Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays and last minute gift ideas

As we wind down one year and head into the next, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the holiday season and to wish health, happiness and peace to you and your families.

While many of our holiday traditions have evolved over the centuries, the calendar cycle has remained constant.  Each year, December 21 marks the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.  We note it not because we like darkness and cold, but because it marks a turning point, the start of the journey toward light, warmth and new life.

For forty-three years, NARF has also followed the light, the light toward justice.  When Supreme Court cases go against us or governmental policies ignore or trample Native rights, it is easy to feel we are in the winter of justice, mired in darkness and cold. Somehow we remain optimistic that  the light is ahead and that unwavering determination will prevail.  Thank you for sharing that optimism and walking with us toward the light!

Are you looking for a last minute gift idea?  Make a donation to NARF in your loved one's name and 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 2014.

Friday, December 20, 2013

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 needing your help more than ever.  Here is an opportunity to help defend the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide.  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 2014.

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 2014.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Job Announcement - Boulder, Colorado Office

Job Announcement:

POSITION: Legal Assistant

CLOSING DATE: January 10, 2014

The Native American Rights Fund is a nonprofit law firm representing Indian tribes,
organizations and individuals in Indian law cases of major significance. NARF’s main
office is located in Boulder, Colorado with additional offices in Washington, DC and
Anchorage, AK. NARF is looking for a Legal Assistant to provide legal support for its
staff attorneys.

The candidate must possess an Associate Degree or equivalent work experience.
Good working knowledge of Westlaw, electronic on-line data bases and case
management software/applications desired. Duties include: operation of standard office
equipment, preparation of correspondence, drafting and finalizing legal documents and
reports and organization/management of case files. Native Americans, Alaska Natives
and Native Hawaiians are encouraged to apply.

Salary is highly competitive with generous benefits.

Please submit a cover letter and complete resume to Rose Cuny, Office Manager,
Native American Rights Fund, 1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302. Materials can be
submitted electronically to rbrave@narf.org

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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.

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!

New NARF merchandise now available!

Looking for a holiday gift or a way to show your support for NARF and the fight for Native rights?  Three new NARF products are now available through NARF’s online store.

Our Winter 2013 design t-shirt is long sleeved and sports the NARF feather logo on the front.  On the back is a list of tribes that NARF has represented over the past 43 years.  We will be shipping the week of December 16 and the shirt can be ordered by following this link.

In addition, we now have a convenient 24-oz water bottle, perfect for carrying your favorite beverage on the go.  The bottle is BPA-free and has a secure screw-off lid to keep spillage to a minimum.  To purchase the water bottle, follow this link, click here.

And finally, we now offer a great, heavy duty tote – perfect for shopping or any occasion.  As a bonus, inside the tote will be a few items NARF grab bag items, including a NARF t-shirt from our fall line, a NARF water bottle, and a few other fun NARF items.  To purchase the NARF grab bag, click here.

Purchasing NARF apparel directly supports our non-profit legal and advocacy work on behalf of the rights of Native peoples.  As always, thank you for your support of NARF!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

New edition of NARF Legal Review now available


The newest edition of the NARF Legal Review is now available!  This issue focuses on the U.S. government’s Indian boarding school policy and also provides updates on NARF cases.  To download a copy of the NARF Legal Review, click here.

In addition, all previous editions of the NARF Legal Review can be found here.

NILL Law Librarian David Selden to present at CLE on making law firms more environmentally sustainable

Next week NILL Law Librarian David Selden will present the Colorado Bar Association’s CLE, “How to Green a Law Firm: Saving Money, Conserving Resources, and Exceeding Our Clients' Expectations.”  David is the co-chair of NARF’s Green Office Committee and he has been instrumental in implementing changes to reflect NARF’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

To learn more about the CLE, click here.  To learn more about NARF’s environmental sustainability efforts, click here.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Niwot Native American Film Festival - First Friday, December 6 - 7:30 PM - Robert's Paintings

Located at Elysian Fields Auctions 6924 79th Street, Niwot, Colorado  (Look for flags along 79th Street in Niwot near intersection of Niwot Rd. & 79th St. in Niwot.) Screenings are FREE with a suggested donation. Ava Hamilton of Native American Producers Alliance & Film Festival Curator / Director will introduce the documentaries and films.
Robert's Paintings
Robert's Paintings
Director: Shelley Niro
As elegant and articulate as its subject, Robert’s Paintings examines the life and career of artist, curator, educator and cultural theorist Robert Houle. Houle’s work is, as W. Jackson Rushing has written, “notable for its sensual formalism and sensitivity to materials and their symbolic properties.” Houle draws from the long and sophisticated visual tradition of First Nations cultures, demonstrating their currency in contemporary art milieus. He also draws on Western art conventions to tackle lingering aspects of European colonization of First Nations people. His vast body of work represents a profound discourse on politics and aesthetics central to Indigenous ways of being, knowing and relating to complex philosophies and histories of oppression, resistance and sovereignty. Niro’s beautiful and compelling documentary paints an intimate portrait of this hugely influential and important artist, widely recognized for his role in the recovery and recontextualization of Canadian Indigenous heritage through art.
Shelley Niro is a Mohawk member of the Six Nations of the Grand River and belongs to the Turtle Clan. Niro is a visual artist and filmmaker whose work has shown internationally.
Sponsors:  Native American Producers Alliance (NAPA), Ni-wot Prairie Productions (NPP), Elysian Fields Auction Company, Native American Rights Fund (NARF), and WHIZZBang Studios
For information, please contact: Elizabeth Darling at: DarlinginNiwot@aol.com or 303-931-3084.  Native American Producers Alliance and Ni-wot Prairie Productions are 501(c)(3) organizations.