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 Places, 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. The Tzó-Nah Fund (2006-2014) supports Village delegates travel 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.
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 (2012-2014) 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, and physical abuse, and high school dropouts. NARF and The Tzó-Nah Fund (2015-2016) facilitated the formalization of the Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition to address reparation of this multi-generational trauma.
Bears Ears are a pair of buttes located in San Juan County in southeastern Utah. Our federal government has moved to strip this protected land of its designation as a National Monument. The action is illegal under the Antiquities Act and only Congress holds the authority to modify, diminish, or revoke existing monuments. The Tzó-Nah Fund (2018) supports the lawsuit filed by NARF representing the Hopi Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe to protect Bears Ears. Bears Ears is sacred ground, now preserved for hunting, fishing, gathering and grazing rights, and protected against widespread looting, oil, gas and mineral development. It commands the respect of all who see it.
NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN BOARDING SCHOOL HEALING COALITION
The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) is comprised of individuals and organizations interested in supporting and working for healing to ensure awareness, action, and justice from responsible agencies in order to support lasting and true community-directed healing for those Native American individuals, families, and communities traumatized by the United States' federal policy of forced boarding school attendance. The Tzó-Nah Fund at New World Intelligence is supporting in 2017-2018, "Media as a Means to Educate", to ensure a meaningful and appropriate response from those responsible agencies.
National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition is very excited to announce a generous donation from The Tzó-Nah Fund for 20 scholarships to boarding school survivors to attend their upcoming conference, October 2-3, 2018, at the Indian Industrial Boarding School in Carlisle, PA.
In 2019 and 2020 The Tzó-Nah Fund is proud to support the Healing Voices Movement of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition to break the silence and begin the healing through story telling, education and advocacy. This two-year project is an important mission for all Native Americans.
ADVOCATES FOR THE WEST
The Tzó-Nah Fund is proud to be a new supporter (2018-2019) of Advocates for the West, a non-profit, public interest, environmental law firm that provides free legal advice and representation to conservation groups and activists protecting western public lands, fish and wildlife, clean water and clean air. They are experts in public lands, federal environmental laws, and are skilled at bringing ecology and science into the courtroom to protect our cherished western landscapes and natural values. Their mission, since 2003, is to win for the West.
The Tzó-Nah Fund supports the efforts of various local, national, and international nonprofit organizations such as,
❖ Native American Community Development Center (NACDC) - The Tzó-Nah Fund is a supporter of the Native American Community Development Center (NACDC) promoting economic development programs to support rural business enterprise growth on and near the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana (2007-2012).
❖ The American Indian College Fund – The Tzó-Nah Fund continues to support Tribal College Scholarships in 2019 - 2020 for STEM Scholars (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and has continued their support annually since 2010. Salish Kootenai College in Idaho and Blackfeet Community College in Montana are recipients of this generous donation.
❖ Idaho Conservation League – In addition to promoting clean, renewable energy and preserving fish and wildlife areas in Idaho, The Tzó-Nah Fund supports the Oil & Coal Transport Campaign that began in 2015 to prevent transport in the Powder River Basin of Northern Idaho. In 2018, support continues with the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness bill, Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve and arsenic cleanup in Montezuma Creek, a tributary of the Middle Fork, Boise River. In 2019, The Tzó-Nah Fund is a continued supporter inspiring others to advocate for clean water in our rivers and streams and for a clean energy future in Idaho and beyond.
❖ Idaho Environmental Forum – The Tzó-Nah Fund has been a proud, annual sponsor since 2012 and continues to support this organization in 2019. 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.
❖ Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation - NHLC assists in the unique area of Native Hawaiian Rights supporting the protection, preservation, and perpetuation of Native Hawaiian identity. The Tzó-Nah Fund seeks and secures justice for the lands, resources, traditions and customs of Hawai'i's indigenous people annually since 2013.
❖ Land Trust of the Treasure Valley – The Tzó-Nah Fund actively supports the conservation of open space along the Boise River and in the foothills through the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley; Harrison Hollow (2012), The Kids-n-Nature Stewardship Program (2012-2013) connecting students with nature by monitoring water quality, bird watching, planting native plants and restoring trails. The Tzó-Nah Fund, producer of the Les Bois Film Festival (2016-2018), supports showing nature focused films working to observe nature close to home.
❖ Peace Corps – Solar Stove Project - The Tzó-Nah Fund participates in providing education in rural areas on the benefits of using solar energy for cooking, rather than wood or gas reducing negative respiratory effects from biomass cooking, and the removal of trees from forests increasing opportunities for biodiversity; Mexico
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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.
2017 - 2019
The Tzó-Nah Fund is again a proud supporter of the Treasure Valley Food Coalition in 2019 as they educate the community about the importance of local food, and protecting the soil and farmland that make agriculture possible in the Treasure Valley.
The Tzó-Nah Fund continues to support the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley as a very happy group gathered for the 2018 Dinner on Dry Creek. This annual fundraiser brought nature close to home with a discussion of connecting foothills trails and promoting "Free-Range-Kids" who have grown up to believe the more they give to the land, the more the land gives back to them!