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RSVP Today! A Challenge to Philanthropy: Expand Opportunities for Native Youth

Grassroots Education Series
RSVP Today:

A Challenge to Philanthropy: Expand Opportunities for Native Youth

Tuesday, March 27th 2:00pm ET
(1pm CT / 11am PT)

Every day, Native youth and communities demonstrate the ability to thrive and persevere despite historical, structural and institutional inequities. Native youth have shown that they are invested in a better future – not just for Native people, but for all Americans. By working in partnership, funders believe that we will see Native communities make great strides in healing, restoration, and advancement of our greatest resource – our youth.

The Schott Foundation for Public Education, in partnership with Native Americans in Philanthropy, with support from Nike N7, recently released a set of recommendations for helping Native youth live healthy lives. These recommendations came directly from Native American leaders who hold expertise across health, physical fitness, education and youth development sectors. The report, Original Instructions, outlines both challenges and opportunities to philanthropy. It’s a first step towards using our resources to recognize and learn from the resilient Native youth.

Join us for a dynamic conversation about the report recommendations and a challenge to philanthropy with nationally-recognized Native advocates, grantmakers, and researchers.

Our speakers will include:

Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO, Native Americans in Philanthropy

Erik Stegman, Executive Director, Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute

Michael Yellow Bird, MSW, PhD, Director, Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Studies program at North Dakota State University

Edgar Villanueva, Vice President of Programs & Advocacy, Schott Foundation for Public Education (moderator)

Come with questions, insights, and calls to action during our Q&A session at the end!
Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #GrassrootsEd.

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About the Speakers

Jamilia BlakeSarah Eagle Heart

Sarah Eagle Heart is a powerful storyteller whose deep perspective on healing trauma is rooted in her life story and experiences as a teen activist raised on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy, and an internationally accomplished executive focused on education and advocacy on behalf of Indigenous peoples. She has spent the last decade centered on building momentum around healing and sustainability in the spirit of cultural revitalization — work that has been successful because of her influence and ability to activate key leaders from grassroots to corporate level through capacity building. Her diverse background in tribal, corporate, and non-profit organizations focusing on communications, marketing, program development, and advocacy offers a vantage point that powerfully amplifies impact.

Erik StegmanErik Stegman

Erik R. Stegman, Carry the Kettle First Nation (Nakoda), is Executive Director at the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute.

Before joining the CNAY team, Erik led field outreach and advocacy for the Poverty to Prosperity program at the Center for American Progress. Before American Progress, he served as majority Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs where he led the development of the Stand Against Violence and Empower (SAVE) Native Women Act, signed into law as part of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013. Before joining the Senate, Erik was appointed in 2011 to serve as Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.

He began his career in Washington, D.C. at the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center. Erik holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, an M.A. in American Indian Studies from UCLA’s Graduate Division, and a B.A. from Whittier College.

Marianna IslamMichael Yellow Bird

Dr. Michael Yellow Bird is a citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes, (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara). He joined the NDSU faculty in the fall of 2014. He has held faculty and/or academic administrative appointments at the University of British Columbia, University of Kansas, Arizona State University, and Humboldt State University. He is Professor and Director of the Tribal Indigenous Studies program at North Dakota State University. His teaching, writing, research, and community work focus on Indigenous Peoples’ health, leadership, and cultural rights; the effects of colonization and methods of decolonization; decolonizing social work approaches; decolonizing war and military service; neurodecolonization and mind body approaches; neuroscience and Indigenous Peoples; traditional mindfulness and contemplative practices; ancestral and paleo eating and lifestyle; and the Rights of Mother Earth.

Marianna IslamEdgar Villanueva

Edgar Villanueva is the Vice President of Programs and Advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education where he leads a team to support education justice movements through grantmaking, strategic communications, policy supports, and networking. Edgar is a nationally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy, beginning his grantmaking career in 2005 as a Senior Program Officer at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina. Later, Edgar served as a Program Officer at the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle where he managed at multi-million dollar national portfolio supporting multi-issue movement building.

Edgar also holds various leadership roles on boards and advisory committees in the philanthropic sector including: The Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, Fund the People, and the Andrus Family Fund. He also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Native Americans in Philanthropy and is an instructor with The Grantmaking School at the Johnson Center at Grant Valley State University. Edgar is the author of a forthcoming book on equitable philanthropic leadership to be released in early 2018. Edgar earned a bachelor of arts from Jackson College of Ministries, a bachelor of science in public health from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master of health administration from the UNC Gillings Global School of Public Health. He is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.