2016 CNAM Grant Recipients
Blackfeet United Methodist Parish (BUMP), Browning, MT Contact: Reverend Calvin Hill
BUMP comprises three United Methodist churches located in three communities of the Blackfeet Nation: Heart Butte, Babb and Browning. A primary goal of the “Camp Meeting to Holiness” is to equip Native Americans and First Nations people who wish to develop as leaders for ministry or to revitalize existing churches or create new ones.
Native American Fatherhood and Families Association (NAFFA), Mesa, AZ Contact: Mr. Albert Pooley
NAFFA’s vision is to assist Native American fathers and mothers to become models of healthy parenting. NAFFA’s two curricula: Fatherhood is Sacred/Motherhood is Sacred (FIS/MIS) and Linking Generations by Strengthening Relationships (LGSR) work to teach parents the importance of family relationships and being responsibly present in the lives of their children. www.nativeamericanfathers.org
Oneida Wisconsin United Methodist Church, DePere, WI Contact: Reverend Ann Bullis
Through the grant the church will start a program of youth discipleship to bring healing to emotional wounds and provide interaction with Christian male role models through community service projects, bible instruction and training in goal setting and vocational training.
Oyate Wookiye – For the People, Pine Ridge SD Contact: Ms. Jeanne Eagle-Bull Oxedine
Oyate Wookiye’s mission is to foster the confidence, well-being, leadership and health of Lakota youth through a skateboard mentorship program for 25 young people, ages 7-14, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Mesa, AZ Contact: Ms. Mary Kim Titla
The project “Expanding UNITY’s Youth Communications Network” will train members of UNITY -affiliated youth councils with the technical skills they can use to be storytellers who can effectively report on their youth council activities to a broad national audience through social media and other news outlets. www.unityinc.org
Healing Circle Wellness Center, Shiprock, NM Contact: Reverend Shirley Montoya (continued project)
Empowering relatives to follow and have a well and positive life is central to the programs and/or foundations. The empowerment given and received often lead to community service and community and church leadership. CNAMF and the Center have similar missions as to provide opportunities and encouragement to strengthen the individuals and family to the sake of our Nations.
Menaul School, Albuquerque, NM Contact: Lindsay Gilbert (continued project)
Building Skills for Native American Community Leaders will offer a support system specifically addressing the cultural needs of Native American students along with buy-in and support from their families. The goal would also be that “tenured” Native American students would serve as mentors to new, incoming Native American students. www.menaulschool.com
Native Grace Intertribal Fellowship, Cortez, CO Contact: Ms. Linda Taylor (continued project)
Preparing Native adults and young adults in Native Bible Studies to become leaders and role models by increasing their knowledge and strengthening their inner self on traditional, cultural, and spiritual contributions of Native American people. Knowledge gained from the classes will further their expression of Christian faith and will enhance their faith in Christianity and will become Christian role models within the community.
Native American Fatherhood and Families (NAFFA), Mesa, AZ Contact: Mr. Albert Polley (continued project)
Fatherhood is Leadership are educational forums that assist fathers in their immediate need to return to their role in families and emphasizing the sacredness of responsible fatherhood. www.nativeamericanfathers.org