By including NUIFC members in these critical conversations and including Urban Indian issues in national dialogue regarding Native America, we ensure that the concerns of our families are addressed and that urban issues are included in national policy work.
Our History: Created in 2003 in Seattle, WA with funding provided the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Seattle, WA, convened a forum to discuss issues facing Urban Indian families nationwide. The group consisted of communities including, philanthropy, national organizations, the federal government and the Executive Directors of 12 Urban Indian organizations. As a result of this convening, the National Urban Indian Family Coalition was born. In 2005 & 2006, the NUIFC added 10 more organizations to the coalition and built partnerships with numerous other organizations and tribes from across the nation.
Since that convening, the NUIFC was made significant strides in achieving our goal of movement building. We have presented at NCAI, been guests on radio shows and had presence in Indian Country Today. In 2005, NUIFC hosted “A National Summit to Expand Opportunity Across Indian America”. We feel that these convening’s are vital to the continued success of maintaining our Mission and Guiding Principles.
Guiding principle: Movement Building The National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC) advocates for American Indian families living in urban areas by creating partnerships with tribes, as well as other American Indian organizations, and by conducting research to better understand the barriers, issues, and opportunities facing urban American Indian families. Program models, policy critiques, and best practices will be developed through sharing data with participating organizations. We envision building a network of urban American Indian Organizations to strengthen urban American Indian families by reinforcing cultural identity, education, and healthy families while respectfully working to harmoniously bridge the gap between tribal governments and other American Indian institutions. Ultimately, we seek to strengthen the voices of urban American Indian peoples and their access to resources.