As a Native American organization, NB3 Foundation programming has always included indigenous perspectives and approaches, but this was not fully captured until recently. In 2016, the NB3 Foundation’s Indigenous Health Model (IHM) was developed to reflect and guide NB3 Foundation’s programming, grant making and capacity building strategies with Native communities through an indigenous lens. The model builds on existingindigenous evaluation models and metrics that aligned with NB3 Foundation’s mission and core values, such as the American Indian Higher Education Consortium’s (AIHEC) five principles of Indigenous evaluation:
1) Indigenous knowledge creation—Context and use is critical;
2) People of a place—Respect place-based programs;
3) Recognizing our gifts—Consider the whole person;
4) Centrality of community and family—Connect evaluation to community; and
5) Tribal sovereignty—Create ownership and build capacity.
These principles were woven into NB3 Foundation’s Indigenous Health Model (spider web), which symbolizes the interrelated and collective strength of multiple elements that reflect a holistic view of health and wellness. Recognizing that when one part of the spider web is moved, the impact radiates across the entire web.
 Sturm, R.; Francis IV, L. (2016). Building an inclusive community-centered evaluation program. Responsive Evaluation.
American Indian Higher Education Consortium Indigenous Evaluation Framework.https://portalcentral.aihec.org/Indigeval/Pages/default.aspx
 Notah Begay III Foundation. (2016). “Exploring Native Strong: First Two Years.” Santa Ana Pueblo, NM.