Native American Rights Fund

NAF is the oldest, largest nonprofit legal organization defending the rights of Native American tribes, organizations and people.

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BOULDER, CO – EIN 840611876  ww.narf.org

Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit legal organization asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide. Early in our existence, the Board of Directors determined that legal resources should be concentrated in these five areas:

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.

Promote Native 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. Read more about this priority>>

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. “

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Native American Rights Fund

The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is a non-profit organization that uses existing laws and treaties to ensure that U.S. state governments and the U.S. federal government live up to their legal obligations. NARF also "provides legal representation and technical assistance to Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide."[1]

Background

The Native American Rights Fund was co-founded in 1970 by David Getches and John Echohawk (Pawnee).[1] Echohawk currently serves as Executive Director.[2] NARF is governed by a volunteer board of directors composed of thirteen Native Americans from different tribes throughout the country with a variety of expertise in Indian matters. A staff of fifteen attorneys handles about fifty major cases at any given time, with most of the cases taking several years to resolve. Cases are accepted on the basis of their breadth and potential importance in setting precedents and establishing important principles of Indian law.[1]

In September 2001 tribal Leaders met in Washington, D.C., and established the Tribal Supreme Court Project in an effort to "strengthen tribal advocacy before the U.S. Supreme Court by developing new litigation strategies and coordinating tribal legal resources."[3] The ultimate goal is to improve the win-loss record of Indian tribes in Supreme Court cases. The Project is staffed by attorneys from Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and consists of a Working Group of over 200 attorneys and academics from around the nation who specialize in Indian law and other areas of law that impact Indian cases, including property law, trust law and Supreme Court practice. In addition, an Advisory Board of Tribal Leaders assists the Project by providing the necessary political and tribal perspective to the legal and academic expertise.

Tribal Supreme Court Project

The Tribal Supreme Court Project does the following:

  • In conjunction with the National Indian Law Library, monitors Indian law cases in the state and federal appellate courts that have the potential to reach the Supreme Court (NILL Indian Law Bulletins)
  • Maintains an on-line depository of briefs and opinions in all Indian law cases filed with the U.S. Supreme Court and cases being monitored in the U.S. Court of Appeal and State Supreme Courts (Court Documents)
  • Prepares an Update Memorandum of Cases which provides an overview of Indian law cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, cases being monitored and the current work being performed by the Project
  • Offers assistance to tribal leaders and their attorneys to determine whether to file a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in cases where they lost in the court below
  • Offers assistance to attorneys representing Indian tribes to prepare their Brief in Opposition at the Petition Stage in cases where they won in the court below
  • Coordinates an Amicus Brief writing network and helps to develop litigation strategies at both the Petition Stage and the Merits Stage to ensure that the briefs receive the maximum attention of the Justices
  • When appropriate, prepares and submits Amicus Briefs on behalf of Indian tribes and Tribal Organizations
  • Provides other brief writing assistance, including reviewing and editing of the principal briefs, and the performance of additional legal research
  • Coordinates and conducts Moot Court and Roundtable opportunities for attorneys who are presenting Oral Arguments before the Court
  • Conducts conference calls and fosters panel discussions among attorneys nationwide about pending Indian law cases and, when necessary, forms small working groups to formulate strategy on specific issues.[3]

Actions

One of NARF's earliest cases resulted in the 1974 Boldt Decision, in which a U.S. district judge ruled that Washington State must uphold tribal treaty rights, specifically fishing rights.[4]

NARF has represented Native peoples in the case, Cobell v. Salazar, initiated by Elouise Cobell (Blackfeet) over the U.S. Department of the Interior's mismanagement of trust funds. The historic 13-year case resulted in a $3.4 billion settlement.[5][6]

NARF publishes literature pertaining to Native American rights. They currently are co-publishing a book about tribal employment law.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b c Native American Rights Fund. (retrieved on 13 Feb 2010)
  2. ^ "UNM Today." University of New Mexico. 4 Feb 2010 (retrieved 13 Feb 2010)
  3. ^ a b "Tribal Supreme Court Project Home." Archived 2009-11-11 at the Wayback Machine (retrieved on 13 Feb 2010)
  4. ^ Echohawk, John. "Echohawk: Using their law and their history to protect our rights." 6 Jan 2006 (retrieved on 13 Feb 2010)
  5. ^ Coleman, Travis. "Blackfeet woman’s battle for trust accounting a long one." News from Indian Country. Jan 2010 (retrieved on 13 Feb 2010)
  6. ^ "Obama Admin Strikes $3.4B Deal in Indian Trust Lawsuit." New York Times. 8 December 2009 (retrieved on 13 Feb 2010)
  7. ^ Smith, Jr., Kaighn. "Tribal Work Laws Before It's Too Late." Indian Country Today. 26 Jan 2010 (retrieved on 13 Feb 2010)

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NATIVE AMERICAN RIGHTS FUND

BOULDER, CO 80302-6217 | Tax-exempt since July 1971
  • EIN: 84-0611876
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Minority Rights (Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2019

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2019

PDF

990-T

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2018

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2018

PDF

990
990-T
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990 (filed on May 10, 2019)

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990

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Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2017

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2017

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990
Audit

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990 (filed on April 2, 2018)

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Total Revenue

$30,764,589

Total Functional Expenses $11,065,425
Net income $19,699,164
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $27,802,097 90.4%
Program services $2,123,889 6.9%
Investment income $669,566 2.2%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $855 0.0%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $113,391 0.4%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $54,791 0.2%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,287,016 11.6%
Professional fundraising fees $24,000 0.2%
Other salaries and wages $3,491,246 31.6%
Other
Total Assets $44,705,332
Total Liabilities $2,460,097
Net Assets $42,245,235
Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2016

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2016

PDF

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990 (filed on Aug. 7, 2017)

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990

Total Revenue

$12,055,367

Total Functional Expenses $10,685,328
Net income $1,370,039
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $9,646,191 80.0%
Program services $2,028,322 16.8%
Investment income $389,743 3.2%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $82 0.0%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$78,634
Sales of assets $11,512 0.1%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $58,151 0.5%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,310,657 12.3%
Professional fundraising fees $140,178 1.3%
Other salaries and wages $3,324,947 31.1%
Other
Total Assets $22,701,840
Total Liabilities $1,488,588
Net Assets $21,213,252
Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2015

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2015

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990

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Total Revenue

$15,041,212

Total Functional Expenses $10,013,022
Net income $5,028,190
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $6,546,704 43.5%
Program services $7,065,520 47.0%
Investment income $173,349 1.2%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $1,140 0.0%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $1,239,417 8.2%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $15,082 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,265,942 12.6%
Professional fundraising fees $54,000 0.5%
Other salaries and wages $3,192,804 31.9%
Other
Total Assets $20,056,021
Total Liabilities $1,416,115
Net Assets $18,639,906
Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2014

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2014

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990

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Total Revenue

$6,679,668

Total Functional Expenses $10,098,690
Net income -$3,419,022
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $4,784,849 71.6%
Program services $1,306,465 19.6%
Investment income $228,049 3.4%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $1,865 0.0%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $331,639 5.0%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $26,801 0.4%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,228,286 12.2%
Professional fundraising fees $29,098 0.3%
Other salaries and wages $3,122,652 30.9%
Other
Total Assets $17,121,075
Total Liabilities $1,402,735
Net Assets $15,718,340
Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2013

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2013

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990

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Total Revenue

$11,808,071

Total Functional Expenses $9,372,448
Net income $2,435,623
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $10,173,190 86.2%
Program services $1,277,395 10.8%
Investment income $108,886 0.9%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $5,854 0.0%
Rental property income $5,113 0.0%
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $227,346 1.9%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $10,287 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,273,927 13.6%
Professional fundraising fees $24,000 0.3%
Other salaries and wages $2,897,670 30.9%
Other
Total Assets $20,507,198
Total Liabilities $1,419,456
Net Assets $19,087,742
Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2012

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2012

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990

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Total Revenue

$18,620,949

Total Functional Expenses $7,533,330
Net income $11,087,619
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $16,104,389 86.5%
Program services $1,245,587 6.7%
Investment income $55,197 0.3%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $1,517 0.0%
Rental property income $10,185 0.1%
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $1,179,789 6.3%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $24,285 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,137,629 15.1%
Professional fundraising fees $120,000 1.6%
Other salaries and wages $1,998,719 26.5%
Other
Total Assets $17,032,329
Total Liabilities $1,050,857
Net Assets $15,981,472
Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2011

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2011

PDF

990

Total Revenue

$6,239,535

Total Functional Expenses $7,100,565
Net income -$861,030
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $4,958,526 79.5%
Program services $1,135,010 18.2%
Investment income $60,737 1.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $500 0.0%
Rental property income $9,888 0.2%
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $52,971 0.8%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $21,903 0.4%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,025,220 14.4%
Professional fundraising fees $70,250 1.0%
Other salaries and wages $1,856,398 26.1%
Other
Total Assets $5,801,868
Total Liabilities $1,534,034
Net Assets $4,267,834
Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2010

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2010

PDF

990

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990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2009

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2009

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

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Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2008

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2008

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990

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Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2007

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2007

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

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Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2006

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2006

PDF

990
990

Form 990 documents available

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Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2005

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2005

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2004

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2004

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990
990

Form 990 documents available

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Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2003

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2003

PDF

990
990

Form 990 documents available

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Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2002

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2002

PDF

990
990

Form 990 documents available

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Fiscal year ending

Sept. 2001

Fiscal year ending Sept.

2001

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.


Last Updated: 2020-11-28 08:16