Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous Knowledge

Program Aims

Supporting Indigenous knowledge keepers and working to strengthen cultural and intellectual infrastructure in Native communities

Cultural knowledges are at the heart of Native identities, community strength, and sovereignty. The Henry Luce Foundation supports knowledge keepers who seek to preserve and perpetuate their nations’ cultures. To amplify their work, we also invest in the cultural, intellectual, and policy systems that are critical to the resilience and vitality of Indian Country. Through these efforts, the Luce Foundation helps to ensure that Native America has the human and cultural resources it needs to thrive.

Indigenous Knowledge Initiative by the Numbers - 2023

Grants Made33
Median Grant$175.8K
Total Funding$5.8M

Recent Grants

To support the 2024 Global Indigenous Leadership in Genomics Symposium
University of Alberta|Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2024Indigenous Knowledge$35,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
To support the organizational capacity development of the American Indian Studies Association and their 25th Annual Meeting
Native American Studies, University of New Mexico|Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
2023Indigenous Knowledge$125,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
Liberated Lakota nation
Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation|Porcupine, South Dakota, United States
2024Indigenous Knowledge$100,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
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Program Administrators

Program Director for Indigenous Knowledge Initiative: Raymond Foxworth
Raymond Foxworth

Raymond joined the Foundation in April 2023 as the Foundation’s inaugural program director for the Indigenous Knowledge Initiative. Prior to joining the Foundation, Raymond served as vice president for First Nations Development Institute, a national Native-led organization that works with Native American communities on community and economic development.

Raymond holds a PhD in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has an extensive research background focused on Indigenous politics, democracy and social development in the U.S. and Latin America. In 2021-2022 he served as a visiting scholar in the political science department at the University of New Mexico. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and the American Political Science Association. He is a former board member of  the Women’s Foundation of Colorado and Native Public Media. 

Program Assistant: Tati Cosper
Tati Cosper

Tati Cosper (she/her/they/them) is the program assistant for the Religion & Theology and Indigenous Knowledge programs at the Henry Luce Foundation. Tati is an enrolled citizen of the Mvskoke Nation and is a second-generation German American. They were born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, and holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Kansas.

Tati moved to New York City in 2019 to begin their career volunteering for local non-profit organizations with the AmeriCorps Program. Through AmeriCorps, Tati learned to uplift funding resources through development and grant support for organizations like the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project. Before working with the Henry Luce Foundation, Tati worked with the Urban Indigenous Collective providing development support to increase wellness and educational resources for local Indigenous communities.

Image: The late Chief Earl Old Person (at right) at the National Museum of the American Indian's Blackfeet Nation Tribal Festival. Photo credit: Sean Buffington.
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Recent News and Announcements

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March 20, 2024Grantee News
How the Gila River Indian Community Is Restoring the Landscape and Ecosystem
Grantee Spotlight
Feb. 20, 2024Grantee News
Going Home: Returning Cultural Materials to Their Rightful Native Communities
Grantee Spotlight
Dec. 7, 2023Foundation News
The Luce Foundation Grants $7 Million to Advance Indigenous Knowledge and Innovations
Indigenous Knowledge