In 2020, only 0.4% of funding by large U.S. foundations was directed to Native communities.

During this “season of giving”, please don’t forget to include Native orgs.

Here is a list of Indigenous-led foundations/ grant-making orgs that re-invest $$ into Native communities.
.@ndncollective gives grants to Indigenous change makers, creatives and community self-determination projects.

@DecolonizWealth is transforming philanthropy to put more money and power into Indigenous and Black led organizations.
.@NativePhilanthr is a bridge between philanthropic and tribal communities, working towards more equitable & effective giving in Native communities.
.@collegefund gives scholarships to Native American students—the majority of whom are first gen college students—and supports tribal colleges and universities.

@FNDI303 gives grants to support Native youth, housing, food sovereignty, and more.

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17 Dec 20
On this HISTORIC day it’s important to remember the history that got us here.

Originally the Bureau of Indian Affairs—the agency tasked with managing the US gov’s relationship w/ Indigenous Nations—was housed in the War Department.
In 1849 it was transferred to the newly formed Department of the Interior. So diplomatic relations w/ Indigenous Nations went from being managed by the military to being managed alongside land, fish and animals.
It symbolized a shift in US policy from tactics of annihilation to tactics of assimilation.

During the assimilation era DOI oversaw boarding schools, urban relocation programs, allotment, the Indian Adoption Project, forcing blood quantum onto tribes and more.
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12 Oct 20
If you are observing #ColumbusDay instead of #IndigenousPeoplesDay2020 here is a list of what you are celebrating...

1. Christopher Columbus's army used Indigenous people as dog food. They were known to feed live babies to dogs in front of their horrified parents.

2.) His "voyage" initiated the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade when he captured 1600 Taino people and shipped them to Spain for gold. Most died on the journey.
3.) Columbus sex trafficked Indigenous girls for his own personal profit. He journaled, “There are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand.”
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18 Aug 20
In less than 10 days the federal government is scheduled to execute the first Native American in modern history.

Against the wishes of his tribe AND in violation of federal law.
When Congress passed the Federal Death Penalty Act (FDPA) in 1994 it included the “tribal option”, which gave tribes the authority to decide whether or not their citizens could be sentenced to death for crimes committed against other Indians.
Lezmond Mitchell’s tribe Navajo Nation did not give the federal government permission to execute its citizens. But the federal government is planning to do so anyway.
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9 Jul 20
"The federal government promised the Creek a reservation in perpetuity. Over time, Congress has diminished that reservation. It has sometimes restricted and other times expanded the Tribe’s authority. But Congress has never withdrawn the promised reservation....
As a result, many of the arguments before us today follow a sadly familiar pattern. Yes, promises were made, but the price of keeping them has become too great, so now we should just cast a blind eye. We reject that thinking...
If Congress wishes to withdraw its promises, it must say so. Unlawful acts, performed long enough and with sufficient vigor, are never enough to amend the law. To hold otherwise would be to elevate the most brazen and longstanding injustices over the law...
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9 Jul 20
"On the far end of the Trail of Tears was a promise. Forced
to leave their ancestral lands in Georgia and Alabama, the
Creek Nation received assurances that their new lands in
the West would be secure forever...
In exchange for ceding “all their land, East of the Mississippi river,” the U. S. government agreed by treaty that “[t]he Creek country west of the Mississippi shall be solemnly guarantied to the Creek Indians.”
Both parties settled on boundary lines for a new and “permanent home to the whole Creek nation,” located in what is now Oklahoma. The government further promised that “[no] State or Territory [shall] ever have a right to pass laws for the government of such Indians...
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