Author Archives: Murray Lee

#GivingTuesday is over, but the need remains

No matter your charitable goals ,there is an immediate or long-term need that can be addressed through Partnership With Native Americans.

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Honoring Native American Veterans

Some of you may find it extraordinary that Native Americans have the highest rate of military service, given the harsh realities of U.S. American Indian history.

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Caring for Our Four-Legged Friends

Reservation animals need us. “They cannot create better situations for themselves. So it’s important that we do what we can to help.”

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Native American Beliefs: “The Great Mystery”

Many Native American beliefs — ranging from beliefs about nature and animals, to traditional customs and ceremonies — are cause for discussion among non-Native peoples. Also discussed are the various spiritual and religious beliefs of Native American tribes. I want to speak to one specifically, the Native American belief in “The Great Mystery.” When non-Natives consider “The […]

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What About Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is a challenge affecting 23% of Native Americans.

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Honoring the Navajo Code Talkers

Navajo Code Talkers Day is on August 14 each year, and as we approach that date, we are thankful for their service and humbled by their sacrifices. We are also honored to work with the Navajo Nation to provide immediate relief and support long-term solutions for strong, self-sufficient Native American communities. Marking the date of […]

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Why I Am Proud to Be a Native American in the U.S.

As we reflect on the recent July 4th holiday and all the celebrations that took place across the United States, I feel a sense of personal pride. This truly is a great country in which to live. But, more specifically, I feel proud to be a part of it and to be a Native American. […]

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BIE Schools & Free Education for Native Americans

Native Americans pay the financial cost, the emotional cost, and the same uncertainty about employment after college that many Americans face.

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DNA Testing for Native Ancestry

DNA testing for Native ancestry. genetic markers cannot perfectly predict whether someone is Native and they certainly cannot test or predict a specific tribe.

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Tracing Native Ancestry

How do I trace my Native American ancestry?  How do I become an enrolled member of a Native American tribe? Both commonly heard questions at National Relief Charities, the simple answer to each is “it depends.” To be fair, tracing Native American ancestry is just as difficult as tracing any ancestry.  A great deal of […]

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