BENEFITING: First Nations Development Institute
We, the McClimans sisters, are going to do the fund-raising thing again this year instead of Christmas gifts, and we invite you to join us. Tis the season to visualize and work toward a more healthy, prosperous, and just world. The project we've chosen to support entails interviewing elders from the Apache tribe (South Western U.S.) to create a database of indigenous food and medicinal preparations. This is to help Apache tribe members restore their pre-reservation diets.
This means: honor knowledge+cultivate food for indigenous community now+establish related systems for future=food sovereignty for First Nations and collective betterment from improved ecology, biodiversity and intercultural awareness. http://indiangiver.firstnations.org/nl141112-04/
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You can give right now! The button to the right allows you to give directly to First Nations Development Institute. This is how this project gets its money. It is a First Nation (Native American) organization, run by First Nation people, that helps strengthen and revitalize the economies of Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. It's Better Business Bureau-approved, has received four out of four stars from Charity Navigator, and is a Gold participant of Guidestar (more details about them are here).
First Nations works with Native communities to identify successful development strategies and document their findings so that others may learn from the promising practices in the field. A really cool aspect of this is Native American knowledge of cultivation - not only "how to"s but different uses for what is grown, such as medicine. First Nation sovereignty is not merely project to support, but it also may save our collective asses in regard to biodiversity, preserving life-saving resources and reviving the ecosystem.