The following piece was written as an anthology capturing all of the asset terms identified
during the Community Asset Mapping Bingo activity during the inaugural FK1st Coalition
Convening on June 19, 2018. All of the terms in bold below are “assets” from the website of
each organization who participated in the convening. “Assets” in regard to Community Asset
Mapping are key tools, actions, and themes that make up the communities we serve. The location of each of the assets below is in the order in which they were drawn. From education to
health care to sovereignty. Each organization brings important assets to the table. Starting from
here, we are looking to build this asset map into actionable outcomes over the next 18 months
The First Kids 1st Every Child is Sacred Initiative looks to build safe places to learn and grow for
Native children and youth to thrive and face challenges like mixed identity. By expanding a
community of organizations during the first FK1st Coalition Convening, the new FK1st Coalition
Members are looking to create new opportunities, building on the strengths each organization’s
programs like the Tribal home ownership programs and honoring treaty rights. Artisans & musicians, voting, student centered learning, and ceremonies were found to be organizational assets while learning about key areas of focus for Coalition Members, we found that school-based health clinics and positive health promotions are important aspects to creating impactful health systems. The Coalition Members spoke at length regarding empowered youth, recognizing Native language, traditional healing, and spiritual well-being as proven preventative care to support Native children and youth along with honoring of ancestors. Community action and co-op learning through cultural dances by tribally led innovation and choice can change the life of the children and youth in our communities starting with Native early learning and head start programming taught through Native beliefs and values.
Tribal citizens also need support in the cities through Urban Indian Health Centers to ensure
that although community members are away from home their tribal voice is present. Nation
building through our children and youth is an important step as we watch the world change
around us our youth are standing up for the rights of two-spirit people, creating activist
movements through social media and showing their resiliency. Post-secondary graduate
students celebrate unique strengths by wearing regalia during their graduations and
celebrating with traditional foods. By utilizing traditional laws and taking a page from the red
power movement the youth engagement online has turned entire youth communities into
leaders and environmental stewards.
The FK1st Initiative is looking to create even more momentum by involving as many organizations as possible to help supportive families, empower Native advocates, promote restorative justice, and inherent rights.
FK1st wants to establish a place for Native educators to receive support for educational
sovereignty through a Native resource repository focused on FK1st Coalition Members who
are inspiring youth-led change.
Celebrating core cultural values such as religious rights, storytelling, and community
organizing leads to innovative programming like a national health website for Native youth.
As sovereign nations, tribes are investing time and effort into building youth councils and
Native youth networks. School gardening to grow local, traditional foods and traditional
dances for the health of it are making headway and are being incorporated into accessible
health care systems by tribes.
Cultural based pedagogy by kinship relationships is also seeing a reprisal as tribes invest in
cultural learning and advancing the ways of life for our decedents, teaching traditional
ceremonies like smudging.
Only through the attention of tribal leadership can tribal justice systems be implemented, with
an important piece of that system being the youth voice.
Through the collective work of over 30 organizations who met during the FK1st Coalition Convening, it is through our collaborative work that we can support Native children and youth
through health care services like tribal diabetes patient programs and investing in tribal lands
as our homes and water rights as part of our essentials to creating thriving communities.