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.

“I am an Indigenous Woman, Shaped by Generations”

I am an Indigenous woman. Newé mogo’ni, like my mother, and her mother, and her grandmother and great grandmothers.  My waist is broad, my hands are strong, and my cheekbones rise like mountains.  I am built hardy, body and spirit, like ancestors.  The first woman I ever knew was my mother.  A teacher, a gentle woman who steeped […]

A Poem: “I met you at Standing Rock”

I met you at Standing Rock The phrase said so often it loses meaning but Let’s imagine it’s true under the night of the fireworks some false victory when the cynics asked, “what are you celebrating?” A boy met a girl A young woman and a young man to be more preciseHe wore his freshest baseball cap at a jaunty anglei […]

In Gratitude of All Yalitza Gives us Within the Limitations of Roma

I know what it’s like to grow up indigenous in a country and culture that does not embrace my features or skin-color. Coming of age in Michoacán and California, I was called names like ‘indita,’ ‘charilla’ and ‘oaxaquita’ – diminutive slurs meant to infantilize and demean indigenous people. As an anthropologist conducting fieldwork in Mexico, […]

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.