Following the July 30 story about Sam Simon, co-creator (with Matt Groening) ofThe Simpsonswho has terminal cancer, looking to donate all of his money to charity Indian Country Today Media Network decided to take a closer look at some philanthropic work within Indian country.

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The first decade of this century saw a marked falloff in philanthropy to American Indians. And the story of this decade may be two steps forward, one step back.

A study of philanthropy to Natives in the years between 2000 and 2009 by The Foundation Center and Native Americans in Philanthropy saw a dropoff in several years of the decade, including a 30.8 percent drop in 2009, the most recent year studied in its 2011 report. That was much higher than an overall fall of 12 percent nationwide.



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