Nihewan Foundation
The Nihewan Foundation for American Indian Education is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Nihewan Foundation
1801 Century Park East, Suite 1080
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310 278-9944

Thank you for your interest in donating to the Nihewan Foundation. You can contribute via the following link:

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Or you can donate by cheque made payable to Nihewan Foundation sent by mail to 1801 Century Park East, Suite 1080, Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA

You can learn more via Buffy Sainte-Marie’s personal website, through the Speak-Give-Teach: Philanthropy section


Academy Award-winning musician and artist, Buffy Sainte-Marie has been a tireless crusader for Indigenous truths and stories. Buffy earned her own degree in Oriental Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, later received a teaching degree, and eventually a Ph.D in Fine Arts.

As an educator and a knowledge-keeper, she uses her multimedia skills to create accurate, enriching core-subject teaching materials based in Indigenous cultural perspectives, and brings people together to share them in a meaningful way.

In the 1990s, with the help of support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Herb Alpert Foundation and the Global Fund for Children, Buffy Sainte-Marie put a team together under her charitable non-profit corporation, the Nihewan Foundation. They created the Cradleboard Teaching Project. The Cradleboard Teaching Project served children and teachers worldwide for 15 years in the United States and Canada – free, live, and online – connecting Indigenous and non-Indigenous classes and raising test scores in core subjects through the new core curriculum.

The ideas developed through the Cradleboard Teaching Project have since been shared with teacher education departments, colleges and universities across Canada, fulfilling Buffy’s gut instinct to embed and improve education from within; without succumbing to the temptation to build a business, create an endowment, or otherwise divert from Nihewan’s sole mission to help children of all backgrounds through improved education. She continually extends the Nihewan mission into her artistic, educational, and personal life, has never taken a salary, and always kept the foundation operating costs under 15%.

Buffy Sainte-Marie has used Cradleboard Teaching Project methods in working with teacher education departments in several universities, teaching emerging and established teachers how to create their own localized indigenous interactive multimedia curriculum in science and other core subjects.

The dream of the Nihewan Foundation this year is to revitalize and expand the work of the Cradleboard Teaching Project in Canada. Stay tuned.