Author Archives: Rafael Tapia, Jr.

Scorching Summer Pose Threats to Lives and More on the Reservations

In addition to devastating the land itself, wildfires threaten animal life, natural water systems, economic and social norms, environment and cultural resources. They also impact living communities, recreational areas and revenue streams,

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Native News Pick of the Month: President Biden’s ‘Thrifty Food Plan’ and what it means for Native Families

Earlier this year, President Biden shared his… American Families Plan that will expand access to free school lunch and summertime cash benefits for families with children…supporting some of America’s most impoverished communities – and Native Americans should not be left behind.

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Preserving and Protecting Mother Earth

Communities around the world have celebrated Earth Day on April 22 for more than 50 years… Truth be told, Indigenous people have celebrated ‘Earth Day’ every day since time immemorial.

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Native News Pick of the Month: COVID-19’s Toll on Elders and The Perspective of One Indigenous Man

Rafael Tapia, Jr. - PWNA VP of Programs

Native American Elders transfer our cultural knowledge to the younger generations. Yet every day, COVID-19 is taking our Elders. at higher rates than ever – and with them ancestral knowledge we may never regain.

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Participating in the UN’s Global Conversation About Poverty

PWNA was recently invited to participate in the United Nations Association’s (UNA) ‘Coffee Chat’ series to discuss the relationship between poverty, food sovereignty and education.

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Global-PPE Donates Critical Personal Protective Equipment for Native Communities

Global PPE is providing PPE, medical supplies, equipment, and technology to underserved communities … and recently donated 10,000 KN95 masks to PWNA.

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Kate Farms Supports Food Security for Native Americans Amid Pandemic

“…it made perfect sense to work with PWNA and put Kate Farms nutritional meals directly in the hands of those who can ensure they reach Native Elders.”

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COVID-19: Maintaining Animal Welfare in Indian Country

[T]he CDC notes, “We do not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 to people or that they might be a source of infection in the United States.”

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National Nutrition Month: Improving Nutrition on Reservations

National Nutrition Month… Through supporters such as Newman’s Own Foundation and Walmart Foundation, PWNA has continued to enhance Native nutrition and food security on the reservations…

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The Importance of the 2020 Census for Native Americans

According to the National Congress of American Indians, many Native Americans fall within certain population groups that are considered “hard-to-count,” making them vulnerable to under-representation.

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