FAQs for Native Americans for Sovereignty and Preservation (NASP) Participation in Project 2025

FAQs for Native Americans for Sovereignty and Preservation (NASP) Participation in Project 2025

Welcome to the FAQ section of Native Americans for Sovereignty and Preservation (NASP). As a conservative and traditional-minded Native American nonprofit, we are dedicated to advocating for our communities’ sovereignty, preservation, and prosperity. Our involvement with Project 2025, a Heritage Foundation initiative, reflects our commitment to ensuring that Native American voices are heard and respected in developing policy recommendations for the next conservative presidential administration. This FAQ aims to address concerns and clarify our positions and initiatives, emphasizing our dedication to self-determination, cultural preservation, and the well-being of our people.

“Project 2025 is a coalition of conservative organizations, and the Native Americans for Sovereignty and Preservation (NASP) is proud to serve as a foothold for Native conservatives advising the next conservative administration, which many polls indicate is likely. Other Native American nonprofits have overly relied on the liberal establishment political party to the detriment of Native communities. We saw fewer applicants to the same funding programs during the Trump administration simply because Trump was in office. We don’t want to see that retreatist behavior happen again. This creates self-inflicted disparities. We know many other Native people who share conservative views and feel that the liberal agenda has marginalized us or confined us to roles that don’t reflect our values. We will continue to participate in the national conversation, not for our own role or as a gatekeeper, but to open the door for other Native conservatives to engage in policy-making. Moreover, the massive gaslighting rhetoric of Project 2025 from journalists has really unhinged a lot of people. For many liberal extremists, this was their tipping point. We ask the Mainstream Media to do better.”

Q. Why did NASP join Project 2025?

A: NASP joined Project 2025 to ensure that Native American perspectives and needs are represented in the development of policy recommendations for the next conservative presidential administration. We are not on this board to “rubber-stamp” any agenda but to advise. We believe in advocating for sovereignty and preservation, and our involvement allows us to influence policies that can positively impact our communities. As a Native American nonprofit that is conservative and traditional-minded, we respect and honor our native elders who have advised us to respect life in the womb, push back on government bureaucracy, ensure that families are healthy and productive, and create good-paying jobs to build generational wealth. Did we read it? Yes, we read it, and you can too. Here is a link to the full document: Mandate for Leadership 2025.

Q: How does Project 2025 address concerns about environmental degradation, especially on tribal lands?

A: Project 2025 aims to balance economic development with environmental stewardship. We are committed to ensuring that any policies proposed will include protections for our natural resources and respect for tribal lands. Sustainable development and conservation are priorities for us, and we will advocate for these principles within the project. We believe tribes should have the sovereign right to explore and develop their natural resources, including oil, minerals, water, and lumber. Tribes must be included in consultations regarding the treatment of national parks and other environmental policies.

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Q: Why support the abolishment of the Department of Education, and how will this impact Native American education?

A: The call to abolish the Department of Education stems from a desire to return control of education to local and state authorities. For Native American communities, this can mean greater autonomy over our educational systems. We can tailor educational programs better to reflect our culture, history, and needs, improving our children’s educational outcomes. This moves the Office of Indian Education (OIE) program back to the Bureau of Indian Education. Moreover, we deserve education choices. Native American charter schools are increasing in New Mexico and Arizona, and we encourage more creation with tribal funding to enhance the success of native charter schools.

Q: How will Project 2025 address concerns regarding the Indian Health Service?

A: Health care is a critical issue for Native communities. Project 2025 seeks to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health services. We will work to ensure that any proposed changes to the IHS will enhance service delivery, increase funding, and ensure better health outcomes for our people. The Project 2025 does not call to end or eliminate the Indian Health Service. We aim to ensure that healthcare services are accessible and culturally competent. The Project 2025 calls for increasing healthcare choices, similar to the success seen with the VA, allowing veterans to seek other healthcare options outside the VA network.

Q: How does Project 2025 align with the principles of sovereignty and preservation for Native American communities?

A: Project 2025 values the sovereignty of Native American tribes and seeks to support policies that enhance our self-governance. By participating in this initiative, we can advocate for policies that respect and strengthen our autonomy, culture, and traditions, ensuring that our voices are heard and our rights are protected. The Advisory Board provides direction for outcomes in this administration. We are glad that Native organizations and voices are being brought to the table to have a say in the next administration.

Q: What is NASP’s response to accusations from non-Native liberals about gatekeeping the Native American community?

A: We believe that we – Native People – are best positioned to advocate for their own needs and priorities. There are over 6.9 million Natives and over 574 federally recognized Tribal Nations – each with various and diverse cultural, regional, and political systems. Some of us are conservative, we believe in the Creator, we are traditional, pro-life people. Our founder and board members are Navajo. While we appreciate the concern of non-Native allies, it is essential that Native voices lead the conversation about our future. Our involvement in Project 2025 is a testament to our commitment to self-determination and the preservation of our culture and sovereignty. Because of this, more Native Americans are stepping up to be leaders in the next conservative presidential administration.

Q: How will Project 2025 impact economic development and job creation for Native Americans?

A: Our board members are Navajo, enrolled, and from Flagstaff, Kayenta, and Ganado. Some elders prefer not to be named. We follow the traditional Navajo Beauty Way, emphasizing realignment and balance. Other members include Oneida members from Wisconsin, the Cherokee Nation, and Lumbee. We value and address their concerns as well. Our board maintains a healthy distrust of the government and is skeptical of those who demand trust and solutions without accountability. Like many other Native organizations, we respect the privacy of our board members and choose not to name them publicly.

Q: How will Project 2025 impact economic development and job creation for Native Americans?

A: Economic development is a key focus of Project 2025. We aim to promote policies that encourage entrepreneurship, create jobs, and stimulate economic growth in Native communities. By fostering a business-friendly environment and providing resources and support, we can enhance the economic well-being of our people.

Q: How will Project 2025 balance traditional values with modern progress?

A: Project 2025 respects the importance of our traditions while recognizing the need for progress. We revere the first world of the womb, we celebrate the mother’s sacred role and encourage present parenting in our fathers. We stand in solidarity with our Jewish relatives. We strive to create policies that honor our heritage and support contemporary advancements. This balance is crucial for the continued growth and prosperity of Native American communities.

Q: How can Native American community members provide input on the policies proposed by Project 2025?

A: We encourage community engagement and feedback. NASP will facilitate forums, surveys, and meetings to gather input from our communities. Your voices are vital in shaping the policies that affect our future, and we are committed to ensuring that your perspectives are included in our advocacy efforts.

NASP’s participation in Project 2025 is driven by a commitment to represent and protect the interests of Native American communities. We aim to address concerns with transparency and work collaboratively to build a prosperous future while honoring our heritage and values.

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