Our Unique Program

The Native Hope Fellowship Program empowers creativity and leadership in Indigenous Peoples and their communities. The initiative creates and supports opportunities and funding for individuals to develop their vision and improve Indian Country.

Over their 12-month commitment, Native Hope Fellows receive tools, resources, and capital—$5,000—to launch or sustain their vision of helping and supporting Native communities. Additionally, Native Hope seeks opportunities for Fellows to share their initiatives at speaking engagements, conferences, or events.

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2020/2021 Fellows

Our Current Fellows

Beverly Running Bear

Beverly teaches the Lakóta language to Native youth in the hopes of preserving and enriching Native culture.

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Jason Goodface

Jason intends to spread meth awareness throughout Indian Country, an area where drug and alcohol abuse is high.

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Yvonne "Tiny" DeCory

Tiny is working to fight teen suicide and promote mental health awareness across Native country.

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Elva Stricker

Elva aims to bridge the cultural gap between generations by helping teenage girls prepare for and experience the Coming of Age ceremony.

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COVID Fellow

Zoel Zohnnie

In the midst of the pandemic, Zoel is delivering water to those in need throughout Navajo Nation.

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COVID Fellow

Waylon Pahona Jr.

Waylon delivers clean water to those in the Arizona Hopi Nation, where currently the water supply is laden with arsenic and uranium.

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Past Fellows

Our Past Fellows

Blake Pocquette

Blake’s Native Hope Fellowship enabled him to design a camp for Native youth to inspire young people to take risks while empowering them to pursue the careers of their dreams.

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Nikki Lowe

Nikki's Native Hope Fellowship allowed her to use her life experience as a mixed martial arts professional to inspire and encourage Natives across the nation.

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How to Give Hope

Help Us Bring Healing

The best way to help Native American communities is to start by listening. When you give to Native Hope, your support goes directly to projects that communities themselves have identified as important. Join our family of Natives and non-Natives working toward a world without barriers.