Singer. Songwriter. Peacemaker.

Singer. Songwriter. Peacemaker.

Raye Zaragoza is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and performer whose multinational heritage (O’odham, Mexican, Taiwanese and Japanese) deeply informs her music. Her song “In the River,” in response to DAPL, garnered half a million video views, national media coverage, a Global Music Award, and an Honesty Oscar. Her debut album “Fight For You” released in 2017.

Raye resides in North Hollywood, California, and is a 2018 First Peoples Fund Artist in Business Leadership fellow.

This Mountain is Going to Bring Our People Back

This Mountain is Going to Bring Our People Back

Joseph Brophy Toledo (Jemez Pueblo) has served the Pueblo of Jemez in various capacities for over four decades. He works with indigenous youth groups, is an adjunct instructor for the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and worked as a creative consultant for Robert Mirabal Productions. Brophy has served on the Native American Global Sports Committee and been instrumental in international indigenous projects.

His art includes pottery, painting, corn husk art, models of traditional structures, and the creation of traditional tools, weapons, and instruments.

Bold, Free, Passionate, Courageous

Bold, Free, Passionate, Courageous

Hailing from a long line of Native Hawaiian singers, musicians and performers on her mother’s side and Diné storytellers and medicine people on her father’s side, Heidi K Brandow is a painter and printmaker. Her work is commonly filled with whimsical characters and monsters often combined with poetry, stories, and personal reflections. Heidi is a 2018 Artist in Business Leadership Fellow. 

The Poetry of Lakotiyapi

The Poetry of Lakotiyapi

First Peoples Fund’s Dances With Words program focuses on helping Native Youth express themselves through the written and spoken word. As a program where being thoughtful with one’s use of language is paramount, the practice of writing and speaking Lakotiyapi (the Lakota language) expands poets ability to express who they are, where they come from and what it means to share that with others.