Monday, December 31, 2012

Help ring in the New Year!!

 
At this time of year, we all like to reflect on events that took place in the year just ended, as well as look forward to the hopes, dreams and resolutions for the 12 months to come.  NARF is no different.  Although we enjoyed numerous successes in the last year (in addition to a few setbacks), there are many unmet needs in Indian Country, many new battles for justice for NARF to undertake.

2012 was a great year for NARF and the Tribes we serve.  Highlights included:
  • $ millions in trust fund settlements for more than 40 tribes
  • First round victories in Klamath Basin Adjudication
  • Federal grants for Native education pilot programs 

Looking forward, 2013 will present a number of new challenges.
  • Protection of Native sacred places
  • Protections against strip mining devastation for tribes in Alaska and Wisconsin
  • Finding a “Carcieri fix” for tribes hoping to take land into trust
  • Search for a path to boarding school healing
  • Defending Native voting rights 
And so much more.  Please help us meet the challenges of the new year by sending you year-end contribution today.

You can be proud that as our advocate you preserve tribal existence, protect tribal natural resources, promote Native American human rights, make governments accountable to Native Americans, develop Indian law and educate the public about Indian rights, laws and issues.

On behalf of the Attorneys, Board, Staff & Clients of the Native American Rights Fund, I ask you to give your most generous year-end gift now.

Best Wishes for a New Year filled with Peace, Happiness and Hope!


 
John E. Echohawk
Executive Director





 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Make Your Year-End Gift Today to Support the Native American Rights Fund


For Native American youth, families, individuals and tribes who rely on your generosity, every dollar makes a difference in their battle to win justice now and for future generations.

Native Americans are still the poorest of the poor in this country. They have the lowest incomes and often the least amount of education. So many do not have the resources they need to fight for their own rights and that is why they come to NARF.

As the need for our services increases, our financial resources are being seriously drained. So I am counting on you to support the people we serve through your most generous donation to NARF today.

Your donation is 100% tax-deductible and will create a lasting impact throughout Indian Country!

You can be proud that as our advocate you preserve tribal existence, protect tribal natural resources, promote Native American human rights, make governments accountable to Native Americans, develop Indian law and educate the public about Indian rights, laws and issues.

On behalf of the Attorneys, Board, Staff & Clients of the Native American Rights Fund, I ask you to give your most generous year-end gift now.

Best Wishes for a New Year filled with Peace, Happiness and Hope!

 
John E. Echohawk
Executive Director




 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Help Defend the Rights of Native Americans Now

 
Since 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has fought to defend the rights of Native Americans and indigenous peoples. NARF has won numerous and significant victories that have preserved the continued existence of tribes, their sovereign rights, traditional lands and cultural and spiritual lifeways. While much has been achieved, considerable work remains.

Times are hard for everyone this Holiday Season. Nonprofit organizations like NARF are feeling a dramatic and negative impact from the recession. Now, more than ever we need your support. We respectfully ask that you consider giving what you can by December 31st. Every dollar makes a difference in our battle to ensure justice and a brighter future for Native Americans. Every gift is 100% tax deductible. Again, any level of support can make a big difference for Native American rights in 2013.
 
Help Defend the rights of Native Americans now
We thank you for your time, consideration and for the support you have given to NARF this past year that has helped us achieve so much for Native Americans. As we look ahead to the New Year we hope that you will pledge once again to help NARF to continue to stand firm for justice for Native Americans in 2013.



 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Tribal Water Codes Webinar


If you are interested in Tribal Water Codes - what they are and why they are important – please tune in to this webinar on Friday, December 14th from 2-4 pm eastern time (11-1 pacific, 12-2 mountain and 1-3 central) to hear tribal water resources experts on these important issues. The webinar is hosted by the National Congress of American Indians, the Native American Rights Fund, the Tribal Water Working Group and the Utton Center.  For more information contact Derrick Beetso or Greg Haller.

 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Make Your Year-End Gift Today to Support the Native American Rights Fund (NARF)


For Native American youth, families, individuals and tribes who rely on your generosity, every dollar makes a difference in their battle to win justice now and for future generations.

Native Americans are still the poorest of the poor in this country. They have the lowest incomes and often the least amount of education. So many do not have the resources they need to fight for their own rights and that is why they come to NARF.

To meet these growing challenges, the Native American Rights Fund has committed to providing even more legal services to tribes and Indians in the coming year. So I am asking you to help us serve Indian Country through your most generous donation to NARF today.

Your donation is 100% tax-deductible and will create a lasting impact throughout Indian Country!

You can be proud that as our advocate you preserve tribal existence, protect tribal natural resources, promote Native American human rights, make governments accountable to Native Americans, develop Indian law and educate the public about Indian rights, laws and issues.

On behalf of the Attorneys, Board, Staff & Clients of the Native American Rights Fund, I ask you to give your most generous year-end gift now.

Best Wishes for a New Year filled with Peace, Happiness and Hope!








John E. Echohawk
Executive Director

Monday, December 3, 2012

NARF Files Cert Petition in Eyak Case


NARF Staff Attorney Natalie Landreth at the oral argument 
before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
 en banc panel, September 2011.

Last week NARF filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of its tribal clients in Native Villages of Eyak, Tatitlek, Chenega, Nanwalek, and Port Graham v. Evans.  In this case, NARF represents five Chugach villages that sued the Secretary of Commerce to establish aboriginal rights to their traditional-use areas on the Outer Continental Shelf of Alaska, in Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Alaska.  To learn more about this case and to read the Tribes’ petition, click here.