Learning Series #1: Reclaiming Native Truth: We Are Still Here MN

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT

Join We Are Still Here MN (WASH MN)* and the Minnesota Council on Foundations for a learning series that will engage participants in conversations about equity in grantmaking, counter misconceptions and the invisibility of Native peoples, offer strategies that uplift narrative change across the region, and provide support for Native-led work and organizations across the state. The first session titled, Getting Grounded: Reclaiming Native Truth - We Are Still Here MN, aims to ground foundations on the importance of narrative change.

The first briefing in this four-part series on Reclaiming Native Truth will feature Crystal Echo Hawk, founder of IllumiNative and the Reclaiming Native Truth Project (RNT), and Ramona Kitto Stately, Director of WASH MN. Released in 2018, RNT was a two-year public opinion research project that has led to strategies, narrative changes, and movement building to achieve equity and preserve tribal sovereignty across Native communities.


WASH-MN and MCF: Four-part Learning Series
We Are Still Here MN and Minnesota Council on Foundations
Summer 2021 – Spring 2022

Charitable giving continues to grow. Through the first half of 2020 giving increased 7.5 percent. Despite years of consistent growth in philanthropic dollars, the giving trend to Native organizations and causes continues to decline.  Between 2006 and 2012 support fell by 25 percent and in 2018 only 0.23 percent of philanthropic funds was awarded to Native-led organizations despite that the Native population is 2 percent of the U.S. population.

Log-in details will be provided in your confirmation email. This event is open to MCF members and others interested in funding Minnesota's Native organizations. Contact Paul Masiarchin with questions.

*We Are Still Here - Minnesota (WASH-MN) is a project of Native Governance Center that supports a network of people and organizations committed to the Reclaiming Native Truth research and its findings. Task Force members include experts and leaders in Native Governance, K-12 Education, Pop-Culture & Media, and Philanthropy. 

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