November 2016
NAP CONNECTIONS
Native Americans in Philanthropy's Monthly Newsletter
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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"). Native Americans in Philanthropy honors Native American Heritage Month by amplifying issues affecting Indigenous peoples and in this election month, we call attention to the fact that many of our issues are pre-election issues and post-election issues. We call upon philanthropy not to forget the most vulnerable communities. So this month, and always, we provide a platform to share our Native American cultures, traditions, and perspectives with the philanthropic sector. The ongoing struggles that Native people have faced in terms of sovereignty, sacred sites protection, and environmental rights seem to continually be a subject the general public remains largely uninformed about. And now after the recent election, fears around tribal support of sovereignty and tribal rights loom large for the tribal communities and as well as for many of our partners working around women's and LGBTQ issues, while Standing Rock still stands in a vulnerable state and remains the catalyzer for Native youth. Already, we're hearing about increased hate incidents affecting our people post-election.

So as we Stand with Standing Rock, we cannot ignore how the aftermath of the 2016 election has left many people within our communities afraid. We know that Natives Americans have endured a long history of racism and colonialism that has led to multi-generational, community historical trauma and this election has shown the escalation of racism and violence against our communities. We are collecting stories of these incidents so we can create supportive circles and begin to hold our elected officials accountable for all people, including the first peoples of this country. Please share this Post-Election Storytelling Circle with your networks, and especially any youth.

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


The Indigenous Lifecourse: Strengthening the health and well-being of Native youth  
Download NAP's new report that focuses on Phase One of our framework for understanding and influencing the optimal development of Native youth. Download here. You're also invited to join us November 30th at 1PM EST via webinar as our researchers share insights and teachings from their findings on the report. Register here.

Standing Rock: Generation Indigenous Funder Tour
Read our recap of our time on the ground at Standing Rock as we worked with the tribe to address the immediate- and long-term issues of tribal sovereignty, community and economic development, health and the environment at the center of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest. Full recap and image gallery here.

Art of Reciprocity in Standing Rock  
Native Americans in Philanthropy's
Art of Reciprocity (AoR) training and curriculum examines the history of philanthropy and compares the traditional nature of Native American giving in the context of philanthropy today. Read the full blog post here.



National Funder Briefing: Native Voices Rising! 
Native Voices Rising is expanding support for grassroots groups led by and for Native communities in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. Funders are invited to join us and the Common Counsel Foundation December 8th at 2PM EST for a web briefing that will highlight the critical need to strengthen support for Indigenous community organizing and leadership development. Register here.

 
How philanthropy can help in fight against Dakota Access Pipeline 
The recent widespread rallying behind the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) along with actress Shailene Woodley's arrest at the pipeline site has brought a lot new attention to an issue that Indigenous people have been struggling with for generations. Read the full blog here
  


MEMBER NEWS
2016 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards Recap
Our hearts are still full with deep gratitude following the 2016 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards. Relive our favorite moments here.

Vision Maker Media: Five Films to Watch in November on PBS  
Just in time for Native American Heritage Month in November, Vision Maker Media presents five new films that celebrate the accomplishments of Native peoples in the areas of medicine, math and energy empowerment. View the list here.

The California Wellness Foundation Awards Nearly $8.3 Million During Third Quarter The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) announced its awards of nearly $8.3 million in grants made during the third quarter of the year . Read more about the foundation's giving here.

PHILANTHROPY NEWS
Why Grant Makers Must Do More to Aid American Indians
The protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline are getting ever more attention, but most of us in philanthropy haven't had a chance to get a firsthand understanding of what is at stake. Read the full article here.

Digital marketing giant to contract Navajo coders
Starting Monday, Navajo Nation graduates of New Mexico's Cultivating Coders program will begin constructing web sites for one of the world's largest digital marketing agencies. Read more here.

Johnson Scholarship Foundations Honors Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month and we will use this space to reflect on the Foundation's mission to Indigenous Peoples. The Foundation will publish pieces from Sherry Salway-Black, who has been a member of their Board since 2006, and from Rick Williams, Foundation Consultant on programs serving Indigenous Peoples. Learn more here.

The Wealth Gap in Philanthropy
The rise of a new, fast-growing class of charities known as donor-advised funds represents a momentous shakeup in charitable giving in the U.S. Read the full article here.

The Power of Ideas to Fight Racism and Xenophobia
As America's first black president prepares to leave office, it is time to double down on support for a new generation of leaders of color. At the Open Society Foundations, we are launching a new initiative to do just that and more. Read more here.
EVENTS

Indigenous Lifecourse Report: Overview
November 30, 2016 | 1PM EST
Our researchers will share an overview, findings and teachings from our new report, The Indigenous Lifecourse: Strengthening the health and well-being of Native youth.

National Funder Briefing: Native Voices Rising!
December 8, 2016 | 2PM EST
Coordinated by Native Americans in Philanthropy and Common Counsel, this webinar will highlight the critical need to strengthen support for indigenous community organizing and leadership development.

 
More events on our website !
RESOURCES
NACF announces call for entries for new Mentor Fellowship program
NACF's new Mentor Fellowship program will award accomplished American Indian and Alaska Native artists to mentor emerging artist apprentices in the Traditional Arts or Contemporary Visual Arts categories. Learn more.

Champions of Change
The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) is now accepting applications for the 2017 class of Champions for Change! Champions for Change are young Native Americans (ages 14 to 22) who demonstrate leadership and service within tribal and urban Indian communities, schools,and/or programs. Apply here.


CAUSEPLANET CORNER 
NAP Members can download this Page to Practiceâ„¢ book summary for FREE thanks to NAP's partnership with CausePlanet. Click here to learn more.

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