Sarah Eagle Heart – Alon David Photography
Published August 3, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS—Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) is honored to partner with the White House on a Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) philanthropic event, “Generation Indigenous: Raising Impact with Innovation and Proven Strategies” on August 26, 2016, at the White House. This event calls upon the philanthropic community to take action to elevate key issues and address the pressing needs of Native youth with culturally comprehensive approaches to ensure all Native youth reach their full potential.
“Native people have endured a long history of racism and colonialism which has led to multi-generational, community historical trauma. Despite the diversity in language, location, and economic distinctions, there is structural and systematic discrimination that affect all Native communities. Annual grant funding has remained below 0.5 percent, yet Native Americans are 1.7 percent (5.4 million) of the total US population. This event will highlight impact driven solutions and opportunities to partner with philanthropy,” stated Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy.
Recent statistics show that 81 percent of Native men and 84% of Native women experience violence in their lifetime. Suicide is the second highest cause of death of Native youth between the ages 15 and 24 — who make up over 40 percent of the total Native population — and at a rate that is 2.5 times the national average. Native youth are placed in the criminal justice system at a rate up to 5 times that of whites, receive disproportionately harsh treatment, and are more likely to be killed by police than any other racial group. Additionally, Native Americans are often categorized in data and reports as “statistically insignificant” or “other,” erasing their existence and unique circumstances; as a result, services and policies inherently leave Native people behind in social and economic advancement.
Gen-I seeks to improve the lives of Native youth by promoting a national dialogue, policies, and programs to mobilize and cultivate the next generation of Native leaders. Generation Indigenous: Raising Impact with Innovation and Proven Strategies will celebrate Native-led and Native-driven promising practices and spur more philanthropic commitments towards the meaningful support of Native youth. The event will feature presentations by ten storytellers of innovation and success that are selected by a panel of youth judges and key philanthropy partners. Story-based presentations will be assessed by the following criteria: exemplify innovative approaches; address gaps and disparities; champion community assets; implement cultural competency; the leadership reflect the community served; and impact on Native youth. Storytellers must submit a full application by Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. (EST). More information regarding the application and how to submit can be found at here.
Key philanthropy partners include Casey Family Programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Philanthropy Northwest, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, and CHANGE Philanthropy. Invited participants will engage with Native changemakers and leaders who are making a difference with Native youth. Beyond the event, NAP is seeking grantmakers to heed the Call to Action to partner regionally with Native youth and communities, support and develop Native leadership, and invest in the kinds of innovative and promising solutions presented by the storytellers. Respond to the Call to Action here.