Grant for 2014

Amount
$313,068
Term
31 months
Rapid City, SD—In recognition of winning a 2014 Bush Prize for Community Innovation, this grant will advance this organization's charitable purpose

2014 Bush Prize Winner / First Peoples Fund

2014 Bush Prize Winner | First Peoples Fund

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The work of artist Joe Hopkins (Creek Seminole Nation) featured at Sage and Silver Americana (Photographer West Eisenhauer)
The work of artist Joe Hopkins (Creek Seminole Nation) featured at Sage and Silver Americana (Photographer West Eisenhauer)

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Staff of First Peoples Fund (Photographer Wes Eisenhauer)
Staff of First Peoples Fund (Photographer Wes Eisenhauer)

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Artist : Lauren Good Day Giago, Arikara, Hidatsa, Blackfeet , Plains Cree, owner of Sage and Silver Americana in Rapid City (if you go to the trouble of captioning, should we also note who the other Artist : Lauren Good Day Giago, Arikara,two women are??)
Artist Lauren Good Day Giago (Arikara, Hidatsa, Blackfeet, Plains Cree), left, a First Peoples Fund Fellow and owner of Sage and Silver Americana with staff from First Peoples Fund (Photographer Wes Eisenhauer)

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(Photographer Wes Eisenhauer)
(Photographer Wes Eisenhauer)

The Big Idea

First Peoples Fund set out nearly 20 years ago to devise an approach that empowers Native artists to be culture bearers and leaders of social change in their communities.

Today, First Peoples Fund empowers Lakota, Dakota, Nakota and Ojibwe artists through a combination of financial support, mentoring and entrepreneurship opportunities. The program helps revitalize cultures while providing artists with tools to grow as creative leaders and financially support themselves, their families and their communities.

Recognized nationally as a leader in its field, First Peoples Fund is sharing its model across the country, working with other Native communities to provide artists with access to knowledge, materials, networks, capital and markets.

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