The Foundation for the American Indian is committed to the enhancement of the quality of Indian life through support for human services, economic development, the arts, education, and environmental stewardship. In the pursuit of its mission, the Foundation will also support initiatives which address the urgent need for equity of access and ubiquity of powerful technologies.

Our ultimate vision is to help build the capacity of Indian people to be self-sufficient in order to develop their respective communities and to contribute to measurable improvement in the areas of education, health, technology, and economic development. Our focus areas will encompass the economic, cultural, and physical well-being of the American Indians and assist in building their successful capacity to walk in two worlds.

Economically empowered indigenous populations will build the capacity to be self-sufficient, while perpetuating their heritage, spiritualism, and culture.

President and Founder Joan Prentice Andrews combines her duties as Founder & President of the Foundation for the American Indian and her experience as a 32-year former Board Member of The Educational Foundation of America, to identify programs in funding for education, the environment, Health, American Indian Communities, and youth.

Joan Prentice Andrews

Ms. Andrews is also a former Board member of the Association on American Indian Affairs, a 25-year old indian advocacy organization. Ms. Andrews is a radio talk show host, at WGCH radio in Greenwich, CT covering a variety of subjects local and national in scope, involving issues in the Native American Community. Ms. Andrews and Foundation for the American Indian are active participants in major conferences, regarding Native American issues....>>More

Henry Flood, Vice President
Miami, Florida

Jeri Lemke, Treasurer
Tribal Member of the Cheyenne River Sioux, South Dakota: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Vivian Howell, Web Master

Eloise Cobell (Blackfeet Tribe of Montana)
Treasurer Blackfeet National Bank and MacArthur Foundation FellowCEO, CDC, National Indian Bank, Colorado

Shirley DeFoe, Director of Fond Du Lac Tribal Community College International Exchange Program

Lucille Echohawk (Shawnee Tribe)
Board Member American Indian College Fund, Speaker, Advocate for Child Welfare, brother

John Echohawk
is an Attorney and Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund in Colorado, brother Larry Echohawk is an attorney and former Attorney General for the State of Idaho and was also a candidate for Governor of the State of Idaho

Tonya Gonnella Frichner, Esq. (Onondaga Nation)
President, American Indian Law Alliance

Ken Grant (Hoonah Tribe, Alaska)
President of the Hoonan Indian Association of Alaska

Valorie Johnson: (Seneca Nation)
Senior Vice President for Indian Programs, The Kellogg Foundation

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Environmental law Professor, Pace University

Khaliah Ali, daughter of Mohammad Ali

Aisha Ali

Gwen Carr (Seneca Nation)
Head of Indian Affairs for the Democratic National Committee

Loretta Metoxen (Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin)
Former Vice-Chair, Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin and has served the Wisconsin Oneida tribal government for twenty seven years

Michael Renton
Chief Executive Officer for the D.S.T.V., NY, New York

Paul Rainbird (San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico)
Former President, SWAIA, (South Western Indian Arts Association)

Toney Begay (Navajo Nation)
Advisor to White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities

Foundation for the American Indian
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