The Dennis Quaid-hosted “Viewpoint,” which airs on public television stations nationwide, recently produced a video report featuring the Addison-based nonprofit Partnership With Native Americans. The video explains some of the core challenges and opportunities facing tribes today—both on reservations and in urban areas.
In the video, it’s revealed that more Native American youth and adults are attending higher education institutions and pursuing degrees, and that more are also attending vocational trade programs to get a skill to help them earn a livable wage.
Yet, the video also explores the challenges Native Americans face—including the fact that one in four native families face food insecurity or lack access to adequate food sources. Some reservations must haul water into their communities on a daily basis. Students seeking to enter higher education also struggle to obtain scholarships to seek a brighter future.
Aiming for funding decisions with Native representation
“Partnership With Native Americans works to help Indian Country overcome these challenges,” Joshua Arce, president and CEO of PWNA, said in a statement. “Why us? We are Native-led, we know the history of the people, and we connect with the Tribal communities we serve.”
PWNA has been serving Indian country for 30 years, Arce says in the video, and is striving to advance progress while sometimes fighting an uphill battle.
“Most boards making funding decisions lack Native representation,” Arce says. “Foundations have a misperception that Native nonprofits cannot deliver on grant projects. Bias, social prejudice, and apathy stand in the way of Native support.”
“Nearly all Americans do not realize the challenges that Native Americans are facing,” Arce sums up. “We believe that if more people knew, people would act accordingly, and give more to Native communities—this country’s first Americans.”
You can see the video by going here. You can learn more about the Partnership With Native Americans by visiting its website here.
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