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The Programs
Program Links: AIEF | AIRC | CIN | SWIRC | SNRF | NRF | NAA | ROAR

American Indian Relief Council
American Indian Relief Council

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PO Box 6200
Rapid City, SD 57709
phone (800) 370-0872
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Native Americans living on the rural and remote reservations of the Northern Plains struggle daily with isolation, limited employment opportunities, and a harsh and resource-poor environment. Poverty is all too common and weighs most heavily on those who are most fragile — the elderly, children, and families.
..helps at the end of the month
"It really helps a lot
at the end of the month."

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The American Indian Relief Council (AIRC) program helps these proud people improve the quality of their own lives by providing opportunities for them to bring about positive changes in their own communities.
Targeted Programs
Our services address a wide variety of needs, from literacy to Elder nutrition. Generous product donations and volume discounts make for cost-effective distribution of new and quality products. This benefits reservation participants. The highly targeted AIRC services include:
  • Baby Baskets (provide infant-care essentials to new mothers)
  • Breakfast-in-a-Bag (offers healthy meals to Elders)
  • Christmas (delivers gifts for children and Elders)
  • Food (supplies non-perishables to Elder Nutrition Centers)
  • Literacy (encourages parents and volunteers to read with children)
  • Project Grow (tills garden plots and provides seeds for planting)
  • Thanksgiving (provides Elders with all the fixings for a family meal)
  • Weatherization (weatherproofs homes for the winter)
  • Winter Fuel (subsidizes the cost of fuel for Elders)
Our focus on volunteerism helps build stronger communities.
Our focus on volunteerism helps build stronger communities.

Self-Sufficient Communities
Our goal is to create self-sufficient communities, so substantial community volunteerism is a part of the processing or distribution of these goods.  Local volunteers help with projects such as delivering food to homebound Elders or sorting bulk deliveries of diapers into family-size packages for Baby Baskets.

Incentive items such as baby food, clothing, and personal care items are often distributed to volunteers to thank them for putting forth the extra effort in their communities. This unique approach of earning and learning through volunteerism makes AIRC services more like partnering and less like charity.

Supports Indian education by providing students with scholarships and the tools to learn.
> learn more
> view AIEF website
AIRC logo for NRC site Provides a broad scope of relief efforts in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Idaho.
> learn more
> view AIRC website
rt_prog_CINnew.gif Provides food and other services in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
> learn more
> view CIN website
Provides a broad scope of services on reservations in the Southwest.
> learn more
> view SWIRC website
Brings nutritional support to Sioux Elders who suffer from dietary and vitamin deficiencies.
> learn more
> view SNRF website
Primarily serves communities on the largest of all Indian Reservations in the United States, the Navajo.
> learn more
> view NRF website
Assists needy children, adults, and Elders on reservations in the Plains.
> learn more
> view NAA website
ROAR Assists struggling animals and the people on the reservations who care for them.
> learn more
> view ROAR website
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