About Us


Our History

Spirit of the Sun, Inc. is an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the state of Colorado. For over a decade, we have partnered with Native American communities across the nation to develop new opportunities for tribes and Native American individuals. Spirit of the Sun is founded on the belief that effective and sustainable development work recognizes the intersections of culture, community, economy, and health, and that true success is only possible through collaboration. We maintain open and ongoing dialogues with all of our partners to ensure that every project or initiative reflects the unique needs and goals of the Native communities we serve.

 

Our Programs

From its beginning in 2002 through 2010, Spirit of the Sun focused its efforts on coordinating economic development plans with four different tribal nations: the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Northern Arapaho, Spokane, and Standing Rock Sioux. In 2009, Spirit of the Sun began a partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to operate the Native American Community Development Program, which places AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers with Native tribes and organizations in order to build their capacity to fight poverty. This program spans a dozen U.S. states and territories, from Maine to Guam, and continues to grow every year. Locally, Spirit of the Sun is always searching for new ways to meet the needs of urban Native people in the greater Denver area. For the past three years, we have conducted a biannual entrepreneurial training designed specifically for the local Native community. Spirit of the Sun staff and VISTAs also provided leadership and collected and analyzed data for the Colorado American Indian and Alaska Native Economic Impact Report published in July 2015.  

 

Our New Direction

As Spirit of the Sun moves into this period of strategic development and growth, we will design new and improve existing programming, with the long-term goal of expanding our most successful programs to other Native communities in both urban and reservation locations. Such expansions will be made possible through the strong relationships we have built over the years with our many VISTA partner sites.