Mission: To help Native American families in need living on the Sioux Reservations of South Dakota.
About the organization: Established in 1993 in Black Hawk, South Dakota, the Native American Heritage Association is dedicated to helping as many Native American families as possible by providing food, clothing, and other basic life necessities; heating assistance and other emergency programs; and self-help initiatives. Its areas of operation include the Crow Creek, Lower Brule, Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River, and Rosebud reservations.
Current programs: NAHA's Clothing Giveaway Program accepts donations of "gently used" clothing, shoes, linens, blankets, and household items and delivers, on average, approximately 25,000 pounds of clothing per month to families in need, while its Food Program partners with Feeding America to provide emergency food assistance to families without the money or transportation to purchase food, delivering, on average, approximately 350,000 pounds of food each month. Other programs include the Holiday Program, which provides Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter meals; the Toy Program for Native American children; Operation Winter Rescue, which purchases small heating stoves and propane fuel for families who have no heat in their homes; the Winter Life-Guard Program, which provides $75 vouchers for families to buy warm winter clothes for their children from the Wal-Mart in Pierre, South Dakota; and the Emergency Voucher Program, which offers homeless families, Native Americans with disabilities, families with children who need to go to the doctor, and elderly who have no transportation with the funds they need to buy food, medicine, gas, and/or heating fuel.
Website: Visitors to the NAHA site can learn more about the organization's programs, browse its monthly food and clothing distribution charts by reservation, read its monthly newsletters, or make a donation.
Funding: The Native American Heritage Association is supported by individuals and nonprofits.