NDN Collective Announces Community Action Fund Grant Partners

December 15, 2022

NDN Collective Announces Community Action Fund Grant Partners

“NDN Collective is honored to invest in the self-determination and leadership of these organizations, collectives, organizers, and cultural practitioners. They are on the frontlines defending our communities from resource extraction, combating the polluters fueling climate change, and standing up for the human rights of Indigenous peoples."

For Immediate Release: December 15, 2022

Rapid City, SD – Today, NDN Collective announced awardees of the 2022 Community Action Fund. The fund’s intention is to move money into the movement space to help further Indigenous Peoples’ agendas as it relates to the defense, development, and decolonization of our Peoples and Mother Earth.

This fund provides urgent response resources to frontline movements and community organizers working to defend their lands, including a focus on climate justice and racial equity. Grants of $15,000 to $30,000 are directed to those most impacted by local problems and ensuring that  resources and decision-making lies with those most affected by the results, and most  equipped to solve immediate challenges. Direct community action is supported, including community organizing, amplification of community voices, and a wide variety of tactics imperative to shifting the political and financial systems impacting Indigeous communities.

“It’s critical to resource grassroots efforts. The knowledge and power of the people closest to the issues and threats that we face must be fortified,” said Gaby Strong, NDN Foundation Managing Director. “There are so many communities across Turtle Island – aka North America – working to defend their lands from extraction and their people from exploitation. The Community Action Fund is one important way of supporting those change efforts.”

“NDN Collective is honored to invest in the self-determination and leadership of these organizations, collectives, organizers, and cultural practitioners,” said Nick Tilsen, president and CEO of NDN Collective. “They are on the frontlines defending our communities from resource extraction, combating the polluters fueling climate change, and standing up for the human rights of Indigenous peoples. NDN Collective continues to operate with the foundational principle that radical change will require a major redistribution of resources.

“Liberating resources from the field of philanthropy and moving them to the communities who have been stolen from to create those resources in the first place is essential to building an equitable world.”

2022 Community Action Fund Grant Partners: 

  • Kenia Ines Herandez Montalvan with Centro de Derechos Humanos Zeferino as fiscal sponsor
  • Congreso Nacional Indígena Península de Yucatán
  • Consejo Regional Indígena y Popular de Xpujil
  • International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
  • José Guillermo Vélez Román
  • Koʻihonua
  • Luis Enrique Ortiz González
  • Sisquoc Goat Packing with Meztli as fiscal sponsor
  • Apache Stronghold with MICA Group Inc. as fiscal sponsor
  • Guainia Taino Tribe of the US Virgin Islands with Opi’a Taino International, Inc. as fiscal sponsor 
  • Piikanii Lodge Health Institute
  • The American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council with Rural Coalition as fiscal sponsor 
  • Society of Native Nations
  • Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation
  • Indigenous Elders and Medicine Peoples Council with SPIRET Foundation as fiscal sponsor          
  • World Peace and Prayer Day with SPIRET Foundation as fiscal sponsor
  • Tewa Women United
  • The Pueblo Action Alliance with The SouthWest Organizing Project as fiscal sponsor
  • Tohono O’odham Sonora
  • Dakota Canoe Journey with Unkitawa as fiscal sponsor 
  • YTT Northern Chumash Nonprofit

NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building, and narrative change, we are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms.

To Request an Interview Contact

Cabot Petoia, clpetoia@gmail.com

Related Stories

Press Release | NDN Collective Announces “Community Action Fund” for Indigenous Frontline Organizers

October 2023 Edition

Stay Informed. Take Action.

Subscribe to the NDN allies newsletter

Sign up to get our newsletter. Delivered once per month.

We care about the protection of your data and would never sell your email or share it with anyone without your permission.

Dozens Hold Sit-in to Demand Resignation of SD State's Attorney Posted 7 days ago
"The state’s attorney’s office is sending a message to the entire community that you can kill a Native person and pay a small fee and go on with your life. What that does is shows how you value Native people's lives. We are their constituents, they work for us, right? So where's our justice?" 
'We deserve to be here': Bringing Grassroots Indigenous Advocacy to DC

Jordynn Paz

Posted 1 week ago
NDN Collective traveled to Piscataway Territory (so-called Washington, DC) to meet with lawmakers and federal agencies; bringing our stories, priorities, and Indigenous-led solutions to the table.
NDN Collective Releases 5 Yr Impact Report, Highlighting Groundbreaking Work to Empower Indigenous Peoples Posted 4 weeks ago
“Launched in 2018, NDN Collective provides the most ambitious, systemic approach to empowering Native communities in the history of philanthropy and impact investing. The change, justice, and liberation we seek requires the centering of marginalized experiences and leadership, as well as the significant redistribution of resources currently overseeing the concentration of wealth.”
All Things Indigenous: Celebrating, Remembering, and Building Power in the Hesápa on Indigenous Peoples' Day 

Jordynn Paz

Posted 1 month ago
NDN Collective hosted the first ever Indigenous Peoples' Day march and celebration in MniLuzahan. The Rapid City community was invited to enjoy music by Indigenous artists, bounce houses for kids, food trucks, vendors and information booths representing various Indigenous-serving organizations.
NDN Collective Calls for Cease Fire, End of Military Aid to Israel Posted 1 month ago
"We mourn the lives already lost and feel dread knowing that many more will die. This is why we must rise up now and hold the U.S. government accountable in the funding of and profiteering from this war."
On Indigenous Peoples' Day, Supporters Call for Unity and Justice in the Wake of Hate Crime Shooting of Indigenous Activist Jacob Johns   Posted 2 months ago
“If anyone doubts that Indigenous people aren’t safe in this country, this shooting should dispel those doubts. What happened to Jacob is part of the ongoing legacy of colonization and continued threat of white supremacist violence facing Indigenous Peoples across the country."
Bipartisan Letter Urges President Biden to Grant Clemency to Leonard Peltier Posted 2 months ago
“As Members of Congress, we sign this letter with a deep commitment to the crucial role we play in upholding justice for all Americans – and to also hold our government accountable when we see a case of injustice, as demonstrated by the long incarceration of Leonard Peltier."
Call to Action: No $100,000 Oñate Statue Posted 2 months ago
Rio Arriba County in Northern New Mexico is spending more than $100,000 to move a statue of conquistador and colonizer, Juan de Oñate, out of storage to display it in front of their county offices. This is not about a statue; this is about the settler colonial system that allows racist politicians like Alex Naranjo to do as they please on stolen land.
NDN Collective Launches Indigenous Climate & Just Transition Fund Posted 2 months ago
“We urge philanthropic organizations to join us in this moment by resourcing the Indigenous communities who have proven solutions to repair our relationship with the Earth. The climate investments implemented over the next few years will set the groundwork for generations to come.”  
4 Fossil Fuel Projects that Harm Indigenous Communities Posted 2 months ago
We remain persistent in reminding the Biden Administration and those in power that our Indigenous communities and lands continue to face harm through extractive measures that directly contribute to the climate crisis.

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, movement building, and philanthropy we are fostering a world of justice and equity for all people and the planet.