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Leadership and Staff

Seventh Generation Fund For Indian Development, Inc.

Board of Directors


Rosalie Little Thunder (Sicangu Lakota), Chairperson Tonya Gonnella Frichner (Onondaga), Vice-Chairperson Arthur Manuel (Secwepemc), Treasurer Susana Geliga (Boricua/Lakota), Secretary Tupac Enrique-Acosta (Xicano-Nahuatl), Member Chief Oren Lyons (Onondaga), Member Dr. Luis Macas (Saraguro), Member Dr. Henrietta Mann (Southern Cheyenne), Member Christopher Peters (Pohlik-lah/Karuk), President & CEO Ray Williams (Swinomish), Member

M. Mary Campbell (Hupa), Special Projects Associate Jonathon Freeman (Choctaw/Chichimeca), Program Director Heather Freitas, Development Coordinator Christopher “Mo” Hollis, Media Director Argelia Muñoz (Xicana), Program Associate Chisa Oros (Zuni/Pohlik-lah), Program Assistant Tia Oros Peters (Zuni), Executive Director Chris Ruano (Pipil), Program Assistant Alice Woodworth, Full Charge Bookkeeper

William Madrigal Bird Singer

Klamath Jet Boat Tour

Georgianna Sanchez Rosalie Little Thunder

Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development, Inc. is a 501c3 Non-Profit. All donations are tax deductible.

Sovereignty Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development, Inc. PO Box 4569 Arcata, CA, 95518 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED


Celebrating 33 Years of Keeping the Homefires Burning (1977-2010)


Newsletter No. 3

November 2010 To recover and sustain a traditional relationship to land, community and spirit.

 PARTNERSHIP Dialogue with Indigenous Leaders

The day started with a prayer by Ray Williams and a round of quick introductions followed by a drive through the Redwoods to the ancient village of Sumeg, a traditional Yurok village that is still in use today. Participants were able to walk around the village and later engaged in a discussion led by Christopher Peters, as this is the homeland of his people. Mr. Peters spoke about the importance of ceremony in everyday life and how culture, language and tribal identity shapes and forms the worldviews of Indigenous Peoples. The next mid morning drive took participants to the offices of the Yurok Tribe, where they were fed a hearty meal of deer meat stew, homemade bread, wild Klamath river salmon, traditional acorn soup, fruit crepes and lots of pie! A second discussion centered around sovereignty, peacebuilding, traditional arts and culture, education, diplomacy, economics and language revitalization. Numerous Indigenous leaders spoke such as, Chief Oren Lyons-Faith keeper of the Onondaga, Ray Williams from the Swinomish people in Washington-peacebuilder, grassroots community organizer and cultural bearer, Tonya Gonnella Frichner from the Onondaga people in New YorkHuman Rights leader, diplomat, attorney, North American Regional Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues,

and Art Manual from the Secwepemc people in Canada-International expert on traditional economies, intellectual properties and advocacy, founder and spokesperson of Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade. Following the discussion, participants loaded onto a large jet boat and went for a tour that started at the mouth of the Klamath River; where the river meets the Pacific Ocean. There is a thriving partnership between humans and animals that exists on the river and that day was no different as we passed Indigenous fishermen in their salmon camps and witnessed the wonders of nature all around. The day wrapped up at the Seventh Generation Fund office with a round table discussion of the day. Participants vocalized their own ideas and thoughts about the issues facing Indigenous Peoples and their communities. This day brought together a diversity of Philanthropic, community, ally and tribal partners for a discussion and exploration into Indigenous issues. Together we collectively strategized ways to rebuild and support culturally vibrant and healthy tribal communities and ecosystems and have created an understanding, strengthened our relationships, and expanded the Seventh Generation Fundʼs community of partners, allies, and friends who have joined in support of Native Peoples. We thank all who supported us on this journey. [1]


Native American Leadership Retreat

Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction

The Seventh Generation Fund and the David Lynch Foundation

Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development, hosted our First Annual Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction at Blue Lake Casinoʼs Sapphire Palace on October 8th, 2010. A traditional Salmon Dinner was served accompanied by Cultural Performances from women of the Barbareno Chumash Nation. Sixty-five silent auction items came from local/national business, artists, sports teams, farmers and SGF affiliates and projects. In-kind donations were valued at over 6,500 dollars. All the funds raised help support our six program areas: Arts and Cultural Expression, Environmental Health and Justice, Human Rights, Intergenerational Leadership, Sustainable Communities and Womenʼs Leadership. A special thanks goes out to all those who donated items, volunteered, helped in any way and supported us with their time, energy and patience. Our event would not have been as successful without you! Heartfelt gratitude to our ancestors who through their teachings, wisdom and sacrifices have provided for our survival today... and to those yet to come, for whom we walk this path, sing these songs, and do this work.

News Alert: “Canada Endorses the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” On Friday, November 12th the Canadian Government formally endorsed United Nations DRIP “in a manner fully consistent with Canadaʼs Constitution and laws.” The United States of America has yet to endorse the UN DRIP. It is our hope that the USA will do so soon, without restrictions.

Seventh Generation Fundʼs

Media Department Now offering Media Services

Seventh Generation Fund Board Speaks at Humboldt State University in Northern California • Chief Oren Lyons Oren spoke to college students about the Doctrine Of Discovery and helped kick-off HSU’s Indigenous Peoples Week! • Dr. Luis Macus An honored guest at HSU, he spoke to students, faculty, and professors alike about Plurinationalism in Central and South America.

Video Production • Native Language Instructional Videos • Organization Promotional Videos • Online Video Campaign Messaging Videos

Media Training/Consulting • Audio and Video Production Training • Native Language Multi-media Development • Development of Native Youth Media Programs

For More Information Contact our Media Department (707) 825-7640

November 2010

Congratulations Jose Matus! 2010 Alston Bannerman Fellow Jose Matus, founder and director of Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras, an SGF affiliate, was named one of the 2010 Alston Bannerman Fellowship awardees. Alston Bannerman is a national award presented by the Center for Social Inclusion that honors longtime community activists of color, recognizing the importance of the work community activists do. The program provides resources to allow fellows to take sabbaticals for three months or more. [2]

In collaboration with the David Lynch Foundation, we recently hosted the Native American Leadership Retreat, held in Fairfield, Iowa, at the Maharishi University of Management (MUM) from Saturday, November 6th to Thursday, November 11th. This retreat was designed for Native Leaders of Native American organizations who want to learn a simple, effective meditation practice known as the Transcendental Meditation technique (TM). Experienced leading authorities in meditation, health and consciousness-based education offered workshops during the retreat.

Updates from our Affiliates Seventh generation Fund affiliates are always hard at work protecting and preserving Native cultures and the sacred Earth from which we all come. Here’s a quick report of what’s going on: • Traditional Native American Farmers Association Recently returned from Terra Madre, a five day meeting bringing over 5,000 reps from around the world to Turin, Italy. The event was hosted by Slow Food International. • Western Shoshone Defense Project Drafting mining policies and holding public forums for educating the public about health effects do to mining, and also traveling to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to strengthen policies and gain worldwide support for the protection of Mother Earth. • Messengers for Health Developing a health advocacy program at Crow IHS that includes a patient navigation component to provide more support for Crow cancer patients during the diagnosis and throughout the treatment process. Also working on a Breast Health Education component. • Sustainable Nations Development Project Co-hosting the first portion of their Renewable Energy/ Green Building training on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation, also continuing contract work with tribal juvenile detention centers. • Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras (Indigenous Alliance without Borders) Providing Alianza Indigena with community services, research, and proposal writing, promoting the work of the project in community events-marches, forums, media, and community outreach. Jose recently received the Alston Bannerman Award for community activism.

November 2010


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