From the Fall
1997 Watchdog Report
Unlike other charities that have programs to employ
disadvantaged people as childcare workers, retail store clerks,
landscapers, etc., The Native American Heritage Association
(NAHA) hires American Indians in areas of high unemployment
and discrimination to help solicit funds.
NAHA, which is based in Rapid City, South Dakota and
leases office space in Orange, Virginia, claims to have employed
100 disadvantaged Native Americans, who are primarily engaged
in fund raising activities. In its financial statements, NAHA
includes the salaries of its Native Americans solicitors in program
services and excludes them from fundraising expense. 80% or $1.7
million of its total cash programs cost in 1998 was spent on its
Native American fundraising employment program.
NAHA continues to evolve and create more opportunities
for its employees since it was formed in 1991 as Little Soldier
Sioux Pottery, Inc. It began a bingo operation in October 1997 but
closed it in May 1998 after incurring $135,000 in net losses. NAHA
took over the assets and liabilities of The American Forum in 1994
and the Grant-A-Wish Network in January 1999. NAHA also reported
in its financial statements that it is planning a Native American
Museum in South Dakota.