Transition & Resilience grants Click here

PennElys Droz · July 16, 2019

NDN COLLECTIVE LAUNCHES INDIGENOUS CHANGEMAKER FELLOWSHIP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —

RAPID CITY, S.D. The NDN Collective, an organization devoted to building Indigenous power, is launching a groundbreaking fellowship for Indigenous people throughout Turtle Island. The NDN Changemaker Fellowship will support 20 Indigenous leaders each year across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, also including the islands of Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii. This fellowship is designed to amplify, deepen, and catalyze the development of Indigenous leaders ready to create movements in their communities and build a world that is just and equitable for all people and the planet.

The NDN Changemaker Fellowship is a 12-month opportunity for Indigenous leaders to articulate their vision for social change, to identify the support they will need to get them there, to invest in their own learning and development, to access mentors and peers, and to reflect on their health, healing and wellbeing.

“Our Indigenous Nations and communities hold vision, knowledge, and responsibilities to our homelands, ancestors and descendants,” says Dr. PennElys Droz, Director of the NDN Fellowship and Prize. “It is this vision, knowledge, and responsibility that is the foundation for the incredible innovation, activism, and ideas for systemic change coming from Indigenous leaders.”

NDN Collective

“Our Indigenous Nations and communities hold vision, knowledge, and responsibilities to our homelands, ancestors and descendants,”

Dr. PennElys Droz, Director of the NDN Fellowship and Prize.

Individuals who are Indigenous to the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the islands of Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and Hawaii and who are over the age of 18 are eligible to apply for the NDN Changemaker fellowship. Applicants can come from all life experiences and professional backgrounds, working or aspiring to work toward defending Indigenous homelands and rights, developing model regenerative Nations, and decolonizing and healing our communities and families. The NDN Changemaker fellowship upholds NDN Collective’s cultural values and norms, including the interconnectedness of all things, Indigenous self-determination, and equity and justicefor all people and the planet.

Each fellow will receive $75,000 (USD) to invest in and support their innovation as leaders. This includes a $50,000 stipend to support the changemaker in her/his/their endeavors and a $25,000 professional and personal development stipend to cover a wide range of direct costs, including living expenses, tuition, conference registration, equipment, travel, health and wellbeing practices, and childcare. No portion of the funds can be directed to another person.

To apply, applicants must first complete a letter of inquiry (LOI) which can be accessed on the NDN Changemaker Fellowship page at the NDN Collective website. The LOI window closes on August 31. In the fall of 2019, a selection committee made up of regional Indigenous representatives will then select 20 Indigenous changemakers from the pool of candidates for the first cohort of the fellowship, to be announced December 1, 2019.

For more information and to apply, visit the NDN Changemaker Fellowship page or contact Dr. PennElys Droz, Director of the NDN Fellowship and Prize, at pennelys@ndncollective.org.

PennElys Droz
PennElys Droz

Dr. PennElys Droz, NDN Collective Director of Fellowship & Prize, is Anishinaabe/Wyandot from the US-Canadian border. Droz directs the planning, execution and evaluation of the NDN Fellowship & Prize. Droz brings two decades experience in the Indigenous environmental and regenerative Nation building movements to re-develop ecologically, culturally and economically thriving and resilient Native Nations. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Technology and a Master’s degree in Environmental Resource Engineering from Humboldt State University and a PhD in Biocultural Engineering Design, American Indian Studies from University of Arizona.

July 2020 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.

Posted 11 months ago Alcatraz Canoe Journey: Honoring 50 Years of Indigenous Resistance and Persistence

Jade Begay

"If we work to reframe Alcatraz as a symbol for Indigenous sovereignty and reposition it in people’s psyche that way, it could be a very powerful thing, especially for people who are so often forgotten overlooked and marginalized like Natives in America."
Posted 10 hours ago Grant Writing Webinar Series for Indigenous Communities and Tribal Nations
This four-part grant writing webinar series for Indian Country is hosted by Kauffman & Associates, Inc. with registration fees sponsored by NDN Collective.
Posted 3 days ago NDN Collective Premiers Ȟesápa, a LANDBACK Film. Now Streaming FREE!
"Ȟesápa" is the first installment in the LANDBACK Film series and is now available for viewing on Facebook and YouTube. Produced by NDN Collective Creative Producer and Oglala Lakota Filmmaker Will White.
Posted 1 week ago NDN Collective to Host Backpack Giveaway for Native American Youth in the Rapid City Area
Distribution of the backpacks will take place on Monday, September 21 at 4:00 pm in the parking lot of the NDN Collective headquarters. Supplies are limited to 500 backpacks, and each backpack also contains some NDN Collective swag.
Posted 3 weeks ago DEADLINE EXTENDED! Transition & Resilience Grants up to $100k for Indigenous Communities, Tribes and Indigenous-Led Non-Profits
NDN Collective has announced Transition & Resilience grants for Indigenous Communities, Tribes, and Indigenous-led non-profits for the specific purpose of creating a ‘new and better normal.’ The deadline for grant applications has been extended to Wednesday, September 16.
Posted 1 month ago NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen will go to jury trial for felony charges
A Pennington County judge determined that NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen will go to trial for charges stemming from July 3rd action in Mount Rushmore. Tilsen vows to stand strong.
Posted 1 month ago NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen Faces 15 Years in Prison for Protest Against White Supremacy
NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen faces legal backlash from the State of South Dakota with trumped-up charges for the stand he and other land defenders took in the Black Hills on July 3rd leading up to Trump's visit to Mount Rushmore.
Posted 1 month ago NDN Collective Launches Second Phase of $10 Million COVID-19 Response Project: Transition and Resilience for Indigenous people
Phase two of the NDN COVID-19 Response Project supports transition and resilience within Indigenous communities impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Posted 2 months ago NDN Collective Responds to Brutal K9 Attack on Native Man in Rapid City
NDN Collective calls out excessive use of force by South Dakota Highway Patrol with K9 unit deployed on Native man and overall systemic violence against Indigenous people at the hands of law enforcement.
Posted 2 months ago “Today we mourn, tomorrow we fight”: NDN Collective Honors the Legacy of John Lewis
NDN Collective honors civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis and calls for honoring his legacy with renewed commitments to fight injustice
Posted 2 months ago Washington Team’s Mascot Change Long Overdue, We Must Eliminate All Racist Portrayals of Indigenous People
The recent announcement of the Washington football team's name change is generations in-the-making, but we still have a long way to go when it comes to the elimination of racist and stereotypical representations of Indigenous people.
NDN Collective
317 Main St #1
Rapid City, SD 57701
P: +1 (605) 791-3999
E: info@ndncollective.org
© 2020 NDN Collective. All rights reserved.