LIVING ON THE NAVAJO RESERVATION
FACE FOOD INSECURITY EVERYDAY
In the greatest food-producing nation on earth, several thousand Traditional Navajo Elders living on the Reservation face hunger and economic insecurity every day. The status of elderly Navajo is, to put it simply, poor.
Although families help their Elders, conditions exist that make our assistance essential:
- Family members cannot financially meet all the Elder’s basic needs.
- A serious gap in services in remote areas exists.
- As Elders age, their ability to work diminishes while basic requirements for firewood, specialty foods, mobility equipment and simple medical supplies increase.
Presently, over 700 Navajo Elders ages 75 to 100 are enrolled as adopted Elders in the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program and more than 850 Elders receive program assistance. More than 5,000 people who live in poverty in remote locations on the Reservation receive some form of our aid.
The Navajo Nation (Naabeehó Bináhásdzo) is a Native American territory covering about 17,544,500 acres (roughly the size of West Virginia), occupying portions of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico in the United States. This is the largest land area retained by a Native American tribe.
The lives of the Elders that we serve are fraught with hardship, but they believe that to struggle is good, that to struggle breeds strength and character. They have lived their lives at a level of self-sufficiency that many modern-day survivalists and adventurers can only dream of. They have birthed their children, raised livestock, planted crops, and woven incredible pieces of art in their homes in the far reaches of the windy canyons and dusty mesas that make up southern Utah and Northern Arizona. And now, as they have aged they are left without the means to support themselves.
Adopt-A-Native-Elder (A.N.E.) is assisted by Dine' people who serve as coordinators in various parts of the reservation to help us determine the needs of the Elders in their own culture and lifestyle. Adopt-A-Native-Elder is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. We are not a religious or political organization. Many organizations exist to assist the Native Americans with the political issues they face. Our focus is on supporting the traditional Elders who desire to remain on their Lands, living in the traditional ways of the Dine'.
The Native American Giveaway is the tradition of giving the best one has to honor the recipient, without attachment or expectation of receiving anything in return.
CREATE A BRIDGE OF HOPE: ADOPT AN ELDER
Adopting an Elder is one of many ways in which you may participate in the Giveaway Circle. When you adopt, you commit to providing your Elder with two sets of Rainbow Food boxes annually. A.N.E. provides and delivers the food. The cost is $100 per set (one set for the spring Food Run and one set for the fall Food Run) or $200 per year. If you’re able, additional Elder support is available for Food Runs and support throughout the year.
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
$100 Load of Firewood helps an Elder to heat their home and to cook their meals.
$25 Food Certificates may be purchased to supplement the Elders throughout the year.
$50 Yarn Bundles may be donated for a weaver to make a small rug to sell. You may also purchase a weaver’s rug from our website. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the weaver.
Throughout the over three decades of A.N.E.’s existence, the vital cog that makes our program work is all of you, our sponsors, volunteers, donors, and support people. Without you, we would not be able to provide food, medical supplies, yarn, and firewood for the Elders.
We ask for your help. Please take some time to engage your friends, families, and neighbors. Tell them about the plight of the Elders and how they can help. Thank you!
VOLUNTEER AT OUR SALT LAKE CITY WAREHOUSE (328 West Gregson Ave.)
The warehouse is centrally located just off I15 in the Salt Lake Valley at 328 W. Gregson Ave (3100 South & 300 West).