- By Jenna Kunze
Native innovators in the United States are invited to submit proposals to the MIT Solve Indingeous Communities Fellowship, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology aimed at driving innovation to solve world challenges and benefit Native communities. Winning proposals selected will each receive a $10,000 grant.
“The pandemic not only created new challenges in tribal communities, as it did around the world, but it also exacerbated existing inequities ranging from health services to schooling, infrastructure, and beyond,” the fellowship overview reads. “In addition to unbroken generations of tribal leadership, there is still a great need for continued innovation and the revitalization of traditional practices to heal and strengthen communities.”
For four years, the MIT Solve has launched open calls for applications from Indigenous innovators specifically. The first year focused on Oceti Sakowin; the second expanded to include the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribes; and the third and fourth year have invited all American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiians to apply.
This year, eight technology-based proposals will be accepted that are aimed at supporting culturally-grounded educational opportunities; mental or physical health programming; climate resilience; and supporting entrepenurialship in Indian Country.
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