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StrongHearts Native Helpline

StrongHearts Native Helpline has received a generous one-time grant of $10,000 from First Nations Development Institute. The grant will be used for general operating support as StrongHearts Native Helpline continues to respond to Native peoples affected disproportionately by the COVID-19 pandemic and domestic violence.

A recent study [1] cited by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that in the 23 states studied, Native Americans were diagnosed with COVID-19 at a rate 3.5 times higher than the non-Hispanic white population. Additionally, the Radiological Society of North America [2]  found that lockdowns during the pandemic have contributed to increased rates of domestic violence across the country as many victims are trapped with their abusers for extended time periods.

“The impact of COVID-19, layered on top of a lack of sufficient health care, is compounding the marginalization and victimization of Indigenous peoples at a disproportionate rate,” Lori Jump, director of StrongHearts Native Helpline, said.

“We are very grateful to First Nations Development Institute for this generous grant.”

First Nations Development Institute began its national grantmaking program in 1993. To date, the organization has successfully managed grants totaling more than $40.2 million to Native American projects and organizations.

First Nations Development Institute improves economic conditions for Native Americans through direct financial grants, technical assistance and training, advocacy and policy.

The organization creates innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for Native American people and their communities, and believes that when armed with the appropriate resources, Native Peoples hold the capacity and ingenuity to ensure the sustainable, economic, spiritual and cultural well-being of their communities.

[1] COVID-19 Among American Indian and Alaska Native Persons

[2] Exacerbation of Physical Intimate Partner Violence during COVID-19 Lockdown

About StrongHearts Native Helpline

StrongHearts Native Helpline was created by and built to serve Tribal communities across the United States. It is a culturally-appropriate, anonymous, confidential and free service dedicated to serving Native survivors, concerned family members and friends affected by domestic, dating and sexual violence. Dial 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) or click on the chat now icon at daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT. Connect with knowledgeable advocates who can provide lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable survivors to find safety and live lives free of abuse. StrongHearts Native Helpline is a project of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Learn more at

About First Nations Development Institute

For 40 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations Development Institute has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit

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