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Lindsie Bear Named New Program Director of Native Cultures Fund

Ms. Bear comes to the Foundation with extensive experience in community-based program development with Native communities across California. Most recently she comes from Heyday, a cultural non-profit publisher promoting widespread awareness of California’s many cultures. At Heydey, she served as Managing Editor of News from Native California, Director of California Indian Publishing and Programs, and briefly as interim Executive Director.

Ms. Bear received her B.A. in Philosophy and the History of Mathematics from St. John’s College in Santa Fe. Prior to Heyday, she spent seven years at the University of California Press with high regard as a Senior Editor and Marketing Manager. Ms. Bear and her family currently live in Oakland and have been seeking an opportunity to relocate to the north coast.

“The Native cultural renaissance in California is awe inspiring. And the most important part, for me, is caring for the people who are carrying their traditions into all aspects of their lives. These folks are heroes. I'm so honored to support these culture bearers, artists, dancers, singers, language teachers, architects, judges, weavers, chefs, leaders, students and families in any way I can. There are a million ways that culture creates strong, healthy communities and every one of them is vital,” said Bear.

Initiated in 2000 and led by Native peoples, NCF supports Native arts, cultural revitalization, and knowledge transmission between generations with interest in healing historic trauma. Since locating at HAF in 2002, NCF grants, staff support and regional gatherings have focused on increasing cultural participation. The program serves a 50-county region in California and has awarded over $1.7 million in direct grants to over 305 community-led projects. NCF is also now supporting the Jack Montoya Memorial Fund to provide scholarships to 4-year college-bound students of Native Californian descent.

“You are lucky to have Lindsie. She is a gem. She is aware of and sensitive to California Indian issues.” Said Greg Sarris, Tribal Chairman, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Jennifer Bates, a California Native Consultant and Mewuk Basket Weaver shared that “Lindsie is a listener. She listens to learn and understand. She takes in what she is learning and uses that knowledge as a tool to help others -- she shares her wealth.”

For more information about NCF, visit hafoundation.org/ncf
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