Author Archives: Rafael Tapia, Jr.

Challenges to Education Within Native American Communities

Although attending college is a goal for many high school students, for many Native American youth, attending college is something of a distant dream out of reach. Only 13 percent of Native Americans 25 or older have a bachelor’s degree, compared to 28 percent of other ethnic groups. Today, many Native youth express a desire […]

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Food Justice: Native People Taking Action to Restore Ancestral Practices and Ways of Life

Love fry bread? Learn why it is considered a survival and oppression food.

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International Mother Language Day and the Importance of Native Language

These stories show the importance of Native American languages and the need for language preservation.

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Education for Self-Determination and Quality of Life

The Navajo Nation is working to improve the quality of education by transferring operation of more than 30 schools from U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) control, to management by the Navajo Nation’s Department of Education.

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Emergency Preparedness: A Community-based Response

In addition to “disaster” events, PWNA responds to smaller emergencies that are disruptive to local communities. Over the past decade, PWNA responded to more than 55 disasters impacting Native American communities, with our aid benefiting 620,000 people.

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The issue of suicide is particularly profound to Native Americans who have seen an increase of youth suicides on reservations in recent years.

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Voting Challenges Faced by Native Americans

Many Native American Elders encourage tribal members to vote for change. As of right now, more than 1 million Native Americans who are eligible to vote are unregistered voters.

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Native American Doctors Are Needed

There is a misconception in the U.S. that all Native Americans get free health care and are taken care of under the treaties – this is not true. “The film Medicine Woman by Princella RedCorn portrays the life of the first Native American doctor—Susan La Flesche Picotte—became a doctor in the late 1800s and rallied for basic health care as a passionate prohibitionist.

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Keeping Children Active and Learning in Summer Months

Memorial Day weekend is often considered the unofficial start to summer and now that it’s behind us, summer break is on the minds of many children – and their parents! Summer may call for some rest and relaxation, but maintaining some aspects of the school day is just as important to keep young minds learning […]

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Nurturing Self-Sufficiency

With Earth Day approaching on April 22, it’s timely to think about what the earth provides for us. A home. Food. Water. It’s easy to take these gifts from Mother Earth for granted. But many Native Americans living on remote and geographically isolated reservations don’t have that luxury. Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA) understands that […]

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