EPISODE 10

Funding Indigenous Resistance

About This Episode

Indigenous organizers are at the forefront of revolutionary movements for sovereignty, environmental justice and land rights, movements that confront our largely ignored history of Native genocide and broken treaty promises. Yet, foundations, many who claim to support marginalized and underrepresented communities, spend just 0.4% of their annual funding on Native communities. Native causes are overlooked and underfunded by philanthropy. 

In this podcast, we hear from Indigenous organizer and tribal attorney, Tara Houska, and two social justice funders, Edgar Villanueva and Jason Franklin. We explore the tensions that arise when Indigenous activists seek grants to support their radical work and encounter funders that are hesitant to fund direct action, largely uneducated about Indigenous history, disconnected from struggles at the frontline, and financially linked to the industries that profit on the devastation of Native lands. 

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Music

Waves” by Pictures of the Floating World
From the Free Music Archive
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Abhinaya Narayanan

is a medical student in the UCLA PRIME program and a Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her background is in community organizing, policy, and advocacy to fight for social, racial, and economic justice for marginalized communities.

Oscar Echeverria

is a medical student in the UCLA PRIME program and a Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. His background is in community health and health disparities work, along with advocacy for racial justice and health equity.

Nneka Onwuzurike

is a joint Master in Public Policy and Master of Business Administration student at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. Her background is in creative writing, institutional fundraising, and donor organizing for local social justice organizations.