-- The First Nations Development Institute in Longmont, Colorado, has $44 million stashed in investments
-- NDN Collective ended the last tax year with $100 million in its bank accounts and assets
|Tax document at ProPublica Explorer https://projects.propublica.org/.../202303209349302090/full
How Non-Profits Deceive and Disappear Money
Conferences in resort hotels average $300,000 using money that was intended for those in need, or on the front line of struggle. That's for conference travel, rooms, meals, speakers, etc.
As for attorney non-profits, the millions aren't being used to provide attorneys for some of the most important cases.
The Paiute Shoshone arrested for defending Peehee Mu'huh, Thacker Pass, from the lithium mining now tearing into the Paiute massacre site, have constantly asked for attorneys to help.
In another case, the excessive force by law enforcement at Backwater Bridge at Standing Rock case, it proceeded but needed more attorneys on their legal team. (At this point, the federal court has ruled in favor of law enforcement, regardless of the critical injuries to water protectors. In similar cases nationwide, those injured by police have received large sums of compensation.)
Here are some of the non-profit scams being used:
1. Tossing out peanuts, that's tossing out minimal funding for projects or used clothes and expired donated foods.
2. Playing poor so they can use your research and life work for grants, or for their books, without paying for it.
3. Using people's names and struggles for grant funding without telling them.
4. Deceiving the public with press releases and social media self-promotion. This type of cheerleading is enabling fraud.
5. Church Poverty Porn -- St. Labre Catholic Mission was sued by Northern Cheyenne for collecting funds for children, and then funneling millions to the Catholic Church. Since churches do not have to file tax returns, they are often involved in what is called "poverty porn," using photos and videos of Native children in publicity for fundraising, without telling the public how the funds are really being spent. In the case of St. Labre, Northern Cheyenne children were left desperate while millions were sent to the Catholic Church.
6. Individual fellowships of $100,000 for those in hard working collectives are often divisive, and benefit a chosen few.
First Nations Development Institute, Longmont, Colorado
The First Nations Development Institute in Longmont, Colorado, has one of the largest revenues in Indian country. It ended the year with $68 million in its bank accounts and assets. It spent only a small portion of what it received on grants, and paid President Michael Roberts a quarter of a million dollars, that's $237,053.
It says its purpose is to promote American Indian economies, health and youths.
It has $44 million stashed in investments.
First Nations Development Institute has received $111 million in the past five years.
Virginia Non-Profit Among Top Recipients of Non-profit Dollars
The Native American Heritage Association in Front Royal, Virginia has one of largest bank accounts in the industry in Indian country. It received $371 million in grants and donations between 2017 -- 2021.
Lakotas said they are bringing in expired, donated foods, and the clothing is used, while the non-profit is receiving millions. NAHA claims on its website that it is delivering daily to Crow Creek, Lower Brule, Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River and Rosebud Reservations." https://www.naha-inc.org/
(Below) The Native American Heritage Association in Virginia had $23 million in its bank accounts and assets that was not distributed, in 2022. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/460414390/202321919349300342/full
|Partnership with Native Americans in Texas, 2022 tax return, shows salaries for top executives.
All of this information can be found in the tax documents on ProPublica Explorer, along with the websites of the non-profits, and on public statements about the donations from the foundations.
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Non-Profits in Indian Country: Fraud, Secrecy and Deep Deception (2022)
Censored News in-depth article on fraud in non-profits in Indian country in 2022. Among the worst situations, the Ajo, Arizona, food bank, whose CEO is non-Indian, gave food boxes to Tohono O'odham grandparents while the food pantry was overrun with rats, according to a report from the health department.
Funds for traditional agriculture are often used for conferences in resort hotels, averaging $300,000, and lavish salaries, travel and expense accounts for non-profit staff, instead of actually growing food.
Native seeds are being sold by non-profits without Indigenous Peoples permission.
Native Seeds Search in Tucson was created by a non-Indian. Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham, said the non-profit does not have permission of traditional O'odham living on the land to sell their seeds. Ofelia said the seeds should be returned and Native Seeds Search should stop selling their ancestral seeds.
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(1) Honor the Earth
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(2) UN Final Report: Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
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