The Indigenous community which we serve at the local
level is a very diverse community. Community members
are for the most part displaced Cherokee (displaced:
Separated from tradition since the removal or
separated by the need for economic improvement.) as
well as many people from other tribal heritages.
The First Nations Outreach Project reaches out to
bridge the gap between traditional teachers who live
usually in remote areas of Tribal Land and those who
have been separated from their heritage through either
forced separation or through the economic need to seek
a better means for their families.
In this area we have sought to have the First Nations
Outreach Project develop programs which will enable
not just ours local community but will serve as a
blueprint for assisting other communities in providing
means to bring traditional teachers into communities
which are separated from the traditional communities
in order that language, culture and traditional values
may be restored to those who have lost that connection
and seek to return to it.
The Indigenous communities served by the First Nations
Outreach Project on the level of Civil and Human
rights is a National Community and even extend into
communities which are not indigenous.
One guiding principle of the First Nations Outreach
Project is that, in order for us to protect our
rights, we also must be willing to defend the rights
The needs of the American Indian Foundation for Law
and Justice became so extensive that it was necessary
to develop the First Nations Commission on Civil
Rights in order to deal with the specific area of
needs dealing with civil rights violations in the
United States alone.
Issues in human rights areas extend to all Indigenous
communities throughout North, Central and South
On the local community level some of the key issues
that we work to deal with are health care, education
and economic development.
Wolf Gardens Wildlife Center is the program developed
to deal with many of these issues.
Wolf Gardens will fulfill our needs for wildlife,
environmental and habitat protection and at the same
time, provide through Nature Based tourism, economic
development by generating jobs as well as
creating community based business opportunities.
The development of the Spirit Of The Wolf Pow Wow,
an annual inter-tribal Pow Wow has brought exposure
to tribal culture back to many community members for
the first time in over 150 years. It is designed as
the annual fund raiser for the Wolf Gardens Wildlife
Center but serves as great a need on the education and
cultural level in the community.
First Nations Outreach Project
Planning and information guide
· The project addresses needs in at least one of four areas:
Health and Human Services
Civic, Community, and Environmental, or
Culture and the Arts
The First Nations Outreach Project reaches into several realms.
1. First Nations Culture, Language, Community Issues.
2. Wildlife Rescue, Rehab, Preservation and Education.
3. First Nations Civil Rights, Tribal Rights, Tribal Land Issues.
· The organization or project addresses key community and social needs
A. The First Nations Community has a higher than average suicide rate. In the age group 10 to 25 years old it is 400% greater than it was 30 years ago. 25 % of All American Indian Children are born with FAS. Addiction rates and abuse rates are rampant in areas away from Traditional Teachers.
B. American Indians are more likely than any other minority in the United States to be murdered, or imprisoned without due process of law.
The First Nations Outreach Project addresses these issues locally and nationally through program development. We have seen over the years that areas where Traditional Culture and Values are still in place that these problems do not exist.
We develop programs to assist disconnected American Indian Families with their Culture, Traditional Languages and Traditional Values.
There is potential for permanent, enduring benefits that will provide value to the community and the state for several years.
Through Environmental Tourism, we believe that the project we are seeking funding for at this time will make it possible for us to develop permanent programs with the potential for a National Program Project.
· The project addresses under-served segments of the population, such as racial minorities, the economically disadvantaged, or citizens in rural communities.
The First Nations Outreach Project is located in Clay County Alabama.
We will be providing jobs and creating secondary business opportunities for the area around us through the attraction of visitors from outside our area.
Echo-Tourism is a very equitable and productive source of income for those in areas with an echo system, which is capable of attracting those visitors. Other business opportunities that will become available in our area are, motels, restaurants, convenience stores, gift shops, and many other entrepreneur ventures.
The economy of the county is currently one of the poorest in the state and in desperate need of a long-term sustainable plan of action.
As well as the Wolf Gardens Wildlife Center, The First Nations Outreach Project will also develop an historic Village and museum similar to the one in Tahlequah Oklahoma. We have contact with a number of families there who are Cherokee who are willing to re-locate to our area to help develop this project.
They will in conjunction with developing the historic projects, help to establish a cultural center and education center. Education classes will include the teaching of culture, and language as well as traditional crafts.
We believe that we will help the local and state Indian Population largely in this way.
Our first step is to develop the Wolf Gardens Wildlife Center.
We currently do presentations off site for schools and other Wildlife Centers such as Alexander City Middle School and Ruffner Mountain Wildlife Center.
We currently house 34 wolves. In order to develop this area we need to build new enclosures and enlarge some of our existing areas.
We also hope to develop a Raptor rehab center and a rehab center for local wildlife.
We are located centrally to a population of ten million potential visitors. It will take only a very small portion of that number to make our venture as well as the ventures of others in our area successful.
Short Term Goals
Development of Wolf Gardens Wildlife Center is an expansion of our existing wolf rescue. Wolf Gardens will include rescue and rehab of other animals as well as the 62 wolves and wolf/dogs we already house. Other animals will include cougars, bears, raptors and other local wildlife.
Wolf Gardens has the potential to generate 2.5 million dollars per year through echo tourism. These funds will make it possible for us to obtain all of our long term goals.
The conversion of Defend The Wolves Rescue into Wolf Gardens Wildlife Center will take as little as four months. Once completed, it will improve our current facility and improve our educational programs. The addition of rehab for wildlife will increase our ability to reach farther out into our area, help our community, and serve the wildlife to a more complete level.
Long Term Goals
There are three areas of over all development. The Primary being the general outreach Programs.
However, in order to become completely self-sufficient we must be able to generate funds without being reliant on funding from outside sources.
The First Nations Outreach Project will develop the Culture and Education center, which includes but is not limited to A Historic Village modeled after the one in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. This will be a teaching historic village
This site will also contain the museum and cultural center as well as a craft village.
The education center will be housed in or near the cultural center and will be open to everyone. Here we will teach the Cherokee language. Eventually we hope to have representatives of all five Civilized Tribes included in these areas for a complete historic and educational program.
Initially these areas will be manned by several families from the Cherokee Nation, which currently live in Oklahoma.
The staff here will develop community Outreach programs designed to deal with addiction, abuse and anger management problems. These programs will be designed to be applied throughout Indian Country.
The First Nations Commission on Civil Rights will also be staffed with First Nations People from all across the country who have been involved with these issues and are familiar with how they work.
We are in long term development stages currently in the areas of program development and management.