The Tzó-Nah Fund
The Tzó-Nah Fund is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 Corporation organized in the State of Idaho doing business as Native Education World Intelligence (NEWI). The mission is to provide protection and justice for indigenous peoples as well as the environment. Since 2006, The Tzó-Nah Fund has collaborated with other non-profit organizations pursuing issues related to justice, healing, and religious/scientific research maintained from the perspective of indigenous peoples. Partnering with the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), three significant collaborations include the Global Warming Project, Sacred Lands Project, and Boarding School Healing Project.
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.
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’s Native 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.
The Tzó-Nah Fund supports the efforts of various local, national, and international nonprofit organizations such as,
❖ The American Indian College Fund – The Tzó-Nah Fund began support December 10, 2010 for Tribal College Scholarships for STEM Scholars (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and has continued their support annually. Salish Kootenai College in Idaho and Blackfeet Community College in Montana are recipients of this generous donation.
❖ Idaho Conservation League – Oil & Coal Transport Campaign to prevent the transport of coal and oil in Northern Idaho.
❖ Idaho Environmental Forum – The Idaho Environmental Forum is an informal, nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational association whose sole mission is to promote serious, cordial, and productive discourse on a broad range of environmental policies affecting Idaho.
❖ Land Trust of the Treasure Valley – Kid’s ’n’ Nature Project and Harrison Hollow preservation, 2017 Les Bois Film Festival.
❖ Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation – Protection, preservation, and perpetuation of Native Hawaiian identity.
❖ National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition – The Tzó-Nah Fund is supporting in 2017-2018 "Media as a Means to Educate". To ensure a meaningful and appropriate response from responsible agencies for those Native American individuals, families, and communities victimized by the United States federal policy of forced boarding school attendance and to secure redress from responsible institutions in order to support lasting and true community-directed healing.
❖ Peace Corps – Solar Stove Project, Mexico
From the Desk of Tzó-Nah
The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has worked to involve churches in supporting healing from the abuses in which they played a significant role. On November 12, 2016 John Echohawk, Pawnee, NARF executive director will be the keynote speaker at the Quakers, First Nations, and American Indians Conference. The conference is November 10-12, 2016 and is free with registration. Click on the conference name for more information.