Native American Leadership

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Participants in First Nations Development Institute's “Supporting Community Intellectuals in Native Communities” project

The Luce Foundation’s Native American leadership initiative, luanched in 2018, supports knowledge makers and knowledge keepers serving Indigenous communities in the United States. The initiative accomplishes this goal through a competitive fellowship program administered by First Nations Development Institute (FNDI).

The Foundation and our partners at FNDI believe that knowledge and ideas have the power to transform communities—at the local, national, and global levels—but only if that knowledge and those ideas are put in the hands of communities. By investing in intellectual leaders who are committed to sharing their work with the public, we can empower the communities that those intellectual leaders aim to address and serve.

In keeping with Luce tradition, we define intellectual leadership broadly to include spiritual leaders, media makers, scientists and health professionals, academics, curators, artists and writers, and policy makers, among others. Their work may take many forms, including journalism, visual art, film and video, speeches or sermons, educational curricula, music or theater, formal scholarship or research, public health strategies, legal arguments, fiction, policy analysis, etc.

FNDI launched the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship competition in June 2019 and is now accepting applications. Information about eligibility, the application process, and the timeline can be found on their website.

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