At Tribal Minds, we are unlocking the potential of Native Nevada through asset-based thinking and community-led programs. We are revolutionizing how we understand opportunities and resource management from the bottom up.

Everything is impossible until it's inevitable. For far too long, Native communities have been limited in our collective imaginations for what the world of the next seven generations can look like. But the time for deficit-based thinking is over. Instead of conceiving of the world in terms of our suffering, we can play a direct role in shaping a new reality. We can, together, manifest our visions and the visions of our ancestors for our Nations and for the collective Indian Good.

At Tribal Minds, Inc., we seek to become a nexus of new Indigenous thinking that amplifies and uplifts Indigenous people based on our strengths, not our deficits. We administer programming based on best practices in community development. We co-create Indigenous futures alongside Tribal communities through asset-based thinking, visioning and survey operations, town halls, and outside resources for community development.

These are the Facts

In Nevada, many essential services to Tribes are unfunded, neglected, or inferior compared to many other states. Unfortunately, rural Tribal communities are impacted worst by austerity.

Most Nevada Native communities have not been the beneficiaries of genuine efforts since the land and resources were stolen from the People.

The power for Indigenous communities to raise our quality of life and improve wellbeing is in our hands. The bottom line is that we can always use help.

Community development that is participatory and Indigenous-led is how we improve our way of life for the next seven generations.

Geocultural Engineering

We can't just develop as communities without grappling with settler-colonialism. The loss of our culture was part of the genocide against us as Indigenous people. For Indigenous community development to be successful, we have to also create and recreate ourselves -- our rituals, our cultures, our way of understanding our identities.

At Tribal Minds, Inc., we created a framework.

At Tribal Minds, Inc., we created a methodology.

We call it geocultural engineering - a developing praxis for Indigenous communities to work with other Indigenous communities to facilitate community development through cultural reconstruction.

Geocultural engineering centers the land, consent, and vision of the Tribal community (re)creating their own rituals, ceremonies, and traditions. Indigenous advisors assist other Indigenous people in realizing their own dreams on their terms.

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We are currently working alongside Purépecha community members to build a geocultural engineering project in Michoacán, Mexico.

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We are excited to be a part of the next evolution of Tribal identity, wellness, community, and prosperity.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Tribal Minds, Inc. based?

Where do you operate?

We are a statewide Native-led nonprofit that aims to empower Tribal spaces in rural and urban Nevada. Our focus is on remote Indian reservations that often get overlooked and underfunded. We have strong alliances with most Tribes of Nevada, grassroots organizers, and other in-state leaders that work to bring attention to the Tribal needs of the Great Basin. When we support the strengthening of Tribal sovereignty, we all win. If it's in Nevada, it's our business!

Tribal Minds, Inc. originated on the Hungry Valley Indian Reservation, a Tribal Community of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. Currently, we are based in Reno, Nevada as we serve Tribal communities across the state. We understand Reno to be a center where Tribal people across the Great Basin work, live, find community, and find each other.

What Organizations or Institutions are you willing to work with?

Who do you provide services to?

Tribal Minds is a fiscally-sponsored organization that is excited to work with anyone who wants to see the advancement of the Indigenous People of Nevada. We aim to collaborate with institutions that energetically align with our mission and purpose. We wish to build relationships that are prosperous and healthy and center the People and the Land. So if you have a program or project in mind, let’s make something happen.

At Tribal Minds, no one will be turned away, but we prioritize those in the greatest need first and foremost. The organization aims to ensure our Tribal communities receive opportunities not often afforded to them. As a result, we accrue higher buy-in rates and fulfill a more inclusive vision by diversifying our programming. We place a strong emphasis on uplifting the BIPOC communities of Nevada and all other marginalized individuals. Because we understand that we are all relations: when we help others, we help ourselves!