Author Archives: Rafael Tapia, Jr.

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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How Important is Breakfast for Children of the Reservations?

Poverty is a common circumstance for many Native American families and impacts 33 percent of Native American children. A nourishing breakfast is critical

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Who shares the love for animal welfare on the reservations?

PWNA’s animal welfare partners rescue, spay, neuter and vaccinate animals in need and bring humane and healthy solutions to overpopulation on the reservations.

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High Need Scholarships for Native American Students

If you’re a Native American student or know of a deserving applicant, we encourage you to learn more by reviewing our scholarship applications.

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Christmas on the Reservation

PWNA supports the Holiday season for our partners across the Southwest and Northern Plains reservations. This year, through PWNA Holiday Services, we are providing:

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Bringing Cultural Sensitivity to Halloween

Native Americans place deep meaning in their ceremonial dress, with each and every bead holding significance. Halloween costumes are often caricatures of Native American dress.

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Youth Development: The Cornerstone of Self-Sufficient Communities

“Let us put our minds together to see what we can build for our children,” urged Chief Sitting Bull. It is a common goal of parents – to provide a ‘better’ life for their children, with less hardship and more opportunity. Unfortunately, Native American youth face many obstacles to realize success in our modern society, […]

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What Our 100-Day Supply Drive Means to Our Native Partners

Many Native Americans living in the remote tribal communities PWNA serves struggle with unsafe drinking water daily.

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