By this time you will have enjoyed the Thanksgiving feast and the company of family and friends. We would not want to let this special holiday weekend pass without letting you know how much we are thankful for you. Together we share a dream with the Lakota people, to end hunger and provide them with sustainable resources to care for their people. Thank you for supporting and being part of the projects that make this dream become a reality. Together, we and the Lakota, are building a model for a better and more respectful way to help people become self-sufficient.
In addition, you maintain our belief in the goodness of humankind. We thank you for all that you do. May the joy of the holidays be yours during this season.
~Jeri Baker and the whole One Spirit Staff
As we all look forward to the Thanksgiving celebration and its indulgent pleasures, it is important to remember that many of our fellow American citizens face a far bleaker prospect. Nowhere could this be more true than on the frigid, wind-swept prairie of the Pine Ridge Reservation.
This writer was raised nearby on the plains of Wyoming, and can recall the frigid gusts that cut through clothing and chill to the very marrow of one's bones. In my case, I could rush out of the gales into a warm, well-heated and insulated house where warm food awaited. For many of the Lakota on Pine Ridge, the story is far more grim.
Please watch this short video in which Dawn Brown Eyes explains the urgent need to understand and complete the Charging Buffalo House:
Every donation of $25 or more will be matched, will receive a postcard depicting the union of the Buffalo to the People, and will be entered in the drawing for the Globe Dream Catcher by Wade Standing Bear!
Dennis Banks died on October 29th due to problems after a heart surgery. He was 80 years old. After Russel Means he is another legend of AIM who left this world. Like actor Adam Beach, Dennis Banks came from the tribe of the Ojibwa.
Photo credit by Monika Fitzner
As a child, like many others, Banks was separated from his family and sent away to boarding schools. He managed to escape several times to come home to his mother, but was brought back again each time.