Heat Native America Fund

Begun as a service-learning project by Jennifer Nesahkluah while attending Scott Community College in Bettendorf, Iowa, the HNAF is "Touching Hearts and Warming Homes" by providing safe woodstove heating units, weatherization, heating fuels and other winter-related assistance to impoverished families living on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Nesahkluah is a Native American cultural educator who gives lectures, presentations, and cultural workshops on traditional Indian dance and dress, indigenous spirituality, myth and oral traditions, and historical accounts. 

HNAF also supports through education a wide range of Native American issues and advocates for American Indian human rights wherever an opportunity to do so presents itself. 

HNAF currently needs:

  • New or gently used winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves
  • Snow suits, snow boots and snowshoes
  • New sneakers/athletic shoes in all sizes, childrens', mens' and womens'
  • School supplies and art supplies
  • Children's books
  • Pots, pans  and cooking utensils
  • Sewing machines to enable local artists to pursue traditional trades
  • Wood
  • Woodstoves
  • Weatherization materials