land Recovery Project is a nonprofit, grassroots organization that seeks to recover land for the Anishinaabeg people on the White Earth Indian Reservation in western Minnesota and develop programs to achieve sustainability and environmental preservation.