Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

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

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

1971

Executive Director

Mr. John E Echohawk

Main Address

1506 Broadway

Boulder, CO 80302 USA

Keywords

social justice, Native American, American Indian, tribes, sovereignty, indigenous, human rights, legal, natural resources, human rights, accountability, development, indian law, educating, indian issues

EIN

84-0611876

 Number

5419698960

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

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

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National Indian Law Library

Litigation and Client Services

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

- 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.

- Legal victories in the court rooms
- Negotiated settlements
- Financial support from tribal constituencies
- Peer recognition

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'

External Reviews

Awards & Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Charity Navigator

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Council on Foundations National Standards

National Congress of American Indians

Affiliations & Memberships

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization

American Bar Association

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Financials

Native American Rights Fund

Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

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Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

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