Creating a Brighter Future

Indian Reservations are the most underdeveloped counties in the US. We are changing that with a four-step program.
"They go to...museums and see exhibits about Native Americans and think we're a people of the past. But we're a people with a past, not of the past."
                                                                      -Frank Waln

For too long, native peoples have had their culture oppressed, memories erased, and lived under colonial rule, rules, and racism. At The Woape Foundation, we recognize the importance of allowing native culture to reclaim itself. That's why all our projects are in consultation with tribes and stakeholders. We do not know what is best, the people do. Our role is to provide assistance to breaking down barriers of all kinds.

"Education is justice."
                                                        -Christopher Kilner


For too long, many native peoples have faced a Catch-22. No companies will move to the reservation, and none will higher off the reservation. Without access to opportunity, poverty prevails. Education breaks this cycle by creating an employable workforce and a mobile community of support - the only way to break a Catch-22 is to break the mold of the old world order.

"Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it."
                                                       -Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J.

As Frank Waln states, many people do not know that strong native culture still exists. Those that do often look upon the reservation and those on it with either disgust or despair. The fact remains that native culture is vibrant, and its people human. At the Woape Foundation, we do not seek to perpetuate colonialism with an outside attitude of knowledge. Rather we seek to empower native american communities to chart their futures.

"Let us build a justice world, an educated world, from the bricks of the walls we tear down."
                                                        -Christopher Kilner

Institutional racism, oppression, and colonialism have perpetuated the poverty and silencing of native communities. Even today, government "assistance" locks in a pattern of malnutrition and poverty. Only through encoding justice in the laws of the land, and the hearts of its democratic peoples, can their arise an institutional culture of justice and atonement.

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Breaking Down Barriers

Through our new Blog program for Native youth, we break down barriers and misconceptions of the indigenous community by providing a platform for the Native American leaders of tomorrow.

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Education

Through our S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering) we educate Native American youth for the economy of the future while also allowing them to explore their heritage in a positive environment.

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advocacy

Our philosophy derives from the Jesuit motto of men and women for and with others. Through our website, internships, PenPal program and teaching materials, we advocate for Native Americans.

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democratizing justice

The only way to end systematic oppression and racism and open up opportunity for indigenous communities is to democratize. Through all our programs, we seek permanent change and justice.

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Current Featured Partnership

Red Cloud S.T.E.M. Program

In partnership with the Red Cloud Indian School and Toyota USA Foundation, we have developed a S.T.E.M. Program to solve many challenges, including:

Hunger and Malnutrition
Students can grow their own fruits and vegetables
Lack of higher education opportunities
The S.T.E.M. program has
Oppression of Lakota Culture
Students are learning their customs and language
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Dreams and Scholarships

Our S.T.E.M. partnership has increased college admissions into fields of the future by 70% over the past four years. From NIH internships to Millennium Gates scholarships, the success of the program proves that the will, energy, and passion are there for the leaders of tomorrow. All that's needed is the opportunity.

Science
Our program has led to internships at the NIH and NSF, along with many opportunities at universities of study
Medicine
Beyond biological research, many students pursue the study of healing, bringing a holistic perspective
Engineering
Scholarships and research in mechanical and civil engineering have proliferated over the past four years
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Endow a Dream

Zaniya Trustee
$10.00
Per month
  • Supports PenPal Program

  • Purchases Experimental Equipment

  • Supports S.T.E.M. Program

  • Supports 30 Students

Wakanyeja Trustee
$25.00
Per month
  • Supports One Blogger

  • Purchases Textbooks

  • Supports S.T.E.M. Program

  • Supports 30 Students

Thunderbird Trustee
$50.00
Per month
  • Supports Two Bloggers

  • Purchases Technology Equipment

  • Supports S.T.E.M. Program

  • Supports Hundreds of Students

Want to learn more? Don't hesitate to contact us!

Zaniya Trustee
$100.00
Per Year
  • Supports PenPal Program

  • Purchases Experimental Equipment

  • Supports S.T.E.M. Program

  • Supports 30 Students

Wakanyeja Trustee
$200.00
Per Year
  • Supports One Blogger

  • Purchases Textbooks

  • Supports S.T.E.M. Program

  • Supports 30 Students

Thunderbird Trustee
$500.00
Per Year
  • Supports Two Bloggers

  • Purchases Technology Equipment

  • Supports S.T.E.M. Program

  • Supports Hundreds of Students

Can't decide? Don't hesitate to contact us!

Tatanka Trustee

Interested in endowing a whole S.T.E.M. project component? Learn more about how a donation of $1,000 can assist a whole classroom of kids.

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Headquarters

Our headquarters are stationed right outside of Washington, DC. This allows us to advocate for Native American issues.

Field Office

Our main partner, the Red Cloud Indian School, is based on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, USA.

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