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Community Projects

Our Goal is to provide project management, strategic planning, and fiscal sponsorship to communities and nonprofit organizations involved in culture-based, innovative projects and programs that promote and perpetuate traditional cultures and socio-economic sustainability.

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Indigenous Youth Foundation

Held youth educational workshops at tribes and indigenous communities throughout Turtle Island and Hawaii.

Youth & Family workshops include:

  • Gathering traditional medicine plants

  • Gathering seaweed and marine life for food and materials

  • Traditional weaving practices with various natural materials

  • Traditional protocol & Cleansing

  • Indigenous Cooking Classes using traditional ingredients

  • Gathering traditional medicine plants

  • Gathering seaweed and marine life for food and materials

  • Traditional weaving practices with various natural materials

  • Traditional protocol & Cleansing

  • Indigenous Cooking Classes using traditional ingredients

  • PowWow practices and participation

  • Sweat Lodge ceremony participation

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Past Work & Support of Indigenous Communities

2004 United Nations

Indigenous Peoplesʻ Conference

- Pit River Tribe, Redding, California

President Monique Sonoquie, Treasurer Lily Donge and Consultant Kuʻuleinani Maunupau participants in the 2004 United Nations Indigenous Peoples' Conference in Redding, California hosted by the Pit River Tribe. 

At that time, Lily Donge (Calvert) played an  integral part working with the tribe and investors in stopping the development of the  Geothermal project on Mt. Shasta.

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Standing Rock

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President Monique Sonoquie and Kuʻuleinani Maunupau supported the Standing Rock protests in person, providing support in the protests, training, donations of cold weather clothes and camping gear, fundraising and transportation.

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President Monique Sonoquie worked with Winona LaDuke to support the Pipeline 3 protests and was assigned to assist Jane Fond during her visit and eventual arrest at the site to stop the oil pipeline.

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Vice-President Lex Felicilda helped fundraise through partnership with PIKO.  Sonoquie camped at Mauna Kea in support of protecting the sacred mountain.

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Sonoquie and board members have prepared, trained and supported Pow Wowʻs throughout Canada and the U.S.  Preparation and training include drumming, song and dance.

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President Monique Sonoquie and past board members have been attending the Indigenous Peoplesʻ Sunrise Gathering at Alcatraz for the past 15 years on Thanksgiving Day.  Sonoquie has helped to coordinate and support the events over the years and in 2020 hosted Colin Kaepernick during his visit to Alcatraz during the event.

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CURRENT PROJECTS

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President Monique Sonoquie, Vice-President Lex Felicilda, Treasurer Lily Donge supported and collaborated with KAʻEHUʻs Executive Director Kuʻuleinani Maunupau throughout the long-term planning process at Kaʻehu Bay, along with programs, projects, grant writing, and website and technical assistance.

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ICI Board of Directors will work with indigenous communities, Architects & Planners, International and Indigenous Law experts, and land right specialists to secure parcels of land for the sustainability of indigenous communities and cultures. 

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Samoa

Board Secretary Sosefina Nepo, along with PIKO and Johnson Designs are in discussion to plan, design and build a community and health center in America Samoa.  This 5 year project is delayed due to covid.  A site-visit is planned for the summer of the Summer of 2022 or when travel opens up.

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