Defend. Develop. Decolonize.

NDN Collective is a national organization dedicated to building Indigenous power

Defend. Develop. Decolonize.

We are unapologetically, unabashedly, NDN. United like never before, we rise together—arm in arm—to equip all Indigenous Peoples with the tools needed to become architects of our future. Through a holistic approach to infrastructure, funding, advocacy, consulting, and philanthropy we are fostering a world of justice and equity for all people and the planet.

Defend.

Our People, Communities, and Nations

Negative resource extraction pollutes our water, destroys our land, contributes to climate change, and violates the rights of our people. Organizing our communities, making our voices heard, and utilizing a wide variety of tactics is imperative in shifting the political and financial systems that impact all aspects of life.

Develop.

Regenerative and Sustainable Communities

We need to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We are doing this through regenerative community development, renewable energy investments and social enterprise development.

Decolonize.

Our Minds, Communities, and Sovereign Nations

The decolonization of our communities and people is directly related to our ability to prosper. Through the revitalization of our Indigenous ceremonies, culture, languages and life ways we will continue to strengthen our identity and break free from the oppressive systems that disconnect us from achieving the healing, growth and connection to spirit that is integral for us as Indigenous people.

Over 20 Must-See, Must-Experience Indigenous Film Festivals and Showcases

Let us all collectively admit it: making film is straight up difficult and, many of times, inaccessible. And for Indigenous filmmakers, those barriers can be even higher. It takes perseverance, flexibility, creativity, and, of course, community, to create a short or feature film, may it be narrative, documentary or experimental.   Let’s also admit that […]

What Does it Mean to Build Indigenous Power? Six Fierce Indigenous Voices Weigh In

What does it mean to build Indigenous power? Josué Rivas, Mexica and Otomi visual storyteller and educator, asked six Indigenous people to answer this question. Here is what they had to say: Isabella Zizi, Northern Cheyenne, Arikara, Muskogee Creek “Building indigenous power means to acknowledge the original peoples of the lands that we occupy, acknowledge […]

Episode #03

Spunky Squaw Online Activism

Indigenous organizers Yolonda Bluehorse, Jade Begay, and Nick Estes weigh in on the issue of "The Spunky Squaw" online boutique, which recently came on the radar of Indigenous social media users for its use of the dehumanizing "S-word."

Episode #02

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples Day proclamations are rapidly replacing Columbus Day across the U.S. In this episode, we talk to five Indigenous activists and organizers about their work and what Indigenous Peoples Day means to them.

Episode #01

An Interview With Nick Tilsen

In this episode we interview Nick Tilsen, founder of NDN Collective, about the organization.

We are unapologetically, unabashedly, NDN. United like never before, we rise together—arm in arm—to equip all Indigenous Peoples with the tools needed to become architects of our future. Through a holistic approach to infrastructure, funding, advocacy, consulting, and philanthropy we are fostering a world of justice and equity for all people and the planet.