The MICA Group connects tribal governments and communities with people and resources to help them realize their goals. For each project, MICA brings together the best, most experienced, innovative minds nationally and internationally for the task at hand. MICA provides ideas, networking, project management and administration, capacity building, planning, technical assistance, and training to support indigenous communities.
Created in 2007 with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, MICA was incubated at the late Chief Wilma Mankiller’s nonprofit, One Fire Development Corporation. In 2009, MICA became a fiscally sponsored project of the Tides Center, and remained there for eight years. MICA received recognition of its own nonprofit status in June 2017. For more information about The MICA Group, please click here.
The MICA Group was selected to administer the Cultural Resource Fund and submits Quarterly Reports on the activities of the CRF. The CRF is fiscally sponsored by NEO Philanthropies.
The MICA Group assigned CRF liaisons to work with each eligible Tribe and SHPO. The liaisons are eager to connect to discuss applications and to answer questions. Please contact the CRF liaisons directly by phone or email, or contact Peggy Mainor, The MICA Group’s Executive Director, by email here.
MICA VISION AND MISSION
The MICA Group envisions a world in which indigenous and minority cultures have a voice, equitable resources, and the capacity to flourish; where indigenous knowledge systems are recognized as inherently valuable world resources. We envision a just world that honors the dignity of each human being.
With our vision at the forefront of our work, the MICA Group’s mission is two-fold:
- To assist communities and their partners in building social and economic capital and systems of change through innovative, sustainable, and culturally appropriate strategies.
- To raise awareness about the importance of honoring cultural diversity and indigenous ways of knowing in order to create a just, humane, and sustainable world.