Dan O'Connell, Chicago Architecture Foundation discusses the Chicago Open House. They hope to teach why architecture is important. In October, this city wide open house will help people see what's behind the scenes of classic Chicago architecture.
There are 566 federally recognized Indian Nations in America and tribal members are citizens of three sovereigns, their tribe, the United States, and the state in which they reside. With Dr. Ian Record, Director of the Partnership for Tribal Governance at the National Congress of American Indians.
In discussing tribal governance, Record said, "Tribal Nations are recognized in the U.S. Constitution as part of the American family of governments. They are recognized as sovereign governments that actually predated the creation of the United States."
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Many organizations survive in part based upon philanthropic efforts. But not all communities benefit equally. Foundation funding to Native communities has been historically disproportionately low -- less than half a percent, though Native Americans are 1.7% (5.4 million) of the total US population. Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy discusses efforts to increase support though broader engagement of both Native and non-Native foundations.
Eagle Heart commented, "There are a lot of misconceptions about Native Americans in mainstream America. I think that there are many organizations that aren't aware of the issues that we're facing, and they're also not aware of the history. And so, therefore -- there s also a lot of research that doesn't reflect Native Americans at all. So you might see data come out that includes every other ethnic group but Native Americans. And so we are just not represented well in mainstream America, and that translates to funding dollars within philanthropy, as well."
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