Adopt-A-Native-Elder

Salt Lake City, UT   |  http://www.anelder.org

Mission

Adopt-A-Native-Elder (ANE) program exists to create a bridge of hope between Native Americans and other cultures. It allows us to reach out to one another, share our gifts, and mend the broken circle of our relationship with the Land and the Native Americans who hold it in sacred trust. The Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program is a trusted humanitarian organization focused on delivering food, medical supplies, yarn for weaving, firewood, and food certificates to Elders living in poverty on the Navajo Reservation. Respecting the tradition and dignity of the Navajo Elders, we reach out to learn the culture, create relationships, and honor and serve the Elders.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Ms. Linda A. Myers

Assistant Director

CJ Robb

Main address

328 W Gregson Ave

Salt Lake City, UT 84115 USA

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EIN

87-0490211

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Food Runs to 11 remote locations

Twice a year, 100,000 pounds of food and supplies are delivered to the Elders age 75+ on the Navajo reservation. Each Elder receives 2 boxes of food, flour, and fresh produce. Medical items are available for Elders needing incontinent supplies, mobility equipment, safety equipment, and general medical supplies. Elders may receive medical boxes, basic supplies such as hygiene and cleaning, clothing, firewood, and yarn.

Population(s) Served

The Rug Show begins with the arrival of the Elders on Thursday morning. The Elders set up their tables in anticipation of the school children arriving at the Show. 18 area public and private schools bring children from preschool to high school age to learn from the Elders. About 600 children participate in cultural demonstrations such as weaving, drumming, grinding corn, singing, and eating fry bread. The children study the Amasani curriculum with some schools choosing to adopt an Elder. The children have time to talk with, question, and learn from the Elders in person. This brings the curriculum and culture full circle and is a joy to the children and the Elders. Parents of children have stated this program is the highlight of the year and children look forward to it with great excitement, especially if older siblings have attended previous Rug Shows.

Friday continues with attendance from school children. In the late afternoon, the Elders gather for the Grandma Party. This is our opportunity to share our culture with the Elders by dressing them up and having a fun parade of costumes. One year’s theme was a spa day, dressing in bathrobes and curlers the Elders danced their way across the room. The laughter and fun was shared by all. This was a once in a lifetime experience as the Elders would not have had the experience of going to a spa and getting pampered before.

Friday evening is our preview event opening the Show. The 2016 theme is Weaving Ancient Designs. The theme rugs, woven specially for the Show are at a discount and are available to purchase for the first time. The guests of the Show are welcome to hors d’oeuvres, a live auction of donated items, and mingling with the Elders.

Saturday begins with child performers and the Shiyazhi program. This program is for urban Navajo girls age 8-12 to be an ambassador for ANE. The ambassador travels to Navajo events and teaches the public about the ANE program. The ambassador is selected after a competition in Native language and dress, a talent or performance, and an interview. After the Shiyazhi program, weaving demonstrations for the public begin and continue for the duration of the Show. All of the events are well attended and enjoyed by the community and Elders alike. The Elders end the day with a singing competition. The Grandma/Grandpa Idol honors the tradition of storytelling and singing by Navajo Elders. The topic is of course revealed at the last minute and Elders sing to their hearts content for the judges.

The last day of the Show begins on a more solemn and sacred note. The Veterans Ceremony begins the day with honoring Native and non-Native Veterans. Following speakers and ceremony, the day is spent celebrating. A Pow Wow with Native dancers, singers, and drummers perform for the delight of the audience. The Pow Wow closes out the Show on Sunday evening.

Population(s) Served

The Elders need help beyond the twice a year food deliveries. The food certificates give the Elders the opportunity to purchase healthy food for management of diabetes and other illnesses. The certificates can be sent year round and are as donations allow.
Firewood is needed for heating and cooking in many remote locations. Elders need 10-14 loads of wood through a winter at about 150$ per load. This vital means of support helps the Elder endure long winters.

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Awards

4-star top rating for sound fiscal management 2009

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4-star top rating for sound fiscal management 2010

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Adopt-A-Native-Elder

Board of directors
as of 1/6/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Burrow

Sr. VP Manulife Financial

John Burrow

Sr V P Manulife Financial

Rodger Wiiliams

Indian Child Welfare ACt

Linda Myers

ANE

Shirley Silversmith

Director, UT Division of Indian Affairs

Eileen Quintana

Program Manager, Indian Education

Doug Hollinger

President, Park City Clothing Co.

Anthony Morgan

Professor Emeritus U of UT, retired

Mary Robertson Begay

Hardrock Council On Substance Abuse, Inc.

Bryan McCay

Global Resource Management

Judy O'Day

Terra Diamond

CJ Robb

ANE