Survey FAQs:

IFS is a multi-year Native-led research project designed to illuminate the experiences, systemic challenges, and priority issues of Native peoples today.

As a Native person in this country, your voice matters.

You will be asked to share your opinions, perspectives and experiences as a Native person, and to identify priority issues for you and your community. The survey will take about 15-20 minutes.

In thanks for your time, at the end of the survey, you will have the option to enter a raffle drawing for some great prizes.

Your responses to survey questions will be kept confidential. Reports will describe average responses not individual responses. At the end of the survey, you will be asked if you want to enter a raffle for some great prizes. If you choose to enter the raffle, you will be asked to enter your name and contact information in a separate place so that your contact information will be completely separate from your survey responses. There will be no way to connect the two.

You may contact our research partners if you have any questions about the survey: Dr. Stephanie Fryberg (; Dr. Arianne Eason ( If you have any other questions related to IFS, reports or the raffle, please email

The IFS partnership includes IllumiNative, Native Organizers Alliance and the Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity Center (RISE) Center at the University of Michigan.

About IFS

The purpose of the Indigenous Futures Survey (IFS) is to gather and share critical information and strategies about the priorities and needs of Native communities. It is the first survey in Indian Country that provides an opportunity for all Native peoples to be a part of shaping our future on critical issues impacting Indian Country that can be used to motivate change.

The IFS is the largest "by us and for us" study in Indian Country with 2020 participation from over 6,400 Native peoples, representing 401 tribes and from all 50 states with a diverse and representative sample across age, gender and geography.

IFS data is being used to make real changes on the priorities and needs of Indian Country. The first two reports and research data were shared broadly across Indian Country, and were used to inform Congress on the impacts of COVID on Indigenous communities, and on a broad spectrum of issues including civic engagement, identity and culture. You can expect more reports that address critical issues in and across our Native communities. In 2021 and beyond, our goal is to substantially increase participation in the survey, and call upon our relatives across the nation to participate, and ask you to encourage your family members, friends and community members to participate as well.


IFS is a collaborative effort of IllumiNative and Native Organizers Alliance in partnership with the Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity (RISE) Center Director, Dr. Stephanie Fryberg (Tulalip) at the University of Michigan and Dr. Arianne Eason at the University of California-Berkeley. Each partner contributes their unique expertise in every step of this groundbreaking research to lift up the voices of Native people. Together we are putting research into action to achieve equity for our people.


IllumiNative: This team is led by Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee). The team supports IFS in fund development, project management, and communications and marketing. This team creates the products that bring the data findings to life in published reports and online communications. IllumiNative strategically shares the data to increase the visibility of – and challenge the negative narrative about – Native Nations and peoples.

Native Organizers Alliance

Native Organizers Alliance: This team is led by Judith LeBlanc (Caddo). The team supports IFS with on the ground partnerships and recruitment with the focus of including Native peoples that might not otherwise take part in a survey. NOA is dedicated to the power of social organizing for transformational policy change that protects and promotes the wellbeing of tribal cultures, tribal sovereignty and Native people.

Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity

The Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity (RISE) Center: This team is led by Dr. Stephanie Fryberg (Tulalip) at the University of Michigan and Dr. Arianne Eason at the University of California-Berkeley. RISE is dedicated to undoing Indigenous inequalities and ensures IFS is grounded in rigorous research methodology from planning the survey questions, database management, data analysis and dissemination of findings that help others understand Indigenous experiences and uplift Indigenous voices and wellbeing.

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Contact Us

Please contact us with your questions about IFS or call directly at (323)285-0449.