The Tzó-Nah Fund
The Tzó-Nah Fund’s mission statement provides for indigenous peoples and the environment. Oftentimes, the indigenous and the environment are the same, under the same umbrella. The Tzó-Nah Fund has participated in the Peace Corp effort, delivering solar cooking stoves to small, rural indigenous villages where the only source of fuel is wood. From a satellite image, the trees were counted at one period of time compared to recent images. It is clear the trees providing a habitat for the animals, birds, fishes, plants, and so on are being cut for fuel.
The Peace Corp efforts were very successful as the people found cooking on these stoves easy, portable, and environmentally friendly. The Tzó-Nah Fund is sustaining support for the American Indian Rights Fund supporting sacred places and boarding school healing project, The American Indian College Fund STEM scholars, Native American Community Development Corporation Financial Literacy and Mini-Bank and First Stewards Symposium to address climate change. The Tzó-Nah Fund has also participated in local community through the Treasure Valley Land Trust and Idaho Environmental Forum. In 2015 energy and transfer from coal and gas to solar and wind with the Idaho Conservation League. Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation on media awareness. The Tzó-Nah Fund’s mission provides for “education and research” of indigenous and environmental issues as Native Education World Intelligence.
GLOBAL WARMING PROJECT
About twenty Alaskan villages are candidates for relocation due to severe erosion as a result of climate change. Village delegates traveled to Washington DC to attend the First Stewards Symposium, a first-of-its-kind national event, to examine the impact of climate change on indigenous coastal cultures.
The Tzó-Nah Fund supports the efforts of various local, national, and international nonprofit organizations such as,
❖ The American Indian College Fund Tribal College Scholarships for STEM Scholars (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
❖ Idaho Conservation League – Oil & Coal Transport Campaign to prevent the transport of coal and oil in Northern Idaho.
❖ Land Trust of the Treasure Valley – Kid’s ’n’ Nature Project and Harrison Hollow preservation.
❖ Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation – Protection, preservation, and perpetuation of Native Hawaiian identity.
❖ Peace Corps - Solar Stove Project, Mexico.
SACRED LANDS PROJECT
Protecting sacred ancestral sites and ceremonial lands from encroachment and desecration from mining, oil pipeline development, oil field development, reservoir projects, and recreational public parks. NARF and The Tzó-Nah Fund have established a call to action to preserve Native American sacred places.
BOARDING SCHOOL HEALING PROJECT
During the mid-1800’s through the 1970’sNative American children were forcibly taken from their families and required to attend federally and church-run boarding schools. This has resulted in high rates of suicide, substance, sexual, physical abuse, and high school dropouts. NARF and The Tzó-Nah Fund facilitated the formalization of the Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition to address reparation of this multi-generational trauma.