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Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Food, Food Programs

Mission: A.N.E. creates a bridge of hope between Native Americans and other cultures. It allows us to reach out to one another, share our gifts, and mend the broken circle of our relationship with the land and the Native Americans who hold it in sacred trust. The Program supports Elders who live in the cultural and spiritual traditions of the Navajo (Diné) people. Most live in remote portions of the Navajo Reservation. Many live in hogans or simple structures with no running water and some have no electricity. Some raise sheep to sustain themselves and to obtain wool for weaving.

Results: When we touch an Elder’s life with the gift of food, we feed their spirits and their hearts. As one Elder said, “Because you bring me food, you wish my life to continue for another day.” We have served thousands of Traditional Elders since the 1990s by giving food as a gift of love… not a handout. Today, our spring and fall Food Runs touch the lives of over 700 Elders.

Target demographics: We provide food and simple medical supplies to traditionalNavajo Elders age 75 and older who face food insecurity everyday.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We assisted over 700 traditional Elders living in poverty on the Navajo Reservation

Geographic areas served: The Navajo reservation in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona

Programs: Adopt-A-Native-Elder (A.N.E.) incorporated in 1991 to take food to traditional Elders living below the poverty line in remote areas of the Navajo Reservation in Utah and Arizona. Although families help their Elders, conditions exist that make our assistance essential. As Elders age, their ability to work diminishes while basic requirements for firewood, food, mobility equipment and simple medical supplies increase. We wish to honor and respect traditional Elders and their culture. These are resilient people, and as long as they have their basic needs of food, heat, and shelter met, they will survive as they have for hundreds of years. Presently, over 700 Navajo Elders are enrolled as adopted Elders in our Program. Over 3,000 people who live in poverty in remote locations on the Reservation receive some form of Program assistance from Adopt-A-Native-Elder.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

[Intro: Josh A]
I don't wanna try no more, I don't wanna die no more
I don't wanna try no more, I don't wanna die no more
I don't wanna try no more, I don't wanna die no more
I don't wanna try no more, I don't wanna die no more
Can you take my pain away, I'm so sick of everything
I don't want another day, no no
Can you take the pain away, I'm so sick of everything
I don't want another day, no no

[Hook: Josh A]
The time goes by, I close my eyes
I drown my mind, don't want this life
The time goes by, I close my eyes
I drown my mind, don't want this life

[Verse: Darko]
Can you take the pain away, it's what I'm living with every day
Stick a needle in my arm and it fade away
So I write another song so I stay awake
Yeah they tell you that they love you til they fade away
Yeah I know that there's a god, but I hate the way
Every time I try to pray I don't hear a thing
I never hear a thing, yeah yeah

[Hook: Josh A]
The time goes by, I close my eyes
I drown my mind, don't want this life
The time goes by, I close my eyes
I drown my mind, don't want this life

[Outro: Josh A]
I don't wanna try no more, I don't wanna die no more
I don't wanna try no more, I don't wanna die no more
I don't wanna try no more, I don't wanna die no more
I don't wanna try no more, I don't wanna die no more
Can you take my pain away, I'm so sick of everything
I don't want another day, no no
Can you take the pain away, I'm so sick of everything
I don't want another day, no no

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopt a Native Elder has been very generous and supportive of American Indian education. They have donated to Nebo Indian Education brand new backpacks filled with school supplies, coats, mittens, beanies, Christmas stockings filled with goodies and countless other donations. Nebo District American Indian students have had the opportunity to meet the Navajo elders and volunteers at the rug show. Nebo students adopted a "Grandpa" and presented him with gifts and support him with rainbow box's twice a year. Service Learning projects connecting them with Native elders helps them learn more about themselves and their responsibilities. They're contributions back to their own communities helps build positive self esteem and a strong sense of self identity. This is powerful. With the support and partnership with Adopt a Native Elder we are making positive changes for a brighter future. ANE's humanitarian support to their local schools and community is exemplary. Thank you for the opportunity to voice this! Nebo Title VII Indian Education

1 Margie H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We've been long-time participants/donors in this program (approx. 15 years). For the first 5 years, we only donated items for auction to raise funds for the program. Finally, after yearly requests from Linda Myers, we went to the Rug Show to actually see what takes place and how our donations were used. We were able to not only do these things but also to meet many of the grandmothers and other volunteers that make this program work. We have owned a Pendleton store in Park City for 17 years, so the American Indian heritage is very familiar to us. The Adopt-a-Native Elder Program has a direct positive effect on the lives/livelihood of these Native American people whose traditions ANE is trying to preserve. We are proud to promote this program and work with many wonderful volunteers that give so much to make this program a success.