June 2017
NAP CONNECTIONS
Native Americans in Philanthropy's Monthly Newsletter
NAP NEWS
A Message from our CEO:    
Dear Mitakyapi ("Relatives" in the Lakota language and is a traditional greeting)
 
Cante Waste ya Nape Ciyu zape ye ("I shake your hand with a good heart"). On May 6th, we were joined by over 200 partners and allies for Invisible No More, a Native Movement Building summit and celebration. This was a deeply spiritual day packed with meaningful discussions around movement-building partnerships, youth advocacy, healing, and mass incarceration. We were honored to work with The California Endowment, Partnerships for Purpose, Friends At Work, and Harness in partnership to bring light to the issues that are affecting Native communities, and opportunities for collaboration and intersectional healing. Thank you to our supporters in this endeavor including: W.K. Kellogg Foundation,The California Endowment, Casey Family Programs, Ford Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Lannan Foundation, and The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Read a full recap of the event and view our online photo gallery here and be sure to follow our hashtag #InvisibleNoMore on social media. 

Read the full CEO Message here.
Wopila (deep gratitude), 
Sarah Eagle Heart 
 Follow me on Twitter! @ms_eagleheart


Invisible No More: Native Movement Building Recap and Gallery 
Invisible No More: Native Movement Building summit and celebration gathered nearly 200 partners and allies in Los Angeles on May 6, 2017. Read the full recap and view the photo gallery here .
 
#GenIndigenous Regional Funder Convenings Recaps - San Francisco & Seattle
In partnership with My Brother's Keeper, our #GenIndigenous Regional Convenings provided philanthropy the opportunity to learn more from grassroots nonprofits who have had success in tackling gaps and disparities by building on community assets through traditional knowledge, well-being and resilience, advocacy, workforce development, environment, health, juvenile justice and leadership development. Our first convenings were held in San Francisco and Seattle in April. Read the full recaps and see photos of the events on our blog.

Annual Membership Meeting
Current members of NAP are invited to join us for our annual membership meeting on June 26th at 1pm EST. Join our Board of Directors for highlights and reflections on NAP's events, programs, and objectives from the past year. We'll also share updates on current projects and a look into what's to come for Fiscal Year 2018!  Email us at jfairbanks@nativephilanthropy.org for registration. 

Indigenizing the Women's March Platform
Hear from Indigenous Women Rise co-founder Dr. Rosalee Gonzalez as we discuss Indigenizing of the 2017 Women's March platform. This webinar will highlight the importance of Indigenous visibility, leadership, and self-representation. Join us on July 27th at 1pm EST! Register here.

National Funder Strategy Call: August 2017
NAP invites all funders interested in learning and/or sharing how their foundations are engaging Native American issues to join us for our next National Funder Strategy Call.

Our August 8th at 1pm EST call will focus on Native youth organizing featuring guest speaker Geneva Wiki, Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands Program Manager for the Building Healthy Communities Initiative at The California Endowment Geneva will discuss her work in the northwest corner of California and our upcoming Funder tour with The California Endowment. Register here

SAVE THE DATE: October Northern California Funder Tour with The California Endowment 
In the far northwest corner of California, Del Norte County is home to redwood forests, pristine coastline and 4 federally recognized tribes. One of The California Endowment's (TCE) 14 Building Healthy communities sites, come visit a place-based initiative just over the halfway mark with the goal of creating health equity. What can building youth and people power look like in rural and Tribal contexts?
 
In a community with limited access to resources, grappling with educational inequities across race and socio-economics, there is a story of hope and power building as youth and families come together to build meaningful relationships and create systems change. Through the work of Generation Indigenous (#GenIndigenous), together we can elevate key issues and address the pressing needs of Native youth with culturally comprehensive approaches. Funders will have the opportunity to engage in community workshops, visit local tribal lands, and hear from tribal and rural Native youth.
 
Join NAP and TCE this
October 5-7th for the #GenIndigenous Northern California Funder Tour. Watch nativephilanthropy.org for registration details.
 
Register for CHANGE Philanthropy's Unity Summit 
This year Native Americans in Philanthropy's (NAP) national conference will be in partnership with the CHANGE Unity Summit. NAP and our CHANGE
Philanthropy Partners invite you to join us and help make this our most successful UNITY Summit yet! The 2017 Unity Summit: Investing in Movements for Equity will highlight how philanthropy can align its investments along the themes of Resistance, Protection, and Empowerment. Early Registration is open from now through June 30th. An additional discounted rate for NAP members is available. Register today!

 

MEMBER NEWS
Prison for kids doesn't work, and good alternatives are out there
By Robert K. Ross and Patrick McCarthy
Imagine a California without youth prisons because we don't need them anymore. Young people would still make mistakes, some of them tragic. But instead of being taken from their families and schools, they would receive community-based counseling, mentoring, job training and opportunities that build on their strengths, enabling them to become productive adults. The limited number of youth at risk of harming others would go to small, secure therapeutic residential treatment centers near their communities. Read the full article here.  
    
WKKF Logo New Mexican doctoral students focused on the Pueblo communities they call home
It's only days before graduation and 10 of Arizona State University's doctoral students are nearly 7,000 miles away from the ceremonial stage where they will receive their degrees. Learn more about the WKKF partnership here.

Foundations, Donors and Health Policy: Why federal health debates matter to you and how you can respond
Since the November 2016 election ushered in a new political landscape at the federal level, a number of grantmakers and major donors have re-examined their thinking and priorities to ensure their strategies still make sense for achieving their philanthropic goals. This has caused some to adjust their approach to giving and public leadership. Read the full NCRP publication here.  

PHILANTHROPY NEWS
Breaking: DAPL Approval Illegal, Judge Finds
Judge James Boasberg's 91-page decision says U.S. Army Corps 'did not adequately consider' oil spill impacts; no ruling on whether to keep DAPL operational. Read the full article here.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Receives Inaugural Henry A. Wallace Award and Pledge of $1 Million in Support for Tribe's Transition to Renewable Energy

The Wallace Global Fund honors the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's unyielding advocacy for people and the planet - and dedication to fossil fuel independence. Read the full article here.

Levi Strauss Foundation Pledges $1 Million To Protect Marginalized Communities
The Levi Strauss Foundation has long supported remarkable modern-day pioneers in the community. These are folks who powerfully embody our company's values - originality, empathy, integrity and courage - and are on the front lines of driving social change in communities around the globe. Read more here.

Seeking Your Big Ideas for Northwest Philanthropy
At Philanthropy Northwest, we're at the pinnacle of our service to you when we're creating space for our members and partners to learn together and from each other. We're beginning to build the program for our 2017 conference, Now is the Time to Lead Though Change, and we need your help! Learn more here.

Udall Foundation Chooses 10 Native Students for Internship
Yale University junior Katherine N. McCleary is one of 10 students from eight tribes and nine universities selected by the Udall Foundation as 2017 Native American Congressional Interns. Read more about the program here.

Cherokee Nation Donates $75,000 to Backpack Programs
The Cherokee Nation recently donated $75,200 to 20 area organizations in northeastern Oklahoma who participate in backpack programs that provide students with everything from school supplies to nutritious weekend snacks. Read the full article here.

To save the world's forests, protect women's land rights
National laws and regulations in low- and middle-income countries consistently fail to protect the land rights of women living in indigenous and rural communities, making them ill-prepared to reach the targets set by the Sustainable Development Goals or the Paris Agreement on climate change, a new report called "Power and Potential" released by the Rights and Resources Initiative, or RRI, reveals. Read the full blog here.

EVENTS
Healthy Living and Learning: Native Communities
Washington, DC | June 15-16
Co-hosted by the Schott Foundation, NikeN7, and Native Americans in Philanthropy, this funder briefing focuses on expanding health and education opportunities for Native youth. Follow the conversation online with the hashtag #HLLC and #NativeGiving.

2017 NAP Annual Member Meeting
Webinar | June 26 @ 1pm EST
Join our Board of Directors for highlights and reflections on Native Americans In Philanthropy's events, programs, and objectives from the past year. We'll also share updates on current projects and a look into what's to come for Fiscal Year 2018!
If you are unsure of your current membership status, please contact us at jfairbanks@nativephilanthropy.org.

Indigenizing the Women's March Platform
Webinar | July 27 @ 1pm EST
Hear from Indigenous Women Rise co-founder Dr. Rosalee Gonzalez as we discuss Indigenizing of the 2017 Women's March platform.
2017 WEWIN Conference 
Albuquerque, NM | July 31- August 3
Join Indigenous Women Rise at the Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations (WEWIN) conference! Register today.

National Funder Strategy Call
Webinar | August 8 @ 1pm EST
Join NAP and guest Geneva Wiki from The California Endowment on Native youth organizing.  
 
UNITY Summit
New Orleans, LA | September 18-22
#UNITY2017 Investing in Movements for Equity will highlight how philanthropy can align its investments along the themes of Resistance, Protection, and Empowerment.

SAVE THE DATE: Northern California Funder Tour
Del Norte County, CA | October 5-7
Join NAP and The California Endowment in Northern California as we explore stories of hope and power building. Watch nativephilanthropy.org for registration.

 
More events on our website !
RESOURCES
Nominations open: Facing Race Awards
The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations are seeking nominations for two awards to be given to two individuals or organizations working to eliminate racism and its effects. Learn more and submit a nomination here.

Pathways to Progress - Youth Workforce Fund
The Citi Foundation, in partnership with America's Promise, is launching the Youth Workforce Fund, a competitive fund that seeks to make strategic investments in community-based organizations connecting low-income young people, ages 16-24, with workplace skills and employment opportunities. Read more here.

Bioneers Media and Creative Associate
Bioneers seeks a full-time Media and Creative Associate who will co-curate and co-produce Indigeneity program media and communications under the direction of the Program Director. Apply here.

 
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