Author Archives: Helen Oliff

Celebrating Native Cultures: How to Become More NativeAware All Year

Native American Heritage Month… brings lots of attention to Native culture and causes. However, that attention is not sustained. It’s important to become more NativeAware and harness opportunities to impact this underserved population throughout the year.

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This Giving Tuesday, Give Smiles for Native Americans

Did you know that AIAN children in preschool to kindergarten are four times more likely to have untreated tooth decay than Whites?

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Thanksgiving: A Time for Remembering Native Americans

For many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is a bittersweet reminder of the real Thanksgiving story that is often absent from U.S. history books. While Native people love to gather and enjoy their families like the rest of us, they also remember our ancestors and the many elements of their culture that have been lost, appropriated or […]

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Native American Heritage Month – A Time to Celebrate & Become NativeAware©

PWNA encourages everyone to observe Native American Heritage Month #NAHM by shopping with Native-owned businesses… asking employers to match your gift to Native nonprofits, making a pledge to be #NativeAware… or donating a Thanksgiving meal or water to a Native Elder in need.

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Will You Help Native Children on the First Day of School?

61% of Native children are living in poverty or low-income households. So, basic things like school supplies that most children take for granted can be difficult to obtain.

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#LandBack After 350 Years for the Rappahannock Tribe

After working nearly 100 years for federal recognition that was finally secured in 2018, the Rappahannock Tribe recently celebrated another historic win… the reacquisition of 465 acres of their sacred ancestral homelands…

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Summer Care Packages Help Native Elders Combat Harsh Southwest Realities

Filled to the brim with necessities like first aid supplies, personal care items, baby supplies, batteries, water and nonperishable food, PWNA’s Summer Care Packages can be a lifeline for Native American Elders.

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Olo for Good Donates $150,000 for PWNA to Distribute Ancestral Foods

Thanks to this grant from the Olo for Good fund, PWNA {Partnership With Native Americans] will be able to purchase Native ancestral foods from Native producers and distribute them to the Native communities for the first time in our organization’s history.

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The First Ever Native Nonprofit Day is May 20: Become More NativeAware

This May 20, Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA) joins other Native nonprofits to promote Native Nonprofit Day. Organized through the Native Ways Federation, Native Nonprofit Day is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of supporting Native causes and reducing the funding inequities that Native nonprofits face. Did you know that less than 1% of […]

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Help Ease Food Insecurity with Food & Water for Tribal Communities

…even pre-pandemic, low food security was a factor for one in four Native American households.,, Add to this out-of-control food prices, the sparse grocery stores on some reservations, and the limited availability of food on convenience store shelves and it is a lot to bear.

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