I've never done this before on my blog site. But, it is a worthy charity serving the rural needy of the Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. "Changing Winds", is worthy of honorable mention during our Holiday period of the year. If not throughout the year for their other programs dealing with Lakota Children.
Here is an excerpt with a recent email I had with a staff member of "Changing Winds".org, Ms. Christine Rose. Regarding their annual "Winter Warmth Drive" for the winter season ending 2009-2010.
"Right now we have enough goods to fill a 26" truck that we will be sending to a community of 300 people in the rural area of Pine Ridge. Wanblee is home to severely impoverished Lakota people. Very few have cars, and gas is expensive, and the job rate is 85% because there are no jobs. About 85% go without heat all winter. This particular community is more then an hour away from the downtown of Pine Ridge, which is where most donations go, and two hours away from the nearest shopping and job areas. Our truck will go right into the community, and through a traditional Give Away, coats, blankets, childrens and adult clothing, beds, bureaus, hats and gloves will be given first to the elderly, then the children, then to families. Right now, we are raising funds to get that truck out there. Your donation will go directly, and 100%, to that.Best wishes and thank you so much for your generosity!!! Feel free to share this email and our goal of warmth for the literally thousands of children who will do without warmth this winter.Christine RoseChanging WindsChangingWinds.org"
It goes without saying a small community of 300 people in a rural area of South Dakota. Within the Grand U.S.A. in living conditions you would find in a 3rd World status nation.
Unfortunately this is nothing new to the Lakota or the myriad of Tribal communities in our Great Land. This has been ongoing for decades if not generations, this is not something you'll ever hear about in the liberal news press of: CNN, MSNBC, or PBS.
It's difficult to be a proud American when segments of her people are in economic depression status all year round, if not worse. (re: the high suicide rates of Lakota young males)
Please visit www.changingwinds.org and familiarize yourself with their efforts. Even if you can't contribute anything this Holiday Season. Give yourself an eye opening informative experience of the sacred indigenous people of America.