By Lawrence Leake, Potlatch Fund, Director of Development and Communications
Potlatch Fund recently received a $20,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado. This award will support the 2010 InterTribal Canoe Journey which will culminate in a weeklong celebration at the Makah reservation in Neah Bay, Washington.
The InterTribal Canoe Journey is an important multi-generational cultural renaissance event within Tribal Communities of Washington, Oregon and beyond. Since 2005, Potlatch Fund has provided support to Canoe Families for the purchase of safety equipment, for general support, and for ceremonial regalia. Canoes supported by Potlatch Fund are drug and alcohol free, follow traditional protocol, instill Native pride, incorporate language and environmental teachings, and provide leadership training. Historically the Tribes of the Washington Coast and Puget Sound have applied for funding as have a couple of Oregon Tribes. This year Native youth, who have participated in the Journey, again reviewed the grant applications received and, through a day long process, developed the docket for review by the Board of Directors. The review process provided additional leadership and development skills for Native youth as well as professional development as the participants learn about philanthropy, successful grant applications and grant making.
Ken Gordon, Executive Director Potlatch Fund, states: “The support we continue to receive from First Nations Development Institute is critical to the success of our participation in this annual event, which focuses on empowering Tribal youth and inspiring Native pride.”
For 2010 Potlatch Fund provided $35,000 in grants to support the following canoes:
|B.R.I.D.G.E.||Lakebay, WA||$ 1,500|
|Blue Heron Canoe||Kent, WA||$ 1,500|
|Chehalis Tribe Canoe Family||Oakville, WA||$ 2,000|
|Chinook Indian Nation||Bay Center, WA||$ 2,000|
|Cowlitz Indian Tribe||Longview, WA||$ 1,500|
|Ha’y Tilixam Canoe Society||Pendleton, OR||$ 2,000|
|Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe||Port Angles, WA||$ 1,500|
|Nooksack Indian Tribe||Deming, WA||$ 2,000|
|Ohileqw-sen Healing Center||Bellingham, WA||$ 1,000|
|Oliver Canoe Club||Kingston, WA||$ 1,500|
|Port Gamble S’Klallam Foundation||Kingston, WA||$ 2,000|
|Smith Canoe Family||Kingston, WA||$ 1,500|
|Squaxin Canoe Family||Shelton, WA||$ 1,500|
|Squwkeek Canoe Family||Shelton, WA||$ 1,500|
|The Tulalip Tribes||Tulalip, WA||$ 1,500|
|West Shore Canoe Family||Bellingham, WA||$ 1,500|
|Makah Nation||Neah Bay, WA||$ 5,000|
|Grand Ronde Canoe Family||Grand Ronde, OR||$ 1,000|
|Snoqualmie Tribe||Snoqualmie, WA||$ 3,000|
Native youth will continue to be involved throughout the 2010 cycle and are currently working on the agenda for a one day funders tour that will visit the Lower Elwha Klallam and Makah reservations. The youth will also close out the grant cycle in October of this year.
For more information about Potlatch Fund or the funders tour, please contact Lawrence Leake, Director of Development and Communication, at 206.624.6076 extension 13.