July 9, 2003

For Further Information Contact: Ray Ramirez, (303) 447-8760



BOULDER, CO – The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) was presented the "Silver Award" for excellence in the development of the organization’s 2002 Annual Report by the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP). More than 900 entries were received by LACP in the annual report competition that was held in the spring 2003.

Located in San Diego, California, the LACP encourages excellence in the practice of communications for corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and government entities. LACP holds quarterly competitions with hundreds of entries from some of the most well recognized organizations in the world. Entries from organizations represented in the competition ranged from healthcare, technology, and charitable foundations to financial services, insurance, and media. (www.lacp.com)

"Our annual report provides compelling stories about how NARF is changing people’s lives for the better," says John Echohawk, Executive Director at NARF. "The challenge is describing our yearly activities and accomplishments in a publication that is comprehensive, visual and enjoyable to readers."

NARF’s annual report was entered in the educational/nonprofit competition class based on company size and annual revenue. The report was judged in eight areas including first impression, report cover, letter to shareholders, report narrative, report financials, creativity, message clarity, and information accessibility.

"We consult with Walt Pourier at Nakota Designs, Inc. that is an Indian-owned, Colorado business," says Ray Ramirez, Editor of the Annual Report. "It requires a great deal of time and effort to produce an annual report and we are pleased to have Walt’s experience and knowledge in the design process." Nakota Designs also assists in advertising, brochures and newsletters for NARF.

Winners in the Educational/Nonprofit category included:

  • Platinum - The Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation
  • Gold – Senior Services of Washington/Graphica Communication Solutions
  • Bronze – Tarrant County Samaritan Housing, Inc./Kismia
  • Honorable Mention - Project Bread: The Walk for Hunger
  • Honorable Mention - Riverfront Recapture
  • Honorable Mention - Salemtowne/Soter O’Neill Communications

To obtain a copy of the 2002 Annual Report, visit the website www.narf.org. Click on the cover of the annual report to request a copy by mail. To reach Walt Pourier at Nakota Designs, call 303-255-1730.

The Native American Rights Fund is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist American Indians, individuals and organizations in the legal representation and interpretation of federal Indian law. NARF is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado with offices in Washington, D.C., and Anchorage, Alaska.