Grantees 2018

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This summer, 23 Indigenous grassroots and community organizations across 12 U.S. states and one Canadian province will be the beneficiaries of $82,500 in new grants made late this season by Honor the Earth with the generous support of the Kalliopeia Foundation. 

Renewable Energy 

Indian Cultural Organization - Redding, California 

The Honor the Earth funds will be used to support the Winnemem Wintu Village Restoration Project, an ongoing effort with multiple community partners to develop the tribe’s village of Tuiimyali into a sustainable community with stable permanent housing and a power grid based on renewable energy, including solar, that reflect and support tribe’s values and indigenous life ways. Because the Winnemem Wintu were stripped of federal recognition by the U.S. government, the village land is currently zoned as single-family housing. The project also includes supporting the tribe’s collaborations with local stakeholders and municipalities to develop a “tribal village” zoning category that would free the village of odious regulations and restrictions.

Sustainable Nations - Tucson, Arizona 

Sustainable Nations is an Indigenous peoples’ organization that works to rebuild the resilience of our Nations through culturally and spiritually based professional training and program and project development in renewable energy, traditional and natural building, and ecological wastewater treatment and rainwater harvesting. Honor the Earth funds would be used to host a construction project and training designed to revitalize traditional Tohono O’odham traditional architecture as a climate adaptive and spiritually meaningful building technique.

The Village of Solomon - Nome, Alaska

The Village of Solomon’s (VOS) Environmental Dept. is drafting the tribe’s first Renewable Energy Plan (REP), a long time Village priority goal listed on the Local Economic Development Plan since 2009. As an abandoned village, all tribal members were forced to relocate, which makes it difficult to serve all tribal members while residing in different cities. One component of the REP, is to provide education & outreach focused on Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency for Tribal Members homes, wherever that may be. VOS would like to offer Weatherization kits to mail out to tribal members in an effort to complete such a challenging goal. These Weatherization kits will be one part of the outreach & education, the Environmental Coordinator will record a class introducing the kits and how to use them. The kits will consist of; a Hygrometer, to measure relative humidity to prevent mold, condensation and serve as an educational tool; Weather stripping tape; and a window insulation kit. The funds will be used to purchase the supplies for the weatherization kits and for the postage to mail out kits to members outside of the office area.

Sacred Sites 

Black Mesa Trust - Kykotsmovi, Arizona 

Black Mesa Trust is seeking funding to expand its messaging campaign and networking to the larger audience, including the United Nations. Honor the Earth will help play a key role in helping BMT and Hopi people to end ecological disaster caused by coal mining. We want you to be part of our mission to be a voice in protecting the Colorado Plateau - Siipa’pu – Siipa’uini.

Media and Arts

Wakemup Productions - St. Paul, Minnesota  

My goal is to raise enough funds to hire Native artists to help water protector camps screen print and paint banners for their direct action efforts. I have a trailer and most of the gear needed.  I am also working with MN350 and other allies in the Mpls. Metro Area and am would like to help organize a march on Indigenous Peoples Day (IPD) October 8th. I am the Director of All My relations Arts at the Native American Community Development Institute and will be programming an arts festival the weekend prior to IPD.

KKWE Niijii Radio - Callaway, Minnesota

KKWE and Honor the Earth have teamed together over the last 6 years to promote justice in our community through programming on Niijii Radio. KKWE has committed to share your wisdom with our people through your show dubbed, "Winona's Words". We continue to be the voice for those less heard whose voices have been stifled through public policy and systemic racism. Recently KKWE experienced a problem with our poewr amplifier within our transmitter. Currently we are operating on low power under an FCC granted Special Temporary Authority. The repair cost will be anywhere from $8,000 to $15,000. We know that Honor the Earth recognizes the importance of the work we do with our educational programming that promotes environmental, social and racial justice. Show such as Native America Calling, Minnesota Native News, National Native News, and our Ojibwe Language programs are the foundation of our forward movement towards equity. This request is for a grant for $5000 from Honor the Earth to go towards the repairs of our transmitter.

Food and Agriculture 

Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas - Floresville, Texas 

Funding secured from Honor the Earth grant funding will be applied toward the purchase and rental of needed materials and equipment for land preparation and construction of facilities to support organic gardening and farming, rain harvesting and associated costs at both locations of Carrizo Comecrudo Compound and Cotoname Village. Funding secured will additionally be applied toward creation of media formats dedicated to highlighting and sharing of farming activity and opportunities for tribal community and relations to participate and benefit from the Sacred Gardens.

Costanoan Indian Research, Inc. - Hollister, CA 

CIR is an organization based out of Indian Canyon in Hollister, California. Indian Canyon is the only federally recognized “Indian County” between Sonoma and Santa Barbara, and has been sacred land and home for Ohlone/Costanoan people for thousands of years. The Acorn Project is an on-going, multi-dimensional project. For thousands of years, acorns were the center of life for many, if not most, California Indians. The Acorn Project is an attempt to reconnect with the acorn through the cultural arts and teach the next generation about stewardship and the traditional ways of this food pathway, working towards re-indigenizing diets and reducing food scarcity. Components of the project include celebrating and sharing information around seed saving, sharing, and planting, basket weaving, storytelling, mortar and pestle grinding, ceremonial acorn songs and dances, and revitalizing the acorn festival.

Covenant Pathways- Vanderwagen, NM 

For the past three years we have been developing a model farm that heals the soil with the intentional use of microbiology and composting, all organic practices. Our model is used as an example for local Navajo and Zuni tribal reservations in western New Mexico to teach a sustainable way of life through organic farming and food preservation. We are also developing healthy food meals from the produce we grow to impact the health of our local community. The funds will be used for so the organization can continue and increase the “Healing the Soil” on the farm and outreaches in the community in the form of classes, demonstrations, and tutoring individuals and families at their gardens.

Dream of Wild Health- Minneapolis, MN 

Indigenous food sovereignty initiatives with strong leadership from the urban Native community are essential in support the decolonization of current food systems and ownership of food access and food justice. To be successful, these initiatives must incorporate youth education and leadership training. The Reclaiming our Indigenous Seeds program will provide a culturally specific solution to a growing demand for indigenous foods and provides increased opportunities for Native youth and leadership. Funds will be used for the general operating cost of the program.

Eyak Preservation Council- Corodva, Alaska

The upcoming year, indeed the next two years, will be critical for EPC’s campaigns, future work and cultural preservation pathways. EPC will allocate Honor the Earth’s grant for overall General Support with a strategic focus to secure and preserve the remaining 11,000 acres of land in the Bering River Coalfields, update Cordova Cold Storage facility plans (we have a foundation ready to support the initial construction of the facility in 2018), and increase collaboration with local organizations to continue our work to increase food security and energy resiliency in these changing times.

First Nations Kitchen- South Minneapolis, Minneapolis

The current work of First Nations Kitchen has been focused on using food as a way to reconnect the community to Indigenous land, to personal identity, and to one another. First Nations Kitchen has served a free, organic and Indigenous meal to the community each week since 2008 without missing a single meal. The program also works to support local tribal economies, provide community space for healing and organizing, and bring Indigenous wisdom to forefront. Funds from Honor the Earth will be used to support an Engagement Coordination Internship that will grow the program’s capacity and strengthen community ties.

North Dakota Human Rights Coalition- Fargo, North Dakota 

The Indigenous Community Circle’s Indigenous Food Innovation Team I-FIT is located at the intersection of health, food and ecology. Just as Native seed savers plant and grow out seed, long kept in museums or private collections, our project will plant and re-generate our native food ways among our people. We will convene quarterly community conversations and a 12-month National Diabetes Prevention Program class with educational presentations/trainings by Well for Culture, Indigenous Arts & Sciences, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Native Led Growing Together Garden Training, New Roots Farm Incubator and we will attend the Indigenous Farming Conference.

Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community- Fonda, New York 

We are seeking to revitalize this food economy/ food sovereignty with the help of Honor the Earth.This project would implement a training program designed to walk Kanatsiohareke gardening volunteers through each phase of the planting and harvesting cycle. The intention is to groom these volunteers to be able to work on and manage the community gardens in the future, as well as to be able to mentor younger generations of community gardeners. The intention is also to bring the community together in celebration for the revitalization of an essential part of our culture and our ceremonies.

Mauna Kea Education and Awareness- Kamuela, Hawaii 

On March 10, 2018, MKEA opened Kūkulu, a multi-media traveling exhibition featuring Mauna Art, Merchandise, Music and Messages of the Mauna Kea Movement. Honor The Earth Funding would be targeted towards the daily operations of the Kūkulu Art Exhibition, Tribute to the Pillars of Mauna a Wakea as follows: a) coordination and planning of workshops, presentations and events b) contracted services to presenters, instructors, cultural practitioners c) outreach for alliance building and networking efforts with Indigenous organizations and movements involved in similar projects. 

The Moenkopi Developers Corporation- Tuba City, Arizona 

The “Changing Views” seeks financial support to help provide the necessary materials, land management tools, and funds to support the newly acquired location for planting, and the housing for a total of over 30 heirloom seeds native to the Hopi people in a secured location, and to help promote further project successes. Through the process of meticulous planning and the present need to implement the community garden, we prepare to embark on creating the awareness and make available the land base for planting and gardening, and educate the Hopi people of the importance and benefits of Traditional Food Sovereignty practices.

Ogema Organics- Callaway, Minnesota 

Ogema Organics is located on the White Earth Reservation. Our mission is to support the health and well-being of our Elders on the White Earth Resevation. Last year Ogema Organics conducted a food sovereignty survey across the White Earth Reservation of the health and nutrition needs of tribal members. We also conducted a mapping/vision planning workshop where tribal members and those participiating in the White Earth Food Sovereignty Iniitiave, of which Ogema Organics is a part of, identified prime acreage for the creation of food sovereignty opportunities within reservation boundaries. With the data collected we have a better understanding of the needs and opportunities across the reservation in our efforts to grow produce for elders and partnering with the Reservation Business Committee's established Elder Nutrition Program. Phase two of our 5-year plan is the research and development facility with the construction of a deep winter greenhouse which will be developed as an training incubator program for tribal youth and tribal members, replicated across the villages of the reservation with the goal of providing a network of native producers and a native food hub. The training will include methods on indigenous and heirloom farming coupled with the application of modern greenhouse technologies for year-round production. The funds from Honor the Earth will propel our Elder Farm to Plate program in our plan to grow food year-round to supply native and heirloom produce to the Elder Nutrition Program.

T'Sou-ke First Nation- British Columbia, Canada 

At our gardens we provide fresh affordable foods and medicinal teas and herbs for our community membership and cooks; we promote food security and food sustainability; provide hikes which encourages Youth / Elder leadership; conduct gatherings of Native Indigenous foods and Medicines on our Traditional Territories and we encourage participation for exercise, self-esteem and mentorship. Honor The Earth funding will be used for gatherings of Medicinal Teas and plants; Seafoods; Indigenous Native fruits and Berries and outings for plant identification, seed / bulb gathering and garden maintenance of such plants. Funds will be used for honorariums of mentors; food supplies for gatherings and travel to and from our "natural classroom”.

Yellowbird- Lame Deer, Montana 

We are requesting funding to support for Journey to the Centre in 2018 and our ongoing Food Sovereignty Gardening Program. Journey to the Center is a spiritual journey to sacred sites that the Northern Cheyenne are connected to Medicine Deer Rock, Bear Butte, Buffalo Vault, Bear lodge (Devils Tower). By making our youth feel the power of these sacred places and connect more deeply to the land we are hoping to nurture the commitment needed to implement our ongoing food sovereignty program. Honor the Earth funded our food sovereignty program last year and we are happy to report that it has been very successful, we hope to maintain existing and add more gardens, and share broader knowledge throughout our community. Our teachings make it clear that food is our medicine.

Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture- Pueblo, New Mexico 

Agri-Kidz Growing together involves building raised bed gardens at senior centes and other sites. This will involve the Eight Northern Pueblos, Tewa Women United, and Moving Arts Espanola. We are also working with Not Forgotten Foundation, focusing on disabled veterans. Raised beds will be designed at a height and structure that will enable invididuals using wheelchairs, walkers, and canes and other special needs to work in the gardens comfortable. This will be an opportunity for elders to share their knowledge of traditional foods and seeds with our youth.

Youth and Education 

Wolakota Waldorf Society - Kyle, South Dakota 

The LWS No Plastic Campaign is a project of the 3rd-6th grade students of the Lakota Waldorf School (LWS) to address the detrimental environmental and cultural effects of widespread use of single-use, throwaway plastic shopping bags, and to promote the alternative use of reusable bags. To carry out the project the students will conduct research; prepare and design materials (informational flyer, campaign logo); order 1,000 reusable non-woven PP bags, printed with campaign logo, to sell or give away; plan and make presentations on the local radio station and five other reservation schools; and conduct their own evaluation of results. They will focus on raising awareness of how concern for renewable resources accords with traditional Lakota values of caring for mother earth, how every individual decision to change from using throwaway plastic to the alternative of reusable bags is an expression of the revitalization of our Lakota cultural identity. 

Halawai Inc. - Brooklyn, New York 

Efforts to revitalize indigenous languages across the United States has become more crucial than ever as the population of native speakers and community elders declines. Although the number of students enrolled in language immersion programs is increasing, there are few programs that serve adults 18 and above. We recognize that indigenous languages are embedded with native knowledge crucial to understanding and affecting change in community development, urban planning, and specifically environmental justice. We will fund artistic workshops, cultural shares, and to bring two Mauna Kea cultural resources/leaders to the Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow in New York City in October, 2018 to present on Indigenous Sovereignty; Resilience as connected to the Mauna Kea Movement. The Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow is a gathering of many indigenous groups and supporters reclaiming lost narratives and celebrating indigenous knowledge and culture. This event is part of a year-long series of international events hosted by Hawaiian Language World Wide in collaboration with community partners, artists, and culture bearers.

Western Mining Action Network - Billings, Montana 

Honor the Earth funds shall be used to cover WMAN conference expenses for the upcoming 2018 WMAN Biennial conference, "Uniting for Healthier Lands, Waters, and Future Generations", hosted by the Stk'emlu'psemc te Secwepemc Nations in Kamloops, British Columbia at the Thompson Rivers University, Sept. 27-29, of their communities and directly impacted by mining in their homelands. Our SSN hosts will share their success story of how they have worked as a Nation to protect the Pipsell Cultural and Heritage Site, which lead to the rejection of the KHGM's Ajax gold/copper open pit mine proposal, set to be developed on this sacred site. In addition, the Indigenous Caucus will meet face to face and discuss goals/initiatives for 2019. WMAN recently hired Sayokla Williams as the Indigenous Caucus Coordinator and she will facilitate the caucus and serve as a liaison between the caucus and the WMAN Steering Committee, to promote the goals and initiatives of the caucus.

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