Native Hope views education as successfully graduating from high school and planning for a career. These Native American youth are leaders and mentors for the next generation. They know their culture and embrace it as part of who they are.
Teen suicide, domestic abuse, rape, and sex trafficking are urgent issues plaguing Native American youth living on reservations. The truth can be unsettling, but it needs to be told. Most importantly, real people desperately need help.
Language. Tradition. Ceremonies. Art. Family. For Native Americans, these things aren’t just parts of their lives; they form their identity. Our goal is not just to see Native American culture preserved, but honored, embraced, and thriving.
Where We Work
Native Hope is based in Chamberlain, South Dakota—a state picturesque in its natural beauty, including wide open plains, rushing rivers, the awe-inspiring Badlands, and the stunning forests of the Black Hills. It is also home to 9 Native American reservations and 4 of the poorest counties in the United States.
We create relationships and work with partners who have the same vision we do. Native Hope partners with organizations who are already making an impact. Our goal is to fund those who are making a significant impact in the lives of Native American youth.
Sacred Heart Center, located on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, provides community outreach, child services, and family violence services, including a 24-hour crisis line.
St. Joseph’s Indian School is dedicated to teaching Native American youth—mind, body, heart, and spirit—by providing housing and education to over 200 children each year.
Wiconi Wawokiya, Inc. is dedicated to ending human trafficking and providing safety, counseling, healing, and a way out to the victims of domestic violence and other abuse.
The First Circuit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate Association) of South Dakota is community-based, with volunteers advocating for abused and neglected children.
EmBe strives to achieve a place of empowerment where women succeed, where children and youth strive, where there’s respect for diversity and a community that is vibrant and healthy.
Native Hope’s ambassadors are part of a growing number of young Native Americans who are finding their voice and are determined to make a change.
They are determined to change the way their culture is perceived. Determined to stand up for what’s right and protect their elders and young children. Determined to find a way to be a part of today’s society and still keep their Native American heritage alive. They come from a line of strong, courageous warriors who did everything in their power to carry on their traditions and way of life.
If you are interested in one of our ambassadors speaking at your school, conference, forum, or other event, please contact us.
Native Hope’s Youth Council is a group of young Native Americans who are inspired to have unique conversations and make a difference in their community. Monthly meetings and events help to empower this group to have a voice and to inspire ways they can take positive action and become strong leaders for their tribes.