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Category Archives: Humanitarian

Staying Warm on the Reservations

How could it be that in 2014 a woman on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota froze to death when the state has grown from the seventh to the third largest of U.S. crude oil producers? While the death of Debbie Dogskin and the oil boom in North Dakota may seem unrelated, consider […]

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Native Youth Know How to Improve Public Health & Safety

Today at Arizona’s Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day, five talented and energized youth groups are presenting how they are going to make their communities safer and healthier. With the “Native Youth Know” partnership standing behind them, the five youth groups will receive the funding and support to make that possible. The Native Youth Know […]

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The Controversy over Keystone XL Pipeline

There is still much talk about the Keystone XL Pipeline and the controversy surrounding the construction of this transcontinental oil behemoth. Some argue for its construction as they say it will create pipeline jobs and boost local economies from Canada to Mexico, while others say no price tag can cover the harmful emissions and catastrophic […]

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Indian Reservations to Visit in Winter

Have you ever wondered about visiting an Indian reservation or tribal recreation area in the winter? There are many options open, but here are five in the southern and southwestern United States that may surprise you. Mescalero Apache: If you’re up for cold weather, snow sports may be just the thing. Ski Apache is a […]

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Native Americans Giving Back: Jana Mashonee

It’s December 25, 2014. Across the globe families have gathered and gifts have been exchanged in celebration of the Christmas holiday. Resolutions are quickly being made while there is still time. With the end of one year and the beginning of another soon upon us, there is no better way to conclude our Native Americans […]

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Sharing the Good in 2014

We have written recently about NRC’s work with Native communities around the holidays. Now that tens of thousands of Christmas stockings and holiday meals have placed, we are taking a breather to reflect on what has been accomplished and learned in 2014. We are pleased and humbled that hundreds of partner agencies on reservations asked […]

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Do Native Americans Celebrate Christmas?

There often arises the question among non-Native Americans as to whether or not Indians celebrate Christmas. Well, the simple answer is yes, many of us do celebrate Christmas. But, to understand the complete answer, one must look at the question through the lens of history. For centuries before any European contact, Native Americans held in […]

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Holiday Gifts for Children of the Reservations

If you have been following the National Relief Charities blog for some time now, you may be familiar with some of the topics I have written. Either way, I’d like to briefly reintroduce myself. My name is Andrew Bentley, and I am an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. In June of […]

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Social Equity

Kelly mentioned “social equity” in her blog topic on Chaske Spencer and Native Americans Giving Back, and it got me to thinking, just what is social equity?  Well, there are many broad definitions and there are many focused definitions.  And although the definitions vary slightly based on the field of study or the context of […]

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Native Americans Giving Back: Chaske Spencer

Inspiring a belief in a brighter future and shining a light on a path to change is no small undertaking but one Native American celebrity has taken it on:  Chaske Spencer. Lakota Sioux, Chaske Spencer (pronounced Chess-kay) was born in Oklahoma and grew up on reservations in Montana and Idaho. Breaking the mold by being […]

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