Native American Organizations
All other proceeds from sales of “Ordinary Mystery”or of individual songs on it go directly to the following Native American rights and charitable organizations:
The American Indian College Fund – provides scholarships and other support for American Indian students. Tribal colleges, the vast majority of which are located on or near reservations, provide opportunity and access to post-secondary education where once there was none. The Fund disburses approximately 5,000 scholarships annually for American Indian students seeking to better their lives through continued education. It is a non-profit group: www.collegefund.org
Bringing Back the Bow – is a group of unpaid volunteers who provide positive role models while working one on one with Native American children for a week long camp of traditional bow and arrow making and learning horseback archery. It is a non-profit organization, which brings together Native American elders and Native American youth promoting traditional values of respect, honesty and courage. Through these teachings the young people gain a better understanding of their culture and language allowing them to reach their highest potential and change their lives. The camps have been held on the Cheyenne Sioux Reservation in early summer in Eagle Butte, South Dakota: www.bringbackthebow.com
Indian Law Resource Center – is a non-profit law and advocacy organization established and directed by American Indians. It provides legal assistance to Indian and Alaska Native nations who are working to protect their lands, resources, human rights, environment and cultural heritage. Its principal goal is the preservation and well-being of Indian and other Native nations and tribes: www.indianlaw.org
The Native American Heritage Association (NAHA) – is a non-profit dedicated to helping Native Americans living on the tribal reservations in South Dakota . The state of South Dakota is home to some of America ’s most scenic landscapes, the Badlands , and also the home to the poorest people in our nation. NAHA supports the Sioux people through medical, food, fuel, and clothing programs: www.naha-inc.org
The Trail of Tears Association (TOTA) – is a non-profit, membership organization formed to support the creation, development, and interpretation of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. Designated as a national historic trail by Congress in 1987, the Trail commemorates the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their homelands in the southeastern United States to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma ) in 1838 – 1839. In 1993, the Association entered into a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service (NPS) to promote and engage in the protection and preservation of Trail of Tears National Historic Trail resources; and to promote awareness of the Trail’s legacy, including the effects of the U.S. Government’s Indian Removal Policy on the Cherokees and other tribes (primarily the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek, and Seminole): www.nationaltota.org
A portion of proceeds will also go to selected charitable non- profit organizations administered by and for Canadian Aboriginal tribal peoples.