You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about Giving Tuesday?
This holiday is all about encouraging people everything to give their money to worthy charities that can improve the lives and well-being of others. So, if you are on board with supporting the cause and giving back this #GivingTuesday and you want to support the native community, where should you donate?
There are a number of great native charities that are doing excellent work and making a positive difference. Let’s take a look at some of these charities so that you can choose who you want to support this Tuesday.
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Did you know that approximately 90,000 American-Indian families are under-housed or homeless? When you donate to the Partnership with Native Americans you can support the work they do with 60 tribes all across the country, impacting 250,000 Native Americans.
They focus on immediate needs related to health, nutrition, education, holiday support and emergency relief as well as animal welfare. For example, one of their projects is related to encouraging homegrown food sources as a way of decreasing diet-related diseases and combating food insecurity.
Elderly people can be some of the most vulnerable members of any society, so this charity works to support the elders who live in the Dine' (Navajo) reservation. Many live traditionally in remote areas, raise sheep and live off the land.
The program supports them by providing medicine, food, clothing, yarn, and fabric. These much-needed supplies are delivered during the semi-annual food runs which take place in the spring and the fall.
Many Native Americans do not have the funds to attend college and missing out on the chance to better their lives through higher education can keep them trapped in the cycle of poverty.
This important charity disburses approximately six thousand scholarships every year for Native American students, as well as providing support such as cultural preservation activities, capital support and more.
This long-standing charity has been helping Native Americans since 1993. It focuses on two of the poorest counties in America, the Pine Ridge and Crow Creek Reservations in South Dakota. The charity also offers support to other reservations in the area including Rosebud, Cheyenne River and Lower Brule.
With the help of donations from people like you, they provide basic life necessities and emergency food supplies to these communities. Many times, without the donations from NAHA, Native American families in these reservations wouldn’t have anything to feed their elders and children.
The role of the Native American Rights Fund is to ensure that the US State governments and federal governments live up to their legal obligations. Also, this charity is dedicated to providing legal representation and assistance to trips, individuals, and organizations across the country.
For example, one of the earliest cases that NARF assisted with resulted in the 1974 Boldt Decision, in which a US district judge rules that Washington State had to uphold tribal treaty fishing rights.