The Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation grants financial assistance to organizations that support the preservation, promotion, and advancement of American Indian self-sufficiency and culture in the United States, including programs for (i) the development of American Indian entrepreneurism, (ii) facilitating American Indian education (particularly college, graduate, and post-graduate education), and (iii) the preservation and enhancement of American Indian culture.


The Foundation was formed in April of 1997, and its sole source of funding is Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc., which has made contributions to the Foundation every year since its formation.

Past recipients of the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation grant funds include: Friends of Ganondagan, The Indigenous Language Institute, The Institute of American Indian Arts, T.R.E.A.T.Y. Total Immersion School, the Tennessee Indian Education Fund, the Piegan Institute, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Tazzla Institute for Cultural Diversity, The School of American Research, the Green Policy Institute, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, the Fourth World Center, the Iroquois Youth Leadership Program, the American Indian College Fund and the Native American Rights Fund.