Author Archives: Helen Oliff
Today, Native Americans suffer from the highest prevalence of diabetes in the country, and the mortality rate of diabetes among Native Americans is three times higher than that of all other races in the country, according to the federally operated Indian Health Service (IHS).
Nutrition is a factor in Native Americans having the highest rate of diabetes in the U.S. and higher risk of heart disease linked to obesity and high blood pressure.
For every scholarship we are able to award through AIEF (American Indian Education Fund), a program of Partnership With Native Americans, there is another qualified student waiting for funding who wants and deserves to attend college.
Partnership With Native Americans and its reservation partners are motivating and equipping tribal citizens with knowledge and healthy nutrition habits that will trickle down to next generations.
PWNA and AIEF services focus on motivating students to consider college, and helping students pay for college and stay in college until graduation, increasing both college access and retention for Native American students.
This Feb 14, there are a number of ways to show the love to a greater cause, whether you are passionate about education, animal welfare, emergency relief, nutrition or health.
Remember the reason for the season. And if you’re thinking of giving to your favorite charity, be sure your gift is postmarked before midnight on Dec. 31 to ensure there are no issues with Uncle Sam, should you claim the donation on your tax return.
Linking the national Native American Heritage Day to Thanksgiving is fitting, given the contributions of American Indians that long preceded the first harvest of the pilgrims.
To grasp the untold story after the first Thanksgiving, one need only look at realities on the reservations and realize that history and policies, then and now, have shaped the most adverse challenges of modern Native life. To learn more, go to www.PWNA4hope.org,
To learn the real story of the first Thanksgiving, as shared by historians of Squanto’s tribe – the Wampanoags – and the pilgrims in Plymouth Colony, vist www.PWNA4hope.org and download our compelling story curated in 2016.
The reality is that 35 percent of Native American children live in poverty, 40 percent of Native Americans live in sub-standard, overcrowded housing and 23 percent of Native families live with food insecurity.