Aid For Snowbound Tribal Communities - Navajo 'Green Economy' Commission
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A succession of blizzards have ravaged several tribal communities across Indian Country and they are in great need of donated goods (e.g., non-perishable food, water, shovels) and financial assistance in orderto purchase medical supplies, propane for heating homes, and gasoline for emergency vehicles.
The National Congress of American Indians is asking that you contact tribal personnel directly to find out specific needs and share your resources with them. Please be aware that there may be other tribes in need and if you have additional information, please contact NCAI and we will send out an update.
If you have any questions, please contact Ahniwake Rose at NCAI, 202.466.7767 or .**
Contributions to a federally recognized tribal government are treated the same as a contribution to a state government under 7871 for purposes of charitable contributions deductibility; as, the contribution will be used exclusively for "public purposes" which in this instance is disaster relief for the ice storm of January 2010.
Navajo NationDepartment of Emergency Management
c/o 2010 Snowfall Operation
PO Box 620
St. Michaels, AZ 86511
Contact: Navajo Nation, Johnny Johnson, Emergency Operations, Center Incident Commander, (928) 871-7848
Navajo Nation requests that all donations come in the form of gift cards which will be used to purchase all needs for community members and tribal responders from local vendors.
They are also requesting 50,000 sandbags.
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe:
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe/2010 Disaster Account
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman’s Office
Attn: Ice Storm Emergency Fund
PO Box 5902001 Main Street (Tribal Offices)
Eagle Butte, SD 57625
Online Donations: https://secure.piryx.com/donate/0oFFsK8c/Cheyenn-River-Sioux-Tribe/ 
Contact: Cheyenne River, Robin Le Beau, Chairman’s Assistant:
Medical items needed include: glucose strips, first aid kits, children’s aspirin/pain reliever, and cough syrup.
Oglala Sioux Tribe:
Oglala Sioux Tribe
Attn: Dean Patton, Treasurer
P.O. Box 2070
Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770
Contact: Oglala Sioux, Loretta Afraid of Bear, Public Relations, (605) 867-5074
Rosebud Sioux Tribe:
Rosebud Sioux Tribe
c/o Emergency Preparedness Program
P.O. Box 910
Rosebud, SD 57570
Contact: Bill Giroux, Emergency Manager, (605) 747-2559
Items needed include: non-perishable goods, heaters, and candles.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Chairman Charles Murphy
PO Box D
Fort Yates, ND 58538
Contact: Pete Red Tomahawk, Tribal Emergency Coordinator, (701) 854-8500
Two Appointed To Navajo Green Economy Commission
By Kathy Helms
WINDOW ROCK – Anna Ronden of Gallup and Wahleah Johns of Forest Lake have been certified as members of of the Navajo Nation Green Economy Commission.
Ronden and Johns were sponsored by Navajo Nation Council Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan and approved by the Intergovernmental Relations Committee for staggered terms. Rondon will serve a four-year-term and Johns, a two-year term. They both were approved 9-0 by IGR.
Rondon said she has been working with the Navajo Nation in a professional capacity since 1981.
“Since then I have grown to know a lot of the needs at the chapter level and I really look forward to working on this commission,” she said. She is hoping to help the chapters develop “green land use planning and green projects at the local level.”
“The Navajo chapters and the people need an opportunity to green their lifeways and to go back to our traditional teachings, and blend that with the Western technology where appropriate. I'm just really honored that the IGR had the confidence to vote me in.”
Wahleah Johns, co-director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition, was one of several members of the Green Economy Commission who addressed Council last July when the Navajo Nation made history by becoming the first nation in Indian Country to pass legislation promoting green jobs.
“This is the just the beginning for Indian Country. We hope our efforts pave the way for other tribal nations to bring local sustainable green jobs to their communities,” Johns said at the legislation's passage.
In his first quarterly report to Council in January, Morgan said his office is researching policies which will allow the commission to work effectively with the divisions in the executive branch.
“Numerous entities have already contacted my office regarding the commission and are enthusiastic about the potential it can bring to their communities. My office is also researching ways we can capture monies to put into the fund, which was also passed by this Council.”
The commission is charged with helping leverage federal and state funding for green economy projects, now estimated to be in the billions of dollars. The funds would be allocated to the five Navajo agencies and then down to the Nation's 110 chapters.
“It is vitally important that we as Navajo people, as Native American people and people in general, continue protecting our Mother Earth and all her precious resources,” Morgan said. “Our livelihood as Navajo people has always depended upon the unique relationship we have with the land.”
He said the same concepts of the Dine way of life were reflected in the green legislation. “It is surely a reflection of our core values as Navajo people.”
Tony Skrelunas, former executive director of Navajo Division of Economic Development and a member of the Green Jobs Coalition, previously told Council that there are many green business opportunities that fit perfectly with Navajo culture.
Just one facility manufacturing items such as solar panels could create hundreds of jobs, he said. Renewable energy plants, textile wool mills, weavers co-ops, farmers markets, traditional/organic farms, production of certified Navajo mutton, and green construction projects all could contribute toward a more sustainable economy.
“We have thousands of homes that don't have electricity; we have thousands of families that now have homes, and we can build an economy just by providing those people very good green homes.
“We can create businesses and markets here where we help those families and we help people get into the business of providing renewable energy systems, providing renewable energy installation, doing straw bale construction,” he said.
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