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NDN Collective is the most ambitious, systemic effort to empower Indigenous communities in the history of philanthropy.

President & CEO Nick Tilsen Oglala Lakota

Nick Tilsen, President & CEO, is a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Tilsen has over 18 years of experience building place-based innovations that have the ability to inform systems change solutions around climate resiliency, sustainable housing and equitable community development. He founded NDN Collective to scale these place-based solutions while building needed philanthropic, social impact investment, capacity and advocacy infrastructure geared towards building the collective power of Indigenous Peoples. Tilsen has received numerous fellowships and awards from Ashoka, Rockefeller Foundation, Bush Foundation and the Social Impact Award from Claremont-Lincoln University. He has an honorary doctorate degree from Sinte Gleska University.

Recent stories by Nick Tilsen

Stories Native American Heritage Month: Indigenous People Will Not be Erased
For nearly three decades, the month of November has been recognized as Native American Heritage Month. Bi-partisan support through Presidential Proclamations and law formally recognized and honored the contributions of Native and Indigenous peoples throughout the month. This year, however, the 45th President of the United States attempted to rebrand the month entirely, prioritizing an … Continued
Stories NDN Collective Celebrates One Year of Building Indigenous Power
This moment in history calls upon us to bind together. Radical change is at our fingertips, and we must keep reaching, building and fighting.
Stories “Our Voices Won’t be Silenced”
Fighting the SD "Riot Boosting" Act and the Keystone XL Pipeline

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