Twenty two grantees in Washington, Oregon, and Montana received a total of $75,000 with funding provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the OneFamily Foundation, the Jeffris Wood Fund, the Eulalie Bloedel Schneider Foundation, an anonymous foundation, private donations, and contributions from the 2015 Fundraising Gala.
Blue Heron Canoe
Kent, WA - $2,500
To empower the youth, who are off-reservation and in rural/suburban areas to become the leaders of tomorrow, to bring to life the language and culture to the canoe by participating in Tribal Journeys. To become aware that they are a part of a larger community with many relatives and to be exposed to strong and good role models.
Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA - $432
Funding to support the 2016 Winterdrive, which provides warm clothing, sleeping bags, coats and toys for children. Holiday giving bags will be distributed to families, single adults, and youth on Sunday, December 25.
Chinook Indian Nation
Bay Center, WA - $5,000
This project is focused on promoting youth education, leadership, and resiliency, as well as the spiritual, cultural, physical and community health of the Chinook Indian Nation by continuing our participation in the 2016 Inter-tribal Canoe Journey, Paddle to Nisqually.
Cowlitz Indian Tribe: Administration Department
Longview, WA - $3,750
Eight Elders will attend the Cowlitz Youth Summer Camp this August at Cispus Learning Center outside Randle, Washington, making this a meaningful inter-generational experience. The experience will develop leadership skills and keep our youth involved in tribal affairs.
Friends Forever Mentoring
Polson, MT - $3,750
To provide quality weekly summer program opportunities to youth across the reservation.
Grand Ronde Canoe Family
Grand Ronde, OR - $3,750
The Grand Ronde Canoe Family will train, purchase supplies, and hold monthly meetings, in preparation of the Paddle to Nisqually.
Haida Heritage Foundation
Seattle, WA - $1,000
Funding to support the Foundation's 2016 Holiday Dinner. A family event that celebrates tradition and culture.
International Traditional Games Society
East Glacier Park, MT - $4,386
Youth and Blackfeet speakers will gather on the local Stampede Grounds to celebrate traditional horse culture with Blackfeet horse language, horse societies and ceremonies, relationships of the horse to the people, care of horses, and pre-contact horse competitions. The youth will spend time in six stations of half day each for 3 days.
Long House Association
Port Angeles, WA - $3,750
Our goal is to empower our Youth by equipping them with knowledge in health education, culture, strength and resilience. The Pink Paddle Project needs to empower everyone to wear pink to display our unity and resilience. Knowledge is power. The Pink Paddle Project provides a support system for survivors and their communities.
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe: Tribal Council
Port Angeles, WA - $5,000
The Lower Elwha Community and Canoe family have traveled the traditional highways of our ancestors for long time, our goal is to continue to teach the youth the ways of our people, carrying on the cultural traditions through creating healthy pathways. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe will provide an opportunity to allow the youth to be active and healthy through the annual canoe journey, encouraging a healthy way of life through embracing the ways of our people through pulling on the canoe, drumming, singing, dancing and sharing/living the cultural ways of our people.
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe: Planning Department
Port Angeles, WA - $1,000
Support for the 2016 Holiday Gathering: during this event the youth, elders, and tribal community as well as the tribal veterans are brought together to share a table, sing tribal song, and holiday songs.
Lummi Youth Canoe Family, Lummi Nation Service Organization
Bellingham, WA - $5,000
Preparation leading up and during the Lummi Youth Canoe Family's participation in the Paddle to Nisqually.
Missoula Urban Indian Health Center
Missoula, MT - $3,750
Over the past eight years we have collaborated with all of Montana Tribes to host annual Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) and would now like to build upon that. Provide more youth with the opportunity to participate and learn culturally relevant programming increasing resiliency which lays a foundation for success in all aspects of our young people's lives.
Native Generational Change
Missoula, MT - $3,432
Support to continue our mentorship program in Montana and expansion into other western states. Our proven methods in creating resilient young native leaders through the use of culture has been effective in systemic change in Montana communities.
Oliver Canoe Club
Kingston, WA - $5,000
This year the Willapa Spirit will be participating in Paddle to Nisqually. Our Canoe Family is an intertribal family. We are spread throughout the United States. This event gives an excellent platform to bring our youth together with our elders to learn life long lessons.
Harrah, WA - $2,500
Summer "Traditional Mentoring" camps that are hosted on the Yakama Nation reservation in White Swan at the Pavilion Center. We project holding between two to four camps that are approximately 3 to 4 days long.
Browning, MT - $3,750
Blackfoot Language Immersion Summer Camp. The summer camp will be hosted by Cuts Wood Academy staff and will introduce the Blackfoot language to youth ages 6-12. We plan to invite youth who may not have had exposure to the Blackfoot language within their school or in their home.
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
Kingston, WA - $2,500
This grant will support Tribal community youth and their families on a fourteen day canoe journey to Nisqually. The Journey will help with increasing health, culture, indigenous knowledge, and youth empowerment. Youth will learn how to pull in a canoe, water safety, setting up camp, preparing meals, songs, dances, stories, protocols associated with Tribal ceremony, family connections, elder interactions, and learn about the richness of their Tribal history and culture.
Samish Canoe Family
Anacortes, WA - $3,750
Hosting and travelling during Canoe Journey 2016, Paddle to Nisqually. Focus on recruitment and retainment of developing young leaders in our Canoe Family who have emerged in the last 3 years.
Squaxin Island Museum Library and Research Center
Shelton, WA - $5,000
The facilitation of a dedicated canoe journey aimed at developing leadership skills and cultural ownership of tribal youth. This includes canoe skipper trainings, cultural protocol education, safety, marine skills, budgeting, and planning. Adult canoe journey leaders will serve as mentors for youth to transition into positions of leadership within the canoe family, and will help develop a youth committee in partnership with the tribal youth council for ongoing planning of youth journey participation.
Suquamish Tribe: Human Services
Suquamish, WA - $1,000
Funding to support the 2016 Holiday Gathering, which will bring together approximately 250 Tribal and community members, families, students, and youth to celebrate a healthy, culturally appropriate gathering that is alcohol free and focuses on positive inter-generational interactions and family values.
Suquamish Tribe: Sports and Recreation Department
Suquamish, WA - $5,000
Implementation of a Summer Leadership Camp for Suquamish youth. It will include our Tribal youth's Spirit Hawk Canoe Club with its focus on cultural heritage, youth leadership, health and team-building; while, at the same time, providing a 12-week, teen life-skills curriculum called "Holding Up Our Youth" that is an evidence-based practices model based on the esteemed "Healing of the Canoe" curriculum developed by the University of Washington and the Suquamish Tribe. The Spirit Hawk Canoe Club is our on-going Suquamish Tribal youth program led by our Sports and Recreation Department and the new Summer Leadership Camp would be an expanded element.