Proud of Our Partnership With Native Americans

Facebook Launch bannerWe have always been proud of our partnership with Native Americans, but today, we further proclaim it by announcing our new organizational name: Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA). Our new name better portrays our purpose and helps us raise awareness of the needs on the reservations we serve.

Effective today, we begin using our new name and logo on all communications. Our website is www.nativepartnership.org. Our email addresses that previously used @nrc1.org or @nrcprograms.org will now use @nativepartnership.org. Our office addresses and phone numbers will remain the same, as will the people you deal with in our organization.

Our key objective is for our new name to convey the long-term, collaborative relationships that exist between our organization and the reservation communities we serve, along with the spirit of partnership we have with those who help aid the reservations. It is important our name be easily recognizable and associated with our mission.

With the launch of our new name, we’re also launching the 100-day Supply Drive to Serve Native Americans living on remote and isolated reservations. We are calling upon corporations, foundations and individuals to help meet the critical needs of Native Americans who suffer the highest poverty in the U.S. yet receive less than one percent of the nation’s charitable giving. Many Americans are unaware of the challenging conditions on reservations today and how hard tribal community members work to improve the quality of life for their tribes while preserving their culture. Through our national supply drive, we hope to collect needed goods and shed light on the realities facing a quarter of a million Native Americans in our service area.

PWNA’s 100-day supply drive focuses on everyday items that address essential needs and low access to food, healthcare, education, animal welfare and household goods. These critical supplies are unavailable or unaffordable in the tribal communities we serve and are needed in high-volume, bulk donations, along with funding to transport the goods to 60 U.S. reservations. To learn more, visit our PWNA supply drive page and watch our video, “Life on the Reservation.” There are many ways to get involved!

We appreciate all of the support our partners, donors and volunteers have given the past 25 years with National Relief Charities, and we look forward to many impactful years moving forward as Partnership With Native Americans. We encourage you to connect with us on social media, spread the word about our supply drive and include our hashtag, #NativePartnerHOPE.

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  1. michael dickerson
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    you mentioned in email that you represent 60 reservations……ive given to many different organizations….can you tell me if they are legit and/or some are what you cover.
    american indian relief, american indian college, american indian education foundation, cheyenne river indian, dakota relief, native amer aid, native amer.relief, native amer heritage, native amer indian rights, native amer children fund, navajo relief, oglala lakota college, red cloud, running strong for amer indian. sioux nation relief, southwest indian relief, st boneventure, st josephs and st labre.
    any help in directing some of my gifts would be appreciated

    • Posted July 31, 2015 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

      Hi Michael, there are many legitimate Native and Native-serving nonprofits, many of which you mention. For the past 25 years as National Relief Charities and now as Partnership With Native Americans, we’ve operated eight programs in behalf of the reservations, providing nearly $300 million in aid to improve Native lives on the reservations. We’d love for you to take a look at our impact page where you can learn a lot about what we’ve accomplished by working in collaboration with more than 1,000 tribal partners: http://www.nrcprograms.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pwna_impact_results … If you’d like more information, please send an email to info@nativepartnership.org and someone from our donor relations team will get back to you!!

  2. Delaine Spilsbury
    Posted October 13, 2015 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    I would like a non-prfot number for SW Indian Relief Council to back the donation I want to send

    • Posted October 13, 2015 at 8:11 am | Permalink

      Delaine, Thanks so much for your interest in our Southwest reservation aid, which is a program of Partnership With Native Americans (formerly National Relief Charities). Our EIN number is 47-3730147. If you have any additional questions, please send an email to info@nativepartnership.org. Thanks again!

  3. FRED CLEM
    Posted October 22, 2015 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    My mothers mother was full blooded india!! what info? do i need too find out what Native she came from???????/ THINK YOU very much …. the only thing know is from IN…

    • Posted October 22, 2015 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      Hi Fred, thanks for following our blog. The process of tracing genealogy is detailed and exacting. Your best bet is to start with the information provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Here is a link: http://www.bia.gov/FOIA/Genealogy/

  4. David Gretzinger
    Posted January 1, 2016 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    I have donated in the past because I feel that native Americans have gotten a raw deal from the US government from the beginning of placement into reservations; yet I see no effort being made to bring them into jobs to help them take care of themselves.

    • Posted January 5, 2016 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

      Hello David, and thanks so much for an insightful question. Just so you know, last year PWNA assisted nearly 10 programs focused specifically on career services and life skills, not to mention about 20 school partners in support of K-12 education, plus college partners for post-secondary education as well as capacity building for personal and professional development of community-based leaders on the reservations we serve. However, it is also important to understand that jobs alone cannot address the social challenges. PWNA believes the people who live and work in the tribal communities we serve have the solutions to the problems that challenge their quality of life. PWNA’s role is to provide the resources and support they request to support their own community-driven and self-determined efforts toward lasting change. Sometimes this means supporting jobs programs; other times it means supporting immediate or sustainable gains in nutrition, health or emergency relief. We hope this info is useful. You can learn more by exploring the services page of our website: http://www.nrcprograms.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pwna_services.

  5. Posted February 27, 2016 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    thank you for the gift the coin neckless i wish i could send more but i send what i can

    • Posted March 3, 2016 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      Lis, thank you for remembering Native Americans and support our work. Please know that any gift of any size makes a difference and helps us meet our mission of serving the reservations with the highest need in the U.S.

  6. Posted July 26, 2016 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Chii miigwech- Thank you to relief sent to the shore of Lake Superior, experiencing floods that has taken out roads and bridges and is isolating families, destroyed houses and took the resources of food and necessities for these families. Thank you for sending relief goods. They were urgently needed and will be greatly appreciated.

    • Posted July 28, 2016 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

      Katherine, we were so saddened to learn of the destructive flooding that touched so many lives on the Bad River Reservation last week. So very pleased that Partnership With Native Americans was able to quickly provide critical support in your time of need. The community was very organized and it helped us to partner directly with folks who could identify specific needs and coordinate for deliveries and distribution. Thanks to all the Bad River folks who helped make the endeavor a success. Your community will continue to be on our minds and in our hearts, and we know you will reach out again to our Program Manager, Rick Miller, if further support is needed.

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