ANE (Adopt A Native Elder) Program
Adopt a Native Elder, (ANE) is another charity Utah Fandom Organization wishes to support in 2019. Started by Linda Myers, ANE has now expanded into a 501(c)(3) charity to help indigenous elders. Details on this vital program can be found at anelder.org.
Dine’, which means “the people”, have suffered, especially during the Hopi-Navajo Land Dispute which relocated over 10,000 Navajo. During those times many Elders faced severe hardships and deprivations. ANE works to honor and respect the Elders as they are and have no agenda to try to change them in any way. These are resilient people, and as long as they have their basic needs of food, heat, and shelter met, they will survive as they have for hundreds of years.
Westercon 72, NASFiC 2019, 1632 Minicon & Manticon 2019 (Spikecon), wishes to focus on the Children’s Program through ANE which furthers assisting education and support for the grandchildren and future of the Dine’ Community.
We hope you will join us in furthering our organizational goals by supporting the convention charity auction, which half of the proceeds supports the indigenous culture and educational futures of such a strong, and proud people.
From the ANE website: “When asked how we can help them, many Elders indicate that helping their grandchildren is an important way we can assist them. The Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program maintains several Programs to assist the children living on the Reservation.
Additionally, every early fall, we deliver filled backpacks to several of the Reservation elementary schools. You may support this Program either by making a donation to the Children’s Backpack Program on the Donate/Order page. You may also choose to drop off or mail items such as backpacks and school supplies directly to our Salt Lake City warehouse and we will fill and deliver the backpacks to the schools.”