Indigenous Relief Response
In This Together
We know that COVID-19 disproportionately affects Indigenous communities so we've complied a list of resources for folks adversely impacted by the virus.
Do you not see a valuable resource on here that you feel should be?
Are you someone who is in need of crowdfunding assistance?
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Note to Visitor
We know that the COVID-19 Resource listing is quite expansive. We recognize that each and every effort takes much effort, time, and planning so we would like to honor that by encouraging our visitors to read through all the efforts and make a decision on which to donate to or to promote.
AISES Together Towards Tomorrow (T3) Fund
With the closure of colleges and universities many students are facing serious challenges and have only a short window of time to make alternative living arrangements. Please join American Indian Science and Enginering Society (AISES) in offering urgent support to Native American/Indigenous students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The T3 Fund will allow AISES to provide Native American/Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic a one-time scholarship of $500.
Chief Seattle Club
Chief Seattle Club will help relatives depending on them for their basic needs and will keep their doors open seven days a week as long as they can maintain a safe and clean environment. They are looking for donations of hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies; They are also in need of financial support. Many of their staff have children, and with schools closed, they are hoping to raise funds to help support their staff who will soon run out of vacation and sick leave.
Please include "COVID-19" in the notes section.
COPE COVID-19 Response
Gallup, New Mexico
Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) is uniquely positioned to contribute to the immediate and long-term response to COVID-19. Their approach of working alongside tribal leaders, their close connections to leading COVID-19 responders,
and their strong relationships within the communities where we work, enable them to effectively mobilize high-impact programs to help measure the spread of the virus and ensure social support for affected families and communities. Working with the Navajo Area Indian Health Service and the Navajo Nation government, COPE is bridging the gap by providing supplies to families in quarantine, protective gear to health workers, and public communications support.
The COPE team is coordinating and implementing a multi-faceted action plan to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in both Gallup, New Mexico where our office is based as well as the surrounding tribal lands. COPE is working in the following areas:
Dennehotso Families COVID-19 Relief Fund
Dennehotso Families COVID-19 Relief Fund is a grassroots collective (on and off the reservation) with a mission to help provide food and necessities to elders and families in need during this pandemic. Our focus is on the community of Dennehotso, AZ and surrounding area.
Far East Navajo COVID-19 Response
In coordination with the Far Eastern Navajo chapters, the Torreon Community Alliance request your support to help these communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds would purchase critical sanitation supplies/ food supplies for the most needy of the communities. This project is meant to immediately supplement and support the local Navajo Governmental Chapters response and mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Make checks payable to:
Torreon Community Alliance
PO Box 1054
Cuba, NM 87013
FNDI COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
First Nations Development Institute is responding to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian community emergency needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic to minimize the risk of Native communities becoming collateral damage.
The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is designed to distribute funds efficiently and swiftly to Native nonprofit organizations and tribal programs that need it most. Initially, funds are being prioritized in high-concentration areas – California, New Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, New York, Navajo Nation, Hopi Nation and COVID-19 hotspots.
Havasupai Tribe COVID-19 Relief Fund
Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the United States and Arizona, the Tribe has had to temporarily suspend tourism within the Reservation in order to protect Tribal Members from the spread of this pandemic. Thus, the tourism revenues the Tribe relies upon to run its government, and its Tribal Members depend upon to feed their families and their animals, has been disrupted.
Please consider making a donation to ensure that the Havasupai People and their animals have the food and the Personal Protection Equipment that they need to remain in their communities and be protected from exposure to the Coronavirus and COVID-19. Prevention is paramount because the Tribe does not have a permanent doctor or nurse on the Reservation, and they do not have a single ventilator or hospital bed. With such a small Tribe, the spread of this disease within the Canyon and Supai Camp could be devastating to the Tribal community and to the continued viability of the Havasupai People. Any contribution will help and will be greatly appreciated by the Tribe and the Havasupai People.
Hopi Foundation Emergency Assistance Fund
The Hopi Foundation Emergency Assistance Fund offers aid to local villages, organizations and individuals with the intent to serve and distribute supplies and resources to a group in most critical need such as low-income, elders, single-parents, or disabled, with little or no access to transportation in areas of:
● Home-heating fuel shortage;
● Natural disaster relief for access to safe shelter, food, and clean, potable water; and
● Public health and safety in the event of disease outbreak, contamination, etc.
Indigenous Action (IA/originally Indigenous Action Media) was founded on August 25th, 2001 to provide strategic communications and direct action support for Indigenous community’s sacred lands defense. They are a radical volunteer crew of anti-colonial & anti-capitalist Indigenous media makers & agitators that work together on a project by project basis for liberation for Mother Earth and all her beings.
Indigenous Circle of Wellness
Los Angeles, California
Indigenous Circle of Wellness, is a Native Woman owned and operated group private practice that provides culturally inclusive mental health counseling and wellness support. Our office is located in Los Angeles, but our services are offered throughout the state of California. We are raising funds to assist community members with paying for quality mental health counseling services with us.
Gallup, New Mexico
Through the McKinley Mutual Aid, a Health & Help network for the McKinley Community of Northwest New Mexico, Indigenous Life Ways and several other organizations are collaborating to gain funding to help their at-risk elders and families Geographically, their service area includes all communities of McKinley County including the Sovereign Indigenous Nations of the Navajo (Diné ) & Zuni (Ashiwi) peoples, as well as those neighboring communities on the borders.
Make payable to Indigenous Lifeways and mail to:
2418 E. Historic Highway 66 #259
Gallup, NM 87301
IEN COVID-19 Emergency Mutual Aid Fund
U.S. National, Canada, Central American, South America
Founded by the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), the are urgently requesting your help to meet the call from their grassroots base to quickly move mutual aid funding into the hands of our community-based Indigenous peoples from the U.S. and Canada (Central and South America on a case-by-case basis), who are experiencing loss of income, lay-off, and financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Small grants up to $2,000 are being extended to grassroots organizations and Indigenous brothers and sisters organizing mutual aid in their communities for three purposes:
● Emergency purchase of essential provisions
● Support with transportation for essential needs, such as medical and groceries
● Home business slowdowns in sales and other cash flow difficulties (“home business” is referring to things like quilting, regalia making, bead and quillwork, moccasin making, basket making, pottery, silversmithing, etc.)
Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health COVID-19 Emergency Food, Water, and Basic Relief Supplies
Created by Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, this effort is working to help contain the virus, protect families from infection, and get urgently needed food, cleaning supplies, and other materials to families in need. Their workforce of more than 200 people are now delivering food, water and other supplies to families in tribal communities including the Navajo Nation through our community health worker model.
Their mobile food truck has also been repurposed for delivering supplies.
Makes checks payable to:
Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health
415 N. Washington Street, 4th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21231
K’é Infoshop is a self-funded Indigenous community organizing space in the capitol of the Navajo Nation. Besides creating a safer space to have critical discourse and provide mutual aid towards the health and well-being of Indigenous people, K’é Infoshop do every-day actions such as:
● feeding the unsheltered (so-called homeless) every Saturday morning
● hosting talking-circles for LGBTQ2i+ or gender non-conforming relatives
● food banking with cooking classes using organic ingredients
● workshops on indigenous feminism and decolonial socialism
● building a public library supporting radical indigenous discourse
● provding free secure internet access and information security training
● and anything else to engage their relatives in a healthy manner to critically analyze their current situation as Diné (Navajo).
K’é Infoshop receive no grants and don't intend to seek a non-profit status since they believe strongly in the autonomy needed to do their work. K’é Infoshop are indigenous feminists seeking to rejuvenate and liberate Dinétah (Navajo Territory).
* Please note – the K’e Infoshop is only accepting donations to help offset operating expenses at this time.
The new Zuni-run service delivers food to 265 families currently under quarantine. This eliminates community spread, by Zunis not having to leave their homes to shop and further expose themselves, and others, to potential contagion.
The Keshi Foundation will make direct deposits to a dedicated Zuni Tribal account in Zuni Pueblo for the Emergency Mobile Pantry. All financial donations go to support Keshi Foundation projects. We have no administrative costs; we're all volunteers here. Your donation will make a difference to people in Zuni Pueblo.
Kinłani/Flagstaff Mutual Aid
Kinłani/Flagstaff Mutual Aid is an all-volunteer community response to the threat of Covid-19. We have organized a hub to coordinate volunteers to collect and distribute necessary resources to those most vulnerable in our community and support unsheltered relatives. This group is created for autonomous relief organizing based on the principles of mutual aid, solidarity, and direct action.
Lhaq’temish Foundation – Resilience Fund: Lummi Covid-19 Response
The primary ‘Lummi COVID-19 Response’ areas of focus: Field hospital, medical and public health operations. Homelessness, shelter, displaced and transition people. Food security, childcare, students, college students, young parents, infants & children, expectant mothers, transportation, medial services and appointments, and the list goes on.
LCDW Fund – Native American Community Response Fund
Rooted in relationships of mutuality and equity, Liberated Capital gives through a reparations model that trusts and supports the leadership of those most impacted by historical and systemic racism. The fund welcomes support from individuals at all levels of giving who are committed to collectively healing the wounds of colonialism and white supremacy by using money as medicine to shape an equitable future.
Join Liberating Capital in supporting a fund that can help us all be courageous in moving resources together, undertaking the long process of healing required to restore balance so that all communities can flourish.
Checks: Make checks payable to "Social Good Fund"
Include the purpose "Grapevine DAF: Liberated Capital: A Decolonizing Wealth Fund"
Mail checks to:
Social Good Fund
12651 San Pablo Ave, #5473
Richmond, CA 94805- 4021"
Native American Community Clinic
During this difficult time with the COVID-19 crisis, helping Native American families access equitable, high quality care is more critical than ever. An uncertain economy means individuals are not having their important healthcare needs met. Help Native American Community Clinic keep their facility operating to full capacity, providing vital services for the Twin Cities Native American Community.
Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund
Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund wants to help these the elderly, high risk individuals, and families with children, to gain access to the food and water (1/3 of Navajo residents do not have running water) and other essential items they will need to weather this pandemic, such as food, personal protective equipment, and diapers. Their goal is to help the elderly (especially those raising their grandchildren), the immunocompromised and mobility impaired, single parents, and struggling families by helping them buy groceries, water, health supplies, and necessary items so they (and their vulnerable communities) can be protected from exposure to the virus by engaging volunteers to make these purchases and deliver them to a safe transfer location for their beneficiaries. They are also helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 on these reservations by engaging volunteers to sew masks for medical workers and first responders on Navajo and Hopi. They will also use these funds to help purchase the fabric for these masks. In addition, they will invest in a media campaign to urge folks to stay home and socially distance, and to embrace sterilization practices. The Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund is led by enrolled Navajo and Hopi tribal members.
Navajo and Tribal Clinical Relief Support
Albuquerque, New Mexico
In response to the immediate need on Navajo Nation and surrounding tribes to protect against COVID-19 spread, Navajo and Tribal Clinical Relief Support are requesting donations to help supplies reach healthcare workers and those caring for sick family members in tribal communities in the Southwest. Tribal communities and hospitals are facing delays in receiving federal assistance and need supplies now.
Funds will be used to purchase hand sanitizer, personal protective equipment (PPE), and to supply fabric for sewing requested gowns and masks.
They will also be using funds from this campaign to respond to other needs as requested by area hospitals and nurses. At such time when supply to area hospitals are met, additional donations will go to provide diapers and other essential items to families effected by the virus.
NB3 Foundation COVID Response Fund
Navajo Nation; New Mexico; South Dakota
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation has created the NB3 Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund. This donor driven fund will support two primary areas within Native American communities:
● Access to nutritional food and clean water
● Access to education opportunities and youth development.
Over the next several weeks, this COVID-19 Response Fund will directly support families and children living within the Navajo Nation, New Mexico and tribes in South Dakota. The key is “directly.” Your funds will not go to overhead, bureaucracies or middlemen. NB3 Foundation will identify on-the-ground needs and directly support these areas. Every cent given will help families in need.
NDN Collective: The NDN COVID-19 Response Project
The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide immediate relief to some of the most underserved communities in the country. NDN’s intent is to quickly distribute resources to frontline organizations, Tribes, and individuals who are providing essential services to Indigenous communities within the next 15-45 days to provide gap resources during this health crisis.
PPE for Navajo First Responders
First responders, medical personnel, and other essential employees on the Navajo Nation are in dire need of personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to keep themselves and others safe. They have been regularly sending fabric masks from Phoenix to Tuba City and Kayenta. such as fabric face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, bleach, disinfectants, and cleaning supplies. These items were immediately distributed to EMTs, government employees delivering food to elders, hospital workers, and other essential employees.
They want to continue purchasing items in bulk in Phoenix to send to Tuba City and Kayenta (two of the main hot spots on the Navajo Nation) every Friday. The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (which they have already made multiple deliveries to) serves both the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Nation.
Pueblo Action Alliance
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Pueblo Action Alliance is proud to announce the collaboration with our relatives Seeding Sovereignty and Orenda Tribe for the Indigenous Impact Rapid Response Initiative. In light of the global pandemic COVID- 19, it's clear our communities are the last ones to be considered in terms of the effects and impacts upon our people, land and life ways. Throughout history we have always been self-reliant and self-sufficient in how we come together and support one another. We continue practicing being good neighbors through a number of traditional core values.
The initiative and participating partners are working hard to provide a few different types of mutual aid. Those being sewn protective masks, healthy meal kits for elders and families, and also getting monetary donations directly to those in need. Lastly, getting indigenous authored books to quarantined students is also being coordinated.
Pueblo Relief Fund
In an effort to meet the most critical needs of the 20 Pueblo Nations during the COVID-19 crisis, the All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG) and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC), have created and are administering a Pueblo Relief Fund.
The donations to the Pueblo Relief Fund will be used to immediately begin addressing supply and service needs of the Pueblos in order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and lower the infection rate among tribal members. These needs include essential disinfecting supplies, personal protective equipment, and food distribution. APCG and IPCC will use the funds to immediately begin purchasing these essential items and delivering them to the Pueblos for distribution to tribal members.
PWNA Coronavirus Emergency Response
Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA) is responding daily to a high volume of requests from our reservation partners, who are requesting food, water, toilet paper, sanitizer and other essentials to weather the coronavirus pandemic. PWNA drivers are working the maximum hours allowed by DOT (Dept. of Transportation) to ensure vital supplies get to those in need on the reservations. But so many orders are going out that our warehouses are running low and we need your help to replenish! Please donate today.
Return to the Heart – Native COVID-19 Action Fund
Return to the Heart is identifying and supporting urgent safety needs of Indian Country including: Rapid Covid Tests and Personal Protective Equipment supplies (N95 masks, face shields, gloves, Tyvek suits, cots, disinfection wipes, hand sanitizer); identifying, connecting, and supporting traditional healers for mental health, spiritual, and cultural information access; supporting restorative and regenerative strategies that support farming efforts to reclaim and repair traditional territories to provide food and medicine.
Seeding Sovereignty, in conjunction with Orenda Tribe and Pueblo Action Alliance, are providing on the ground support to the Navajo Nation and the Pueblos of New Mexico daily. Their initiate is actively:
● Prioritizing the personal protective equipment (PPE) to community members and medical personnel
● Raising funds to redistribute as stipends to assist those financially impacted
● In partnership with mental health professional, providing remote mental health support
● Shipping handmade books and distributing healthy meal kits for their students and elders
SGFIPI Flicker Fund: A COVID-19 Rapid Response
Created by Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, Inc., they are are raising and mobilizing funds for the Flicker Fund to direct critical resources to the most vulnerable in our already challenged communities. The Flicker Fund provides direct grant support to stressed Indigenous communities on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, where some are already facing issues of hunger, lack of access to water, and unable to secure basic hygiene and material supplies needed for everyday life.
Support Little Wind & Mesiah on the Wind River Reservation
Wind River Reservation, Wyoming
Eastern Shoshone; Northern Arapaho
We are asking for help not just to show up if COVID-19 takes a turn for the worst in our community but to use this opening to explore the possibilities of self sustainability in the midst of having our water and land...
Taala Hooghan Infoshop
Taala Hooghan is an Indigenous-established, community based and volunteer-run collective dedicated to creatively confronting and overcoming social and environmental injustices in the occupied territories of Flagstaff and surrounding areas. They are restoring and redefining knowledge and information in ways that will be meaningful to our communities.
Tewa Women United
Located in the ancestral Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico, Tewa Women United is a multicultural and multiracial organization founded and led by Native women. The name “Tewa Women United” comes from the Tewa words wi don gi mu which can be translated as “we are one” in mind, heart, and in the spirit of love for all. Tewa Women United was incorporated for educational, social and benevolent purposes, specifically for the ending of all forms of violence against Native Women and girls, Mother Earth and to promote peace in New Mexico.
Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation
Tuba City, Arizona
Like all hospitals nationwide, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corp. is working to ensure an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical medical supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contributions from donors like you ensure we can continue to provide the highest-quality care to you, your family and our community during this unprecedented time.