By Catherine Bartlett
In light of recent discoveries of over 1,000 remains of Indigenous children found in Canada, Indiana United Ways would like to give honor to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation, Cowessess First Nation, Ktunaxa Nation and all Indigenous Nations, Groups, and Peoples of the Americas who have been affected by residential schools.
Indiana United Ways would like to highlight some Native-based resources/organizations available in Indiana and nationwide.
Native American/Indigenous resources and organizations locally (Indiana):
The American Indian Center of Indiana INC. Indianapolis: http://www.americanindiancenter.org/default.php
The American Indian Center of Indiana INC. works on/with Education & Culture Events, Volunteering, Health Services, Job Connection, Tribes & Organizations, Veterans Resources, etc.
“The mission of AICI shall be to promote unity and well-being among Indiana’s American Indians, Alaska Natives, and other people indigenous to the United States through personal, economic, social, health outreach and cultural education development; and to promote the strengthening of mutual understanding and respect among Indian and non-Indian people”
The Language Conservancy, Bloomington: https://languageconservancy.org/
The Language Conservancy works to build endangered languages in North America with Language Building, Learning Resources, Summer Institutes, Career and Internships, etc.
“The Language Conservancy stands as the foremost organization working with endangered languages in North America. We work daily on the ground in partnership with dozens of communities to revitalize their languages.” This amazing organization provides funding and work for Lakota people, plus many other indigenous peoples, and our language programs. Executed in tribal and non-tribal areas. Some of my relatives are even instructors at some of their events in South Dakota. A great way of keeping connected to language and culture.
Eitelijorg Museum, Indianapolis: https://eiteljorg.org/our-story/
Eitelijorg Museum offers the Watanbe Family Library, Cultural Events, Education Resources, Cultural Art, etc.
“The Eiteljorg Museum is committed to presenting the art and heritage of the American West and the Native peoples of North America as a diverse story of human accomplishment, adversity and perseverance with respect and sensitivity to all cultures. In order to fulfill this commitment, the Eiteljorg must keep diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion at the forefront of everything we do.”
The Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission, Indianapolis: https://www.in.gov/inaiac/
INAIAC offers Educational Resources, Cultural Events, Scholarships, Veteran Resources, etc.
“INAIAC studies and makes recommendations to appropriate federal, state and local governmental agencies in areas of Employment, Education, Health, Housing and Civil Rights.”
American Indian Programs at IUPUI, Indianapolis: https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/aip/top-level-menu-folder/Welcome.php
American Indian Programs at IUPUI gives funding for advocacy, education on Native culture, people, and rights, resources for native students, and scholarships for Indigenous students.
“Aim to strengthen our integral tribal partnerships – most especially the tribes Native to Indiana! We are working very closely with campus partners to further develop our resources for Native students, Staff and Faculty.”
First Nations Educational & Cultural Center at IU, Bloomington: https://firstnations.indiana.edu/index.html
First Nations Educational & Cultural Center at IUgives funding for advocacy, education on Native culture, people, and rights, resources for native students, and scholarships for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.
“Supports American Indian and indigenous students in their transition to and achievement at Indiana University Bloomington with campus programs and an extended network of resources and information designed to inspire, encourage, and empower students for success.”
Purdue University Native American Education Culture Center, West Lafayette: https://www.purdue.edu/naecc/
First Nations Educational & Cultural Center at IUgives funding for advocacy, education on Native culture, people, and rights, resources for native students, etc.
“Established in spring 2007 through student and campus community advocacy, the Native American Educational and Cultural Center (NAECC) at Purdue University fosters a culturally diverse and intellectually inclusive campus environment and serves as a ‘second home’ for Native American students on campus.”
Native American/Indigenous groups and organizations nationally:
First Nations Development Institute: https://www.firstnations.org/
First Nations Development Institute works to improve economic conditions for Native Americans through direct grants, technical assistance & training, advocacy & policy, etc.
National Indian Child Care Association: https://www.nicca.us/
Assists Indian families through high quality child care services, education, conferences, children’s books, training, language & culture resources, Development Fund Programs, employment, learning kits, etc.
Urban Indian Health Institute: https://www.uihi.org/
UIHI uses research, data, community grants, health programs, and indigenous values to strengthen the health of Native people.
Women Empowering Women for Indigenous Nations: https://www.wewin04.org/
Women Empowering Women for Indigenous Nations (WEWIN) exists to provide Native women with the knowledge, support, and resources necessary to achieve success in their personal and professional lives.
American Indian Education Fund: http://www.nativepartnership.org/site/PageServer?pagename=aief_home
Many education resources such as scholarships, mentorship, and more.
Native American Financial Offical Association: https://www.nafoa.org/
The Native American Financial Official Association’s mission is to improve the quality of financial and business management of tribal governments, their entities and their businesses.
Center for Native American Youth: https://www.cnay.org/
Works to improve the health, safety, and overall well-being of Native American youth through youth recognition, inspiration and leadership; research, advocacy, and policy change.
Native American Rights fund: https://www.narf.org/