May 2018 Newsletter

We are thrilled to announce that NAHA has been awarded its 14th 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is an American, independent charity watchdog organization that aims to spotlight the work of efficient and transparent organizations. Below are just a few excerpts from the letter that Charity Navigator sent to us congratulating NAHA on its 4-star achievement:

“Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Native American Heritage Association exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work.”

“This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets NAHA apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

Michael Thatcher, President, and CEO

Charity Navigator

It is very important to know where your hard-earned dollars are going when donating to a worthy cause. We are proud to say that 97% of what we spend goes towards our programs to help the Native Americans in need. For more information on NAHA’s rating, please visit

It’s been 4 years since we asked your help in replacing one of our tractor trailers that was totaled when an uninsured motorist pulled out in front of our driver. The replacement truck that was made possible by our donors like yourself, has traveled nearly half a million miles making life-saving deliveries of food, clothes and other daily necessities to the Reservations we serve. However, that truck is just 1 out of 3 on the road each day, and our oldest truck is now 3 times as old as our newest. For 13 years our oldest trusty Freightliner has been making faithful deliveries on the harshest terrain in the country. But, with repair costs mounting, we know it’s near the end of its useful life and we need your help now! It’s vital that we replace this truck right away! Having a truck down for repairs means real people suffer real hardships. Please don’t let that happen!

Native Americans don’t want to have to rely on others for food, clothes for their children or heat for their homes. Some will go days before realizing they have nowhere else to turn. Please think about becoming a monthly donor. Even just a modest amount each month can make a big difference in the lives of Native American families when it is combined with other monthly contributors. Monthly contributions help us prepare for unfortunate weather or emergencies. Or just a one-time donation will help with our Emergency Voucher Program.

If you would contribute to help with our truck crisis and/or our Emergency Voucher Program, you would truly be making a tremendous difference in the life or lives of Native Americans living on the Reservations in South Dakota. Thank you in advance for your support, we greatly appreciate it!!!

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