20+ Ways You Can Make a Difference

“Buffalo Hunt” painting by John Stanley.

Conditions on many Native American reservations resemble Third World countries. Unemployment is high due to their remote location. Educational opportunities are limited. Some live in shacks without electricity or running water. While many have been able to overcome these conditions, there are still too many in need. The COVID19 pandemic has been especially hard on those who struggle to survive in normal times.

If you would like to help, here are some charitable organizations to consider. Some provide food, water, shelter, and other necessities. Others provide quality education for youth from Kindergarten through high school, or in some cases, college tuition assistance. Work to preserve their culture can always use donors as well. Check them out, then follow your heart.

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ASSIST INDIGENOUS AMERICANS

General Assistance

Catching the Dream

8200 Mountain Road N.E., Suite 103

Albuquerque, NM 87110

www.catchingthedream.org


Native American Emergency Relief (Water barrels for Navajo families)

P.O. Box 218

San Dimas, CA 91773-9998


Native American Heritage Association

830 John Marshall Highway Suite F

Front Royal, VA 22630-9925


Native American Rights Fun (NARF)

1506 Broadway

Boulder, CO 80302

www.narf.org


Native Americans Veterans Assistance (NAVA)

P.O. Box 3800

Rapid City, SD 57709-9824

www.nativevets.org


Northern Plains Reservation Aid

2401 Eglin Street

Rapid City, SD 57703

www.NPRAprogram.org


Running Strong for American Indian Youth

P.O. Box 52144

Phoenix, AZ 85072-9612


Soaring Eagle (Assisted living for elders)

922 Wyoming Avenue

P.O. Drawer 879

Billings, MT 59103

www.soaringeagle.org


Southwest Reservation Aid

P.O. Box 1841

Merrifield, VA 22116-9605

www.SWRAprogram.org


EDUCATION

American Indian College Fund

P.O. Box 172449

Denver, CO 80217-2449

www.collegefund.org/JoinUs


American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

P.O. Box 90454

Albuquerque, NM 87199-9954

www.AISES.ORG


Cheyenne River Indian Outreach

121 Landmark Avenue

P.O. box 969

Eagle Butte, SD 57625-0969

www.croutreach.org


Dakota Indian Foundation (Scholarship assistance for books and tuition fees)

209 N. Main Street

P.O. Box 340

Chamberlain, SD 57325-0340

www.dakotaindianfoundation.org


First Nations Development Institute

P.O. Box 8601

Denver, CO 80201-8601

www.firstnations.org


Oglala Lakota College (Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges)

537 Piya Wiconi Road

PO Box 537

Kyle, SD 57752-0537


St. Ann’s Indian Mission

P.O. Box 2020

1115 Louis Riel Drive

Belcourt, ND 58316

www.stannsmillsion.org


St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School

P.O. Box 610

Thoreau, NM 87323-0610

www.stbonaventuremission.org


St. Labre Indian School

P.O. Box 216

Ashland, MT 59003-9989

www.stlabre.org


St. Joseph’s Indian School

P.O. Box 300

Chamberlain, SD 57325-0300

www.stjo.org


Sky People Higher Education

533 Ethete Road

P.O. Box 1500

Fort Washakie, WY 82514

www.skypeopleed.org


OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

Southwest Indian Foundation (Help by shopping their great online store!)

P.O. Box 86

Gallup, NM 87305-0086

www.southwestindian.com


Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

P.O. Box 98099

Washington DC 20090-8099