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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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!