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 Indigenous women elders, in cultural wardrobes, standing on a hill beneath clouds in a blue sky.

Spirit Aligned Leadership Program Welcomes New Legacy Leaders


Updates from NoVo

NoVo is Hiring: Program Associate, Indigenous Communities Initiative

25 Jul, 2019

Position Overview NoVo Foundation is hiring a Program Associate to join the Indigenous Communities Initiative. The Program Associate reports to […]

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