Indigenous Communities
in North America

Indigenous organizations throughout North America are developing new ways to address centuries-old systems of oppression, colonization, and historical trauma. By lifting up community strengths and drawing on alternative models of leadership and organizing, a 21st Century intergenerational movement is pointing the way toward transformative change that is deeply rooted in Indigenous thinking and ways of life.

Our Strategic Approach

Across every aspect of our initiative, we look to Indigenous communities themselves to determine their own priorities for the future. We center Indigenous leaders, particularly women, in our analysis and as the leaders of our strategy. Across five interrelated focus areas, we seek to help restore and strengthen Indigenous knowledge and life-ways as potentially transformative in addressing some of the world’s—and similarly, some of Indigenous communities’—most pressing challenges.

NOTE: We are no longer seeking letters of inquiry for this initiative, but please check our website at a later date as other opportunities may be posted in the future.


A group of eight women, in two rows of four, seated and holding awards.

Spirit Aligned Leadership Program: Meet the 2017 Legacy Leaders


Updates from NoVo

NoVo is hiring: Program Officer, Indigenous Communities

5 Dec, 2018

The NoVo Foundation is hiring a Program Officer for the Indigenous Communities Initiative.   Background NoVo Foundation acts from the original meaning […]

Native American girls are nearly

5 times

more likely than white girls to be confined to a juvenile detention facility.

U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention