AMERIND Hosts 14th Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Uninsured Tribal Families and Two Native-Strong Organizations

Pictured left to right at the Santa Ana Golf Club – Cyanne  Lujan, NB3 Marketing Manager;
Justin Kii Huenemann, NB3,  CEO; Derek Valdo, AMERIND Risk CEO & Gil Vigil NIWA Board President

Published February 5, 2018

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, NEW MEXICO – Benefitting families without homeowners insurance who suffered devastating loss, as well as low-income Native families and Native Youth.  AMERIND Risk’s 14th Annual Protecting Tribal Families Golf Fundraiser will take place April 26th, 2018.

AMERIND Risk, the nation’s only 100 percent, tribally-owned insurance company, created the Family Emergency Fund to help uninsured tribal homeowners rebuild or repair after a fire, flood or other catastrophic event. The tournament has raised more than $100,000 for multiple families in Indian Country since its inception.

Though tribal housing authorities and tribes encourage all homeowners to buy homeowners insurance, some may forgo a policy for various reasons. AMERIND created the fund to help families recover from disaster and raise awareness to homeowners on the necessity of having home insurance to protect your family from devastating losses.

“We know all to well the pain and suffering that happens after losing a home,” said Alan Romero, AMERIND Director of Claims.

The fundraiser will also benefit the Sandstone Corporation, a 501 c(3) organization whose mission is to support and provide resources to low-income families on the Navajo Nation. Sandstone Corporation works alongside the Navajo Nation to solve and eradicate concerns and issues that families face every day.

Additionally, the tournament will benefit Running Strong for American Indian Youth, Cofounded in 1986 by Olympic Champion Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), Running Strong for American Indian Youth works in partnership with Native communities nationwide to tackle tough problems and create healthier, happier, and more hopeful futures for Native youth.  Learn how we jumpstart dreams for American Indian youth at

The event at the Santa Ana Golf Club will include a 4-person scramble with modified Peoria scoring contests, lunch and an awards reception following the tournament at Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. Prizes include a chance to win $10,000 for a hole-in-one and an opportunity to participate in a putting contest to win $2,500. Register your team today at

“Everyone is welcomed to participate for this fun day of golf,” AMERIND CEO Derek Valdo said. “Thank you for supporting tribal families in need, and Native Youth”.

Sponsorships are available. In-kind gifts, not limited to, golf balls, hotel or golf packages, are being accepted. Sponsorships and funds raised from the tournament will directly benefit families and youth in Indian Country.

To register, go to For more information, contact Nancy Harjo Serna, (505) 404-5000 or

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