The grant, among the largest tribal contributions received by NARF to date, will be distributed in $500,000 allotments over three years. Founded in 1970, NARF is the oldest and largest national Indian rights organization in the United States and has represented more than two hundred and fifty tribes in thirty-one states on issues of tribal sovereignty, natural resources, and human rights.
The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, one of the first Native American tribes in California to establish a community fund, has given almost $18 million to nonprofits and service providers working to support its objectives in the areas of arts and culture, community development, health, education, the environment, and social services.
"This generous grant provides the Native American Rights Fund fiscal security for the next three years, enabling us to focus on legal advocacy and insuring the survival of tribes and their ways of life," said NARF executive director John E. Echohawk. "Our deepest thanks go to the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and their dedication to the legal rights of Indian Country."