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MY HEART CRIES OUT...CARRYING SUCH GREAT COMPASSION FOR HUMANITY COMES THE EQUAL BURDEN OF GREAT PAIN. THIS WEIGHT IS A HIDDEN GIFT FROM THE CREATOR, FOR THE HARDER THE CHALLENGE THE GREATER THE REWARDS.
Marty Fire Rider Hiles
2006

About Us

Once there lived these noble and proud Native Americans who were close to the earth, today they are displaced in their own land and disillusioned with their own dreams. In the relentless march for progress, they were somehow left out. Today they are the forgotten Americans.

We have always strived to recognize the great human potential of each individual; and to offer those in need a path to self-sufficiency.

Dependency destroys a person's dignity and self-initiative. We believe that true charity must emphasize self-help in order to restore pride and independence.

AIHF is a non-profit, charitable organization that relies solely on private donations. We receive no federal dollars. Our primary sources of funding are not huge corporate gifts or impersonal grants. Instead, they are individuals like you. Americans helping Americans.

AIHF assistance is strictly limited to Native Americans - with priority given to the elders, disabled, and families with dependent children. We serve any Native people in need with our main emphasis on Pine Ridge Reservation and the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. These two reservations according to the Wall Street Journal are the poorest place in the western hemisphere next to Haiti. So if you have traveled to any place in Central or South America and witness the extreme poverty, well the condition on these reservations are the worst.

In Pine Ridge, the infant mortality rate is 300% higher than the U.S. national average and the highest on this continent. The Diabetes rate is 800%; the unemployment rate is 85% to 95% depending on the season. The tuberculosis rate is 800%; over 70% of the homes are below national standards and most need to be destroyed due to black mold. Recent reports point out that the median income on the Pine Ridge Reservation is approximately $2,600 to $3,500 per year. At least 60% of the homes are severely substandard, without water, electricity, adequate insulation, and sewage systems. Recent reports state the average life expectancy is 45 years old while others state that it is 48 years old for men and 52 years old for women. With either set of figures, that's the shortest life expectancy for any community in the Western Hemisphere outside Haiti, according to The Wall Street Journal. The statistics just get worst.

So please take a few minutes and look over our web site. And remember, when you offer assistance, donate money or volunteer your time - you are actually changing lives!

To view the Shocking Statistics of Pine Ridge click below

Pine Ridge Stats Short (click here)

Our Success is only as Good as our Team of Volunteers

We are a grassroots volunteer charity. we strive for 100% of all donations to reach those in need. Our Board, Staff and Volunteers have agreed to accept no salaries for our work with this corporation. Our efforts are to ensure the continual movement of donations and supplies to our fellow Native Americans who are truly in need. Our motive is the sincere desire to serve from the heart, as our ancestors did.

Some of these dedicated volunteers have decades of experience in humanitarian programs, working unselfishly while receiving payments of warm smiles, thank you hugs and heart felt love.

There is no greater satisfaction of the heart then to see the smile on a child’s face when handing them a toy or an elder’s smile upon receiving a warm blanket. There is no greater joy then to serve those who can not serve themselves.

                               

Disclaimer:

 

AIHF charges “NO” fees for any services provided. AIHF does not assume responsibility for errors, and all information provided via this Web site is intended for informational purposes only and is subject to change or withdrawal by AIHF at any time without notice. Links from these pages to external Web sites are provided as a service to visitors and do not constitute an endorsement by AIHF. Certain programs, services, projects and links listed here are not operated by nor are they the responsibility of AIHF. Some information published herein is gathered from sources which are thought to be reliable, but the reader should not assume that the information is official or final.

American Indian Humanitarian Foundation
A National 501(c)(3) Non-profit Corporation 


Mailing Address
97 S. Main #327 
Brigham City, Utah 84302
AIHF@4AIHF.org 
(435-757-3399)
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Texas Branch Office
"For Faster Mail Response Time"
P.O. Box 419
Waxahachie, TX 75168
(214-463-5061)
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Other Numbers
 
Washington, D.C.
202-386-6044
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Toll Free
888-295-7906

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