The First Minority group remains the poorest…The First (Native) Americans.
We hear little about the poverty, squalor and helplessness of the First Americans…the Native Americans, who are a REAL minority, their numbers seriously dwindling (less than 1% of the US population is comprised of Native Americans).
The Southwest Indian Foundation is a group (of Native Americans) who make and sell beautiful clothes, jewelry, pottery, rugs, books, CDs and other cool gifts. The money you spend is tax deductible, and the profits from this non-profit organization go directly back into helping the Native American community.
One of the big projects they have going on is building houses for the residents of the reservation, who are among the poorest people in America. Native Americans suffer from high unemployment rates, low graduation rates for their high school children, and high levels of alcoholism due to the hard life they live.
Here is a letter from Deacon Dan Nez Martin, explaining the 2009 Housing Assistance Program at the Southwest Indian Foundation in his own words.
“Greetings from the super windy Southwest!
We have vicious winds here today, but we are insulated inside our warehouse where we are building new homes for the “poorest of the poor” in America. The advantages of having this facility is that we can build both outside and inside this manufacturing site, depending on the weather.
We are entering a busy building season where we are going to start 6 new homes. We have 58 families on a waiting list that desperately need a home. We are setting as our goal 30 homes for this coming year. We would do anything to build more homes. We just need the materials and the labor.
These are families that would have no way to have a home without assistance. Won’t you join us in this project? It really is a great thing. A hammer, a small bucket of nails, and a pile of 2 by 6′s go a very long way.
God Bless you a thousand times. Please consider helping us, we would be forever grateful. Have a great springtime.
God Bless You always,
Deacon Dan Nez Martin
Buying from the SWIF either online or from their colorful catalog, you accomplish a triple win…..you are purchasing original, authentic gifts for yourself or a loved one, you are getting a tax deductible receipt for the goods you buy, AND you are helping to employ Native Americans who would otherwise be unemployed!!!