Indigenous-Led Grantmaking for Indigenous Women-Led Projects
Summer Solstice Event & Gathering on June 20 – 22, 2023
Summer Solstice is a time of new beginnings for Indigenous Peoples all over the world, and the Return to the Heart Foundation is celebrating our annual signature event Summer Solstice 2023. Summer Solstice 2023 is a Native-Womxn curated event that brings together philanthropy, Native Womxn visionaries, activists, helpers and healers to support and learn about important Indigenous issues taking a deep dive into the culture.
This year’s event on June 20-22, 2023, in beautiful Indigenous lands of New Mexico— the land of enchantment. This year we will be visiting Chaco Canyon, a site that is sacred to many Indigenous Nations in the area and one of the few places in the world where an astronomical phenomena occurs during the Summer Solstice at the ruins.
In addition to our visit to Chaco Canyon, we will also be visiting a very special place, Kasha Katuwe – Tent Rocks National Monument located on the traditional homelands of the Pueblo de Cochiti people. Tent Rocks is home to cone-shaped rock formations that are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago and left pumice, ash, and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick. Post-hike, we will enjoy a traditional Pueblo meal.
Summer Solstice 2023 benefits Return to the Heart Foundation’s grant fund for Traditional Helpers and Healers. This grant fund was designed to uplift Native Womxn who serve Indigenous communities impacted by historical and generational trauma, bringing culturally grounded healing through traditional medicines, Indigenous plants and foodways, cultural practices, ancestral wisdom for protecting Mother Earth, and much more. We’ll be highlighting selected Traditional Helpers and Healers throughout the event to showcase the critical work they do and how they provide healing to their communities and ultimately the world.
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Announcing New Giving Circle!
The Return to the Heart Foundation’s (R2HF) Giving Circle was created to support Native Womxn and Girls! Join the Circle in solidarity with colleagues, allies, activists, and community to lift up the voices of Native Womxn and Girls. Monthly support will empower programs which include Microgrants to Traditional Helpers and Healers, Fellows/Ambassadors, and support our work focused on Native Girls.
R2HF is turning the tide on the narrative and flexing to let the world know we are still here, we are strong, we are resilient, and we are bringing healing solutions to our communities, the nation and the world. Because we have been targeted for our land and resources, a genocide has taken place here in the U.S. that has been minimized and swept under the rug is his-story. Healing is happening and it is being led by Indigenous Womxn.
A welcome package is given to circle members who commit to a monthly donation of $25. Be the power that fuels the voices, advocacy, and supports Native Womxn and Girls!
#SisterSolidarity #BethePower #IndigenousSisters #PoweroftheCircle
The contributions of Indigenous women have not been visible or significantly included in contemporary social causes.
Even before this decade of Times Up, Me Too, Climate Crisis and the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage, the contributions and struggles of Indigenous women and girls has not been visible or been significantly included in contemporary social causes and initiatives. Therefore, the solutions of and for Indigenous women and girls have not been present at the decision-making table.
Against this backdrop, this is the critical moment and opportunity to support an Indigenous Women-led organization, Return to the Heart Foundation, which is focused on uplifting initiatives to achieve long-term narrative change strategies from within social movements.
*Return to the Heart Foundation is fiscally sponsored by Amalgamated Foundation.
WHAT WE DO
Our Focus Areas
History was made in 2019 with the first Native Women being elected to Congress, as State Representatives, and to local government in states and on the national level. Native people have been called the “sleeping giant” and our voices in many states could turn the elections, change America and even change the world.
Indigenous Women have endured the violent impact of the fossil fuel industry and the Indigenous Women led organizations on the front lines need support now more than ever to continue their fight for their rights related to health, land, territory, culture, language, livelihoods, sovereignty, self-determination and development.
Our voices, our stories, our narratives are only beginning to be heard. History is fraught with stereotypes, misinformation, and unacknowledged contributions and struggles of Native people, most especially Native women. Pocahontas is used as a racialized slur from the leader of America. This is unacceptable.
Restorative and Regenerative Development
Return to the Heart Foundation’s vision is to open doors that have never been opened to innovate and catalyze Native women-led economic and business activity by expanding access to capital, increasing asset development, and expanding local employment opportunities.
WHO WE ARE
Meet the Team
The co-founders are visionary Native women experienced in community bridge building, called to bring healing and action to native communities through their ancestral wisdom. They believe impact and cultural shifts come from a diversity of perspective and skill. This team holds unique expertise in advocacy, civic engagement, community development, healing, narrative change, philanthropy, strategic planning and leadership development.
Gina Jackson, MSW is Western Shoshone and Oglala Lakota. She is a dreamer and a doer. She worked on groundbreaking Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Guidelines and Regulations then joined the Obama White House Community Solutions Team. She recently worked for Native Americans in Philanthropy bringing the Truth and Healing Movement to the philanthropic sector. She has 20 years experience encompassing state/tribal justice, collaboration, policy, and philanthropy. She is a connector, igniter, innovator, and equity builder to bring healing for our nation. You can reach Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joannie Suina is an EcoFeminist Indigenous scholar from the Pueblo of Cochiti, NM. Her work within philanthropy and academia seeks to illuminate the importance of Indigenous Womxn as the center of healthy and regenerative economies. Suina is the beautiful blending of her Puebloan and French + Irish Roots. She stands beside her community as a daughter, mother, auntie, and culture revitalizer. She believes in spiritual groundation and that we all have the power to manifest positive change by cultivating our inherent core values. She holds a B.A. in Native American Studies, a Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law Read More
Sarah Eagle Heart
Sarah is an Emmy-award winning social justice storyteller, non-profit leader, consultant, activist, author, media strategist, and producer focused on advocacy on behalf of Indigenous Peoples rooted worldview as an Oglala Lakota raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. She is an internationally accomplished executive with a diverse background in tribal, corporate, and non-profit organizations. Ms. Eagle Heart is the former CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy. She has raised over $20M for native people. You can reach Sarah at email@example.com.
Red Dawn Foster
ABOUT RED DAWN
Red Dawn is currently the South Dakota State Senator with over ten years of experience working with Tribal communities in economic development fields. Red Dawn is passionate about utilizing her education and experience to promote positive planning, design, and construction for the future growth and development of Tribal Nations. Red Dawn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado and received her Master of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. You can reach Red Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff & Advisory Committee
$ Dollars Raised
Years of Bridge Building Experience
Tribal Community Building Experience
WHY WE’RE DIFFERENT
Our Unique Combination
50% Bridge Building and Storytelling
Our co-founders hold a unique vantage point in culture shift and narrative change strategies with philanthropy initiatives and influencers: Anne Hathaway, Dispatch, Indigenous Women Rise, John Legend, Mark Ruffalo, Portugal the Man, Mumford and Sons, Shailene Woodley, Taboo, Tonia Jo Hall, and Women’s March.
50% Community Building
Native women are the heart of our nations. In communities where women are supported children and families thrive. Entrepreneurial endeavors, new technology, innovative problem-solving, and community capital increases as women are invested in.
WHO WE WORK WITH
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