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12/11/2012 1:23:00 PM
Flagstaff Community Foundation announces inaugural grants from Confluence Project Fund to support tribal initiatives
Navajo-Hopi Observer

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Confluence Project Fund (CPF), a charitable fund managed by the Arizona Community Foundation and its local Affiliate, the Flagstaff Community Foundation, awarded seven community organizations with inaugural grants to support Native Tribe initiatives around water, language, sacred places and health.

With significant support from the Lucile & David Packard Foundation and the Christensen Fund and in collaboration with Native advisors, the Confluence Project Funds aims to support Native Tribe initiatives around water, language, sacred places and health.

These first grant awards will boost the capacity of organizations working in one of four program areas: protecting sacred places, protecting water, promoting community health, and maintaining indigenous languages. The fund serves the following tribes: Acoma, Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Kaibab Paiute, Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, White Mountain Apache and Zuni.

CPF awared $108,000 to the following organizations for the following purposes:

• Peace and Balance: To strengthen an advisory committee, develop principled interview protocols and receive training to enhance digital media methods;

• The Zuni Youth Enrichment Program: To strengthen organizational leadership and youth development;

• Mesa Media, Inc.: To provide leadership and language teaching training for Hopi community members working to promote Hopi language opportunities in their villages;

• Hopitutuqaiki - The Hopi School: To develop assessment tests for Hopi language fluency and development of Hopi language curriculum;

• Black Mesa Water Coalition: To help the community of Blue Gap develop and strengthen their food system infrastructure;

• Navajo Department of Agriculture: To develop hands-on workshops for seed harvesting, garden design and maintenance; and

• 14 R Ranch Project: To create a strategic plan and enable team building and leadership development for the 14 R Ranch Project that includes traditional ecological knowledge.

More information about CPF is available at or from Pats Shriver, grants and operations coordinator, at or (928) 526-1956.

Founded in 1987 as an affiliate of the Arizona Community Foundation, the Flagstaff Community Foundation is a permanent philanthropic endowment which currently manages 56 funds totaling more than $16 million in assets. Flagstaff Community Foundation secures, manages and allocates donors' gifts for charitable purposes in the Flagstaff area while working to improve the quality of life for local area residents.

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