Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
We are so happy for the victory at Standing Rock! Peaceful protesting can really make a difference in making things right but, of course, there is still a ways to go to protect the inherent right of the indigenous people of America.
The mission of the Native American Rights Fund is to bring excellent, highly ethical legal representation to tribes and indigenous peoples that will insure the survival of tribes and their way of life.
The NARF is lead by the following priorities that guide preserve and enforce the status of tribes as sovereign, self-governing bodies:
Preserve tribal existence
The future existence of the remaining Indian tribes in this country depends ultimately upon secure and permanent land bases, and the rights of self-determination necessary to preserve traditional customs and ways of life.
Protect tribal natural resources
The 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.
American human rights
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.
Hold governments accountable to Native Americans 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.
Develop Indian law and educate the public about Indian rights, laws, and issues 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.
To learn more about the Native American Rights Fund, click here to go to their website and please consider a small donation of $5 or more to support the defense of Native American land, culture and human rights.
The concept behind this image is that Native American populations are diverse, so I very loosely referenced imagery from the southwest, northwest, southeast and northeast groups. The branches also represent the numerous ways NARF supports First Nation communities. Lastly, the bird while it loosely represents a southwestern design, it could also stand for legal protection/freedom.
Elizabeth Wood is an illustrator and artist living in the beautiful city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Her creative background includes working as a Production Assistant for James Aarons, a highly regarded Ceramic Artist in San Francisco, a career in Graphic Design, and now working in Illustration. She loves drawing every day and enjoy developing visual solutions for clients.
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