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Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Environment, International

Mission: The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is an Indigenous non-profit organization dedicated to Indigenous Peoples' self-determination and the sovereignty of Native nations. We offer an integrated program of advocacy, small grants, training and technical assistance, and fiscal management, lending our support and extensive expertise to Indigenous grassroots communities.

Target demographics: Indigenous Peoples and Communities

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: Art & Creativity, Health & Well-being, Leadership Development, Rights of Mother Earth, Sustainable Communities & Economies, and Peace, Equity, & Justice

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Kara14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been interning with the Seventh Generation for Indigenous Peoples since January of this year. The dedication the leadership and staff have for their work is incredibly inspiring. This organization is unique, filling a necessary gap that would otherwise be left unfilled. Indigenous grassroots projects in North America (and around the globe) are able to move forward because of the support they receive from the SGF. For such a small organization located in a small northern California town, they have a huge impact. Positively touching people's lives and communities through any means possible. SGF goes above and beyond their duties; maintaining professionalism, while building long lasting family-like relationships everywhere they go.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In looking at the options under "your role" for this survey, I realized I could speak about 7th Generation Fund from a variety of perspectives, "client served", "professional with expertise in the field" and "donor". Their work has impacted both my professional and personal lives, and that's part of why I'm such a strong supporter of who they are and what they do. As professional colleagues, I believe 7th Gen establishes a high standard of working with integrity and full-throttle commitment to work in partnership with indigenous peoples, communities and tribal governments. SGF supports the field in a holistic way that not all funders embrace; they understand that some boundaries were externally imposed upon to indigenous peoples and they don't let those boundaries limit their work. On a personal level, their support has led to some historic alliances, most recently the creation of an international indigenous canoe family comprised of Maori, Skokomish and Ojibwe (from Canada and 3 states in the U.S.) who participated for the first time together in the Tribal Canoe Journey to Squaxin Island. SGF's leadership in a wide variety of capacities led me to become a first-time, although modest, individual donor last fall. Migwech for all that you do!

2 Edward8

Client Served

Rating: 4

My language and art project is an Affiliate of the 7th Gen Fund for over 10 years, and it has provided invaluable support in many ways. They--the Fund and the grantees--have become my extended family and have nurtured the growth of my project. As an artist, I cannot work in isolation for long periods of time and rely on other creative thinkers and down-home-everday-people for inspiration and renewed energy. The 7th Generation Fund gatherings like the Keeping the Home Fires Burning is an example of hard work, respect, and success of all involved. In the decade of my involvement I have seen such growth it is incredible!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My group and I have been affiliated with the 7th Generation Fund for nearly 20 years. SGF has enabled us to bring issues to the forefront, hold events and participate in events to educate our Indian and non-Indian community members about Indigenous issues and concerns, bringing understanding to all. SGF is especially concerned with Indigenous youth empowerment, assisting my daughter and other youth from Oklahoma to experience significant cultural and educational events and training.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development--is a crucial Indigenous focused community, Indigenous-steered and operated Indigenous organization in the United States. 7th Gen has had a profound affect on the lives of Indigenous peoples beyond the U.S. however, as the Board, Members, Project 'clients', and the international community have been positively impacted by the grass-roots actions, work, hands-on and heart-felt--of the Indigenous Peoples on the ground, in communities, on the lands upon whose values, principles, Traditional Knowledge, and aspirations 7th Gen seeks to serve. As a recipient of 7th Gen project support, in a Treaty-based and Land-grant based, yet constitutionally unrecognized and denied community along the Texas-Mexico border, I can say the crucial relevance of 7th Gen's work to respond meaningfully to Indigenous Peoples, Nations and Tribes who are at the fringes of the fringes of U.S. government policy-making in the border communities. 7th Gen and especially Tia Oros and the Staff members who work closely with her, have responded time and time again to meet Indigenous Peoples on our own terms and in specific and relevant ways that make a difference in the hearts, minds, spirits and bodies of our Elders, women, youth, families, men, and Chiefly peoples. Since 2008, 7th Gen has enacted true leadership in making adjustments and adapting to austerity measure which have stripped them of much needed resources. Even so, 7th Gen has distributed funds as broadly as possible and still critiqued privileged elites to step up and to enact true solidarity with, alongside, and by Indigenous peoples. At many levels, 7th Gen has worked to include fringed and marginalized Indigenous Peoples whose values in traditional culture--not as frozen anthropological artiface--but as living dynamic systems which catalyze intelligence about LIFE. 7th Gen has supported initiatives seeking to elevate and to provide more attention to Indigenous women and youth--the marginalized among marginalized peoples. Our work to mobilize Indigenous knowledge of women's crucial role as decision-makers, participants, and producers of Knowledge has been supported by 7th Gen, which has led to the development of crucial awareness about language loss and revitalization, water governance, lands and territories, resources, and restoring Indigenous family and complimentary gender roles to restore Danzhoo--Beauty. --Margo Tamez, Co-Founder, Lipan Apache Women Defense, El Calaboz Rancheria, Texas-Mexico border.

1 Anna R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SGF has been a leading NGO that knows the honors indigenous diversity and commonalities. Progressive and innovators in ancient ways for a new world principles by practicing medicine ways in all they do. Bridging the gaps of intellectual traditional teachings and implementation. Preparing all the while the future generations with tools, skills and knowledge to continue the journey of restoring our collective memory of who we are really to be...

1

Donor

Rating: 5

SGF is an unique organization that brings together many Indigenous cultures so that they can share their wealth of heritage, their struggles and their vision for the future. SGF is the hub through which critical and current information gets passed along and they are instrumental in standing up for the global Indigenous communities, as seen in their participation in drafting the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples passed by the United Nations in 2007. It took incredible perseverance to get the declaration passed, and I don't know where we'd be right now without them. Their staff, their board members are rock stars and they make things happen!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I LOVE Seventh Generation! I have been moved and inspired by their incredible work for many years. They are authentic, sincere, and know how to get things done. They are doing incredible work with indigenous cultural and environmental groups, and in addition to funding support, provide invaluable infrastructure, and other kinds of support to grassroots groups that make the most of it. Seventh Generation is full of heart, and they are also serious, and know how to stretch a dollar. I've been around many different non-profits, and I admire all their work. But Seventh Generation is the model to follow.

Lucy9

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Seventh Generation Fund is an organization committed to supporting real change in Native communities. I am always impressed with their dedication to the work that they do, as well as the to the work done by the many organizations that they support.

2 Christy W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the past 14 years I've attended many Seventh Generation Fund events where I was always warmly welcomed, educated, and inspired. One example of an outstanding event that remains vivid in my memory is The Sacred Earth Conference held at Seattle University in April of 2001. Eloquent speakers from various Indigenous Nations, among them Dr. Henrietta Mann, testified and shared perspectives that were new and compelling to me, influencing changes in my own perspectives about Earth Renewal, ritual, community, and hospitality. There is so much to be gained from the communication, discourse, and sharing, which Seventh Generation Fund makes possible in so many ways. Tia Oros Peters and Chris Peters are amazing, always on the go, tireless, making good happen for all of us. I know I am in their debt. I think we all are. Thank you!

2

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Seventh Generation Fund for twelve years now. I have seen a great deal of growth in all aspects of the organization. Everyone I have interacted with is fully invested, inspired, motivated and challenged to uphold the values and mission of the work of the organization. Management defines clear and specific expectations and hold themselves and their team accountable for results. I find that the management and staff treat everyone with respect and care and encourage everyone involved in their work to recognize the positive contribution they make. This is an amazing organization.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

not only is the work that they do incredibly valuable to our world, they are wonderful local neighbors and community members, the staff and board walk their talk each day we are lucky to have them based in our arcata and blessed in general for all of the work and education they provide.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development is an icon and mainstay in Indian Country. Their leadership at the board and staff level is comprised by individuals representing different generations and tribal cultures who all have the same mission, passion and desire to make a positive difference. In addition, they are ALL culturally aware and knowledgeable of their tribal ways and this is the foundation of their work. Our organization, the Native Wellness Institute, first friended SGF in 2005 when we had a collective vision to work to heal the earth and ourselves. This vision sparked the first annual Healing Our Earth gathering where SGF constituents interfaced with Native Wellness Institute constituents, producing a greater awareness of issues for both groups. It was a heart-warming experience that created personal and professional friendships to this day.

1 Luan M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been aware of the Seventh Generation Fund for more than ten years now. They have earned their excellent reputation over time by keeping high standards and a high profile. They are well respected for what they do best, which is to draw in and provide substantial funding support for Native American community groups. They've help to resolve the problem in both public and private funding of how can funds be donated and channeled appropriately to deserving organizations that often lack non-profit status and infrastructure. They represent grass-roots community groups and help them remain viable by establishing a credible umbrella for them for funding.

1 Mena M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I have been affected by Seventh Generation for many years. They have built a strong indigenous community throughout the world; have enlightened us about our environment (Water is Life), and other natural elements which are important not only to us "natives" but to the rest of the world. The people who are in charge of Seventh Generation are well respected throughout this land and beyond. They have made a strong impact on my family and extended family by helping with our language; revitalizing our Chumash traditions (especially our yearly tomol crossing to Limuw); gathering many "native nations" to share ideas, traditions, songs and plans for a better world; and always empowering us to move "forward" in a good way.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The 7th Generation Fund is one of the most recognized funding agency who are supportive of Indigenous communities who struggle with in their everyday life affected by Environmental and Social Injustices. The 7 Generation has a heart for the people, they listen, they provide needed technical support or funding to empower the voices of such communities and members. I wish to share this knowledge with donors because they should know that their donations to this grass root organization is needed and the 7th generation will do whats best on how to utilize your support to such causes. Thank you to all for giving me the opportunity to share my experience with this great organization!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a part of the foundation community for quite a few years. The Seventh Generation Fund - an indigenous led foundation - has an impeccable reputation for serving the needs of indigenous communities here in the US and around the world with the sensibilities that comes from being from the community. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the people involved and the work supported by the Fund.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Seventh Generation has been both a solid foundation for many Native non-profits nationally and internationally, as well as a critical resource for training and program development throughout the 20 years we have known and worked with them. Not only has Seventh Generation provided fiscal sponsorship for our California Native Language organization in the early years, but they helped us to become independent and to create the infrastructure needed to continue our language revitalization work. We honor and respect Seventh Generation for creating a Native non-profit that has excelled in their field and has helped so many Native projects come to fruition.

1 Michael100

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been involved in a number of events that have been sponsored by the Seventh Generation and have had staff from the organization visit my graduate student classes at Humboldt State University. The events I've attended have been very well-organized, focused, effective, and have brought together critical voices, perspectives, and initiatives on behalf of Indigenous Peoples. One of the events I attended focused on a number of key issues, including an important discussion of the effects of climate change on Indigenous Peoples' communities and territories. The perspectives shared during this conference were informative, creative, and well-versed in science and culture. Students from my classes attended this meeting and were highly encouraged and more hopeful as they realized that Indigenous Peoples have numerous contributions to make, and that their beliefs and values are highly relevant to the current discourses of how can we work together to reverse the environmental challenges that lay before us. The second meeting I attended focused on the future(s) of Indigenous Peoples and the knowledge, systems, and actions that were important to helping communities to successfully adapt (and bring about positive change) in current struggling economic, political, and environmental schemes. The wealth of knowledge shared at this meeting was amazing.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Laguna Acoma Coalition For A Safe Environment (LACSE) is extremely grateful to the Seventh Generation Fund (SGF) for their continued support of our work fighting the nuclear industry in Indian Country. Over the years SGF has provided financial, educational, organizing and spiritual support for many of our projects. A memorable event was the support SGF gave to our late elder Dorothy Purley from Paguate Village on the Laguna Pueblo to do international work addressing the nuclear fuel chain and the financial support SGF provided in her receiving the Nuclear Free Future Award in 2000. Thank you agian for your continued support! In Solidarity Manny Pino, Acoma Pueblo