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Native American Rights Fund

Native American Rights Fund

Boulder, CO 80302-6217
Tax ID84-0611876

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About this organization







NARF's objectives are to protect the rights of and seek justice for tribes and Native peoples. In the words of Executive Director John Echohawk, "We ask for nothing more, and will accept nothing less than the U.S. Government keeping the promises it has made to Native Americans." NARF currently represents more than 60 tribes in 20 states on a wide range of critical matters, including land into trust, federal recognition, subsistence hunting & fishing, federal trust responsibilities, protection of sacred places, voting rights, sovereign immunity, Indian Child Welfare, water rights and environmental issues.


The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit national Indian rights organization in the country devoting all its efforts to defending and promoting the legal rights of Indian people on issues essential to their tribal sovereignty, their natural resources and their human rights. NARF believes in empowering individuals and communities whose rights, economic self-sufficiency and political participation have been systematically eroded or undermined. At its inception in 1970, NARF believed that the best hope for Indian survival and development rests with the maintenance of the tribe as an institution. The inherent sovereign powers of a tribe to hold land, to govern tribal members and to command the respect of other units of government are essential to an Indian nation concept. Throughout its history, NARF has held fast to this hope and through its work has insured that this concept has become a reality. The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) continues to address its traditional priority areas in accordance with NARF's long-standing program priorities. NARFs priority areas are: 1) Preservation of Tribal Existence; 2) Protection of Tribal Natural Resources; 3) Accountability of Governments to Native Americans; 4) Development of Indian Law & Educating the Public about Indian Rights Issues; and 5) Promotion of Native American Human Rights. Over the course of NARFs existence, a strong legal foundation has been built around NARF's major priority areas. NARF will continue to build on that progress on behalf of Native American people who would otherwise lack access to and representation in the justice system. NARF currently has approximately fifty ongoing cases and/or projects representing tribes, organizations and individuals. The volume and importance of the cases on NARF's docket illustrates the continuing need and demand for NARF's services.

Interesting data from their 2019 990 filing

The purpose of the non-profit, as set forth in the filing, is “As established by native american rights fund's (narf) first board of directors, the priorities that guide narf in its mission to preserve and enforce the status of tribes as sovereign, self-governing bodies still continue to lead narf today: (1) the preservation of tribal existence; (2) the protection of tribal natural resources; (3) the promotion of human rights; (4) the accountability of governments to native americans; and (5) the development of indian law and educating the public about indian rights, laws and issues.”.

When discussing its purpose, they were characterized as: “Construct the foundations necessary to empower tribes so they can continue to live according to their native traditions, enforce their treaty rights and protect their sovereignty.”.

  • The state in which the non-profit is legally authorized to operate is DC, as reported.
  • The filing confirms that the non-profit's address in 2019 was 1506 BROADWAY, BOULDER, CO, 80302.
  • The form of the non-profit reports 57 employees as of 2019.
  • Does not operate a hospital.
  • Does not operate a school.
  • Collects art.
  • Provides credit counseling.
  • Does not have foreign activities.
  • Is not a donor advised fund.
  • Is not a private foundation.
  • Expenses are greater than $1,000,000.
  • Revenue is greater than $1,000,000.
  • Revenue less expenses is $444,924.
  • The remuneration of the CEO of the organization is based on an independent review and approval process.
  • The organization has a written policy that describes how long it will retain documents.
  • The organization has 13 independent voting members.
  • The organization has a professional fund raiser.
  • The organization was formed in 1970.
  • The organization has a written policy that addresses conflicts of interest.
  • The organization is required to file Schedule B.
  • The organization is required to file Schedule J.
  • The organization is required to file Schedule O.
  • The organization engages in lobbying activities.
  • The organization pays $5,955,298 in salary, compensation, and benefits to its employees.
  • The organization pays $2,668,574 in fundraising expenses.
  • The organization provides Form 990 to its governing body.
  • The organization has minutes of its meetings.
  • The organization has a written whistleblower policy.
  • The organization has grants to organizations.
  • The organization's financial statements were reviewed by an accountant.

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