Organization seeks participants in Native American survey to assess community needs – InForum

BISMARCK – A local nonprofit is asking Native Americans who live in urban areas of North Dakota, such as Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks, to complete a survey to better understand their most pressing needs and provide needed resources .

NATIVE Inc., based in Bismarck, is asking Native Americans to complete its VOICES survey of Great Plains Natives so the organization can target its priorities to help those in need.

“Urban Indians experience higher rates of poverty, homelessness and unemployment than the general population,” NATIVE chief executive Lorraine Davis said in a statement. “We are helping them with resources and culturally appropriate case management and programs to achieve financial stability and improve their quality of life. The survey will help us focus our efforts and expand programs, resources and capital projects needed to close the most critical gaps.”

The survey is open until May 31 and takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. Participants will be entered into a $500 raffle and a random winner will be chosen from each of Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks.

“What would our cities look like if we could end poverty and homelessness?” Davis said. “Imagine how this would positively impact the spirit and well-being of Native American individuals, youth, and families, improve racial prejudice and race relations, and strengthen North Dakota’s economic growth. That’s why this needs assessment is important.”

To learn more about the survey, visit