Gratitude and happy holidays from the Native American Rights Fund
As we wind down one year and head into the next, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the holiday season, and to wish health, happiness and peace to you and your families. We would also like to express our gratitude for your steadfast support, and reflect on a few of the many victories your generosity made possible in 2014.
- The Alaska Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Simmonds v. Parks that state courts must honor the decisions of tribal courts in cases that involve the tribe’s protection of member children.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruled that the Wind River Indian Reservation boundaries were not reduced by the 1905 Surplus Land Act.
- The U.S. Supreme Court denied Alaska’s appeal in the Katie John case, affirming Native hunting and fishing rights.
- Formation, with the help of other experts, of the Boarding School Healing Coalition.
- Continued tracking of federal cases impacting Indian Country by the Tribal Supreme Court Project.
- A federal district court found that the State of Alaska violated the Voting Rights Act by not providing translations of voting materials into Yu’pik and Gwich’in. The federal court’s order to provide the translations resulted in 70-75% voter turnout in those areas, and the election of Alaska Native Bryon Mallott as Lt. Governor.
Your generosity made the lives of Native peoples better in meaningful and lasting ways. As we look ahead to the New Year we hope that you will pledge once again to stand firm for justice for Native Americans in 2015.
We thank you for your time, consideration and for the support you have given to NARF this past year that has helped us achieve so much for Native Americans. As we look ahead to the New Year we hope that you will pledge once again to help NARF to continue to stand firm for justice for Native Americans in 2015.