First Peoples Worldwide
The Organization was first developed in 1997 by Cherokee social entrepreneur Rebecca Adamson, as a program of her nonprofit First Nations Development Institute. In 2005, Adamson and her daughter, Neva, founded First Peoples Worldwide as its own Organization. The Organization focuses its funding on local development projects in Indigenous communities around the world through its Keepers of the Earth Fund while creating bridges between communities and corporations, governments, academics, nongovernmental organizations, and investors in their regions. Grantmaking is targeted toward projects that seek to control, utilize, leverage, retain, create, and increase the assets of Indigenous communities. Among these assets are land, culture, language, kinship networks, subsistence activities, and personal efficacy. Projects may be geared toward addressing issues such as food security, securing rights to ancestral lands, mitigating the effects of climate change, or preserving and renewing cultural values and traditional knowledge. Keepers of the Earth Fund grants are open to Indigenous-led grassroots organizations, groups, societies, associations, consortiums, Tribes, or First Nations. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
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