NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

First Peoples Fund seeks to fill 2 positions:
Finance and Compliance Manager
Program Director
Vacancy Announcement
Please send resume and cover letter to: First Peoples Fund, PO Box 2977, Rapid City, SD  57709 or email to info@firstpeoplesfund.org 

 

February 2016
Seven Culture Bearers Named Recipients of the 2016 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award 

January 2016
FPF Announces 2016 Artist Fellows
The Roots of Weaving, Delores Churchill
Hugging a Copper Bison, Mark Fischer
Prepared to Serve - FPF's new Program Manger - Jessica Miller

December 2015 
FPF President Lori Pourier's reflections on 2015
A grateful goodbye to Miranne Walker
Reflections from FPF Board Chair Sherry Salway-Black

November 2015 
First Peoples Fund welcomes new development manager
(Trying) to catch up with a busy Jhane Myers
Learn about the credit union that will be on Rolling Rez Arts  
Luzene Hill is making her own “tiny little statement”

October 2015 
Rolling Rez Arts, a mobile art space, makes its debut on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Squeezing every last drop out of his First Peoples Fund fellowship
Tlingit artist weaves her vision, and the community responds
Solidarity and collaboration launches Intercultural Leadership Institute 

September 2015 
Arts and business incubator to rise on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Creating something new while honoring the past
The calming force of art
Native business growing capacity of other Native entrepreneurs

August 2015 
Amidst family loss, Cheyenne River Sioux artist finds life in sculpting
She wove moonbeams into her baskets
Inspired by her children, jewelry artist marries personal passion with new business

July 2015 
Watch the roads! Rolling Rez Arts is coming to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Taking the leap to work as an artist… and only an artist
First Peoples Fund Brave New Voices participants return from international gathering energized
Surrendering to her destiny as a writer  

June 2015 
First Peoples Fund’s Brave New Voices Program makes 16-year-old want to do even more for others
Native Hawaiian honored with Community Spirit Award during wearable fashion show in Hawaii
First Peoples Fund fellow seeks to spark dialogue through studio
Turtle Mountain artist seeks to give back to others as art career takes off  

May 2015 
Step Into the Collective Spirit
Community Spirit Award honoree is breathing life back into traditions set forth by his ancestors
First Peoples Fund artist leaves corporate job behind to start her own Native fashion line
First Peoples Fund setting the stage for what's ahead
First Peoples Fund fellow uses comic books as tool to teach Lakota language to others 

April 2015 
Rapid City-based First Peoples Fund selected to participate in new Community Creativity Cohort
2015 Community Spirit Award honoree dedicated to teaching beadwork, quillwork, and patience
Brave New Voices Program offers safe space for kids to gather and grow
Lakota artist seeks to not just pass on traditional drum making methods, but also to strengthen the mind and spirit of youth

March 2015
Traditional Polynesian tattoo artist is 2015 Community Spirit Award honoree
New film on Cultural Capital fellow and Community Spirit Award honoree Delores Churchill
New First Peoples Fund initiative gives voice to youth on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
First Peoples Fund welcomes new staff member who “loves helping people”

February 2015
Four culture bearers from American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawai’ian tribes named recipients of the 2015 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award
2015 Community Spirit Award honoree working to leave a legacy for his tribe
Collaboration with Artspace and Lakota Funds strengthens current work and future possibilities on Pine Ridge
Clearing the way for new generation of arts on Wind River Reservation

January 2015
Newest staff member at First Peoples Fund seeks to strengthen relationships in Indian Country
Nineteen artists from around the country are named 2015 Artist in Business Leadership Fellows
A space that infuses a love of Native art and fashion
Native Artist Professional Development Trainings coming to New Mexico

December 2014
Unexpected results for First Peoples Fund fellow
First Peoples Fund awarded 2014 Bush Prize for Community Innovation
Artist in Business Leadership Fellow joins First Peoples Fund staff
First Peoples Fund joins forces with other nonprofits to enhance policy work

November 2014
Watch video from the 2014 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards
Five questions with First Peoples Fund's newest board member, Bud Lane III (Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians)
A chilkat blanket the size of a newborn killer whale
Recap of the 2014 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards

October 2014
Reflecting on the upcoming Community Spirit Awards
Menominee artist brings heart and soul to his music
Get a first look at auction items for Pre-show Art Auction fundraiser held prior to Community Spirit Awards
Artists donate to Community Spirit Awards Pre-show Art Auction Fundraiser
"The Sioux Chef" readies for Community Spirit Awards weekend

September 2014
Hip hop artist Frank Waln gets ready for Community Spirit Awards performance
Taala Fund to host free business training for Native artists at the end of September
Nez Perce tribe to offer Native Artist Professional Development Training in Idaho
Four Bands Community Fund to host event designed to help artists market and sell their work
Hunkpati Investments, Inc. to host free event designed to help artists market and sell their work

August 2014
Artists donate to Community Spirit Awards Pre-show Art Auction Fundraiser
Native artists invited to artist business training in September on the Crow Creek Reservation 
Free business training to be offered to Native artists in Eastern South Dakota in September

July 2014 
Performance line-up announced for 2014 Community Spirit Awards in Minneapolis
Course aims to show artists how to profit from their work, from The Rapid City Journal
Trainings could be coming to a higher educational institution near you soon
Fellowship program helps Blackfeet artist to transform art studio
Nominate an artist for the 2015 Community Spirit Award online right now
Native artists invited to artist business training this month in Fort Yates

June 2014
Performance line-up announced for 2014 Community Spirit Awards in Minneapolis
Trainings could be coming to a higher educational institution near you soon
Q&A with Community Spirit Award Honoree Jody Naranjo Folwell-Turipa
Fellowship program helps Blackfeet artist to transform art studio
First Peoples Fund, United Tribes Technical College Black Hills Learning Center join forces to hold workshop as part of upcoming Gathering of People, Wind and Water | REGISTER HERE
Native artists invited to artist business training this month in Shawnee July 24-25 | REGISTER HERE
Business training on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation June 27 | REGISTER HERE
Free business training to be offered to Native artists in Browning, Montana in July
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May 2014 
Business workshop for Native artists to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico | REGISTER HERE
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute to host workshop in Albuquerque
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Tribute to 2005 Community Spirit Award Honoree Frank Sheridan, Sr.
Trainings based on values
First Peoples Fund rolling out enhanced professional development curriculum
Q&A with Anton Treuer, 2014 Community Spirit Award Honoree
Go behind-the-scenes of the upcoming Community Spirit Awards
Professional development workshop for Native artists to be held in Minot, North Dakota

April 2014
Native American rapper looks to break stereotypes, from The Chicago Tribune
Q&A with Douglas Limón, 2014 Community Spirit Award Honoree
Northwest Native Development Fund to offer business training for artists on Colville reservation in Washington
Native Public Media president and CEO joins First Peoples Fund board of directors
2014 fellows and grantees gather in Washington-state
Renowned artist takes the time to educate himself on how to run an arts business

March 2014
Pine Ridge: Building an Artists' Economy, from Indian Country Today
LaMama in New York City to present panels, performances thanks to Our Nation's Spaces grant program
Meet Delbert Miller, 2014 Community Spirit Award Honoree
All My Relations Gallery to offer free business workshop for Native artists April 5-6
Alaska Native Heritage Center sponsors professional development training in Anchorage March 27-28

February 2014
White Earth Tribal Community College to host event designed to help artists market and sell their work
Presenting stories that are part of the American fabric
Supporting inspired Natives: Profile on Louie Gong
First Peoples Fund artist training program takes off in Alaska
Former Ralph Lauren designer returns to her roots

January 2014 
First Peoples Fund proudly announces the recipients of the 2014 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award 
Tribute: In Memory of Charlie Hill
Five Questions with Jennifer Easton
Artist Profile: Heid Erdrich, 2014 Cultural Capital Grantee 
“Empty-nester” ready for new artistic adventure

December 2013
What the Collective Spirit in you made happen in 2013: A message from Lori Pourier
Our Nation’s Spaces grant brings artists and museums together to tell story of the Lakota and buffalo
2014 Cultural Capital grantees announced
Artist in Business Leadership fellows announced

November 2013
Artists produce music videos with grants from First Peoples Fund
Tribute: Celebrating the Life of Margaret Hill
Two new trainers added to First Peoples Fund Community-based Certification Program
Artist Profile On: Phillip Whiteman Jr. and Lynette Two Bulls

October 2013
IN THE NEWS: Support growing for American Indian artists, Minneapolis Star Tribune
First Peoples Fund president receives 2013 Women’s World Summit Foundation Prize 
New grant cycle opened for Our Nation’s Spaces Program 
Q&A with Kalima Rose
Artist Profile: Monte Yellow Bird

September 2013
Northwest Area Foundation announces $1 million to First Peoples Fund to bolster Native arts business sector
Five Questions with Sherry Salway Black
Cultural Capital grantee uses grant to teach
Artist in Business Leadership fellow goes back to the classroom
Welcome the newest addition to First Peoples Fund’s staff
Our Nation’s Spaces grant applications due at month’s end

August 2013
First Peoples Fund celebrates release of creative economy study
Photos from the Santa Fe Indian Market
Our Nation’s Spaces Grant Program returns
New website launched
Artist Profile: Cultural Capital Grantee Duane Goodwin
Final three 2013 Community Spirit Award ceremonies held in Alaska, Maine and North Dakota
Upcoming events for September 2013
New perspectives: Artist Lillian Pitt, from Perpetual Explorer

July 2013 
Filmmaker gives tribe a voice as mining project threatens land, culture
First Peoples Fund artist Frank Waln with Chen Dance Center in New York City
Passionate pursuit: Profile on Watie Akins
Joining together to create a new home for artists on the Pine Ridge Reservation
First Peoples Celebrates: Susan Malutin

June 2013
Peter Strong joins First Peoples Fund in newly created vice president position
Reconnecting history: Profile on Susan Malutin
Community Spirit Awards—the North Dakota edition
Honorees reflect on the Community Spirit Awards in Hawaii
Cherokee Arts Center sees difference First Peoples Fund trainings make

May 2013
The revelation: Spotlight on Theresa Secord
The calling of a teacher: Artist profile on Denise Lajimodiere
Community Spirit Awards—the Hawaii edition—to be celebrated June 13
Art as an economic engine
A collaboration that empowers artists

April 2013
First Peoples Fund president honored with national award
Passing on tradition: Artist profile on Cyril Lani Pahinui
First Peoples Fund partnerships with Community Development Financial Institutions flourishing
An artistic voice heard
First Peoples Fund talks about mission and work in Minneapolis

March 2013
Protector and provider: Artist profile on Vicky Takamine
Recognizing the spark from within, for artists… and First Peoples Fund
First Community Spirit Awards to be given out in June in Hawaii
Our Nation’s Spaces program brings artwork of Alaina Buffalo Spirit to Heart Mountain
Don't forget! Nominate an artist for the 2014 Community Spirit Awards

February 2013 
Traditional visual artists, a poet, dancer and musician named 2013 Community Spirit Award recipients
Five organizations selected for innovative Our Nation’s Spaces grants
Inspiring artists to improve, no matter where they are at in life
Deeply rooted in family and culture: Artist profile on Georgianna Houle

January 2013
Making the connections, uncovering the possibilities: Lessons from the Sundance Film Festival
Professional development programs for emerging artists from rural tribal communities
Overwhelming success for first round of Our Nation's Spaces granting program
On a mission: Artist profile on Frank Waln

December 2012
A national platform for artists through Our Nation's Spaces Program
Visiting the North Country
Artists in Business Leadership and Culture Capital grantees announced
Walking the Walk: Artist Profile on Gerald Cournoyer
Reflection

November 2012
Respect and love reverberate at 2012 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards
New traditions at Thanksgiving
First Peoples Fund welcomes new board member
Artist Profile on Pete Peterson, Sr.

 






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