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AMERIND Risk Golf Fundraiser Makes Donations to End Cancer & Violence

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Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico — Three causes deeply rooted in protecting and supporting Indian Country benefited from AMERIND Risk’s sold-out 13th Annual Protecting Tribal Families Golf Fundraiser, hosted April 27, 2017, at Twin Warriors Golf Club in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

Monies raised and generous, tax-deductible contributions to the golf tournament went to the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW), the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF), and the AMERIND Risk Protecting Tribal Families Emergency Fund, which assists uninsured tribal homeowners after a fire, flood or other catastrophic event. AMERIND has raised more than $150,000 for its emergency fund through its annual golf tournament alone since the event’s inception in 2004.

On Monday, July 3, AMERIND Risk CEO Derek Valdo (Acoma Pueblo) presented representatives of CSVANW and AICAF with $7200.00 checks to each organization.

“On behalf of AICAF, we extend sincere gratitude to our friends at AMERIND Risk for involving AICAF as a beneficiary,” said Neely M. Snyder (Ojibwe), Operations Manager at AICAF. “It was truly an honor to be part of the event. I was able to connect with a number of the sponsors and other golfers while sharing the AICAF message. Everyone was happy and engaged; it was a great event.”


AICAF eliminates the burdens cancer places on American Indian families through education, prevention, early detection, treatment and survivor support. It’s the only national organization focused on culturally relevant cancer outreach to Tribal and urban Native communities.

“Our communities are facing alarming inequities in cancer incidence and mortality, so, it’s really important that we increase awareness and educate our people about getting screened,” Snyder said.

She underscored that cancer is the number one cause of death for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women, and it’s the number two cause of death for AI/AN men. “As mainstream cancer rates are decreasing, ours are increasing,” Snyder said.

At the tournament, AICAF distributed “lucky” golf ball markers with the reminder “Cancer Screening Saves Lives!” Snyder noted: “The majority of the time, if you catch cancer soon enough, it may be treatable. We let people know: there are [AI/AN] people who have been through this and survived. When caught early, rates of survival increase.”

Derek Valdo (Acoma Pueblo), AMERIND Risk CEO, holds the donation check for $7,200 to the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF).

Derek Valdo (Acoma Pueblo), AMERIND Risk CEO, holds the donation check for $7,200 to the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF).

CSVANW is a member-driven domestic and sexual violence tribal coalition that serves 24 Tribes and Pueblos in the southwest region of the U.S. “We are building a social change movement to end violence against Native women and children. CSVANW is at the forefront to a dynamic approach to the tribal domestic and sexual violence fields that is demonstrating the most effective, creative and innovative ways to address and prevent the cycle of violence within tribal communities,” said Deleana OtherBull (Crow and Northern Cheyenne), CSVANW executive director.

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AMERIND Risk is proud to contribute to CSVANW’s work to engage Tribal communities and support community solutions to end violence. “CSVANW’s mission to break the cycle of violence within our Tribal communities, while supporting healthy Native families and communities directly aligns with AMERIND’s values and purpose,” Valdo said.

Native philanthropist and four-time PGA Tour winner Notah Begay III (Navajo, San Felipe Pueblo and Isleta Pueblo) played on Valdo’s team again at the 13th Annual Protecting Tribal Families Golf Fundraiser. But they lost to the tournament winning foursome who flew from Canada to participate in the event: Darrell Goodwill, Gordon Nez, Colin Oak and Ron Pinto. Last year’s annual golf fundraiser benefited Begay’s NB3 Foundation and the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA). This year, Begay praised AMERIND for continuing “to advocate for Native American families and worthy causes,” he said.

AMERIND’s combined $14,400 donation to CSVANW and AICAF comes on the tails of its $200,000 contribution to the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC). AMERIND Risk Chairman Greg Borene (Tribal Vice-Chair of the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria) presented the $200,000 check to Sami Jo Difuntorum (Kwekaeke band of Shasta), NAIHC Chairwoman, on June 27, day one of the 2017 AMERIND Risk | NAIHC Annual Convention & Tradeshow, hosted June 27-29, in Nashville, Tennessee. Also at the joint convention, AMERIND awarded $1,000 to each of the three winners of its National Safety Poster Contest for Native American Youth.

AMERIND’s Board of Directors makes giving back to Tribes a priority—to the tune of nearly $500,000 annually, including $45,000 for Native American scholarships. A 100-percent, Tribal-owned entity created in 1986, AMERIND Risk also practices regular community outreach through safety advocacy and donations for projects that educate Indian Country members on risk and prevention in the home, on the road and in the workplace.

AMERIND Risk extends a warm thank you to all sponsors of its 13th Annual Protecting Tribal Families Golf Fundraiser. Premier sponsors included the Acoma Business Enterprises, Isleta Resort & Casino, GUY CARPENTER, Sandia Resort & Casino, Wells Fargo and KONAMI. Additional hole sponsors came from Virtus Group, BOK FINANCIAL Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss, Archuleta Restoration and Remodel, Arthur J. Gallagher, and Interstate.

About AMERIND Risk

AMERIND Risk was founded more than 30 years ago by more than 400 Tribes who united and pooled their resources to create AMERIND Risk to keep Indian money within Indian Country. AMERIND Risk provides property, liability and workers’ compensation insurance for Tribes, Tribal governments, Tribal businesses, as well as individual property coverage and employee benefits. It is the only 100% Tribally owned and operated insurance provider committed to Indian Country. In 2016, AMERIND created AMERIND Critical Infrastructure (ACI), which helps Tribes obtain high-speed Internet. To learn more about Tribes Protecting Tribes or for an insurance quote, go to