Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
August 12, 2000 - Issue 16

Native American Organization Closes One Door,
Opens Another
WASHINGTON - This is a story you won't read every day. It's about an Indian organization, after more than a half century of service, saying it's time to close its doors and give away its assets to a deserving group.

ARROW, Inc., formed in 1949, will disband by the end of the year and is now searching for another American Indian organization to pass along its money.

We're declaring victory," says Vice President Mark Trahant. "When ARROW was formed in 1949, there really wasn't any organization of its kind. That is no longer the case. There are hundreds of Indian-controlled organizations working on important issues that affect the day-to-day lives of American Indians. We felt we could best help that cause by passing on our legacy, creating an endowment for Indian country's future."

ARROW, Inc. (Americans for the Restitution and Righting of Old Wrongs) was formed to further public awareness and understanding of American Indians and to work for the advancement of their health, education and welfare. Will Rogers, Jr., one of the founders of ARROW, said some fifty years ago that the organization could "mobilize American public opinion behind a complete solution to the Indian problem."

And fifty years ago the public had little awareness of American Indians. While the organization has not solved the problems of Indian Country, it has made numerous contributions in fifty years. Historically, ARROW has provided a wide range of programs from helping to form the National American Indian Court Judges Association and the National American Indian Court Clerks Association in 1968 and 1980, respectively, to health care work, scholarships, family support, and public education.

ARROW will accept one-page proposals from Indian organizations on how the agency might leverage a substantial cash gift to improve its programs or services to Indian people. The board of directors will sort through the proposals - rejecting any longer than one (1) page - and award ARROW's assets to the nonprofit agency judged to best continue our mission. The board is most interested in proposals that can demonstrate a positive, long-term impact for American Indian communities.

"This is an opportunity to help Indian country. We can go out of business with style, passing along our legacy to a deserving organization," says Vice President Trahant.

Proposals will be accepted at the ARROW office at 1000 Connecticut Avenue, N. W., Suite 1204, Washington, D. C. 20036 until Close of Business August 30, 2000.



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