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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Programs, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Nutrition

Mission: Native American Heritage Association is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organizations dedicated to helping the Native American families in need living on the Sioux Reservations of South Dakota with food, clothing and other basic life necessities.

Target demographics: Native Americans living on the Reservations in South Dakota

Geographic areas served: South Dakota and Wyoming

Programs: Native American Heritage Association works with Feeding America and other organizations to obtain food to deliver to the Native American families in need on the Sioux Reservations of South Dakota.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 1

These people steal and do not help. They have been sued, given an F, only to keep scamming and collecting off Native Americans sufferings. It's sad and pathetic. Their salary they keep for themselves is threw the roof and alone could help many. Shame on you. Also watch out for their sister groups as well. Their all one in the same a huge scam
Not even close to 60% goes to where it's supposed to. A 1 star because I had to to post a comment.

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Former staff

Rating: 1

I gave naha one star only because I had to. The staff steals from the donations for their own personal use. They deliver truckloads of completely useless garbage like outdated calendars, old outdated food, auto parts that would not work for anything you would find on the reservations, outdoor patio cushions without the furniture that they go on, I could go on and on. The person running nana is a criminal, she is only interested in fattening her bank account and sponsoring a extremely expensive cruise every year. I hope she runs naha into the ground.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Well i come from a reservation where my home was taken from me cant get help with food clothing gas a home so right now me and my husband live outta our car and still manage to go college we live off his ssi but to actually get a home have food ro cook all that good stuff would be a dream come true but we dont know who or where to ask..its hard bein native begn fer help but we do need it hopefully me nd my husband can get donations of food or shelter will be greatly appreciated..my email is charlottemarie6993@gmail.com please help

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am absolutely appalled by the management of this organization. I received a mailpiece from the NAHA. I have never supported this organization and called to see which organization I have supported in the past sold my information to, or exchanged lists with the Native American Heritage Association. I spoke to two employees, including Pam, who refused to provide this information to me. I told Pam that I felt it was a poor organizational practice to refuse to provide this information (while claiming that they were unable to locate this information). Pam's response was to tell me that I, as a potential donor, should check the privacy policies of the organizations I support. I concede that I should have taken that step, but the NAHA should be ashamed of themselves for taking advantage of potential donors in that manner. I have never been treated so poorly by an organization before. I hope that someone at NAHA takes the time to reevaluate how potential donors are treated. They claim to value transparency and accountability, but displayed neither today.

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NativeAmericanHeritageAssociation_NAHA 09/10/2015

We apologize for being unable to provide the information you requested. As with most donor-driven organizations, NAHA purchases mailing list from companies specializing in compiling data from other companies and organizations. We are responsive to requests for removal (opting-out) from our mailing/email lists. We do not have direct access to where these companies gather or compile their lists. However, these list can most likely be traced back to purchase of a product or service where you have given your name and address. Your information can be gathered from telephone directories, car or house purchases, or by subscribing to a magazine, signing up for a credit card, ordering something from a catalog, participating in a store’s loyalty card program, sending a donation to a charitable organization (that does sell your information), or filling out a product registration form. Your name, address, and other contact information is entered into a database by the company collecting the information. As with any service provider or charitable organization donors/customers should review their privacy policy. NAHA does not rent, sell or exchange the names of our donors with any other organizations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

There are some charities that once you know about them and the good things they are able to do for others they instantly become part of your donor list. NAHA is one of those charities for me. They have a four star rating with charity navigator for 11 years. They send food, clothing and other necessities to reservations that are in need. Their programs use the basics to help Native Americans take a step up. If you watch their video you can see some of the great things they have done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHD7S7I5j5k.

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NativeAmericanHeritageAssociation_NAHA 09/10/2015

Thank you for your wonderful review.

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Donor

Rating: 3

I have been trying to reach NAHA , in Virginia, for three days to tell them that my credit card has changed. The mailbox is always full and no one answers the phone. At this pooint they will discover that the monthly donation will be rejected. What a way to run an orgamization. This happened once before. It took months before they realized the credit card was voided.

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NativeAmericanHeritageAssociation_NAHA 09/02/2015

I do apologize for any inconvenience you had during this time. Our staff was at an annual fundraising event.

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Client Served

Rating: 2

I am a member of the OST and live on the Pine ridge Indian Reservation and work with in the community CAP Program as well. NAHA donations are brought to the reservation in semi trucks maybe once a month to all nine districts. The items brought range from Off retail AND returned or OUTDATED donated items from mainly WALMART , the items consist of toothpaste, creams ,lotions and soaps mostly personal care items many of which are very useful and are necessities but either damaged or opened or have been returned to store . Old Clothes are brought sparingly and are scarcely new and most have a mildew smell to them. When food is brought it is mostly damaged canned food which is outdated also. Bread is brought maybe 3 times a year ,which is also never fresh. One of my major concerns is the fact that items such as mouth wash and hairspray which have a high alcohol content are sent in abundance where there is a known problem of alcoholism and inhalant abuse among the peoples, young and old. The food boxes which are donated thru out the year have been known to be outdated also. If there is a record of millions of dollars being donated to NAHA on an annual basis why then are the items that are being donated in such bad shape or of less than adequate content. Its a shame that the very people this organization is requesting donations for are the very people who are getting cheated with less than adequate and poor contributions. What is being done with all the $$$$???? And why are the target population only getting used or outdated items?

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NativeAmericanHeritageAssociation_NAHA 09/08/2015

Thank you for your feedback concerning donations delivered to Pine Ridge. We apologize if you have ever received any donations that were not in good condition or outdated items. Our warehouse staff thoroughly checks each truck load prior to each delivery to insure the products are not only in good condition but that there are no expired items. We serve a total of 5 tribes and 39 districts, with a population of over 64,000. This does not include the tribes in Wyoming that receive a few truck loads during the spring and summer months.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I WILL SUGGEST TO THOSE FOLKS WHO WROTE NEGATIVELY ABOUT NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION TO CHECK WITH THE SCRUPULOUSLY METICULOUS CHARITY NAVIGATOR FOR THEIR ASSESSMENT OF THIS CHARITY. CHARITY NAVIGATOR HAS THE MOST RIGID STANDARDS I HAVE EVER DISCOVERED FOR EVALUATING THE PLETHORA OF CHARITIES ABOUNDING IN THIS COUNTRY AND THAT SITE HAS GIVEN THE NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION (NAHA), IT HIGHEST EVALUATION FOR THE PAST 9 YEARS. CHARITY NAVIGATOR EXAMINES EVERY CHARITY'S FEDERAL CHARITIES ANNUAL SUBMISSION AS THEY UNDERTAKE THEIR OWN SCRUPULOUS REVIEW AND ANALYSES AND JUDGEMENT AND THEY HAVE, ACCORDINGLY, SO EXAMINED NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION'S- (NAHA) SUBMISSION. PERHAPS IT WOULD BE WELL TO LOOK A BIT MORE DILIGENTLY BEFORE RUSHING TO JUDGEMENT THAT ASSOCIATION (NAHA) SOLICITS A LAUNDRY LIST OF DONATIONS, INCLUDING AND NOT LIMITED TO: FOOD, CLOTHING, PROPANE FUEL FOR RESERVATION "SHACKS" IN WHICH HUMAN BEINGS ARE CONSIGNED TO LIVE, COOKING STOVES, HEATING STOVES TOYS FOR POVERTY-STRICKEN C\NATIVE CHILDREN, MEDICAL SUPPLIES, PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS, ETC., ETC. WHO DO YOU THINK SOLICITS THESE THINGS IN AN NON-ENDING PERSONAL APPEAL.... BEGGING, IT WAS ONCE CALLED. REMEMBER, THESE RESERVATIONS,(CALLED CONCENTRATION CAMPS OR GHETTOS IN EUROPE JUST SOME 70 SHORT YEARS AGO. NOT IN AMERICA, SOME MAY SAY BUT I SAY, YES--- DEFINITELY IN AMERICA. AND THAT FOLLOWED 200+ YEARS OF A CONTINUING SYSTEMATIC CAMPAIGN OF NOTHING BUT ETHNIC CLEANSING UPON, ONCE,ONCE UPON THE EXPLICIT ORDER OF A VERY PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, NAMELY, ANDREW JACKSON. AS CHRIST SAID, 2000+ YEARS AGO: "LET HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN, CAST THE FIRST STONE!" BUT THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN WARING WITH NATIONS PURSUING ETHNIC CLEANSING BUT HYPOCRITICALLY, DOES N-O-T-H-I-N-G= ABOUT THE LINGERING EFFECTS OF IT OWN MURDEROUS CAMPAIGN TO E-X-T-I-N-G-U-I=S=H AN ENTIRE PEOPLE IN THIS VERY LAND UPON WHICH THEY LIVED UNDER THEIR OWN GOVERNING DOCUMENTS FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS AND NOW, WHERE WE LIVE AND WHICH WE NOW CALL---- "THE LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE BRAVE"!!!! BUT N-E-V-E-R- AN ADMITTED OPPRESSOR NATION. IT'S IN THE HISTORY IF ONE, HONESTLY AND SINCERELY, WISHES TO DISCOVER THE TRUTH! OF OUR "OWN MAN'S INHUMANITY TO MAN!!!! SUCH AN EFFORT IS HARD AND TIME-CONSUMING BUT WELL WORTH THE EFFORT TO REPLACE IGNORANCE WITH TRUTH AND KNOWLEDGE. DO NOT RELY ON HOLLYWOOD'S DEPICTION AND ITS' CHARACTERIZATION OF NATIVE PEOPLES'+ GREAT SPIRIT+, WHOM WE KNOW AS GOD..... WILL JUDGE! Jim Garzone

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NativeAmericanHeritageAssociation_NAHA 09/10/2015

Thank you for your wonderful review.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

am an 82 year old man living on Social Security based upon salaries of the 1940's, 1950, 1960's and 1970, a 'far cry' from what salaries have risen to in the following years. As uou know, Social Security is based upon those salaries. The same applies to pensions except in those early years, many if not most but the national companies paid pensions because of their unions and they were high. But if one didn't work for one of these3 Corporations, pensions, if they were provided, were comparatively much less.

Every month, I and my wife separate out, IMMEDIATELY, 10% of our incone which consist solely of our Social Security and a small pension I receive from an employer in the '40's, 50's 60's and 70' before I retired following emergency open heart surgery.

THE VERY 1st Charity we send donation to is the NAHA. I have spoken by phone to several of their workers, many of whom are volunteers. I viewed their WEB-SITE in great detail and I viewed their Organization of CHARITY NAVIGATOR. I have every confidence that by far, most of our scarce $$$$$$ given to NAHA, likely 97cents, goes to those Ethnic AQmericasns most in need.... in every kind of weather and every Season. I would urge others to view the resources which we used and I am sure, you will arrive at the same conclusion. I NEVER had a high-paying job and my wife remained home to care for our children so I have no 'pile' of mony sitting anywhere except enough to bury me.

NAHA couldn't be a more worthy charity, in our opinion. Jim G. Troy, N.Y.

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NativeAmericanHeritageAssociation_NAHA 09/10/2015

Thank you for your wonderful review.

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Donor

Rating: 3

I just copied and pasted this from the BBB.org after reading the reviews here. I get donation requests from them. after seeing your sight I will do more research before considering donating to them.
This charitable organization either has not responded to written BBB requests for information or has declined to be evaluated in relation to BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Charity participation in BBB review is voluntary. However, without the requested information, it is not possible to determine whether this charity adheres to all of the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. The BBB encourages charities to disclose accountability information beyond that typically included in financial statements and government filings, in order to demonstrate transparency and strengthen public trust in the charitable sector.


The BBB reports on charities and determines if they meet 20 voluntary standards on matters such as charity finances, appeals, and governance. The BBB does not evaluate the worthiness of the charitable program.

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NativeAmericanHeritageAssociation_NAHA 09/02/2015

We are 4-star charity with Charity Navigator and have been for 11 years. We are dedicated to mission and committed to accountability and transparency. We have not received a request from BBB, but we will look into the requirements. There are a few charity raters that you must pay to have your organization rated and if you don't they give you a bad rating based on lack of information.

15 Mary158

Donor

Rating: 1

I would highly suggested taking the numbers you see in donation and adding up how much is going to administration. They also are USING their trucks to move the food (that was donated), but not in purchasing food. This is from oohayliam64's website investigation about Indian Scams in US: here you go: In 1993, when Brown’s AIRC scam was laid bare by the media, the charity discreetly downsized its South Dakota operations and shifted its focus to the American Southwest. Today the charity has been reborn under a different parent organization, National Relief Charities (NRC), which operates two new subsidiaries, Council of Indian Nations and Southwest Indian Relief, both in Apache Junction, AZ.

"Despite its makeover, NRC is still distributing a pitiful portion of its revenues to the constituency it purports to serve. According to NRC’s 1999 federal tax filings, it brought in over $8.3 million in donations last year but only 30 percent were spent on programs. In contrast, Brown’s salary has hovered at about $120,000 for the last two years. The National Charities Information Bureau, a Washington, DC-based watchdog group, suggests charities should spend at least 60 percent of donations on programs and services.

Brown’s tactics are par for the course among a few other large charities like the Native American Heritage Association (NAHA), a sibling of AIRC.

The couple at the helm of NAHA, Dave and Bernice Myers, were co-defendants in the Pennsylvania lawsuit against AIRC. That’s because the Myers actually created AIRC in 1990, then gave it to the board of directors who elected Brown as president. The sweetheart deal guaranteed the Myers a $10,000 “bonus for past services” and a $650,000 award for a contract to deliver future services to Native Americans. No services were ever rendered with that money. Both charities have consistently received failing marks from watchdog groups. One, the American Institute of Philanthropy, gave NRC an “F” grade and NAHA a “D” for its fundraising and service delivery performance."

You might find a more direct way to HELP if you want to give to Natives than this association, that literally is using the plight for sympathy and while theadmin in according to your own information: $235,286.00/ president in 2011, VP $85,774.00, director $76,156.00. This does not count bonuses just straight salary.

I, like oohayliam64, find the website not up to date nor questions answered. Nor do they respond to various BBB inquiries either, making them highly suspicious in my view. You must choose your charities as safely as you can. As a disabled person, I know first handed about "off charities" that prey on using folks like us for bait to make you want to give.

I figure I got asked to donate because of being a member of "Feeding America", which I will willingly donate again to.

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NativeAmericanHeritageAssociation_NAHA 09/02/2015

95% goes to our programs. We purchase food from our strategic partners (Good360 and FeedingAmerica). If you go to our website you can see our financial accountability: http://www.naha-inc.org/naha/financial-accountability/. As for the article you are referring, we are not affiliated with any other organizations.