The National Tribal Amateur Radio Association (NTARA) is a National Organization comprised of licensed amateur (ham) radio operators from the 566 Tribal Nations across the United States, and others licensed operators who are interested in learning about Indian Country.
The purpose of NTARA is to further the amateur radio hobby into Indian Country and to provide additional forms of communications to communities which may have limited communications already.
NTARA seeks to educate Tribal Communities through outreach programs and through the schools by demonstrating how amateur radio can lead to careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
NTARA will assist Tribal Nations with emergency and special communications during times of disasters, through groups such as Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) by effectively providing life-saving emergency communications.
NTARA seeks to educate the public on the uniqueness of Tribal Communities while providing information as to the culture, history and heritage of tribal nations throughout the United States. Through special events such as field day and other special events, NTARA will coordinate the operation of Amateur Radio Stations to communicate with Amateur Radio Stations from other Tribal Nations as well as other cities, counties and states.
The National Tribal Amateur Radio Association works with all federally recognized Tribal Nations through the United States and Canada to promote self-reliance and interoperable communications through the use of Amateur Radio. Amateur Radio will provide additional communications mechanisms for Tribal Nations to communicate with other Tribal Nations and local, county, state and federal partners through educational programs as well as during disaster situations where providing life-saving information is crucial.
NTARA is a dues based organization which relies solely on small monetary payments each year by its members which allows NTARA to provide educational demonstrations and programs at schools in tribal communities, provides special event stations to promote Native American History and Culture and will provide equipment, technical assistance and training for Tribal first response and emergency management organizations.
I may have to do this as I too am an amateur Radio operator (KC2TFI)