Issue #01 / 2022

Welcoming a New Year of Indigenous Power Building 

As 2022 begins to unfold and the good work alongside our Relatives continues, we take time to honor the legacy of Indigenous movement building and those leaders who have paved the way. Without our predecessors, our Ancestors and their efforts, the groundwork for all that we strive for today would not have been laid. Let’s take a moment to remember. To offer our prayers and hold these warriors close as we journey forward, furthering their tireless efforts in reimagining a future where we all can thrive. 

In January’s newsletter, we also commemorate another year of impact and Indigenous power building, we continue to uplift our next generation of leaders and look towards another year of Indigenous self-determination while working in collaboration with all of you. Lastly, the NDN Collective ecosystem continues to grow and we are thrilled to also share a number of open positions.

Thank you for being in community with us.

Remembering Clyde Bellecourt

Warrior, AIM Leader, Elder and Revolutionary

Clyde Bellecourt with fellow AIM Member and Medicine Man, the late Leonard Crow Dog, attending Liberation Day 2020 at Wounded Knee. Photo Courtesy of Andrew Catt-Iron Shell

NDN Collective released statements reflecting on the life and legacy of Clyde Bellecourt

Co-founder of the American Indian Movement and prominent Native activist who spent decades fighting for Indigenous rights and building Indigenous power. Bellecourt passed away on the evening of January 11th at age 85, after a battle with prostate cancer.

“Clyde was a fearless leader who dodged bullets, sat jail time, marched in streets and built up Native communities. His fierceness in confronting racism and oppression have changed the conditions in which we organize and live in today. In fact, our generation stands on the foundation of Justice and Revolution that he spent his life fighting for,” said Nick Tilsen, president and CEO of NDN Collective.

Read the Press Release Here

Another Year of Impact and Building Indigenous Power

NDN Collective Impact in 2021

In the four years since NDN Collective officially launched as a movement-building organization, we have been honored to build Indigenous power alongside our People and our communities.

Since our inception as an organization, we have taken an ecosystem approach to build Indigenous power with different entities within the collective working in tandem to support and invest in Indigenous-led efforts, businesses, organizations, Tribal Nations, grassroots changemakers, and frontline efforts across the continent. “Four years ago we created NDN Collective as a strategy to disrupt the status quo and begin to dismantle white supremacy by shifting resources and decision making power into the hands of Indigenous people to do the work of defending, developing and decolonizing,” says Nick Tilsen, NDN Collective President and CEO.

Art as Creative Resistance

NDN Collective and IP3 Join Youth-led Actions to Defund Climate Chaos

Art by NDN Action Program Associate Linnea Kingbird-Martini Red Lake Anishinaabe. Photo by Lewis Bernier.

Disrupting ‘Business as Usual’

NDN Collective and Indigenous Peoples Power Project (IP3) joined  two separate youth-led art actions alongside numerous other climate activists as part of #DefundClimateChaos, a nonviolent direct action movement spanning 26 countries, demanding financial entities across the globe cease their billion dollar investments into fossil fuels.

“This is a true hands-on experience for using arts as creative resistance. For those who came out on October 29th on the streets of San Francisco this was also a time to visually disrupt business as usual.  We are bringing the ashes from the California fires to the doorsteps of BlackRock. BlackRock is the biggest asset manager who streamlines investments towards climate destruction through resource extraction,” said Cy Wagoner, NDN Collective Creative Resistance Coordinator

Read the Full Blog Here

Watch Highlights from Defund Climate Chaos – Los Angeles
Watch HERE on NDN Collectives YouTube

The ‘Defend’ Mural Makes Its Debut at the NDN Collective Headquarters

The Larger-than-Life Mural Is Now Available to View

Completed ‘Defend’ Mural Outside of NDN Headquarters. Image Courtesy of NDN Collective Staff.

The mural was first designed by artist Votan Henriquez in 2019

in collaboration with the NDN Collective team, with plans of featuring the mural on the NDN Collective headquarters and also on a blanket design in collaboration with Eighth Generation, an Indigenous-owned and operated lifestyle brand. 

“The woman pictured represents the global shift of power towards the feminine,” says Votan. “The bullhorn is symbolic of amplifying Native voices and the winter count design in the background connects Native people to ancestral Indigenous traditions.”

Read More About the Defend Mural Here

Watch the ‘Defend’ Blanket Video Here
Watch HERE on NDN Collectives YouTube

Halay Turning Heart

NDN Changemaker Fellow Spotlight

Halay’s children share about metamorphosis while reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar in the Yuchi language.

Halay Turning Heart is an NDN Changemaker from the Southeast region.

She is a language healer, working with Elders and raising her three young children as the first zOyaha (Yuchi) speakers in four generations. From the womb, she has only spoken to them in Yuchi. She is developing shtahaê Ô’wAdAnA immersion school at the Yuchi Language Project to decolonize education systems for her people and works internationally to promote young parents reclaiming Indigenous lifeways.  
Throughout the Fellowship experience we have been struck by Halay’s loving commitment to her work. Last month, in addition to the daily work in her community, Halay presented at an international virtual language conference hosted by Cultural Survival, and is working with fellow language warriors from Alaska, Texas, Oklahoma, and Australia to present at Te Aratini in Dubai as part of the upcoming UN International Decade on Indigenous Languages.
Halay’s continued work is transformational, hosting Zoom meetings with Yuchi families and language learners, working with apprentices, and deepening the natural daily use of the living Yuchi language through learning more subtle aspects, including body language and gestures.  She also shared that she and her children have co-presented at the opening of the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City, as well as offering a presentation at the Ta’ya’yûnE awAnÔûnEhA (Euchee Butterfly Farm) during a gathering of the Tribal Alliance for Pollinators.

We are honored to support Halay, and are grateful for the continued inspiration we receive as she shares the experiences of her Fellowship year. 

Updates from the NDN Collective Ecosystem

NEW LANDBACK U Module is now available

On December 21, 2021, the NEW LANDBACK U module on Black-Indigeneity featuring Amber Starks and Dr. Kyle Mays launched. Sign up for updates on future Landback U modules here.

Watch the Recording of the Black-Indigeneity Module Here

Congressional Testimony by Jade Begay

On December 2, 2021, Jade Begay, NDN’s Climate Justice Campaign Director, provided Congressional testimony before the Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on what more public lands leasing means for achieving U.S. climate targets. 

Read Jade’s Powerful Testimony Here
NDN Collective YouTube – “Congressional Testimony by Jade Begay”

Take Action!

Photo By Brooke Anderson

Tell President Biden and Congress to End the Filibuster!

“We have seen what President Biden and Congress were able to deliver for our bridges, roads, and trains – now, they must deliver for our voting rights. Democrats must use their full power to abolish the Jim Crow filibuster and pass the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.” – Martin Luther King III

Sign the Petition to Deliver Voting Rights Here!

NDN Collective is Hiring!

Join our Team of Indigenous Movement Builders

Information Technology Director

The Information Technology (IT) Director will oversee NDN Collective’s IT function and the implementation of new IT systems and policies.

Learn More About the IT Director Position and Apply Here
Advancement Coordinator

The Advancement Coordinator will be part of a team of NDN staff and consultants to ensure we reach our fundraising goals each year, ensuring the organization is financially resourced to carry out our mission and goals.

Learn More About the Advancement Coordinator Position and Apply Here
Program Officer, NDN Foundation

The Program Officer will support the NDN Foundation Grants Programs which includes several specific funding streams.

Learn More About the Program Officer Position and Apply Here
Program Associate, NDN Foundation

The Program Associate provides administrative and programmatic support to the NDN Foundation and assists the Managing Director in planning, organizing and implementing Foundation operations as part of the NDN Eco-system, internally and externally.

Learn More About the Program Associate Position and Apply Here
Warehouse Manager

The Warehouse Manager will oversee NDN Collective’s Warehouse systems and policies. The goal is to ensure Warehouse systems are effective and functioning within the limits of budget, time and specifications of the organization.

Learn More About the Warehouse Manager and Apply Here
Finance Tech

The Finance Technician performs a variety of technical, and administrative financial support duties in the financial activities of the organization.

Learn More About the Finance Tech Position and Apply Here
Vice President

The Vice President provides leadership and oversight for Operations, Advancement, Finance, Human Resources, Legal and Compliance, Communications, Fiscal Sponsorship and Research and Evaluation functions at NDN Collective.

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Human Resources Director

The Human Resource Director oversees the HR department, provides oversight of organizational HR practices and policies and partners with the Leadership Team and staff to understand and execute the organization’s HR and talent strategy.

Learn More About the Human Resources Director Position and Apply Here
Media and Public Relations Officer

The Media & Public Relations Officer acts as the primacy media contact for the NDN Collective ecosystem and the President & CEO, creating and managing communications and messaging that shape public opinion and increase awareness of the NDN brand.

Learn More About the Media and Public Relations Officer Position and Apply Here

Graphic Designer

The Graphic Designer creates digital and print materials for the NDN Collective ecosystem following NDN Collective brand guidelines.

Learn More About the Graphic Designer Position and Apply Here

Research and Evaluation Manager

The Research and Evaluation Manager will contribute to NDN Collective’s overall success by supporting research and evaluation efforts to understand and continuously evolve how the NDN Collective ecosystem of organizations drives social change.

Learn More About the Research and Evaluation Manager Position and Apply Here

Chief Financial Officer

The Chief Financial Officer contributes to NDN Collective’s overall success of the organization by effectively managing all financial activities for the organization and as a member of the Leadership Team.

Learn More About the Chief Financial Officer Position and Apply Here

Program Associate, NDN Partners

The Program Associate provides administrative and programmatic support to the NDN Partners Managing Director in planning, developing business strategies, building client relationships and identifying new business opportunities as part of the NDN Eco-system, internally and externally.

Learn More About the Program Associate Position and Apply Here

Website Content Manager

The Website Content Manager leads the content coordination, development, and maintenance of the NDN Collective website and related websites.

Learn More About the Website Content Manager Position and Apply Here

Reporting to the Director of Finance, the Controller contributes to NDN Collective’s overall success by effectively overseeing the day-to-day financial activities for the NDN Ecosystem including accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll.

Learn More About the Controller Position and Apply Here
Director of Policy and Advocacy

The Director of Policy and Advocacy will provide leadership for our public policy and advocacy work, working collaboratively with our Political Director, NDN Collective ecosystem of organizations, board of directors, and contract lobbyists.

Learn More About the Director of Policy and Advocacy Position and Apply Here