December 2015
Native Americans in Philanthropy's Monthly Newsletter
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Happy Holidays!
A Message from our CEO:  
Dear Relatives,

Cante Waste ya Nape Ciyu zape ye ("I shake your hand with a good heart" in Lakota).

Last month I was honored to meet so many esteemed philanthropy leaders at the 45th Anniversary Gala for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and the Potlatch Gala. It was wonderful to witness generosity intertwined with cultural celebration honoring the roots of Native nonprofits.

Some keypoints for me at the NARF Gala were - Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota, Founder of Running Strong ( sharing the video of his Olympic 10k win and the story of how the Indian boarding school era has deeply impacted contemporary Native communities through past assimilation tactics. Congratulations to John EchoHawk, NARF Executive Director, on the legacy of Native American Rights Fund ( and their 45th Anniversary providing legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who may have otherwise gone without adequate representation.

At the Potlatch Gala - seeing Tribal leaders dressed in Native attire waving their paddles excitedly to donate funds to an organization that gives back and has now become the AIGC. Congratulations to Dana Arviso, Executive Director of Potlatch Fund. Potlatch Fund ( is a grant-making foundation and leadership development organization serving Native communities in Northwest.

Elders in the Native community are esteemed as the wisdom keepers and I was honored that Lucille EchoHawk shared her story with me of how she helped to found Native Americans in Philanthropy twenty five years ago; and how she has a deep hope for the future of the organization serving the Native community and has an invaluable role for laying a foundation for the work ahead.

The board of directors of Native Americans in Philanthropy met for our annual face-to-face meeting in Minneapolis to work on our core mission to strengthen and support Native Communities through philanthropy. Our key strategies include: research, supporting current and the seventh generation of Native philanthropists, sharing best practices in tribal giving, educating mainstream philanthropy, advocating for Native-led solutions to inequities, and supporting the nonprofit sector through leadership development, and developing strategic partnerships.

NAP also debuted our IRC 7871 & PL 638 informational workshop last month at the Black Bear Casino Resort. You can read about the event here and keep your eye out for more workshops and webinars in the future. And thank you to those who have contributed to our membership drive these past two months. With your help, our network continues to grow stronger into the new year. 

Wopila (deep gratitude), 
Sarah Eagle Heart 
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Tiwahe Foundation hiring Full-Time Development and Program Administrator
This full time position will assist in the development, grants and administrative functions of the Tiwahe Foundation. Apply here.

American Indian Cancer Foundation introduces a community-driven Healthy Native Foods Initiative 
The American Indian Cancer Foundation is excited to announce the new Healthy Native Foods Initiative. Learn more here.
Celebrating #NativeHeroes in oral health: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation 
November was Native American Heritage month and WKKF recognized #NativeHeroes in oral health - people and organizations working to eliminate barriers to obtaining care or working to ensure that all tribal communities have timely access to quality dental care. Read about the #NativeHeroes here.

Americans for Indian Opportunity is recruiting for the next class of Ambassadors 
Please help Americans for Indian Opportunity recruit candidates from your tribe, organization or community. Lear about the program here.

Family Foundations Expanding Funding, Targeting Issues
Read more from the article here.
The Center for Native American Youth announces Erik Stegman as new Executive Director
Congratulations to Erik! More here.
Billy Frank, Jr., indigenous fighter for sovereign rights, to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
Learn more about Billy Frank, Jr's achievements here.
2016 Council on Foundations Annual Conference  April 10-12, 2016
The theme of the 2016 Annual Conference is The Future of Community - Identity. Purpose. Place. Register here.
More events on our website !
Fertile Ground Funders Roundtable Final Report Now Available
Download the report here.

Toniic CEO Search
Read the full job description for the CEO position here.
New GrantCraft Guide Explores Grantmaking to Support Indigenous Peoples
Download the full report here.  

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