Thursday, October 2, 2008

Preserving Native Lifeways Campaign Exceeds Its Goal for Native Rights


BOULDER, CO - In July, in an unprecedented move, the Tulalip Tribes of Washington contributed $50,000 to NARF as a powerful way to show how tribes and Native and non-Native peoples can come together in unity.

And we have seen just that! Using this contribution, NARF and the Tulalip Tribes of Washington launched the Preserving Native Lifeways Matching Gift Challenge to raise a total of $100,000.

NARF was pleased to announce at our Santa Fe Benefit Art Auction that the Preserving Native Lifeways Campaign has raised $127,560 in support of defending the rights of Native Americans, their cultural and spiritual lifeways and the environment.

Chariman Melvin R. Sheldon of The Tulalip Tribes of Washington commented on the campaign by saying, "from the Tulalip Tribes and our Board of Directors, our hands go up to each and every contributor in this campaign. Every day our inherent right as the first people of the United States to govern ourselves, provide for our communities, and retain our cultural identity is under attack. Our collective efforts during this fundraising campaign guarantee the Native American Rights Fund’s continued leadership in this battle."

We couldn’t have done this without the support of our dedicated friends and supporters. Special thanks to the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin who contributed $50,000 as well as to the Sac & Fox Nation of Oklahoma and the Citizen Potawotami Nation who contributed $10,000.

Thank you to each and every one of our Preserving Native Lifeways contributors for all that you have done to defend Native rights!