In honor of Native American Heritage Month, and as November 25th marks Native American Heritage Day, we as a Splendid Spoon team have spent this past month learning about Native American history and culture. We have shared articles and swapped recipes, read books by Native authors, and have even toured a virtual museum! Now we want to extend our resources to our community. Here are 5 amazing Native American Organizations to support and donate to this year.
NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, and more. “Our Mission is to build the collective power of Indigenous Peoples, communities, and Nations to exercise our inherent right to self-determination, while fostering a world that is built on a foundation of justice and equity for all people and the planet.”
Since 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has provided legal assistance to Native American tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who might otherwise have gone without adequate representation. NARF has successfully asserted and defended the most important rights of Indians and tribes in hundreds of major cases, and has achieved significant results in such critical areas as tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, natural resource protection, voting rights, and Indian education.
NICWA works to support the safety, health, and spiritual strength of American Indian and Alaska Native children along the broad continuum of their lives.
“We support tribes in building the capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect through positive systems change at the state, federal, and tribal levels. We are the most comprehensive source of information on American Indian and Alaska Native child welfare.”
AISES was founded in 1977 and has over 5,900 individual members. AISES supports 230 affiliated pre-college schools, 196 chartered college and university chapters, 3 tribal chapters, and 18 professional chapters in the U.S. and Canada. “We promote the highest standards of education and professional excellence to widen the STEM workforce and grow sector support. We highlight the geographic, economic, and social aspects of STEM education and careers.”
The Association on American Indian Affairs envisions a world where diverse Native American cultures and values are lived, protected and respected.
To achieve this vision, the Association will lead the grassroots fight to protect Native American Cultural Sovereignty by preserving culture, educating youth, protecting sovereignty, and building capacity.