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 (NUIFC) was born. Since 2003, the NUIFC added 12 more organizations to the coalition and built partnerships with numerous other organizations and tribes from across the nation.
Today the 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.
One of the primary intentions of creating the NUIFC is to ensure access to traditionally excluded organizations and families, and to focus attention on the needs of urban indians. The National Urban Indian Family Coalition is dedicated to remaining an access point for the exchange of ideas and dialogue regarding Urban Indian America.
NUIFC elevates a national voice and sustains indigenous values and culture through a strong network of urban Indian organizations.
To build a movement that promotes advocacy, enhances resources and mobilizes systems to integrate Urban Indian issues in policy discussions and implementation.
To build positive and mutually supportive relationships with tribal governments and other institutions for the betterment of our children and families who live in urban communities To create, through dialogue, a shared understanding of the barriers issues and unique opportunities facing urban Indian families To collectively develop and share strategies to address the issues facing AI/AN families in cities To increase awareness and share sustainable service and best practice models for Native American children and families.
To sustain indigenous values and culture within urban communities.
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. We do this by conducting research to better understand the barriers, issues, and opportunities facing urban American Indian families and creating opportunities to enhance access to critically needed resources for organizations providing services.
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.
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.