Indigenous people are actively resilient and rich in creative solutions that strengthen and sustain Indigenous community, and this program provides support to grassroots, Indigenous-led community building that happens outside of formally organized groups or organizations. Maada'ookiing, the 'distribution' in Ojibwe, seeks to strengthen relationships with Indigenous community, build partnerships with Tribal Nations, and offer support for community members to expand capacity in Northeast Minnesota.
A grant opportunity offers funding up to $2,500 for Tribal citizens, descendants, or those have kinship ties or affiliation to Indigenous communities within the foundation’s geographic service area. Grants might be used for projects and activities that support Indigenous youth; strengthen access to Indigenous language, cultural, and spiritual practices; sustain Tribal sovereignty; build Indigenous economy, and more. Please read the Maada'ookiing Guidelines to learn all about the grant focus areas, eligibility, and other details.
Watch a short video on key points about this grant program.
The Northland Foundation recognizes that its geographic service area rests on ceded territory established by the Treaties of 1837, 1854, 1855, and 1866 between the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe Tribal Nations and the United States government. This region is the traditional homelands of the Ojibwe, Dakota, Northern Cheyenne, and other Tribal Nations. We humbly acknowledge we are on traditional Indigenous land that holds a long history that continues to grow. Our relationships today shape and define our ongoing shared history. Together, we are actively building mutual respect based on trust and understanding.