future existence of the
remaining Indian tribes
in this country depends
ultimately upon secure
and permanent land bases,
and the rights of self-
to preserve traditional
customs and ways of life.
natural resources found
on Indian lands vary greatly. NARF
concentrates its efforts in asserting
tribal resource rights and protecting
them from loss and exploitation
by non-Indians. Major resource protection
includes land rights; water rights;
hunting, fishing and gathering rights;
environmental protection; timber
rights; and prudent development
of mineral resources.
The Native American Rights
Fund is concerned with securing
basic human rights for Native Americans
in such areas as education, health,
housing and religious freedom rights.
NARF focuses much of its
efforts on guaranteeing
that the federal and state governments
are accountable for the proper recognition
and enforcement of the many laws and
regulations which govern the lives
of Indian people.
This involves not only the
establishment of favorable court precedents
in major areas of Indian law, but also
the compilation and distribution of
Indian law resources to everyone working
on behalf of Indian rights.