Honoring Nations Reports

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Umatilla Homeownership: Financial, Credit and Consumer Protection Program

Umatilla Homeownership: Financial, Credit and Consumer Protection Program

Recognizing the necessary links between promoting a strong economy, maintaining positive cultural connections, and the ability to own a home, the Umatilla Housing Authority promotes the "Wapayatat" Homeownership: Financial, Credit and Consumer Protection Program. The seven-week course provides…

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Minnesota 1837 Ceded Territory Conservation Code (Mille Lacs)

Minnesota 1837 Ceded Territory Conservation Code (Mille Lacs)

In 1997, the Band successfully developed a conservation code that enables the Tribe to exercise its treaty rights to hunt, fish, and gather. The Code sets out detailed hunting and fishing regulations for Band members that protect the natural resources while allowing for the continuation of…

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Houlton Band Indian Child Welfare Services

Houlton Band Indian Child Welfare Services

Seeking to establish collaborative working relationships with the state while firmly asserting sovereignty over Maliseet children, a Child Welfare Department was formed by the Houlton Band. The department created a Child Protective Team made up of professionals and volunteers to review and seek…

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San Carlos Apache Elders Cultural Advisory Council

San Carlos Apache Elders Cultural Advisory Council

The Elders Cultural Advisory Council was formed by a resolution of the San Carlos Tribal Council in 1993 to advise on culturally related matters, to consult with off-reservation entities, and to administer and oversee cultural preservation activities. As a source of traditional wisdom, the Elders…

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Archie Hendricks, Sr. Skilled Nursing Facility and Tohono O'odham Hospice

Archie Hendricks, Sr. Skilled Nursing Facility and Tohono O'odham Hospice

For decades Tohono O’odham elders in need of skilled nursing had to move far away from family and friends to receive care, or stay home and forgo long-term care services. However, with the opening of the Archie Hendricks, Sr. Skilled Nursing Facility, O’odham elders can now remain in the community…

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Cherokee Language Revitalization Project

Cherokee Language Revitalization Project

In 2002, the Cherokee Nation carried out a survey of its population and found no fluent Cherokee speakers under the age of 40. The Cherokee Principal Chief declared a "state of emergency," and the Nation acted accordingly. With great focus and determination, it launched a multi-faceted initiative…

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Borrego Springs Bank of the Viejas Band

Borrego Springs Bank of the Viejas Band

The first American Indian-owned bank in California, the Borrego Springs Bank (BSB) offers a full range of services to tribal governments and Native-owned businesses in order to facilitate the entrepreneurial growth of American Indian tribes. With more than $74 million in assets and two full service…

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Cherokee Nation History Course

Cherokee Nation History Course

Launched in 2000, the Cherokee Nation History Course is a free, 40-hour, college-level study offered to 1,800 tribal employees and members of Cherokee communities. Through lectures, discussions, case exercises, and role-playing, the course teaches Cherokee history, culture, and government to both…

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ONABEN: A Native American Business and Entrepreneurial Network

ONABEN: A Native American Business and Entrepreneurial Network

Founded by a consortium of Native nations in the Pacific Northwest, ONABEN's mission is to increase self-reliance by promoting the development of tribal-citizen-owned small businesses and the diversification of reservation economies. ONABEN's programs provide financial counseling, business…

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Bad River Chippewa Recycling Solid Waste Department

Bad River Chippewa Recycling/Solid Waste Department

The Bad River Recycling/Solid Waste Department created environmentally sound practices of managing and disposing of waste generated on the reservation, ending cycles of harm to tribal citizens, lands, and water. Historically, waste was not only hazardous, but noticeable and abundant on reservation…

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Gila River Law Enforcement Program

Gila River Law Enforcement Program

Serving a population of 17,000, the 92-employee Gila River Police Department operates a multifaceted law enforcement program that includes community-based policing, neighborhood block watch programs, a citizen’s police academy, and bike patrols. Since assuming control over law enforcement in 1998,…

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Cherokee National Youth Choir

Cherokee National Youth Choir

The Youth Choir presents an innovative approach to promoting and encouraging the use of the endangered Cherokee language among its youth while also instilling Cherokee cultural pride. The award-winning choir — comprised of 40 young Cherokee ambassadors — has performed in venues across the US,…