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When you're up to your tail in alligators .....

…it’s hard to remember you set out to drain the swamp.
 
In this case, the “swamp” created by one of the harshest winters on Pine Ridge (the Rez) has had the Lakota people and One Spirit personnel working overtime to try and help the increasingly desperate numbers of Lakota cope with food shortages (not helped by the government shutdown), the need for more firewood, and even basic things like clean drinking water and warm clothing.

Blizzard 

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The urgent situation continues on Pine Ridge

A huge shout out to all One Spirit supporters who have made it possible for us to order thousands of pounds of food to distribute to homes all over the Reservation. Emergency Services this morning advised that they are still sending food and water out on horseback and are utilizing ATVs to get to homes all over the Reservation. They also advised that another water pipe about a mile long had broken and affected communities were again without water.

One Spirit will continue to work with Emergency Services as long as we are needed to ensure that homes have the food and water they need. As names come in, we are delivering. The family of 8 in Allen, the seriously ill mother in Pine Ridge, the homes in Manderson and Kyle, and families all over the Reservation.

We are humbly grateful that you have stood with us and with the Lakota. We ask that you continue with us until this disaster is resolved.

In a little over two weeks, we will be delivering Easter food and we sincerely hope that the Lakota will be able by that time to cook again and to enjoy Easter traditions. Hopefully, we will be distributing hams to be a centerpiece for their Easter dinner.

We welcome Spring as it brings renewal to the earth and to all of us. Thank you to each and every one of you.

Jeri Baker


Director, One Spirit

Emergency on the Reservation


Most of you are aware of the dire situation on Pine Ridge Reservation and have seen the photos and read the news reports. In view of the situation there, we are working with the Tribal Emergency Management Services to purchase food and water for them to distribute. Right now, much distribution is being done by horseback and boat. In addition to the flooding, a water main was compromised and 8000 people are reported to be without water. All people on the Reservation are being advised to boil water, if they have any coming into their house.

Flooded roads

Photo: Kristina Barker for The New York Times : https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/24/us/midwest-flooding-pine-ridge.html

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Lack of Awareness of Serious Consequences

No matter which side you come down on regarding the current federal government shutdown, whether it is over a pointless wall on the border (oops, I just revealed my point of view) or the titanic struggle between politicians, there are always consequences for those who depend, at least in part, on the federal government for support and assistance.
 
This non-political point is one we should all be able to agree on.

Govt Shutdown

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Must play to win

Once again, we are lucky enough to have a video from Dawn Brown Eyes showcasing the gorgeous dream catchers that are being donated for the Run for Life and two Lakota sports teams.

Every donation of $10 is worth one ticket for a chance at the dream catchers. But, you must "play" to win!


Team sports provide children with a myriad of benefits.
Help make these sports and events available to Lakota youth.

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When will they ever learn

 

It is difficult to even decide where to begin in writing a comment about the recent racist slur uttered by President Donald Trump at a ceremony that was supposed to honor three surviving Navajo veterans of World War II.
 
These heroes, like members of other tribes including the Lakota, served as communications aides for American forces in the war, as had Cherokee and Choctaw tribesmen in World War I. Despite discrimination and racism, Native Americans have always served with distinction in the military, honoring their country and their elders.
 

Photo credit: screengrab from CNN video

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