Welcome to First Nations Knowledge Webinar Series

First Nations Knowledge is a series of educational webinars created and hosted by First Nations Development Institute. The series aims to educate those who work in Native nonprofit and tribal organizations, or in nonprofit or for-profit enterprises engaged in Native agriculture or food systems work. Through the webinars, we hope to build knowledge and skills and, thus, Native American business and organizational capacity.

First Nations strives to provide specialized webinars that hold real value for those attending. This includes those who lead or manage nonprofits, tribal programs or businesses, so they can grow and learn to better serve their communities and tribes.

The First Nations Knowledge webinars are always free. Since attendance is limited for each webinar, we do ask that if you register, please make every effort to actually attend the webinar.  

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Capital Opportunities in Agriculture

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
11 a.m. Pacific / Noon Mountain / 1 p.m. Central / 2 p.m Eastern

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Does your agriculture business need funding? Does your organization work with small businesses looking for start-up capital in agricultural enterprises? Join us as we explore opportunities for capitalizing agricultural endeavors with Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). These non-conventional banking structures provide much-needed long-term support, including training and technical assistance, and low-interest capital to ensure the sustainability of agriculture-based businesses.

The Panelists:

Angie Main, Executive Director, Native American Community Development Corporation
Pete Upton, Executive Director, First Ponca Financial, Inc.
Onna LeBeau, Executive Director, Black Hills Community Loan Fund


Tribal Agritourism Marketing Tools, Part 1: Using New Media to Control the Message

Thursday, December 7, 2017
1 p.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Mountain / 3 p.m. Central / 4 p.m Eastern

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This webinar will provide an understanding of how best to share the history and stories of your unique tribal agritourism product utilizing new media and contemporary communications strategies as your marketing tool. We will cover the strategic and critical role that marketing plays in cultural tourism development and introduce basic communications techniques that can help to effectively raise awareness and sell a new or existing product or destination. We’ll identify effective marketing and outreach strategies for agritourism and cultural-tourism businesses and destinations, while also covering how to link your tourism product to relevant markets.

Presenter:

Rachel Cromer Howard, Public Relations and Media Specialist, AIANTA (American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association)

Rachel is a public relations and strategic communications specialist with extensive experience in the cultural tourism industry, both nationally and globally. Currently managing the public outreach and communications department at the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, Rachel also has become an integral part of the association’s international outreach program. She got her start at a television station in New Mexico, where she worked as a production and promotions producer and expanded her knowledge and expertise on media and storytelling. Rachel studied mass communication and journalism at the University of New Mexico and is in the process of completing the Cultural Heritage Certificate Program through George Washington University. Upon graduation, Rachel quickly proceeded into the fast-paced world of public relations. Working at a national PR firm, Rachel gained valuable experience in a vast range of industries and areas – including Indian Country. Now, through her work at AIANTA, she has garnered hundreds of millions of earned-media impressions for AIANTA, and has helped bring Indian Country tourism into new international markets around the globe. She brings her practical, working knowledge with tribes and the tourism industry, and how to work effectively through collaborations and partnerships.

Guest Speaker:

Paige Williams Shepherd joined the Chickasaw Nation in October 2008 as the director of tourism for the Department of Commerce. Currently Paige serves as the director of corporate development and tourism. Paige’s primary responsibility is corporate development as a means for tourism development and the planning, development, management and operation of tourism for the Chickasaw Nation. Under the tourism umbrella, Paige oversees Chickasaw Country, the travel and tourism destination representing over 7,600 square miles of culture, nature, recreation and entertainment located in south-central Oklahoma. She will focus on successful marketing campaigns promoting Chickasaw County as a top Native American tourism destination. Through social media, digital and traditional marketing, Paige will highlight successful campaigns and strategies for promoting authentic experiences that deliver engagement and a return on investment.


Tribal Agritourism Marketing Tools, Part 2: Learn About NativeAmerica.travel from the Experts

Thursday, December 14, 2017
1 p.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Mountain / 3 p.m. Central / 4 p.m Eastern

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Learn about the only consumer-facing destination website dedicated to promoting cultural tourism in Indian Country – NativeAmerica.travel. This webinar will give instruction on how tribes, tribal cultural tourism programs and tribal businesses – including tribal agritourism programs and products – can showcase their products on the website without charge (due to a partnership with AIANTA and the Bureau of Indian Affairs).

This session will cover and provide our partners with skills:

  • To integrate your tourism products within the website to help market to the world
  • To understand the destination website and its capabilities on a level in which to promote easily
  • To learn new tourism tools that you can bring back to your community and your communities tourism planning departments
  • To define economic development according to how your community operates and how agritourism plays a part in that economic development plan

 

Presenter:

Sandra Anderson is the Manager of NativeAmerica.travel, and the IT & Website Development Coordinator at AIANTA.  NativeAmerica.travel, Indian Country's first destination website, is one of many projects Sandra continues to build on and will continue to work on until all 567 tribes are on the destination website. Originally from Fort Defiance, Arizona, Sandra is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and is from the Towering House Clan and born for the Towering House Clan. Her maternal grandfather is from the Meadow People Clan and her paternal grandfather is from the Bitter Water Clan. Sandra received her Bachelor of Arts degree in ethnology anthropology and a second Bachelor of Arts degree in Native American Studies from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque, and holds a master's in Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) with an emphasis in Indigenous Planning. Sandra is in the process of completing the Cultural Heritage Tourism Certificate Program through George Washington University.  

Guest Speaker:

Alger Swingley is the founder of Blackfeet Outfitters and is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe. Alger is the first Native American full-service hunting, fishing and packing outfitter to be licensed in Montana.  Alger will talk about his marketing strategy and his experience with working with NativeAmerica.travel.

 

Previous Webinars in 2017

View Recordings & Materials:

Developing a Fundraising Plan - November 9, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint

Fundraising for Tribal Government Programs - November 9, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint

Native Infusion: A Guide to Honoring Ancestral Beverages to Uphold Our Health - November 8, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint
  3. Handouts
    1. Native Infusion: Rething Your Drink - A Guide to Ancestral Beverages (Book)
    2. How Sweet Is It?
    3. Quench Your Thirst (Drink Ideas)
    4. Tea Labels

USDA Farm-to-School Application Process: Engaging Tribal Communities & Producers - October 18, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint
  3. Handouts
    1. Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
    2. SAM - Quick Start Guide for New Grantee Registration (PDF)
    3. Match Calculator (Excel)
    4. Call for Applications (PDF in Spanish)

Native Arts Initiative Introduction and Q&A - September 27, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar (Recording is no longer available.)
  2. Powerpoint
  3. Handout

Native Arts Initiative Introduction and Q&A - September 14, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar (Recording is no longer available.)
  2. Powerpoint
  3. Handout

Cultivate Your Knowledge in Tribal Agritourism: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities - July 27, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint
  3. Handout

Part 3: Defining Your Key Business Operations and Developing a Financial Plan - May 31, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint
  3. Handout

Government Grantwriting from A to Z - May 24, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint
  3. Handouts (numerous handouts contained in one PDF)

For ease in navigating through the recording, here are the times when the various sections begin and end.

  • Introduction and Grants.gov Account Setup:  Start to 11:15
  • Finding and Applying for Federal Grants: 11:15 to 21:10
  • Application Forms and Documents: 21:10 to 55:00
  • After the Application: 55:00 to End

Part 2: Understanding Your Market and Developing Your Marketing Plan - May 24, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint
  3. Handout

Part 1: Understanding the Local Food System and Defining Your Ag-Business Opportunity - May 17, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint
  3. Handout (Word document. You will be asked to save it to your device or computer.)

    Nourishing Native Children: Feeding Our Future Grants Q&A - April 25, 2017

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint

    Native Youth and Culture Fund Stage 2 Application Q&A - April 20, 2017

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint

    Different Worlds: Native American Financial Capability - April 13, 2017

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint

    Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative Food Sovereignty Assessment Grantee Orientation - March 28, 2017

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar (Sorry! The recording is not available due to technical difficulties with the webinar platform.)
    2. Powerpoint

    Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative Project Grantee Orientation - March 28, 2017

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint

    Native Arts Initiative: Introduction and Q&A - March 2, 2017

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint

    Native Arts Initiative: Grant Application Walk-Through - February 15, 2017

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint
    3. Handout

    Native Youth and Culture Fund: Introduction and Q&A - February 13, 2017

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint

    Native Arts Initiative: Introduction and Q&A - February 13, 2017

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint

    Project Management Training, Part 1: Planning Your Project - February 2, 2017

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint

    Moving Forward! Community-Based Policy and Action Plans - January 17, 2017

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar (Sorry! The recording is not available due to technical difficulties with the webinar platform.)
    2. Powerpoint

    Previous Webinars in 2016

    View Recordings & Materials:

    Go! Conducting Your Community Food Sovereignty Assessment - December 13, 2016

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar (Sorry! The recording is not available due to technical difficulties with the webinar platform.)
    2. Powerpoint

    Data Collection Methods and Food Assessments - December 5, 2016

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint

    Set! Designing Your Community Food Sovereignty Assessment - November 15, 2016

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint

    Building a Culture of Digital Engagement - October 27, 2016

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint
    3. Handouts
      1. ​Communications Planning Considerations
      2. Communications Planning Worksheet
      3. Crafting Effective Messages Worksheet
      4. Media Kit
      5. Social Media Cheat Sheet

    Ready! Starting the Community Food Sovereignty Assessment Process - October 18, 2016

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint

    Crafting Effective Messages for Native Organizations & Tribal Programs - March 31, 2016

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint
    3. Handout

    Business Plan Development to Expand Opportunities for Native Ranchers and Farmers - March 16, 2016

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint

    Various Forms of Nonprofit Statuses for Ranchers and Farmers - January 13, 2016

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint

    Previous Webinars in 2015

    View Recordings & Materials:

    $pending Frenzy - December 16, 2015

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint: $pending Frenzy

    Senior Hunger in Native Communities - December 15, 20155

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point: Senior Hunger in Native Communities Overview
    3. Power Point: Santo Domingo Pueblo Feast for the Future Program 

    Communications Planning for Native Organizations and Programs - December 3, 2015

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation
    3. Handout

    Cattle Health Management and Vaccination Plans - October 14, 2015

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation
    3. Padres Mesa Management Plan

     

    Tribal Conservation Planning - August 19, 2015

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation

    Grant Writing for Success - March 5, 2015

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation
    3. Resource Guide
    4. Sample Letter of Intent
    5. Sample Proposal

    Previous Webinars in 2014

    View Recordings & Materials:

    Food Defense - November 12, 2014

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation

    Food Labeling, Nutrition and Allergens - October 27, 2014 

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation

    Raw Products, Wild Products and Value-Added Products - September 15, 2014

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation

    Developing a Business Plan: The Key to Business Success  - August 18, 2014

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation

    The Five Principles of Good Agricultural Practices  - July 14, 2014

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation

    Documentation and Record-keeping; Validation and Verification - June 16, 2014

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation

    Native Communities, Food Safety and the Law - May 12, 2014 

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation

    Part 2: Biological, Chemical, Radiological and Physical Hazards -  April 21, 2014

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation

    Part 1: Biological, Chemical, Radiological and Physical Hazards - March 20, 2014

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation

    USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program - March 13, 2014

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation

    Previous Webinars in 2013

    View Recordings & Materials:

    I’m Thinking of Applying for the USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program- December 19, 2013

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation  

    Senior Citizen Hunger - October 17, 2013

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation (Harley Coriz)
    3. Power Point Presentation (George Toya) 

    Co-operative Models, September 19, 2013

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation (Jackie Francke)
    3. Power Point Presentation (Maria Miller)
    4. Cooperatives Misconceptions
    5. Crooked Bow Case Study
    6. IRS Subsection 501 Codes 

    Program Evaluation, August 22, 2013

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation (Adae Romero)
    3. Power Point Presentation (Holly YoungBear-Tibbetts) 

    Creating a Program Budget, July 25, 2013

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation
    3. Budget Planner
    4. Multiple Program Budget Template 

    Creating an Organizational Budget, July 18, 2013

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation
    3. Internal Audit Review Checklist
    4. Nonprofit Financial Managment Self Assessment Tool
    5. Operating and Overview Budget Template
    6. Fundrasing Template 

    Community Engagement, June 20, 2013

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation 

    Farm-to-School Best Practices, June 11, 2013

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar (Not Available Due to Technical Difficulties)
    2. Power Point Presentation 

    Creating Sustainable Programs, May 23, 2013

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation 

    Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) , April 25, 2013

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Power Point Presentation 

    Business of Indian Agriculture–Best Financial Practices for Small Agribusiness II, March 21, 2013

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint Presentation
    3. Amortization Table 

    Business of Indian Agriculture – Best Financial Practices for Small Agribusiness I, Feb. 21, 2013

    Presentation Materials:

    1. Recording of Webinar
    2. Powerpoint Presentation
    3. Recordkeeping  Resources Handouts
    4. Production Record Sheet Template
    5. Finance Record Sheet Template