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Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA)

Posted By Karen Ratliff, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

 We had the pleasure of Mark Ford, Director of Development and Rafael Tapia, Jr., Program Director join our Tribal Economic Development Committee meeting last week. They provided valuable information to our group. PWNA does not receive any form of government funding. 100% of their funding is from private donations.  Some information about the organizations is below:

Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA) is a non-profit organization committed to partnering with communities to create a brighter future for Native Americans living on remote and isolated reservations. Our programmatic approach is to work though collaborative relationships with partners who live and work in the reservation communities we serve. We believe in the principles of self-determination, and understand people who live in challenged reservation communities are in the best position to present solutions to the issues they face.  For more information visit our website at


The American Indian Education Fund, a program of Partnership With Native Americans - The purpose of the American Indian Education Fund (AIEF) is to support American Indian students in achieving their dreams through completion of a post secondary education.  We seek students of all ages who strongly focus on their educational goals and demonstrate the ability to make positive change in their communities. We expand opportunities for Native students to access college, and for our college partners to support retention of Native students in tribal and non-tribal colleges. In addition to scholarship funding for students, we provide emergency funds and challenge grants for college partners, along with mentoring and care packages for our scholarship students. PWNA is currently accepting applications for 2016-2017 scholarships.  

Students interested in applying for our AIEF scholarship may visit our program website at to learn more and download our 2016 undergraduate and graduate applications. The AIEF scholarship application deadline is April 4, 2016; please ensure your packages are postmarked by this date.


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