Advocacy Efforts of the Native American Rights Fund

 

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Native American Rights Fund
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Annually ranked as one of California’s most effective political advocates, Mark Macarro bases his work on his tribal chairmanship of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. Mark Macarro is affiliated with several national organizations, including the Native American Rights Fund (NARF).

One of the major missions of NARF is the recognition and preservation of Native American tribes, notably the customs and culture of the tribes. NARF exists to secure the tribes’ rights to a continued sovereign presence in relation to the United States government.

NARF recognizes that many tribes have signed treaties with the US government. In cases where tribes have gone unrecognized or treaties have been terminated by US agencies, NARF works to set up new relations.

For example, NARF pushed for recognition of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe of Virginia. After decades of researching the tribe’s history, NARF prevailed on the US Department of the Interior to recognize the Pamunkey in 2015.

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NARF Receives Recognition for Sustainable Practices

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Native American Rights Fund
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For more than a decade, Mark Macarro has served the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians as elected councilman and tribal chairman. Dedicated to tribal advocacy, Mark Macarro sits on the board of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF).

For more than four decades, NARF has provided legal counsel to help Native individuals and groups need to uphold their rights. Concurrent to this important work, the organization has focused much of its attention on sustainability. Through its Green Office Committee, NARF continually tracks its environmental impact at its main headquarters and two regional facilities in areas such as waste minimization and paper and energy use. In 2010, the organization also began working with the non-profit Trees, Water, & People to neutralize the carbon emissions that it produced due to its resource consumption.

As a result of these efforts, NARF has been able to reduce its paper and electric use with each passing year. In addition, the organization achieved a perfect balance of CO2 production and offsets in 2016.

In the same year, these impressive results helped NARF receive recognition from a number of sustainability organizations. Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) named the organization’s Boulder, Colorado headquarters as a Certified Partner for its dedication to scaling down its waste. Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) bestowed upon NARF headquarters its EnergyStar certificate and awarded it an impressive sustainability score of 93 percent.

The Native American Rights Fund Protects Tribal Culture and Rights

 

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Native American Rights Fund
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Since 2002, Mark Macarro has guided the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians as its tribal chairman. Mark Macarro is currently involved with several human rights and tribal advocacy groups, and is a board member of the Native American Rights Fund.

The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) provides financial backing and legal assistance to individuals, organizations, and tribes within the Native American community. Since 1971, the fund has successfully defended tribal and individual rights in hundreds of critical cases.

The leaders behind NARF maintain a strong focus on the human rights issues specific to their people. The organization has a vested interest in protecting the cultural and religious traditions that are important to members of the Native American community, such as eagle feathers, peyote, and access to sacred places. NARF utilizes legal avenues to protect these cultural traditions as much as possible, while concurrently working toward repatriation and restoration of cultural items and lands.