New Grant Available to Improve Nutritional Health and Food Sovereignty for American Indian Communities

The new Fertile Ground Grant Program funds tribes, Native advocates, Native youth, and Native-led organizations to create sustainable community health improvements through nutrition and food sovereignty
efforts. The grants of up to $35,000 will provide support for:
1. Native-led convening to identify community health priorities
2. Advocacy and policy strategies that address improving health outcomes
3. Access to healthy food
4. Food sovereignty work rooted in tradition, culture, and Indigenous knowledge
The program is funded by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community through its Seeds of Native Health philanthropic campaign and the American Heart Association through its Voices for Healthy Kids campaign. The American Indian Cancer Foundation will administer the program.
Applications for grants are due December 19, 2017.  Apply at:

Tribal Colleges Now Offering Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs


The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) has complied a list of Tribal Colleges now offering bachelor and master degree programs.  Currently, there are 14 institutions that offer baccalaureate programs and five that offer master’s degree programs.  For a complete list of the Tribal Colleges offering these advanced programs, please see:


Indigenous Professors Seeking Contributors

Robert Lee and Alan Velie are editing a series of volumes on the Native American Renaissance. The first, on literature,  has been published by University of Oklahoma Press. They are in the process of gathering articles for the second, on art, politics, religion, and economic development. They have most of the art pieces in hand; but are looking for contributors on politics, economics, and religion. If you are interested, please respond to Bob Lee at arobertlee@gol.comor Alan Velie at

Voices from Native Communities Blog Series

In celebration of Native American Heritage month, First Nations Development Institute is providing a new weekly blog series called Voices from Native Communities.  The blog will highlight how work in a community is transforming their community by healing historical trauma,  supporting youth leadership,  and addressing health and wellness.

Featured contributors will include the following:

2018 Youth Champion for Change Applications Available Now


The Champions for Change (CFC) program recognizes Native youth leaders, between the ages of 14 and 23 years old, who demonstrate leadership and service within their communities. Each year five Native youth are selected to join the CFC leadership network.  Chosen youth are provided a cost-free leadership and advocacy training in Washington, DC.

To Apply:
All of the following materials must be submitted online by November 10, 2017:

October 2017 IPE TIG Newsletter


Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation
Topical Interest Group (IPE TIG) Newsletter
October 2017

October’s newsletter includes information on:

  • American Evaluation Association 2017
  • Relevant sessions and workshops
  • Places to visit in D.C
  • IPE TIG 2017 member involvement in exciting projects and endeavors

Please see the following link to view the full newsletter: IPE TIG Newsletter_October 2017

EERS 2018 Call for Proposals for 41st Annual Conference

Proposals Due Friday, December 8, 2017

The Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) is pleased to invite your proposals for individual presentations and skill-building, ignite and panel sessions at the 41st Annual Conference. The conference will held at the Seaview Resort and Spa in Absecon, New Jersey on April 29 – May 1, 2018.

Suggested Topics

As you consider what to present, peruse the following topics to get your ideas flowing:

  • Role of race, culture, and class in evaluation practice
  • Application of ethical guidelines as guideposts for the conduct of evaluation
  • How technological advances influence societal expectations for evaluation
  • Influence of multiple forms of evidence in policy, including descriptive statistics,
    performance measures, policy research, and evaluation
  • Successful examples of using evidence to inform policymaking
  • Strategies for protecting privacy of individuals participating in an evaluation
  • Areas to improve capacity for generating and using evidence

Where to Submit

Submit your proposal at

Submission Procedures

Please refer to the Procedures for Submitting a Proposal link for detailed instructions on the proposal submission process. http://See the full call for proposals at:


Key Points for Proposal Preparation

  1. Submit your proposal early! The proposal deadline is Friday, December 8. You will have until April to pull it all together for your presentation, and we expect to send out acceptances in late January.
  2. Consider the best format for your work: Individual, Skill Building, Ignite or Panel.
  3. Be selective. To increase program participation, we typically include the best presentation submitted by an author.
  4. Know your co-authors. Have information about your co-authors on hand when submitting your proposal. (You’ll need their city, state and email address.)
  5. Keep Informed. Follow us @EasternEval and #EERS18 on Twitter for the latest on the 2018 conference.


Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) 2017 Forum Now Available!

2017 EERS Chelimsky Forum

The Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) announced videos from the 2017 Eleanor Chelimsky Forum on Evaluation Theory and Practice have been posted.

Main Presentor

At this year’s Forum, Dr. George Grob presented on “Evaluation Theory and Practice: Stepping Back and Looking Forward.” Dr. Mel Mark served as discussant. The presentation stepped back from evaluation theories to discuss daily issues in the evaluator’s world, such as:
  • Interacting with clients and understanding their point of view
  • Getting evaluation results through policy making
  • Protecting evaluator independence and understanding its value
  • Disseminating evaluation results


The EERS Eleanor Chelimsky Forum was established in 2013 through generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and originated from Eleanor’s plenary paper, “Balancing Theory and Practice in the Real World.” The goal of the forums is for important issues raised by evaluation theorists and practitioners to be brought to the surface for examination and discussion. The forums have been taking place for several years.  Prior year presentations are also available under videos in the EERS home Youtube channel.

Are You Currently Receiving or Interested in an AmericCorps or Tribal AmeriCorps grant?

If so, Serve Wisconsin is offering a 2-day workshop for you all to receive expert assistance and ample work time on your next AmeriCorps or Tribal AmeriCorps grant! This very special opportunity will be held in Madison, WI and conducted in partnership with WEC: Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

Dr. Good, the WEC team, and Serve Wisconsin will spend two days helping you to develop the best

  • Theory of Change
  • Logic Model
  • Program Design
  • Performance Measures
  • Data Systems
  • Evidence
  • Evaluation

This workshop will not only provide information on each of these key grant components, but also offer plenty of work time to receive 1:1 and small group support!

To make this event the best it can be, please submit your burning AmeriCorps grant questions in advance on this form!

RSVP today, but no later than August 1, 2017!




Just Released: ESSA Guide for Tribal Leaders & Communites

The Tribal Consultation Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: A Guide for Tribal Leaders and Communities practice brief was created in partnership with the Midwest Comprehensive Center and Drs. Nicole Bowman and Martin Reinhardt of Bowman Performance Consulting. MWCC is directed by American Institutes for Research on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education.

From the introduction:
“This brief provides an overview of tribal consultation requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, Public Law 114-95, the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965.11 All references to “ESSA” in this document refer to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. ESSA replaces the requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, the previous reauthorization of the United States’ national education law.”

Click here to view the full 14-page document.