Thursday, February 15, 2007

Appeal for support for Oakland's Intertribal Friendship House

Intertribal Friendship House
523 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94606

February 12, 2007


Dear Friends,

I am writing you this letter because Intertribal Friendship House,
IFH, in facing being placed on the auction block in March of this
year. IFH is the oldest American Indian Urban community center in
this country. IFH started out as a place for American Indians from
all over the country to meet and see one another after they were
relocated to the Bay Area during the 1940's through the 1960's as a
way of having American Indians leave the reservation and assimilate.
This effort by the United States government did not work. The
American Friends Service Committee was instrumental in working with
the Native community in the Bay Area and were the ones that gave IFH
its original home. Over the last 50 years Intertribal Friendship
House has continued to provide services to the Native population in
the Bay Area. All of the Native agency's in the Bay Area have had its
roots at IFH, before spinning off and starting off on their own. IFH
continues to be a place that all Natives are welcome, whether it's a
place to sit and have a cup of coffee to find out about the latest
community events, attend a celebration or funeral or to have
ceremonies. IFH continues to be the heartbeat of the community.
Weekly dance and drumming classes continue to take place, as well as
beading classes and community dinners and meetings. We need to have
this place continue to be open for our future generations.

Intertribal Friendship House is in need of your financial support. We
have the daunting task of raising $30,000 by March 23rd. The money is
for current and back taxes. Although the community has a need to keep
our house open, we do not have the finances to do so without your
help. We are asking for you to send a donation and to send this
letter forward to at least 10 of your friends. If we have 300 people
contribute $100 dollars we will have met our goal. We understand if
you are unable to contribute this amount, but we will literally take
any amount that you are able to give at this time. Please assist us
in being able to have a place in the community where our children can
have a place that they are safe and have the ability to learn about
their traditions.

Donations can be made to Intertribal Friendship House
523 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94606

We are a non-profit organization so all donations tax exempt.
501 (c) 3 C0345166

If you would prefer, you can send your donation to IFH c/o Community
Bank of the Bay,
1750 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612 IFH tax acct # 0160004867

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