February 2016
Native Americans in Philanthropy's Monthly Newsletter
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A Message from our CEO:  
Dear Relatives,
Cante Waste ya Nape Ciyu zape ye ("I shake your hand with a good heart" in Lakota). I am enjoying winter, which is probably surprising to some, but fitting since winter was often seen as a time to reflect for the Lakota. I am soaking up knowledge shared by Native and philanthropic organizations, seeking intersectionality among our work, and looking toward future collaborations across sectors for maximum impact.

One of the strategic directions we work is as an identity based affinity group for Native Americans, which means Native Americans in Philanthropy is often asked to be in philanthropic spaces to share native voice, as well as to learn about specific initiatives funders are working on. We are often invited with our partners of Joint Affinity Groups  (JAG), who will soon announce a name change to CHANGE Philanthropy. JAG was founded in 1993 as a network of collaborating affinity groups engaging over 20,000 professionals, who are committed to equity and social justice. The following organizations are members of JAG:
Another strategic avenue we support is educating funders. On January 27th, Political Research Associates and Rural Organizing Project brought together over 50 funders interested in learning about and counteracting these dangerous trends. NAP was asked to co-host a funders briefing on the armed occupation in Harney County, Oregon. The intent was to help funders understand the right-wing Patriot movement and its relationship to economic and political trends. The Patriot movement draws national attention by exploiting economic conditions and issues in the rural West. The current resurgence of right-wing paramilitaries draws on a long history, including the militias of the 1990s and more explicitly white supremacist predecessors. Often mainstream philanthropy is unaware of the original landowners, Native Americans and tribal rights. Our own Circle of Leadership Academy Alumni, Morning Star Gali, shared her work with Burns Paiute Tribe as a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for Pit River Tribe. She shared the Burns Paiute Tribe's land claims, effects of the armed seizure on Native access and possible remedies. This briefing was co-hosted by Neighborhood Funders Group, UU Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, NAP,   Social Justice Fund NW, Pride Foundation, and McKenzie River Gathering.

The California Wellness Foundation invited me to attend " #ENOUGH! Stop the Violence, Promote Wellness" in Los Angeles, CA on February 4th. This event brought together professors, practitioners, community leaders, media specialists, filmmakers, police representatives and politicians to share their perspective on violence. It was heartbreaking and inspiring to hear the stories. There is an intersectionality at the heart of gun violence...community wellness. We can make change for the seventh generation but it takes love, empathy and having those hard conversations to create partnerships that sometimes seem impossible. Judy Belk, CEO of The California Wellness Foundation, announced the launch of #ENOUGH fund in the spring for individuals and organizations that want to work together on this issues.

Lastly, as we look we toward to our Philanthropy Institute in San Diego, CA on May 25-27, we ask practitioners and philanthropy professionals to   submit session proposals for inclusion in the conference program with specific interest around the topics of Impact, Advocacy, Civic Engagement and Economic Development.

Wopila (deep gratitude), 
Sarah Eagle Heart 
Follow me on Twitter! @ms_eagleheart 

AISES Leadership Summit
AISES is excited to announce that the 2016 Leadership Summit will be held in Rochester, MN April 14-16.
AISES' Leadership Summit is aimed at providing Native higher education students and AISES professionals with in-depth professional development workshops and networking opportunities. More information can be found on their website
2016 American Express NGen Leadership Award
Independent Sector is delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the 2016 American Express NGen Leadership Award . Fi nd out more information or to nominate yourself or others here.
11th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum CALL FOR PROPOSALS is now OPEN!
This year's Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum will be held on Wednesday, June 29th in Spokane, Washington as a part of the NCAI Mid Year Conference. Learn how to register here
Northwest U.S. Treaty Tribes Fight Proposed Canada Oil Pipeline That Threatens Salish Sea
Representatives from four Northwest tribes argued against oil spill risks, destructive increases in oil tanker traffic, and threats to treaty-reserved fishing rights posed by project. Read more here.
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Donates $10,000 To Help Flint
The tribal government of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is reaching out to the people of Flint, Michigan. Learn more here.

Your Living Legacy
February 8, 2016
9:00am - 4:00pm
Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St E. St. Paul MN
Please join us with LeMoine LaPointe in powerful community - based gatherings to cultivate a shared vision on building a healthy and sustainable Native community. Through on-going conversations, participants will harvest community gifts to design a map for a transformational foundation of trust and confidence that incorporates Native traditions and positive innovation that will be supported and uplifted by community action.

February 25, 2016
Archibald and Edyth Bush Board Room, MCF, 800 Washington Ave N, Suite 703, Minneapolis, MN 55401

April 8-12, 2016
This year's conference theme is The Future of Community - Identity. Purpose. Place. Washington, DC

11th Annual Philanthropy Institute: REGISTER NOW!
May 25-27, 2016
Catamaran Resort & Spa
San Diego, CA

More events on our website !
Swift Program Officer
Swift is hiring a full-time Program Officer! The Program Officer, based in the San Francisco Bay Area or greater region, manages relationships with grantee-partners within Swift's international grant portfolio, assists the Executive Director with strategy, board support, and special projects. Learn how to apply here.

Summer Internships - RWJF
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Summer Internship Program provides an opportunity for students. More info here

NAP Members can download this Page to Practice™ book summary for FREE thanks to NAP's partnership with CausePlanet. Click here to learn more.

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