Native American Rights Fund

"We ask for nothing more, and will accept nothing less than the U.S. government keeping the promises made to Native Americans." -John Echohawk

aka NARF   |   Boulder, CO   |  https://narf.org

Mission

NARF's objectives are to protect the rights of and seek justice for tribes and Native peoples. In the words of Executive Director John Echohawk, "We ask for nothing more, and will accept nothing less than the U.S. Government keeping the promises it has made to Native Americans." NARF currently represents more than 60 tribes in 20 states on a wide range of critical matters, including land into trust, federal recognition, subsistence hunting & fishing, federal trust responsibilities, protection of sacred places, voting rights, sovereign immunity, Indian Child Welfare, water rights and environmental issues.

Notes from the nonprofit

NARF is also affiliated with: Native American Voting Rights Coalition Colorado Nonprofit Association Native Americans in Philanthropy Boarding School Healing Coalition Tribal Supreme Court Project with NCAI Tribal Education Departments National Assembly

Ruling year info

1971

Executive Director

Mr. John E Echohawk

Main address

1506 Broadway

Boulder, CO 80302 USA

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EIN

84-0611876

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For many years, tribal communities across the United States struggled. The treaties, signed by ancestors and the early United States government were continually being ignored. Federal, state and local governments drafted laws and policies about our nations without our consent or knowledge. Our children were being taken from our communities and our natural resources were continually pillaged in the name of western progress. Then in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) changed everything. As the nation’s oldest and largest high impact legal defense fund for Indian Country, NARF takes on issues and cases of national importance to America’s first citizens, Native Americans. Our five priority mission has allowed NARF to protect, defend and advance Indian Rights over the last 50 years in a way that had never been done.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

National Indian Law Library

National repository of, and clearinghouse for, materials in Indian law.  Collects and distributes catalogues and other materials used for legal and educational purposes.  Provides reference and research assistance.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Adults

Provides legal representation, assistance and education to Native American People

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2016

Charity Navigator 2016

Association of Fundraising Professionals 2016

Council on Foundations National Standards 2016

National Congress of American Indians 2018

Awards

21st Edition of Best Lawyers in America 2014

NARF Senior Attorney Melody McCoy

21st Edition of Best Lawyers in America 2014

NARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk

Honorary Order of the Coif 2016

NARF Senior Attorney Steven C. Moore

Edward E. Cremer III Environmental Law Award 2016

NARF Attorney Wesly James Furlong

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2016

American Bar Association 2016

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

- Protect the sovereignty, natural resources, language and traditions of Native Americans.
- Enforce the treaty, constitutional and statutory rights of Native Americans.
- Educate the public, elected officials and regulatory agencies on the rights of Native peoples.
- Federal recognition of all tribes
- Shelby fix
- Carcieri fix

- Produce publications, presentations and archives detailing the rights of Native Americans and the responsibilities of the government to protect and enforce those obligations.
- Inform governments and their agencies of rights violations.
- Initiate legal action if rights violations are not rectified voluntarily.

- Seventeen staff attorneys
- The worlds largest archive of tribal documents
- Three offices easily and readily accessible to tribes and Federal Government offices strategically situated.
- Funding of twenty five Indian Legal Services offices in Indian Country
- Formal and Informal cooperation with law schools, private law firms, expert witnesses, government agencies, consultants and other Native nonprofits.

Accomplished
- American Indian Religious Freedom Act
- Native American Voting Rights Coalition
- U.S. v. Washington
- Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
- Indian Child Welfare Act
- Menomonie Restoration
- Trust Reform
- Supreme Court Victories
- Supreme Court Project
- Alaska Voting Rights/Native language voting materials
- TEDNA securing of federal appropriations
- Klamath Basin Adjudication water volume victories
- Agua Caliente groundwater rights determination
- Shinnecock recognition (as well as a number of other tribes)
- Katie John v. United States




Yet to accomplish
- Federal recognition of all tribes
- "Shelby fix"
- "Carcieri fix'

Financials

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Native American Rights Fund

Board of directors
as of 12/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Robert McGhee

Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Term: 2014 - 2020


Board co-chair

Mr. Kurt BlueDog

Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe

Term: 2014 - 2018

Tex Hall

Mandan Hidatsa & Ankara Nation

Robert McGhee

Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Michael Smith

Chickasaw Nation

Kurt BlueDog

Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux

Anita Mitchell

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Lacey Horn

Cherokee Nation

Kenneth Kahn

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Camille Kalama

Native Hawaiian

Rhonda Pitka

Athabascan/Inupiaq

Rebecca Miles

Nez Perce Tribe

MaryAnn Johnson

Portage Creek

Robert Miguel

Ak-Chin Indian Community

Derek Valdo

Pueblo of Acoma

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/17/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability