Author Archives: Rafael Tapia, Jr.

Labor Day and Native American Employment Disparities

Labor Day: We hope employers will consider hiring Native Americans to foster a new generation of American labor and build a brighter future for all Americans.

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The History and Significance of the Pueblo Revolt of 1690

The Pueblo Revolt against the Spaniards began on Aug. 10, 1680, and by September, Spanish settlements ceased to exist in the state of New Mexico.

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Tribal Sovereignty as a Pathway to Thriving Economies

As tribal nations exercise their rights to self-govern and strengthen their economies, their sovereignty is also benefiting local nontribal communities. Depending on the tribe, as high as $.90 of every tribal dollar earned is spent in non-tribal economies.

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Celebrating Día del Niño and Promoting Child Literacy in Native Communities

This “Día del Niño”, celebrate the magic of reading by sharing your favorite culturally relevant Native American children’s book with any young readers in your life.

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Graduates Reflect on 4D Strong Native Women Program

The 4 Directions Development program of PWNA incorporates culturally-based tools. “If 4D were to establish [a] university, I would enroll,” …

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Celebrating Arizona’s Birthday and the Rich Native American History of the Grand Canyon State

Arizona is celebrating its 107th birthday on Feb. 14. Learn more about the “old ones who were here before” Arizona statehood!

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Poverty Awareness Month: Alleviating the Challenges Facing Native American Communities

Two of the five poorest counties in the U.S. are located on Indian reservations and the highest poverty rate by ethnic group is found among Native Americans, accounting for 27.6 percent of national poverty overall.

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Celebrate the Season of Giving

Charities rely on holiday giving, and for donors, the holidays and end-of-year giving is the last chance to donate if you’re planning to claim your charitable deductions on your tax returns.

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Elections 2018: Native American Women Make History

The 2018 mid-term elections resulted in many ‘firsts,’ including the first Native American women ever elected to Congress. Electing Native American leaders into Congress gives a voice to the unique barriers Native communities face, while also introducing a new perspective on shared concerns across their districts.

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Supporting Strong Native Women as Emerging Leaders

This year, PWNA is launching the first 4 Directions Development Program for Strong Native Women. This is an all-women cohort with funding and support of the PepsiCo Foundation, which invests in partnerships and programs to support at least 1.5 million girls and women becoming more workforce ready in the coming years.

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