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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Partnership With Native Americans (formerly National Relief Charities) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit committed to championing hope for a brighter future for Native Americans living on remote, isolated and impoverished reservations. PWNA maintains relationships with hundreds of reservation programs focused on leading positive change within their tribal communities. A BBB-accredited charity, our mission is: Serving immediate needs. Supporting long-term solutions. Our vision is: Strong, self-sufficient Native American communities.

Results: PWNA is known among our reservation community partners as a trusted partner and resource providing the right goods – the requested goods – in the right time and way for each community. We average 90% customer satisfaction, providing aid to areas most organizations cannot reach. In addition to delivering essential goods and services, PWNA is developing community leaders who can drive social change in their reservation communities. We are also challenging dependency and poverty by involving community members in the delivery of our services--simultaneously enhancing capacity while meeting diverse needs. Each year, 90-95% of our scholarship students complete the college year, and 250,000 Native Americans welcome relief from day-to-day symptoms of poverty. Our annual report, effectiveness report, partner and participant stories, and press coverage are published on our website at www.nativepartnership.org. Our BBB report is available at http://give.org/charity-reviews/national/human-services/partnership-with-native-americans-in-addison-tx-627. Our Charting Impact report is available at http://www.guidestar.org/report/chartingimpact/689015983/partnership-native-americans.pdf.

Target demographics: PWNA provides consistent aid and services for Native Americans with the highest needs in the U.S.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Collaborating with our partners on the reservations, we improve quality of life for 250,000 Native Americans each year, and yet there is more to do.

Geographic areas served: PWNA's scholarships are offered nationwide to tribally-enrolled Native American students. Our long-term solutions and our material goods and services for immediate relief reach hundreds of tribal communities throughout the Southwest and Northern Plains regions of the U.S.

Programs: PWNA cares about quality of life and supports the self-determined goals of the tribes. Our programs (NPRA, SWRA, AIEF, RAR, SNRF, NAA, SWIRC and NRF) span education, animal welfare and Northern Plains and Southwest reservation aid. Specifically, our material services focus on nutrition, health, K-12 education, emergency relief, animal welfare, and holiday needs being addressed by our reservation partners within their tribal communities. Our long-term solutions support higher education, community investment projects, and capacity-building for local leaders and reservation communities. PWNA connects outside resources directly to the reservations through our distribution network and Native community partnerships.

Community Stories

169 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Georgia Rooks and I am from the Eagle Nest District in Wanblee South Dakota. Partnership with Native Americans program came to work with my community on food sovereignty. Our community has a high number of people with problems associated with food. Diabetes and obesity is prevalent in our community. The workshop that was presented taught my community how to use dehydrators to naturally preserve food such as fruits, vegetables, and meats. We also learned knife skills and how to properly use a knife. We learned to cook without adding excess salt or sugar to the food, and were introduced to how to use spices to enhance our foods. We also learned how to garden and grow our own vegetables. In the four years that we've been working with Partnership with Native Americans program we were helped with winter preparedness kits. In South Dakota the weather can turn from nice to a full blizzard in a matter of hours. Our community has been helped greatly by Partnership with Native Americans program. Everything they said they would teach us, show us, or help us with they have delivered. Everyone within the program has been exceptional in working with my community and we've always felt as if we were truly partners and not just recipients. Partnership with Native American is a program that aims to help and does so exceptionally.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This was one of the bestprograms I think I have had the opportunity to share in our community. We talked about local foods, saw some native foods and then learned to cook with people who can make a difference in our communities. I thank the Partnership with Native Americans for providing this program to the Northern Cheyenne community. Historically our lands gave us the foods we needed to survive and in a variety of forms. Ethno-botony meets culinary skills and the results were delicious! One fellow kept saying "I don't like ...(insert one of many foods we served).... but this is so good!" The makings of a great program and what a way to address some of our health concerns such as rampant diabetes living in a identified food desert with limited access to fresh food.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our organization has been with PWNA for several years. We live in an area, located between two Indian Reservations, where poverty is rampant. We are an addiction recovery center where a overwhelming percentage of our clients are in need of necessary staples to lead an ordinary life. Without PWNA, that would not be possible. On a monthly basis, they send to our facility, an assortment of items to share with our clients. These items, such as shampoo, soaps, hygiene kits, toilet paper, and the list goes on and on, help alleviate the pressures upon these individuals and families, and help them maintain their households. Everyone we have worked with in the Rapid City office, are friendly, and go over and above to make the transition between their office and our facility go as smoothly as possible. We are ever so grateful to be able to have the relationship we do with PWNA out of Rapid City. God Bless them for all they do!!!

Meghan T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a nonprofit that works with Partnership With Native Americans on a continuous basis. They are so supportive to our work and we are grateful for the partnership. They have supported our community events - such as a volleyball camp for our youth led by a professional volleyball player. They've also been heavily involved in our capacity building for our youth CERT program. Our reservation is very spread out and with support from PWNA, we are able to train our teens in emergency preparedness so the youth can help their community before emergency help can get there. Last but not least, they recently taught a cooking class to our staff and community members through the Newmans Own Foundation food justice work; teaching knife techniques and how to cook healthy indigenous foods, all so our community can thrive. THANK YOU PWNA for your partnership! We are looking forward to all the work we will do together in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Alice's Place is a domestic and sexual violence crisis center offering 24 hour crisis, shelter, advocacy, education and more. We have partnered with PWNA for eleven years. Their staff is absolutely amazing! The level of caring and dedication to what they do is so evident. The products we receive on a quarterly basis is absolutely vital to our our program. We receive hygiene products, clothing, shoes, diapers, paper towels, toilet paper, and the list just goes on. The products are distributed to the adults and children in shelter. The items we receive are always in great condition and so well received by our participants. The funding we save by not having to purchase these products is directed into other services like life skill classes, transportation of clients, and so on. We are greatly appreciative for PWNA and see them as one of our strongest allies.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have had the opportunity to be involved with The Partnership with Native Americans (PWNA) branch of the American Indian Education Fund programs for the past decade and see the enormous impact provided to Native American students throughout the country. Scholarships awarded through PWNA, in particular, have given students an extra level of confidence towards reaching their goals academically and has also promoted the idea of giving back to tribal communities in a variety of ways upon completion of their degrees. I know every scholarship recipient is appreciative of the efforts of PWNA and all donors who support students in their educational and career pursuits.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are grateful for Midwestern University's partnership with PWNA. With PWNA's support, our shelter medicine program is working to reduce pet overpopulation and euthanasia in Native American communities while providing basic preventive and clinical care for animals identified as needing additional medical services during mobile clinic visits to the reservations. PWNA's partnership provides surgical opportunities for students while educating them about animal welfare issues, including an understanding of how unsterilized animals contribute to a host of public health problems, particularly on reservations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a first year law student and received PWNA's American Indian Education Fund scholarship for this academic year 2018-19. This scholarship goes above the typical funding support. I received a care package at the beginning of the fall semester and a Christmas stocking full of goodies useful for any degree seeking student. I have been connected with a mentor through PepsiCo and we have monthly phone calls, and received another box of supplies I use on a regular basis. With the government shutdown, some of my funding sources were delayed, but PWNA's AIEF scholarship was in my account and processed on time. This helped me tremendously because any shortfalls from my tuition and fees had to paid out of pocket or through additional student loans. I am thankful for the support provided by PWNA and know there are other students out there receiving the same quality of support. I have sent in my application again for my second year and I have shared this scholarship with other Native students attending my university. Wopila Tanka!! (Big thanks).

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Client Served

Rating: 5

PWNA's RAR (Reservation Animal Rescue) project has gone above and beyond in helping our area's dogs and cats. PWNA brings us regular truckloads of donation items for the homeless pets in our shelter. We have been very lucky to receive several grants for spaying and neutering and of reservation owned pets to reduce the epidemic pet overpopulation in west central NM-AZ border. The pets and the people are so pleased with these services which greatly improve the quality of each pet's life as well as reduce shelter euthanasia from unwanted litters as well as increasing public safety by decreasing dog packs in NHA housing compounds. We feel blessed to have an ongoing partnership with PWNA!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with PWNA for 6 years. They have provided a service to our Native American students that is invaluable. They provide basic needs (Soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.), special treats (Easter baskets, Christmas stockings) and community involvement (Christmas Dinner). They have supported our residential students with basic needs.

The staff is extremely professional, helpful and compassionate. The required paperwork is clear and easily completed. I can't say enough about how wonderful this charity is.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PWNA has been a wonderful program for our department and have been very helpful in assisting our program needs and goals. Our partnership with PWNA consist of the residential and food programs which have been very beneficial in our operations. Donations received are utilized and distributed throughout our operations helping us provide the best possible services for our clients and meeting our goals. PWNA is an outstanding organization that is there to help and we are proud and honored to be a member of PWNA.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PWNA's Healthy Living program helps us to encourage families to enroll into Growing In Beauty Home Visitation Program. It also increases the rate of participation of families in the biweekly home visitation appointments and Group Connection Meeting each month. Families learn about child interaction activities that can help improve their parental involvement and their children's development. Families learn together in a secure environment at home among other extended family member such as grandparents, great grandparents, and so on. When they come to do a group connection they interact with other Parents/Children and share their experiences. So when families receive these healthy living products, parents make time to interact with their children instead of always going to work. At each of the monthly meeting we have different resources come out to share what they have to offer. Some resources include the local clinics, hospitals, department of economic security office, and etc.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was recently at a dinner where we had the opportunity to hear from Native American students who would have never gone to college, but for the financial AND emotional support offered by Partnership with Native Americans - very inspirational! This is a trustworthy organization that understands the human piece of giving support and encouraging success. They are an amazing nonprofit that reminds us we need to do more for our first Americans - the Native Americans. From education to basic needs, like water and sustainable food programs, the people who work for and with PWNA are committed, respectful and effective. It's fulfilling to be part of their initiatives!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with NRC has been extremely positive. I believe the cause is important, and I donate to NRC because this organization is specifically focused on helping bring services to improve the quality of life for Native Americans. In my conversations with NRC staff, it is clear that they are genuinely concerned and dedicated to the welfare of Native Americans. They visit the reservations, get to know the needs of the communities and offer innovative programs to help. They have successfully partnered with great organizations to make a positive difference for elders as well as young children and students. Without their programs, many would go without the basic needs for life - water, heat, food, transportation . . . things many Americans take for granted. I am proud to be a supporter and urge others to contribute to this worthy organization so they can continue to serve Native American communities around the United States.
-Melinda

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIVE AMERICANS serves as a resource for The Salvation Army throughout the country. Mark Ford, Director of Partnerships, has presented at several Salvation Army/VOAD seminars and conferences, educating participants about PWNA as well as about Native American history and culture. Our partnership is an invaluable educational resource in order to prepare for and respond to disasters affecting tribal lands. Thank you for being a partner! J. Berglund, Territorial Emergency Services Director, USA Western Territory, The Salvation Army

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Partnership with Native American collaborates with the Tohono O'odham Nation by sharing the New Baby program. The rural reservation population increases yearly with approximately 200 births. Services from New Baby encourage the participating mother to get to prenatal education, post partum education to meet with public health nurses(PHN), and scheduled professional healthcare provider appointments that enhance their quality of life. New Baby participants learn that meeting minimum requirements for healthcare education/classes and completion of the New Baby program card- noting 6 completed visits will place them in a position to receive incentives after the baby's delivery.Wonderful gifts;welcoming baby with receiving items nicely packaged in a diaper bag, A baby stroller that folds for easy carriage, a bathtub jam packed with baby use items will be given follow up to baby's first vaccine appointment being completed. These gifts are generally magic for this rural population. Increased attendance to scheduled Doctor visits and also keeping the community educations and appointments is observable with the prompting of the New Baby program gifts. The highlight of my workweek is a day meeting the prenatal clients in a PHN education for pregnancy health and a demonstration of the usefulness of the New Baby items they can 'work' toward ! Benefits from Partnership with Native American charity can be a lifetime of planning for good healthcare practices just because New Baby" gave a good start!

Donor

Rating: 5

PWNA is an amazing service to Native people and Native Communities as a whole. Leadership, Nutrition and Sustainability programs that promote culture, history and support future generations are at the core of their services. Having seen it in action from the inside, I can absolutely give them 5 stars.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PWNA has been a trustworthy and reliable partner to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Department of Language and Culture. Through the support of PWNA and their staff expertise of community engagement, we come closer to our overall quest to preserve and perpetuate our indigenous language, culture, history and traditions. Over the course of our cooperative partnership, we have worked together to bring experiential learning opportunities through the Huyapo Bwaa'ame Project or Our Desert Foods, to tribal members of the Yaqui Tribe focusing on the transmission of traditional knowledge of our relationship to our environment and the healing qualities of these natural foods strengthening the food sovereignty of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

We are appreciative and are grateful to PWNA for their support, expertise and understanding of the unique needs of Native Communities, we look forward to continuing our collaborative work with PWNA for meaningful projects in our community.

Ramon Begay

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Partnership With Native Americans has assisted our parents and school with incentives throughout the school year. Our attendance has grown at our monthly Title I Parent Advisory Committee meetings. Our parents appreciate and look forward to receiving these incentives. Our Tséhootsooí Diné Bi’Ólta’ students look forward to school supplies, TOM shoes and snow boots, and Christmas stockings. I am excited for PWNA incentives and appreciate what our school receives. PWNA staff is very friendly and helpful. I appreciate their service to our school and Navajo Reservation. Thank you.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

My organization is passionate about ensuring equitable access to our programs and services, and PWNA has been a valued partner in helping our community of practice develop new - and deepen existing - relationships with Tribal Nations. We are excited and fortunate to team with them in getting the word out about our respective offerings and joint efforts!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Partnership with Native Americans benefits my programs by proving incentives for youths and community members living in an underserved area. It makes my day to see the smiles  on kid’s faces when they receive their reward(s)…. Thanks PWNA!!
PWNA has enabled me to open new doors with their 4 Direction Program. I am currently enhancing my professional career; this was due to my PWNA advisor who is assisting me to reach my goals. It’s a very Cool Journey.
PWNA T3 program has provided me with teaching tools to implement. The indigenous cooking sessions were “off the hook” hands down! The teachings I learned makes me to live a healthier lifestyle. Amazing organization!