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Category Archives: Humanitarian

What About Food Sovereignty?

Food sovereignty is about the right of a people to determine their own policies relative to food and agriculture–rather than having their food supply subject to market forces. The indigenous people of this country certainly understand…

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Combined Federal Campaign: CFC Charity Code # 95225

Workplace giving is a significant factor in support of NRC’s work. Over four consecutive years we have been approved as a national Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity, from 2011 to 2014. Currently listed under our program name, American Indian Relief Council, our CFC number is CFC charity code # 95225. The CFC, known as “the world’s […]

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What About Food Insecurity

Some of you may have heard about or read about “food deserts” and “food insecurity” but are not quite sure what these terms mean or encompass. Yet, they are something that affect many families in America, including many Native American families on and off the reservations on a daily basis. Food deserts are: “…urban neighborhoods […]

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DNA Testing for Native Ancestry

DNA testing for Native ancestry. genetic markers cannot perfectly predict whether someone is Native and they certainly cannot test or predict a specific tribe.

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Tracing Native Ancestry

How do I trace my Native American ancestry?  How do I become an enrolled member of a Native American tribe? Both commonly heard questions at National Relief Charities, the simple answer to each is “it depends.” To be fair, tracing Native American ancestry is just as difficult as tracing any ancestry.  A great deal of […]

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Native American Businesses

How many Native American businesses exist, and why is starting a business on the reservation difficult? The impoverishment that spans entire communities on many of the reservations we serve makes it difficult to build a customer base that can support a business long-term.

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Two Worlds: Native Culture Preservation

“I think a lot of people think about indigenous cultures as ancient or backward. But what I’ve found is that Iñupiaq culture — think about how innovative that culture was to be able to survive to now.” – Sean Vesce, E-Line Media Indigenous innovation is a declaration of survival written by the creative utilization of […]

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Two Worlds: Native Language Meets Technology

Native American language preservation meets technology… The journey that began some seven years ago to save the Wukchumni language reflects all we have been discussing in our “Walking in Two Worlds” blog series.

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Two Worlds: Open Internet for Native America

Last Thursday, March 12, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission released the Open Internet Order in wake of the commission’s decision to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility. While the new rules are detailed in some 400 pages of the Open Internet Order, according to the FCC the “…rules are designed to protect free […]

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Green Trends on the Rez: The Best of Two Worlds

As Andrew mentioned in his February 24 blog post on walking in two worlds, “there is the world of contemporary time and place defined by the mainstream culture, and there is the world of indigenous culture, knowledge and understanding.” In addition to the individual experience, the two worlds intersect in the realm of new tools […]

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