Winter 2011 Newsletter


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With lots of changes coming to NAAP, the BEST way to stay up to date is by checking our website and facebook regularly! We look forward to seeing your PRIDE!

A Message from our Executive Director

Boozhoo! As we reach the end of 2011 and I have the chance to reflect on this year’s accomplishments and challenges, I am so grateful for the NAAP staff and volunteers who have generously given their time and energy to care for our community.
This has been a stressful year with regards to funding. The San Francisco Department of Public Health, for the first time, has not prioritized funding for HIV prevention services for Native Americans, despite the high rates of HIV infection in our community. SF DPH has extended our current contract through 2012, however, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to develop new programs while providing the core services that are so important to our people.
This past summer, through a grant from The California Wellness Foundation, I had the blessed opportunity to step away for 3 months to rest and spend time with my family. My sabbatical allowed the leadership of the NAAP staff to develop and blossom. I am so proud of what Gayle Burns, Andrew Lopez and Anna Leroy accomplished during this past summer. Not only did they work to secure the prevention funding for an additional year, but also wrote grants and worked the magic to bring in additional foundation funding to further our mission.
We have dreams and plans for the coming year: re-establishing a Traditional Healing program, creating space and programs for our elders, strengthening our traditional arts programs, and continuing services we’ve provided to the most vulnerable members of our community for the past 18 years. These programs and services are only possible with your generous support, so please consider NAAP in your year end giving this year!

Chi miigwetch and Aabita Biboon!
(Thank you and Happy New Year!)

NAAP's Wishlist

The holidays are upon us and NAAP is looking to get a few items for our drop in center to assist our clients during the winter months. If you have any of these items that you would like to donate please consider donating them to NAAP this holiday season. For more information or to speak to a staff person, please call us at (415) 431-6227.
  • Non upholstered chairs
  • folding tables
  • crock pots
  • Safeway gift cards
  • new socks
  • blankets
  • new underwear (Adult Men's Sizes S-L)
Donations of clothing can be brought to Community Thrift ( and donated in the name of the Native American AIDS Project! Community Thrift is located at 623 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA 94110.

Holiday Closures

NAAP staff has been hard at work this year and will be taking a small break this Holiday season. NAAP will be closed from Friday, 12/23/11 - Monday, 1/02/12. NAAP will re-open for the New Year on Tuesday, 1/03/12. On behalf of all of us here at NAAP we wish you the Happiest of Holidays and a splendid New Year!

Sweat Lodge Ceremony

NAAP will be having a sweat lodge ceremony in the New Year for our LGBT, Two Spirit and Trans clients. If you would like to partake in this ceremony please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Space is limited and priority will be given to NAAP clients. NAAP would like to thank the San Francisco Council of Grand Dukes and Duchesses, Daniel Fortuno aka Paloma Volare, Landa Lakes and Miso Hornay for their tireless work for our community and the generous donations that they have made to make this sweat possible!

Taking Care of the Tribe 2012 Pow Wow

NAAP will be holding our annual sunrise ceremony on the Spring Equinox, Tuesday, March 20th, 2012. NAAP's 6th Annual Taking Care of the Tribe Pow Wow, commemorating National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will be held on Saturday, March 24th, 2012! This year, we will be holding the Pow wow in a traditional Halloushka style with both a morning and evening session! This will be one Pow wow you won't want to miss. So mark your calendars now!