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Causes: Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, 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

187 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Sean S.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with PWNA has been such a great experience every time! My company The Sioux Chef and our non profit, NATIFS.org has been able to set up a few trainings with PWNA over the past few years and its so great to see how much effort towards better lifestyles they put into our indigenous communities. We’ve been able to work with them around Phoenix, AZ doing culinary trainings for indigenous community members and leaders, along with the first Lakota Food Summit in Rapid City, SD. I look forward to many more collaborations and can’t think of another non profit better equipped to help bring positive change so effectively directly into our tribal communities! - Sean

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a life changing experience I had by participating in the 4DD program which is a 4 months professional development cohort. By which I have learned professional skills, wellness in the workplace, and not to mention personal growth. This has yet been the most effective program taught by highly experienced educators, mentored by entrepreneurs, and great leaders. I am now more confident in my work within the tribal communities by applying the tools given to me by this program. I can also say my work is more efficient because I have acquired a healthier way of communicating and being able to use and strengthen my core strengths. Now I strive to be the change I want to see in this world, thanks to Partnership With Native Americans.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Walmart and PWNA have been long time partners and I would highly recommend partnering with PWNA to anyone looking to make an impact within Indian country. My role is focused on making sure that Indian country is represented within Walmart and that we are doing all that we can to address the needs of Indian Country. As a representative for Walmart for Native Communities I am grateful to have worked with Partnership with Native Americans because of their incredible commitment to serving tribes in every way that they can with both immediate and long term solutions. Representatives from PWNA have taken me personally to visit the tribal partners that they work with to see first hand the impact they are making within these communities. I was humbled and honored by the personal time they put into helping me learn about Indian country and why their work is so vital for these communities which are in great need and rely heavily on PWNAs services. Thank you for the great work you do and thank you for partnering with Walmart!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

We are an Early childhood program at Standing Rock. When parents enroll their child(ren) into our program, they receive an incentive bag from us which is items that we receive from PWNA. They also receive an incentive bag when they complete an Ages and Stages Questionnaire about their child(ren). This helps up to monitor the growth and development of the children here on Standing Rock. This also helps us to catch any problems early like speech impairment to help get the services needed for that child. Parents are excited to receive the incentive bag and helps them if they are low on items that may be in that bag. Its a great feeling to be able to help the children here on Standing Rock. Our children are the future. Thank you.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are a non-profit addiction center in a remote area of South Dakota, where addiction, along with poverty is rampant. We provide services our clients, but because of PWNA, we are also able to help our cliental with some of the essentials they require for their households, their children, or for themselves. PWNA provides so much for the well-being of our community, and our clients. We are beyond blessed to be able to have access to their facility and the services they can provide for us.

1 dine_advocacy

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PWNA have been an vital organization in Indigenous communities creating an impact that addresses unique issues and solutions in Indian Country and in urban areas. We have been able to partner with PWNA on scaling collective action and empowerment in our tribal nations and communities in the southwest area of the U.S. They have been able to contribute towards the the inclusion of Indigenous participation and presence in areas where Indigenous people were invisible or excluded. We greatly appreciate their ways of supporting and creating tribal synergies, furthering intentional organizing, and developing sustainable practices for Indigenous public health systems. Thank you PWNA for your important and critical work. -Denisa Livingston, DCAA

1 Sara Jo B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a higher education institution that has a student population that is 35% American Indian, The Partnership with Native Americans has been a tremendous resource for our institution. We are going on our third year as a grant recipient for the Emergency Funds. Many of our students are just one crisis away from dropping out of school, and the emergency funds we have been able to provide have supported students through these critical times. We have been fundraising on our own as a grant recipient to continue this service once our grant funding has ended. We also have many students who benefit from the scholarship assistance PWNA provides. On behalf of our students, we say Wado, Mvto, Yakoke to PWNA and your donors! Your work is crucial to growing and supporting Indian Country!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Partnership with Native Americans
And how our community works with them
As I set here and drink my ceyaka (peppermint tea) locally harvested I want to first explain a bit about my community so that one can understand the workings and challenges that PWNA has had to work with.
First our community, Wanblee lies within the District of Eagle Nest and located on the north east corner of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Wambli means eagle in Lakota. And there is a very long, prominent butte, called Eagle Nest Butte. It is a historical and spiritual site. The altar of Horn Chipps was located here. He was the medicine man for Crazy Horse. We have approximately 338,000 acres within the district. The land base is extremely checker boarded and fractionated. We vote in an executive board that is comprised of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Parliamentarian. We also vote in two council representatives that sit on the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council. There are two subcommunities Pass Creek and Hisle. There are three different types of housing within the district, a private non-profit project, a school housing project and a few Oglala Lakota Sioux Housing projects. Each housing project have approximately one acre of space available for growing. We have one of the four elementary/high schools on Pine Ridge, Crazy Horse School. We have a IHS clinic, an Oglala Lakota College Center, a OST food distribution program, a few non-profits, mainly churches, and one privately owned grocery/convenience store. There are approximately 2,500 residents and about 92 jobs. Approximately 50 of these jobs are held by non-community members. We have a high unemployment rate and high rate of poverty and food insecurity and land loss is well known amongst our residents.
It all began with attending a Wanblee Community Action Team (WCAT) meeting. Ms. Phyllis Swift Hawk, GED Educator with Oglala Lakota College hosted and was addressing safety and preparedness for the community. She was the one who first invited PWNA into the community as a partner. I brought forward the idea of food sovereignty to the meeting. Mr. Raphael Tapia was at the meeting and we asked if we could put together a grant application based on preservation and preparation as opposed to tilling and garden preparation. We did. And with the support of PWNA, Laura Shad, we begin doing some traditional plant balm making with both adults and youth. We received testimony from a man with diabetes that said he had something like a sore or raw spot on his arm and what ever he treated it with it just wouldn’t heal. He attended our balm making and made some balm. He was curious and believed it wouldn’t hurt to try. He said immediately, within days, his spot began to clear up. We were so pleased to hear this and to be able to share that these medicines grew right in our back yards and that the balm wasn’t petroleum based.
The partnership began to have ripple effects as more partners were brought forward. We began by providing seeds and presentations on our natural plants/medicines. Because of this valuable partnership we were able to provide trainings on foods and food preparation. We hosted a cooking class and learned from a local chef, which PWNA brought to our community, how to cook, how to cut meats and prepare healthy foods. We presented on food preservation, which included dehydration, pressure canning, and ultimately, we were approved to purchase a freeze dryer. This is one of only two freeze dryers on the reservation. This freeze dryer answers so many of our local needs. Space for storage of food, nutritional content of preserved food, and availability of a awesome machine that will help us do this. We also planted a garden at the college center and had the youth sink their hands in the soil. Some fresh green beans were prepared for the youth and he said he never tasted such good beans. He never had fresh, out of the garden food before. He only purchased from the store. This partnership was and is very instrumental in our community journeying down the road of food security.
We were able to attend the youth food summit, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. We were able to present on a lot of the local plants/medicines that are available to us. We also utilized these to make a lip balm for the students. Ms. Phyllis Swift Hawk also presented on the sacredness and connection to the root nation, the four legged nation, the winged nation. This was a very impressive presentation and discussion. The youth are very fortunate that PWNA recognized the value in community history and indigenous knowledge. This was a very impressive summit where the youth were provided an opportunity to mingle amongst each other and learn this traditional ecological knowledge.
In closing my review is and can only be positive and supportive of PWNA. They have come to our community, maintain a very respectful demeanor, have supported our ideas and dreams, have helped us to create partnerships with many local resources and have inspired us to continue to dream and to continue to bring resources to us. We are hopeful for moving forward with a high tunnel that we hope to grow thousands of pounds of vegetables. We also hope that we can look at creating a community cellar that will serve three seasonal purposes. First as an underground green house, then as a storm shelter when plants are moved out, then as a storage for food when the storm season is over.
Without PWNA we would still be talking about these things. It is the continued presence of showing up and also holding us accountable that makes this partnership successful and has allowed it to grow. We look forward to a continued partnership that allows us to dream, to be food secure, to recognize our own indigenous knowledge and continue to ensure our community has this knowledge in the future. Thank You Partnership with Native Americans-Raphael, Laura and Joe. These are the individuals that we work with and they do a super job!!!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with PWNA in Rapid City, SD. This organization was very easy to work with, and the staff are very professional. I was made to feel important, and communication was so easy, and follow-up by staff were impressive. I would highly recommend anyone to inquire, apply, and be a part of this nonprofit organization. As an older student, and continuing my education i felt that assistance was provided, and mentors were offered as a means of support. Good Luck and best of wishes to anyone who joins this great team of professionals. :)

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I own YM Solutions, LLC., a small business in consulting business specializating in broad public health (evaluation, interventions, methodologies, etc). Over the years, I've coordinated and worked with PWNA in delivering wellness, health and nutrition education and tools to the participants of the WMAT program and other career development programs. PWNA recruits participants from various tribes from Arizona and New Mexico and preparing mid-level professionals to receive valuable knowledge and practical tools to equip and enhance their levels and better contribute in their respective industries. I enjoy and continue to look forward in working with PWNA staff and the organization. PWNA has delivered many programs and opportunities for many Native Americans; and it does so with compassion, patience and humility.

Kindly,
Evelina Y-Maho, Co-Owner/Founder
YM Solutions, LLC

1 C'lest K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned of PWNA through a Native American Church that I belonged to and worked for. This wonderful nonprofit organization supplied monthly shipments of many various food items as well as clothing, games and personal items for the church’s food pantry. Those donations to the church were so gratefully received by the Turtle Mountain Tribe and surrounding community in ND. I soon learned that the PWNA offers scholarship grants to Native American college students who study in Tribal colleges as well as to those who leave their home communities to earn degrees in other Universities. That support is so needed by students who are far from home, it helps to pay for high tuition costs and living expenses. The PWNA even sends the students thoughtful care-packages of treats and personal items to the college students it supports, one of which I am. The PWNA has supported me and many others from my tribe, we are very grateful to them!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In Fall 2019 I was invited to partake in a PWNA's 4-Directions program as a Volunteer Key (Mentor). This program fosters leadership development within tribal communities, and this particular Fall 2019 Cohort was an exclusive Tribal engagement with The White Mountain Apache Tribe.

From October 2019 through January 2020, with the support, guidance, and resources provided by PWNA, I along with five other Native American Professionals engaged a group of nearly 30 middle and upper level program and government administrators employed by the White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT). WMAT's Tribal Administration primarily employs citizens of their Nation which resulted in a 100% Native American cohort, talk about true self-determination.

This engagement was embraced by all participants, mutually collaborative, and synthesized excellent outcomes while strengthening our collective Indigenous community's network. Communication with members of our designated sub-cohorts throughout the months were designed to support participants with their SMART Goals, consult with them on challenges in the work place and reinforced with monthly in-person training and workshops. We were able to build great one on one professional relationships.

I would recommend Tribal Administrations look to this program to continue to strengthen their internal capacities, competencies, with intent to build stronger Tribal Nations.

I'll be proud to serve again if asked to in the future.

Rob Salas, COO
Tribal Indemnity,
Phoenix, AZ

Client Served

Rating: 5

In October, I attended a 2 day cooking class hosted by PWNA taught by their instructor, Inyan. There, we learned how to properly prepare food, clean and sharpen our tools and clean our food prep areas. This was not only a fun class to participate in with local community members and family but it also built new friendships. PWNA employee, Laura Shad, was a joy to have around with her vibrant energy and genuine love for our community. If given the opportunity, I would jump at the chance to attend another class. Their community outreach programs are vital and I would love to see their reach grow. Pilamaye! (Thank You) -Molina

1 Danny Butcher

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the Director of the New Hope House Shelter & Garden. We are located on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation, in central South Dakota, Eagle Butte, South Dakota. We have been receiving donations and shipments from Partnership with Native Americans ever since we opened our doors in 2013. I do believe they began helping us in 2014. With their help, we are able to save costs on supplies and operations. This helps us out immensely because we are funded by grants. The supplies goes to our homeless residents and when we have more than what we need, we take those excess supplies to other shelters in our area. The supplies that PWNA provides us with goes a long way towards helping address the needs of our homeless community. Partnership has helped us with a mircro grant to start a community garden in 2017. We now have started canning and preserving our yield with the help of PWNA's classes and trainings they offer. After the Micro grant we wanted to further the garden and grow more so we submitted a $175,000 grant was was awarded the amount. We have been working hard at creating a Therapeutic Garden for our residents. We are now producing a very big yield to help with feeding our residents and providing a healthy environment with the garden. We are very grateful for all of their help.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My organization, The Hopi Foundation, has worked with Partnership with Native Americans since 2015. During this time PWNA has served our community from youth, adults and elders in areas of health, education, safety, elder and youth services. PWNA has been a valuable partner to our program the Hopi Opportunity Youth Initiative by supporting our work to develop youth mentorship pathways that support our youth through high school to college transition, then to seek careers that are inspiring and meaningful in their lives. My gratitude goes out to the staff and donors of PWNA, we appreciate your support. Askwali!

Chanse F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Partnership with Native Americans has been a great resource for me as an intern at a local non-profit. They provided me with chef training and connected me with so many amazing people that I continued to work with and learn from today. I participated in the t3 trainings, and I was able to take what I learned and use for a cafe business I am starting back in my community. New opportunities have also come to me to teach what I learned to others in my community about traditional cooking methods and food ways. I can't thank them enough. I will continue to support and work with them in anyway possible. - Chanse

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity over the past several years to work with PWNA as one of their many fundraising partners. Since my first meeting with this group almost 30 years ago, the growth and spread of their message and mission has been nothing short of miraculous. I strongly believe this growth comes from the integrity and pride that PWNA uses when sharing their message of hope with the general public year to year. There are so many nonprofits today that guilt or try to scare you into their fold, but PWNA educates and informs people of the "sad realities" our Native Americans face in today's world - this is definitely a message to get behind and a mission to support!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a project collaborator, working with PWNA has been seamless and incredibly supportive throughout the whole project development process. The staff at PWNA are a wealth of knowledge and resources in their expertise area, which helped move the project along and build better relationships within the community. I'm so impressed with PWNA and honored to have worked with them. I couldn't have found a better project collaborator and partner than PWNA!

April24

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.

1

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.

1

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).

1

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!

1

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

Partnership With Native Americans continues to be a shining star with their advocacy programs and investments dedicated to our nation's Native American communities. Year over year they have expanded the footprint of their outreach programs impacting more than 250,000 Native Americans .

I am proud to be affiliated with the initiatives set forth by this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Partnership with Native Americans has been helping our community and surrounding communities for years by donating items that families are in need of. We are currently apart of the Healthy Living Program, we do home visits with families that have new babies and educate them on infant nutrition and home safety. The items we get from PWNA help with morale, improved programming, consistent appointments and overall well being of the families we serve.
The staff are always polite, professional and eager to help. I have never had a bad experience. Thank you PWNA for your continued support of our programs. We very much appreciate you all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PWNA benefitted me personally through their 4D leadership develpment program, which I thought was a top-notch experience. My organization has also benefited through their grant program, which assisted us in getting our vegetable gardens set up for success. I know that several other organizations on the reservations in our area have also appreciated the services of PWNA.

The leadership has been caring and personable in all my interactions and I look forward to continuing our relationship moving forward.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great team. I was glad to be a part of their first leadership cohort, and I have since nominated several other folks to the program.

They have also helped our community with a variety of resources including training, materials, and support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Partnership With Native Americans has made a great impact on our clients. We are currently in the Healthy Living Program, and we have them exercise 3 times a week and their incentive at the end of the month are the items that are sent to us from PWNA. Products that are sent to us are of much use to our elderly clients and are very much appreciated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through all the hardship of health issues, we try to extend vital information to the elders of our community to take it and live it in their daily lives. To prolong their lives because elders are full of stories they can share into the next generation. PWNA has played a very important role in helping us promote these health related information by providing incentives for elders and the incentives draws interest to the information and/or presentations we provide at our local Senior Centers. Kudos! to everyone at PWNA and appreciate all the donors! Thank you.

Aaron Robert V.

Client Served

Rating: 4

PWNA has assisted the Tokata youth Center in providing resources and incentives to help improve the programming we are able to offer. I look forward to our continued partnership.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Paula Beasley, I am from the Navajo Nation in Sanders AZ. My dad started helping different ministries on the rez in 1996. I started helping him with the distribution and basically took over for him in 2009, when he got sick. We started with PWNA around that time, and they have been a tremendous help for our 11 ministries that we assist with. We have 3 ministries in Gallup, NM that help with the homeless and help with feeding them and clothing them, and we have 8 that help out various places on the rez. PWNA has been a huge asset with these ministries continuing. We have been very blessed to have PWNA as a part of out community. We are thankful for all that PWNA has done.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

We work with this organization to help in many areas, with a concentration in education. However, Partnership with Native Americans has gone above and beyond in working with us, giving us information, and having relevant services for those we serve. Their staff are helpful, engaging, and flexible. They have made the time to visit with us to see how they can improve and to meet with the folks who utilize their services. I have nothing but positives things to say about these guys!! You can tell these folks really care and work from the heart!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Partnerships With Native Americans is undeniably a GREAT Nonprofit! GREAT, in my opinion, is measured by the impact this organization has had on youth representing various tribal communities. Scholarships and community event support has had a direct and positive impact on Native students pursuing higher education at Arizona State University. Thank you!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PWNA has been a wonderful community partner! They support a variety of programs at the Sunrise House Family Resource Center! We are located in a remote location in Southern Arizona on the Tohono O'odham Nation however we are able to offer cooking classes, parenting classes and offer distribution days where we can provide community members with hygiene items, food items and support because of PWNA.

The staff is amazing and helpful, the systems they have in place are efficient and help us provide vital services to families in need. A simple thank you doesn't seem sufficient but we are very thankful for the amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit experience was a lifesaver for me. I am the daughter of a single mother. Financial aid was not enough for me to be able to attend college so Partnership with Native Americans made it possible for me to fulfill my lifelong dream.....to be able to go to college and obtain a degree in social work. Without the help of this nonprofit organization, my mother would not been able to do it on her own. The organization made sure I had everything I needed to make my first year in college a successful one. I am forever grateful for all that the Partnership for Native Americans has done for me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PWNA is a quality organization who provided support of our community garden project in San Carlos, Arizona for the Apache people. We are a new non-profit organization called Nalwoodi Denzhone community (NDC). PWNA recognized our vision of revitalization of the San Carlos Apache people and land, and they jumped right in to support our efforts. Our garden is now providing both education and fresh, healthy produce for many Apaches! We had a great experience working with Shane Burnette and look forward to further partnerships! Thanks PWNA!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would like to share my wonderful experience with T3 Program with PWNA. This opportunity increased my knowledge in Native Foods and culinary skills to allow me to cook healthier for my family. Both the Chefs Lois and Walter were amazing and they were very helpful on understanding the use of fresh garden grown ingredients and healthy living and also the best use of specific vegetables for cooking would be better for my family. This training gave me a kick start on healthy lifestyle choices and self-improvement. Thank you PWNA

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I participated in the PWNA 4 Directions Development Program, which helped me improve my leadership skills personally and professionally. My place of employment also uses PWNA to assist our families with many different items that help to make their lives a little easier.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PWNA has been an essential part of our transition programs at our university. We offer a transition program to new incoming students. Due the to the help we received from PWNA we were able to help American Indian students successfully transition into college by removing some tough financial barriers. We were also able to familiarize these students with the resources they have available to them on campus. The options they have for assisting students go beyond the traditional funding, but could also include items to help students living on campus. In the past, PWNA has also helped with emergency funding opportunities which is always needed. The PWNA are knowledgeable and friendly to work with! We look forward to continuing our partnership with PWNA.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a collaborative volunteer with Partnerships With Native Americans in Rapid City, SD, we were able to continue our support for Native students at our small Rapid City, SD engineering school - SD Mines. Incoming freshman and transfer students from area reservations and cities come to school and our Office of Multicultural Affairs gives them tools they need to navigate the campus climate. Partnerships With Native Americans allowed us to supply them with first semester books, in our a 2.5 day orientation, so crucial to their success and retention in an academically and culturally challenging environment. Many years PWNA has also supplied our graduating Native Americans with gift bag sundries to give them a head start with essential items going forward on their career paths. They have also allowed members of our American Indian Science and Engineering Chapter (AISES), to fulfill many of their community and leadership outreach skills by volunteering during their donating drives to assist reservations during the Christmas holidays. Collaborations with PWNA have truly impacted the lives of our Native American students and youth, giving them essential lifeway assistance as well as for our Multicultural Affairs Pre-Orientation in the Fall at SD Mines, a" leg-up" in their college path and professional journeys. We truly appreciate such strong community collaborations.

Advisor

Rating: 4

National Relief has helped with our parenting program. It is very hard to keep participants in the parenting program, with the household gifts they receive after completing each parenting module, they keep coming to class. Once they graduate from the program, Family Focus is then assisting them in keeping the family intact. By using the items that the National Relief supply, Family Focus uses supplies for incentives for in home care plans to keep families together.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PWNA has provided many incentives for the GRHC community. By providing these incentives, this encourages community members to get health screenings and receive health education within their homes or at community events. By having this partnership with PWNA it has assisted in increasing awareness with many different health issues the community continues to face. Each individual that receives PWNA incentives are very grateful which helps boost their moral. Partnering with PWNA is a win, win relationship. Starting a partnership with PWNA will assist with getting awareness out into your community. We would like to thank PWNA for all of the services they provide for the GRHC community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PWNA has been instrumental in providing incentives to help people help themselves. After decades of oppression, discrimination, and learned helplessness the people on our reservation are reluctant to leave their homes and participate in most activities, trainings and opportunities.

In addition the staff and workshops are positive role models who offer encouragement and support whenever we meet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We had the honor of meeting Rapael Tapia one day. He stopped by our office on the Hopi Reservation. I work for the Hopi Special Diabetes Program as a Diabetes Educator and he offered the services of Partnership with Native Americans for our upcoming events. I placed an order for personal care items for youth and was totally surprised at the amount of items we received. We were able to use them for the Diabetes Expo, NB3Fit youth event, So-oh, Qua-ah Day event for elders, and a Farmer's Market event. Thank you for your support of our community initiatives, the participants were very grateful for the item they received. Askwali! (thankyou!)

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a mentor (aka Key) to individual participants in the Four Directions program of Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA), I have had the privilege to experience and to offer the much needed services and programmatic functions provided by PWNA to Indian Country. By encouraging and offering support to native american participants whom are professionals in their chosen filed, it is nice to be a part of a program like this to aid in developing culturally sensitive capacity in Indian Country. As a young professional many years ago starting out in the practice of law it would have been such a blessing to have had a resource like PWNA's Four Directions program to draw upon if and when I needed access to a resource or to hear an encouraging word from an experienced individual who could offer advice in a supportive yet challenging setting. The idea of mentoring and providing guidance is not a new one in native communities and I feel that by having the privilege to be apart of the PWNA's Four Directions program I continue to honor and pay respect to my heritage and hopefully to make a better tomorrow for all of Indian Country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It started out as "National Relief" which was shared with me through another department several years ago here at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, where they were conducting outreach and noticed that they were providing incentives to their consumers. Since then, I have been working with "Partnership With Native Americans" for all incentives and the incentives provided a token of appreciation to our consumers throughout all outreach that we have conducted in the Tuba City Service Unit. Our consumers greatly appreciated the items received and at times request for more especially out on the Navajo Reservation and surrounding areas that we service.
I truly thank you "Partnership With Native Americans" for all the services that they provide.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are a local business that has been partners with Partnership with Native Americans for a few years now. As a service provider to the organization, we see the people they serve and the help they provide those people. It's truly admirable to observe the staff and their interactions with the attendees. Their compassion and professionalism is second to none.
We've gotten the opportunity to tour the warehouse and attend their Open House events. The resources they have available to them, which in turn, becomes resources to the Native American community, is fantastic. The Open Houses are very inspirational and awe-inspiring, all the while being packed with fun activities for everyone.
When visiting the offices and warehouse, I dare you to not feel amazed and humbled by what this organization provides to its extremely proud Native American community. You will walk away wishing there was more you could do to support their cause.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with PWNA for a few years now. They are a very professional organization and do a great deal of good for those whom they serve. I sometimes wonder what the lives of those people they serve would be like if PWNA were not there filling in the gaps and serving them in the professional manner that they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

By way of introduction my name is David Smith the principal at a BIE school on the Navajo Reservation. We have been partnering with the PWNA for 4 years. We have been able to invite community members, and parents to enjoy a holiday meal with there students at the school. The PWNA partnership has been instrumental in assisting us with holiday socks for students, which they really enjoy receiving and are excited to get a big sock, with useful items. We are isolated from major stores, so this service is great.

The healthy living program has been great in adding to our parent meetings and participation the parents have enjoyed every thing they have been given and is an incentive to come to the trainings and meetings.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jemez Senior Program has worked with Partnership with Native Americans (PWNA) for a few years now and it has been great. PWNA Services that the Senior Program has utilized are: Food, Healthy Living, Community Event, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Home modification (handicap ramp installation), Winter food boxes, and Bulk. Our community members benefit significantly from the partnership because the Senior Program does not have the luxury to provide the additional assistance to the Elders without the help of PWNA. We also appreciate all the donors who contribute to PWNA because they help make our communities a better place to live, "ta-ka-nopah"-Thank You! The staff at PWNA are courteous, helpful and caring which makes our partnership easy and smooth. The drivers who deliver our goods are always friendly. The warehouse workers make sure our goods are quality. "Ta-ka-nopah"-Thank you PWNA!