The AIGC and Cobell Scholarships applications are now open!

Every year AIGC awards more than 20 Fellowships and Scholarships that fund undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. It is never too early to get a jump start on education. Here are a few basic eligibility requirements, but you can read about all the requirements…

Native Youth Highlighted at the 2018 National Tribal Health Conference 

The 35th Annual National Indian Health Board (NIHB) National Tribal Health Conference took place September 17th-20th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In addition to being the largest gathering focused solely on American Indian and Alaska Native health policy, this year’s conference featured presentations by elected…

NEW Community Changemaker Grants for Native Youth-led Health Projects

Native youth are engaged, resilient, and strong. Some are taking on leadership roles and participating in their youth councils. Others are forming their own youth groups or independent organizations to address issues they see. For those young people who are stepping up to plan…

New Resources from First Kids 1st: The Tribal Leadership Series

A major part of the work of the First Kids 1st – Every Child is Sacred Initiative is working to strengthen equitable and local supports for vulnerable Native children in their communities. This starts with our tribal leaders. We are excited to share a…

Opinion: State and private child welfare agencies took one in four Native children

The original opinion article was published on Indian Country Today on November 9, 2018. By Gil Vigil Forty years later, ICWA stands to protect our youth As the executive director of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, former governor of Tesuque Pueblo, and president of…

National Indian Health Board Welcomes Inaugural Health Policy Fellow Class

Growing the Next Generation of Health Policy Advocates Native youth are engaged, strong, resilient, and acutely aware of the political and social tides shaping Indian Country. Some are participating in grassroots movements, exercising their voices at Standing Rock and organizing to protect Bears Ears….

FK1st Initiative Launches 2018 Native Children’s Policy Agenda Update

Today, the First Kids 1st Every Child is Sacred Initiative launched the 2018-2019 Native Children’s Policy Agenda (NCPA) Update featuring policy opportunities and recommendations for the coming year and identifies areas of collaboration for serving and supporting Native children and youth to forge measurable…

FK1st Coalition Convening: Community Asset Map-Libs

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…

FK1st Initiative Hosts Inaugural Coalition Convening

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the First Kids 1st – Every Child is Sacred Initiative held its inaugural FK1st Coalition Convening in Washington, DC. This inaugural Coalition Convening was a close group of organizations from around the country that have programs and initiatives that impact…

Native Youth Rising: Collective Action to Elevate the Next Generation of Indian Leaders and Change Makers

First Kids 1st is a national campaign with the aim of lifting up and supporting Native children and youth so they can achieve their highest potential. Through developing tools and resources that allow Tribal decision makers to better support youth in the areas of…