NDN Collective News

  • Doubling Down for LANDBACK: Q & A with Nick Tilsen After 2.5 Year Legal Battle Comes to an End
    On November 18, 2022, and after nearly two and a half years of an uphill legal battle, all charges against NDN Collective president and CEO Nick Tilsen related to a nonviolent direct protest in the Black Hills taking place on July 3, 2020, were finally dismissed by the state of South Dakota. Nick faced up to 17 years in prison after allegedly organizing a blockade and #LANDBACK protest in his… Source Source: Full Article: Doubling Down for LANDBACK: Q & A with Nick Tilsen After 2.5 Year Legal Battle Comes to an End
  • NDN Collective Announces Community Action Fund Grant Partners
    Rapid City, SD – Today, NDN Collective announced awardees of the 2022 Community Action Fund. The fund’s intention is to move money into the movement space to help further Indigenous Peoples’ agendas as it relates to the defense, development, and decolonization of our Peoples and Mother Earth. This fund provides urgent response resources to frontline movements and community organizers working to… Source Source: Full Article: NDN Collective Announces Community Action Fund Grant Partners
  • NDN Collective Shares Program Intention of Collective Abundance Fund Ahead of Official Launch
    Rapid City, SD – Today, NDN Collective shared the program intention around the upcoming Collective Abundance Fund, a grant opportunity through which NDN Collective will distribute nearly $50 million over a five-year period to Native individuals and families across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The overall purpose of the Collective Abundance Fund is to address the Indigenous wealth gap… Source Source: Full Article: NDN Collective Shares Program Intention of Collective Abundance Fund Ahead of Official Launch
  • All Charges Dismissed Against Nick Tilsen in 2.5 Year Long Case
    Rapid City – Today, NDN Collective announced that after nearly two and a half years of legal battles, all charges against NDN Collective president and CEO Nick Tilsen have been dismissed by the state of South Dakota. “My case held a mirror up to the so-called legal system, where prosecutors – fueled by white fragility and fear of Indigenous power – wasted years of state resources to intimidate… Source Source: Full Article: All Charges Dismissed Against Nick Tilsen in 2.5 Year Long Case
  • NDN Collective Announces 2022 Community Self-Determination Grantees
    Rapid City, SD – Today, NDN Collective announced recipients of the Community Self-Determination Grant, an unprecedented grant opportunity which will support and invest in the long-term visions, priorities, and power building of Indigenous Nations, communities, and Peoples. The 65 recipients, who will receive grants of up to $100,000 annually for up to two years, are Indigenous-led organizations… Source Source: Full Article: NDN Collective Announces 2022 Community Self-Determination Grantees
  • NDN Collective & Rewiring America Release IRA Memo for Tribes & Indigenous Communities
    Rapid City – Today, as the White House Tribal Nations Summit begins, NDN Collective and Rewiring America released The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: Investments for Tribal and Indigenous Communities. The memo outlines how the over $722 million directed specifically to Tribal and Indigenous communities through the IRA, as well as the additional $46 billion that Tribal and Indigenous communities… Source Source: Full Article: NDN Collective & Rewiring America Release IRA Memo for Tribes & Indigenous Communities
  • NDN Collective Statement on COP27 Negotiation Outcomes
    Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – Today, NDN Collective – who sent a delegation to COP27 and partnered with the Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) to host the Indigenous Pavilion – released the following statement on the initial outcomes of the two week long negotiation: “A historic number of Indigenous Peoples traveled to Sharm El Sheikh to participate in this year’s UNFCCC process… Source Source: Full Article: NDN Collective Statement on COP27 Negotiation Outcomes
  • NDN Collective Responds to Mass Shooting of 2SLGBTQIA+ Relatives in Colorado Springs
    Rapid City, SD – In response to recent news of the mass shooting that occurred on Saturday, November 19th at Club Q, an LGBTQIA+ nightclub in Colorado Springs – killing 5 people and injuring at least 25 others – NDN Collective released the following statements: “What happens to queer and two spirit relatives anywhere is an injustice and pain that reverberates across the globe. Source Source: Full Article: NDN Collective Responds to Mass Shooting of 2SLGBTQIA+ Relatives in Colorado Springs
  • COP27: NDN Collective’s Recap of Week One at the United Nation’s 27th Annual Conference of the Parties (COP) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
    For the last two weeks, NDN Collective’s Climate Justice Team has had a delegation on the ground in Sharm El Sheikh for the pre-meetings and first week of the United Nations 27th Conference of the Parties, or COP27. This is NDN Collective’s second year participating in a COP – which are fast paced events where Parties – also known as governments – negotiate on all matters of international policy… Source Source: Full Article: COP27: NDN Collective’s Recap of Week One at the United Nation’s 27th Annual Conference of the Parties (COP) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
  • COP27: NDN Collective Meets with White House Climate Advisor
    Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – On Thursday, November 10th at COP27, NDN Collective hosted a meeting between Ali Zaidi, the White House National Climate Advisor, and frontline Indigenous and Black organizers. The group discussed the Inflation Reduction Act in depth, outlining the need for infrastructure that ensures Indigenous individuals and communities receive the IRA’s benefits in addition to tribal… Source Source: Full Article: COP27: NDN Collective Meets with White House Climate Advisor
  • VIDEO: NDN Collective Streams ICWA Rally on Steps of U.S. Supreme Court as Brackeen v. Haaland Oral Arguments are Heard
    On Wednesday, November 9, NDN Collective joined Indigenous advocates and allies outside of the Supreme Court as oral arguments in the federal lawsuit, Brackeen v. Haaland (2021) began. Known as the “Brackeen case,” Brackeen v. Haaland is challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), an act passed in 1978 to ensure that Native American children are kept with Native… Source Source: Full Article: VIDEO: NDN Collective Streams ICWA Rally on Steps of U.S. Supreme Court as Brackeen v. Haaland Oral Arguments are Heard
  • NDN Collective Responds to Midterm Election Results, Highlighting Wins for Tribes and Indian Country, Climate Justice and Reproductive Justice
    Rapid City, SD – Today, NDN Collective reacted to midterm election results across the United States with the following statements: “I agree with the political pundits saying that candidate quality matters – more than 142 Native candidates ran in this election cycle, with candidates like Sharice Davids and Mary Peltola winning by double digits,” said Nick Tilsen, president and CEO of NDN Collective. Source Source: Full Article: NDN Collective Responds to Midterm Election Results, Highlighting Wins for Tribes and Indian Country, Climate Justice and Reproductive Justice
  • COP27: Indigenous Climate Expert Gives Speech at Leaders Summit
    Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – Yesterday, November 8th, at COP27’s U.S. Center, NDN Collective’s Janene Yazzie provided an essential Indigenous lens to opening statements at the Leaders Summit that kicked off the global conference. “When we leave spaces like this, we don’t have the luxury to decide whether or not we take action on climate change,” said Janene Yazzie, Southwest Regional Director at NDN… Source Source: Full Article: COP27: Indigenous Climate Expert Gives Speech at Leaders Summit
  • COP27: Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion Opens  
    Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – Today, the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) announced the official opening of the Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion, a critical space for Indigenous Peoples from across the world to advance climate justice, uphold Indigenous rights and self-determination, and showcase Indigenous-led solutions and strategies for addressing the many impacts of… Source Source: Full Article: COP27: Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion Opens  
  • NDN Collective Hosts ICWA Conversation with Rebecca Nagle Ahead of Major Supreme Court Case that Threatens Tribal Sovereignty
    This Wednesday, November 9th, the United States Supreme Court will hear Brackeen v. Haaland (2021), a case whose ruling could shake the entire foundation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), impacting Native American children, families, land and Tribal sovereignty as we know it. One person who has been following this case diligently is Rebecca Nagle, Cherokee journalist, host, producer… Source Source: Full Article: NDN Collective Hosts ICWA Conversation with Rebecca Nagle Ahead of Major Supreme Court Case that Threatens Tribal Sovereignty
  • NDN Collective Announces 2023 Radical Imagination Artist Cohort
    Rapid City, SD – Today, NDN Collective announced the third Radical Imagination artist cohort who will receive grants intended to support Indigenous artists to imagine, design, and create projects proposing solutions to our most intractable societal problems. The Radical Imagination grant application was released in March 2022, and was open to artists, culture bearers, and storytellers who are… Source Source: Full Article: NDN Collective Announces 2023 Radical Imagination Artist Cohort
  • NDN Collective Releases Collective Abundance Report on Redistributing Nearly $50M to Indigenous People in MN, ND, and SD
    Rapid City, SD – In April of this year, NDN Collective launched a comprehensive community engagement process with Indigenous people in SD, ND, and MN that included an online survey, interviews with community leaders, and hosted community conversations. The intention behind this process was to better understand community definitions and measures of collective abundance, wealth gaps… Source Source: Full Article: NDN Collective Releases Collective Abundance Report on Redistributing Nearly $50M to Indigenous People in MN, ND, and SD
  • COP27: NDN Collective Announces Key Events and Issue Areas
    Rapid City, SD – Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) taking place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, NDN Collective announced key events they will be leading during the first week of the conference, as well as issue areas they will be focused on during their time at COP27. Last week, NDN Collective held a Tribal Listening Session with officials from the State Department… Source Source: Full Article: COP27: NDN Collective Announces Key Events and Issue Areas
  • NDN Collective Launches LANDBACK Magazine Sales
    Rapid City, SD – NDN Collective’s LANDBACK Campaign has officially launched the sales of the limited-edition LANDBACK Magazine, He Sapa: The Heart of Everything That Is, which pivots on the cornerstone work of the LANDBACK Campaign to reignite and continue the ongoing struggle to return the He Sapa (Black Hills) to the Oceti Sakowin (Lakota/ Dakota/Nakota) Nation. LANDBACK organizing has a… Source Source: Full Article: NDN Collective Launches LANDBACK Magazine Sales