Art By Jim Yellow Hawk 

In May, 2020, Antinanco Earth Arts School and PAZA, Tree of Life, two grassroots non-profit organizations joined forces to raise immediate funds for Native American Communities as the COVID-19 pandemic became a serious threat. The campaign commenced with a private donation of $10,000 from Taubert Memorial Foundation to assist the Crow Creek, Lower Brule and Cheyenne River Sioux communities in South Dakota with immediate critical aid to cope with the pandemic. In less than 3 months, it grew to over $100,000 in monetary and in-kind donations from 150 organizational and individual supporters, allowing us to expand the reach of the Native COVID-19 Response to 12 communities across 5 states.  

Our goal is to assist the Native Peoples during these difficult times, create public awareness about what is happening with the Native Nations, and to let them know that we are eager to help.

“Our Native brothers and sisters living on the reservations are part of the high-risk population who are in immediate danger from the coronavirus, “commented Delwin Fiddler, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Executive Director of PAZA, Tree of Life, a non-profit dedicated to the revival and preservation of Native American culture.  “Due to the reservations’ poor living conditions, remote proximity to medical facilities, limited food, and scarce medical and preventative resources, the health of our people, especially our elders and children, is at enormous risk of infection and possible death.”


Some of the aid provided to date:

- over 7,800lb of nutritious foods, heirloom seeds, herbal remedies, supplements, cleaning solutions, protective equipment, hygiene items, diapers, clothes, wipes, formula went to Native American communities in AZ, ND, SD, NM, UT and WA.

- over $20,000 of monetary donations went to help the communities with housing costs,  gas, transportation vouchers, telemedicine initiatives and tools, traditional herbal and western remedies, portable washing stations and associated logistics.

- water barrels and pumps went to the Navajo and Hopi tribes who face a more critical situation with 30% of the population not having access to running water. 


The effort is still running strong!  

Water is Life Campaign


Note: The above donation link may not work via mobile device. Please send donations to our Paypal info@antinanco.org, noting "Native COVID19 Response," or through FB fundraiser 

In-Kind Donations Raised:


Taubert Memorial Foundation

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Urszula Abolik

Svetlana Adamov

Julie Aloka

David Banuet

Marina Basin

Kelly Beck 

Mariana Bernstein

Anatoly Borts

Yulia Brasslavskaya

Sean Britcher

Heather Browne 

Camilo Cadavid

Evgenia Campbell

Mahala Carter

Natalia Chapala

Mariya Chechina 

Olga Chechina

Olga Chemlina

Mary Cirocco 

Anne Cooke 

Mary De Jong

Denise Delong

Shaleen Dennis

Vira Deynega

Alicia Digiovanni

Heather DiLuzio

Shell Donelly

Aisling Doyle

George Drabinsky

Eleyna Edelnant

Jane Lindenmuth Fitzpatrick

Shawna Neece Fitzpatrick

Rosalie Folts

Mickela Folts

Carey Frick 

Judy Gardner 

Tom Garrett

Chris Gillman

Blaine Ginther

Susan Graham

Meg Green

Liz Green

Mariya Grishin

Debbie Haas

Eleanor Haase

Anne Hinnegan

Jessica Jansen

Judy Dell Johnston

Patty Joworski

Lyubov Ivanova

Alexander Khimushin

Dhyana Kluth

Gundega Korsts

Natalia Krasnova

Louisa Krupp

Heather Kubis

Joy Lewis

Phoebe Lagere

Dragan Lazic 

Alan Artist Lee

Eduardo Leonardo 

Reba Linker

Nadiya Littlewarrior

Be Loo

Kerrie Martin

Metamorphosis Healing Arts

Gordon Mehterian

Michael McCarry

Sandy McGeever

Dima Milman

Anoush Mardjanian

Vicki Mocerino

Krystal Montagano

Elizabeth Neary

Tania Nieves

Trevor Norman

Gul Osegueda

Dina Ostrovsky

Lia Pallas

Barbara Phalen

Ursula Populoh

Via Pouget

Jenise Prestano

Quill & Dragon Leather

Suzanne Robbert

Jim Robinson

Lauren Roderick

Robin Rosenhaus

Baha Rudin

Barnaby Ruhe

Alena Sankar

Marianne San Miguel

Julia Sharifov

Galina Shekoff

Vladimir Sher

Sharda Sloane

Jeanette Soley

Alicia Somma-Hodgskin

Jim Standing Bear 

Amy Stavis 

Aves Eva Stuglovics

Linda Sudia

Leigh Ann Swihart

Rick Taylor

Oxana Trush

Olga Trushina

Mitch VanDuyn

Bernadette Vaughan 

Jeremiah Wallack

Kelly Wassell

Goddeua Weiler

Mike Whalen

Thomas Whitefeather 

Dennis Wilkens

David Wilms

Wayne Wilson

Cynthia Woolverton

Anne Wong

Denise Zaft

Native COVID-19 Response Video Stories

Impact in Pictures

My heart is overflowing with love and awe and inspiration over how this effort has grown from the seed of an idea. A need that had to be met spoke to hearts that listened and responded, and they gathered more hearts, and more people responded to the call to action in whatever way their skill and life allowed. And the flow of love to communities in need grew exponentially and hasn’t stopped. This is regenerating hearts and communities. This is one of many ways people are changing the world in beautiful ways today.” 


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