McKay Named To Autry Board Chair (news)

The Autry National Center of the American West took a step this week that underscores its oft-stated mission to tell the whole story of the West: Marshall McKay, chairman of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation in Northern California will chair its board of trustees for the next two years, the first Native American to hold the top board post in the museum's 22-year history.  Full story @:

Native American 40 Under 40 (news)

National Center announces 2010 Native American 40 Under 40

Originally printed at Staff reports
October 6, 2010
MESA, Ariz. – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development recently announced the recipients of the 2010 Native American 40 Under 40, who will be recognized as part of the 35th Annual Indians Progress in Business Awards Event on Thursday, Oct. 21 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Albuquerque, N.M.

NCIDC gets honored on Keep It Sacred

From: Lou Moerner <>
Date: July 1, 2010 9:13:09 AM PDT
Subject: NCIDC gets honored on Keep It Sacred

Hi all,
Just wanted to share that our Community Wellness and Tobacco Programs youth intern, Misty Lawson, got her tobacco movie project listed on the front page of the Keep It Sacred national website. Congratulations to MIsty for her hard work!


Lou Moerner
Northern California Indian Development Council
Community Wellness & Tobacco Education Program Director
241 F Street
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 445-8451

ext. 27
(707) 445-8479 fax

Indian Giver (news)

First Nations Development Institute: Indian Giver
November 2009
In this month's newsletter we celebrate Native American History Month and Thanksgiving.

A note from the President

Thanksgiving is a time when many of us sit down with our families, forgive or at least tolerate each others eccentricities and enjoy a big meal. And while it is difficult to ignore the truths of the first Thanksgiving and the mythology that has built up since, let's focus on the myth that we want to believe, that folks got together and shared a generous harvest. Read more...

Cherokee High School Students Pilot InvestNative Website

Twenty-one Cherokee High School students participated in a unique pilot program in October by field testing a new online personal finance curriculum. Designed to educate Native youth on the benefits of building long-term wealth through investing, the website was created in 2008 by First Nations Development Institute.  First Nations specifically selected Cherokee High School out of a multitude of reservation high schools to run their pilot. Cherokee High School Business Education Instructor, Sharon Bradley, hosted the week long project in her state-of-the-art computer equipped classroom. "First Nations chose our school both for our exceptional students and amazing high tech facilities. I'm very pleased to see how much enthusiasm our students have displayed for this exciting undertaking," stated Sharon Bradley. "Investing and personal finance can be tough topics for a young person to grasp, but our kids have stepped right up to the challenge. They're learning valuable skills while assisting with a very important nationwide initiative." Read more...

A Season of Giving and Thoughtfulness for American Indian and Alaska Native Women

It is November, and as we prepare for the holiday season, we ask First Nations' friends and supporters to consider that some American Indian and Alaska Native women may not have a safe and joyous holiday season due to violence.  Why?  Alaska Native and American Indian women are more likely to experience sexual assault or domestic violence than any other ethnic or racial group in America.  Compound the stresses of the holidays, psychological, emotional, and physical abuse can be present or intensified during this time.  Read more...

More Than Just a grant

This past October 20-22, 2009, 27 individuals from across Indian country gathered at the Longmont Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Colorado to attend the 2009 Native Youth and Culture Summit: Capacity Building and Sustainability.  These 27 people represented all 21 of this year's First Nations Development Institute's Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) grantee organizations. Read more...


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