Free Business Training for Native Artists to be held in Browning in July

First Peoples Fund - Free business training to be offered to Native artists in Browning, Montana in July

Native artists in Montana will have the opportunity to learn how to expand their arts business during a free professional development training in July.

In partnership with First Peoples Fund, a national Native organization committed to supporting and honoring American Indian artists, Native American Community Development Corporation NACDC in Browning will host a free two-day training for artists across the state looking to develop their skills, connections and business models.

The training will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10 and Friday, July 11, 2014, at Blackfeet Manpower One-Stop. The training is free to artists, and advanced registration is encouraged by signing up online now.

via First Peoples Fund – Free business training to be offered to Native artists in Browning, Montana in July.

Indian Land Tenure Foundation Grants

ILTF provides funding to Indian nations to support various aspects of land recovery with a focus on reacquiring alienated federal lands. Returning lands to Indian ownership and control is important to ensure that Indian people have, at minimum, access to the financial and natural resources within their own reservations.

ILTF supports a variety of initiatives to assist tribes in the development of plans to reacquire reservation lands. One approach is the development of land and natural resource management plans that identify the future use and benefits of recovered lands. Such plans are critical as tribes negotiate for the transfer of federal, state and municipal lands to Indian ownership and control or in seeking loans.

In 2009 a grant was awarded to the Lac Vieux Desert Indian Reservation to conduct a market study of 91,000 acres of timberland with regard to development, financing strategies and tribal capacity building for potential purchase as part of a partnership with the Conservation Fund and a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. To see more information on previous grants, go to the Grantees section of the website.

Grants awarded for Land Recovery Efforts range from $10,000 upwards of $100,000.  It is important to note that ILTF does not provide funds for the purchase of land. Go to the Indian Land Capital Company website for information on tribal funding opportunities.

Grant funding is currently limited.

Out of respect for your time, we suggest sending a brief letter of inquiry including the following information:

  • Organization name and contact information address, phone, email, etc.
  • Budget range for successful implementation of project
  • Brief description of proposed project and rationale
  • Identify whether or not the proposed project has been discussed with state leaders

Send to:  Indian Land Tenure Foundation, Attn: Grants Manager, 151 East County Road B2, Little Canada, MN 55117-1523 or by email to

via Land Recovery Efforts | Indian Land Tenure Foundation.

School to Prison for Montana’s Native Kids?


A new legal paper on racial disparities in juvenile justice is laced with searing narratives of wrongs suffered by Native schoolchildren on Montana’s remote and windswept reservations. Law graduate Melina Healey’s study, “The School-to-Prison Pipeline Tragedy on Montana’s American Indian Reservations,” has just appeared in the New York University Review of Law & Social Change.

According to Healey, who got her NYU law degree this past May, the school-to-prison phenomenon has been well documented in poor, minority communities nationwide. However, it’s been generally ignored with respect to Montana’s reservations, where the problem is extreme. “I’m baffled by this,” she said in an interview. “It’s a staggering tragedy.”

Dennis Parker, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Racial Justice Project said the paper made a valuable contribution by focusing on a population that is frequently left out of the discussion. “Healey documents a confluence of factors that have harmful consequences for Indian children and lead to them being denied the most basic opportunities for educational achievement.

Stuck in failing public schools in impoverished communities, Montana’s American Indian children face high rates of suspension, expulsion and arrest, with little regard for due process, Healey found. Being pushed out of school means separation from friends and positive routines and, for many youngsters, regular meals. This, in turn, drives not just trouble with the law but also some of the nation’s highest suicide rates, according to Healey. She recounts heartbreaking stories of Montana Native kids who killed themselves, or tried to, after being disciplined at school.

“Healey tells yet another sad story of our school systems failing to meet the needs of our youngest First Americans,” said former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, founder of the Center for Native American Youth, a policy group that advocates for the health, safety and well-being of Indian children. “Our federal government has a trust responsibility to provide these services to Native American children and the fact is, we simply must do better.”

Find more via Montana’s Pipeline to Prison—and Suicide—for Native Kids –

Native American Youth Champions for Change

The Center for Native American Youth is aimed at bringing greater national attention to the issues facing Native youth through communication, policy development and advocacy. To shine a spotlight on inspirational stories and promote hope in Indian Country, the Center invites Native youth ages 14-24 to join our work through our newest program – Champions for Change.

via Champions for Change.