NRC's mission is to help Native American people improve the quality of their lives by providing opportunities for them to bring about positive changes in their communities.
We provide humanitarian relief through material aid and educational assistance for America’s Indian reservations. We work on over 75 poverty-stricken reservations year round. Reservations are served on the basis of need. In addition to providing material aid, NRC seeks to enhance the strides already being made in reservation communities by supporting their work in process and building more capacity. Our approach of honoring local determination is respectful, efficient, and effective in supporting more self-sufficient American Indian communities. We partner with existing reservation programs to do this. NRC has over 1,000 such “Program Partners.”
All of our support is designed to help reservation communities meet the basic human needs of their people. The majority of our services focus on those most vulnerable: the elderly and youth. Examples of NRC support include having an adequate food supply, having access to fresh versus canned produce, having the opportunity to participate in major holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, accessing preventative health care and health education, having proper school supplies and access to college, and being more prepared for winter and weather emergencies.
Through our eight programs, we deliver over 4 million pounds of high quality donated or purchased goods a year. We estimate that the work of NRC, its donors, and its partners help improve quality of life for over 300,000 American Indians each year. For more information, please visit www.nrcprograms.org.
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