Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Victory for American Indian Religious Freedom

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Last month, the ACLU of Louisiana (ACLU) and the Native American Rights’ Fund in Boulder, Colorado (NARF) announced a victory on behalf of a Native American child attending public school in St. Tammany Parish. Curtis Harjo is a five-year-old Native American child who wears his hair in a neat braid down his back. The Harjo’s religion, like that of many Native Americans, includes a belief that hair should not be cut, except as a symbol of mourning upon the death of a loved one. The principal at Curtis’ elementary school advised his mother that he would be required to cut his hair to continue to attend school even though to do so would violate his family’s religion. (Read more…)

NARF wins important ICWA Victory for Indian children & tribes

BOULDER, CO - The Native American Rights Fund recently won a lower court case in the State of Colorado to enforce the absolute and unconditional right of an Indian tribe to intervene in a child custody proceeding under the Indian Child Welfare Act. The case involved an Indian child eligible for membership in the Osage Nation of Oklahoma who was involved in a child custody proceeding as defined under ICWA. (Read more)…

It's Not Too Late to Make Your Tax Deductible Contribution Before the End of The Year to Support Native American Rights

Since 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has fought to defend the rights of Native Americans. 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 2009.

Help defend the rights of Native Americans by:
Becoming a member of NARF
Renewing your membership
Becoming a monthly sustainer
Making a one-time gift
Including NARF in your estate planning
Giving non-cash gifts (stocks, bonds or mutual fund gifts)

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 2009.

Happy Holidays & Best Wishes for a Safe & Happy New Year,

The Attorneys, Board, Staff & Clients of the Native American Rights Fund

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

NARF Holiday Gift Ideas: Every dollar you spend makes a difference for Native rights!

Give the gift that keeps on giving...make a tax deductible gift before December 31st!
In these troubled economic times, NARF needs your support more than ever to ensure that we can continue our work to defend the rights of Native Americans. We are a 100% reliant on the generosity and support of people like you to sustain this important work that has made a tremendous difference for more than 250 tribes and thousands of Native Americans across our country. There are a number of ways that you can give generously this year. Your gift is a 100% tax deductible.
Make a one-time gift
Make a tribute or memorial gift in honor of a loved one
Give the gift of NARF annual membership
Become a monthly sustainer of NARF's work
Include NARF in your estate planning