Fund of the Sacred Circle
The Fund of the Sacred Circle (FSC) supports Native leadership working to ensure that indigenous cultures are honored, American Indians are treated with fairness and equity, and that the sovereignty and self-determination of Native people is secure. The fund is Native-led, supporting projects that address systemic injustice affecting American Indian communities. The fund is a partnership of Native activists and donors of all backgrounds, supported by Headwaters Foundation for Justice and the Wisconsin Community Fund.
The Fund of the Sacred Circle supports American Indian organizations throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin addressing issues of racial, social, economic and environmental justice. The fund has identified (but is not limited to) the following areas of interest:
- Language and cultural revitalization:
- Language and culture is vital to the identity and future of American Indians. The fund supports groups engaged in changing society by preserving, protecting, and promoting Native culture and language.
- Land and environmental restoration:
- Environmental destruction and loss of tribal lands negatively impacts the cultural, spiritual and economic well-being of our communities. The fund supports organizing work to reclaim traditional land base and restore traditional stewardship of natural resources.
- Sovereignty and treaty rights:
- American Indians have a unique historical and legal status as sovereign nations. The fund supports organizing efforts that uphold and advance tribal sovereignty and treaty rights.
- Self-determination and civil rights:
- Native communities long have experienced genocidal and assimilation policies and practices. The fund supports efforts to ensure that the civil, legal, political and religious rights of American Indian’s are secure, and that native heritage and self-determination is respected and defended.
Fund of the Sacred Circle Committee Members:
Trisha Lee Cook
To apply for a Fund of the Sacred Circle grant, please visit the How to Apply page.