First Nations Development Institute

Linked with Rebecca Adamson – USA.

We believe, that when armed with appropriate resources, Native peoples hold the capacity and ingenuity to ensure the sustainable economic, spiritual, and cultural well being of their communities. Homepage.

Chairman’s Message: B. Thomas Vigil, Chairman of the Board, First Nations (20 year report);
The One-Eyed Man is King, A Tribal Field Guide for evaluating and structuring investment in small business: Mike Roberts, President.
Combating Predatory Lending;
Publications;
Strengthening Native Families: Earned Income Tax Credit EITC;
Supporters;
Staff;
Board of directors;
Understanding Assets in Native Communities;
Research;
Contact.

About: Our Mission: Through a three-pronged strategy of Educating Grassroots Practitioners, Advocating Systemic Change, and Capitalizing Indian Communities, First Nations Development Institute is working to restore Native control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities.

Philosophy: A Native American tribe is more than the sum of its parts. It embodies the mystique of its community, the circle of inclusion. Within each member it generates powerful feelings of cultural solidarity. That precious spirit cannot survive without the underpinnings of economic development. But the development must be for everyone, for the tribe as a whole — not just a few. That is the Native American understanding.

Rebecca Adamson, herself a Cherokee, founded First Nations Development Institute in 1980 with the mission ‘to assist Indigenous peoples to control and develop their assets and, through that control, build the capacity to direct their economic futures in ways that fit their cultures’ … (full text) … see also Alliance.org – for news and analysis of the latest developments in philanthropy and social investment worldwide.

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