As people around the globe mark this “earth day” with awareness of our shared planet and the many climate change-induced challenges to its preservation, we at SGF are reflecting on Indigenous Peoples’ unwavering commitment and connection to our Mother Earth. While many credit this white colonial day of observance, which only began in 1960, with advancing environmental activism, we know that Indigenous Peoples have been stewarding and protecting our Sacred Lands since time immemorial—in spite of the obstacles put in our way by our colonizers. SGF president Chris Peters recently joined Indigenous activists on KMUD’s Monday Morning Magazine show for a conversation on Indigenous efforts to protect our Mother Earth and how modern land development is threatening Native ways of life and culture. A summary of their conversation is included below.

For generations our native ancestors have been pushing back as the unrestricted forces of “manifest destiny” have stolen and desecrated our lands. Governments and corporations continue to believe that they know best while ignoring or even reversing centuries of Indigenous efforts on climate mitigation, water security, cultural preservation and countless other issues in the name of commerce. A recently unveiled proposal for the ‘Great Redwood Trail’ highlights these issues as a proposed 307-mile railway threatens countless ecological systems and ancestral village sites. Whether it be logging, road or railway construction or any other work which impacts our lands, tribal leaders and our communities demand a seat at the table when such projects are greenlit at our expense and without our consultation. It is evident by the way in which industry has treated our lands across the globe that profit is the only motivator, even when it comes at the expense of our culture and our planet’s future.

Some of these issues have been ongoing since before the time of our grandparents, and will likely continue past our grandchildren’s generation, however it does not have to be this way. Thankfully cultural momentum is not set in stone, and the power to change the course of history rests in our hands. We can shape a better future for the generations yet to come. Small acts like having these hard conversations with our neighbors or local representatives can be the catalyst for action. We are also seeing promising advancements, such as tribal co-management of Lands, pledge drives that supply funding for resistance efforts and the creation of land trust organizations for long term protections. 

You can learn more about our work supporting Indigenous Peoples’ traditional relationships and responsibilities to land, community, and spirit on our Land, Water, and Climate page.

Listen to Chris’ full interview here:

Thriving Women Eagle Feather Fellows 2024-2025

We are proud to announce that Seventh Generation Fund is now accepting Eagle Feather Fellow applications for our Thriving Women program!

The Eagle Feather Fellows for Thriving Women provides unique mentorship opportunities for young Native women to build ties within the community, expand their knowledge, skills, and capacity, as well as empower them as future leaders. Selected individuals will engage in peer-centered conversations and gatherings (both virtual and in-person) that identify key priorities of Native young women and girls’ lives, dreams, and needs for healthy and safe futures. Eligible applicants are Indigenous-identified young women aged 18-24 and enrolled in post-secondary education or a traditional learning system. All participants will have the option to plan and organize their own Thriving Women projects within their communities with grant support from the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples. Stipends will be provided additionally for participation and engagement.

Expectations and Deliverables:

  • Participate in bi-weekly group discussions every Friday; beginning August 9th, 2024, and ending May 16th, 2025
  • Identify and discuss key priorities and issues impacting Indigenous women and girls, to inform Thriving Women grantmaking
  • Attend team-building events in July 2024 and June 2025, as well as collaborate and participate the Heart of Her Nation gathering in Fall of 2025
  • Imagine, implement, or explore a Thriving Women community project; planned with guidance from, and in collaboration with, the Seventh Generation Fund Program Team
  • Contribute to a Red Paper publication by either writing, editing, or creating artwork upon completion of project or fellowship

To apply, please send a letter describing your intention and why you are a good candidate for this opportunity to with “Application” in the subject line. All application letters are due by April 1, 2024. 

For any and all inquiries, please contact Starr GreenSky, Fellowship Coordinator, at

Members of our Seventh Generation Fund team recently visited our long time community partner and SGF affiliate, Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits (BAAITS) during their 13th annual Two Spirit Powwow.

The week was filled with meaningful and intentional conversations amongst Two Spirit organizers who traveled from various parts of the so-called United States. The State of the Two Spirit Movement panel was especially powerful, featuring panelists Auntie Steven Barrios with the Montana Two Spirit Society, Muffie Mousseaux and Felipa De Leon with Uniting Resilience, Alma Rosa with the Southwest Two Spirit Society, Trudie Jackson with the Southwest Two Spirit Society, Paulette Poitras with Two Spirits In Motion, John R. Syllyboy with Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliance and Angel/Tlahuizpapalotl Fabian with BAAITS as facilitator. You can listen to the panel here:

While attending a week’s worth of side events and panel discussions, our team was also able to  strengthen community ties with Thriving Women grantee, Uniting Resilience, who focus on advocacy work for anti-discriminatory laws that protect Native Two Spirit & LGBTQ relatives within the state of South Dakota. Through their advocacy, founders Monique “Muffie” Mousseau and Felipa De Leon were able to pass hate crime protection laws and marriage equality laws within their own Tribe, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

We are pleased and honored to support our long term partner BAAITS, and even more excited to have been able to participate in celebrating the beauty and vibrancy of the Two Spirit community at the 13th annual powwow.

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples supports the Pit River Nation’s leading effort to protect Sátíttla (aka Medicine Lake Highlands) as a National Monument. The area proposed for protection includes a little more than 200,000 acres in the Shasta-Trinity, Klamath, and Modoc National Forests. The proposed national monument would allow the Pit River Tribe to co-steward the area, shape the management plan, and co-direct how the plan is carried out.  

Countless initiatives around the globe leave out the voices of Indigenous peoples who are then manipulated and exploited for land development which leads to further destruction and displacement of Indigenous Peoples from their original territories. This initiative, however, provides a different path forward which permits Tribal Nations to offer a wealth of Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge, and traditional stewardship practices. We believe and affirm that Indigenous Peoples continue to be the best suited group to ensure the territorial harmony of Mother Earth. 

For decades, the Pit River Nation and allies have fought to safeguard these Ancestral lands from ongoing threats such as pausing more than two dozen leases issued by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management for large-scale geothermal energy industrial development. Successful legal battles have proven that industrial development in this area is not a viable solution, emphasizing risks to underground aquifers and the irreversible impacts to cultural and historical sites. Yet the Bureau of Land Management has yet to take these lands off the table and pending leases remain. Further development of geothermal power plants, utility lines, clear cutting of the forest, and hydraulic fracturing all threaten the sacredness and ecological importance of Sátíttla’s lands and waters. 

Since time immemorial, the Pit River Nation and other Indigenous Nations have held the Sátíttla area to be a sacred landscape of great spiritual, cultural and religious significance. The Highlands, which lie between Siskiyou and Modoc Counties in Northern California, surround ancient volcanic caldera whose cold mountain waters play a central role in the life of tribal members. The area serves as a headwater and freshwater aquifer for California’s downstream water needs by capturing and discharging snowmelt through Fall River Springs, the largest spring system in the state, providing a reliable source of pure water for millions of people and one of the biggest aquifer networks in the Western United States. Protecting and ensuring the future of clean water sources is essential to our peoples and for the generations that have yet to come. 

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is dedicated to supporting the work of Indigenous-led organizations so they can thrive as leaders and culture-bearers. To this end, we are excited and honored to announce the 2023 Indigenous Healing & Leadership Fellows! 

This year’s fellows exemplify the focus of the fellowship: their work is grounded culturally, in service of community wellness spaces, and rooted in traditional health and healing. The fellowship provides resources to create a collective space for deep connection and reflection of cultural identity and support to engage, enhance, and explore skills and empower leadership.

During the year-long fellowship, recipients expand their education through traditional knowledge and capacity building activities, and engage more extensively in their culture. This work also brings the fellows together to continue engaging in different aspects of their shared identities which include language, cultural practices, intergenerational learning, stewardship practices, and community-based healing. 

Please join us in celebrating the 19 Indigenous Healing & Leadership Fellows and the Native communities they serve and represent. We are fortunate to support these wonderful leaders in their work. 

  • Abra Nungasuk Patkotak, Northwest Coast Indians, Inupiat, Yupik, Aleut, Athabascans
  • Mauna Kea Education and Awareness (Bonnie Pualani Case), Native Hawaiian and all other Indigenous Nations and Communities in and beyond Hawaii.
  • Centro Cultural Techantit (Luis Antonio De Paz  Vásquez), Sonsonate (Nahuizalco, Santo Domingo de Guzman, Acajutla, Izalco, Santa Catarina Masahuat), La Paz ( Santiago Nonualco, San Juan Nonualco) La Libertad (La Libertad, Quezaltepeque), Morazan (Cacaopera, Guatajiagua), La Union (Yucuayquin), San Salvador (San Antonio Abad, Mejicanos, Aguilares, Tonacatepeque, San Jacinto, Antiguo Cuscatlan), Chalatenango (Teosinte).
  • Radley Davis, Pit River Peoples
  • Celeste Tootoosis, Kawakatoose First Nation, Cote First Nation, Whitebear First Nation, Pheasants Rump First Nation
  • Whirlwind Bull Yellow Bear, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nations
  • Geo Soctomah Neptune, Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township and the greater community of the Wabanaki Confederacy in Maine and New Brunswick
  • Joseph “Brophy” Toledo, Pueblo of Jemez, all other Pueblo communities
  • Bertha Peters, Puelekuekla'(Yurok) and neighboring local tribal nations
  • Daliyah Killsback, Northern Cheyenne Nation
  • Andre StrongBearHeart Gaines Jr., Nipmuc, Pocumtuc and sister tribes
  • Secwepemc Language Society (Janice Billy) Secwepemc Nation
  • Pua O Eleili Kelsi Pinto, ʻŌiwi
  • Alma McCormick, Crow Reservation
  • Naomi Michalsen, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian and Aleut nations in Juneau, Saxman and Ketchikan, Alaska.
  • Aqpik Charlene Apok, Alaska Native Peoples
  • Ixquik Poz Salanic, Maya K’iche, Maya Mam, Maya Tz’utujil
  • Hampi Warmi Initiative (Cynthia Ximena Ingar Huaman) Quechua Nation (Andean Communities of Pisac district and San Salvador district within Calca Province, Cusco Region)
  • Belinda F. Joe, Crow Creek Dakota Hunkpati tribal communities-districts: Big Bend, Crow Creek and Fort Thompson, SD.

We look forward to seeing the ideas of our fellows come to life and sharing their achievements. You can follow their journey and learn more about each of them by following us on social media and subscribing to our newsletter. 

We are pleased to continue to stand by and support Indigenous Peoples’ self-determination and the sovereignty of Native Nations. Our ongoing and latest investment in the SAGE Development Authority’s Anpetu Wi Wind Project—the first 100% Native-led renewable energy commercial project on Turtle Island—supports just transition by funding resilient infrastructure and economic development, while at the same time honoring Native land stewardship and community wealth building.

Seventh Generation Fund and SAGE have a strong history of collaboration. Seventh Generation Fund has provided capacity building grants, recoverable grants, administrative support, and fiscal sponsorship to SAGE since 2018. Our 46-year-long history in Indian Country provides us with the perspective to see the critical importance of Native values-driven energy development that prioritizes tribal leadership, cultural connections to the land, and is supported by the highest levels of technical advising in the renewables sector.

Investments like these help to ensure that Indian Country is at the the tip of the spear for economic development for the Standing Rock People and ensures that the project’s ownership and governance remain with SAGE’s 100% Native-led board and further strengthens Indigenous self-determination. As we continue to see an influx of investment in climate technology and transitions to renewable energy, it is critical for Indigenous Peoples to  lead their own large-scale projects, rather than just be leased to land owners while the profits of energy projects leave their reservations and communities.

The Anpetu Wi Wind Project exemplifies a model that other Tribal Nations can use to create environmental impact, jobs, and also return long-term wealth building opportunities to their communities, as this project does for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. It is also a model that we encourage other funders to adopt to ensure a more resilient and sustainable future for us all.

Learn more about the Anpetu Wi Wind Farm here. If you are interested in supporting the Anpetu Wi Wind Farm, you can donate here.