Native Student Success Grant History

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2017 | 2016 | 2015

2018 Grantees
Twelve grantees in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington received a total of $110,000 with funding provided by the NoVo Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the City of Seattle Human Services Department.

Blackfeet Manpower WIO Program
Browning, MT - $8,482
The Blackfeet Nation and the Blackfeet Manpower look to the future, to bring positive influences and valuable knowledge to our Atsit-aapiiks (youth) by bringing our culture and traditional ways through our ohm-kitapiikas (elders) teachings.

Coeur d' Alene Tribe: Tribal School
DeSmet, ID - $8,482
The Coeur d’Alene Tribal School will improve cultural education, expand our culture program, promote Tribal culture, empower our teaching staff with cultural implementation, and purchase instructional materials for Tribal Language development.

Eastside Native American Parent Committee
Redmond , WA - $10,000
Funding to support a Language Exploration Project is an after-school language and culture project in our community to assist students in building a positive, culturally grounded, identity

Inchelium Language & Culture Association
Inchelium, WA - $10,000
The Inchelium Language House Youth Empowerment through Language project works directly with the youth in Inchelium to improve Language proficiency and cultural competency within the Inchelium Community.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Port Angeles, WA - $10,000
The Elwha Science Education Program will provide,native students an opportunity to explore the wonders of the Elwha Restoration project, traditional knowledge and foster students’ interest in higher education and careers in resource management.

Native American Community Development Corporation Financial Services
Browning, MT - $8,482
Funding to support Native students, ages 10-16, receive practical teaching from local business leaders on starting and running a business, receive training on writing a business proposal, and compete for up to $1,000 student in business start-up capital.

Native American Youth and Family Center
Portland, OR - $8,482
NAYA teaches culture to preserve and protect the tradition of holistic full circle wellness. We engage community in culture as a means of substance abuse harm reduction and suicide prevention with close attention to our Two-Spirit population.

Native Youth Leadership Alliance
Ferndale, WA - $10,000
Funding to support the Native Youth Coaching Circles Program, which trains middle and high school youth and Tribal Youth Councils with transformative coaching skills.

Nez Perce Education Department
Lapwai, ID - $9,108
The Nez Perce Táaqcama Mimiyóoxạt (Today’s Leaders) Challenge helps advance our tribal youth's leadership capacity (training, service learning), cultural identity (Language Circles), and workforce preparation (College and Career Pathways).

Nooksack Indian Tribe: Culture
Deming, WA - $8,482
Funding to assist the Nooksack Indian Tribe in their efforts to increase graduation rates, job preparation, work skills, healthy living and relationships, and self-sufficiency.

Suquamish Tribe: Chief Kitsap Academy
Suquamish, WA - $8,482
Funding to support the development of a dedicated area for cultural learning that would enhance and expand the cultural curriculum and programs currently in place. This would include space for carving, weaving, storytelling & traditional foods.

Western Washington Native American Education Consortium
Puyallup, WA - $10,000
Funding to support the organization's Native American Youth Leadership Academy, which brings students together from our consortium school districts and tribes for cultural, leadership, and community building activities, including a Student led Native Youth Conference.

2017 Grantees
Nine grantees in Washington and Oregon received a total of $160,000 with funding provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All grants are in support of general operations.

Eastside Native American Parent Committee
Redmond, WA - $15,000

Hearts Gathered
Omak, WA - $20,000

Inchelium Language & Culture Association
Inchelium, WA - $20,000

Kalispel Tribe: Language Department
Usk, WA - $15,000

Native American Youth and Family Center
Portland, OR - $15,000

Native Youth Leadership Alliance
Ferndale, WA - $20,000

Salish School of Spokane
Spokane, WA - $20,000

Suquamish Tribe: Chief Kitsap Academy
Suquamish, WA - $15,000

Western Washington Native American Education Consortium
Port Orchard, WA - $20,000

2016 Grantees
Nine grantees in Washington and Oregon received a total of $400,000 with funding provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Chief Kitsap Academy
Suquamish, WA - $48,000
Funding to improve academic achievement for Tribal/Indigenous students in science through the integration of culturally appropriate teaching methods and Western science content.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation: Youth Development
Nespelem, WA - $44,250
Funding for the Empowering Sovereignty through Education project, which will empower local 40 school districts in the vicinity of the Colville Tribe with the knowledge and resources to compliment the Since Time Immemorial curriculum.

Eastside Native American Parent Committee
Redmond, WA - $25,000
Funding for "RE-STORying our Language, Living our Traditions" an expanded language and culture project that assists students in building a positive, culturally grounded, identity.

Hearts Gathered
Omak, WA - $50,000
Funding to enrich the Okanogan Salish language environment for our children at the Waterfall School.

Inchelium Language & Culture Association
Inchelium, WA - $44,250
Funding to build the linguistic capacity of the Inchelium community to educate and raise children using the Salish language.

Native American Youth and Family Center
Portland, OR - $50,000
Funding for the Cultural Arts and Education Project, which provides full educational advocacy and wraparound supports to 40 K-12 students.

Native Youth Leadership Alliance
Ferndale, WA - $44,250
Funding to support the Native Youth Culturally-Based Leadership Program, which trains middle and high school youth on Tribal Youth Councils in leadership.

Salish School of Spokane
Spokane, WA - $44,250
Funding to help establish a separate, fully-staffed Salish immersion elementary school in the City of Spokane.

Western Washington Native American Education Consortium
Port Orchard, WA - $50,000
Support for Native American Youth Leadership Academy (NAYLA), which brings students (grades 8-12) from 20 consortium school districts and tribes together 10 times a year for cultural workshops and leadership and community building activities.

2015 Grantees
Ten grantees in Washington and Oregon received a total of $487,600 with funding provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Eastside Native American Parent Committee
Redmond, WA - $50,000
RE-STORying and Connecting our Students for Success This project is about restoring culture, language, and community through storytelling, ceremonies, and cultural/language learning and participation opportunities.

Hearts Gathered
Omak, WA - $50,000
Strengthening Our Native Language Educators We desire to support the development of our teachers so that they are stronger educators in our Native language immersion early childhood and elementary programs. Our teachers will train in the Montessori and Total Physical Response methods.

Kalispel Tribe: Culture & Language Program
Usk, WA - $39,400
Kalispel Tribe Professional Language Teacher Training Project Professional language teacher trainings.

Whiteswan Environmental, Lummi Nation Service Organization
Bellingham, WA - $50,000
Spirit of the Sxwo'le, Coast Salish Mini-University The Spirit of the Sxwo'le Language and Culture Camp will incorporate intergenerational learning opportunities, transmit Indigenous knowledge, integrate Western Science and introduce Native youth to environmental stewardship educational pathways.

Native American Youth and Family Center
Portland, OR - $50,000
Cultural and Academic Wraparound Support Program NAYA is committed to raising academic performance of Native students through a culturally-specific wraparound model utilizing mentorship, academic supports, cultural arts and identity enhancement offered after-school and in our seasonal camps.

Native Partnership Committee Project
Seattle, WA - $50,000
Curriculum Development Development of a K-8 culturally relevant curriculum for the only identified Native American school in the Seattle Public School system. The curriculum will be based on the eight Core Values of Licton Springs Native American K-8 School.

Salish School of Spokane
Spokane, WA - $50,000
Salish School of Spokane Childcare Expansion Project The goal of the Salish School of Spokane Childcare Expansion Project is to increase the availability and quality of culturally and linguistically authentic childcare for Native American families in Spokane.

Spokane Tribal Network
Wellpinit, WA - $50,000
Youth Empowerment/Student Success Program Our goal with this grant is to continue to provide youth with a resource program that will bring them back to their cultural heritage and enhance their possibilities to a greater future.

Urban Native Education Alliance (UNEA)
Seattle, WA - $50,000
Language and Culture Circles Project UNEA is seeking support for our Tribal Language and Culture Circles Project, which expands on the wildly successful language circles and arts/cultural activities and workshops at our by-weekly Seattle Clear Sky Native Youth Council program.

Western Washington Native American Education Consortium
Port Orchard, WA - $48,200
Native American Youth Leadership Academy The WWNAEC is requesting funding to support our Native American Youth Leadership Academy. The Academy will bring students, grades 8-12, from 20 school districts together for cultural workshops that have been specifically designed for our community.