Potlatch Fund is pleased to announce the first round of Resiliency Fund grants to grantee partners in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho.

The Resiliency Fund is designed to address the rapidly evolving community needs and long-term impacts of COVID-19. In particular, the fund supports programs and projects that create hope, social connection, adaptation, flexibility and purpose.

The Resiliency Fund began accepting applications on June 21, 2021. All application instructions and templates can be found online here. In addition, applicants may submit an application by email, by regular mail, or by scheduling a phone call with a Potlatch Fund staff member.

There are no deadlines. Rather, grants applications will be accepted throughout the year until all funds are expended.

Individual Artists

Ace Baker, Standing Rock Sioux (Mount Vernon, WA)

Inspired by traditional weaving with red cedar, the artist will purchase the equipment necessary to create online classes in weaving for members of the Swinomish tribal community. Instruction will include harvesting, prepping and creating from cedar.

Asa Leland Wright, Klamath (Portland, OR)

Funds will help launch a collaborative space for Indigenous artists that will eventually include membership opportunities for artists to have studio space and equipment, classes for all ages, gallery space, artist residencies, and outdoor residency trips.

Asia Tail, Cherokee (Tacoma, WA)

Funds will support the creation of a cascading bead curtain for the 2021 Bellwether arts festival in Bellevue, as well as a residency to explore the artist’s Cherokee homelands, with a subsequent gathering of Cherokee artists in Seattle.

Beverly Owens, Alaska Native (Onalaska, WA)

In order to pass on traditional Native teachings and skills, the artist will use funds to help replenish the materials she needs to continue teaching classes in how to hunt, gather, grow, prepare and store foods, and how to tan hides, sew, and weave.

Carl Keys, Tsimishian (Port Angeles, WA)

After a year of isolation the artist, who uses traditional materials (bone, antler, stone), will use funds to attend Native arts shows and exhibits to increase awareness of his art, as well as to replenish carving materials and tools, and to create a portfolio.

Destiny Elliott, Hopland Band of Pomo Indians (Vancouver, WA)

The artist is a medicine woman who started a small business last year offering handcrafted items for healing. She plans to offer healing trainings to NAYA Youth Academy attendees, making items that will be gifted to other youth, parents, and the community.

Emily Foster, Quileute (Forks, WA)

To counter the physical isolation of the last year and resulting economic downturn, the artist will use funds to create an online retail store promoting and offering work by Native artists living on and near the Quileute Reservation.

Evan Benally Atwood, Diné (Portland, OR)

The artist will continue documenting the joy and resiliency of the Indigenous queer community through music and film. Funds will be used for editing, scoring and distribution of short films with an empowered representation of the Indigenous queer community.

Jessica Mehta, Cherokee (Hillsboro, OR)

The visual artist and writer will use funding to support the materials and transportation costs associated with several ongoing projects, including artist residencies and several installations scheduled in the coming year.

Kimberly Chase, Lummi (Blaine, WA)

Through the mediums of photography and mixed media collage, and by interviewing members of the Lummi Tribe, the artist will create an exhibit for the tribe and wider community celebrating the history and resiliency of the Lummi people.

Lukas Angus, Nez Perce (Portland, OR)

In order to build a secure food system and community, the project will include mentoring of new hunters and fishers; processing of all meat, fish, and hides; practicing of safety in the field and on the water, and the making of bows and hide tanning tools.

Margaret Reed, Tlingit (Portland, OR)

As a Chilkat and Ravenstail weaver, the artist will use funds to explore her creativity as an artist. She will also offer demonstrations and classes to the community, to ensure that her knowledge is passed to the next generation.

Monique Novelo-Lopez, Churracawa/mascalero Apache (Portland, OR)

The project will promote traditional foods and food sovereignty teachings by supplying community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes including organic food and herbs and proteins that are locally hunted, fished, or raised, and Zoom links to cooking classes.

Nicholas Jay Sullivan, Sr., Port Gamble S’Klallam (Kingston, WA)

To honor his ancestors and give back to his community, the artist will teach Coast Salish painting and carving to the next generation as well as create a piece to be gifted to one of the many new buildings in the community in which he lives.

Noah Hunt, Lumbee (Kennewick, WA)

The artist and music producer will use his knowledge of healing frequencies to produce a multi-track album of healing music to provide comfort, rejuvenation, wellness and wholeness to Native communities as they recover from the trauma of COVID-19.

Robin Pebeahsy, Yakama (Toppenish, WA)

The artist is a co-host of the podcast War Cry and plans additional podcasts in the coming year that bring Indigenous voices forward from reservation-based and urban communities, promote self-love and acceptance, and create hope and belonging.

Sarah Jones, Cowlitz (Tumwater, WA)

Working with public schools and the Cowlitz Tribe, the artist will create a culturally appropriate school mascot for the Cowlitz community, which will then be unveiled with a ceremony and blessing involving Tribal leaders and members of the community.

Sunmiet Maben, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (Madras, OR)

Following a year of COVID shutdowns, funding will help this Native American dancer and dance studio owner recover and continue to serve the children in her community with dance classes, including children from the nearby Warm Springs reservation.

Programs/Projects

Boys and Girls Club of Lodge Grass (Lodge Grass, MT)

The program will hire youth leaders and mentors in order to build character and leadership and other skills needed for the outside world and to continue activities designed to build safe communities, such as cleaning up streets and parks and serving elders.

Butte Native Wellness Center (Butte, MT)

The Community Speaks Project will convene three focus groups in order to develop culturally specific language, encouragement and text messages for people affected by or at risk of death by suicide, as well as those experiencing grief due to loss.

Consultants for Indian Progress (Tacoma, WA)

Funds will support the general operations of this community-led coalition as it seeks to create better health for the community through activities that promote wellness, healing and justice, such as widespread urban farming to support food sovereignty.

Duwamish Tribal Services (Seattle, WA)

After a year of virtual programming, funding will help the organization with general operations as it begins to hold small in-person gatherings including one-on-one shares, talking/healing circles and culturally focused workshops.

Indigenous Beginnings (Arlington, WA)

Activities funded with this grant serving the Nooksack and Tulalip communities will include purchasing a cedar-carved canoe, holding outdoor and Zoom workshops by local artists, and hosting a vigil for those lost to overdoses from substance abuse.

Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council (Snohomish, WA)

Funds will support the ongoing efforts of this organization including providing supplies to Tribal Nations experiencing high rates of COVID-19 and building out a permanent and sustainable supply chain for them to address any future emergency management crisis.

Research & Development Services of America Inc. (Neah Bay, WA)

This salmon recovery project will enhance salmon runs to benefit the Makah Tribe and will include consultation and review by a professional engineer, transportation, supplies, and the set-up costs for the gravel wash plant that is currently on site.

Tem Xwu lough First Foods and Families (Young Warrior Society) (Nespelem, WA)

The organization will promote food sovereignty through activities connecting youth and elders to hunt and gather traditional, seasonal foods; learn how to process and store them; and grow year-round food and medicinal plants in a greenhouse for the first time.

Tulalip Tribes, Community Health Department (Tulalip, WA)

The project will connect tribal youth and elders to share lived experiences, document oral histories, and celebrate resiliency, and will culminate in an Elder Resilience Banquet held on the Tulalip Reservation.

Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation (Boise, ID)

Funding will allow the foundation to complete the outreach for a vulnerability assessment for each of the four tribes it represents, which will identify which resources on their reservations are most at risk of damage or destruction from natural disasters.