Affiliate Program

Affiliates are organizations who come “in-house” into our organization usually because they are emerging programs (less than five years old) or do not yet have the staff or capacity to run as solo 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization. The Affiliate Program allows projects to direct efforts towards accomplishing its goals and objectives while Seventh Generation Fund assists in the administration, technical training, fiscal management, program oversight, and organizational development. This assistance allows affiliate projects to fully participate in community-based organizing efforts and direct action campaigns.

Our Affiliates cover a wide array of Indigenous communities, tribal groups and bioregions. They begin their affiliate relationship with Seventh Generation Fund at different points of entry. Some groups become Affiliates for just a short duration in order to become established or to accomplish a particular program or project. In these instances, an Affiliate may only need our organizational expertise for fiscal management and program development, implementation and support. For example, we might offer training in setting up by-laws or establishing a Board of Directors.

Other projects remain affiliated with SGF on a long-term basis – some have been with us for over a decade. Generally, the core goal of the SGF Affiliate Program is to build the capacity and knowledge base of the programs and projects we support so that they can “spin off” in a few years and become independent of SGF’s oversight and fiscal management. When this happens, there is no longer a fiduciary relationship or any management by SGF of grant funding or donations.

It is important to note that, in some instances, SGF is not the source of funding for an Affiliate. Some Affiliates obtain grants from other sources and SGF helps with financial management & administrative services, technical & technological training, site visits and other types of assistance.

The Seventh Generation Fund Affiliate Program is by application only. Organizations need to download the Affiliate Application Cover Sheet (available under the Documents section below), complete and return to our organization by mail to: PO Box 4569, Arcata, CA 95518. Affiliate applications can be submitted in June each year, or submitted throughout the year for special circumstances. Allow 3-4 for weeks for review.

Seventh Generation Fund Affiliates FY 2016 – 2017

1.   Barbareno Chumash Council, ( Chumash (CA) – Revitalizing the Chumash community and youth through teaching traditional songs, expanding language programs and through reviving the maritime canoe cultural practices, such as the Tomol Crossing event.

2.   Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits, ( Multi-Tribal (CA) – Restore and recover the role of Two-Spirit people within the American Indian/First Nations community by creating a forum for the spiritual, cultural and artistic expression of Two-Spirit people.

3.   Blue Heaven Harnessing Hope (MT) – Creates tools for youth to strengthen and support their own spirit.

4.   Generations-Indigeous Ways, Lakota (SD) – To enhance the strength of the Lakota culture through Indigenous science in the land of the Seven Council Fires.

5.   Guardians of Our Ancestors' Legacy (WY) – Reclaim connection to ancestral Yellowstone landscapes, preservation of the grizzly bear within ancestral lands.

6.   Ho’opae Pono/Hawaiian Peacemaking Project, Kanaka Maoli (HI) – Bringing traditional peacemaking to the community and promoting nonviolent, aloha-based methods of problem-solving in community and international settings, as a means for building pono throughout the world.

7.   Idiwanan An Chawe, Zuni (NM) – Strengthen and maintenance of Shiwi'ma bena:we, the Zuni language.

8.   iL Tuq Center, Hupa (CA) – The preservation and advancement of the xoji Hupa language and culture; to develop fluentcy in the Hupa language among tribal members as well as other interested speakers based on the traditional philosophy rather than linguistic studies, incorporating the traditional philosophy of being in balance with the world.

9.   Indigenous Network on Economies & Trade, Secwepemc (Canada)

10. Instituto Cientifico de Culturas Indígenas, Saraguro (Ecuador)

11. LR Inspire, Standing Rock Sioux Nation (ND) – Promote & accomplish intercultural education, address Native wellness & leadership challenges, create opportunities.

12. Maya Vision, Kanjobal, Maam, K’iche’ (CA/Guatemala) – Advancing and strengthening traditional arts, education, community organizing, Indigenous rights, interpretation services, and enforcing the relationship of the Mayan communities.

13. Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižin Owáyawa, Standing Rock Sioux Nation (ND)

14. Native Youth Cultural Exchange (, Hopi, Hawaiian, Northeastern California (AZ/HI/CA) – Developing leadership skills and capacity of
Native Youth from different communities through an exchange journey infused in culturally-based activities and community projects.

15. Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, Juaneno/Acjachemen (CA) – Protecting Indigenous sacred lands and waters and assuring present and future Indigenous access to these places for all time through advocating policies that protect sacred places, establishing information and resource clearinghouse that supports Indigenous researchers, developing Indigenous leadership, supporting Indigenous-led campaigns for the protection of sacred places, and raising public awareness and enthusiasm for organizational initiatives and proposed solutions.

16. Sahnish Elders Program, (ND) – Knowledge-building for elders using technology for language & cultural preservation to our youth

17. Secwepemc Nation Youth Network, Secwepemc (Canada) – Revitalizing culture by facilitating youth working with elders, traditional land-user and other youth in language and other traditional way projects.

18. Standing Elk, Crow (MT)

19. Tatanka Wakpala Tiyospaye, Secwepemc (SD) – To revitalize traditional agricultural practices for spiritual and human needs.

20. Traditional Native American Farmers Association, ( SW Pueblos (NM)Advocating and advancing self-determination through traditional knowledge and culturally appropriate agricultural practices. Offering economic development opportunities for self-sufficiency through sustainable natural and cultural resource development, rebuilding a means for cultural reclamation of damaged eco and social systems, and creating a healthy organic food supply.

21. Voices of the Sacred (NM)

22. Warrior Institute, ( Hupa (CA) – Promoting and supporting Indigenous youth leadership, grounded in traditional knowledge through a variety of integrated community based activities and practices for the mind, body and spirit through activities such as education and service learning opportunities, exercise, nutrition and cultural skills that empower Indigenous communities to live for a balanced, sustainable, clean and healthy world.

23. Western Shoshone Defense Project, Western Shoshone (NV)

24. Yellow Bird, Northern Cheyenne  ( (MT) – Creating social change in Native communities by providing culturally focused programming that empowers youth, families and community to overcome adversities and strive for a better future, by preserving and protecting the integrity of the environment and Indigenous cultural knowledge, and through promoting healthy lifestyles focusing on healing the mind, body and spirit.

25. Yokayo Rancheria Cultural Youth Project (CA)

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