interviews PWNA About Supporting Self-Sufficiency of Native Americans interviewed Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA) as part of their ‘ Talks With…’ podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world.

Native American culture is hardly monolithic. Its rich and diverse heritage is spread across 154 different languages in nine different states. But there are still a number of problems tribal communities share. PWNA’s Mark Ford discusses the importance of serving rural Native American tribes.

Fostering Healthy Communities And Inspiring New Leaders

PWNA supports a holistic range of programs that energize and support American Indians. One of these is the Native American Food Sovereignty Initiative. Mark explains that Native Americans face the highest rate of diabetes and heart disease in the U.S., which is why it’s important to train people in preparing healthy meals using ancestral foods and Indigenous recipes. 

PWNA also offers various grassroots leadership and higher education programs so that more people can speak up about local and regional issues and better represent the voices of those in their tribal communities.

Not all of the programs focus on long-term development; PWNA offers programs focused on ‘immediate needs’ as well. These focus on bringing food, bottled water, school supplies, personal hygiene products and more into rural tribal communities.

Listen to the whole interview to find out about the risk Native tribes face from natural disasters and to learn how you can become more #NativeAware. PWNA also welcomes donations to benefit the tribes. is an organization aimed at solving the world’s most dire problem — global climate change. Their mission is to take money from an otherwise harmful and greedy industry and move it towards a positive and good cause (solving global climate change).

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