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We hope you will enjoy hearing about the good work happening!

Maada'ookiing (“the distribution” in Ojibwe) is a Northland Foundation effort to strengthen relationships with Indigenous community, build partnerships with Native nations, and offer support for community members to expand capacity in northeastern Minnesota.

grant opportunity is offered three times per year, awarding up to $2,500 per grant for Tribal citizens, descendants, or those have kinship ties or affiliation to Indigenous communities within the foundation’s geographic service area. Grant applications are accepted anytime on the online grant portal. The next application deadline is September 15, 2023.

Maada'ookiing Grants Awarded

Congratulations & Miigwech to the July 2023 Grantees!

Aaron Fairbanks, Cass Lake, $2,500

To hold a multi-day class teaching beading skills to the Leech Lake community.


Linda Newman, Hovland: $2,500

To provide mentorship, leadership skills, and entrepreneurial skills to young women at Grand Portage.


Polly James, Grand Portage, $2,500

To purchase sewing machines and supplies for Fond du Lac elders.


Jamie Wise, Duluth: $2,500

To hold an Indigenous Lacrosse camp for youth in the Duluth urban area.


Mark Fairbanks, Deer River: $2,500

To hold classes teaching youth about the process of minnow trapping and collecting bait for fishing activities.


Jalisa Ojibway, Cloquet: $2,500

To hold a leadership program for Fond du Lac youth, centering community building and cultural values.


Michelle Goose, Duluth: $2,500

To hold an Ojibwemowin/English playgroup for children and their families to learn Ojibwemowin in an experiential setting.


David Wise, Sawyer: $2,500

To hold educational classes to introduce the community to the Ojibwe spirit horse.


Travis Novitsky, Grand Portage: $2,500

To purchase photography equipment to expand upon an educational initiative about the Indigenous connections to the night sky.


Charles Wagner, Hibbing: $2,500

To bring traditional singing and drumming to Indigenous youth in Northeastern Minnesota.


Levi Libra, Grand Portage: $2,500

To educate the Grand Portage community about the night sky, centering on traditional knowledge and teachings.

Keep in Touch
Are you a current or former Maada'ookiing grantee? We would love to hear from you! Please contact Cayla at [email protected] with stories or photos of your experiences doing your project work. 

Next Maada'ookiing Grant Round Open for Applications

Do you have a great community project idea? You can submit your application anytime!

Fall round applications due by September 15, 2023. 


Two Years In: Highlighted Outcomes and Impacts of Maada'ookiing Grants

Northland Foundation Releases Maada'ookiing Impact Report

With two years of Indigenous grantmaking down, and many more to come, we are excited to release the Maada'ooking Outcomes and Impacts report. The report highlights the work of our grantees, major grant activity themes, and reflections on the work. Miigwech to all our Maada'ookiing grantees for their dedication to community and culture!

Click here for the two-page pdf

Special Grant Opportunity:

Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Relatives Grant

This opportunity offers grants to individuals or small, informal groups to support grassroots activities that raise awareness, urge change, and promote healing around Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relations.

Application deadline: October 15, 2023

Funding up to $10,000 per grant.

Click here for more details and to apply.

Questions? Contact Cayla Bellanger DeGroat, Program Officer at [email protected].

Ojibwemowin-Ojibwe Language Vocabulary


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Who can apply for a grant?
Individuals or small groups who are citizens, descendants, or have kinship ties or affiliation to Indigenous communities for projects of activities within the geographic service area below.
Land Acknowledgement
The Northland Foundation’s geographic service area rests on ceded territory established by the Treaties of 1837, 1854, 1855, and 1866 between the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe Nations and the United States government. This region is the traditional homelands of the Ojibwe, Dakota, Northern Cheyenne, and other Native nations, and Indigenous people continue to live here. We humbly acknowledge that we are on traditional Indigenous land that holds a long history that continues to grow. Our relationships today shape and define our ongoing shared history. Together, we are actively building mutual respect based on trust and understanding. See a more detailed acknowledgement of this land and its history.
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