Winter 2009 Newsletter
Native American AIDS Project

2009 Winter Newsletter


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Boozhoo (Greetings) and Happy Holidays!

We are the Native American AIDS Project! Our work is focused on the continuing fight against HIV/AIDS and numerous other social, political, and health care issues facing Native America. You may have met us at a local pow wow or perhaps you are a fellow community member working towards greater health and wellness in the Native American community.

Over the years, many generous individuals, foundations, businesses, and community partners have enabled us to sustain and grow the offerings we provide to our Native community. Donations by people like you enable our staff, volunteers, and clients to provide a stable base of education, care, and services to address the struggle against health disparity and more specifically HIV/AIDS.

Please consider investing in our community by making a donation to the Native American AIDS Project!

This year all funds donated in this campaign between now and December 31, 2009 will go directly toward our Food Program. Our Food Program provides hot meals daily to clients in need. Your dollars will help us support this important under-funded program! A $25 donation will provide food for 20 people and a $50 donation will provide breakfast for one week at our drop-in center.

To donate, simply click on the Donate Now link above. Please also view the "Support Our Work"
section on our website for additional ways to sustain our work for Native American health and wellness.

Again, we wish you and yours a Happy Holiday season, and we say, "Miigwetch" (thank you!) for your support of the Native American AIDS Project. Please check out our program highlights below.

Joan Benoît
Executive Director


Native American AIDS Project (NAAP) is committed to providing a wide range of culturally competent services for all Native American people affected by HIV/AIDS and other diseases by promoting and maintaining the overall health of our diverse community.

Despite suffering multiple budget cuts this year, NAAP has managed to build new programs and expand existing programs. In 2009, we provided services to over 3000 people and have achieved these significant organizational highlights.
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Congratulations Gayle!

Our own Gayle Burns, Prevention Case Manager and a NAAP team member for almost 10 years was selected as a 2009 KQED Local Hero for her long dedication to the Native Community in the Bay Area!


NAAP at the USCA 2009

On October 29, 2009, NAAP had the honor of opening the US Conference on AIDS by organizing a Grand Entry with the NAAP Singers and Opening Prayer by Earl Necone.

You can check out some of the USCA highlights here.


NAAP was recently funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant to begin the offering of Native American cultural arts workshops. This year we offered weekly beading workshops and continued our men's drumming circle. In the coming year we will offer shawl, ribbon-shirt, and hand-drum making workshops.

-The free Shawl Making Workshop at NAAP begins December 9 and is every Wednesday from 4-6pm. Please call or stop by to sign up.

Check out our Weekly Groups page on the NAAP website for more information


Recently, NAAP was excited to announce our collaboration and fiscal-sponsorship of El/La Para TransLatinas! NAAP and El/La share the common vision of promoting the survival of transgender and two-spirit people affected by the colonization of the Americas. We are now working together towards the common goal of social justice and self-determination for our peoples. For more information on El/La email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Niibaa' anami'egiizhigad & Aabita Biboo (Happy Holidays)!

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