WHO WE ARE
The Wind River Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Jackson, Wyoming. Leadership is comprised of both Native and non-Native philanthropists and community leaders.
Self-determined, vibrant, and thriving tribal communities on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
The mission of the Wind River Foundation is to advance philanthropy on Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation that will empower tribal communities toward cultural revitalization, social progress and economic prosperity.
HOW WE WORK
The Wind River Foundation partners with tribal community leaders such that our work is driven by the needs of the Reservation and responsive to tribal values.
The Wind River Foundation has identified three key levers of growth and change for tribal communities on the Wind River Indian Reservation:
Youth and Community Leadership
Leadership Drives Change. The Wind River Indian Reservation is home to highly motivated and effective civic and cultural leaders. The Wind River Foundation seeks to support their work to move past immediate remedy and toward long-term planning and growth capacity. It will be through the endeavors of these tribal leaders that communities on the Wind River Indian Reservation achieve self-determined cultural revitalization, social progress, and economic prosperity. Empowering tribal community leaders and future leaders inspires and motivates entire sectors of the community toward positive change and development.
Native Culture is the Solution. Both the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho face the internal challenges of complex multi-generational trauma, the systemic dismantling of their social, economic, family, and leadership structures, and the loss of their historical and cultural homelands, traditions, and ways of life. In adjacent society dominated by non-Native culture, tribal people endure racial hostility, insensitivity, and lack of cultural awareness. Cultural reclamation and revitalization heals, transforms and redefines what a community envisions as possible for itself, laying the groundwork for long-term transformational progress. It is an essential precursor to social and economic prosperity.
Connections, Knowledge and Experience
Empowering Right Action. Tribal community leaders and future leaders will benefit by leveraging the shared knowledge and experience of the wider network of both Native and non-Native philanthropic organizations that share similar missions and objectives. Providing connections to networks of practice, knowledge and experience empowers tribal leaders and future leaders with tools and resources.
WHY WE TAKE ACTION
Native people face the highest rates of poverty, food shortage, homelessness, overcrowding, drug and alcohol addiction and violence against women and children of any U.S. population.