Native Americans in Philanthropy partnered with the White House to host a Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) philanthropic event entitled “Generation Indigenous: Raising Impact with Innovation and Proven Strategies”. The gathering took place on August 26, 2016 at the White House.
This event called upon the philanthropic community to increase investments in addressing the pressing needs of Native youth through culturally comprehensive approaches. The gathering featured presentations from ten storytellers who showcased innovative and successful initiatives that are serving young people in Indian Country. Among those storytellers were Champions for Change Noah Hotchkiss and Dahkota Brown.
2016 Champion Noah Hotchkiss (Southern Ute Indian Tribe / Southern Cheyenne/Caddo) and his father created Tribal Adaptive Organization, a nonprofit organization aimed at expanding access to adaptive sports like wheelchair basketball in Indian Country. 2013 Champion Dahkota Brown (Wilton Miwok) created Native Education Raising Dedicated Students (NERDS), a nonprofit that started as an after school peer-to-peer tutoring group and became a well-known educationally focused nonprofit with a 100% success rate, meaning that all NERDS students have graduated high school.