Many American Indians work full-time yet still fall below poverty level
We fulfill our mission by working long-term with reservation Program Partners who are motivated and skilled but often lack the basic resources to get the job done. These partners know what is needed in their communities. They know the people and their struggles and the initiatives that are underway. They volunteer to work with us to gather the resources that will empower their communities and help build capacity for the future. In doing so, they also learn how to organize events, work with outside resources and recruit and train volunteers.
This learning benefits the entire reservation as tribal members work together toward the common goal of self-sufficiency. This type of partnership is a unique approach among Native American-serving charities. Here are a few notes from our partners:
Northern Plains Programs
On South Dakota's poverty-stricken Rosebud Reservation, our Breakfast-in-a-Bag service helps ensures that Elders can start each day with a healthy meal at home. The groceries typically include milk, juice, cereal, fruit, bread, potatoes, eggs, ground beef or stew meat, and sausage. One participant says:
"I really like the beef, because you can eat all day... and it really helps a lot at the end of the month."
For many Americans, the holiday season is a time of joy and celebration. For Native Americans of the Northern Plains, however, special meals and presents are often unaffordable. Our Christmas service ensures that these families can also participate in the holiday season.
We send bountiful blessings to all those at PWNA, the sponsors, and each life you all touch in such a generous and profound way. Merry Christmas!
"My name is Wilson. I volunteered to help my community [the Cove Community of the Navajo Nation] pick up trash and enjoyed doing it. The incentives I earned were very useful to me. It was good exercise for me to walk the long road and it made me feel good to know the people are concerned about the nature of our community. I was surprised so many people wanted to help and I hope they will continue to keep our community clean. I thank PWNA for all the things you do for our people."
AIEF provides school supplies for K—12 reservation students and scholarships for college-bound Native American students.
"We do want to thank you again for what you have done for us and the students here at Lodge Pole School... It's people within an organization such as yours that truly help us in promoting quality education and success for our Native American youth... You have no clue as to how much it makes our students feel better to know that they can go to school with paper for notes and schoolwork. Pencils to write with. Markers to use for creative projects or highlighting. Binders with dividers for helping them be organized. Calculators to assist them as they work through math, geometry or algebra. To know that someone or some people somewhere do care... Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for what you’ve done for these students."
"Your support makes a difference. ...Without the AIEF scholarship, I probably would not have made it through college. Now I am teaching on my reservation, and I can afford my own apartment."
Animal Rescue Program
The Reservation Animal Rescue (RAR) program was developed to increase the materials and funding available to our animal welfare partners who assist struggling animals and their caretakers with education, supplies and reduced-fee veterinary services.
"I know I do not say this often enough... THANK YOU! We are greatly appreciative for the help you give, in order that we are able to continue helping families and canines in need on the Rosebud Reservation. With deepest regards."
"Elvis has left the building—again! We had adopted him in the Spring to a nice family. She lost her job, and was forced to bring him back, because she opened a day care in her home. He had adjusted well being back here, but a nice lady from Tekamah saw his picture and story and came to meet him. It was love at first site and after signing the adoption papers, Elvis said his good-byes and climbed into the car with her. She called that same night and told us that he was doing well with her other 2 female dogs. He had found the couch and making himself at home. What a good ending to a sad story. Elvis is one in a million and we are so blessed that he has a loving home"