Native American Heritage Association
Rating: 2.91 stars 11 reviews
Issues: Food, Human Services
Location: PO Box 512 Rapid City SD 57709 USA
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.
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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 The items brought range from Off retail AND returned or OUTDATED donated items from mainly WALMART , the items consist of toothpaste, creams ,lotions and soaps mostly personal care items many of which are very useful and are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 When food is brought it is mostly damaged canned food which is outdated also.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 The food boxes which are donated thru out the year have been known to be outdated also.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 And why are the target population only getting used or outdated items?
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 We apologize if you have ever received any donations that were not in good condition or outdated items.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.