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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 organization dedicated to helping the Native American families in need living on the Reservations of South Dakota & Wyoming with food, clothing, paper products, personal hygiene, mattresses, etc.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: 45,000 people

Geographic areas served: South Dakota and Wyoming

Programs: Native American Heritage Association works with Feeding America and Good360 to obtain basic life necessities to deliver to the Native American families in need on the Reservations in South Dakota and Wyoming.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is iris campbell . I live on the fort peck indian reservation in northeat montana. Poverty is very high in our community. School is just around the corner and many children in my community ate in high need of school clothing ifor the children of my community. The first dau of school isnt such a happy memory if you are going to your first day in ragged over or undersized clothes. It breaks my heart to see many of these children walking to school in sockless tattered clothing. I have no school children of my own but i will go to rummage sales all the time and shop for good quality clothing and gove them to children who might need them. I can olny do so much. I would loke to request some help or direction to obtain much needed clothing, shoes and school supplies for the meedy native american children of my community of wolf point montana andvwould like to distribute them from WPCO building in our community. Please consider this request. It would be so lively to see these children in nice clothing and the upbeat smiles on their faces anxiously awaiting to arrive at their first day of school. Thank you very much for your time. Sincerely, Iris Campbell concerned for the needy children of my community.

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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 They deliver truckloads of completely useless garbage like outdated calendars, old outdated food, auto parts that would not work for anything you would find on the reservations, outdoor patio cushions without the furniture that they go on, I could go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.

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I received a letter in the mail from NAHA requesting donations. They tell the very compelling story of Sara Swift Hawk. According to this Thomas Congressional record, she died in 1999 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?r106:S25FE9-0020:

It seemed a little strange to not have any more up to date information. Then I went to the website and there has been no news entered for the entire year of 2012.

I also tried to find information about the CEO salary but only saw this article on charities taking advantage of Native Americans http://www.colorlines.com/archives/2000/12/charity_scams_making_big_business_out_of_native_american_poverty.html


Does anyone know what's going on with this Charity?

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NativeAmericanHeritageAssociation_NAHA 09/02/2015

The letter you received was an older news story. However, it does not change the necessities of those that still do not have heat or warm clothing during the winter months. The needs are still very much real. Our financial information can be found http://www.naha-inc.org/naha/financial-accountability/. As for the article you are referring, we are not affiliated with any other organizations and never have been.

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8 Lisa133

Donor

Rating: 5

I have given to this organization for many years, and I can tell you that they are genuinely concerned about their people. Their efforts have helped improve many lives by eliminating the suffering felt by these Native Americans.

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NativeAmericanHeritageAssociation_NAHA 09/10/2015

Thank you for your wonderful review.

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Donor

Rating: 1

refused to answer questions about what donations are used for and after i asked to unsubscribe they have continued to mail me for 7 months

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NativeAmericanHeritageAssociation_NAHA 09/02/2015

I do apologize for your any troubles you had several years ago. 95% of budget goes to our programs. Hopefully you were removed from our mailing list as requested.