Native Nation Rebuilders Program

Now accepting applications through Aug. 28 noon Central (11 am Mountain)

Native Nation Rebuilders Program

The Native Nation Rebuilders Program brings together Native leaders so they may be instrumental in moving their nations, in cooperation with their elected leadership, toward realization of their tribes’ unique goals. Meet the most recent cohort of Rebuilders.

Program description

Each year, the Bush Foundation selects a cohort of 20-30 “Rebuilders” to participate in a two-year program. So far, the Bush Foundation has selected five cohorts of Rebuilders.

In the first year, the Foundation and its partner, the Native Nations Institute, provide access to ideas and information, expanded networks, leadership training and other resources for nation building. Rebuilders participate in five in-person sessions and complete assignments between these sessions.

In the second year, Rebuilders use these tools and skills to implement "action plans," in which they engage in practical nation-building projects within their communities.

What we Fund

The Foundation will cover the cost of instruction, materials and facilitation for Rebuilder events, the cost of transportation and meals to and from events, as well as meals and lodging while at events.

Eligibility

Applicants to the Native Nations Rebuilders Program:

  • Must be at least 25 years of age.
  • Must be an enrolled citizen of one of the 23 Native nations in the Bush Foundation region.
  • Must currently live in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or one of the 23 Native nations.
  • Must be interested in learning about Native nation building.
  • Must be willing to travel to the five in-person sessions and complete assignments between these sessions.
How to apply
Resources
Reference Form (doc, 206 KB)
Sample Application (pdf, 168 KB)

You must fill out the application form and have two people submit reference forms on your behalf. Instructions for our online application system, as well as the reference form, can be found on the right. Your references should be non-relatives who are familiar with your values, character and goals.

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Deadlines

We will accept applications for Cohort 6 until August 28. The online application will automatically close at noon Central (11:00 a.m. Mountain) on August 28; we will accept not applications after this time. Your two references are also due by that time. These forms may be sent to the Bush Foundation before you have submitted your online application.

Selection criteria and process

A selection committee composed of individuals with expertise in nation building will evaluate each Rebuilder candidate according to his or her commitment to Native self-governance, knowledge of the issues facing his or her nation and potential to help his or her nation. Applicants will be notified of their selection by mid-October.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR COHORT 6

Rebuilders chosen for Cohort 6 must commit to attending the following sessions:

Session 1:  December 3-5, 2014 (Twin Cities, Minnesota)
Session 2:  March 25-27, 2015 (Spearfish, South Dakota)
Session 3:  June 10-11, 2015 (Location TBD)
Session 4:  September 16-18, 2015 (Location TBD)
Session 5:  December 2-4 , 2015 (Twin Cities, Minnesota)

We're here to help

The Native Nations Team is available to answer your questions at jfetzer@bushfoundation.org or 651-379-2251.

Meet our team
Jaime Pinkham Photo

Jaime A. Pinkham

Native Nations Vice President
June Noronha Photo

June Noronha

Native Nations Senior Manager
John Fetzer Photograph

John Fetzer

Native Nations Associate

Julie Wells

Native Nations Team Coordinator
Elli Haerter Photo

Elli Haerter

North Dakota and South Dakota Activities Manager
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