2002 – 2006
Created a comprehensive program and facility plan to build the first Native American Lifelong Learning Center in America. The team secured over $23 million toward the development of the Center and its programs.
Initiated community outreach and funded local Cherokee Community Development projects.
Completed research on predatory lending practices in Native American communities.
Facilitated a consultative gathering with Native American Elders, Activists, and Select Funders for the Margaret Casey Foundation. Provided facilitation for the convening.
Provide technical assistance in support of the Cherokee Heritage Center. The objective was to optimize the operational capacity of Heritage Center’s leadership.
Convened 35 Native American non-profit leaders and developed a strategy for matching future Indian leaders with reservation-based non-profits. A series of questions were used to guide the discussion held in Kansas City for the First Nations Development Institute
Completed a review of the Native Youth and Culture Fund for American Indian Non-profit organization. The project-achieved results in transferring knowledge of the community and Native Language, impacting the way youth feel and how individual behaviors were strengthened.
Identified practical models for the preservation and maintenance of traditional knowledge systems. The result, “Cultural Survival,” was funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
Formalize a multicultural intermediary to provide technical assistance to underserved populations and foster relationships with philanthropic and government entities. Funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
Facilitated the writing of The Sound of Drums, a memoir of Lloyd Kiva New. Lloyd Kiva New ( b. Lloyd Henri New, Cherokee Nation, 1916-2002) wrote his memoirs in the last four years of his life. Funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
Assessed the impact that philanthropy had on the American Indian community in a one-year project, “Context is Everything.” This involved stories and a discussion of how to strengthen partnerships between the philanthropic community and Native Americans. Funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
2012 – 2018
Developed and conducted Native Business workshops. The staff of One Fire delivered more than 120 Entrepreneurial Empowerment Workshops that helped more than 1500 individuals in 107 Native communities realize their small business dreams. The two-day workshops provided aspiring entrepreneurs the knowledge to successfully launch their small businesses as well as support emerging businesses.