ERIC Number: ED398007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
First Nations Development Institute Biennial Report, 1994/95.
First Nations Development Inst., Fredericksburg, VA.
This report describes economic development projects that were funded during 1994-95 by the First Nations Development Institute. The Institute was established in 1980 to help tribes build sound, sustainable reservation economies. Through the Eagle Staff Fund, the Institute regrants funds for culturally viable economic development projects from a pool of resources, provided by a consortium of funders committed to Native American development. Twelve economic development projects are described and related to the primary elements of culturally appropriate development, which include control of assets, spirituality, kinship, and personal efficacy. Projects include the InterTribal Bison Cooperative, which has returned buffalo herds to the Plains tribes; the Nez Perce Young Horseman Program, which has involved young people in revitalizing traditional horse culture; the Mni Sose Intertribal Water Rights Coalition, supporting efforts of Missouri River Basin tribes to assert control over their water rights; the Kalalea Farmers Association in Anahola, Hawaii, which has allowed families to be self-sufficient by marketing vegetables that are normally imported; the Hopi Foundation that develops programs to meet the cultural, economic, and spiritual needs of the Hopi tribe; and Touch the Earth Foundation, which develops tribally operated ecotourism camps that pay for youth camps where tribal elders work with young people. The booklet also covers the Oweesta Program, which addresses the critical lack of access to credit and capital in Native communities; policies of the Institute; a list and brief description of the 40 economic development projects funded by the Institute; a list of foundation and institutional supporters of the Institute during 1993-95; and a financial report of the Institute as of June 30, 1994. Includes many photographs. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: First Nations Development Inst., Fredericksburg, VA.