NAPPR began in 1982 as a program of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Based on the Portage Project of Portage, Wisconsin, Native American Portage Project Replication provided home based services to families of Native American children ages 0-5 with delays or at risk for delays.
In 1992, when funding changed, NAPPR faced the possibility of closing its doors forever. However, under the direction and leadership of the five original board members, the decision was made that the services provided by NAPPR were too important to stop. As a result, NAPPR spun off and became an independent organization.
NAPPR was incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization in 1996 as Native American Pueblo Parent Resources.
Today, NAPPR stands for Native American Professional Parent Resources. While our name has changed, our organization has grown considerably, and new programs have been added, one thing remains the same: NAPPR is committed to our mission to "empower, educate and provide supportive services to build healthy Native American children and families."