Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival - Vallejo, CA
The Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival is an organization devoted to implementing and supporting the revitalization of Indigenous Californian languages. Its mission is to assist Native Californians in Indigenous language restoration, renewal, and maintenance in order to secure these languages as a permanent part of the living cultures of Native California. Kalliopeia provides general support and support for the Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program, an innovative model that pairs a fluent Elder with a younger tribal member committed to learning the language, and which trains the pair in intensive immersion techniques.
Alaska Conservation Foundation - Anchorage, AK
Founded in 1980, Alaska Conservation Foundation acts as a funder, fiscal sponsor, and supportive community resource to take care of wild lands, waters, and wildlife, which sustain diverse cultures, healthy communities, and prosperous economies. ACF and an Alaska Native Steering Committee recently launched the Alaska Native Fund, whose goals include supporting Alaska Native self-determination in environmental issues, strategies, and solutions. Through its support of high quality Indigenous re-grants programs such as the Alaska Native Fund, Kalliopeia affirms its belief in the capacity for Native peoples to heal their communities and culture on their own terms and draw upon their ancient wisdom and resources to protect and revitalize their culture and worldview.
American Indian College Fund - Denver, CO
The American Indian College Fund supports Indian higher education by funding and raising awareness about Tribal Colleges and Universities, which offer students access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values that enhance their communities and the country as a whole. Kalliopeia supported scholarship funds for Native-language teacher training programs, including the Ojibwe-based Gekinoo'imaagejig ("the ones who teach") at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, a culturally-based teacher education curriculum.
American Indian Institute - Bozeman, MT
Kalliopeia provided support for the 2007, 2008, and 2009 Ancient Voices Cross-Cultural Forum, created in response to the desire of Indigenous Elders to "get the Elder voice out." This forum gathers Native spiritual leaders to share cultural and spiritual wisdom to address contemporary social and environmental problems with both Native and non-Native people. The Elders' message offers new ground from which to address these issues, revealing that "the current environmental crisis is, in fact, a spiritual crisis, stemming from our forgetfulness of who we are, and from our disconnection from the sacred quality of the earth," and that "the uncertainties brought by global climate change reinforce the reality that a spiritual connection is the path to survival of humankind."
View a film clip of: Pauline Whitesinger's videotaped keynote to the Flathead Ancient Voices Forum
Center for Sacred Studies - Sonora, CA
Kalliopeia provides support for the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, an alliance formed to provide solidarity, inspiration, and wisdom to all who seek to redress the injustices and imbalances of a disconnected world with original teachings based on respect for all life. Affirming their relations with traditional peoples throughout the world, the Thirteen Grandmothers work to bring vitally-needed ancestral ways of prayer, peacemaking, and healing to the global struggle for a shared future in harmony with the fundamental laws of nature.
View the trailer for a film about the Grandmothers' and their work: The Next 7 Generations
Cultural Conservancy - San Francisco, CA
The Cultural Conservancy’s mission is to protect and restore Indigenous cultures, empowering them in the direct application of their traditional knowledge and practices on their ancestral lands. Through research, education, media, and advocacy TCC offers a variety of projects and programs to support Indigenous communities in the protection and revitalization of Native lands and cultures. A Native-led organization, TCC has a special focus on protecting and restoring Native earth-based cultural traditions and ways of knowing – especially songs, stories, and languages related to ancestral land.
Eyak Preservation Council - Cordova, AK
Eyak Preservation Council is recognized as a leading Native founded and led conservation organization, working to foster truly sustainable communities in which culture, economics, and education all reinforce preservation of the environment. Located in Cordova, Alaska, the Eyak Preservation Council (EPC) was founded following the Exxon Valdez oil spill "to preserve, restore, and celebrate wild salmon culture and habitat through awareness, education, and promotion of sustainable livelihoods within the communities of the Copper River and Prince William Sound Watersheds." Emphasizing the connection between people and preservation, EPC is a unique collaboration of First Nations with non-native fishermen and environmentalists dedicated to the permanent protection of wild salmon, and therefore the Eyak culture and "salmon way of life."
Watch founder Dune Lankard at the 2008 Bioneers Conference.
First Nations Development Institute - Longmont, CO
The First Nations Development Institute works to support Native Peoples in claiming ownership and developing culturally compatible management of Native resources – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – in order to ensure the sustainable economic, spiritual, and cultural well-being of their communities. Kalliopeia provides support for The Native Youth and Culture Fund, which is dedicated to projects organized by or for Native youth in order to ensure bright and capable future leaders with a sense of place and tradition in their communities.
View a short video of First Nation's president, Mike Roberts, describing their work.
First Peoples Worldwide - Fredericksburg, VA
First Peoples Worldwide is dedicated to the mission of promoting Indigenous economic determination and strengthening Indigenous communities through control of their assets and the dissemination of knowledge. With the belief that successful economic development is a holistic process that takes into account the political, social, and cultural variables of a community, First Peoples Worldwide provides regranting, technical assistance, education, and advocacy to help communities leverage assets for sustainable economic development. Kalliopeia provides support for the First Peoples Worldwide’s Keepers of the Earth regrants program.
Friends of the Akwasasne Freedom School - Akwasasne, NY
Akwasasne Freedom School is an independent elementary school run by the Mohawk Nation that operates a pre-K to 8th grade language immersion program conducted entirely in the Kanien'keha (Mohawk) language. The Akwesasne Freedom School combines solid academics with a strong foundation in Mohawk culture, rooting the curriculum in the Haudenosaunee "Thanksgiving Address," which teaches gratitude to the earth and everything on it. On this basis and the guiding principles of Peace, Power, and Good Mind, students study reading, writing, math, science, history, and the Mohawk ceremonial cycle.
The Iroquois Thanksgiving Address, "Ohenton Kariwahtekwen,"a beautiful prayer of gratitude.
Gedakina - Milford, NH
Gedakina is an innovative, multigenerational collaborative among First Nations in the New England region dedicated to conservation of Native lands and the strengthening of cultural knowledge and identity of Native youth. Gedakina seeks to reconnect native people from across the region, from family bands to tribal nations, deconstructing lateral oppression and healing violence. Kalliopeia supports the History, Language, and Environmental Justice Initiative, which works with Native youth and elders to revitalize connections to place, language, and tradition through cultural immersion.
Honor the Earth - Minneapolis, MN
(Grant to Headwaters Foundation for Justice)
Honor the Earth's Mission is to create awareness and support for Indigenous environmental issues and to leverage needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. By providing financial and organizational support for grassroots Native environmental groups, Honor the Earth supports Indigenous struggles to protect land, water, communities, and ways of life. Kalliopeia provides support for The Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Program, which focuses on developing culturally-based food and energy solutions in Indigenous communities facing daunting environmental and social realities.
Hopi Foundation - Kykotsmovi, AZ
Kalliopeia provides general support to The Hopi Foundation, whose mission is "to help people help themselves." Established by the Hopi to promote self-sufficiency, pro-active community participation in the Hopi destiny, and local self-determination, the Hopi Foundation serves a population of 12,000 Hopi across twelve villages on the Hopi Reservation as well as other Indian tribes and Indigenous societies. The Hopi Foundation's programs mobilize local talent to provide broad-based social support for the Hopi community.
Institute of Natural and Traditional Knowledge - Albuquerque, NM
The Institute of Natural and Traditional Knowledge organizes tribal groups and Indigenous organizations to work toward the preservation of ancestral seeds and the revival of traditional organic farming techniques. Kalliopeia supports INTK's Seed Bank Project, which maintains a diverse collection of over 1,500 heritage food and medicinal seeds in order to protect natural, traditional crops from the threat of extinction or contamination from genetically modified strains.
Native Lands and Wilderness Council - Boulder, CA
(Grant to The WILD Foundation)
As an Indigenous led collaborative, stewarded by The WILD Foundation at the request of the participants, Native Lands & Wilderness Council (NLWC) seeks: to support Indigenous stewardship and management of wilderness; leverage Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) to influence global wilderness conservation and policy; apply traditional knowledge, customary and traditional practices, and Indigenous wisdom to conservation and the natural sciences; provide a forum for the exchange of Indigenous-to-Indigenous knowledge, wisdom, and capacity building; and provide a platform for alliances and dialogue between Indigenous, environmental, and governmental leaders for the meeting of nature conservation and Indigenous agendas.
Pollen Circles, Inc. - Fort Defiance, Arizona
Pollen Circles, Inc. is a community resource in Navajo Nation that offers culturally relevant wellness activities to local schools, youth homes, adolescents under psychiatric care, elders, and other groups who lack opportunities to learn and practice traditional ways. Kalliopeia provides project support for Preserve the Tradition, a special project that exposes youth on the Navajo Nation to traditional knowledge and skills taught by local elders through workshops, presentations, and weeklong intensive Diné cultural camps.
Potlatch Fund - Seattle, WA
Potlatch Fund is a Native-led community foundation that provides capacity building training, leadership training and other services to Tribal leaderships, Native communities, nonprofit leaders, and Native artists throughout their service area of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Potlatch Fund’s mission is to inspire and build upon the Native tradition of sharing wealth and building community, using education, advocacy and re-granting to help revitalize Native communities. Kalliopeia provides project support for Potlatch Fund’s re-granting program.
Sacred Land Film Project - La Honda, CA
(Fiscal sponsor: Earth Island Institute)
The Sacred Land Film Project produces a variety of media and educational materials to rekindle reverence for land, deepen understanding of Indigenous cultures, stimulate dialogue about connections between nature and culture, and protect sacred lands and diverse spiritual practices. Kalliopeia provided project support for the Losing Sacred Ground series, and for school screenings of the film In the Light of Reverence.
View more film clips: www.sacredland.org
Download the 48-page "In the Light of Reverence" Teacher’s Guide
Seventh Generation Fund - Arcata, CA
The Seventh Generation Fund is an Indigenous capacity-building and grantmaking organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining the culture of Native Peoples throughout the Americas. The Seventh Generation Fund lends support and extensive expertise to Indigenous grassroots communities through advocacy, small grants, training and technical assistance, media experience, and fiscal management. Kalliopeia supports grantmaking in four areas: language recovery, sacred sites protection, women's healing and leadership, and youth and culture.
Watch a Global Oneness Project interview with Chris Peters, Director of the Seventh Generation Fund.
Yubulyawan Dreaming Project - Laramie, WY
(Fiscal sponsor: Western Rock Art Research)
Kalliopeia supports the effort by the Wardaman people in Northern Territory of Australia to preserve the language, oral culture, and traditions associated with the sandstone rock art across Wardaman country that represents Dreamtime Stories. Through archives and a documentary film project, the Wardaman Dreaming Project documents the oral tradition associated with the rock art at a new level of depth. Struggling against the near-complete loss of native language speakers and overwhelming threats to their culture, the Wardaman Dreaming Project aims to assure the availability of these critical stories, traditions, and ceremonies for future generations.
Yidumduma Bill Harney and Paul Taylor (Video)
Yidumduma Bill Harney (short slideshow)
Murals, co-designed and painted by art teachers, students and participants, using local motifs, often school totems or emblems.